I don’t know about you, but I want to keep my family, my home, my body, and my spirit clean of artificial substances. My body is a temple and I want to honor God by taking care of it.
“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. “(1 Corinthians 6: 19-20)
What better way to glorify God than to use what he created for our well-being?
To me, this means, FEWER CHEMICALS!!!!! MORE NATURE!!!!!
So, I have a goal. I want to aim to be more natural in my life.
1) diet (for me…the HARDEST of all and why this is not a food blog!!!)
2) physical activity (which I love and makes me feel so good)
3) hydration (we all need to drink more water)
4) less man-made chemicals (you know, all the stuff not found in the natural environment-basically long unpronounceable words)
So now that you know the motivation for my journey toward chemical-free living, let’s make a sleepytime aromatherapy inhaler! No more Benadryl at night for me!!
Step 1: Gather all the necessary equipment.
For essential oils, that is up to you! Young Living essential oils are the brand that I feel most comfortable with for their purity and safety profile.
You can choose to use any essential oils you desire based on their therapeutic benefit profile. For the Sleepytime Inhaler, I like to use Lavender oil, Cedarwood oil, and the Stress Away oil blend.
Lavender Oil: Calming, Relaxing, and balancing (physically and emotionally)
Cedarwood Oil: Stimulates the limbic region of the brain (emotional center) and stimulates the pineal gland, which releases melatonin and has calming properties.
Stress away oil blend: Includes copaiba, lime, cedarwood, vanilla, ocotea, and lavender. This fragrant blend helps to promote relaxation and bring a feeling of peace and tranquility.
Step 2: Prepare the cotton wick for oil application
Okay….. this step could have probably been skipped for the tutorial, but it helps me make these inhalers without getting oil all over my fingers. For this step, all you need to do is place the wick in its small round holder and use it as a standing base. This will help the wick to stand on its own so you can apply the oils.
Step 3: Apply your essential oils.
This is the area of the DIY project where you can use some of our own creativity. The oil blends and the amount of oil you use is completely up to you and your nose!
Simply drop by drop add your oils to the top of the cotton wick. The oils will absorb and mix together creating an incredible aroma. For recipes including drop amounts, see below.
Once you are pleased with your creation, go ahead and put the inhaler together…..you have just made an aromatherapy nasal inhaler!!!
Step 4: Assemble the Nasal Inhaler.
The nasal inhaler comes in 3 pieces. Push the cotton swab into the inhaler and secure in place with the circular bottom. Now, place on the cap. EASY PEASY!. You can even make yourself some fun Avery Sticky labels if you want. I like to use the address labels and the Avery Website to create my inhaler labels.
To use the inhaler:
1) twist and remove the cap.
2) place the inhaler below your nostril while plugging the other nostril. Inhale deeply for 2-3 seconds and exhale. Repeat as desired.
–STEP BY STEP VIDEO TUTORIAL–
Recipes for Aromatherapy Nasal Inhalers
Sleepytime blend: 4 drops of each – lavender, cedarwood, and stress away
Wake up blend: 4 drops of peppermint, 4 drops of rosemary and 2 drops of Frankincense.
Breathe Easy blend: 1 drop of lemon, 2 drops of eucalyptus, 2 drops of peppermint.
Sinus relief blend: 4 drops of each – lavender, lemon, and peppermint
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