Aromatherapy is a type of naturopathic medicine that uses essential oils aimed at improving a person's physical and mental state. Aromatherapy is much more than a pleasant smell. Aromatherapy delivers the relaxing benefits of fragrance as well as providing many other health benefits that are unique to each essential oil. The benefits of aromatherapy and essential oils are typically achieved through absorption on the skin or through inhalation. Though many skeptics consider aromatherapy unscientific, the empirical evidence of its effectiveness is growing substantially every day. There are increasing cases where medical professionals are researching and recommending aromatherapy as a substitute or compliment to traditional medicine.
There are many people that think that aromatherapy isn't scientific and has no impact on our health. Well that simply is not true. Essential oils can be the best natural air filtration system in the world. In the basic sense, diffusing essential oils helps your home stay safe from harmful virus and bacteria, while providing a wonderful aroma without any chemicals. You can choose to purchase air fresheners that have the potential to harm you as much as the virus and bacteria, or you can diffuse essential oils as a natural alternative. Research has shown that diffusing essential oil eliminates life-threatening airborne micro-organisms. That sounds like a positive impact on our health and it can be measured.
What is a Diffuser?
An electric diffuser is device uniquely designed to dispense essential oils into the atmosphere where they can remain suspended for up to several hours. It is the most effective way to finely vaporize essential oils without harming or altering their valuable properties. Since there is no heat involved in this process, there is no change in the chemical structure of the vital chemical constituents of the essential oil. Analogous to cooking vegetables, essential oils remain most effective if they are not heated as they are diffused. At Harmonious Mind, we carry Hydro-Oxygen Ultrasonic Diffusers which are devices that uses ultrasonic vibration to disperse micro fine particles of cold water mixed with drops of essential oils into the air without applying heat. The size and power of the unit determines the effective area.
The Process and Benefits of Diffusing Essential Oils
The best way to get oils into your body and environment is to inhale them. When essential oils are diffused, the molecules are broken up into micro-fine mist particles. These mist particles stay suspended in the air for long periods of time. Not only does this reduce bacteria, mold and odors in the air, but these micro-mist particles also benefit those who inhale them. When essential oils are inhaled, it travels through the nasal passage to a receptor neuron that transports it up to the limbic system. The Limbic system supports a variety of functions, including emotion, behaviour, motivation, memory and olfaction. For example, if an essential oil has a frequency known to relax or stimulate, the limbic system receives this input and creates neurochemicals that are sent through the body to relax or energize and become more active. Diffusing essential oils allows you to control the amount of oil you want to diffuse more easily by adding more or less oil depending on how you strong would like it.
Through the method of diffusion, essential oils can:
- Helps boost the immune system thereby creating positive health effects
- Eliminates harmful molds, viruses and bacteria from your environment.
- Purifies the air and increases oxygen.
- Destroys odors from mold.
- They can help you relax without taking pills that make you groggy. In fact aromatherapy can compliment, reduce or eliminate the need for prescription medications for many common conditions such as sleep disorders, depression, PMS, and ADHD as examples.
- Improve focus and concentration.
- Essential oils can lift your mood, ease your stress, and energize your day.
- Provides a welcoming aromatic clean environment for guests.
How a person responds to aromatherapy can be anywhere from miraculous to just a nice smell. We are all different. Most of us are somewhere in between that continuum. It is important to keep in mind that aromatherapy is a type of alternative medicine. Although most essential oils are generally considered safe, some essential oils should be avoided when some medical conditions are present. It is important that you understand the safety information for any essential oil you are going to diffuse. If you have any questions or concerns, consult your health care professional. There is much information on aromatherapy, essential oil benefits and using essential oils safely available on our site. We frequently post links to relevant articles and research on our Facebook and Twitter page so please visit and follow us.