Aromatherapy & RA

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Over the past few years, Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy has put together a pretty decent collection of aromatherapy essential oils…although there are some important oils that I still need to buy, in order for my collection to be more complete.

I have tried all types of diffusers, ranging from electrical to candle-lit. Each one of them is nice in it’s own sort of way, but I spent a lot of time looking for that perfect diffuser. I wanted it to be nice to look at, easy to use, quick to take effect, and it would be nice if it could add a little humidity to the dry high-altitude environment in which I live.

As I walked around one of my favorite cooperative stores in San Francisco (Rainbow Grocery) a couple of months back, I came across the Zen Collection Bliss Aroma Diffuser. Not only did it have everything I was looking for in a diffuser, but it was also on sale! I was sold.

For most of my life my favorite color has been – and continues to be – blue, but in the past year or so I have found myself, for some reason, being particularly attracted to orange. This model was available in two colors: blue and orange. I chose orange.

During my flare this past week, I have used my diffuser on an almost daily basis. Sometimes it’s running quietly in the background while I am working or reading in a room, and other times it’s an integral part of a relaxation/meditation session. As I type these words, it’s sitting right next to me on my nightstand, misting away.

While I often might mix my own essential oils (I particularly like rosemary + ginger), I also have some prepared blends from Aura Cacia. My favorites are the Relaxation Blend and the Creative Juices Blend. (I also have a Medieval Mix Blend, which is wonderful!)

Whichever combination of diffuser and essential oils I use, one thing always remains the same – when I incorporate aromatherapy into my day, I have a little extra peace of mind. This helps me when times are smooth, and when times are rough.


Relax with this most advanced & innovative ultrasonic aroma diffuser & ioniser. Feel your worries fade away in humidified & fresh ionised air & aroma. 5 in 1 functions: Aroma Diffuser, Mini Humidifier, Air Purifier, Ionizer, Small Night Light. Advanced ultrasonic technology which produces vibrations at a frequency of 2 million times per second without using heat (heat alters & destroys the properties of essential oils). Releases tiny droplets of water vapour which is highly beneficial for our skin & general well being & has been known to provide relief for symptoms of respiratory problems. Improve air quality & prevents damage from second hand smoke, stale air and allergens. It functions as an ioniser by releasing negative ions into the air (known as “air vitamins”) which combat harmful positive ions. This may provide many health benefits e.g. improves breathing, strengthens the immune system, etc. The item has a built in soft glow light which can be used as a night light. Combines oriental & western cultures with modern science & technology.


Aura Cacia Relaxation Essential Oil

Relaxation BlendSize: 0.5 fl. oz.

Ingredients: Citrus Sinensis (Sweet Orange) Oil, Citrus Reticulata (Tangerine) Oil, Citrus X Limon (Lemon) Oil, Citrus Bergamia (Bergamot) Bergaptene-Free Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Chameamelum Nobile (Roman Chamomile) Oil, Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) Oil, Santalum Spicatum (Sandalwood) Oil.


Aura Cacia Creative Juice Essential Oil

Creative JuiceSize: 0.5 fl. oz.

Ingredients: Citrus Bergamia (Bergamot) Bergaptene-Free Oil, Citrus X Limon (Lemon) Oil, Elettaria Cardamomum (Cardamom) Seed Oil.

Stay tuned…for the next adventure of Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy!