Beautiful and functional. These are two things that come to mind when you think about essential oil diffuser jewelry. It’s my family’s go-to gift choice because they know that I’m always looking for more pieces to add to my collection! I’m going to tell you everything you need to know about this jewelry from the different types, materials, benefits, which oils work best, a short safety guide, and how you can even make your very own jewelry pieces!
Aromatherapy and Essential Oil Jewelry
Jewelry for aromatherapy and essential oils aren’t new, but it’s quickly gaining popularity among both men and women of all ages. Part of this is due to the fact that people are starting to recognize the benefits of essential oils as a whole.
What is an Essential Oil Jewelry?
A piece of essential oil jewelry is jewelry that comes with some compartment to hold a few drops of essential oils. Necklaces, earrings, and bracelets are the three most popular types of essential oil jewelry, and these jewelry pieces come in several different styles.
They usually have a small vented compartment to put either a piece of stone, sponge, or pad. You add a few drops of the essential oil of your choice to this medium and place it in your bracelet or necklace. This way, you get your aromatherapy benefits all day long just by wearing it.
How Do You Apply Your Essential Oil With Essential Oil Jewelry
Depending on the jewelry, there could be a few ways you apply your essential oils to it. If it has a pad, you add the pad to your jewelry, add a few drops of essential oils, and close the jewelry. Others require you to add a few drops of essential oils to the lava stone or sponge. It soaks in and slowly releases.
Different Types of Essential Oil Jewelry
No matter your style, you can most likely find a type of essential oil jewelry that goes well with it. There are three main types, and they include:
These bracelets can either have a small chamber for your essential oils, or they can have a sponge or lava stone that absorbs your essential oils. They’re a great option for both men and women, and they come in a variety of styles and colors.
Diffuser necklaces usually have a vented pendant that opens to allow you to put a pad inside with your essential oil. You can also get small vented vials that take a few drops of essential oils and slowly diffuse throughout the day.
Earrings with a small piece of lava stone are very popular because they’re elegant and discreet. They also come in leather, with a small cage and stone, or with glass. You add a few drops of your essential oils to them and relax.
Different Essential Oil Jewelry Materials and Precautions
There are several materials you can get your essential oil jewelry made out of, and each works very well. However, each one also has a precaution or two associated with them. You want to know these to ensure you stay safe.
One of the most popular and durable choices available, metal essential oil jewelry is very classic, chic, and durable. Sterling silver or surgeons steel are two very popular metals, and you can also find gold and rose gold options. Additionally, metal holds up very well to the stronger essential oils without breaking down, and it provides an excellent barrier that effectively stops the essential oil from coming in direct contact with your skin. This is important because pure essential oils can be very strong and cause irritation to your skin.
You do want to be careful with metal essential oil jewelry though because it can tarnish if you don’t routinely clean it and maintain it. Additionally, people can have allergies to certain types of metals. If they do and they choose to wear it anyway, it can result in a mild rash or breakout where the metal touches the skin.
A popular choice for men or people who want a more eclectic style, lava rock is quickly becoming very popular with essential oil enthusiasts. It has a natural look that many people like, and it comes in a variety of colors. You simply add a few drops of your chosen essential oil to the lava rock or rocks. The rocks are porous, and they suck the oil into the center away from your skin to slowly diffuse them throughout the day. There are also healing properties associated with lava rocks like stress reduction and reducing insomnia.
However, lava rocks also allow the essential oil to get very close to your skin. Since you don’t dilute the oils before you add them, they can seep out and onto your skin. In turn, it can be itchy or irritated, especially if your skin is sensitive.
An ancient form of jewelry, terracotta is associated with bright colors, larger designs, and statement piece jewelry. They come in a huge variety of bold colors, and they’re very popular with the culture of India. Terracotta is a very porous material, and you can add a few drops of essential oils straight to the surface of the jewelry. It will soak into the terracotta and diffuse over the course of the day. Additionally, a lot of terracotta jewelry has a metal backing to protect your skin from coming in direct contact with the oils.
Since the oil soaks right into the terracotta, you may have to space out the days you wear it. Additionally, this type of jewelry can break down quicker than other types due to repeated exposure to essential oils and the porous nature of the medium.
Slightly more whimsical and elegant, glass essential oil jewelry comes in several styles, sizes, and colors. A lot of them feature a small rounded pendant or a vial with a stopper where you put a few drops of your essential oil of choice. The oils will slowly seep out around the stopper or through a small hole in the glass itself. Others feature a small needle hole in the bottom where you inject the oil. They’re available as pendants, necklaces, rings, and earrings.
As a general rule, glass jewelry is slightly more fragile and prone to breaking than other essential oil mediums. This can be a problem because you run the risk of cutting yourself and getting essential oils on your skin if it should break when you wear it. This is especially true if you’re dealing with hand-blown glass items.
Arguably one of the most simple types of essential oil jewelry, leather is an excellent medium for soaking in and containing your essential oils. You can get leather bracelets, pendants, and even earrings. Most leather essential oil jewelry comes with a designed spot to place a few drops of your essential oils that keeps it away from direct contact with your skin. Both men and women like leather because it’s rugged and durable, but you can also get customized pieces with lettering and painted or stamped elements to make it unique to the wearer.
Leather does soak the essential oils deep into the medium when you add a few drops. This means that it can have a much stronger scent for the first few hours. Also, it can hold a smell for days. This means that you may have to avoid adding different essential oils until the smell fades.
