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Bringing in the New Year With Aromatherapy

PlannerAnother New Year's Eve has arrived! In addition to the methods we each use to celebrate and bring in the new year, today is a time that many of us reflect upon the past year and think about our plans and expectations for the year up ahead. It's a time where many of us set personal goals by making ambitious resolutions like improving our fitness, nutrition, spirituality or personal relationships.

LimesLime Essential Oil is a beautiful choice for inclusion in room fragrancing/meditation blends for the New Year. Lime essential oil is one of the most affordable of oils and is routinely used for its energizing, fresh and cheerful aroma. Lime essential oil is also well known in folklore for its ability to cleanse, purify and renew the spirit and the mind.

Blends #1 and #4 on AromaWeb's Aromatherapy Diffuser Blends page include lime essential oil. AromaWeb's Air Freshener Recipe converts one of the lime diffuser blends into a beautiful room mist that you may customize using other essential oils.

During quiet moments on New Year's Day, I will be diffusing a blend of about 5 parts Patchouli Essential Oil, 4 parts Lime Essential Oil and 1 part Ylang Ylang Essential Oil in a candle diffuser. Patchouli is deep, rich and grounding, and the ylang ylang lends an exotic, sweet floral touch. Patchouli and Lime are a wonderful combination on their own as well.

Lime essential oil is strong, and a little goes a long way in diffuser and room fragrancing applications. I use it in small dilutions when making soap, but I tend to avoid it in other skin care applications as it can be irritating to the skin.

Daily AromatherapyA thought provoking book that will joyfully help you bring in the New Year is Daily Aromatherapy: Transforming the Seasons of Your Life with Essential Oils by Joni Keim and Ruah Bull. This book can be started at any time of the year, but Daily Aromatherapy is a must-have book for anyone that wishes to begin a New Year's journey of reflection and discovery using essential oils. View AromaWeb's detailed description of the book.

Can I Use My Diffuser Constantly?

Passive Aromatherapy Diffusers
Passive Aromatherapy Diffusers  
This blog post was inspired by several recent e-mails that posed that very question. When using a nebulizer, electric fan diffuser or other diffuser that is capable of distributing a large quantity of essential oil into the air, use your diffuser for a limited period of time (15 minutes is a good rule of thumb) and then shut it off for about an hour before turning it back on. I use an electric timer on my nebulizers. The timers make the process simple, and I never have to worry about accidentally leaving a nebulizer on when I leave the house. Candle diffusers usually emit a less concentrated quantity of oil into the air. As a rule, it is generally ok to diffuse oils for longer periods of time than electric diffusers, but of course you should never leave a candle unattended. Passive diffusers such as porous terra cotta style diffusers can be used for extended periods of time if they are used in large or well ventilated rooms. When used in smaller spaces including cars or bathrooms, try not to add an excessive amount of oil to the diffuser, and don't use it constantly.

When essential oils are diffused into the air, you gradually begin to adapt to the aroma and no longer notice the fragrance until you leave the area and return a short while later. It's easy to overpower the air and not realize it. Many individuals that are sensitive to commercial perfumes and synthetic fragrance oils are able to enjoy and benefit from natural essential oils. Too much of a good thing, however, isn't always better. With overuse, it is possible to become sensitized to essential oils. A good rule of thumb is to not overdo it and be considerate with your choice of oils when diffusing before or while you have guests over.

Aromatherapy Diffusers
  A selection of Diffusers and Nebulizers
Some essential oils are stronger in aromatic intensity and will more easily overpower a room. The strongest essential oils include peppermint, geranium, lime, nutmeg, ginger and cinnamon. Ylang ylang possesses an intensive floral aroma that is known to cause headaches when not used modestly. Some essential oils are contraindicated with particular illnesses/conditions and should be used sparingly if at all with those that have the specific illness/condition. For details on essential oil safety, visit AromaWeb's Essential Oil Safety article.

For more information about diffusion and the different types of diffusers available, visit AromaWeb's Aromatherapy and Essential Oil Diffusers article.

Welcome to AromaTalk!

Welcome to AromaTalk

I'm pleased to announce the launch of AromaTalk and welcome you to its pages. AromaTalk is the blog for AromaWeb (, the most well recognized informational aromatherapy site online.

Although I host over 300 pages of detailed aromatherapy articles, essential oil and carrier oil profiles, aromatherapy recipes, business directories and more on AromaWeb, I have been eager to establish AromaTalk as an added way for me to share timely aromatherapy information, announce AromaWeb's newest content additions and share additional tips, recipes and suggestions with you. I am also especially looking forward to using AromaTalk as a way to keep in touch with you and all of AromaWeb's visitors.

AromaTalk will also give me the opportunity to share information about a range of other topics that I am passionate about and that complement aromatherapy: natural health, herbalism, nutrition, natural skin & hair care, fitness, and green living.

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