The Essential Blends

If, like me, you’re a yoga enthusiast, you may be familiar with essential oils and aromatherapy.  Shavasana doesn't qutie feel the same to me without the instructors' lavender or sandalwood scented temple massage. 

I’ve partnered with my favorite aromatherapy brand, Organic Aromas, to introduce you to the safest and most effective products you should keep handy for your next practice.

Organic Aromas has created the Nebulizing Essential Oil Diffuser, a quiet, clean, green nebulizer that still offers a pure, wholesome scent.  The diffuser uses pressurized air instead of heaters or water to disperse the oils, so it operates without the high electricity, humidity, or scent dilution required by competing brands. 

It features an eco-friendly design that’s entirely hand-crafted, with just a glass reservoir and a hardwood base.  Despite the simple design and minimal electricity use of the Organic Aromas nebulizer, it disperses essential oils over a large area and will last for years, so it’s the perfect diffuser for long-term individual practices and group classes alike.

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Morning Bloom

Geranium, Patchouli, Ylang Ylang, Palmarosa, Jasmine, Sweet Orange

The Morning Bloom blend refreshes and invigorates the mind and body.  Ylang Ylang and Egyptian Geranium have anti-depressant and anti-anxiety properties.  Palmarosa and Sweet Orange have been proven to fight aging, while Jasmine and Elemi strengthen both libido and immunity.

Jubilation

Lavandin, Petitgrain, Pine, Amyris, Chamomile, Jasmine, Ginger

The Jubilation essential oils calm and lightly stimulate at the same time.  Lavendin and Chamomile are calming agents.  Petitgrain provides both anti-depression and sedative benefits.  Ginger, Amyris, and Pine reduce inflammation, support digestion, and increase the body’s antioxidants.  This blend provides a useful aromatherapy treatment for insomnia and abrasions.

Formosa

Hinoki, Amyris, Rosemary, Tea Tree, Tangerine, Aloeswood

This blend features Hinoki and Amyris, two rarely used essential oils, which energize the mind and enhance the mood.  Tea Tree, Rosemary, Aloeswood, and Tangerine work similarly to stimulate the mind.  When used in aromatherapy, Formosa creates a beautiful scent for meditation, and has antioxidant and antiseptic qualities.

Pacific Northwest

Pine, Cedarwood, Patchouli, Juniper, Cypress

Pacific Northwest includes oils hand-selected by the Organic Aromas aromatherapist team.  Each tree-based ingredient provides powerful antioxidants and a balancing effect, which makes this blend another great accompaniment to meditation.

The Organic Aromas essential oils are as easy to use as the diffuser.  However, one concern that should arise is essential oil skin safety, especially when using the oils directly on skin for massages or baths. 

Keep in mind that essential oils should be diluted before use.  For use on children and babies, dilute the oils more, and use any oils except birch, wintergreen, and peppermint. Adults should never use the oils on broken, damaged, or burnt skin, and they should avoid sun exposure for at least 24 hours after use to prevent sunburn. 

Pregnant women should avoid skin contact with the oils altogether due to potential absorption into the placenta.  Though experts doubt that skin contact with essential oils causes miscarriage or birth defects, effects on the fetus are still unclear.  Pregnant women may instead use the oils through aromatherapy for pregnancy symptom relief.