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Monday, February 5, 2018

Cuddle Up With February’s Diffuser Blend

Hello, and welcome to Heather's Hypothesis! I'm Heather Reeve: 7th grade Life Science teacher, mom, wife, and essential oil lover.   Each month, I'll be sharing a different essential oil blend and getting scientific about each of its ingredients. 

With that being said, let's get right to February's  blend: Cuddle Up Concoction. 

Cuddle Up With February’s Diffuser Blend

You can make this blend with:
2 Cedarwood
2 Lavender
2 Ylang Ylang
2 Wild Orange

Cuddle Up Concoction is the perfect blend for February because:
We can always use more reasons to cuddle up.  This particular blend helps us wind down after a long day and helps us connect with our loved ones.

Let's talk about why each of the Ingredients are so effective:

If you don’t have cedarwood, please put it in your cart!  It has an amazing earthy scent that grounds and soothes your nerves.  This is the part of the blend that helps us relax.  This is why it’s often used in massage therapy.  It also increases focus for those of us with AD/HD because it increases concentration, while soothing anxious feelings. Ladies, this is the oil that shuts down the million tabs we have open in our brains. It takes us from feeling alone to feeling connected: Perfect for encouraging cuddling. 

This is another oil that EVERYONE needs.  It can be diffused, taken internally, or used topically to promote relaxation and sleep.  It also helps with soothing skin irritations, such as acne or mild scrapes and burns. 

Its main makeup is linalool, which is a naturally occurring terpene alcohol found in many flowering and spice plants.  It’s what gives many cleaning products and perfumes their smell and interestingly enough, it can also be used as a flea, fruit fly, and cockroach insecticide.  Now, it’s important to note that Linalool is also what gets exploited in typical beauty products and cleaners. If you’ve ever smelled REAL lavender and then compared it to “lavender-scented” products, you can immediately tell that the scented products are less linalool and more chemically produced. 

Ylang Ylang
 I like to call Ylang Ylang the “poor man’s Jasmine”, at least as far as smells go.  They both are used in many perfumes and also to relax and encourage, uh, cuddling. Ylang ylang is what gives our blend its relaxing and uplifting qualities.  It promotes a positive outlook that I personally need in these dark days of winter. It takes us from burdened to exuberant, which is particularly important for women. We often can’t turn off our mental to-do lists, and we need to!

Wild Orange
This is the energizing part of our blend that also promotes a healthy immune system.  It takes us from drained to productive, which is especially important in these dark days of winter. We come home exhausted and ready to collapse from workout no all day. Wild orange gives us that energy to give back to our loved ones. 

Fun facts To compliment the Cuddle Up Concoction  Blend:
Ylang Ylang can be added to a facial steam to refresh your skin.  

Many “love potions diffuser blends” have Ylang Ylang in them.  Could that be because it relaxes you and opens your mind?  Just some food for thought….

Have a great month and I’ll see you next time on Heather’s Hypothesis where I’ll be sharing a blend inspired by St. Patrick’s Day!

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