Once you get these precious gifts
of nature into your home, you actually start practicing Feng shui!
Why Air Purifying Indoor Plants are Good for You
Various scientific studies have proven that air
quality and plants have great co-relation, which is undeniable. NASA tested a
few air-purifying house plants to measure their air-purifying capacity in 1989.
Light: Moderate to bright indirect light is ideal for your ZZ’s growth. It can tolerate and survive in low light.
Water: Allow its soil to dry between the period of
Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree (Ficus lyrata)
If you want to experience the fascinating journey of a houseplant, go for Ficus Lyrata or Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree.
Its finicky nature will teach you kindness,
compassion, patience, and love for something outside your comfort zone.
The fiddle leaf fig tree also imparts wisdom if you open your mind and senses to it. You will need to provide regular care and constant attention to your fussy green partner.
It will thrive in the right amount of watering,
sunlight, and T.L.C. If you want to add a dosage of self-care in your life,
keep this beautiful houseplant in your home’s knowledge (Gen) area and feel the
Light: Full sun to filtered yet bright sunlight is
ideal for your fiddle leaf. Try to keep it close to the east-facing window of
your living room.
Water: Remember to keep its soil moist but not damp. Water the plant only when the top half of the potting soil seems dry. Put your fingers 2 inches inside and check the added moisture.
Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata)
The snake plant got its name for its twisted sword-like leaves with sharp edges. It’s fondly known as “Mother-in-law’s tongue” (it’s razor-sharp😊).
This popular houseplant not only splendor in your home décor but attracts positive energy as well. Fibers extracted from snake plants can be used to make bowstrings, which reinforces its role in our protection.
Unlike other houseplants, snake plants emit oxygen at night, making it a clear winner in the air-purifying houseplant category. You should keep one in your bedroom to thwart negative energies and get indoor air oxygenated.
Light: It’s highly tolerant of any lighting
condition. Moderate to bright indirect light is preferred. Survive and thrive
equally well in low lights.
Water: Don’t overwater to save your snake plant
from root-rot. Let its soil dry out between watering.
Gerbera Daisy Plants (Gerbera)
All houseplant enthusiasts love Garbera due to its wide-eyed, strikingly beautiful blooms. It also improves your home air quality. The gorgeous flowers bring good luck as per feng shui.
Flowers represent positivity in feng shui, unshackle the stuck projects, and bring luck back on your side. Your feng shui aspiration guides you to choose the right color of Garbera Daisy.
Different colors represent important life aspects.
Red denotes inspiration and passion. Yellow
signifies a grounded attitude and excellent health. Pink and purple mean self-love
Remember to take good care of your Garbera even
when it is not flowering.
Light: Filtered and bright sunlight is ideal. A sunny
east-facing window will help your Garbera to flourish.
Water: Excess water in the potting soil may slowly
kill the plant. Water your Garbera only when you find the top half of the soil to
be dry. Keep your Garbera hydrated by misting its leaves with water.
Rubber Plant (Ficus elastica)
Rubber plant of Ficus elastica is another low-maintenance houseplant. The broad, thick, and glossy rubber plant leaves add wood elements to your home as per feng shui.
The wood element is known for its curative
properties and reflects growth in your life. Additionally, a rubber plant can
light up the dark corners of your home by harnessing a positive life force.
Light: Thrive in moderate to bright but indirect light. Rubber plants can survive in bright direct light as well.
Water: Though you need to keep the soil moist,
overwatering can kill the plant.
Moth Orchids (Phalaenopsis)
Orchids are famous for their exquisite blooms. Moth orchids are no exception, and it emits oxygen at night as well. You should keep this orchid variety in your bedroom.
It’s a common practice to keep orchids as per feng
shui and instill romanticism in your life.
If you are single in search of a suitable life partner or having sleepless nights, adding orchids will thwart such negative influences from your life.
Never make the mistake of considering your orchid
dead when it’s not flowering.
The plant is very much alive and needs your
constant love and care. Feng shui recommends you to be patient and take great
care of your orchid.
A host of research reports also points out its ability in the reduction of inflammation.
The beneficial outcome is predominantly caused by anthocyanins, the natural pigments within elderberry, resulting in its dark color.
In 2013, a team of accomplished German researchers studied the curative elements of elderberry and published its report in the British Journal of Nutrition.
As per their findings, the elderberry extract got its prominence among its counterparts for its capacity for a considerable reduction of inflammation.
The study was done on a group of obese women on an exercise regime over eight weeks.
It tracked how their bodies responded and dealt with inflammation and circulatory issues.
