How To Effectively Diffuse Essential Oils To Unlock Their Healing Powers
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If you want a safe, effective, and holistic way to improve mood, purify the air and improve your brain function, you need to start diffusing essential oils. Diffusing essential oils is the most cost-effective and health-conscious solution for your health. Diffusing doesn’t just make your house smell great, you reap the health benefits every time you breathe in the oils!
Diffusion distributes essential oil molecules into the air so effectively, therefore, is an excellent way to maximize the beneficial properties of essential oils. When essential oils are inhaled through the nose, tiny nerves send an immediate signal to the brain that goes straight to work on the systems that moderate our minds and bodies.
Inhalation can be the most direct delivery method of these incredibly nurturing components in essential oils, since the chemical messengers in the nasal cavity have direct access to the brain.
NOTE: Essential oils are EXTREMELY TOXIC TO CATS. There’s an enzyme in ALL types of concentrated oil that their liver cannot process. Essential oil diffusers push droplets into the air that collect on their fur. When ingested or even absorbed through their skin, it can cause their livers to fail, which in turn kills them.
Why You Need to Diffuse Essential Oils Every Day
1. Purify Air
When diffused into the air, essential oils can help with:
- Destroying mold microorganisms in the air.
- Filling the air with a fresh, aromatic scent
- Making chemicals non-toxic by fracturing their molecular structure
- Increasing atmospheric oxygen
- Increasing ozone and negative ions in the area, which helps inhibit bacterial growth
2. Support Your Immune System
Diffusing essential oils is a great way to support your immune system. Essential oils such as Eucalyptus and cinnamon will help boost immunity.
In a French study, 210 different microbes were colonized, and in 30 minutes of diffusing the air with essential oils, only four colonies were left!
You can diffuse essential oils in the air by using a few drops—10 to 15—in a regular diffuser with some water.
3. Reduce Stress and Relax
Essential oils have been found to penetrate cell membranes and cross the brain-blood barrier in seconds reaching the emotional center of the brain.
And, the hypothalamus is responsible for sending out chemical messengers that effect everything!
Including our energy, mood, or state of stress! So, inhaling essential oils, is a perfect way to combat stress.
4. Deep Sleep
A systematic review of research into inhaled essential oils’ effect on sleep, published in 2014 in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, reported the greatest number of findings for lavender. This plant’s essential oil was found to enhance the quality of sleep by itself and when combined with valerian or certain other oils.
An article published in 2012 in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine reported that inhaling a mixture of essential oils that contained more lavender than any other oil lowered subjects’ blood pressure and their production of cortisol, a hormone produced in response to stress. Both effects relax an individual, making it easier to fall and stay asleep.
5. Reduce Congestion
Essential oils are great for reducing inflammation and congestion in clogged airways to help you breathe more easily. If you are prone to allergies or other breathing disorders, try diffusing essential oils in the room (or rooms) of your home where you spend the most time. Recommended oils are peppermint, rosemary, lemon, and eucalyptus.
6. Reduce Food Cravings
Research finds that appetite and the sense of smell are closely connected. In fact, studies have discovered that our sense of smell actually triggers feelings of fullness before our stomach does.
When you inhale an essential oil, its microscopic molecules directly affect a part of the brain called the hypothalamus. An area inside the hypothalamus called the “satiety center” controls feelings of hunger/fullness.
The satiety center “reads” certain essential oil molecules as a signal that you are full. And the good news is, this happens much faster than your brain gets the signals from your stomach telling you you’re full—so you feel full sooner!
If you don’t own a diffuser, you can simply inhale essential oils straight out of the bottle. Simply open a bottle of essential oil and inhale or put a few drops of oil on the palm of your hand, rub your hands together, and then cup your hands over your nose and mouth and inhale.
Living Traditionally—republished here with permission.
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