By Marcy Coning
Natural living manifests itself in many forms, including eating and drinking more natural foods, applying more natural products for body care and health, and using more natural products for household care and cleaning. One of the best ways to go about keeping the home healthy and cared for is by using an essential oil diffuser. Not only can these little gems help your family to fight off disease, boost energy, and increase productivity, they also smell great and provide an inviting environment for your family to come home to. Here we list our top 10 favorite reasons that your life can absolutely be improved by owning and using an essential oil diffuser:
Better Sleep and Relaxation
In this world of stress and harried schedules, relaxation and sleep can be difficult to achieve. Using an essential oil diffuser with relaxing essential oils can help the body and the mind to relax prior to and during sleep. Using oils such as Lavender, Chamomile, and Bergamot in the diffuser in the evening can help to melt away the stress of the day and give a good night of peaceful and calm sleep.
Elevate Your Mood
Signs of depression are everywhere these days but making use of the powerful, natural properties of essential oils can allow you to lift up feelings of sadness and discouragement that may be plaguing you and your family. And diffusing the oils into the air allows you to create ambiance in the room, even when your family members don’t know you’re doing it. Try a few drops of Lavender, Clary Sage, Rose, and Geranium in a cool-mist humidifier to give your mental state a boost. Use these in your diffuser in your office at work before a big meeting to create a more positive attitude and influence the outcome for the better.
Fight Off Illnesses
Because of their antimicrobial properties, many essential oils are able to fight off airborne germs prior to their ability to reach the body. In addition, immune system boosting essential oils, such as Lemon, Peppermint, Cinnamon, and Clove, give the body the power to fight off diseases more efficiently and keep your family healthy especially during cold and flu season. Add a few drops of Lemon and Thieves blend to a cool-mist humidifier and diffuse throughout the house during winter months to give your family an added protection against viruses and bacterial infections.
Stuffy noses and congested chests can be exacerbated by various conditions such as poor air quality, colds, and flu, allergies, or asthma. Using an essential oil diffuser is the best way to provide lasting relief for healthy breathing using the power of natural, plant-based essential oils throughout the room. Access some of the best essential oils for clean air, such as Eucalyptus (radiata or globulus), Tea Tree (Melaleuca), Palo Santo, or Lemon either used alone or blended together. Diffuse in the bedroom throughout the night during cold and flu or allergy season to provide clear breathing and reduce swelling and congestion in nasal passages and chest.
One other reason that diffusers work so well for those struggling to breathe is that they double as cool mist humidifiers. This means that moisture is added to dry, winter air so that dry nasal passages and throats are a thing of the past.
Topical application of essential oils for pain relief is often most common for specific areas of pain. However, diffusing oils in the air can have a pain-relieving effect for all-over, generalized pain as well as extending the effects of topically applied essential oils. Oils diffused into the air in various blends can help to relieve headaches, minimize soreness in achy joints, and reduce muscle pain. Lavender, Juniper, Rosemary, Eucalyptus, or Peppermint are essential oils that help to promote healthy, pain-free living. For sore muscles, after applying diluted Peppermint and Camphor topically, diffuse Peppermint and Lavender into the air to provide a longer-lasting effect. For quick headache relief, inhale a few drops of Peppermint directly from the bottle, then add a few drops to the diffuser for longer-term results.
Focus and Clarity
A busy, hectic schedule can be draining on the ability of the brain to function and stay on top of things. Using the powerful essence of nature contained in essential oils, it’s possible to boost brain cell function and increase the function of cognitive abilities. Diffusing various brain-boosting essential oils into the air can help to improve memory, increase concentration, and create an atmosphere conducive to working and learning. Try a few drops of Cedarwood, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Vetiver, or Frankincense in the diffuser to increase oxygen levels in the brain and improve performance.
Safer Alternative to Candles and Incense
Candles and incense can be a lovely way to create ambiance, but they can also have the possibility of being hazardous or even deadly when used around children and pets. Avoid the threat of fire or personal injury by using a cool-mist humidifier to diffuse essential oils. Your family will receive more positive benefits than those offered by candles or incense, without the danger of an open flame.
Not only can essential oils help you to feel better physically and mentally, they can also act powerfully to ward off pesky insects. Although essential oils may be used topically to do this, the most effective way to send insects flying away from the whole family is to diffuse them into the rooms of your home. Try diffusing Sage, Tea Tree (Melaleuca), Rosemary, Lemon, or Thyme essential oils to keep away pests such as moths, fruit flies, house flies, and mosquitoes.
Summer months can be hot and running the air-conditioning can be very expensive. Instead, try cooling your family off by diffusing essential oils into the air during the summertime. Cooling oils are often those that are minty and refreshing, such as Peppermint, Wintergreen, Tea Tree (Melaleuca), Spearmint, and Eucalyptus.
Making a long-term investment in the health of your family naturally can eventually end up saving you money. For instance, people with stronger immune systems have fewer illnesses, miss fewer days of work and school, and spend less money on doctors or medicines. Although essential oils may cost a bit of money in the beginning, the return on investment can mean saving money on many other things such as cleaning products, medicines, coffee for energy, electric bills, and even possibly therapy. Considering the amount of health and well-being that a small number of essential oils and a diffuser can buy, the decision is a no-brainer.