Early Morning Diffuser Blend
Updated: Mar 20
I love creating diffuser blends! I do not, however, like to create catchy diffuser blend names. I just feel like I cannot create something new that hasn't been out there already.
So, I came up with the name based on the picture my friend took.
My friend Kathy took this picture and I thought, "I NEED this picture for my next diffuser blend". Thankfully my friend was so sweet to let me use it for this blog post, and I gave her the well-deserved photo credit. It's amazing! Too bad the graphic of the blend on the blog cover photo is in the way. So here it is without the blend in its view. 😊 Great picture, right?
Let’s get to this blend!
What are the oils involved in this Early Morning Diffuser Blend? Just in case you cannot see the graphic I created, here is the blend:
Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis) – 4 drops
Bergamot (Citrus bergamia) – 2 drops
Add all the drops listed into your diffuser and run for 15 to 30 mins. Shut off for at least an hour, then run again for another 15 to 30 mins if needed. This is intended for that early morning pick me up. You may find only running it once is just enough. Check out my blog on Diffusing Safely to see why I recommend short diffuser times.
What if I do not have a diffuser?
Just boil 2 cups of water and pour into a glass bowl. Then you will want to add the essential oils listed above to your glass bowl of hot water. I choose glass, so the essential oils do not seep into a more fragile material (like plastic) and you could end up smelling or tasting these essential oils in those containers next use.
Once you put the essential oils into the bowl, place it in an area where you can smell the aroma.
Also, place the bowl where no one can tip it over or bump into it. It is also important to keep the hot bowl of water away from children where they can pull on it and dump the hot water on themselves.
Lastly, due to the number of essential oils in this blend, do not put your face over it to inhale the aroma. I will be going over steam baths/facial steam baths in a later blog.
The beauty of this method, you don’t have to keep a timer. The water will start to cool off in a safe time frame and you can dump the water out when you are done or it is completely cooled off. I find that the hot water bowls do cool off completely in the 15 to 30 min time frame.
Now for the WHY for these listed essential oils…
Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis) is one of those essential oils that makes you happy even when it is not mixed with any other essential oils. It has an overall uplifting aroma.
This is why it has the most drops in this blend!
Bergamot (Citrus bergamia) is nervine which is nerve calming but it is also a stimulant type essential oil. There is just something about citrus-type essential oils that brightens your eyes and your day. So don't get too concerned it is calming to the nerves.
Bergamot is also good for helping with irritability, stress, anxiety, sluggish energy, pessimistic outlook, and it soothes the soul. Basically, all the things you need to start your day when you first wake up.
Sweet Basil (Ocimum basilicum ct Linalool) is an essential oil you wouldn’t think of using or let alone in a diffuser blend. The chemotype (ct) in this basil is linalool. It is gentler for the skin. But since we are not putting this blend on our skin, the chemotype is not a concern. However, this chemotype is my favorite to use in inhalation and topical applications.
Basil is also a nervine and a stimulant similar to bergamot. Basil helps with a foggy brain, which is something many suffer from in the morning. It also has anti-depressive therapeutic properties that can help with that early morning pick me up. Basil essential oil is a great addition to compliment the citrus oils in this blend.
Yes! There are safety concerns or guidelines to the use of essential oils.
The number of drops in this blend is at a safe level for all ages to inhale. If you find that you are getting a headache, start to cough, or start to feel nauseous, stop the diffuser. If you are using the hot water bowl method, dump it out. If you feel the need, open up some windows to air your space out. This indicates there are too many essential oils for YOUR liking. It could also mean the diffuser or water bath usage was on too long for YOUR liking. I emphasize YOUR, because everyone is different. I don't want you to feel YOU are the issue, you are not! Essential oils are strong and very concentrated. You just need to find what works for YOU. Ok?
Also, keep an eye on your kids to see if they are enjoying it or not. If your child cannot express themselves of their dislike or able to leave the room on their own, diffuse at the lower time limit above.
My son doesn’t enjoy diffusing very much. So, I do it in the morning for a short time for my use or I have it turned on when we are all out of the house to just cleanse the space.
Next time try these combinations using some of the same essential oils in this blend:
Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis) – 3 drops
Bergamot (Citrus bergamia) – 1 drop
Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis) – 3 or 4 drops
Bergamot (Citrus bergamia) – 2 drops
For more information on Diffusing Safely, check out my previous blog on the subject.
Essential oils, such as citrus essential oils, do tend to come out of the bottles fast.
If you happen to go over by a drop or two, don't panic. See how you end up liking the blend you accidentally created. It may be something you like and want to put in your own notebook of blends.
Just try to keep it at 10 drops or less. I find going over 6 drops, the blend is too strong for me.
If you tried any of these blends, leave a comment. I would love to know what you thought of these ❤️
Thank you for reading!
Love and Nature,
My studies through Aromahead Institute and ACHS clinical aromatherapy certification programs.
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