Summertime Recipes for your Aroma Diffuser

Using your Ultrasonic Aroma diffuser to repel mosquitoes and other flying insects during Spring/Summer.

During hot weather GENTLE BREEZES Aroma Diffuser also functions as a diffuser to use indoors to keep mosquitoes out of the house. There are various essential oils that will repel mosquitoes and other flying insects as well.

Citronella for instance is an essential oil that’s used for repelling mosquitoes. It’s known for its slightly brighter, less “grassy” aroma. And it blends nicely with a little bit of peppermint to keep those critters away in the summer.

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Using Ultrasonic Technology, the Gentle Breezes Essential Oil Diffuser transforms the mixture of water and essential oils into an extra fine aromatic mist, and gradually releases it into the surroundings for up to 7 hours continuously.

The GENTLE BREEZES Aroma Diffuser is also a great diffuser to use indoors to keep mosquitoes out of the house. There are even oils that will repel other insects as well.

Citronella is an essential oil that’s known for it’s slightly brighter, less “grassy” aroma. And it blends nicely with a little bit of peppermint.

Generally because of the cost of catnip essential oil, we recommend using just a tiny amount in your diffuser blend — here’s a couple of ideas to add based on 100 to 120 ml of water.

Mosquito Repellent Diffuser Blend #1
3 drops Lemon Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus Citradora)
2 drops Geranium or Rose Geranium
1 drop Catnip Essential Oil
1 drop Peppermintnepeta-cataria-724536_1280

Mosquito Repellent Diffuser Blend #2
3 drops Citronella
2 drops Lemon Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus Citradora)
1 drop Catnip

Other Oils to Experiment with
Rose Geranium on its own is supposedly very effective, though just a little costly to run all summer to keep the bugs out. If you really need it though, you might give it a try – or run it some of the time just for your own aromatic experience, and switch during the day.

Peppermint on it’s own has been used successfully. Something that’s been described in aromatherapy texts is putting drops of peppermint oil on tissues and leaving them by windows when traveling, and there are no screens to keep insects out. Peppermint is useful for keeping spiders away as well.

Either Eucalyptus Citradora (Lemon Eucalyptus) and/or Citronella are certainly “stand by” oils. We prefer the Citradora for it’s slightly brighter, less “grassy” aroma.

Many people have success with cedarwood — particularly in areas where ticks are a problem, and it too has a great scent.

Listen to Spa Relaxation Music while Enjoying the Aroma from your Essential Oil Diffuser

Enjoy HOURS of this Relaxing Music also known as “Mindful Listening”. Sooth your mind and body with these relaxing music and instrumental compositions. For use as background music while your essential oil diffuser creates a soothing and relaxing aroma atmosphere. Great for zen meditation, yoga, sleep, massages , study purposes or simply relaxing.

8 HOURS OF INNER BALANCE AND RELAXATION

3 HOURS ZEN MEDITATION

MEDITATION HEALING AND RELAXATION

6 HOURS CHILL-OUT

GENTLE BREEZES™ OIL DIFFUSER

100% Essential Oil uses for Well-Being

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Essential Oils to Control Symptoms Coping with Anger

Bergamot, Jasmine, Neroli, Orange, Patchouli, Petitgrain, Palo Santo, Roman Chamomile, Rose, Vetiver, Ylang Ylang

Essential Oils for Building Up Confidence

Bay Laurel, Bergamot, Cypress, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Orange, Rosemary

Essential Oils against Sadness and Loss of Interest

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               Geranium

Bergamot, Clary Sage, Frankincense, Geranium, Grapefruit, Helichrysum, Jasmine, Lavender, Lemon, Mandarin, Neroli, Palo Santo, Orange, Roman Chamomile, Rose, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang

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Essential Oils against Fatigue, Exhaustion and Burnout

Basil, Bergamot, Black Pepper, Clary Sage, Cypress, Frankincense, Ginger, Grapefruit, Helichrysum, Jasmine, Lemon,
Patchouli, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Vetiver

Essential Oils for Stopping Anxiety or Fear

Bergamot, Cedarwood, Clary Sage, Frankincense, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Lemon, Neroli, Palo Santo, Orange, Roman
Chamomile, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Helichrysum, Lavender, Rose

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                     Basil

Essential Oils for Soothing the Mood after a Grief Loss

Cypress, Frankincense, Helichrysum, Neroli, Palo Santo, Rose, Sandalwood, Vetiver

Essential Oils for Happiness and Inner Peace

Bergamot, Frankincense, Geranium, Grapefruit, Lemon, Neroli, Orange, Palo Santo, Rose, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang

