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Different types of inhalation:
Diffuse into the air
When diffused, essential oils provide air purification by:
-Removing metallic particles and toxins from the air
-Increasing atmospheric oxygen
-Increasing ozone and negative ions in the area, which inhibits bacterial growth
-Destroying odors from mold, cooking, and animals
-Filling the air with a fresh, aromatic scent
Essential oils help support emotional, physical, and spiritual healing.
Learn more about diffusers and diffusing methods.
Direct inhalation refers to the technique of sniffing or inhaling an essential oil directly from a bottle, a personal inhaler, a handkerchief or a cotton-ball.
- Direct palm inhalation refers to the technique of sniffing or inhaling an essential oil/s or synergy directly from the palms of your hands. Direct palm inhalations are most commonly utilized for the relief of emotional distress, to uplift and transform ones consciousness, or simply to relax and breathe. It can be used as supportive therapy for the relief of respiratory congestion or other respiratory ailments and for the positive effect on the nervous system. Always dilute an essential oil with a carrier oil before applying directly to the palm/skin.
- Personal inhalers are a favorite of mine - they are convenient and easy to use. You can see more information here:
- Direct from bottle. Create a synergy (blended, undiluted essential oils) utilizing 3-5 essential oils and place in a small bottle. Waft bottle under nose while taking deep inhalations.
- Handkerchief/Cotton-ball. Place 2-4 drops of essential oil on the tissue or cloth. Hold cloth in the palms of your hand and take 2-3 deep inhalations through the nose. If using a cotton ball, gently waft the cotton ball under the nose.
I never realized how scents can have such an effect on our bodies!
I diffuse essentials oils and I love how they smell and make me feel. I especially am happy with how much better I can sleep with diffusing oils at night.
Aromatherapy is founded on the body’s predictable response to specific olfactory stimuli.
Essential oils are widely used in aromatherapy applications. Certain essential oils, when diffused in the air, can be very stimulating, while others can be calming and soothing.
Aromatherapy is derived from the ancient practice of using natural plant essences to promote health and well-being. It consists of the use of pure essential oils obtained from a wide assortment of plants, which have been steam distilled or cold-pressed from flowers, fruit, bark, and roots. Aromatherapy can help ease the discomforts of many health problems.
Aromatherapy also acts on the central nervous system and can be relaxing, uplifting, sedating or stimulating, restoring both physical and emotional well-being.
According to Robert Tisserand and the Tisserand Institute, regarding inhalation and the brain:
"There are three responses to smell that can take place: olfactory nerve signaling, emotional response and biological response in the brain. Olfactory nerve signaling is extremely fast and enables us to quickly recognize threats as well as benefits. Emotional reactions to a smell are very individual and depend on many factors, such as culture, age and experience. We can learn to associate a smell with a feeling and because this association - also called anchoring - is so strong, psychologists are looking into using it in therapy.
Finally, molecules of essential oil constituents travel along the olfactory nerves and into the brain itself, by-passing the so-called blood-brain barrier. This overcomes a problem confronting many drugs or even herbal molecules that might otherwise be used in treating brain-related diseases.
This knowledge can be used in the treatment of neurological disease through inhalation. It also means that whenever we smell something, for a while, it actually enters our brain."
Our sense of smell influences many physiological pathways including the stimulation of hormones and other metabolic processes.Even if you don't have a good sense of smell, aromatic use is still effective as the essential oils easily penetrate into the body with all methods of application including topical, aromatic, and internal use. Whichever application method you choose, the essential oils can be very effective.
The appropriate oils can have powerful results, both on the body and the spirit. “Fragrance oils,” “perfumes,” and other artificially made substitutes for pure essential oils can not produce the same beneficial results.
Beyond physical and emotional benefits, diffusing pure essential oils can purify air of unwanted odors and some airborne pathogens. Low or no-heat essential oil diffusers are recommended as they do not change the chemical structure of the oil being diffused.
Essential oils can also be used as cleansing and purifying additives to laundry and surface cleaners throughout the home, eliminating harsh chemicals.