Have you ever walked into a room and stopped to just breathe? It just smelled so good you couldn’t help yourself!
Unfortunately, far too many of those so-called “fragrances” were actually potent cocktails of toxic chemicals. Scientific American reports that any of the fragrance industry’s 3,100+ different “stock” chemical ingredients may be present in the average scented home or personal care product today.
Talk about a fact that makes you want to hold your breath!
As consumers fight to learn exactly what is in their favorite products, there has been a slow and steady shift away from commercial so-called scented products and towards natural, pure essential oils instead.
Not only do essential oils literally smell delicious, but they are safe and healthy to have in your home.
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In this article, learn 10 key reasons why now is the right time to begin using an essential oil diffuser for your home.
Your home will become your sanctuary for real.
Imagine walking in the door of your home after a long day at work, at school or out doing errands. You are just exhausted, and yet you still have so much to do!
Then you take a quick breath. Ahhh….there is that gentle essential oil fragrance you love.
Suddenly you start to feel more at peace, calm, tranquil, yet strong and capable, ready to enjoy your family time in a space that so perfectly says “you.”
No need to shell out hundreds for pricey fragrances ever again.
So much of the cost of today’s commercially available perfumes doesn’t have much to do with what is inside the bottle.
The bottle itself (take the Swarovski crystal top on a bottle of Roja perfume, according to NY Mag), the celebrity name endorsements, the marketing, the slick advertisements….this all adds up.
Before you know it, you are shelling out three or four figures for a bottle that fits inside your palm. This will not happen even for premium quality essential oils, and with a diffuser they will also last far longer.
Your indoor air will become clean, pure and oh-so-breathable.
Essential oils have become popular today for more than just their sweet scents. As it turns out, many of the most popular essential oils also have powerful health properties.
For instance, oregano is one of the best natural antibiotics. Lavender is a natural sleep aid. Eucalyptus opens the airways and aids in breathing. Peppermint soothes the stomach and stimulates the mind.
There are so many more where these come from, and as they heal you, your diffused essential oils will be purifying your indoor air as well, deflecting toxins, deflating germs, degrading allergens and refreshing the air quality itself.
For a petite yet powerful, portable germ-fighter, it doesn’t get better than a diffuser.
As mentioned in Reason 3, the essential oils you choose can help to determine whether you and your family stay healthy or fall prey to germs or allergies.
Imagine being able to walk through your house, breathing in deeply, and knowing you are absolutely not inhaling a virus, bacteria, fungi, mold spore, dust mite or cold and flu germ.
You know this because your lemon, tea tree or basil essential oil has diffused throughout the room and sanitized and disinfected the whole space before you even got there.
A diffuser is the small de-stresser that could, can and does.
According to Harvard Medical School Health Publications, use of anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medications has increased by 400+ percent over the last decade alone.
With these statistics, it is safe to estimate that one out of every 10 people is taking some type of prescription medication for mood stabilization.
Not only can some of these medications put a noticeable dent in the family health budget, but they also have some potentially nasty side effects of their own.
Essential oils can offer similar benefits to prescription medications without the scary side effects.
For tranquility and peace, try jasmine, sandalwood, vanilla, rose, sweet orange and scotch pine.
For easing anxiety, use bergamot, chamomile, lavender, ylang ylang or frankincense.
There are many others that can also provide feelings of relief, peace, relaxation and upliftment – the key is to find a fragrance that you resonate with and that evokes calm and serenity within you.
You can make your own essential oil recipes!
With the help of an essential oil diffuser, you can create your own personalized fragrances that offer you different health benefits as well as upliftment and wellbeing.
There is a literal wealth of “recipes” you can access online to help you start brainstorming your favorite recipes. Many will recommend the use of a “carrier” oil (such as almond, jojoba or coconut oil) so you can get a longer life out of your favorite recipes.
You can also watch this video to get a sense of how easy it is to make your own essential oil recipes.
Insects hate the diffused scents you love.
Have you ever watched the tiniest insect whiz by you in the hall and wondered, “How on earth did that get in here?”
Yet they do. Somehow, the insects always find a way in, and often the ones that do (mosquitoes, fleas, ants) are the ones we hate the most.
But if there is one thing that can quickly send insects packing, it is essential oils. They don’t like essential oils one bit. The best ones to use are lavender, clove, lemongrass, peppermint, cedarwood or chamomile.
You can create different moods to suit every occasion.
Is it your anniversary tonight? Did your spouse just get that big promotion? Is your littlest turning five?
Believe it or not, there is an essential oil for that! For every occasion, there is an essential oil that can evoke just the right mood.
Overthrow Martha offers several tips for evoking different moods for various occasions using essential oils and a diffuser.
Your essential oil diffuser will know what you need before you do….literally.
Essential oils have what is called “adaptogenic” properties.
As the name infers, this means that these oils can adapt what they offer you depending on what you need, whether it is a sharper mind, hormone balancing or pain relief.
Diffusers are economical, fun and simple to set up and use!
If you are on a tight budget, you can even make your own diffuser using a jar, some hot water, a few tree sticks and your favorite essential oil, as Tree Hugger explains.
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Getting started with using an essential oil diffuser can be as easy as picking out your favorite essential oil, choosing your base (alcohol, water, carrier oil), adding a few diffuser reeds and breathing in deeply.
In other words, you don’t need a lot of money, time or know-how to begin reaping all the benefits that essential oils have to offer you.
So just pick one reason on this list as your motivation and use that to start enjoying the great natural variety of essential oils available today.