One group of women was tested on placebo, and others were given capsules made from plant extracted antioxidants like elderberry extract.
Those tested on antioxidant capsules showed marked improvement in oxidative stress and inflammation.
The researchers noticed a notable enhancement in microcirculation to the skin due to its healing properties.
The natural antioxidants are hugely effective at eliminating the free oxygen radicals increasingly accumulated during exercise.
The high oxidation resulting from free radicals may cause DNA and tissue damage.
It has also been directly linked to the increased chance of developing degenerative diseases like cardiac stress, type-2 diabetes, and even cancers.
Helps Weight Loss
Daily consumption of elderberry extract improves your health and help lose weight safely and naturally. Its ability to boost microcirculation to the skin makes your skin look fresh, young and gives a natural glow.
The extract reverses the premature aging process by providing added nutrients to your skin.
Great for Boosting Immunity
A persistent cold or recurring flu can weaken your immunity as it keeps coming back.
It can be a tense moment in your family to see your children are impacted by these health issues time and again.
Homemade elderberry syrup is a simple and effective remedy for these annoying illnesses.
The curative components of black elderberries (Sambucus nigra) has visible positive effects in relieving discomforts caused by minor health issues.
Elderberries have a high percentage of Vitamin A, B, and C, which strengthens the immune system if consumed regularly.
A group of Israeli researchers discovered that sugar elements in elderberries support our immune system in fighting flu and cold.
They developed various formulas based on the complex sugars that have been clinically proven to counter the health effects of flu and cold.
A recent study in Europe found that elderberry neutralizes the adverse effects of enzyme viruses that penetrate the healthy cells in the throat and nasal lining.
It works as a preventive measure against infection if taken before it.
If your body is already virus-infected, then the elderberry prevents the virus from spreading through the respiratory tract.
A clinical trial has reported significant improvement of 20% study subjects within 24 hours, 70% have reported positive changes in 48 hours, and 90% experienced complete cure of symptoms in 72 hours.
When compared with placebo, the subjects receiving it were cured by the 6th day, a much longer tenure.
3 Simple Elderberry Recipes to Include in Your Daily Diet
Let’s learn how to make quick elderberry recipes that you can include in your diet.
Black Elderberry is commonly available in different drinkable and soluble forms, which shows a better result than the raw variety, as confirmed by nutrition experts.
A superior quality extract enriched by 15 percent membrane can be an ideal choice.
It’s made using a process that normalizes the natural variations in the fresh berries contents resulting from climate, varying soil, and seasonal weather changes.
Homemade Elderberry Syrup
Elderberry syrup is the concentrated form of black elderberries with various immune-supporting and boosting properties, and it tastes great as well.
I use homemade elderberry concentrate with a synergistic proportion of ginger, cinnamon, and raw honey to pack an extra punch for boosting immunity.
If you don’t want to use honey, see my alternate suggestions in the below recipe.
You can jazz up your elderberry recipe based on the desired outcome and choice of flavor.
If you are making your recipe using frozen or fresh elderberries, simply double up the quantity mentioned in the recipe.
You can make a simple yet delicious elderberry syrup by mixing up dried elderberries, raw honey, and different herbs to power up your immune system.
This multi-purpose syrup can be poured on homemade waffles or pancakes for a yummy breakfast or used strictly for medicinal purposes.
3½ cups water
2/3 cup black elderberries (dried, or 1 1/3 cups fresh or frozen)
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp grated ginger
½ tsp ground cloves
1 cup raw honey
½ tsp ground cloves
Add water, elderberries, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger into a medium sized saucepan.
Boil the mixture and then cover with a lid. Simmer for around 45 minutes to 1 hour until the liquid gets reduced almost by half.
Remove saucepan from heat and let it get cool down to room temperature
Mash the berries nicely and strain them when pouring the mixture into a glass jar
When the liquid cools down, add honey into it and mix well.
After the honey gets nicely blended into the elderberry mixture, empty the syrup into a 16-ounce glass bottle or a mason jar.
Oh yeah! Your homemade elderberry syrup is ready. Store in the fridge to keep it fresh for longer.
You can make it in an Instant Pot too. To do this, add all ingredients except honey in a pot and seal it.
Keep the mixture on high pressure for about 10 minutes and release the pressure. Strain the mixture and add in the honey once it cools down.
Normal dosage – ½ – 1 tablespoon for adults and ½ – 1 teaspoon for kids.
If you are down with flu or respiratory infection, have it once every three hours till the symptoms go away.
You can also freeze small quantities in an ice-cube tray and defrost whenever needed.
