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Using an essential oil diffuser is fairly simple: just drop some water and oils, hit the power button, and let it infuse the beautiful scents of whatever plant you choose. But a recent conversation revealed to us that everyone does it a little differently. A goop worker keeps her bed in order to anchor a bedtime routine. There is another perched on a living room shelf to mask her dog’s scent with pet-safe oils. And the third keeps it in her bathroom as a start signal for his heavenly morning routine. Which led us to the conclusion that our imaginations may have been slacking in the essential oils department and that there are more ways than we do to use our diffusers well.
AM Kick-Starter starter
We have found that morning routines that energize and energize us also tend to get us from the bedroom to the bathroom to the kitchen and wherever we go next. Vitruvi’s new Move Diffuser is the perfect choice for mornings like those days; It is designed to accompany you almost anywhere. You charge it on a dock – we suggest doing it overnight – then it works wirelessly.
To make the most of the diffuser in the morning, make it one of the first things you reach when you get out of bed. Pour filtered water into the Move Diffuser basin, drop your essential oils, install the cap again, and click the top button on the back to turn on the dispenser. To make this routine even easier, you can prepare the diffuser in the evening, so all you have to do in the morning is to turn it on.
Let the supplied air diffuser infuse bergamot and eucalyptus while you shower in the shower and dress yourself. When you go to the kitchen for your morning cup of coffee, just take the dispenser out from the charging dock and bring it with you. While you’re at it, play a playlist that gets to the sweet spot between optimism and softness – we’ve been listening This, Which seamlessly mixes contemporary singers and songwriters such as Lucy Dakus, Laura Marling, Neil Young and Dolly.
Work on it:
Carry this energizing energy into your morning workout at home. Once again, the Move Diffuser is your friend: set it up at the top of your rug for a gentle workout or on a side table if you’re looking for something a little more energetic. (Although the diffuser cover does not slip easily, it is not completely resistant to overdock.) You’ll appreciate deep breaths filled with essential oil during Lia Bartha’s 30-minute low-impact Pilates session – just grab a mat and a ball and you’re good to go.
If your last stop in the day is your home office (be it your kitchen table or the desk you found space for in your living room last April), park your car there for a quiet morning. The fresh scent from your diffuser? At work, it is an invitation to return to the present moment if you start to feel stressed or skewed.
If you’re heading elsewhere, the good news: the Move Diffuser fits nicely into a car cup holder, and the battery is sure to last wherever your commute takes you. (Four hours on charging when it’s constantly airing, and eight hours if you choose the intermittent option.) You can always pause the cycle as well – so you can run with you on the way home later.
This sleek stone diffuser is our favorite when we’re hanging out in one place: It’s easy on the eyes, has a nice weight, and looks home in any room. Comes in White or black, But our favorite color is the exclusive French Gray.
It should also be noted that these gifts make great gifts. More than one goop editor has been known to keep stock for birthdays, holidays, anniversaries …
Mixture or blending:
All of the essential oils in this blend come from the Vitruvie Essentials range. It comes as a set filled with a bottle of both soothing lavender, invigorating grapefruit, spruce earth, and eucalyptus transport. Each of the individual oils stand on their own just as they are mixed together. (Again with gifts: This one is great.) Here’s my favorite recipe:
Soothing nighttime rituals aren’t about a completely structured routine and more about doing what is good. The strong scent story can help clear the way. Drop the mixture above into a stone diffuser, then let the scent guide you.
Somewhere in between golden milk and hot cocoa, with spicy notes of ginger, cinnamon and cardamom, this combination is slightly stimulating without taking you out of bedtime mode. (Which makes it a good companion for any book you read.) Stir a tablespoon or so into a hot cup of your favorite plant-based milk – we liked the barista’s standard oat milk from Minor Figures.
If you are looking to calm your mind for sleep, we have two suggestions. First, prepare two Knock Me Out chews – they’re formulated with melatonin, L-tryptophan, and vitamin B6, and they taste like mint chocolate. Second, try a little active meditation. This might mean shifting your attention to your breath for a few minutes, identifying the rise and fall of your chest and prolonging your breaths. Or maybe you want something new, like Meditation coloring book. We love the one in The Coloring Method, which builds on traditional meditation practices.
What sets Addition Studio’s Synergy Oil Burner apart from the rest of the dispensers on this list is that it uses heat – not vibration – to fill the air with scent. Do not use water. Simply drop your oils into the brass plate and light up the tea light at the bottom.
There may be days when you can close your eyes and feel calm easily. But it may also be true that you sometimes need something to become a meditative state. Your senses are powerful tools here: Indulge in sound, smell, taste and touch to bring your body home.
Choose something traditional, like a Green tea Or masala chai, or try an adapted blend designed for moments like this. The Wild One in a glass is a powdered elixir of reishi and ashwagandha, plus cinnamon, nutmeg, mint, and licorice. It’s a little oak and a little spicy. Mix a sachet in hot water or plant milk and drink it.
After setting up your tea-light oil burner, take a seat (i.e. a comfortable chair that fits you – if you’re sitting on the floor, get a meditation pillow to soften your back and hips) and gently release tension from the body, beginning with gently massaging the head, neck, and shoulders and extending the upper body.
Binaural beats – a sound bath-like experience feeding different frequencies of noise through each ear – can help us meditate without direction or effort. You can do a quick search on YouTube or Spotify to find a good search. (To provide some research, we’d love JS Epperson’s Solfeggio Suite, Which you can find on most streaming services.) Put on a pair of noise canceling headphones, sit back, hit play, and notice how your state of mind changes over the course of the album (or even one song).