If you are unfamiliar with essential oils, you may assume that they are diffused simply to enjoy the fragrance that fills the air. There is a lot more to these oils than their aromatic properties. Below are just a few benefits that are reaped by diffusing essential oils.
Mental Clarity - Whether you are studying for a final, reviewing legal documents for a case, working on your taxes, or simply having a day where your brain feels fuzzy, essential oils can help. Peppermint, lemon, rosemary, and basil are all great options for mental clarity.
Decrease Airborne Bacteria - Diffusing certain essential oils can kill up to 99.6 percent of harmful airborne bacteria. For this purpose use clove, cinnamon, lime, basil, myrtle, thyme, mountain savory, and eucalyptus. You can always make a blend of multiple oils to store in a container so the mix is ready when you need it. This is ideal to keep in classrooms and daycare facilities.
- Restful Sleep - Before you reach for those sleeping pills, try diffusing oils that promote relaxation, so you enjoy more restful night of sleep. Lavender, chamomile, mandarin, neroli, sweet marjoram, and spikenard can be helpful.
Increased Histamine Release - No one enjoys dealing with allergies, but even if you try to avoid over-the-counter medications, it is hard to resist the urge to reach for an allergy pill when you're miserable. Some oils promote the release of histamines to help relieve allergy symptoms. Chamomile, fennel, rosemary, and thyme can be mixed and stored in a container during allergy season, so it is always ready to go in the diffuser. If you usually get headaches with your allergies dab peppermint oil on the bottom of your feet and behind your ears.
Uplifting Mood - It is nearly impossible to be in a bad mood when the air is filled with ylang ylang, sandalwood, rose, patchouli, and jasmine. If your mood is down because of nerves, diffuse petitgrain, chamomile, neroli, or frankincense.
Protect - Whether you work in a hospital and deal with sick people all day or if you travel a lot for work and you're constantly on planes and in taxis; diffusing essential oils can help boost your immune system to protect against influenza, bronchitis, sore throat, respiratory infection, and the common cold. Make a blend of thyme, hyssop, laurel leaf, vetiver, clove, and frankincense. You can also use this blend as a hand sanitizer and it can be applied to the bottom of your feet for increased protection.