Not a honey person?
No worries, you can use nutrient-rich molasses or maple syrup to get a similar effect.
You may think, can I use powdered elderberries instead of the liquid?
I had used it as an alternative when whole elderberries weren’t readily available.
That works equally well.
Simply remember to use a ½ cup instead of 2/3 in the recipe.
Elderberry Vinegar – Dressing for Salads and Appetizers
Elderberry vinegar adds an exceptional zing in any recipe.
Adding a splash of this sharp-tasting vinegar enriches the flavors of many traditional to fusion meals.
It can even be added to salads and barbeque sauce to spice up their taste.
2 cups elderberries
2 cups white wine vinegar, with 6% acidity
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
In a saucepan mix elderberries with sugar over medium heat.
Mash the elderberries and stir well to make the sugar dissolve nicely into the berries.
Bring the mixture to a boil, immediately remove it from heat and let it cool down.
Once it gets into the room temperature, mix the berries with vinegar, and adequately cover with a lid or plastic wrap.
Put it in a refrigerator for 3-5 days. Then take it out and thoroughly strain through a sieve.
Store the filtered liquid in a glass jar and bottle. When the vinegar is bottled up, it can even be used for up to two years.
Elderberry Sparkling Water
Elderberry sparkling water is an unassuming term for a tart fruit-based drink.
The strong elderberries flavor with sparkling water offers a refreshing drink.
2 cups elderberries
1/2 – 1 cup sugar (Replace with maple syrup or honey)
1/4 cup water
1 cup red wine vinegar
Sparkling carbonated water
Pour the elderberries, water, and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring it to boil.
Once the sugar gets dispersed, immediately reduce the heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes.
Blend in the vinegar and increase the heat for another boil. Turn down the heat again and simmer for another 15-20 minutes.
Once the heating process is over, let it completely cool down.
Properly drain it through a strainer into a measuring cup and squeeze berries well. Pour liquid into a clean glass jar, bottle or glass for drinking.
You can now jazz up your elderberry juice with carbonated sparkling water or drink without it. Refrigerate the juice for up to one year.
Whenever you want to drink some, mix the desired quantity with sparkling water, and savor it.
In this elderberry recipe, you decide the amount of sparkling water and the amount of elderberry shrub to be mixed based on your taste and preference.
Get Elderberry Recipes in Your Diet
With countless ways to stay fit, you may be confused from Yoga, Pilates, dancing, walking, cross-fit to hardcore strength training. All these forms have plenty of health benefits, but it can only suffice a part of your overall fitness goal.
Keeping yourself inflammation-free is vital to achieve and maintain health.
Include the 100% natural elderberry recipes in your diet and allow it to heal you from within.
Do you still need more reasons to try them (if you already have not done so!)? Let’s check out some best practices for making them.
Prefer organic ingredients if available. It is recommended to wash and rinse all vegetables, fruits, and herbs before you make any recipe.
Giving a thorough rub, scrub and rinse flushes out all surface contaminants such as pesticide residues, dust, and other bacteria.
Prefer glass bottles or simple mason jars for making and storing these infused waters.
Slice hard fruits thinly to help release their flavors
Slice soft textured fruits thickly; you can make quarters or halve them too
Crush the herbs such as lemongrass, rosemary, ginger root, garlic pods, basil, cilantro
Loose flowers, herbs can be tied up in a small cheesecloth and dropped into the mason jar
To get the best-infused water, take care of these ingredients’ temperatures and soaking tips.
Add the ingredient into the water in the mason jar and keep it in room temperature for a maximum of two hours. Slip the jar into the refrigerator to keep it fresh.
These waters can be consumed immediately after preparing – mint, melon, citrus, lemon, and cucumber-infused waters. For all citrus fruits, make sure you peel the skin off, otherwise, they may give a bitter aftertaste to the water.
Keep the recipes with rosemary, ginger, apple, and cinnamon in the fridge for at least 6-8 hours.
Drink the infused water within 24 hours. You can also store it for up to 3 days after straining out the fruits and herbs.
Once the water gets over, I suggest making a new batch.
In only 5 minutes you can have a fresh new flavorful batch of detox water ready.
Oh yes, once the water gets over, you can eat the fruits and herbs leftover!
13 Infused Water Recipes
So, here I am sharing a few of my favorite infused water recipes you can start with. Keep adding your favorites to the list too!
Orange Mint Delight
Get a mason jar or tall glass. Place 2 mint leaves and 2 thinly sliced orange wedges in the glass (remove the peel as it can be bitter).
