2018 is up in smoke (or mist)

One of my gifts for Christmas this year was this simple but elegant Sharper Image diffuser.   I have spent time over the past few months working on mindfulness and meditation as well as biohacking and self-improvement.   Will all of this lead to a better me?  I'm not sure just yet, but I am having a lot of fun trying and learning about myself.

The idea of a diffuser came about when I was reading about meditation and the use of essential oils while practicing.  The idea is that when you bond the two together in practice, that later the simple presence of essential oil (rosemary or eucalyptus for example) will take your mind to that place of rest or meditation.  Think of it like the smell of grandma's house taking you back in time to your childhood...but maybe with better smells :)

With my diffuser came eucalyptus, lavender and peppermint oils.   Each smells terrific alone, and I have practiced with mixing several drops of each into the diffuser.   I have used lavender in the evening as a tool to relax.   I have used eucalyptus and peppermint together and individually for mental clarity during the workday.   And, I have used each in my daily mindfulness practice.     I can say that the eucalyptus oil really seems to help me slip into a great place when meditating. 

These essential oils, also by Sharper Image, pack a potent punch and only require a few drops to really provide a benefit.     The diffuser very effectively disperses the oil while being nice and neat.   It took me a few tries to get the hang of smoothly removing and replacing the lid after adding water or oil, but once I got the hang of the twist of the top it is a piece of cake.   There are generally a few droplets on the desk after removing the top as a result of the condensation on the bottom of the lid, but it is a minor inconvenience when compared to the benefit provided by the diffuser.  

I was interested in finding articles about how essential oils can be used to relieve symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis. As a sufferer, I am always open to trying more forward-looking and less toxic ways to find relief.   While I'm not yet sold on the diffuser as a source of RA relief, I am open to exploring it and will report back if I notice any benefits.    

As we close in (here on the East Coast of the U.S.) on the end of 2018 this evening, I wish you all a Happy and Healthy 2019.   I thank you all for your encouragement and inspiration over the course of 2018 and I look forward to seeing where we go next year.  Happy New Year friends. 

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