Essential oils have become popular among preppers. Perhaps you’ve seen articles about them on other prepper sites. Essential oils for aromatherapy are part of a movement toward alternative medicine.
At the urging of my friend Gerald, I decided to try aromatherapy for a chronic cough. He recommended a blend called Breathe Easier Synergy Blend Essential Oil- 10 ml, which contains Peppermint, Rosemary, Lemon and Eucalyptus. I figured it was worth a try. A relative of his had success in blending essential oils and helping her mother get over a cough.
He also suggested an inexpensively priced diffuser. It’s the Signstek 100 ML Ultrasonic Aroma Diffuser Humidifier with 4 Timer Settings and 7 Color Changes. It’s easy to set up and operate once you figure it out. But it took me a little time to get to that point because the manual is poorly translated into English. It’s also badly organized,, and is in small print.
I tried my first experiment with the diffuser and oil blend for a couple hours one Sunday. Once I got the diffuser going with the settings I wanted, the herbal smell wafted into the air. I wasn’t having much trouble with my cough that day, but I could feel my sinuses open up more.
I ran the diffuser for a while the next morning when I had a sore throat and a little more nasal congestion than usual. The Breathe Easier blend would be very good for someone with a cold, where improvement would be readily noticed.
If you’re not familiar with using a diffuser, think of it as a mini vaporizer. The model I purchased uses ultrasonic vibrations, rather than heat, to create the mist. The unit gets a bit warm to the touch, but not hot. It has four time settings, ranging from three hours downward to half an hour. Since it runs on electricity, you’ll need a power source to operate it in a grid-down situation.
It only takes 2-3 drops of essential oil per 100 ml (about three ounces) of water. And that water will ast quite a while. Use clean, filtered water. It’s recommended that the water and oil mixture be changed often, presumably so it doesn’t go stale.
To add a little atmosphere while the diffuser is gently misting, turn on the LED lights. Color options are white, red, green or blue. Choose bright or dim for each color. I prefer the dimmer blue setting. It’s as if you have a small lamp with soft light. Perhaps you could use it as a night light, but even the dim setting seems bright to me for that purpose.
The light goes off when the vaporizing cycle has ended. If you turn the light on, you’ll know when the diffuser quits because it’s too quiet to hear when it stops.
If I understand the directions correctly, the diffuser can be wiped down gently with a rag soaked in mild dish soap water for maintenance. Of course, you’d want to clean the diffuser up well before using another essential oil in it.
The items I’ve mentioned above came from
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I don’t know where my experience with essential oils will take me next, but this is at least a beginning. I like herbal scents. They’re often refreshing and inviting, and they don’t have to be pungent or smell like medicine. So I’m eager to try other oils. I may try lavender next, since it’s reportedly good for relaxation. Try essential oils for yourself and join me in starting a new and fun adventure for better health.