Fill it to the brim with pure, filtered water and place it in the fridge. Close it with a lid and refrigerate for at least 12 hours to get the most flavor.
A juicy combination of pineapple and strawberries is here to tingle your tastebuds!
Get your glass ready with 2-3 slices of pineapple and 2-3 thick slices of strawberry.
Now, add water till the brim and refrigerate it for at least 12-18 hours for the best taste.
Take a half-gallon glass jar and add 8 fresh mint leaves. You can crush the leaves before adding it to infuse more flavor.
Add in a thinly sliced cucumber. Fill it to the brim with filtered water. Enjoy it after refrigerating for at least 6 hours.
Citrus blue is a complete stunner. Take a one-gallon glass jar and add in a cup of fresh blueberries. Add in 2-3 orange slices.
You can keep the peel if you prefer a slight orange rind aftertaste. Peel it off if you prefer a sweeter version.
Add it with filtered water and refrigerate for about 6-8 hours.
I just love this one! Take your half-gallon glass jar and add 12-14 crushed mint leaves. Add thin slices of 1/4th of pineapple.
Make sure the pineapple slices are thin if you want a deeper flavor. Stir and add filtered water. Refrigerate for more than 8 hours and enjoy it!
Take 14-15 crushed basil leaves in your one-gallon glass jar. Add in 2 cups of finely sliced watermelon.
You can also chop it into small cubes for more flavor. Do peel away the rind. Add water and infuse for a minimum of 6-8 hours.
I find this to be a lot of strawberry flavored lemonade, tastier but without the sugar boost! Pick a half-gallon glass jar and add finely sliced 12-14 fresh strawberries.
Throw in a sliced lemon with its rind into the jar. Pour water in it and refrigerate for at least 6 hours after giving it a gentle stir.
Cherry lovers will absolutely adore this one! Take your gallon glass jar and throw in one lime, thinly sliced.
Chop a cup of fresh cherries in half and add it to the jar. Fill it with water and stir gently.
Store in refrigerator and pick it up once you are ready to have it!
I have this one on my work table almost every day! Take half a cup of fresh raspberries in a gallon glass jar.
Drop a thinly sliced grapefruit into the jar. For a better flavor, let the rind stay.
Add in filtered water and refrigerate for around 6-8 hours.
Peel and thinly slice one fresh mango. Add to a ½ gallon glass jar.
Drop 1 cup of finely chopped pineapple and filtered water.
Allow infusing in the refrigerator for 4-6 hours before drinking.
Chilled Grape Sparkle
The hands-down kids’ favorite! Add one thinly sliced orange with 2 cups of halved grapes in a gallon glass jar.
You can keep the rind on for a more fruity tinge. Fill it up with filtered water and refrigerate for at least 6-8 hours.
This one is my fav! Add about 12-15 basil leaves (crushed) to a half-gallon mason jar.
Mix in 6-8 slices of fresh pineapple. Infuse it for about 10-12 hours in the refrigerator.
Get ready to welcome detox water that is a class apart!
This BMW is made of classic blackberry, aromatic mint, and filtered water.
Heads Up! Don’t blame me if you get a mojito kinda feeling while having it!!
Let me share a secret tip with you.
Honestly, you can try just anything to make your own personalized infused water!
Yes, it is that easy.
Adding any herb, fruit or fresh veggies instantly revitalizes the water and makes it super delicious!
I am having my Basil breeze as I am typing away.
So, which one would you like to try out today?
Share your favorite infused water recipe in the comments section below.
Exposure to this toxic hydrocarbon is linked to slow brain development and attention deficit in newborns.
Toluene is also mixed with the gasoline to improve Octane ratings and results in highly toxic automobile emissions.
When it gets into our body in any manner, it damages the central nervous system, i.e., our brain and spinal cord.
The EPA reiterates the fact the indoor air consists of more airborne contaminants than outdoor air.
With people spending more than 90% percent of our time indoors, let’s see how we can address this issue.
What are the Benefits of Using Essential Oils to Purify Your Indoor Air
Let the multi-purpose and all-natural essential oils come into our rescue.
Essential oils help to improve moods and treat our psychological issues. They are also useful as a complementary practice with modern medical treatments.
Essential oils are also highly effective in clearing the toxic air surrounding us.
Essential oils are natural extracts that are typically distilled or pressed from roots, leaves, stems or different other parts of selected aromatic plants.
Each oil is known to have a unique smell and chemical composition. Each oil’s porosity and the reaction is different with every individual.
The plants from which we extract these essential oils are classified based on their unique medicinal properties despite belonging to the same species.
