Diffuser Reviews

With so many options available it’s hard to know what you really need or want. I’ve reviewed a list of diffusers that should help make your decision easier. Lets start from my most favorite to my least favorite.

  • Lantern Diffuser 
    • Brand: Young Living
    • Cost: $84.75 Wholesale / $111.51 Retail
    • Where to find: https://www.youngliving.com/en_US/products/lantern-diffuser?sponsorid=19435826&enrollerid=19435826&type=member
    • Description: Designed to be an elegant centerpiece or accent to any home or office. The classic lantern design, crafted of fine metal and glass, offers longer run times and multiple lighting features for any aromatherapy practice. It is designed to offer multiple diffusion settings, along with 11 LED colored light options, including an alluring candle-like flicker mode.
    • Why I love it: This diffuser is on the top of my list because it really enhances the ambiance in the room without being to obvious that its a diffuser. You can place it anywhere you would typical decor. Just make sure you have an electrical outlet nearby!
  • Comfort Diffuser
    • Brand: Everlasting Comfort
    • Cost: $34.95
    • Where to find: https://amzn.to/2GS9A4n
    • Description: Transform your home into a relaxing oasis with our flower vase designed essential oil diffuser in dark wood. Its large 400ml water tank provides 13 hours of aromatic mist – simply add your favorite essential oil. And, set the mood and lighting with your choice of 7 colored LED lights. It’s built-in timer and automatic shut off when low water level is detected, means you can enjoy and relax carefree.
    • Why I love it: I’m a huge fan of the wood look. Its an easy diffuser to compliment any room and the portion that emits the various lights is so minimal that you wouldn’t think its a kids night light.
  • Wine Barrel Diffuser
      • Brand: Salking
      • Cost: $39.99
      • Where to find: https://amzn.to/31AqgVO
      • Description: 350ml capacity for large room, Mist cover area: 270-480sq.ft, BPA FREE and Waterless auto-off, 4 Timer setting: Continuous ON / 1H / 3H /6H, 3 Spray modes: high mist, low mist, intermittent mist(30s ON/OFF recycle), 7 colors LED lights: fixed one color, 7 colors adjustable between bright and dim
      • Why I love it: This is the perfect diffuser for a man. Although its a wine barrel you could say its a whiskey barrel. It gets the job done without looking too ‘foofy’. Win, Win!

An honest review about Young Living

You’ve probably heard of this essential oil giant.

They have been around for 25 years and believe that life should be filled with wellness, purpose, and abundance. What else can you ask for?

They offer a variety of products to help people make wiser lifestyle decisions, and essential oils are just the beginning. They offer products for  personal wellness, in addition to a beauty routine, fitness goals, and home.

I’m not kidding when I say they have everything but the kitchen sink. Their products range from the standard essential oils, toothpastes, lotions, roll-ons, pet chews, mineral based makeup, baby wipes to meal replacement items.

They have their own farms as well as partner farms across the globe and their own distilleries. They have a ‘Seed to Seal’ standard they abide by which is noted as:

“Millions around the world have discovered the benefits of pure essential oils, derived naturally from plants. We’re committed to establishing and maintaining the ultimate, industry-leading standard in essential oil products. For us, the non-negotiable benchmarks for delivering a product that our customers can feel great about are multifaceted and exacting. We’re proud to offer an extensive line of essential oils and essential oil-infused, plant-based products that represent the best of nature—through the standards of our Seed to Seal quality commitment.

Young Living embraces a rigorous quality control standard to help ensure our products meet strict specifications. Seed to Seal is our commitment that helps ensure that with every pure essential oil and Young Living product your family uses, you’re enjoying the benefits of our global resources, industry leadership, and over two decades of innovation. The result? A pristine final product that you know has been created with conscientious Sourcing, Science, and Standards—the three pillars of Seed to Seal.

As the leader of the essential oils movement, Young Living is paving the way for every other essential oil company to improve processes that protect our planet and ensure the highest quality standards.”

If you’re familiar with this company you probably already know it is a Multi-Level Marketing company. Which simply means they rely on their distributors to sell their products instead of running commercials and so forth.

You can either purchase their products at the wholesale rate which is 24% less OR you can purchase at the retail rate.

Anyone I know (myself included) would automatically choose the cheaper price. Why spend an extra 24% if you don’t need to?

You’re probably thinking, “Okay, they have these awesome products, and I can pay 24% less than retail… WHAT’S THE CATCH ALREADY!!”

