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Discovering ZAQ’s Diffusers: Noor

Zaq Noor aromatherapy diffuser on reception deskSpecs:

Material Plastic Size 5.9” x 5.0” Capacity 80ml Operating Time 4 hours

One of the most popular diffusers in Zaq’s line up, the Noor model is a small, compact diffuser that’s perfect for small, compact rooms (think 200 – 300 square feet). It’s pyramid design is both modern and ancient – the sleek lines and round body allows it to fit in with any décor, while the conical, triangular shape mimics the mystery of Egyptian pyramids. This model comes in three colors that complement your essence:
  • Pristine white for purity and wholeness
  • Glowing green for balance and growth
  • Vibrant pink for compassion and intuition
Adding to the body color are the built-in, multicolored LED lights. Set it to switch through the range of colors or set it to glow with just one color. The LED lights can be dimmed as well, so you can choose the ambiance that works for you. This diffuser is easy to use – plug it in, fill with water, add oil and press the “on” button. That’s all you need to do to start filling your room (or office, or massage parlor, or yoga studio) with beautiful aromas that de-stress, relax and calm you and your guests. The Noor’s real benefit lies in its unobtrusiveness. Roughly the size of a double roll of toilet paper, it runs silently throughout the day spraying a light mist of diffused essential oils. Compact, energy efficient, aesthetically pleasing and quiet as a mouse, there’s a reason why the Noor is popular. Discover it for yourself.

Top 5 Essential Oils for Stress

hammock Stress plagues us all. From tight work deadlines to busy schedules, stress comes in many forms and relaxing can be difficult, especially since there are several ways for your body to interpret stress:
  • Sleeplessness
  • Nausea
  • Muscle aches/joint pain
  • Lowered immune system
  • Anxiety and fear
  • Apprehension
  • Mood swings
  • Lack of concentration/listlessness
These five essential oils will help with stress reduction by targeting most of its symptoms.

Lavender

One of the most common essential oils, lavender has a pleasant earthy scent that is lightly sweet and freshly floral. The overall effect of lavender is calming, but it also helps promote concentration, balances your mood and relieves muscle and joint pain.

Learn how to make your own lavender aromatherapy jar. 

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Roman Chamomile

Roman chamomile oils have a warm scent lightly accented by apple and sweet straw. The overall effect is relaxing, reducing anxiety and dispelling anger. It calms anxiety and fear, settles nausea, levels out the mood and helps with meditation and sleep.

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Frankincense

Comforting, warm and exotic, Frankincense’s use in prayer and meditation dates back to ancient times. Rich in sesquiterpenes, molecules that penetrate the blood-brain barrier, Frankincense promotes the transfer of oxygen to the brain, and contains incensule acetate, which lowers anxiety and depression.

[caption id="attachment_24751" align="alignright" width="150"]Source: Rod Waddington via Flickr Frankincense Tree/Source: Rod Waddington via Flickr[/caption]

Sandalwood

This sweet, warm, rich and woody essential oil is most commonly used in body oils, incense, perfumes, aftershaves and cosmetics. It also has a long history of spiritual use in Eastern religions. The smell hits the limbic system, promoting relaxation, balancing emotions and boosting the immune system.

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Marjoram

Known as the “joy of the mountain”, Marjoram’s bright, warm, slightly spicy smell reminiscent of balsamic calms hyperactivity, promotes mental clarity, relaxes muscle tension and relieves pain. These effects combine to make it easy to sleep.

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Calm Yourself: Homemade Lavender Aromatherapy

Homemade Lavendar Aromatherapy in  Calm Down Jar There are days when the stress is high, tensions are taut, and the urge to lash out is nearly boiling over. These are the days when you could use a little calming influence to pull you out of your funk and back into the relaxed, laid-back person you want to be. In comes the Homemade Lavender Aromatherapy jar. Give it a scratch and a shake, and then watch the sparkles settle – taking your tension with them.

What You’ll Need

  • Clear glass or plastic jar Up-cycle an old mason or jam jar, just make sure you clean it first!
  • Lavender sprigs Aim for three
  • Glitter
  • 1 oz glitter glue
  • Square cloth Make sure it’s large enough to wrap over the lid of your chosen jar, with lots of fabric to spare
  • Ribbon & rubber bands Choose one that will be easy to tie around the jar and, if you want, has soothing colors
  • “Confetti” (optional) This can be store bought confetti or multi-sized buttons, sequins, beads – anything that will clack against the jar without breaking it
  • Stir stick Something long that you can toss afterwards
  • Kettle & water
  • Pinking shears or sewing scissors
Most of the supplies can be purchased at your local dollar store or craft store.

Ready to Get Crafty?

Put your kettle on – let the water come to a boil, then set it aside to cool.
  1. Pour glitter into the jar so that it fills ¼ inch and covers the bottom.
  2. Add your “confetti” of choice – you can pick anything that’s heavier than the glitter, really.
  3. Fill the jar half way with very hot (not boiling) water.
  4. Add the glitter glue, stirring constantly to prevent clumps. When the glue has incorporated completely, add more hot water – fill the jar until there is ½ inch of space left at the top.
  5. Set the jar aside to cool while you prepare the lid.
  6. Spread out your cloth and lay the lid in the center. Draw a circle around the lid that is an inch or more larger from the edge (the resulting circle will have a diameter 2 inches or more larger than the lid).
  7. Cut out the circle with your pinking shears.
  8. Close the jar tightly (if you want, you can glue it shut).
  9. Break up your lavender sprigs and place them in a pile on top of the closed jar. Carefully place the fabric on the lid; ensure that the lavender stays in the middle/on top.
  10. Secure the cloth tightly to the jar with a rubber band and then tie on the ribbon.
Voilà, your very own calming aromatherapy jar. Shake it up, scratch the top, inhale the calming lavender and set it down to watch the glitter – and tensions! – settle.

Don’t like lavender?

Or maybe you need to be energized rather than calmed? You can add any fragrance you like to the top of your jar, providing it’s in a dry, leaf-like form (or else the scratching won’t work). Use lemon rind or peppermint leaves to help you focus on your big project; orange peel or dried jasmine to give a spark of happiness when needed most; cinnamon sticks to combat mental fatigue; and even dried rosemary to help if you’re studying for a test or need to remember something important. Now go, get crafty and calm yourself! This project was sourced from veryveryfine.com and adapted for your personal use.

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