Using essential oils in a diffuser is an enjoyable and effective way to experience aromatherapy in your home. Through air diffusion, a few drops of essential oil can deliver therapeutic aromatherapy throughout one or more rooms while clearing the air and creating a pleasantly fragrant environment.
Diffusers disperse essential oils as a fine vapor throughout the air so they can be absorbed gently into the body through the respiratory system. The aroma can prompt the nervous system to transmit signals to the limbic system in the brain – the same part of the brain that houses emotion and memory. The brain may respond by initiating various physiological functions, such as a release of hormones or a positive boost in mood.
EMOTIONS, AROMATHERAPY, AND DIFFUSION:
Essential oils have been used for centuries as a therapeutic tool aid in cognition and mental health. When examining emotional states we can observe emotions as chemical reactions occurring in the brain.
Emotions are naturally occurring chemical molecules that carry information from the brain to the body. They travel throughout the body and bind to cellular receptors. Once this information is received, the message is received inside the cell and impacts the way the cell functions, and can effectively change your overall mood and behavior. Therefore, most of the ailments we see stem from a chemical imbalance in the body and brain.
Because both emotions and essential oils are chemically-based the oils have a powerful connection with the body. They promote emotional detoxification, purification and anchor emotions by promoting healthy biochemistry within the body. Since the oils are so molecularly dense a single drop can reach every single cell in the body within minutes.
Aromatherapy is a powerful tool to combat changes in emotional states. The smell is the fastest way to affect the mood and because it is processed in the limbic system, inhaling essential oils tackle the root of the problem rapidly!
Have you walked into someone's home and instantly be reminded of something from your past? Maybe it’s cookies in the oven and you instantly remember how excited you
were when Grandma came over to bake with you. Or perhaps it’s the tropical smell of coconut, taking you back to careless vacations on the beach. We can all relate to this phenomenon, but why does it happen?
HOW DOES IT ALL WORK?
Our brain is an amazing organ, processing infinite amounts of sensory information every single day. While most of our conscious thought is generated by the outer portion of the organ - the cerebral cortex - our emotions stem from a more primal area of the brain, known as the limbic system.
The Limbic System:
The limbic brain houses the thalamus, hypothalamus, amygdala, and hippocampus, which collectively control instinct, mood, and basic emotion and drives. Although the limbic system is involuntarily controlled by the body, it has a huge influence on both our conscious and unconscious thoughts and behavior.
The limbic system is also some to the olfactory bulb - the region of the brain that processes information from the sense of smell. Research has shown that because of this, what we smell is highly linked with our emotional state.
Aromatherapy can play a big part in balance, control, desire, hunger, and management all because of its inter-relationship with the limbic system. Whether the oils are rubbed on in massage oil or inhaled through a diffuser, the odor molecules will travel to their limbic destination and create the appropriate neuro chemicals to affect a physical response.
BENEFITS OF USING A DIFFUSER
THE BENEFITS OF USING ESSENTIAL OILS IN A DIFFUSER:
1. Cleansing the air
2. Improving the quality of the air
3. Reduce threats
4. Create an inviting space
5. Chemical-free air freshener
6. Enhance concentration
7. Help to create greater spiritual, physical, and emotional harmony
8. Mood management