NON TOXIC HOME: DIY Succulent Diffusers
If you don't have a green thumb, but want a real plant opposed to faux, then succulents are your jam. Easy to keep alive (if you don't let your four year old drown them to death) and super cute, succulents are an great addition to any room. On Saturday night some friends and I decided to step up our succulent game by creating some simple DIY succulent diffusers at my first Lovely Lark Living event.
If you're already in the world of essential oils then you know succulent diffusers are the "it" thing right now and here's why: 1.) It's so darn easy and 2.) it's so darn adorable. All you need to do to turn your plain jane succulent into a succulent diffuser is finish it off with some lava rock. Why? Because lava rock is inexpensive and very porous meaning it can absorb the essential oils and hold that scent for days.
Just imagine placing a sweet little succulent arrangement on your desk and smelling your favorite essentials oils all throughout the workday. Total win, right?
Interested in creating your own succulent diffuser? Here's a quick explanation below. Again, super easy and everyone left with something they were proud of which means we must have done something right.
Glass containers on clearance - Michael's
Bag of Pebbles - Home Depot
Bag of Lava Rock - Home Depot
Bag of White Decorative Stones - Michael's
Cactus Soil - Home Depot
Succulents - Home Depot (but local nurseries will likely be cheaper)
Essential Oils - Young Living
Add about 1/2 inch of pebbles to the bottom of your container. (This is helping with drainage since our containers did not have a drainage hole.)
Add a few inches of cactus soil. (Yes, there's specific soil for succulents. Who knew?)
Plant your succulents and add soil as needed. (Succulents store water in themselves and prefer a shallow root bed.)
Decorate the top of your soil with pebbles, white stones and lava rock.
Add the essential oils of your choice to the lava rock and enjoy the scent for days.
Water sparingly. (Once a week tops.)
*Note: I am not a succulent expert. If looking for guidance in keeping your plants alive, I am not your resource. I'm proud every day that a plant survives our home. However, if you're also a notorious plant killer and need a high-five for keeping your succulent alive for a month, I'm your girl. Come find me in Nashville.
This activity didn't take long and would be a lovely thing to do with your kids or with friends. Saturday night's succulent diffuser class gave us a great excuse to gather together and step away from our normal responsibilities. And isn't that what many of us need?
A pause. A deep breath.
Some time outside getting in touch with nature.
And most importantly, connecting with others.
If you haven't taken the time to do that recently, make it a priority. And if you can make it involve plants, go for it! After all plants give you endorphins; endorphins make you happy, happy people just don't shoot their husbands!
Wait, I don't think that's quite right. (#LegallyBlonde, y'all.) But plants can truly make an impact on your happiness. Studies have shown that indoor plants:
Boost mood, productivity, concentration and creativity
Reduce stress, fatigue, sore throats and colds
Clean indoor air by absorbing toxins, increasing humidity and producing oxygen
Then add the best therapeutic essential oils on the planet and woah, girl! Powerhouse of happiness. Not sure what essential oils to add to your succulent diffuser? Think about what you need.
Need a boost of energy? Add some Peppermint oil.
Need some joy? Add Joy of course.
Need to calm your stress? Add a few drops of Stress Away or Peace & Calming.
Essential oils are an amazing way to support your emotions and wellbeing. If you aren't utilizing oils yet, let's get you started! Young Living makes it super simple to dive in with a starter kit which contains 12 of the most utilized and popular essential oils plus a beautiful diffuser all of which you can order here: yl.pe/75pn.
Once you have your kit, I'll guide you through how to use them for yourself, your kids, and even your pets and add you to an amazing community of support. You can even get started learning right now by texting OILS to 901-306-3911. (No spam, promise.)
Now, who's off to get a house plant?
*Keep scrolling if you want to see more photos from our Lovely Lark Living succulent diffuser class. (Yay for living with a photographer!)