As time goes on, the prominence of essential oils in the field of health and wellness has grown monumentally. More studies are being conducted about the everyday physiological, mental, and emotional benefits of these oils, with many enjoying the natural effects in a variety of different ways. Most people seem to prefer diffusing essential oils, but there’s no end to creativity when it comes to using them.
Explore different ways of using essential oils.
- Applying topically with lotions, ointments, sprays, or diluted oils.
- Adding to bathwater for a luxurious soak.
- Adding to water or base oils in a spray bottle to spritz around a room.
- Converting into a household cleaner.
- Placing a few drops on clothing, bedding, and furniture.
But diffusing essential oils is perhaps one of the most widely practiced methods of enjoying them, boasting effects ranging from soothing colds to disinfecting the air. A diffuser creates water vapor that spreads through the air, and when essential oils are added into the mix it distributes their scents and natural benefits into the air as well. So what are these magical benefits, you ask? Just take a look.
What Diffusing Can Do For You:
It’s safe and all-natural. It’s well known that essential oils are completely all-natural concentrations extracted from various plants. Candles and air fresheners, though nice-smelling, often contain several harmful chemicals used in the artificial scents and dyes that leach into the air when used. Diffused essential oils emit clean, healthy fragrances to support a clean, healthy body and mind.
Supports respiratory health. Humidifying the air in your home adds essential moisture that benefits your skin, hair, and respiratory system—when essential oils such as peppermint, eucalyptus, tea tree, and lemongrass are added, those benefits are only enhanced. Diffused oils can reduce inflammation the chest and lungs and help ease respiratory illnesses such as allergies, chronic bronchitis, asthma, emphysema, and COPD.
Can act as a disinfectant. A little-known fact about essential oils is that they can kill and break down airborne substances that promote the growth of harmful fungi and bacteria. This provides a safer, cleaner space for you, your family, and your pets.
Helps relieve stress. One of the most common aims of essential oils, your emotional health can enjoy an uptick when a diffuser is doing its job. Vapor containing oils such as lavender, peppermint, chamomile, and others has been shown to reduce stress levels, mitigate symptoms of depression, alleviate anxiety, and improve overall mood. Diffusing calming oils ensures you’re surrounded by a substance that can put your mind and emotions at ease.
Promotes better sleep. Diffusing oils in your room before you go to bed creates a calm, relaxed space, priming your body and mind for rest. Diffused oils can help you fall asleep faster and improve your sleep cycle, alleviating issues such as insomnia, stress, and an overloaded mind. A few drops in your diffuser at night and you’re on your way to a peaceful night’s rest.
Strengthens immune system and fights illness. Fight colds, the flu, and coughs with soothing vapors emitted from your diffuser. Diffused essential oils have antimicrobial compositions, helping to boost your immune system and clear out congestion and mucus buildup. Oils such as eucalyptus, peppermint, cinnamon, clove, and sweet orange can also shorten the lifespan of a cold.
Sharpens focus. If you find yourself in a mental fog, a few drops of oil can take your mind back to an alert state. Diffusing essential oils clears your head and increases blood flow and oxygen to your brain and glands like the hypothalamus, improving mental awareness and keeping your head nice and clear.
Acts as an insect repellent. Say goodbye to buzzing nuisances when you use a diffuser to emit oils such as peppermint, lemongrass, geranium, tea tree, and rosemary. Applying these oils topically might work as a natural repellent as well, but a diffuser can spread scents over a broad area, creating a wider radius that keeps insects at bay.
Saves money. Another surprising addition to the list, diffusing essential oils can actually help you save money on products you’d be buying often at the store, such as insect repellents and over-the-counter medications. Diffusers also use less oil, so you won’t have to purchase them as often.
In addition to the physiological benefits, the diffuser itself has some desirable qualities:
- Energy efficient
- Low maintenance; easy to clean and keep
- Simple to operate and control
- Acts as a humidifier
- Can run for hours at a time
- No fire or heat—safe structure and components
- Can shut off automatically or with a timer
- Maintains your essential oils’ composition
As you continue your own essential oil journey, leave no stone unturned when searching for the best oils and the best uses and remedies for you. Though the scope of this particular world is vast, it really just boils down to how your regimen makes you feel, and everyone is different. If your main outlet for sensory wellness is smell, then a diffuser is designed to rock your world.
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