One of the great things about essential oils is their ability to multitask. I may be diffusing frankincense and orange to help lift my mood and concentration, but while that goes on, I am also supporting my immune system and killing the airborne bacteria in the room. Neat, huh? Actually, in essential oil terms, neat means undiluted, directly on the skin…but you get the point. Essential oils are much more than a pretty smell. The term “aromatherapy” has been so overused that it really doesn’t do truly therapeutic-grade essential oils justice.
The Essential Oils Integrative Medical Guide by D. Gary Young, ND, has some great information on the benefits diffusing medicinal-grade essential oils:
Diffused oils alter the structure of molecules that create odors, rather than just masking them. They also increase oxygen availability, produce negative ions and release natural ozone. Many essential oils such as lemongrass, orange, grapefruit, Eucalyptus globulus, Melaleuca alternifolia, lavender, frankincense, and lemon, along with essential oils blends such as Thieves and Purification, are extremely effective for eliminating and destroying airborne germs and bacteria.
A cold-air diffuser is designed to atomize a microfine mist of essential oils into the air, where they can remain suspended for several hours. Unlike aroma lamps or candles, a diffuser disperses essential oils without heating or burning, which can render the oil therapeutically less beneficial and even create toxic compounds. Burned oils may become carcinogenic. Research shows that cold air diffusing certain oils may:
- Reduce bacteria, fungus, mold and unpleasant odors.
- Relax the body, relieve tension, and clear the mind.
- Help with weight management.
- Improve concentration, alertness, and mental clarity.
- Stimulate neurotransmitters.
- Stimulate secretion of endorphins.
- Stimulate growth hormone production and receptivity.
- Improve the secretion of IgA antibodies that fight candida.
- Improve digestive function.
- Improve hormonal balance.
- Relieve headaches.
Start by diffusing oils for 15 – 30 minutes a day. As you become accustomed to the oils and recognize their effects, you may increase the diffusing time to 1 – 2 hours per day.
Place the diffuser high in the room so that the oil mist falls through the air and removes the odor-causing substances.
By connecting your diffuser to a timer, you can gain better control over the length and duration of diffusing. For some respiratory conditions, you may diffuse the oils the entire night.
Do not use more than one blend at a time in a diffuser as this may alter the smell and the therapeutic benefit. However, a single oil may be added to a blend when diffusing.
Always wash the diffuser before using a different oil blend. Use natural soap and warm or hot water.
If you don’t have a diffuser, you may add several drops of essential oil to a spray bottle, add 1 cup purified water, and shake. You can use this to mist your entire house, workplace, or car.
Purchasing a diffuser is the easiest way to start enjoying and benefiting from your Young Living essential oils. They also make a great gift!
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