5-Minute Health Tip: Diffuse Essential Oils the Right Way

Underground Health Reporter has covered the physical and mental health benefits of various essential oils in detail. Diffusing essential oils helps to improve mood, purify air, enhance brain function, clear nasal passages and help with respiratory conditions. Essential oil aromatherapy can even reduce bacteria, fungus, and mold from your home. Breathing in essential oils activates chemical messengers in your nasal cavity. When stimulated, these messengers send direct signals to the brain. Your brain then sets to work to modulate the systems and processes of your mind and body.

7 Ways to Diffuse Essential Oils Lavender herb and essential oil

Diffusing essential oils maximizes their health benefits by disseminating essential oil molecules into the air and throughout your environment.

  1. Direct Inhalation

You don’t have to get fancy. You can open the bottle and breathe in the essential oil essence, or put a few drops of essential oil on your hands, rub your palms together, cup your hands over your nose, and inhale deeply.

  1. Terracotta Pendant

Terracotta is a clay-based ceramic that holds the aroma of essential oil. Just dress your terracotta pendant with the essential oil of your choice and hang around your neck, or in the bathroom, car, or closet.

  1. Ultrasonic Diffuser

Ultrasonic diffusers mix water and essential oils together to diffuse an aromatic mist into your environment. Ultrasonic diffusers double as humidifiers and don’t use up as much oil as other aromatherapy diffusers do. The exact ratio of water to oil depends on the size of the diffuser.

  1. Nebulizing Diffuser

A nebulizing diffuser also fills up a room with aromatic essential oil, but doesn’t require the use of water. The nebulizer pumps air through a chamber filled with essential oil and produces a fine mist. The temperature of the oils remains stable and the miniature atoms that are created can make their way deeper into the lungs.

  1. Oil Warmers

Oil warmers, or tea light diffusers, require a non-toxic tealight candle and a small ceramic or soapstone oil warmer. Fill the oil warmer with hot water, add some drops of your preferred essential oil, and then warm with a tealight candle underneath.

  1. Reed Diffusers

Commercial reed diffusers are actually made with toxic fragrances. You can make your own with essential oils. All you need is a long narrow bottle, a light carrier oil, some reed sticks or bamboo skewers, and an essential oil blend of your choice. Mix 30 drops of oil with every ¼ cup of carrier oil. Flip the sticks every few days.

  1. Simmer Away

You can also just simmer a pot of water with essential oils to fill your kitchen with a lovely aroma.

Essential oil aromatherapy is a great alternative to toxic plug-ins, room deodorizers, and sprays found in drug stores or candle stores. Go natural!