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Diffusing With Care | Part 4

        by Lisa J. Byers, CAHP and CFA Research Committee member Because safety is top-of-mind when diffusing, we asked you to reflect on a number of important questions. In Part 1, we asked ‘Who shares the air space?’ & ‘What oils are you choosing to diffuse?’ In Part 2, we asked ‘When and for how long will you be diffusing?’ & ‘Where will you be diffusing?’ And in Part 3, we discussed how ‘Wise Diffusing Saves You $$$’ – because who doesn’t like saving money? Now in Part 4 we provide some tips and things to look for when purchasing a diffuser for the first time and we provide a list of best practices when cleaning your diffuser....

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Geranium Essential Oil

Here is a piece of research from 2015 that found geranium essential oil reduced anxiety during labor and is recommended as a non-invasive anti-anxiety aid during childbirth. How was geranium essential oil used? Simple: The essences were dropped onto ... pieces of fabric attached to the participant’s collar. Inhalation is simple yet effective!    

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Diffusing with Care | Part 3

 by Lisa J. Byers, CAHP and CFA Research Committee member   Wise Diffusing Saves You $$$  Apart from the health implications of non-stop diffusing for you, your family and your pets, following these suggested guidelines will also save you $$$ in two ways: One, you will use less essential oils; and two, you will extend the life of your ultrasonic diffuser.  In a recent conversation, a friend was telling me how quickly they were going through their essential oils.  I asked them how many drops they were using? They answered 10-15 drops.  Yikes!  A 5 ml bottle holds 100-120 drops and a 15 ml holds 300-360 drops.  No wonder they were going through their essential oils so quickly!  My follow-up...

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Diffusing with Care | Part 2

BY LISA J. BYERS, CAHP AND CFA RESEARCH COMMITTEE MEMBER Last time, we left off with three of the 5Ws of diffusing. Here are the other two: 4. When and for how long will you be diffusing?  ALWAYS use a timer when diffusing -- if your unit does not have one built in, use your cell phone or stove timer.  This can be challenging at nighttime – but you don’t want to be diffusing throughout the night.  Aim for 30-minute intervals of diffusing (or less) with a minimum of a 30-minute break.  Why, you may be asking yourself? One word — Sensitization.   Sensitization refers to the potential long-term adverse effects of repeated exposure to an essential oil, especially in high...

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