One of my favourite ways to use essential oils is to add a few drops to a diffuser and let the smell of the oils spread through the room. I first began using a diffuser when my daughter was a new born. Stuck indoors on rainy winter days, I wanted the house to smell fresh and uplifting but I also wanted an alternative to artificial air fresheners and the chemicals contained in them. Not only will diffusing essential oils make your home smell great, it can also help to boost your mood, increase your energy, and improve immunity & aid sleep. Inhaling the aroma of an essential oil can elicit a powerful emotional response and is also a great way to benefit from the valuable properties. A diffuser is a device that evaporates the essential oil into the room. There are various types to choose from, the most popular and cost effective ones being vaporising diffusers which are used with water to emit the oil and water particles into the surrounding air.
- Elevate your mood
Short dark winter days can contribute to low moods and seasonal affective disorder. Diffusing uplifting citrus oils such as orange and lemon can have an energising effect and lift low mood. Diffusing refreshing and invigorating oils helps to balance emotions and reduce stress. When stuck indoors with kids on rainy days, diffusing essential oils with soothing properties is an ideal way to keep the household happy.
- Ward off illness
Diffusing essential oils is also a great way to support the immune system and choosing supportive oils with antiseptic properties can help combat threats to the body. Essential oils such as Eucalyptus and cinnamon which have antiseptic and antiviral properties will help boost immunity, and aid the respiratory system proving particularly helpful for sufferers of coughs & colds.
- Sweet dreams
Diffusing calming essential oils with sedative properties can help when feeling stressed or struggling with disrupted sleep and insomnia. Diffusers make very little noise and can be safely left to run in a bedroom during the night. Lavender, sweet majoram, roman chamomile and ylang ylang used aromatically can promote peace and help to calm the mind. Diffusing relaxing oils such as lavender can help provide a targeted approach for relaxing the mind for a restful night’s sleep. When sick or congested, you can swap your oil for a respiratory aid such as peppermint or eucalyptus to help open airways when sleeping.
- Safe aroma
Before I discovered the benefits of using a diffuser, I loved using candles and incense to fill my home with welcoming aromas. Having a small child in the house makes burning candles too hazardous a practice and has also made me more aware of the contents & purity of products used in the home. Using a diffuser is a heat free and safer alternative to candles where you can also reap the benefits of aromatherapy.
- Concentrate & Focus
When trying to focus, avoid afternoon slumps and other distractions it’s helpful to diffuse stimulating essential oils such as Rosemary and lemon. Known to combat fatigue and assist with memory, Rosemary is a great oil to blend with peppermint to create a refreshing and uplifting environment while you work. Filling a space with an elevating aroma such as this is also an ideal way to help children focus when doing their homework.
2 drops Frankincense
2 drops lime
2 drops peppermint
2 drops wild orange
Fill diffuser with cold water. Add oils and diffuse to create a happy space!
Essential oils can be used aromatically to affect mood and open airways; topically for quick absorption into the body through the skin, and internally for immune & digestive support.
Essential oils are a great way to improve your health easily and quickly. Drop me a line if you’d like to learn more about using essential oils or where to purchase 100% pure oils.…
-Caroline Jackman, Honest about Health