The catch is if you want that cheaper rate you have to sign up as a distributor. That only really means you have the ability to sell their products if you choose to. There is no obligation to sell in order to continually receive 24% off each order you place.

If you’re anything like me, the second you realize you have something great you’re telling everyone you know. It can be that amazing electronic device you just got, or book you just read, or in my case, that homemade all purpose cleaner that actually works, makes my house smell great and is not an endocrine disruptor!! I know, total mom brain.

Chances are you’re already recommending products you love, so why not get paid to actually share the love?

Young Living’s compensation plan has a magnitude of information. If you are interested in trying them out check out my other page here.

My frequent products are the entire Thieves cleaning line, the aromabright toothpaste, mouthwash and a collection of their essential oils.

If you are not up for making your own toothpastes or beard oil then I recommend giving YL a shot. Any all natural product that has essential oils in it and replaces a synthetic laced product is good in my book.

There are so many essential oil companies out there, its hard to know which one to try let alone trust. I will be creating honest reviews on many of the brands so stay tuned!

 

What is essential oil and why should I care?

“Essential oils are created and stored in specialized plant structures such as secretory cells, glands, glandular hairs, and oil or resin ducts. The secretory cells that produce the volatile oils trap the photo electromagnetic energy of the sun, and with the help of glucose, convert it into biochemical energy in the form of aromatic molecules. In a process similar to photosynthesis, plants create essential oils by trapping and transmuting light and energy.”

Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art, by Kathi Keville and Mindy Green.

The essence

Essential oils are stored in all parts of plants. You can find and extract essential oils from the flowers, seeds, leaves, twigs, branches, grasses, bark, wood, roots, rhizomes, fruit peels, gums, and resins.

How are the oils extracted?

The two main processes are distillation and pressing

Distillation. In order to break open the plant structures holding the essential oil, heat is applied. Heat and water are used to extract the oil. If you have ever steamed vegetables, you’ll have the basic idea. You put the broccoli (plant material) on the steam basket with water under it, turn on the heat, and go!

Pressing. This method is most often used for citruses since the essential oil is found in the peel. When you cut a grapefruit, you cut open some sacs holding the essential oil, and then you can smell it. Try smelling a grapefruit peel before you cut it. You’ll notice a huge difference in the aroma’s intensity after the sacs are cut open.

How are they used?

Essential Oils are typically inhaled or applied on the skin.

Inhaling essential oils stimulates the olfactory system, and therefore the central nervous system. (What a great way to calm down!) Additionally, inhaled essential oils come in direct contact with nasal passages, sinuses, trachea, and lungs. Physical contact between the essential oil and the internal structures of the respiratory system creates many benefits:

  1. Inhaling essential oils can treat respiratory conditions such as colds, the flu, sore throat, sinus congestion, environmental allergies, etc.
  2. The respiratory system is frequently a “first avenue” of infection. Inhaling essential oils can help prevent respiratory infections.
  3. Essential oils can cross into the bloodstream from the lungs. This is a quick way to deliver essential oils to the whole internal system of the body via the blood.

Even though the skin is waterproof, it is a dynamic organ that can absorb topical substances. Since skin covers the entire body, you will most likely be applying essential oils to it. Applying essential oils to the skin affects the skin directly, and is another method of introducing the oils into the bloodstream.

Essential oils are made up of hundreds of individual chemical components. Their ability to penetrate the skin depends on their size, volatility, and their solubility in lipids and/or water. Generally, a smaller molecule will pass through more easily and quickly than a larger molecule – but even the large, non-volatile molecules will penetrate over a 24-hour period.

Safety Considerations

  1. Not all oils can be used for inhalation. For example, oils high in phenols, aldehydes (citral in particular) and some monoterpenes can be irritating. This depends on the individual and may require some experimenting.
  2. Some oils may be contraindicated with asthma and serious allergies.
  3. Be careful with the dosage, as too much oil inhaled can cause headaches, dizziness, and can irritate the membranes of the nose and lungs
  4. Irritation of the skin
  5. Care needs to be used when applying over areas that have been in regular contact with perfumes and synthetic cosmetics.
  6. Essential Oils are very concentrated and you should always consult your healthcare provider

 

So, why should I care?

Research has shown the exceptional therapeutic properties within essential oils. They can help you in so many ways ranging from emotional support and immune support to household cleaning products you can actually feel good about using!

Once you give oils a chance you will be so happy you did.

