There are several ways you can use the power of essential oils for good feng shui in your home or office. I will share some basic feng shui tips with you in a moment.
However, before we look into the ways essential oils can create good feng shui energy in your space, it is important to have a basic understanding of what essential oils are and how to choose the best oils for feng shui purposes.
In simple terms, an essential oil is the oil of the plant from which it is extracted, the pure essence of it. Speaking in energy terms, an essential oil is the life force of the plant, its Chi.
The essential oil can be extracted from the bark of the plan (as in cinnamon bark essential oil), from leaves (as in peppermint or basil essential oil), from flowers (as in roses, jasmine, etc), or even from the sap of the trees (as in frankincense or myrrh essential oils).
There are several grades of essential oils, the therapeutic grade being the highest, most pure quality. Be mindful of the huge difference between essential oils (derived from natural sources) and perfumed, or fragrant oils (made with synthetic oils). Fragrant oils do not have the same healing properties as pure essential oils and more often than not they are polluting the space versus creating good healing energy.
Let's skip over the complex subject of the production of essential oils and focus on the goal of using essential oils to improve the energy in your home. If you are new to the world of essential oils, you can first look into the basic properties of most popular essential oils and choose which ones you would like to use in your home. There are many essential oils that are easy to love and use, lavender is certainly the number one essential oil because of its versatility and its wide array of healing properties.
After you've chosen a couple of essential oils to use in your home, next step is to find the way to diffuse them in the air. Start with specific areas in your home where you would like better quality energy, be it your bathroom, your living room, or your children's room.
Your bedroom, for example, will definitely benefit from soothing sensual scents of lavender, rose, ylang-ylang, or jasmine, while a home office can improve its energy with a good dose of peppermint, clary sage, or lemongrass in the air. I love diffusing a mixture of eucalyptus, peppermint, and some citrus oils (tangerine, grapefruit or orange) in my office space, especially in colder seasons when I cannot have the windows wide open.
Once you have made your choice of pure essential oils for feng shui purposes, how do you actually use them? There are the 3 basic ways of using essential oils for good feng shui energy, here they are:
1. Diffuser: Candle or Electric.
You can use an electrical (ultrasonic) or a candle diffuser. The easiest way to safely diffuse essential oils into the air is with an electric diffuser. All you have to do is follow the simple instructions, such as fill the container with pure water, add several drops of essential oils, choose the time setting and voila! You can start enjoying the healing scents in your home.
Using candle diffusers is a bit trickier as you have to watch the water levels. If you forget about your candle diffuser you might remember it by the burning smell of oils evaporating with no water -- not the best feng shui! The ultrasonic diffusers (your best choice) will also spread the scent to bigger areas, as well as maintain the healing properties of the oils intact.
2. Airspray: Store-Bought or Self-Made.
Spraying an essential oil mix into the air is the easiest, quickest way to change the quality of energy around you. There is a variety of essential oil mists on the market -- from love energy mists with soothing, sensual oils to travel jet lag mists to help strengthen your immune system.
If you want to make your own mix, all you need is a spray bottle, preferably glass. Fill the bottle with pure water and add several drops of essential oil. Shake it and test it, see if you like the scent, then maybe add a couple more drops.
The best mixture is 8-10 drops of your favorite essential oil to 8 ounces of water (I tend to make it more concentrated, but it depends on the oils I am using). Experiment and find the right ratio for you. Making your own essential oils air spray is really easy, and you can use it in your space as needed.
3. Products Containing Essential Oils: Candles, Incense, etc.
You can benefit from the power of essential oils in your space by using candles that are made with essential oils, or even high-quality incense. It is important to read the ingredients and be sure the products you choose contain pure essential oils versus fragrant or perfume oils.
Both the candles and the incense will have a slightly different scent because of the combination of all ingredients. You will also have to be mindful about choosing candles made with healthy ingredients as most candles actually contain toxins. This is my least preferred way of using essential oils because the scent is modified a bit and not as potent or healing for you.
So, there you have it, the 3 basic ways of enjoying essential oils while creating good feng shui in your home or office. Of course, you can get creative and add some oils to your home cleaning products, too (pine, eucalyptus, orange, and peppermint are the most popular ones); or to your bath and body products. (Use precaution when using essential oils directly on your body; always best to have them in a base, or carrier oil before using on your skin).
The world of essential oils is awesome and endlessly fascinating, here I covered the very basics of it. I highly encourage you to explore aromatherapy and find ways to bring the healing scents of nature into your home. This will greatly improve your well-being, your overall health, as well as your sense of connectedness to yourself, to others, and to this big and amazingly beautiful and generous planet we live on.