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Aromatherapy in Autumn

Essential Oils!

Hardly a day goes by that I don’t reach for an essential oil for something or other.

Many years ago I started using an electric diffuser and here at home essential oils are almost always on the go. Electric diffusers can be put on a timer plug or some have inbuilt timers. This means you can wake up to your favourite aroma and return home to a fragrant space. I find these diffusers especially effective. It is generally recommended to diffuse oils for 15 – 60 minutes. Then off for same rather than having them going continually.

With 2 Cocker Spaniels in the wet west of Ireland diffusing fresh aromas is crucial! Aside from the aesthetic pleasure of diffusing pure and natural aromatic extracts, essential oils pack a punch for health and wellbeing.

Autumn signals seasonal changes and often at this time of year we begin to consider our defence systems and warding off bugs. Essential oils are known to help reduce airborne bacteria which is a great place to start. They are affordable and simple too.

Enjoying the aroma of an oil can boost your mood too so it’s a win win. Citrus oils make a nice addition to the suggested oils below.

My top pics for bug busting oils are: cinnamon, eucalyptus, lemongrass and lemon myrtle.

Babies and Young Children

Avoid diffusing Peppermint oil around babies and young children which can cause respiratory problems.  Diffuse lower amounts of all oils in airy spaces with young children.

 

For excellent safety information regarding essential oils and children see both links.

http://tisserandinstitute.org/learn-more/kids-inhalation-safety/

 

General safety guidelines available from the Tisserand Institutes, an excellent resource to have free access to.

http://tisserandinstitute.org/safety/safety-guidelines/

 

 

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1472-765X.2011.03190.x/full

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22751732

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ffj.2068/full

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