Shine

 

Jumpstart your day

Lemon ‘Citrus limon

One of the most versatile essential oils. It’s therapeutic properties are uplifting and cleansing, expands energy,  promotes a sense of opening, reduces tension and depression and invites happy, outward energy. I love to add in my diffuser!

 

Analgesic: The main component, d-limonene, has significant antinociceptive activity (reduces the sensation of pain). Hirota et al. (2010) suggested this might be due to its considerable anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activities.

Anti-inflammatory: Lemon essential oil and d-limonene are inhibitors of 5-LOX (Baylac and Racine 2003). The essential oil displays good anti-inflammatory activity (Mitoshi et al. 2014). See also analgesic.

Antibacterial: Limonene is often found in oils with strong antimicrobial actions (Lang and Buchbauer 2012).

Antidepressant: Lemon oil has antidepressant effects (Perry and Perry 2006). Inhalation of d-limonene has anxiolytic action (reduces anxiety) (Lima et al. 2012c). Lemon essential oil, and its components limonene and citral, can decrease both physical and psychological stress (Fukumoto et al. 2007).

Antioxidant: One of the components, γ-terpinene, is an LDL antioxidant (Takahashi et al.2003).

Antispasmodic: The antispasmodic actions of Lemon are likely due in part to the presence of d-limonene, a vasorelaxant.

Antiviral: Although there is no research to support that Lemon oil is antiviral, many Aromatherapists feel citrus oils high in d-limonene can assist with overcoming a virus. This might be due to the ability of d-limonene to activate white blood cells and fight infection.

Astringent: Many citrus oils, including Lemon and those containing high levels of monoterpenes (such as limonene), can contract and tighten the tissues.

Cooling: Lemon has a cooling effect. It evaporates quickly on contact with the skin, giving rise to a cooling sensation, and its anti-inflammatory actions reduce heat in the tissues.

Diuretic: When used in a blend, Lemon can contribute to a diuretic effect.

Immunostimulant: With its antibacterial and antioxidant actions, anti-inflammatory actions, and activating, tonic effects on the mind and body, Lemon essential oil can be used to help support the immune system and promote well-being.

Liver support/protector: d-Limonene can increase the rate of synthesis of glutathione S-transferase in the liver. This is an important enzyme in detoxification pathways (Tisserand and Young 2014). Bodake et al. (2002) and Ozbek et al. (2003) noted that d-limonene had hepatoprotective action.

Skin penetration enhancer: d-Limonene, the principle component, enhances skin penetration (Takayama and Nagai 1994).

How you can use Lemon Essential Oil

Circulation: Lemon can help reduce swelling and pain associated with varicose veins, especially if combined with Cypress and Patchouli.

Mood: Its antidepressant actions mean that Lemon is very good in diffuser blends and topical blends for lifting the mood. Lemon can inhibit cholinesterase (Oboh, Olasehinde and Ademosun 2014), and thus has cognition-enhancing potential.

Musculoskeletal: Lemon can be added to blends to counteract pain and inflammation. It works well with Lavender, Geranium, Juniper Berry, Frankincense, Ginger, Black Pepper, and Patchouli.

Skin: Lemon is very useful for skin care. Its penetrating, astringent, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory actions mean that it is particularly useful for acne and blemishes.

Well-being: Like Juniper Berry, Lemon is an immune system stimulant, and protects and nourishes the liver. I often add it to diffuser blends. It adds freshness to the aroma and disinfects the air when others in the house are sick. I use it in my body care products, as it supports the immune system and defends the body against infections. It is also good for reducing nausea, especially when combined with Peppermint

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Lavender ‘Lavandula angustifolia’

One of my all time favorite essential oils. It’s therapeutic properties calms, soothes, nurtures, encourages balance in all body systems, reduces anxiety and fear as well as helps calm and control panic attacks.

The best applications are a couple sprays on your linens just before bedtime, 5-10 drops in your diffuser or via a roller ball along the inside of your wrists and behind your ears.

Analgesic: Lavender is well regarded as an analgesic oil, and its main constituent linalol has been well researched in this capacity. Research has established that it has antinociceptive pain relieving actions, via inhalation as well as topical application, both on its own and in blends, as seen in studies conducted by Kim et al. (2007) and Ou et al.(2012) and Ou et al. (2014). Linalol is possibly the most studied monoterpenol and has multiple and diverse sites of action (Guimarães et al. 2013). It is notable for its antinociceptive action (Batista et al. 2008, Batista et al. 2011). Linalyl acetate also has antinociceptive action (Peana et al. 2002).

