Benefits of Essential Oil Diffusers And Why You Should Own One
The benefits of essential oils go back to the days of Christianity and are still used today for healing, weight loss, and more. One of the many benefits of essential oil diffusers are their use as vessels for purifying the air, stimulating the senses, relaxing the mind and even enhancing spirituality.
Essential oils are often used for relaxation, wellness, and healing, relaxing the mind via the sensesI don’t know about you, but I love the smell of lemon, and I can attest that I have sniffed enough lemon candles in hopes that I could bring the fresh scent of lemon into my home, only to discover lemon scented candles lose their aroma once they’re lit. That’s when I investigated the benefits of essential oil diffusers.
Essential oil diffusers are healthier than air fresheners
Before you think about using scented candles, spraying Febreze or using a Glade Plug-In, mists, aerosols, or car and room deodorizers again, you may want to use an essential oil diffuser.
You may want your house to smell fresh and clean and so you may use scented air-fresheners thinking they pose little risk. But a study done on air fresheners by the National Research Defense Council (NRDC), shows that your so-called fresh scent comes at a dangerous cost. Many of air fresheners (eighty six percent or twelve of fourteen) harbor endocrine disrupting chemicals known as phthalates, which have been shown to cause hormonal abnormalities, birth defects, and reproductive problems.
An essential oil diffuser works like an air-freshener in that it emits the scent of the oil of your choosing by being diffused into the air via water– and there are some major health benefits to using one.
Types of Essential Oil Diffusers
There are several different types of essential oil diffusers on the market. Here are three top performers:.
- Steam Diffusers
- Nebulizer Diffusers
- Ultrasonic/Humidifying Diffusers
Benefits of Essential Oil Diffusers
There are many benefits of essential oil diffusers -- they release calming scents in to the air, add moisture to a room during the winter months, and help moisturize the skin, nose and nasal passageways. But first, you should identify which diffuser you’d like to use and for what purpose.
- Humidifying essential oil diffusers help add moisture to dry heated rooms by releasing cool moisture into the air. This can help to prevent dryness in the nose and sinus passages and the eyes, and alleviate labored breathing.
- Steam or vaporizing oil diffusers use boiling water to disperse steam into a room. Inhalants such as plant extracts, herbs, and other medicinal vapors can be used with these vaporizers to heal coughs and colds. To illustrate, essential oil of rosemary may be used through a steam vaporizer to disinfect air in the home during cold and flu season. Equally, diffusing oregano essential oils helps protect from contagious cold and viral infections as well.
- On the downside, vaporizers can have a small chance of accumulating mold and are not recommended for homes with small children due to risk of injury.
Other ways essential oils are used
- Oils can be directly inhaled from a bottle after being diluted in carrier oil, such as coconut oil or almond oil, for example.
- Again, essential oils can be used with a” carrier oil for massage” although absorption through the skin will be slower. Because of their potency, it is important to us only one or two drops when essential oils onto the skin. Unless they are diluted, essential oils may be irritating.
- Add essential oils to bathwater to liven up the fragrance of your bath.
- Use essential oils as home remedies, such as inhaling eucalyptus vapors to relieve congestion. Placing the oils in an essential oil diffuser may stimulate mental alertness (peppermint), or promote calmness (lavender).
- Essential oils may also be used when making natural beauty products or green cleaning products, because of their disinfectant or cleansing properties.
- Pest control – Essential oils, particularly orange essential oil is an excellent repellent for spring ants, helping to avoid the use of toxic pesticides.
- Cat repellent – mixing two or three oils together such as eucalyptus, and lemon oil and mixing them in a spray bottle with water makes a safe deterrent for adventurous kitties who like to climb on Christmas trees for example.
- Weight loss - Research suggests that essential oils can be used as an effective tool in weight loss and weight management since the sense of smell can also be used to help suppress the appetite.
But wait, the science isn’t quite proven
While many enjoy the stimulation of scent to lift their mood, or even to decongest and breathe better, there isn’t much science backing up the benefits of essential oil diffusers. That being said, the oils are non-toxic and relatively safe to breathe in compared to commercial air fresheners, as log as they are plant-based and pure.
Additionally the small vials of these concentrated oils can be pricey. While there’s limited scientific evidence that essential oil diffusers actually improve people's health or mood, there are testaments to its uses that date back to the days of frankincense and myrrh.
Since the early days of Christianity, biblical scholars and even theologists have offered varying interpretations of the meaning and significance of the frankincense and myrrh that was presented to Jesus, according to the Gospel of Matthew (2:11)
The valuable items were standard gifts to honor the newborn king in the ancient world: gold as a precious metal, frankincense as perfume or incense, and myrrh as anointing essential oil.
Many have suggested that the gifts were practical and even medicinal in nature. Researchers at Cardiff University have postulated that frankincense has an active ingredient that relieves arthritis.
Essential oil diffusers can be used as a vehicle for spirituality
Did the magi perhaps know of frankincense’s healing properties when they presented it to the baby Jesus? Possibly. Throughout scriptures you will find that essential oils are mentioned quite often and were a blessing to be used to support wellness, anointing, and cleansing. As we diffuse oils and use them for health purposes we are reviving this practice of health and wellness as it may have been intended for both spiritual and physical healing.