6 Reasons Why You Should Diffuse Essential Oils
I use my essential oil diffuser every single day and night. I absolutely love inhaling essential oils throughout the day and right as I’m going to sleep. If you’re interested in healthy living, you have probably heard of the benefits of essential oils and diffusing them in the air. In addition to being really pretty additions to an office, living room or bedroom, diffusing oils actually has incredible health benefits.
People always ask me what my diffuser “does” when they see it running. I use ultrasonic diffusers in my house from Young Living, since these diffusers use BPA-free plastic that does not erode with essential oil exposure. These diffusers combine the advantages of a humidifier, air purifier, atomizer, and aromatherapy diffuser all into one by breaking a mixture of essential oils and water into millions of micro-particles and dispersing them into the air. Once in the air, we inhale the particles which contact our nerves, which send the signals directly to our brain. This is an easy and safe way to benefit from the power of essential oils on autopilot.
Our minds create powerful connections between scent and our emotions, surroundings, and memories. You know how when you smell a specific perfume and it always reminds you of one person? That’s because our brain has the closest association between scent and memory. Diffusing essential oils is a simple yet effective way to access those memory connections. It can also help create new and positive memories and uplift your mood throughout the day.
Because diffusion distributes essential oil molecules into the air so effectively, it is an excellent way to maximize the beneficial properties of essential oils. It’s important to note that overheating essential oils using aroma lamps or candles can render the oils less beneficial and even dangerous, so it’s important to use a cold-air diffusion method.
So let’s take a look at six reasons why you should have a diffuser in your life!
#1) Elevate your mind and mood
Diffusers can be used to elevate your mind and promote a positive mood. This is an amazing tool for when you’re feeling sad, stressed, or particularly down. You can use your diffuser to set a positive atmosphere for a business meeting or social event, or to help you get up, awake and alert in the morning.
#2) Kick the germs
Using your diffuser at home or in your office is a great way to keep cold, flu, and airborne germs away. Many studies have shown certain essential oils to be anti-microbial, and when they are released into the air as a fine vapor, the compounds in the oils come into direct contact with airborne pathogens before they can invade your body.
Furthermore, essential oils are extremely beneficial to boost the body’s immune system. Since ultrasonic diffusers double as humidifiers, the moisture in the air from the water particles can aid in easing some of the symptoms caused by the flu or common cold.
#3) Safer Alternative to Scented Candles & Air Fresheners
Burning scented candles or using synthetic fragrance plugins is actually really detrimental to your health. With an ultrasonic essential oil diffuser, you can benefit from aromatherapy’s health effects, without using harsh toxic chemicals.
The common household air freshener like “Febreze" and others claim to “remove odor molecules” but actually do nothing of the sort. The bad-smelling molecules are still there, only just masked by the smell of the Hawaiian Island themed chemical cocktail you have just saturated your home with.
In other not-so-fun news, check out these ingredients in a can of Febreze:
• The chemical 1,3-Dichloro-2-propanol has been linked to cancer.
• Methyl pyrrolidone is toxic to reproduction and development.
• Gerinoil irritates skin, eyes, and lungs.
• Hexyl cinnamal is an allergen.
• Propylene glycol also causes cancer, causes allergies, and is toxic to the immune system.
• Ethyl acetate is linked to neurotoxicity.
• Alcohol denatured has been known to cause organ system toxicity.
• Ethylhexanol-irritates skin, eyes, and lungs and is toxic to reproduction and development systems. (Source)
#4) Soothe pain and headaches
Applying essential oils topically is an excellent way to relieve tension, stress and soreness in the body. Diffusing them into the air is an excellent way to help amplify the effects and relieve your body of headache tension, sore joints, or overworked muscles.
#5) Breathe freely
I am personally prone to springtime allergies. Diffusing while I sleep is hugely beneficial for me and helps reduce inflammation and congestion from allergies so I can breathe more easily.
My favorite oils for this: R.C., Lavender (these come in the starter kit).
#6) Improve Cognitive Function and Performance
Many essential oils have adaptogenic qualities. By helping to balance your mood, the oils in the air will help you to focus. “Research suggests peppermint essential oils improve memory and retrieval in cognitive tasks requiring sustained focus.” (From "The Effect of Peppermint on Memory Performance")
Diffusers are powerful tools to have in your house, and make enjoying the benefits of essential oils easy. They’re also quite elegant, and make great additions to your decor, while providing you with health benefits at the same time (#winning). The one pictured above even comes with an audio port, speakers and a remote control to be able to play music while diffusing from the glass dome. What's not to like?
Hope you're ready to start diffusing!
**This information is applicable ONLY for therapeutic quality essential oils. Do not diffuse cheap essential oils from a grocery store, as you may risk your health.