Amanda Zulauf Aromatherapy

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Aromatherapy diffuser safety

Jan
04

If you type into google “aromatherapy diffusers/ humidifiers/ nebulizer” you will see a range of products between $10-$200 with many different functions.  You can get some mini ones that attach to your computer via USB with just enough water to lasts 1-2 hours or 600 ml diffusers that last up to 20 hours.  Regardless of diffuser, for safety make sure the diffuser you purchase does shut off automatically when the water runs out.

Depending on size of humidifier will depend on how much oil to add, the one I have I use only 5 drops but some of the really large ones call for 10-15 drops.

The one I have is basic and under $50, it has a steady mist flow, different LED light colours and holds 140 ml of water ( 5-6 hours usage).  Now, just because the diffuser last hours and hours it is not recommended you use constantly, it is best to use 1 hour at a time with a 20-30 minute break.   This is where the pricier versions ($100+) come in handy, not only do they have timers some have cycle timers- 45 mins on, 15 mins off, etc.

Aromatherapy diffusers should be used with great care, if your home has children or furry friends please use with caution.  The larger the diffuser the more care needed around animals & babies.  There are many oils not suitable for pregnancy, children under 2 & animals!!!!  I would avoid diffusing around children under 2 completely, and children under 5 caution should be taken.  I hear from Moms that they like to diffuse lavender in the babies room, Lavender is the safest oil for babies but please consider only diffusing for 15 minutes max, or before the baby enters the room.  Better yet, look into lavender hydrosol or lavender in plant form.

Please consult an aromatherapist for treatment for children, elderly & pregnancy.

If your household has cats be extremely cautious with aromatherapy diffusers.  Here is a great article written for an animal wellness magazine by a certified aromatherapist & help from the #1 specialist in the field, Robert Tisserand, that explains why cats & oils don’t mix.  If you don’t want to read up, ultimately cats are missing an enzyme that will allow their liver to process the oil, potentially causing liver failure.  There are some oils that are not suitable for dogs as well, make sure your dog can leave the room if they don’t like it.  There has been many times I use oils ( safe for dogs) and Rufus will either go sit right next to it or get off the couch and go upstairs.

Just last week I realized how powerful a few drops of oil can be,  my parents were diffusing a calming blend I made them to help relax/ sleep better and my Dad woke up from a nap with swollen eyes and an allergy attack.  He does suffer from allergies but I wasn’t overly concerned because he has used essential oils many times topically; I didn’t think oils he had been exposed to would affect him so drastically by diffused inhalation in an open space.  Allergies are tricky, some oils will trigger attacks and some will help alleviate them, it’s often trial and error.

The lesson of that story is to proceed with caution, your 1st time using an unfamiliar oil in a diffuser use 1/2 the amount and for less time.

** I do have a diffuser and a cat, since starting my course and learning more on the topic I avoid using if my cat is in the same room.  She stays in our bedroom most the time so unfortunately I do not use the diffuser at bedtime but will still use it in my closed office when I am studying/ working. ( I love diffusing Rosemary to help me concentrate and memorize )**

🙂 Amanda Zulauf

 

Bath Bombs & Essential oil safety in the bath

Dec
24

Many people use essential oil in the bath, unfortunately oil & water don’t mix and there are only a few ways to use essential oil in the bath safely.

The safest option is to add essential oil ( e.o ) to an unscented liquid soap/bubbles and then add the soap to the bath.  A great option for sore muscles is to mix the soap/ oil mix with 1/2 cup of epsom salts!

A popular option is adding essential oils to bath bombs which is fairly safe.  Be sure to add the essential oil to the coconut oil before mixing with other ingredients.  It’s important to calculate strength to make sure each bath bomb has the appropriate amount of e.o.

It is safe to use up to 10 drops of essential oil per bath for a healthy adult.  Some oils can cause severe skin irritation and some have a strong scent that can cause headaches, so 7-10 drops is ideal depending on oil.  Unfortunately most recipes I see online suggest too much oil which can cause many health issues such as raising or lowering blood pressure and causing contradictions with medications.  Unless careful consideration of oils properities is taken higher quantities are not recommended.

For children 5+ I recommend no more than 3-4 drops of oil per bath, please keep in mind there are many oils not suitable for children under 12.  Consult an aromatherapist for oil safety.

bath bombHere is a bath bomb recipe I use, which makes 6  bombs (I bought a clear plastic christmas ornament at Michael’s and use only 1/2 the ball which is 2 oz ).

If you want to make full round bath bombs please use only 1/2 the essential oil.

1 c. baking soda    +     1/2 c. epsom salt     +      1/2 c. citric acid

3 TB of melted coconut oil ( or fractionated coconut oil ) mixed with 50 drops (2.5 ml) of essential oil.

Add several drops of soap colorant or beet powder/spirulina!

Spray bottle of witch hazel – spritz the mixture until you can mould the product in your hand.  The texture will resemble wet sand, don’t add too much or the citric acid will cause the bombs to grow and get fizzy when drying.

Pack in the mixture really tight and let sit for 1 hour before removing them from moulds.

 

I will be posting many more DIY creations and journey of becoming a certified aromatherapist, please check back regularly 🙂 I recently did a post for lotion bars, check it out 🙂

 

xo Amanda

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