Aromatherapy has been used for centuries to improve moods and promote relaxation. Essential oils are the key to this healing modality, and diffusers are one of the best ways to use them. Here is everything you need to know about essential oil diffusers and how they can help you on your healing journey.
What are Essentail oils?
Essential oils are concentrated liquids extracted from various plants. These oils are often used as a natural remedy for a variety of conditions, including stress, anxiety, and insomnia. Essential oils are thought to work by interacting with the body’s limbic system. This is the part of the brain that controls emotions and memory. When essential oils are inhaled, they travel through the nose and down to the lungs. From there, they are absorbed into the bloodstream and circulated throughout the body.
They have been used for thousands of years for spiritual and emotional uplifting, cosmetic purposes and physical healing. Along with healing crystals, essential oils are an excellent and proven way to heal naturally.
What Is an Essential Oil Diffuser?
An essential oil diffuser is a device that disperses essential oils into the air. There are many different types of diffusers, but they all work to accomplish the same goal: to fill the room with the healing benefits of essential oils.
There are several different ways that essential oil diffusers work. Some use heat to evaporate the oils, while others use ultrasonic waves. The most important thing to look for in a diffuser is one that will not damage the essential oils. This means that it should not use heat, as this can change the chemical composition of the oils and make them less effective.
How to heal with essential oils
Aromatherapy, also called essential oil therapy, has been progressing for years and is proven to help with mood, spirituality and physical aliments. There are various types of diffusers that can be used to fill your home with the many fragrances of essential oils. The most common are candle diffusers, electric heat diffusers, and cool air nebulizing diffusers (best to use).
On the skin
It is very important NOT to apply essential oils directly to the skin until they have been diluted with a carrier oil (such as coconut oil, almond oil, etc). Essential oils are highly concentrated and should always be diluted. There are a few mild essential oils that can used in its concentrated form, like lavender, but can still cause skin reactions. Always check the labels on the bottles. Compresses can also be used for skin issues, joint pain, bruises and body aches. You will want to put 10 drops of oil into 4 oz of hot water, then soak your cloth in the mixture and use on the problem area.
In the bath
Essential oils should always be mixed with salts or an emulsifier (milk, sesame oil, etc) before being placed in the bath. Directly placing oils in the bath can cause dermotoxicity. Mild essential oils, like lavender, rose, sandalwood and others, are considered safe to use in the bath. I would definitely not use any spicy oils, such as cinnamon or thyme. When I use mild essential oils in the bath, I mix 5-10 drops of oil with 1/2 to 1 cup of my bath salt or emulsifier.
1)Pregnant and nursing women should ask their doctor before using any essential oils.
2) Do not ingest essential oils (there are some exceptions but most oils are not safe to ingest)
3)Do not apply directly to the skin, always dilute with carrier oil.
4)Keep out of reach of children.
5)Avoid prolonged exposure
6)Avoid synthetic fragrances, use only pure essential oils.
7)Do not use on infants or children without consulting a physician.
8)Avoid contact with eyes
Some essential oils and their uses
Bergamot oil – Use in a diffuser as an antidepressant, relaxant and stimulant. Use in a compress as an antibiotic, analgesic and disinfectant.
Lavender oil – Use in a diffuser for allergies and to calm the mind, body and spirit. Can be used directly on the skin for minor burns and dry skin. Best essential oil for sleep.
Clary Sage oil – Use in a diffuser as an antidepressant, aphrodisiac, anti-anxiety, and relaxant. Can be used directly on the skin as an antibacterial, antiseptic, and for rashes and dry skin. Dilute before using in sensitive areas.
Cinnamon oil – Used in aromatherapy as a sexual stimulant and an excellent air freshener. Also repels mosquitoes. Always dilute before applying to the skin for pain relief. Do not use in sensitive areas.
Eucalyptus oil – Can be used in a diffuser for respiratory problems, including asthma, mental exhaustion, and for killing bacteria and germs in the air. Eucalyptus oil is known for its antiseptic qualities and can be massaged on the skin for muscle and joint pain and to treat skin infections. This oil is also a great natural remedy for head lice. Great to use in the bath to reduce a fever and for its antiseptic and refreshing attributes.
Grapefruit oil – Use in aromatherapy to uplift the mind and the body. Can be used to energize the solar plexus chakra! Dilute before using on the skin.
Lemon oil – Used in aromatherapy to eliminate odors and replenish your mind, body and spirit. Lemon oil is also an excellent cleaner and can be used to remove carpet stains and sanitize surfaces (dilute before use). Can be used on the skin for corns, improved circulation, and to improve oily skin.
Patchouli oil – Some of the many benefits of using this oil in aromatherapy are reducing tension, reducing anxiety, helping with insomnia, and uplifting the mind. Patchouli oil is also an excellent aphrodisiac! It can also repel insects. Dilute before using on the skin for acne, eczema, irritated skin, athlete’s foot and dandruff. Patchouli oil is also used in many anti-aging products.
Rosemary oil – Use in aromatherapy to help with concentration, as an anti-depressant, as an odor eliminator and as a stress reliever. Dilute this oil to help with hair growth! Rosemary is also a great antiseptic and helps with acne and eczema.
Spearmint oil – Used in aromatherapy as a relaxant and decongestant, this oil is perfect for asthma sufferers. Use on the skin as a disinfectant and a great natural way to repel mosquitoes. Has also been used for athlete’s foot and in a compress for headaches.
Final Words on How to Heal With Essential Oils
Aromatherapy is a great way to improve your mood and promote relaxation. The best way to use essential oils is with an diffuser. An diffuser allows you to evenly disperse the oil into the air and provides a long-lasting, relaxing experience. There are many different types of diffusers available on the market, so be sure to do your research before purchasing one.
When using essential oils on the skin, always dilute with a carrier oil such as jojoba oil or grapeseed oil. This will help to prevent any irritation or skin sensitivity. Essential oils are very concentrated and should always be used in moderation. If you have any questions about using essential oils, be sure to consult with a qualified aromatherapist.