These wonder oils have continuously been praised all over the world for playing a pivotal role in traditional and alternative medicine.
They have gained in popularity since the rediscovery of aromatherapy in the early ‘80s.
When ingested or applied topically, they can play a significant role in improving your cosmetic, emotional, and spiritual health.
These sweet-smelling aromatic oils come packed with a wealth of psychological benefits, some of which are beyond explanation.
How Essential Oils Can Help in Indoor Air Purification
Essential oils have a host of health benefits. Did you know that purifying indoor air is an effective result of using essential oils?
The majority of essential oils have antiviral, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial properties that are incredibly effective in removing toxins when dispersed in the indoor air.
They destroy the living cells of deadly airborne viruses, dust particles, harmful bacteria, and antigens when in contact with these toxins.
The essential oils settle on the floor of your home and make your indoor air pollution-free. Apart from purifying indoor air, they help in aromatizing the indoor atmosphere.
Top 10 Essential Oils for Air Purification
Essential oils can be used for purifying indoor air. To use them safely, you will need to dilute them with a carrier oil.
For the appropriate quantity of usage of these essential oils, it is strongly recommended to seek help from medical professionals and get desired results.
Let’s look at the top ten essential oils to purify air.
Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint Essential Oil is famous for its versatility. You can apply this oil to stimulate your senses and flex tired muscles.
It is loaded with strong antiseptic properties, which can disinfect any surface by removing the dirt and stain.
It is great at eliminating unpleasant smells with its comforting fragrance. It also acts as a natural and effective insect repellent.
You can only use peppermint oil or mix with other essential oils in recommended ratios to get the desired result.
Chamomile Essential Oil
Chamomile is a world-famous tea and exceptionally well known for its calming and soothing effects on our senses.
Chamomile oil has been successfully used in ancient medicine to heal various skin diseases like eczema, canker sores, and much more.
It has strong anti-inflammatory properties that are fantastic to cure skin ailments.
Lemon Essential Oil
The lemon essential oil is known to have curative properties and health benefits.
The innate versatility of lemon essential oil allows you to use it for almost anything, but it is commonly used for purifying stale indoor air and cleaning your home.
This will aromatize your home with soothing lemony fragrance after destroying the air-borne pollutants and other toxic elements.
Lavender Essential Oil
Are you suffering from sleep apnea or experiencing tense moments?
Lavender oil is probably the best solution to have a calming effect on you.
It is a remarkable insect repellent and an excellent air-sanitizing spray. It works equally well as a surface disinfectant.
Depending on your requirement, you can make a single use of this sweet aromatic oil, or you can stir it up with other varieties.
The best trait of lavender oil is its beautiful fragrance, which stays for long in the air and purifies it from stuffy odor and other contaminants.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil
In a study by the Journal of Ethnopharmacology, certain eucalyptus species were found to have strong anti-inflammatory properties. They help in regularizing our immune system and its responses.
If eucalyptus oil is applied indoors, it improves the quality of airflow you breathe by eliminating the toxicity and other irritants in the air in a short span.
You can feel the soothing effect of your nerves once you inhale the clean indoor air.
The pure air strengthens your lungs by curing unwanted inflammation and swelling.
Basil Essential Oil
Basil is known for its healing effects on people with respiratory and ear infections.
Its inbuilt antimicrobial properties can be extremely beneficial for your health.
As revealed by some studies, basil has the potential to combats strings of bacteria that are drug-resistant.
Every day as apprehension about antibiotic medication resistance keeps on growing in the medical community, oils such as Basil continue to stand out.
Many people may start favoring alternative therapies such as essential oils due to its natural healing properties with minimal or zero side effect.
Basil has even added value to many modern and traditional recipes.
It protects us from listeria and E. coli, the toxic agents of foodborne diseases which can sometimes be life-threatening.
Tea Tree Essential Oil
Tea tree oil is packed with anti-inflammatory properties, which is used to treat swelling caused skin irregularities.
Research has proven that this essential oil improves oral hygiene by destroying hidden bacteria and bad breath. If regularly used, it gives relief for swollen gums and bleeding.
Antimicrobial properties in tea tree oil are perfect for use in household cleaners.
When they pass through air, it almost magically neutralizes the harmful effects of bacteria in a few minutes.
Struggling with mold in your home?
Spray tea tree oil in corners of your home and see the mold gradually reduce.
It’s instrumental in reducing the airborne allergens and irritants, thus providing relief and comfort to residents infected by chronic allergies.
You can also use it as a potent disinfectant in newly purchased apartments or condos before house shifting.
