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What Does inhaling essential oils do to your body?

“When we inhale the fragrance of an essential oil, the odor molecules travel up the nose where they’re registered by the nerves of the olfactory membranes in the nose lining.

The odor molecules stimulate this lining of nerve cells and trigger electrical impulses to the olfactory bulb in the brain.

The olfactory bulb then transmits the impulses to the amygdala — where emotional memories are stored — and to other parts of the limbic system of the brain.

Because the limbic system is directly connected to those parts of the brain that control heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, memory, stress levels, and hormone balance, essential oils can have profound physiological and psychological effects.

Olfactory responses to odors induce the brain to stimulate the release of hormones and neurochemicals that in turn alter the body’s physiology and behavior.” -Essential Oil Desk Reference, 4th Edition.

How to Use Essential Oils in a Diffuser

Diffusers disperse essential oils in a micro-fine vapor into the air. You’ll want to make sure that your diffuser doesn’t heat the oils since heat can damage important constituents in the oil. Make sure you are using good, clean water, too.

Pour the water into the diffuser and add 5-8 drops of essential oil.

4 Essential Oils That I Love to Diffuse

Raven

This blend is a lifesaver during the fall and winter! The eucalyptus smell reminds me of my mama rubbing me down with vapor rub, but I like this natural alternative. I love to diffuse Raven by my bed when my nose, throat, or chest is irritated.

Stress Away

Lime + Vanilla is basically the smell of the islands, right? Stress Away blend was carefully crafted to include cedrol, a powerful plant constituent. (Go research that. I’ll wait). I like to diffuse this in our homeschool space to keep the vibe carefree + fun.

Lavender

Do I really have to explain this one? Yes, it works. No, it hasn’t made my boys grow boobs. Probably, the one you bought off the shelf is fake lavendin, because the cosmetic industry in America is grossly unregulated.

Peace + Calming

We like to joke about essential oils and our emotions, but in all seriousness, aromatherapy has helped a lot of people come out of some really dark places. I know lots of adoptive mamas, trauma survivors, and grieving souls who depend on the support this oil provides.