Essential oils are the best choice if you are looking for a holistic and effective way to elevate your mood, improve brain function and purify the air you breathe.
But First, What Are Essential Oils?
People use different aromatic plants like flowers, fruits, sap, seeds or skin of the plants, as well as the roots, leaves, resins or wood of certain trees and through highly labor-intensive process they extract the vital essence of them.
Essential oils contain unique and varied therapeutic properties which is why they are usually refered to as the “life force”.
How Does Inhaling Essential Oils Benefit Me?
Diffusion is a technique used to maximize the absorption of essential oils by distributing its molecules into the air. So, when they are in the air, they can be inhaled through the nose or mouth.
Airborne molecules interact with the olfactory organs and almost immediately, the brain when they are inhaled through nose.
Moreover, they get carried to the lungs and interact with the respiratory system. as a results, inhaled essential oils can affect the body through several systems and pathways.
Interaction with the Limbic System (Emotional Brain)
The limbic system is commonly refered to as the “emotional brain” and this systems gets affected by the odor molecules which travel through the nose and through a variety of receptor sites.
This system is directly connected to those parts of the brain that control stress levels, hormone balance, blood pressure, heart rate and breathing memory.
As you can see, this relationship is the true explanation why essential oils can have some profound physiological and psychological effects.
Why Should I Diffuse Essential Oils?
Your nose can sense the great smell of airfresheners and scented candles, but they are known to be very toxic.
On the other hand, diffusing essential oils is a much better option because they improve air quality and offer various benefits. Here are the main ones:
1. Air Purifier
Essential oils used indoors can help you:
- Destroy mold microorganisms in the air
- Fill the air with a fresh, aromatic scent
- Inhibit bacterial growth
2. Boost Your Immune System
Once you breathe in, inhale or diffuse into the air essential oils, they go directly to the lungs and as a result, they are quickly absorbed into the blood stream as they cross the airway/capillary system.
The essential oils you have just inhaled will be through your entire body within a few minutes since it only takes a few minutes for blood to circulate throughout the body.
Essential oils to use when you’ve been exposed to viruses or other disease producing organisms:
- Bay laurel
- Cinnamon leaf
- Eucalyptus globulus
- Roman Chamomilet
- Pine needle
- Tea Tree
- Thyme linalool
Diffusing essential oils is extremely effective way to combat stress, so the hospitals have begun using them as well.
The essential oils used in the hospital:
- wild orange essential oil
- lemon essential oil
- lime essential oil
- citrus bliss essential oil
If you are struggling with insomnia, the best essential oil for you is lavander because it has calming effects.
According to one study, inhaling a mixture of essential oils that contained more lavander than any other oil lowered participant’s blood pressure and their production of cortisol- the stress hormone.
5. Reduced Congestion
You can also diffuse essential oils to reduce inflammation and congestion in clogged airways.
Instead of taking drugs, you should prepare a mixture with one part of eucalyptus, tea tree oil and peppermint. Store the mixture in a container and take it out whenever you need it.
All you have to do is to put some drops of the mixture in your hands, cup the to your nose and inhale all the goodness. As a result, you will breathe more easily.
Another alternative is to use this mix in a steaming bowl of hot water. Just put one drop of each essential oil and drape a towel over your head and breathe in. Try breathing in for about five minutes, taking breaks as needed.
You should diffuse essential oils like lemon, rosemary, peppermint or eucalyptus in your home on a daily basis if you are prone to allergies or other breathing disorders.
6. Prevent Food Cravings
Dr. Alan Hirsch conducted a study which showed that inhaling peppermint oil can directly affect your brain’s satiety center, the ventro-medial nucleus of the hypothalamus.
For instance, if you inhale an aroma six times in each nostril, the desire to eat will be inhibited. He also discovered that sniffing three times in each nostril was sufficient. However, if the scent is not adequately smelled, it can increase the desire to eat so it is important to smell the oil deeply and as many times as suggested.
What If I Don’t Have A Diffuser?
If you don’t have a diffuser, there are 2 things you can do:
Inhale essential oils straight out of the bottle.
Put several drops of the essential oil on your palms and run them together. Once thoroughly mixed, cup your hands over your nose and inhale.