Lime Essential Oil
Lime essential oil is closely related to lemon oil. It is well accepted for its germ-fighting abilities and make your house pollution-free.
It is the right alternative for lemon essential oil, which retains the citrusy scent in every corner of your home.
Lime stands out as the strongest counteract against both gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria.
It may be a little less on flavor compared to its lemon counterpart, but the wealth of benefits offered by it should never be ignored.
It can successfully destroy the majority of the air-borne toxins in a few minutes after application.
Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil
Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil works exceptionally well in eliminating airborne pollutants and purifying indoor air in the process.
Its positive effect on the people with a chronic cold is proven time and again.
It makes your home more liveable and inviting by having a calming effect on your nerve. The best part is that it also gives you clean and aromatic air after it does its job.
Red Mandarin Essential Oil
Red mandarin oil comes with a fruity and mood-elevating fragrance that acts as a stress reliever, helps to reduce anxiety and fatigue by lifting your mood.
It works equally well if blended with other essential oils yet maintains its distinct fragrance.
It’s my all-time favorite for purifying the air in my home by eliminating airborne allergens and deadly toxins that cause allergic reactions.
How to Use Essential Oils for Air Purification
When you are using essential oils to purify air, a diffuser is very useful.
Diffusing essential oils for air pollution in your home is a 100% natural and highly effective way to get clean and fresh air.
Let’s get started.
Diffuse & Use
If you are diffusing the oils in your home, you can start with 2-6 drops of essential oil in 180ml of water. Do you have infants or small babies at home?
I would suggest you use a lighter dilution ratio of 1-2 drops of oil in 180ml of water. Since your little one’s organs are still forming, it is advisable to enjoy lighter diffusions to make it safe for them.
Diffusion – The Right Time
Diffusing oil in a room for about 15-20 minutes is just right. It gives the oil diffuser a lot of time to disperse oil in a regular-sized room.
The recommendation may differ depending on the sizes of the rooms, existing indoor temperature, and airflow inside the room.
You will sense a subtle fragrance in the indoor air, which lasts for hours. Once the scent subsides, you can turn on the diffuser once more in the day.
It is safe to use an essential oil diffuser for 2-3 times a day for 15-20 minutes one time.
Room Space Diffusion
In my house, I have a huge mezzanine floor in an open format. It has nice big doors with large French windows.
When I diffuse essential oils to purify air in this room, the scent sticks around for about an hour, never more.
So, I diffuse for longer, like about a quarter of an hour or so, before I switch the diffuser off.
But if you use it in a closed room or have little children or pets at home, the standard diffusion time of 15 minutes is safe.
If you or a loved one have any respiratory irritation, stick to the standard time advised.
Also, remember to keep the room well ventilated with an open window to allow fresh air to mingle with the aromatic scents.
Essential Oils Best for Beginners
If you are starting with essential oils for the first time, I would recommend starting with mild scents such as:
They have great healing properties and considered safe to use around pets and little children. You will be simply delighted with the light and sweet discernable aroma.
Use them on their own as single oils diffused in water. Gradually when you get used to the aroma, you can start experimenting on essential oil blends.
How to know if you used too much essential oil in your diffuser
Watch out for the 4 warning signs to know if you have put too much oil in your diffuser.
The majority of the time, if you use excessive essential oil, its smell can hit hard on your nose. But if you have any congestion in your nose, then you may not even sense the smell that well.
Your eyes may get watery, stinging and itchy
You may have a runny nose
You or a loved one experience a throbbing headache
How to Correct Essential Oil Diffusion Ratios
If you have accidentally used more than the normal quantity of essential oils in the diffuser, do this immediately:
Increase the flow of natural air into the room by opening doors and windows. A fresh burst of air can diffuse the strongest blends of essential oil.
Switch off the Essential Oil Diffuser.
Use a large glass container. Put essential oil into the water and mix it well.
Dilute the mixture by pouring additional 180ml to the essential oil mixture and stir well with the water.
Refill the oil diffuser with the newly created essential oil mix and fill up to the fill line.
If the smell seems too strong, dilute further to have the right proportion
I also made a lot of mistakes the first few times before I could finally get it right. I remember the early essential oil diffusions took multiple blends to reach the right mix.
With experience, I realized that testing out the essential oil mix is very important before actually using it.
So, if you are trying out a new essential oil blend or using a new brand, add 1-2 drops of one oil to test its aroma.
Once you diffuse them in the indoor air, they will slowly sanitize the air you breathe, cleanse your mind and body and work as a stress buster. Incredible, isn’t it?
