Essential oils have been used in aromatherapy for a long time, and they’re the best natural way of improving your mood, brain function and cleaning the air in your home of toxins. Besides making your house smell great, inhaling the vapors of certain essential oils also offers a host of health benefits.
Diffusing essential oils will send their molecules in the air – once inhaled, the nerves will signal the brain to stimulate certain systems in the body. As the chemical messengers are situated in the nasal cavity, inhalation is the best way to benefit from any essential oil. Here’s why you need to start diffusing essential oils:
Clean the air
Diffusing essential oils can raise the levels of oxygen in the air, destroy mold germs, raise the levels of ozone and negative ions, destroy chemicals and make your house smell nice as well.
Reinforce your immune system
Diffusing eucalyptus and cinnamon essential oils will strengthen your immune system and help the body fight various infections. One French study put the oils against 210 colonized microbes, and in just over an hour, only 4 remained active. All you need to do is add 5-10 drops of cinnamon or eucalyptus oil in a diffuser with water and turn it on.
Reduce stress and help you relax
The essential oil molecules can pass your cell membranes and the blood-brain barrier, reaching the center of this vital organ in just a short time. Once they get to the hypothalamus, they can reduce stress and improve your mood and energy levels, effectively helping you relax. To create an extra powerful anti-stress blend, mix 5 drops of lavender essential oil, 3 drops of ylang-ylang and a couple drops of bergamot oil.
Improve your sleep
A 2014 study has shown that a combination of valerian and other essential oils can put your mind at ease and help you sleep better. Another study showed that a combination of lavender and other essential oils can reduce your blood pressure and stimulate production of stress hormones, effectively helping you fall asleep easier and get some much-needed rest overnight.
Reduce chest congestion
If your airways are blocked and inflamed, experts recommend clearing the obstruction by diffusing a mixture of eucalyptus, lemon, rosemary and peppermint essential oils. The same oils work great against asthma and other respiratory problems as well.
Curb your cravings
Science has shown that the sense of smell is related to our appetite. Many experts agree that the smell triggers the feeling of satiety before the stomach does. As we mentioned before, essential oils can easily reach the hypothalamus where the satiety center is located and will affect its function, essentially regulating your cravings and satiety.
If you don’t have a diffuser at home, there’s another way of enjoying all the benefits of essential oils. Simply put a few drops of an essential oil on your palms, rub them and inhale the vapors by cupping your hands over your nose.