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How Essential Oils Work

Using essential oils needs to be easy for people. We are all so busy every minute of every day. We have so much information blaring in our faces vying for our attention on an hourly basis so when it comes to how you take care of yourself (aka your health) it needs to be easy.

Insert diffusing essential oils and why people find them so magical. I didn't quite get this when I first started using oils and I'm embarrassed to admit it, but it took me almost 6 months before I invested in my first diffuser.

Once I got my first diffuser I regretted waiting so long to get one. Using my diffuser was a game changer. It made enjoying my essential oils SO much simpler.

Diffusing is many people's favourite way to use (and benefit from) essential oils every day because it is super simple to diffuse essential oils.

Getting into the habit of turning on your diffuser is the trickier part- start by creating this healthy habit in 3 easy steps:

How To Turn A Diffuser On

1. Plug your diffuser in in a common area of the house where people frequent the most, like the kitchen.

2. Add in 3-5 drops of your favourite oil or premixed doterra blend into the reservoir, and

3. Hit the 'On' button.

Easy peasy and the bonus is that essential oils smell so darn good.

The Skinny On Diffusing Essential Oils

One way to use aromatherapy is to use a diffuser that disperses essential oils as a fine vapor throughout the air & then it is absorbed gently into the body through the respiratory system.

The aroma can prompt the nervous system to transmit signals to the limbic system in the brain – the same part of the brain that houses emotion and memory. The brain may respond by initiating various physiological functions, like releasing feel-good hormones that evoke a positive mood.

Have you ever walked into someone's home and instantly been reminded of something from your past? Maybe it’s cookies in the oven and you are reminded of your Grandma… Or perhaps it’s the tropical smell of coconut, taking you back to carefree/kid-free vacations on the beach. We can all relate to this phenomenon, but why does it happen?

An Invitation Just For You

Because I care about what you are putting up your nose *ahem* I mean, in your body, I want to invite you to learn along with me as I explore the air we breathe in a new edu-series I call All About Aromatics.

In this relaxed email series, we'll dive deep & unpack the science behind aromatics, we'll cover delicious diffuser blends and get an insider's peek at some new diffusers.

Want in? All you have to do is click this button.


Our brain is an amazing organ, processing infinite amounts of sensory information every single day. While most of our conscious thought is generated by the outer portion of the organ - the cerebral cortex - our emotions stem from a more primal area of the brain, known as the limbic system.

The Limbic System

The limbic brain houses the thalamus, hypothalamus, amygdala, and hippocampus, which collectively control instinct, mood, and basic emotions and drives. The limbic system is involuntarily controlled by the body, it has a huge influence on both our conscious and unconscious thoughts and behavior.


The limbic system is also home to the olfactory bulb - the region of the brain that processes information from the sense of smell. Research has shown that because of this, what we smell is highly linked with our emotional state.

Aromatherapy plays a big part in balance, control, desire, hunger, and management all because of its inter-relationship with the limbic system. Whether the oils are rubbed on in a massage oil or inhaled through a diffuser, the aromatic molecules will travel to their limbic destination and create the appropriate physical response. Pretty cool, eh?!


1. Cleansing the air

2. Improving the quality of the air

3. Reduce threats

4. Create an inviting space - doterra has gorgeous premixed blends, try Adaptiv

5. Chemical-free air freshener

6. Enhance concentration

7. Help to create greater spiritual, physical, and emotional harmony

8. Mood management



2 drops of Balance Grounding Blend

2 drops of Cheer Uplifting Blend

2 drops of Lemon


2 drops of Geranium

2 drops of Lavender

2 drops of Lemon

2 drops of Wild Orange


2 drops of Douglas Fir

2 drops of Eucalyptus

2 drops of Melaleuca Tea Tree

2 drops of Peppermint


2 drops Cassia

2 drops Wild Orange

2 drops Cedarwood

2 drops of Madagascar Vanilla


3 drops of Melaleuca Tea Tree

3 drops of Thyme

3 drops of Lime


2 drops of Frankincense

2 drops of Lemon

2 drops of Oregano

2 drops of Onguard

2 drops of Melissa


2 drops of Adaptiv

2 drops of Copaiba

2 drops of Lavender

2 drops of Wild Orange

The Christmas cookie blend is drool-worthy and a must-try for any season but especially fall.

P.S. Buy one get one free doterra essential oils ends tomorrow (Friday, November 18th)- email me if you'd like to learn more, of course, I'll be happy to assist you.

xo, Melissa J.


If you hang around me long enough I will convince you that you are worth anything your heart desires.

I live on a small island on the West Coast of Canada with my husband, two boys, and animals.

I pump my tires on empowering women to make themselves a priority, and living an intentionally clean and natural lifestyle- I love to chef it up in the kitchen and DIY the shit out of most things.

When I was employed, I quickly learned that I disliked trading my time to build somebody else's dream and at the time, I wanted to be the one raising my babies at home. The essential oil industry has allowed me to build the life I want to live working from home.

You can find me on Instagram for daily selfcare tips, essential oil education, autonomy, sassiness and lots of laughter.