Diffusing can be a powerful way to receive aromatherapy. Three goals of diffusing are to reduce microbes in the air, address emotions, and support the respiratory system.
Extensive research demonstrates how essential oils can aid in the elimination of airborne pathogens. Harris reported that Cinnamon...Rosemary, Eucalyptus and Lemon EOs had been found to prevent the transmission of airborne bacteria...when diffused into the air. Dr. Jane Buckle, a critical care nurse, trained in clinical aromatherapy says, “In the ER we use essential oils such as..Lavender...so [patients] can [calmly] tell us what has happened to them more coherently. We also use Peppermint, Spearmint, and Ginger [for] nausea and...Rose for...distress.” WOW. Amazing!
But what if you're out in the world and you can't diffuse? There are several ways you can access the benefits of aromatherapy on the go including direct inhalation (from the bottle), adding a drop of a single or synergy of oils in your hand then rubbing them together and cupping your hands over your nose and mouth (breath in through the nose, out of the mouth), or packing aromatic inhalers, spritzers, smelling salts or even wearing a diffuser necklace. I'll share more about how make some of these items in this class.
If you're at home, an aromatic bath can be incredibly therapeutic (get in the bath FIRST, then add EO-infused salts, honey or whole fat milk to your bath). If you'd like to do a concentrated diffusing, there's tenting with a diffuser (you can buy one through YL's accessories section, it's called the AromaLux/AromaDome Combo) or steam inhalation for stronger sinus and respiratory support (over the sink, eyes closed, towel over your head, a lot like tenting).
For now, please share with me your favorite method of aromatherapy, and what oils you used just today alone!