Diffusing Essential Oils Into The Air

Essential oils can be diffused into the air, inhaled, applied topically or ingested if certified as a food additive by the FDA.

There are many diffusers made specifically for dispersing essential oils into the air.  Traditional oil burners/pot pourri pots and plug in type units are not safe for use with essential oils. (There are a few plug in units made specifically for essential oils that use a cotton pad to absorb the oils).  If essential oils are heated too high, the chemical structure of the oil can be altered, lessening the therapeutic effects and possibly producing toxic fumes.

Since many essential oils are anti-bacterial and anti-microbial, diffusing them helps purify the air.  We diffuse an essential oil blends with cinnamon, clove, rosemary and lemon when someone has a cold to support healthy immune function in those who are healthy. Cinnamon & clove blends are powerful but can irritate the respiratory tract so it’s best to diffuse these types of blends in an empty room for 15-20 minutes at a time.  Teachers who diffuse a cinnamon & clove blend each day for 15 minutes before the kids come may see an increase in healthy immune function during the school year.

Purifiying blends with Citronella, Lemongrass and Melaleuca alternifolia can neutralizes odors without leaving a lingering scent.  I diffuse this in my kid’s rooms when they leave for school – it neutralizes the boy’s “locker room” odor and they don’t detect any fragrance when they get home.  Frankincense is also highly anti-microbial and safe even for babies.  I diffuse Frankincense in my kid’s rooms during cold season to keep their immune systems strong, and I don’t have to worry about it irritating their repiratory tract.   Lemon essential oil is also highly anti-bacterial, yet gentle and is still diffused in hospitals today in England to support healthy immune function.  Diffusing Peppermint while you are studying may help with mental clarity.

Fragrance is a powerful sensory tool and can affect our moods and emotions. Many oils can alleviate occasional nervous irritability simply by inhaling them or diffusing in a room. Different oils have varying effects on the psyche.  Citrus oils for example are uplifting and may combat mild depression.  Peppermint is stimulating, chamomile and lavender can be relaxing.  Tangerine essential oil is appealing even to children.  Cinnamon and spruce can be festive when diffused at Christmas time, and will keep your air pure.

Make sure any essential oil you diffuse is only a pure oil, therapeutic grade essential oil with no chemicals or fillers added.  If these are used, they are simply dispersing chemicals and toxins into the air and can be harmful.

Diffusing essential oils into your home or office can not only brighten your mood and concentration, they are gently freshening the air without harmful chemicals.


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