Finally, we have wood essential oil jewelry. This is very popular for necklaces because you take a small slice of wood for the pendant to add your essential oils to. The essential oils absorb into the wood before they start diffusing. This type of medium is more for a few uses because the oil scent doesn’t simply go away. It tends to linger and mix with anything else you choose to add to it.
The Benefits of Essential Oil Jewelry
Although numerous benefits come with owning and wearing essential oil jewelry, I picked out the top six. As a busy mom, these six are important to my family and me to keep them happy and healthy.
Reduce Stress and Soothe Anxiety
It’s well documented and proven that essential oils can help reduce your stress levels and calm your anxiety. Simply inhaling them throughout the day can help you hit the pause button and focus. This is great for people who encounter high-stress environments. (1)
Insomnia plagues everyone from time to time, and having difficulty falling asleep can be extremely frustrating. Essential oil jewelry gives you an unobstructed way to inhale your oils all day. This can keep you more relaxed. In turn, you’ll be more ready to lay down and fall asleep at night. (2)
Boosts Energy and Fights Fatigue
That afternoon slump hits everyone at one point or another during the week. Exposure to essential oils is a natural and fast way to boost your body’s natural energy levels and fight your feelings of fatigue. You’ll be more energized and ready to take on your tasks. (3)
Improves Your Focus
Have you ever had trouble focusing? Maybe your mind wanders. Wearing essential oil jewelry with the right blend can improve your focus levels! They help to calm your central nervous system by reducing the level of stress hormones and chemicals your brain produces. In turn, your focus will start to improve. (4)
Many people get reoccurring headaches throughout their lives ranging in severity. Studies show that exposure to certain essential oils can decrease your sensitivity to light and sound. Additionally, it can improve your circulation and relax your muscles to help reduce your headache’s severity. (5)
Repels Pesky Bugs
The warmer weather brings bugs, but you can still enjoy the outdoors without having to put on a smelly bug repellent. Certain essential oils naturally repel bugs. Wearing your essential oil jewelry outside can effectively keep the bugs away for as long as you have it on. (6)
Essential Oil Jewelry General Safety Guidelines
Since essential oils are getting more popular, it’s essential that you keep a few general safety guidelines in mind when you wear your jewelry. It doesn’t matter if you make your jewelry yourself or buy it in a store. Staying safe while enjoying the multiple benefits that come with essential oils is key. A few general safety guidelines include:
Avoid Skin Contact
Undiluted essential oils are very powerful things that can cause irritation, redness, and itching if they come into direct contact with your skin. Also, undiluted essential oils can stain fabric like clothing or furniture. They can also act as solvents on furniture and dissolve polishes or finishes if they come into direct contact. You want to make sure that your essential oils either sink into the jewelry medium or have a protective layer between your skin and the oil.
You also want to take into consideration the people around you who may be sensitive to certain smells. It could even trigger an allergic reaction in some people, so you don’t want to saturate your pendant in your essential oils. Instead, consider using a lighter touch when you apply it.
Essential oils are valuable, and it takes a lot of plant products to produce them. You want to be very mindful of the amount of essential oils you use in your jewelry. Usually, less is more because they’re not diluted down. Even a drop or two should be more than enough to get you through the day.
The Best Essential Oils to Use in Essential Oil Jewelry
With the hundreds of essential oil and essential oil blends available, it can be difficult to pick out the best one. I’ve picked out my top four, and I’ll also explain why I recommend them.
Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender essential oil has relaxing and calming properties that can help keep you focused throughout the day. It’s excellent for regulating your nervous system, relaxing your muscles, and allowing you to be more productive with your tasks. It also has a pleasant floral scent.
Wild Orange Essential Oil
Most citrus-scented essential oils boost your energy levels and improve your mood. They also work to protect you against toxins and bacteria, and this can help to keep you healthier overall. You’ll be able to get a natural energy boost that carries throughout the day and helps you avoid that fatigued feeling in the afternoon.
Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint is an extremely popular essential oil due to the clean and fresh scent associated with it. Peppermint can help open your sinuses, improve your circulation, and fight bacteria and viruses. Also, a little peppermint oil goes a long way because this is a stronger scented essential oil.
Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
Ylang ylang essential oil has a lighter and sweet floral scent that is very unobtrusive. It’s a great way to relax your nerves because it contains mild sedative properties. It’s also a natural antidepressant, and this essential oil can provide you with a mood boost that carries you through your day.
DIY Essential Oil Diffuser Jewelry
If you want to make your own piece of essential oil jewelry, you can do so by using terracotta modeling clay. You’ll need:
- Terracotta Modeling Clay
- Essential Oils
- Chain, Twine, or String
- Objects for Pressing Patterns like Shells or Buttons
- Objects to Cut the Clay like a Glass, Cookie Cutter, or Lid
- Rolling Pin
To start, grab a small amount of the terracotta clay and roll it into a ball with your hands until it gets slightly warm. Roll it out to your desired thickness with a rolling pin and cut out your desired size. Press your object into the center of your shape. Take your toothpick and poke a hole in the top for your chain, string, or twine to thread through. Let it dry, thread your twine or chain though, and add your essential oils.
Watch below a video tutorial that gives you a step by step guide to making your own essential oil jewelry.
The Bottom Line
Well, what did you think about my complete guide to essential oil diffuser jewelry? With so many types and materials available, it’s so easy to find the perfect piece to suit your style. As long as you follow the guidelines, they’re a safe and effective way to benefit from aromatherapy all day long!