Have you used essential oils in your home to bust indoor air pollutants? Any favorite oil blends you would like to share? Share them today and spread the love!
A recent study has scientifically proven that essential oils reduce sleep disruption and improve sleep quality in adults. A detailed comparison has been made between the effectiveness of acupressure and aromatherapy in boosting sleep quality, and essential oils proved to be quite effective.
Blending 2-3 essential oils in the correct ratio were found to be more effective and powerful in improving sleep quality compared to a single essential oil.
You can use essential oils as a stress buster and mitigate anxiety symptoms in your life. The happy and positive feelings generated by the aroma of essential oil can indirectly improve your sleeping time and quality.
Did you know that the right dosage of essential oils can help you fight depression?
A recent study conducted between a group of post-partum ladies revealed that aromatherapy helped improved the symptoms of anxiety and depression in them.
In-Depth Research and analysis conducted in 2016 found aromatherapy have a magical effect in combating depression and stress and treating symptoms of menopause in older and perimenopausal women.
Top 11 Essential Oil for Sleeping Well
Let’s look at the 11 most essential oils and analyze how they can boost your sleep quality.
Lavender is one of the most potent and popular essential oils for inducing relaxation and better sleep among sleep-deprived patients.
We always recommend people having sleep apnea to go for aromatherapy for improving sleep quality.
Lavender has long term association with rest and relaxation for its soothing fragrance and provided natural relief for depression and anxiety.
A recent study conducted in the age group of 6 to 12 years old kids recovering from tonsil removal showed that lavender oil-based aromatherapy reduced the necessity of pain medication in them and they healed faster.
Lavender also has soothing effect on your nerves which means it can make you fast asleep.
Try using lavender as a key essential oil for sleeping and see how it works!
Lavender has demonstrated its effectiveness for increasing sleep time, improving sleep quality and make you more alert, which includes insomniac people as well.
Vanilla is liked across the world for its sweet and flavorful aroma, and it has long been associated with relieving from stress and making you more relaxed.
It also has soothing effects on your mind and body. It can significantly reduce restlessness and hypertension by soothing the nervous system and lowering your blood pressure.
Vanilla is a potent stress reliever and antidepressant, with a combined effect of uplifted mood and a relaxed mind.
We recommend you to eat less but smell more vanilla as it induces sleep naturally without the piling on calories.
“Jasmine” – the name is associated with rejuvenating and rich flowery fragrance.
The intense floral scent of Jasmine has the built-in quality to improve your sleep quality.
research studies have proven that Jasmine controls restlessness and increase
daytime alertness as well.
In 2002, a team of researchers compared Lavender and Jasmine and found out that Jasmine delivered all sleep benefits and lowered anxiety and depression better than Lavender.
Multiple scientific studies revealed that sandalwood worked wonders in controlling and slowly curing anxiety symptoms.
Sandalwood is a powerful essential oil for sleeping.
It has powerful sedative effects which cause uninterrupted sleep, improve sleeping pattern, quality and makes you more mindful.
Sandalwood if applied with a correct ratio, has been scientifically proven to increase alertness and wakefulness by making you physically relaxed.
Each one us has different reaction to scents.
You may be benefitted by having better sleep quality while the other person can feel more relaxed and mindful.
If you use Sandalwood during the night it can significantly improve your sleep quality and pattern while using it in daytime can enhance your alertness and fill your mind with renewed energy.
Lemon has a similar effect as sandalwood, right aromatic use of lemon or citrus oil can stimulate your nerve and promote better sleep.
The reaction may vary depending on the type of citrus oil used by you. Bergamot, an orange variety, is capable of improving sleep quality and relieve stress.
Lemon oil, on the other hand, has been scientifically tested and demonstrated magical curative properties in reducing depression and anxiety.
Citrus oil may help some people to fall asleep fast, and with ease, for others, its rich fragrance can be more refreshing than sleep-promoting.
If the aroma of citrus makes you more energized, then it’s advisable to use them during the daytime instead of night and channelize your energy to be more productive.
essential oil is extracted from the plant’s root. It’s earthy and rich aroma
calm your restless mind and help your brain to hibernate faster before
You may take a while to get used to its strong smell, that’s the reason we recommend you to mix it with roman chamomile or lavender (lighter oils) for a lasting effect.
Roman Chamomile essential oil has soothing, relaxing, and calming properties.
It contains a light floral aroma and is ideal for creating a peaceful environment in your house.
If used at night, the refreshing aroma will help to calm your nerve and improve your sleep quality.