Anti-inflammatory: Lavender and linalol both have anti-inflammatory actions, possibly by reducing nitric oxide synthesis or release (nitric oxide contributes to pain and edema), and the release of pro-inflammatory compounds in the tissues (Rivot et al. 2002). Lavender may, therefore, help relieve tissue stagnation.

Antiallergenic: The essential oil has anti-allergic activity (Kim and Cho 1999 cited by Tisserand and Young 2014).

Antibacterial: Edwards-Jones et al. (2004) found that a combination of Lavender, Geranium, and Tea Tree had an increased inhibitory effect on the growth of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), but that Lavender and Tea Tree without the Geranium were less active against MRSA.

Antifungal (Candida and dermatophytes): Lavender is active against Candida. It is also active against dermatophytes, especially when used in conjunction with Tea Tree (Cassella, Cassella and Smith 2002).

Antirheumatic: Lavender oil has excellent analgesic and anti-inflammatory actions, and it can reduce swelling.

Antispasmodic: The antispasmodic actions of Lavender are likely due in part to the presence of linalyl acetate, which relaxes smooth muscle (Kang et al. 2013).

CNS sedative: Early studies suggested that linalyl acetate, in conjunction with linalol, was important in the sedative effects of Lavender (Buchbauer et al. 1991 and 1993). The essential oil and its main components linalol and linalyl acetate have since been the subject of many studies, which have established that both inhaled and topically applied, Lavender and these components have pronounced sedative and anxiety relieving properties (Itai et al. 2000, Shen et al. 2005b, Hwang 2006, Shen et al. 2007, Field et al. 2008, Toda et al. 2008, Hoya et al. 2008, Linck et al. 2009, Woelk and Schläfke 2010).

Deodorant: The antibacterial actions of Lavender, coupled with its relatively high rate of evaporation, can help remove unpleasant scents.

Immunostimulant: Lavender’s anti-inflammatory activity, coupled with its broad antimicrobial actions and profound stress-relieving effects, may offer immunostimulant properties.

Skin healing: Lavender is renowned for its ability to heal the skin (burns, ulcers, itching, rashes, irritations, infections, wounds, and other types of damage). This is due to its portfolio of properties (anti-inflammatory, pain relieving, edema reducing, antiallergic, and broad spectrum antimicrobial activity). Its effectiveness was demonstrated by Altaei 2012, who found that, compared to the baseline and placebo, the topical the application of Lavender to recurrent mouth ulcers produced a significant reduction in inflammation, ulcer size, and healing time, and that pain relief was experienced from the first application (Altaei 2012).

Tonic: Lavender is a tonic. It is healing on both body and mind, and can strengthen and restore vitality.

 

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About Me


“The best six doctors anywhere and no one can deny it are sunshine, water, rest, air, exercise and diet.”~Wayne Fields

 

Welcome to my site!

My name is Ashlie and i’m on a mission to plant the ‘seed’ of knowledge behind holisitic approaches to your everyday life.

There once was a time when I would wake up without a care in the world. That time has been long gone. Now I am usually awakened by my two kids ready to start the day. I regret taking advantage of all those times I was able to actually sleep!

I remember being in junior high school eating a bag of chips for lunch everyday. That sounds horrible now and my gut turns thinking about it but they were delicious at the time!

Shortly after I had my first son, I became curious about the holistic lifestyle. Being a first time mom, I wanted to give my son everything pure, natural and organic when possible. Seeing his little body and thinking about him eating chips for lunch was not an equation in my brain. It’s super convenient to hand over a processed snack but I made a promise to myself to give it my all so that one day when he is old enough to make his own decisions about lunch, he’ll be consciously thinking about what will fuel his body and what won’t.

I welcomed my second son in 2018 and our family continues to thrive on holistic approaches to our daily challenges.

The term ‘holistic’ is characterized by the treatment of the whole person, taking into account mental and social factors, rather than just the symptoms of a disease.

Throughout my site i’ll be posting items my family uses, recipes, routines and all things holistic.

Now it engulfs my life along side my kids and I couldn’t be happier.

Our lives are beautiful and should be enjoyed to the fullest with the purest ingredients.

Are you ready to start your holistic journey?

“There is no one giant step that does it. It’s a lot of little steps.” -Unknown