Diffusing essential oils does a lot more than just make your house smell great.
To understand why diffusing essential oils can be so beneficial, it probably helps to understand what is meant by diffusing an essential oil.
What Is Diffusing?
Diffusing is nothing more than putting the essence of an essential oil into the air so it can be inhaled.
You can diffuse an oil by
- Putting a couple of drops on a tissue and breathing the scent
- Using a nebulizer or ultra-sonic diffuser
- Mixing the essential oils with distilled water in a spray bottle (always use glass, not plastic) and spraying around your house
- Wearing a terracotta pendant neck diffuser
What Exactly is a Diffuser?
The tissue method is pretty straight forward. All you need is a tissue and some oils. The same goes for the terracotta pendant. You just apply the oils to the pendant and wear it around your neck. These are probably the most cost effective methods for diffusing essential oils. Of course, you have to apply the oils more often because they evaporate but these are still the least expensive ways to diffuse essential oils.
Diffusers and nebulizers, however, are probably not something you’re familiar with if you’re new to essential oils.
First, let’s talk about what a diffuser or nebulizer is not. Diffusers and nebulizers are not humidifiers or vaporizers. A diffuser doesn’t heat water to create steam to disburse the essential oils into the air. Instead, diffusers use cold water to create a microfine mist containing particles of the essential oils and release it into the air. When you breathe the air in a room where the oils are disbursed, you’re breathing in a mist filled with essential oils. This mist gets the oils deep into your lungs and into your system immediately so you get the full benefit of the oils.
Why Is That Important?
If you’re using therapeutic grade essential oils (and these are really the only ones you should be using for addressing any physical or mental condition), the oils contain the properties from the plants they come from that can have an immediate effect on your body, emotions and mind.
While you can use essential oils on your skin and some can even be taken internally, diffusing them is an easy way to get the full benefit of the oils – fast. Diffusing essential oils can:
- Improve the quality of the air in your home by making chemicals non-toxic (some oils act as natural chelators and bond to heavy metals and chemicals and flush them out of the system)
- Increasing the ozone in the atmosphere and inhibiting the growth of bacteria, fungus and mold;
- Improve your mood and frame of mind;
- Stimulate your mind and body without making you nervous or jittery or relax you without putting you to sleep;
- Improve your ability to focus;
- Relieve stress and tension;
- Improve concentration;
- Aid the body in transporting nutrients throughout the body;
- Boost your immune system; and
- Create a feeling of balance.
It’s hard to argue with a list of benefits like that. Just decide which benefits you want or need, find out which oils will provide those benefits and you’re set.
How To Use and Care For Your Diffuser
Once you have a diffuser, it’s easy to diffuse the essential oils. Just pour distilled water into the reservoir according to the instructions with the diffuser, add about 6 drops of the essential oil of your choice and turn on the diffuser. The diffuser will stop when it’s out of water.
When the diffuser shuts off, unplug it, wipe down the reservoir with a clean rag and let it dry until the next time you’re ready to use your diffuser. If you’re like me, that will be the very next day. I have mine running for about 3 hours every single day.
And one more word to the wise: ALWAYS use distilled water in your diffuser. Not bottled water, purified water or bottled drinking water. It needs to be distilled water. That way you’re not adding any chemicals to your oils. Just pure, clean, cold water.
I hope you’ll try diffusing your essential oils. It’s one of the easiest and most beneficial ways to use therapeutic grade essential oils.
Renea Lynch | Young Living #1171826
*info taken from oldsouthessentialoils.com*