Reed diffusers are a great way to scent your home. Unfortunately most shop-bought ones contain synthetic fragrance oils, which can smell really artificial and may irritate those with asthma, allergies or sensitivities. Making your own reed diffuser with essential oils is a great alternative and is really simple to do.
You will need:
How to make:
Because homemade reed diffusers usually don't smell as strong as shop-bought ones, they work best when placed in smaller rooms such as your bathroom, or an area that you walk by regularly. I have suggested some blends below but the great thing about making your own reed diffusers is that you can play around with scents and use any essential oils you wish! Although a blend of three oils always works well, you can use just one or two oils if you prefer.
Relaxing Aromatherapy Diffuser Blend
Uplifting Aromatherapy Diffuser Blend
Energising Aromatherapy Diffuser Blend
Let me know if you need any help or advice!
Summer is here and that means beach days, holidays and spending as much time outdoors as the weather will allow. Summer does of course come with its own health and wellbeing concerns, including sunburn, insect bites, hay fever, travel anxiety/sickness, fatigue and the usual stress that comes with preparing for a holiday, job stress or managing work and home life. Thankfully, essential oils can help to boost your wellbeing and manage all of these summer health problems.
Sunburn is usually easily prevented with a good natural sun cream and by staying out of the sun during the middle of the day when it is at its strongest. However, if you do end up getting a little burned, you can help to soothe your skin with lavender essential oil.
Blend 2-3 drops of lavender per 5ml of carrier (grapeseed, sweet almond, sunflower or coconut) oil and massage into your body, or add a little of the blend to a cool bath. If you have an unscented body lotion or some aloe vera gel, you can also mix the lavender into that (using the same dilution as before) instead of the carrier oil.
To help prevent insect bites and stings this summer, Quinessence's Hydrating Insect Repellent lotion is a must have. It contains citronella, lemon eucalyptus, clove and cedarwood, which research has found to be among the best essential oils for repelling insects. It also contains aloe vera, kukui seed oil and cocoa butter to hydrate the skin and protect against environmental damage.
If you battle with seasonal allergies, using a blend of eucalyptus radiata, lemon, chamomile Roman and lavender can help to prevent and bring relief from your symptoms. Inhalation is the best method of using this blend, and there are several easy ways in which to do this:
If you get anxious about travelling or have a phobia of flying, using mandarin, chamomile, sweet orange, lavender, petitgrain or geranium essential oils can help to calm your nerves. Use one oil on its own or pick two or three to create your own personalised blend. The oils can be added to an inhaler tube or used in a piece of aromatherapy diffuser jewellery. Alternatively, you can add 4-6 drops in total of essential oil and 10ml jojoba oil to a glass rollerball bottle to create a calming pulse-point perfume blend (I can also make these up for you).
If you are prone to travel sickness, using lavender, ginger or chamomile essential oils can help to reduce feelings of nausea and settle the stomach. As before, use a single oil or mix two or three depending on which ones you like best (the oils you are drawn to are often the best ones for your individual needs). These oils can be used in a personal inhaler or inhaled from a tissue, added to a piece of diffuser jewellery or diluted in jojoba oil to make a rollerball blend.
Although we generally feel more energised during the summer, the heat can sometimes leave us feeling tired and drained. If you've had a few late nights or have been doing a lot of travelling, fatigue can often creep up on you during the day. Using invigorating essential oils such as rosemary (not to be used if you are pregnant of suffer from epilepsy), ginger, lime, may chang or lemongrass can help to wake you up and refresh your mind and body.
A great way to feel energised first thing in the morning is to sprinkle a few drops of one or two of any of the above essential oils onto the shower floor and then turn on the water. As you stand in the shower you will feel energised and uplifted as the aromas fill the air. You can also use these oils in an oil burner/diffuser, an inhaler/tissue, a rollerball blend or a piece of diffuser jewellery.
If stress is getting the better of you this summer, you can use essential oils to help you feel more relaxed and calm. There are so many de-stressing essential oils out there, but some of the ones I find to be most effective include lavender, mandarin, petitgrain, chamomile, bergamot, geranium, may chang, sweet orange and lemongrass. Any of the previously mentioned methods are excellent ways to use essential oils for helping to reduce stress levels - in an oil burner/diffuser, a bath/body oil, an inhaler, diffuser jewellery, a shower blend or rollerball perfume.
