If you're into aromatherapy and using essential oils, here's another great way to actually use them in your daily life.
I came across this interesting little arts and crafts projects thanks to Google. I've been getting more into aromatherapy lately - wow do some smells really have an effect!
As much as I love using my electric EO diffuser during the night, I can't really use it on the go, or spur of the moment when I need it. I was looking around at different ways to actually use essential oils when you need them and stumbled on aromatherapy jewelry. This is essentially jewelry that holds a few drops of EO so you can actually get a burst of the scent when you need it.
There are so many different essential oils and things that they can be used for, and if you aren't familiar, here's a link to another blog post I did that has a little reference for common essential oils and their uses.
I like to blend essential oils in my electric diffuser - things like eucalyptus, lavender, lemon, and peppermint, or other fancy (or sometimes not so great, lol) scents, so the jewelry seems to be perfect for singular scents. Try lavender EO if you have trouble sleeping like me, ginger for nausea, peppermint for headaches, or even rosemary to increase concentration and memory recall! I need that permanently!
Anyway, back to the subject....
This was a very easy project that can be done by people of almost any age I would imagine, as long as they're able to work with clay, because that's really all it is!
To make a DIY essential oil diffuser bracelet, just take some air dry clay from any craft store and make a small, flat pendant. Be sure to get clay that hardens with air, not one you have to bake, or modeling clay that never hardens.
Mine pendant came out bit large, so you can go down to roughly the size of a quarter if you want. Mold and decorate your clay pendant if desired. You can use tools, stamps to make an impression, or just decorate it once it's dry. The instructions on mine said 24 hours and it was fully dry by then, but make sure to read the instructions for your specific clay.
One important thing to remember is to leave the an area of the surface for the EO absorbent, so don't paint over the whole thing. The oil needs to absorb into the clay for the scent to hold.
I used a q-tip cut in half to poke holes for my cord to attach. I just got some waxed cotton from the craft store.
There's a video up on my YouTube channel with a quick chat about all of this plus a little jewelry making demo, I guess. Not my best work but the glitter didn't cooperate. You can watch the video to see how I tied the cording on to make a bracelet that holds on tight.
I put the video below if you'd like to watch!