Long before the essential oil craze took hold of the Western world, alternative health practitioners were using essential oils for aromatherapy. Aromatherapy involves the use of essential oils extracted from the flowers, bark, stems, leaves or roots of a plant. The oils are used to enhance psychological or physical well-being.
Diffusing essential oils through aromatherapy is arguably the most effective way to reap the health benefits of these potent natural concoctions. When placed in a diffuser, these oils are ejected into the air along with a fine mist of water vapor. One inhaled, you’re ingesting a small amount of the plant’s healing essence into your respiratory system. From there, it gets passed into your bloodstream, making it’s way around the body and working its wonders.
Why diffuse essential oils?
The result is something truly magical. Diffusing essential oils can result in a wide range of beneficial health effects. These include elevated mood, improved brain function, reduced infection, relaxed mind and body and supported respiratory health. We also bust out our essential oil diffuser whenever we’re traveling and staying over in questionable accommodation. Diffusing oils like melaleuca or lemon can help kill off mold and purify the air of harmful pathogens and particulates.
When it comes down to it, the sky’s the limit when it comes to which essential oils you can diffuse. But some work a whole lot better than others. At the end of the slideshow, watch the video to learn how to use essential oils during your yoga session. Now, here are 27 of our top picks for essential oils to diffuse.