As always, if you have any questions about using essential oils please get in touch!
Even though my hair isn’t very thick, I have always been able to grow it really long. It is currently down to the bottom of my back! As I have just added a brand new treatment onto my menu – the aromatic hair & scalp ritual, designed to condition and nourish the hair, encourage growth and ease tension in the neck, shoulders, face and head – I thought it would be a good time to share my secrets for growing long and healthy hair.
1. Switch to Natural Products
There are so many hair care products on the market today, all promising to do something different. The problem is, most mainstream products are filled with a plethora of hard-to-pronounce ingredients and potentially harmful chemicals. The main offender is sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), which is responsible for the lather when we shampoo our hair. SLS can cause scalp irritation and can be too drying for the hair.
Try to use more natural products instead, which are likely to be kinder to your hair, scalp and body. Brands I love include Faith in Nature and PHB Ethical Beauty. Opt for natural hair dye too – I highly recommend Hair Today in Falmouth, who use only organic, vegan and cruelty-free products free from parabens, resorcinol, ammonia and PPD.
2. Minimise Heat
Try to limit your use of hair dryers, straighteners and curlers - too much heat can cause hair breakage and damage. Avoid vigorously rubbing your hair with a towel too, since this can also cause damage. Instead, carefully pat your hair with a soft towel then leave to air dry naturally if possible, and leave the blow dry for special occasions only.
3. Be Careful when Brushing
It’s easy to think that lots of brushing results in shiny, healthy hair; after all, according to the old wives’ tail, we should brush our hair 100 times a day! It’s true that brushing helps to promote shiny hair as it distributes the scalp’s natural oils throughout the hair. It also helps to stimulate circulation to the scalp, feeding the hair follicles and encouraging healthy growth. However, brushing our hair 100 times a day is likely to result in breakage.
Keep brushing to a minimum, and use a quality brush with cruelty-free bristles – I love EcoTools. Brushing wet hair – which is more fragile and stretchy than dry hair – is also likely to cause breakage. Opt for a wide-tooth comb instead, working from the ends of your hair up.
4. Eat Healthily
Beauty comes from within, and eating a healthy, balanced diet will help your hair to shine from the inside out. As well as drinking plenty of water, be sure to eat lots of nourishing whole foods. Vitamins and minerals needed for strong, healthy hair include:
5. Reduce Stress
One of the many negative effects stress has on the body is hair loss. Learn how to reduce and manage your stress levels to feel healthier and happier. Taking time out from your busy routine to do something for you will help to reduce your stress levels. Enjoy spending a little time each day doing something that relaxes you, whether that’s having a bath, reading a book, listening to music or unwinding with a massage or spa treatment.
6. Massage your Scalp
Regular scalp massage stimulates hair growth by boosting the circulation, which strengthens and feeds the hair follicles. It also spread the hair's natural oils, boosting shine. A study showed that daily scalp massage resulted in increased hair thickness. Massage your hair as often as you can using a hair oil, when you work shampoo into your hair, or book a professional head massage.
7. Use Hair Oils
Don’t be afraid of getting your hair oily! Oils are so beneficial for the hair and scalp, and if you can use them regularly you will soon notice softer, shinier, stronger hair. Oils can be applied all over the hair and scalp for a deep-conditioning treatment once or twice a week, or a couple of drops can be used daily to add shine and nourishment to the lengths and ends of your hair. The best oils for healthy hair include argan, sweet almond, coconut, macadamia and jojoba.
Essential oils also help to enhance the condition of the hair, and may even help to stimulate hair growth. A study showed that daily scalp massage with a blend of thyme, rosemary, lavender and cedarwood essential oils (in a base of jojoba and grapeseed) was a successful treatment for alopecia areata (spot baldness). The study also showed that massage using these essential oils was significantly more effective than massage with the jojoba and grapeseed oils alone.
I can make you a personalised hair oil incorporating a blend of base and essential oils selected according to the needs of your hair and what you would like to achieve, whether that's to balance your scalp, repair and condition your hair or help encourage growth. Please get in touch to find out more.