There are so many ways to use essential oils. One very popular way is an essential oil diffuser. I’ve made these shower discs that dissolve in the shower while steaming and giving off their scent. They make the shower a luxurious experience.
You don’t have to start from scratch when it comes to learning about essential oils. There are many people who spend a lot of time studying different essential oils and their benefits and healing properties. It is a big field and I have learned a lot over the past few years. I have been convinced of the benefits.
For example, When we begin to get colds, I put eucalyptus, peppermint, and tea tree essential oils in a diffuser. This helps to kill bacteria throughout our sinuses and open everything up. Cloves is also a great antiviral oil. Frankincense is great for many reasons. One thing it does is to help drain or cleanse your systems.
If someone in my household is getting a sore throat I will rub a tiny bit of diluted frankincense (20% frankincense, 80% carrier oil) onto their lymph nodes in their neck. Every time I have done this (along with cloves), the sore throat is gone within hours.
For beginners, rosemary, tea tree, peppermint, and lavender essential oils are pretty mild and good starter oils. Otherwise, learn about the other oils because there are so many powerful healing oils in Creation.
Essential oils can be extremely powerful, even if all you do is breathe them in. It’s important to know what you are using and understand how potent they are. Less really is better. This is why a few drops in a diffuser can be so powerful.
Click here to learn more about essential oil safety and dilution rules.
Diffusers and Burners vs Shower Discs
One great way to reap the benefits of essential oils is putting them in the air. What’s the difference between diffusers and shower discs? Shower discs are cheaper and can go right into the shower, creating a stream therapy session for you.
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You can get a cheap oil burner such as the candle burners or plugins. Just make sure the candle you buy is not toxic. Add water to the cup and sprinkle a few drops of your favorite essential oil into the water. Light the candle and enjoy.
Some oils last longer in the air than others. They break down quickly so use it in the room that you are in and when you are ready to breathe it in.
When we are fighting colds I will often do this, even setting it on the table as we work.
Or you can use a diffuser that is made for essential oils. These really are amazing and do a great job of distributing the oils into the air. In my experience I find that price does make a small difference. Cheaper diffuser work really well, but some more expensive diffusers seem to make a finer mist that disperses the oils into the air in a larger area vs just a few feet from the diffuser.
Lastly, you can buy a personal steamer. I actually found one of these at Salvation Army for $2 and I love it. I take the top off, add some water and oils and let it steam. It works great!
Essential Oil Diffuser Shower Discs
These little discs are great for when you have a cold. They are easy to make and make great presents. The essential oils you add can vary, depending on your preference. As the name implies, they are made for the shower.
Simply take one in with you. Set it on the floor of the shower out of the steady stream (behind you works well), and enjoy the aromatherapy in the shower.
Essential Oil Diffuser Shower Discs
- Add water slowly to the baking soda until you have a thick paste.2 cups baking soda, 1 cup water
- Mix in essential oils.15 drops Essential oil of choice
- Line muffin tins with paper muffin liners.
- Pour mixture into each cup and let stand for 12 – 18 hours or overnight. Remove when it is set and store in airtight container until needed. Essential oils will break down over time so you don’t want to make these months in advance, though they will revive a bit within the shower.
- Place one on the floor of your hot shower out of the stream and inhale as you shower.