Essential oils are becoming more and more popular lately and for good reason! They are a wonderful natural tool to have in your arsenal. Along with a (somewhat) balanced diet (I'm trying people...I'm trying!) and amazing supplements from Young Living, I have HUNDREDS of essential oils, and oil infused products, spread throughout my house, my car, my purse, and everywhere in between. You will never find me without an oil within fingers reach. They have become a very important part of my life.
But today...I want to give a little insight (knowledge if you will) into the how's and why's of diffusing essential oils.
What are essential oils?
Essential oils are aromatic, volatile liquids that are found within many shrubs, flowers, trees, roots, bushes and seeds. Sometimes called the “life blood” of the plant. Most essential oils are extracted from the plant through the process of steam distillation.
Although there are three different ways to use essential oils (Aromatically, Topically, and Internally) I am going to focus on the aromatic side today.
How to use essential oils aromatically:
This is the classic way to use essential oils–the art of Aromatherapy!
You’ve probably already noticed the connection between scent and emotions. Maybe the smell of a certain flower reminds you of your grandmother. Or maybe she loved moth balls and you are doomed for life. Either way...a certain smell reminds you of her.
Fresh cut grass, ocean air, fresh baked cookies, and evergreen trees are some of the scents we associate with specific emotions. But it’s not just random memories or reminders. Aromatherapy can provide the same physical and emotional responses on cue.
There are a number of studies supporting essential oil use for physical and emotional benefits. When we smell something, we first process the input via the olfactory bulb, which is at the base of our brain and connected to the amygdala and hippocampus, the parts of our brain associated with emotion and memory.
“Interestingly, visual, auditory (sound), and tactile (touch) information do not pass through these brain areas. This may be why olfaction, more than any other sense, is so successful at triggering emotions and memories.” (source)
Aromatherapy is essentially inhaling essential oils. There are times when I straight huff an oil right out of the bottle. For direct inhalation, simply open the bottle and breathe. You can also drop a few drops onto the palm of your hand, rub your hands together, then cup your hands over your nose and mouth and inhale. This is for those times when the dog busts out of his kennel, the kid won't stop whining, or my lack of carbs is making me want to eat a tub of ice cream.
There's nothing wrong with huffing straight from the bottle but honestly, the easiest (and best) way to use aromatically is by using a diffuser. Diffusion works by distributing essential oil molecules through the air. Once in the air, they are inhaled and come into contact with nerves that send them directly to the brain. This is a quick and safe way of letting the essential oils go to work for you.
Because I love diffusing oils so much, I have Young Living diffusers in every room of my house. Including bathrooms and my closet. (Because really...no one likes the smell of moth balls. Even if it reminds you of your grandmother)
Why Young Living brand diffusers? Why not?! Really though...because I use (and LOVE) YL oils, it's a MUST (in my opinion) to use their diffusers as well. YL oils are pure and potent. They are the best of the best. With that being said, it's important to use a diffuser that is made and tested for use with their oils. I've seen first hand what can happen to a "cheap" diffuser. It's not pretty!
So stick with the best and you won't have any issues. Take my word for it. ;)
I diffuse oils for many different reasons but the main ones are:
• For Relaxation and Sleep
One of the best and most well-known uses for essential oils is their ability to help you unwind at the end of a hard day. While there are several other methods for getting your soothing oils from the bottle into your blood stream where they start to work their magic, the diffuser is by far the easiest and longest-lasting of them all. Keep one at the office to help you relax on your lunch break. Have a diffuser ready to go with the push of a button when you get home from work in the evening. Set one on the bedside table to help your mind and body relax so you can sleep better at night.
• To boost our Immune systems
Using a diffuser in your home or office is a great way to keep your immune system in check. Many essential oils are powerfully anti-microbial and when introduced into the air in vapor form, the organic compounds within the oils come into direct contact with airborne pathogens before they can invade your body. Some diffusers also double as humidifiers which will help to keep your airways moist and healthy so you are less susceptible to any microbes that do make it into your body.
• To Improve Cognitive Function
Using essential oils in a diffuser is a highly-effective way to super-charge your brain cells. Many essential oils have adaptogenic qualities – meaning that they are soothing when you’re overwhelmed, but they can also give you a pick-me-up when you’re feeling down or sluggish. By leveling out your mood, the oils in the air will help your mind balance.
• To cleanse the air (Pets yo! They stink.)
If you have pets or small children, burning candles or incense can be a potentially hazardous practice. With an essential oil diffuser, you can reap the benefits of aromatherapy – and to much greater effect – without the risk of burns, wax spills, or other accidents. This is a much safer alternative to candles and incense!
• Because I like to breathe
Essential oils are great for opening up airways to help you breathe more easily. If you are prone to seasonal discomfort or have sometimes fell like a fish under water, try diffusing essential oils in the room (or rooms) of your home where you spend the most time. Just remember to keep a box of tissues handy as your nose and sinuses begin to open so you can also avoid that mad dash to the bathroom!
• To keep pests away
Whether your problem is mosquitoes, house flies, fruit flies or moths, you can use essential oils in your diffuser to deter these critters from entering your home. I personally keep one on a table right near our backdoor and run that bad boy loaded with Citronella when we are going in and out on a Saturday afternoon. You can also do the same on your patio if you want to enjoy a pest free dinner under the stars.
• Saves money!
Yep! It's true! Essential oils are an investment into your healthy and well-being that in turn...save you money! With "transfer" buying and consistent use, we are living a life of overall wellness. The restorts to less medical bills, fewer cups of coffee (Yes...I still love my Starbs, but it's more of a treat now rather than a necessity), better productivity, and all around happiness. This all leads to saving money! Hooray!
Speaking of saving money...
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