I love diffusing. I diffuse daily for several reasons and I believe it’s a healthy habit that can enhance your overall being. There are many benefits to diffusing that I’d like to shine a light on in case you’re on the fence as to whether you should use essential oils in your home.
When you diffuse, you add filtered water and 8-10 drops of essential oils. I typically run mine for about 2 hours at a time. The diffuser creates a mist that becomes suspended into the air for 2-3 hours after the diffuser has been turned off. This is a super effective way to “clean” your air! Research has proven that diffusing certain oils will reduce fungus, mold and bacteria. Not only that, you can rid your air of possible viruses and bacteria that could cause illness!
Functions of a Diffuser:
- Rids the air of fungal, bacterial and viral microbes-Shield
- Neutralizes odors
- Supports the immune system-Shield
- Improves concentration-Peppermint or Rosemary
- Lifts mood-Frankincense and/or Citrus oils
- Encourages healthy sleep-Lavender
- Produces negative ions
Diffusers disperse oils into the air in the form of a fine mist. Absorbing essential oils via the respiratory system is a gentle, yet effective way to reap the benefits of essential oils. Studies have actually shown that when essential oils are dispersed through the air in mist form-they are more effective on airborne pathogens then when essential oils were directly applied to a microbe or bacteria.
A Side Note-Negative Ions:
The air contains particles that have a charge-they are either negative or positive. Diffusers actually produce negative ions which are healthy for our home. Negative ions are produced from natural occurrences such as thunder storms, the ocean, waterfalls, forests and the mountains. They help stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system which controls relaxation, sleep, levels of serotonin, stress and digestion. Negative ions also increase the flow of oxygen to the brain. They are attracted to positive ions which are typically what cause stress, irritability, physical issues and nervousness. Positive ions can come from dry, hot wind, pollution (dust and allergens), electronics and air conditioning. When a negative ion attaches to a positive ion, the pair are too heavy and pull each other down to a surface or the ground where they will eventually be vacuumed or wiped away. This clears the air.
Diffusing actually produces negative ions. To me, this is a huge incentive to diffuse daily. A few oils that help produce negative ions are bergamot, cedarwood, citronella, eucalyptus, grapefruit, lavender, lemon, lemongrass, orange, patchouli and sandalwood. I believe it’s more about the movement of water coming from the diffuser though. In fact, running your shower can produce extra negative ions. Beeswax candles also produce negative ions as well.
You might be wondering why diffuse? Why not use products like Lysol or Febreeze? I talked all about the dangers of these products in THIS article but let’s do it again. There’s nothing I hate worse then being exposed to these products. After ridding my household of these “air fresheners” years ago-it is unbelievable how offensive they are to my senses now. There are 87 chemicals in Febreeze! Did your mind just explode? What’s even scarier is that many of them are linked to cancer, cause birth defects or are toxic allergens.
I honestly don’t know what I would do without my diffusers. I have 3. I used to be an avid candle burner. Candles contain some very toxic chemicals that contaminate the air. I talked about that HERE. I do still love candles but always stick to soy and beeswax. However, candles can’t do what diffusing can do. Kids are in constant contact with bacteria and viruses just waiting to trigger a stomach bug or cold. By diffusing Shield (a blend of rosemary, cinnamon, lemon, clove and eucalyptus) at the very first symptom of an illness, you can prevent the sickness from spreading throughout the house.
I love the ritual of diffusing. Honestly, there is something very intentional and lovely about lighting candles before settling in with a good book or movie and maybe a cup of tea or glass of wine. I find diffusing is the same way. I especially love it in the evening. As I’ve stated a million times, there is no better smell then lavender for me. I love it at night but during the day I add bergamot or lemon to it for a kick!
Diffusing can actually improve your skin as well! Think about how dry your skin starts to get in the winter when heaters are sucking out the moisture in the air? Even in the summer the air can become so dry plus we’re over exposed to the sun. By diffusing, you can improve extremely dry air and prevent your skin from drying out. I like to sleep with my diffuser on my night stand. Lavender can do a lot for improving sleep as well! Do yourself a favor and charge your cell phone in another room and use that extra plug for a diffuser!
I have THIS and THIS diffuser and love them. I also have THIS diffuser that plugs into the USB port of my computer. It’s absolutely perfect to take to work. I did a full post on it, in fact! Read that HERE.
In conclusion-get a diffuser today! They are the best! Treat your home as a sanctuary by diffusing daily. You’ll support everyone’s health and well being by incorporating this simple habit!
Remember to always diffuse unadulterated essential oils. You might think you can skimp on oils you are diffusing but when companies add other oils or additives to their essential oils, it can really screw up your diffuser!
**Since this post, I have switched essential oil companies and now prefer to use Mountain Rose Herbs essential oils. They are unadulterated and organic, not to mention extremely affordable. Go HERE to check them out. I still stand behind the quality of Spark Naturals essential oils but find MRH’s commitment to quality and sustainability to be the company I prefer to use.
P.S. Be sure to share your favorite diffuser blends in the comments! I’ll share mine in a later post too!