If you want a safe, effective, and holistic way to improve mood, purify the air and improve your brain function, you need to start diffusing essential oils. Diffusing essential oils is the most cost effective and health conscious solution for your health. Diffusing doesn’t just make your house smell great, you reap the health benefits every time you breathe in the oils!
Diffusion distributes essential oil molecules into the air so effectively, it is an excellent way to maximize the beneficial properties of essential oils. When essential oils are inhaled through the nose, tiny nerves send an immediate signal to the brain and go straight to work on the systems that moderate our minds and bodies. Inhalation can be the most direct delivery method of these incredibly nurturing components in essential oils, since the chemical messengers in the nasal cavity have direct access to the brain.
-Destroying mold microorganisms in the air.
-Filling the air with a fresh, aromatic scent
-Making chemicals non-toxic by fracturing their molecular structure
-Increasing atmospheric oxygen
-Increasing ozone and negative ions in the area, which helps inhibit bacterial growth
Diffusing essential oils is also a great way to support the immune system. Essential oils such as Eucalyptus and cinnamon will help boost immunity.
In a French study, 210 different microbes were colonized, and in 30 minutes of diffusing the air with essential oils, only four colonies were left! You can diffuse essential oils in the air by using a few drops – 10 to 15 – in a regular diffuser with some water.
Essential oils have been found to penetrate cell membranes and cross the brain-blood barrier in seconds reaching the emotional center of the brain. And, the hypothalamus is responsible for sending out chemical messengers that effect everything! Including our energy, mood, or state of stress. So, inhaling essential oils, is a perfect way to combat stress.
Lavender oil: 5 drops
Ylang ylang oil: 3 drops
Bergamot oil: 2 drops
A systematic review of research into inhaled essential oils’ effect on sleep, published in 2014 in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, reported the greatest number of findings for lavender.
This plant’s essential oil was found to enhance the quality of sleep by itself and when combined with valerian or certain other oils. An article published in 2012 in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine reported that inhaling a mixture of essential oils that contained more lavender than any other oil lowered subjects’ blood pressure and their production of cortisol, a hormone produced in response to stress. Both effects relax an individual, making it easier to fall and stay asleep.
Essential oils are great for reducing inflammation and congestion in clogged airways to help you breathe more easily. If you are prone to allergies or other breathing disorders, try diffusing essential oils in the room (or rooms) of your home where you spend the most time Recommended oils: peppermint, rosemary, lemon, eucalyptus.
Dry cough relief:
Lemon oil: 5 drops
Tea Tree oil: 5 drops
Research finds that appetite and the sense of smell are closely connected. In fact, studies have discovered that our sense of smell actually triggers feelings of fullness before our stomach does.
When you inhale an essential oil, its microscopic molecules directly affect a part of the brain called the hypothalamus. An area inside the hypothalamus called the “satiety center” controls feelings of hunger/fullness.
The satiety center ‘reads’ certain essential oil molecules as a signal that you are full. And the good news is, this happens much faster than your brain gets the signals from your stomach telling you you’re full – so you feel full sooner!
You if you don’t own a diffuser, you can inhale essential oils straight out of the bottle. Simply open a bottle of essential oil and inhale or put a few drops of oil on the palm of your hand, rub your hands together, and then cup your hands over your nose and mouth and inhale.
The sense of smell is a very powerful one. It is the only sense that is directly linked to the limbic system. The limbic center is the part of the brain that controls emotional, physical, and psychological responses. When essential oils are used to heal, their aroma plays a big part in that healing.
In studies performed in Vienna and Berlin Universities, researchers discovered that sesquiterpenes, a natural compound found in essential oils of Vetiver, Patchouli, Cedarwood, Sandalwood, and Frankincense, can increase levels of oxygen in the brain by up to 28 percent. This increase in oxygen to helps the brain heal and resolve many issues. It can improve learning and concentration while also helping to support immune and hormonal balances. An added bonus is that is can also lead to higher energy levels.
A study performed on students with ADHD ages 11-12 showed positive results when essential oils were used. It was very noticeable that both the oils and the relaxation improved concentration. Students definitely stayed calmer, longer, and recovered quickly from upsets. There were fewer disruptions to lessons. In the same study, a blend of frankincense, chamomile Roman, lavender, bergamot, and mandarin was made. This combination helped ease panic attacks and feelings of anxiety in an ADHD client.
It was discovered in the late 80s that the amygdala plays a role in storing and releasing emotional trauma. Essential oils and therapy can now be used to help repair emotional trauma. They have little to no side effects, compared to their pharmaceutical counterparts, which means they are safer for healing trauma.
Any head trauma or injury is taken very seriously, and for good reasons. Whether it is a mild concussion or surgery, the healing process is usually very long. Frankincense essential oil can gently aid in the healing of the brain because it increases the amount of oxygen that flows to the brain. With more oxygen, comes quicker and better healing.
Jasmine essential oil is one of the most popular oil used in aromatherapy. Its effects have been shown with great promise when treating depression. One study showed that it soothed nerves, increased confidence, and promoted optimism. It also restored energy and improved memory.
When diffusing add a few drops to a cold diffuser and breathe in the vapor. You can also put a drop on your hands, warm and inhale the vapours.
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