While you might enjoy the calming aroma of a scented candle after a busy day, unless it’s a non-toxic candle, it is actually causing more harm to your health than good. That’s one of the compelling reasons why switching to a diffuser with natural essential oils can help improve your emotional well-being, while boosting your wellness.
From uplifting and invigorating essential oils (like orange and lemon) to soothing or healing essential oils (such as lavender and eucalyptus), here are 5 benefits of using a diffuser and essential oils for a happier and healthier home.
How does a diffuser work with essential oils?
A diffuser goes way beyond an aromatic room freshener, as it harnesses the natural powers of plants (through essential oils) to bring you a healing treatment through inhalation. Through aromatherapy, using a diffuser with essential oils can help alleviate physical symptoms (such as congestion, anxiety, etc.).
Dr. Josh Axe (a doctor of natural medicine, doctor of chiropractic and clinical nutritionist) says, “Essential oils are organic compounds extracted from plants with tremendous healing properties. Using essential oils for healing purposes is often called aromatherapy, which is a holistic treatment seeking to improve physical, mental and emotional health.”
The key to effectively using a diffuser is to combine the instructed amount of water and a carrier oil (such as jojoba oil) with a drop or two of your favorite essential oil(s). This helps to dilute the powerful essential oil.
It’s also important to note that you shouldn’t use a diffuser for more than a couple of hours per day, or if you have health concerns, consult with a physician first. If you experience headaches, sore throat, or shortness of breath after using a diffuser, discontinue use.
Benefits of Different Essential Oils
Choosing which essential oils to use with a diffuser depends on the desired effect or outcome, as each essential oil has its own benefits. Here are 5 popular essential oils that offer a variety of wellness benefits.
Wendy Gardner, the UK-based Skincare Alchemist at Glow Skincare (which creates organic menopause skincare with plant-based ingredients) says, “I use rosemary during winter for colds and flu. It’s also excellent if you are studying or have a job interview and need to perk up your memory.”
As shared on Healthline, lemon oil can “reduce anxiety and depression, ease morning sickness, improve cold symptoms, and (help you) feel energized.”
As reported in an article by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, “Peppermint aroma caused improvement on tasks related to attentional processes
Lavender essential oil can help you sleep better, reduce anxiety, calm your mind, and alleviate headaches.
Another popular essential oil to diffuse is lemongrass. As shared by DoTerra, “Consider diffusing Lemongrass oil when you want to overpower feelings of nervousness or eliminate mental fatigue. Diffusing Lemongrass essential oil can also help promote a positive outlook and heighten your awareness.”
As a reminder, always shop for pure and natural organic essential oils, to ensure they are non-toxic. If you’re wondering where to start, this budget-friendly (under $20!) set of 8 organic essential oils is a great kit to buy.
To learn more about the wellness and beauty benefits of using essential oils, check out this skincare guide on I&C.
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[Disclaimer: This post is for informational purposes only. Always consult with a physician if you have medical or health concerns. Disclosure: Affiliate links included.]