Looking for a holistic and effective way to elevate your mood, purify the air you breathe and improve brain function? Then you need to start diffusing essential oils!
But First, What Are Essential Oils?
Essential oils are obtained through highly labor-intensive processes which extract the vital essence of aromatic plants from the flowers, fruits, sap, seeds or skin of the plant, as well as the bark, leaves, roots, resins or wood of certain trees.
These oils are often referred to as the “life force” of plants and contain unique and varied therapeutic properties. (source)
How Does Inhaling Essential Oils Benefit Me?
Diffusion is a technique used to maximize the absorption of essential oils by distributing its molecules into the air.
Once in the air, the essential oils can be inhaled through the nose or mouth.
When we inhale through the nose, airborne molecules interact with the olfactory organs and, almost immediately, the brain.
Molecules inhaled through the nose or mouth are also carried to the lungs and interact with the respiratory system. Thus, inhaled essential oils can affect the body through several systems and pathways.
Interaction with the Limbic System (Emotional Brain)
During inhalation, odor molecules travel through the nose and affect the brain through a variety of receptor sites, one of which is the limbic system, which is commonly referred to as the “emotional brain.”
The limbic system is directly connected to those parts of the brain that control heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, memory, stress levels, and hormone balance (Higley & Higley, 1998).
This relationship helps explain why essential oils can have some very profound physiological and psychological effects! (source)
Why Should I Diffuse Essential Oils?
Although air fresheners or scented candles can make your house smell great, they’re also known be to very toxic (1,2).
On the other hand, not only does diffusing essential oils improve air quality but they also offer various benefits. Here are the main ones:
1. Air Purifier
When used indoors, essential oils can help:
- Destroy mold microorganisms in the air
- Fill the air with a fresh, aromatic scent
- Inhibit bacterial growth
You can diffuse essential oils in the air by using a few drops – 10 to 15 – in a regular diffuser with some water. (source)
2. Boost Your Immune System
When you inhale, breath in, or diffuse into the air essential oils, they can also go directly to the lungs. There they are quickly absorbed into the blood stream as they cross the airway/capillary system.
From there the molecules of essential oils are transported throughout the body and into each and every cell. Since it only takes a few minutes for blood to circulate throughout the whole body, the essential oils you have just inhaled will be throughout your entire body within a few minutes. (source)
Essential oils to use when you’ve been exposed to viruses or other disease producing organisms:
- Bay laurel
- Cinnamon leaf
- Eucalyptus globulus
Essential oils that help build up your immune system:
- Roman Chamomilet
- Pine needle
- Tea Tree
- Thyme linalool
3. Lower Stress Levels And Help You Relax
Diffusing essential oils is a perfect way to combat stress. It’s so effective that even hospitals have begun using them!
The essential oils used in the hospital:
- wild orange essential oil
- lemon essential oil
- lime essential oil
- citrus bliss essential oil