Last week, when getting ready for our annual Foot Clinic Holiday Fiesta I put together around 30 aromatic inhalers to put in our winter care gift bags.  We dispense a lot of aromatic inhalers, aka sniffers, on our Herb Bus rounds.  They are useful for so many ailments and cheap and easy to make.  You can order the blank inhalers from most any essential oil supplier these days.  I order packs of 100 in the most lovely of greens from Aromatics International.

These particular inhalers were simply 9 drops of Olbas oil  (an essential oil blend of peppermint, eucalyptus, wintergreen, juniper and clove) dropped onto the cotton insert.  We often dispense these sniffers from the bus to folks suffering from sinus congestion and find they reliably provide relief.  The blend has a pleasant smell and is also generally uplifting and energizing.

IMG_5115This is a photo of our Aromatic Oils Kit, that travels with us on the Bus.  In it we stock around 20 different essential oils, a bag of blank inhalers, and a few other preparations (such as herb-infused oils and aromatic waters.)  We custom blend inhalers for a variety of issues.  Beyond the straightforward such as resolving congestion, essential oils also provide tremendous emotional support.  They are useful tools when dealing with a range of feelings from grief to anxiety to addiction.  One of my favorite books that I often refer to when putting together an aromatic remedy is Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit by Gabriel Mojay, a wonderful acupuncturist, aromatherapist, and teacher who travels over the pond from England to visit us here in Atlanta from time to time.

Aromatic inhalers are not only effective, cheap, easy, and convenient– they are a journey for the senses.

Update:  Here is another post on sniffers with a few blends to support the J-20 Defendants.