Diffusing essential oils is one of the quickest & easiest ways to begin using the oils. It's easy to do and everyone in the family can benefit from the wonderful aromas. Today we're going to talk about why you would want to diffuse essential oils.
Why should you diffuse essential oils?
So what's the big deal about diffusing essential oils? Well, there is actually a long list of benefits. Diffusing (specifically cold-air diffusing) can:
- Produce negative ions
- Increase amount of available oxygen
- Improve concentration & mental clarity
- Relieve headaches
- Eliminate airborne germs & bacteria
- Release natural ozone
- Relieve tension
- Stimulate neurotransmitters
- Alter molecules that create odors
- Improve hormonal balance
It's also the most cost-effective way to use essential oils. Diffusing 3-4 drops of oil will benefit the whole family whereas topical application or ingestion only benefits one person.
One of the major benefits of diffusing is the connection from your nose to your brain (to put it very simply!). When you inhale a fragrance, it triggers your olfactory bulb and transmits impulses to other parts of your brain. Especially interesting is the effect on the limbic system, which affects heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, memory, stress levels, and hormone balance. So that simple diffuser and bottle of essential oil provides a whole host of benefits to your body.
A few guidelines -
While learning to diffuse essential oils is great, there are a few very simple guidelines to keep in mind.
While some diffusers come with instructions to dilute as much as 12 drops of oil, that much is not necessary. The most I ever diffuse is about 8 drops. And, if you're just starting, begin with 3-4 drops. Too much at once can cause headaches and overload your body. More is not always better - especially in regards to essential oils.
Also, only diffuse for 15-30 minutes at a time. It doesn't need to run all day to receive the benefits of the oils. Of course, if it's cold and flu season, we like to run it more often - to keep those bugs away!
Don't mix blends
Essential oil blends are very useful but it's important not to mix them when you are diffusing. Stick to one blend at a time when diffusing. You could add one or two other oils to the blend, just don't mix two different blends as it can alter the efficacy of the oils.
Have you diffused essential oils? Share your tips with me!
Diffusing is my favorite way to use essential oils. I like it so much we have diffusers all over the house, a travel-sized diffuser, and even one that plugs into a USB port!