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                      Chamomile

Essential Oils for Stability of an Individual’s Emotional State

Bergamot, Cedarwood, Frankincense, Jasmine, Sandalwood, Vetiver

Essential Oils for Feeling Agitated or Being Restless

Lavender, Mandarin, Neroli, Roman Chamomile, Sandalwood

Essential Oils for Feeling Lonely (after a Break-up)

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Bergamot, Clary Sage, Frankincense, Helichrysum, Palo Santo, Roman Chamomile, Rose

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                Clary Sage

Essential Oils for Improving Memory and Concentration

Basil, Black Pepper, Cypress, Hyssop, Lemon, Peppermint, Rosemary

Essential Oils for Relieving Stress

Benzoin, Bergamot, Clary Sage, Frankincense, Geranium, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Lavender, Mandarin, Neroli, Palo Santo,
Patchouli, Roman Chamomile, Rose, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Ylang Ylang

What Are Essential Oils?

Cinnamon Bark Essential OilClose your eyes for a few moments and try to recall:

  • The perfume of a garden-grown rose.
  • The pungent aroma of a leaf of fresh, crushed mint.
  • The scent of a citrus tree in full bloom.

In those few moments, could you smell the perfume of the rose, the aroma of the crushed leaf, or the sweet scent of blooming citrus?

LemonEssentialOilThe compounds found in bark, seeds, stems, flowers, roots, and other parts of plants produce the natural aromatics called essential (or aromatic) oils.

Technically speaking, essential oils are non-water based phytochemicals that occur naturally in plants. And although these chemicals are fat soluble, they don’t contain the fatty acids and lipids found in animal and vegetable oils. Rub one or two drops of an essential oil between your fingertips. You will feel very little (if any) oiliness on your skin and the drops will rapidly be absorbed into your skin.

Another point to note about essential oils is their color. Most are clear although a few (including lemongrass, patchouli, and orange) produce an amber or yellow color.

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The term “essential oil” goes back to the ancient times of Aristotle, when healers and philosophers believed that everything was composed of four primary elements – earth, air, fire, and water, and a fifth element – known as the “quintessence” – that was the spirit or life force. The process of distillation and evaporation removed the “essence” (or spirit) from the plant, thereby yielding “quintessential oil.”

The Many Effects and Benefits of Essential Oils

heal_your_skin_with_essential_oilsSince ancient times, essential oils have been incorporated in the healing arts. Practitioners consider essential oils to be the “life blood of a plant.” Effects and benefits of essential oils are tremendous.

It is difficult for people steeped in the knowledge and practice of using essential oils to imagine not using them as part of everyday living.

Essential oils are quick and easy to use. They can be worn during the day or evening or diffused in the home and at work. They can be carried in a small bottle and inhaled to reduce stress or clear a mental fog. Essential oils are often used in massage and as a way to enhance meditation and concentration. They also are incorporated into many skin care and beauty products.

embedded_essential_oils_in_skin_careMany healing and calming properties are attributed to essential oils. Consider some of these important effects and benefits of essential oils:

  • Stimulation of cellular renewal to heal and improve the complexion of your skin.
  • Balancing emotions.
  • Fighting bacteria, fungi, and other infections.
  • Mental clarity.
  • Restful sleep.
  • Reducing pain, nausea, discomfort.
  • Uplifting the spirits.
  • Creating a special ambience in a room.
  • Air purification.

Rose_BedsideSome essential oils heal or ease by topical application to the body. Others produce their greatest effects by being inhaled or ingested. Still others provide antibacterial and cleaning benefits by being sprayed onto or wiped across surfaces.

Essential oils provide a more environmentally friendly alternative to many toxiccleaning chemicals. When appropriately used, they also can be an alternative or complementary therapy to traditional pharmaceuticals.

The Benefits of Inhaling Essential Oils

The_Soul_of_the_Rose_-_WaterhouseMany people take the benefits of inhaling essential oils for granted. Something smells pleasant, or it does not. Yet only the sense of smell has a direct connection with the brain. It also is considered to be the oldest sense.

Think about that immense power. The sense of smell helps alert us to danger, the nearness of a loved one, and most powerful of all – triggers deeply forgotten memories.

Smelling_RoseEssential oils are often diffused into the air to calm, cleanse, energize, or purify the environment of an area (a room, a hospital ward or workspace, etc.) Inhaling diffused vapors can be the most effective way of drawing in the benefits of essential oils – far more effective than through topical or ingested means.

