My love affair with essential oils sprouted out of sheer panic. I was pregnant with my first child and found out that my low red blood cell count could make me ineligible for an epidural. Being prone to anxiety, every fear I had entertained at that point about labor immediately intensified. I self-medicate before a wax. How was I going to deal with a "natural" child birth?
I channeled my restless energy into productive research and began reading about the safe, chill-inducing effects of lavender essential oil. Considered a nervous system restorative, it's a natural remedy for insomnia, anxiety, depression and fatigue. One study shows that having a lavender essential oil diffuser in the waiting room of a dental office reduced the anxiety levels of patients. Another study found that using ylang ylang oil, along with bergamot and lavender oils, once a day for four weeks lowered "psychological stress responses and serum cortisol levels, as well as the blood pressure of clients with essential hypertension." But would it work for me? I immediately ordered this
Infusing my bedroom with lavender oil became my nightly ritual. The oil diffuser not only made my room smell like the most relaxing place on earth, a spa, but something else was happening. I was taking slower, deeper breaths without even thinking about it. I began looking forward to the indulgent, slightly sedative me time and even incorporated another anxiety-reducing practice, reading in bed. I even packed it in my hospital bag and used it through my labor and hospital stay.
Encouraged by the results, I started looking for the next best thing and experimented with more oils and diffusers. I discovered Young Living's Peace & Calming blend, an oil so popular, you can only order one bottle per month. It smells like damp earth spiked with citrus and floral notes – a blend that will definitely appeal to patchouli lovers. I fell head over heels for the sleek design of Vitruvi's stone essential oil diffuser, a powerful tool that takes up less space and looks like a beautiful vase on my nightstand. Vitruvi also offers an outstanding variety of quality essential oils at reasonable prices.
It's been more than a year since I purchased my first diffuser, and my only regret is not buying it sooner. I use it every day, whether I'm prepping my home for company and want it to smell amazing, helping myself and my family wind down after a long day, or pulling myself out of a mood. If you're looking for an easy way to take care of yourself, I highly recommend you give essential oil diffusers a try.