Essential oils are distilled from raw plant matter and can be enjoyed by direct inhalation, candle burners, terracotta pendants and various types of essential oil diffusers. Nature has provided a range of scents that will appeal to anyone–but there’s so much more to essential oils than a nice smell!
While you might be familiar with the simple fragrance of essential oils, you may not know all of the benefits they offer you and your family’s health and wellbeing; ranging from clearing a stuffy nose, to helping you get a good night’s sleep.
The most effective way to spread your favourite essential oil fragrance through your home is by using a diffuser. There are different types of diffusers, but they all work to broadly spread the essential oil particles into the air for inhalation and absorption of their health properties.
I’ve put together a list of the most powerful reasons you should make an essential oil diffuser, a home essential.
Purifying and Perfuming the Air
Dust, moulds, chemicals, pets, and heating and cooling systems can mean that the air inside our home and office can actually make respiratory problems worse. Not to mention they also smell less than fresh!
In the colder months when you’re cooped up inside, the benefits of diffusing essential oils can’t be underestimated. The antiviral, antibacterial and antiseptic properties can go to work so even if you can’t let the fresh air in, the quality of the air you breathe will be improved. The huge range of essential oils available offer several that help to clean and freshen the air e.g. lemon, eucalyptus.
By diffusing your favourite essential oil in the home, you will breathe a little easier and appreciate a more fragrant, welcoming aroma.
Boosting Your Immune System
If the family is once again battling the yearly round of cold viruses and it feels like you’re getting every bug going round, you should consider the health benefits of essential oil diffuser use. As essential oils are concentrated plant nutrients, they contain anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties that can be passed to you as easy as ‘breathe in, breathe out’. This can boost your immune system and help to fight unwanted germs.
Even if you are you’re simply feeling run down, essential oils can help. Ultimately one of the benefits of diffusing oils to boost your immune system is it will mean one less pill, one less trip to the doctor—while still being a natural alternative that smells great.
De-stress and Relax
Sometimes even when you have a spare moment, winding down from a big day or a stressful situation can be a challenge all on its own. A very important inclusion in any list of essential oil diffuser benefits is the anti-anxiety and relaxing atmosphere that aromatherapy can bring to the home or office.
Diffusing certain essential oils in the home will instantly sooth your nerves, bring a sense of peace to your home and also makes a great accompaniment to a relaxed work environment.
Another of the benefits of diffusing essential oils is the moisturising, sinus clearing vapour that humidifies the air and eases even the most clogged up noses. Stubborn head colds or your annual struggle with the hayfever season can leave you feeling bogged down and heavy-headed.
Heating in winter, and air-conditioning in summer can recycle the same musty, dry air and spreads germs, dust and pollen. Diffusing essential oils combats even the driest air and will help you breathe easier and feel more alert, clear headed, and also to recover more quickly.
There’s nothing worse than trying to face the day when you either haven’t slept well or haven’t slept long enough. Disrupted or unsettled sleep can be at the root of stress and lowered immunity. Often the problem when we put our heads on the pillow is that we’re not ready to sleep—our minds are still on the events of the day that was, or the one coming—and that means falling asleep Is a struggle.
By purifying the air with sleep inducing, calming fragrance as well as a cool mist to humidify the air, you’ll float off to sleep in no time. Many diffusers have light settings that softly glow and can be set to your favourite colour or to slowly rotate through a rainbow. These light settings in combination with the purifying fragrance, will help you fall asleep after even the most stressful day.
Even if your family isn’t feeling under the weather, or if stress is something you rarely find in your day to day–you won’t regret adding an essential diffuser to your home or office. The purified air and fragrance alone is enough to invigorate the senses and add a signature ambience to your living or working space.
And if you do need that extra boost, diffusing essential oils in your home will help you and your loved ones fight off or shorten the recovery of the next cold or virus, feel calm and relaxed, breathe and sleep easy, and make your guests feel right at home.