Ylang Ylang –
hard to pronounce, isn’t it? It sounds like you have a mouthful of chocolate
and some gooey ones are stuck on your tongue.
Trust me, whatever it is, Ylang Ylang is the perfect choice if you are looking at improving your sleep quality.
It’s has a perfect blend of fruity and floral aroma, ideal for filling your mind with serenity.
I have attached a strange affinity with bergamot ever since I smelled it.
It’s a type of citrus fruit, the peel or rind of which is cold-pressed to make “Bergamot Essential Oil.”
The majority of the citrus oils such as wild orange or grapefruit may have a bit of stimulating effect on your nerve, but bergamot works differently.
It’s strong yet soothing at the same time.
I prefer bergamot over other essential oils so it is a key part of my ‘essential oil for sleeping well’ toolkit!
Important Note: Keep in mind that Bergamot has photosensitive properties, which can make your skin overly sensitive when exposed to the sun.
We strongly recommend you not to apply bergamot oil on the open areas of your skin, only use on the body parts which are covered.
I know what you
feel, I had the same thought when I first heard of marjoram essential oil, I
could only think of using it in cooking.
Trust me; Marjoram has much wider benefits than what you can imagine.
It’s a great choice to naturally heal the cramps in your joints and muscles and bring better reflexes.
Not only that, Marjoram plays a pivotal role in making you fall asleep fast and peacefully.
The woody and
earthy aroma of cedarwood essential oil enchant me every time I smell it. I
frequently use it to calm down my brain and soothe my mind after a hectic day.
I use it both
topically and with a diffuser. It mixes well with lighter varieties of floral
fragranced oil or great to use on its own as well.
How To Use Essential Oils For Relaxation And Better Sleep
recommended many people to use essential oil blends in the correct ratio for
better sleep quality. Keep reading to know some easy-to-follow guidelines to
kick-start your journey with essential oil:
Add a few drops of oil to your bathwater and instantly refresh yourself. This is an excellent way to get relaxed and derive various other benefits of aromatherapy apart from sleeping well.
Pour a recommended number of drops of your favorite essential oil in the bathwater and keep it soaked for 60 to 90 minutes and take a bath just before your bedtime. The essential oil blended shower will have soothing effect on your brain and help to improve your sleep quality.
Ideally, use a diffuser as it
will directly sprinkle essential oils right into the indoor air. You need to
add oil and water in the manufacturer recommended ratio, follow the other
instructions and slowly experience the desired effect.
It requires little effort to prepare your own blend. You can put water and essential oil in an atomizer or spray bottle, mix and shake it well before misting on your bed sheet or spraying around your room.
We recommend spraying the blend underneath your pillow to avoid skin rashes or irritation. Add 4-5 drops of essential oil in every ½ cup of water; you can reduce the number of drops if the smell feels too strong.
Getting a nice
massage done by your partner can instantly lift your mood and help you enjoy a
recommend our readers to use essential oils in diluted form as undiluted
version can be highly intense, concentrated and irritate your skin.
for Using Essential Oils
Before you integrate new essential oil blend into your daily life, test them thoroughly to understand the benefits and side effects.
This trial and error exercise will help you find out if you’re developing any allergic reaction to the new blends.
are incredibly potent, and you should take precaution along with the recommended
dosage before using aromatherapy.
To begin with, blend essential
oil with a specific carrier oil (such as sweet almond or jojoba oil) before
applying it on your skin. It should not be used in excessive quantity or
applying directly on your skin.
Before implementing essential
oils into your life, make sure to consult a certified health professional or
alternative medicine practitioner to find out if essential oil suits your
health condition or not.
If you are breastfeeding,
pregnant or having any chronic health condition, don’t forget to consult your
doctor before applying essential oils in your daily routine.
Learn more about safe usage of
essential oils and go for a check-up with your doctor if you have sleep apnea
or disorder and are planning to use aromatherapy to treat and cure sleep
NEVER APPLY undiluted essential
directly oil on your skin. If you want to make topical use of essential oils on
your body, make sure to buy diluted essential oil – a blend of essential oils
of your preferred fragrance and a carrier oil (primarily a vegetable oil).
The moment you start using essential oil for sleep, cherish the experience and pay attention to your feeling.
Every human-like different aromas, pick the one you like and feel energized after using.
The right scents are the ones that instantly relax your mood, make you feel sleepy and improve sleep quality.
You need to experiment with different essential oil for sleep blends before finalizing and incorporating your preferred blend to use at nighttime.
If an aroma makes you feel refreshed and alert then it’s not the right variety to induce sleep instead you can use it in the morning to make your day more productive.