The Benefits of Diffusing Essential Oils
If you want a safe, effective and holistic way to improve mood, purify the air and improve your brain function, you should consider diffusing essential oils. Diffusing essential oils is a 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!
Because diffusion distributes essential oil molecules into the air so effectively, it 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 and go straight to work on the systems that moderate our minds and bodies. Inhalation can be the most direct delivery method of the incredibly nurturing components in essential oils since the chemical messengers in the nasal cavity have direct access to the brain.
Why You Should Diffuse:
♢ To Purify The Air
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
♢ To Support Your Immune System
Diffusing essential oils is also a great way to support the immune system. Essential oils such as Eucalyptus and cinnamon will help boost immunity.
In a French study, 210 different microbes were colonized, and after 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 – 7 to 10 – in a regular diffuser with some water.
♢ To 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 affect our energy, mood and stress levels.
Anti-Stress Blend ♡
- 5 drops Lavender
- 3 drops Ylang Ylang
- 2 drops Bergamot
♢ For Deeper 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.
♢ To Reduce Food Cravings
Research has found that appetite and the sense of smell are closely connected. In fact, studies have shown 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!
♢ Direct Inhalation
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 into the palm of your hand, rub your hands together and then cup your hands over your nose and mouth and inhale.
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By Anya V, livingtraditionally.com