This is how it works:

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When inhaled, essential oils become a vapor that connects with the sensory nerves of the nasal passages. That vapor is converted into an electrical charge and carried through the olfactory nerve, to the olfactory bulb, into various receptor sites of the brain including the limbic region, and on to the hypothalamus where it is again diverted. The electrical charge(stimulated by inhaling the essential oils) will trigger memory, learning, or emotional responses.

At the same time that some of the inhaled aromas are converting and traveling to the brain, other essential oil molecules are drawn through the nasal mucosa and alveoli in the lungs into the blood circulation.

Isn’t it amazing how inhaling essential oil vapors can so quickly and completely circulate through our bodies!

Discovering Essential Oils

Who knows exactly when the world’s ancient civilizations discovered the power of plants to heal and comfort?

For centuries, knowledge of essential oils (also known as aromatic oils) and their uses and applications was conveyed through the oral tradition – the sharing of one’s knowledge by word of mouth. There is very little early written documentation of plant identification and distillation processes.

It is likely that individuals began experimenting with the properties of their own indigenous plants. As cultures began to intersect through the expansion of empires and trade, the knowledge and uses of essential/aromatic oils also expanded.

The Knights of the Crusades returned to Western Europe with knowledge of herbal medicines learned from practitioners in the Middle East. During the Bubonic Plague in the 14th Century, observers noted that perfumers and others who worked closely with aromatics, seemed to be immune to the disease.

The study and applications of essential oils for comfort and healing have ebbed and flowed throughout the centuries, seemingly replaced by advancements in science and medicine. Neurologist and psychotherapist, Sigismund Freud, speculated that as humans evolved, they began “leaving behind the simple and walking straight into the complex.”

Happily, the knowledge and applications of essential oils have survived. Essential oils and aroma therapy are increasingly used by individuals and in institutions. Researchers are re-examining and rediscovering the healing and calming powers found in plants.

How amazing to be able to connect the wisdom of the ancients with science and medicine in the 21st century!

Making Scents

Forget synthetic sprays- these mood-boosting DIY Ultasonic Aroma Diffuser formula’s use just essential oils and a few everyday items.

Home is where we should feel most calm, creative and nurtured, and few things can bring uplift faster than a house that smells lovely. You might be tempted by the ease of plug-in gels, candles or deodorizing sprays- or their optimistically named scents like Creamsicle and Freshly Cut Grass-but these products’ high levels of VOCs (volatile organic compounds) make them more polluting than soothing. And, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council, many contain phthalates, which are known endocrine disruptors. As usual, Mother Nature has a remedy: pure, plant-derived essential oils-and you don’t need to be a professional Aroma therapist or perfumer to device fragrant and effective blends. We’ve whipped up a few formulas for your Ultrasonic Essential Oil Diffuser that will naturally and beautifully relax, motivate and inspire.

LIVING ROOM CONVERSATION SPARKER

Oils of bergamot, atlas cedarwood and geranium can open the channels of communication and lighten any mood. Bergamot’s spicy citrus scent enlivens; atlas cedar has a grounding, earthly vibes and soothing geranium rounds out the mix.

ULTRASONIC DIFFUSER FORMULA FOR 120 ml:

5 drops bergamot, 3 drops cedarwood and 2 drops geranium.



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OFFICE EFFICIENCY ENHANCER

At your desk of course, you want to boost creativity and motivation. A lively mixture of grapefruit, rosemary and peppermint will jump-start enthusiasm and drive. In Japan, citrus oils used in office ventilation systems have been shown to boost productivity; rosemary is a centuries-old brain stimulators (as Shakespeare wrote), “There’s rosemary , that’s for remembrance”); peppermint adds the enlivening effect of menthol.

ULTRASONIC DIFFUSER FORMULA FOR 120 ml:

6 drops grapefruit, 3 drops rosemary, 2 drops peppermint



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BEDROOM BLISS BLEND:

This is the best room for relaxing scents. Plus, when we smell an aroma we enjoy, we inhale more slowly and deeply-leading to even further relaxation. Here to blend on the tranquility: a blend of lavender (shown to decrease level of the stress hormone cortisol), roman chamomile and ylang-ylang. By the way, all these oils are from flowers, the part of a plant that signals sexual readiness. Enough said.

ULTRASONIC DIFFUSER FORMULA FOR 120 ml:

6 drops lavender, 3 drops chamomile, and 2 drops ylang-ylang



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USE A SPRAY BOTTLE TO TEST YOUR AROMA:

Add a couple of drops of the blend to a one-ounce bottle, fill the rest with water and shake well. Then spray in the air to test the fragrance and adjust the amount of drops accordingly.