When properly distilled and produced in their pure unadulterated state, essential oils are some of the most concentrated natural extracts known to mankind, and their use dates back to ancient times. Largely overlooked until recent years, they are making a resurgence and are one of the hottest new trends but this time around they are not likely to disappear from use.
Essential oils and plant extracts have been woven into history since the beginning of time and are considered by many to be some of the most powerful substances on earth which explains the huge amount of interest they’re generating, to include within today’s scientific community. Essential oils also provide exquisite fragrances to balance mood, lift spirits, dispel negative emotions, and create a romantic atmosphere, and so much more!
“The ability of essential oils to act on both the mind and the body is what makes them truly unique among natural therapeutic substances. The fragrance of some essential oils can be very stimulating– both psychologically and physically.”– D. Gary Young
“The sense of smell is the only one of the five senses directly linked to the limbic lobe of the brain, the emotional control center. Anxiety, depression, fear, anger, and joy all emanate from this region. The scent of special fragrance can evoke memories and emotions before we are even consciously aware of it. When smells are concerned, we react first and think later. All other senses (touch, taste, hearing, and sight) are routed through the thalamus, which acts as the switchboard for the brain, passing stimuli onto the cerebral cortex (the consious thought center) and other parts of the brain.”
Essential oils, through their fragrance and unique molecular structure, have the ability to pass the blood brain barrier and can directly stimulate the limbic lobe and the hypothalamus. Cold-air diffusing of essential oils is a great way to combat stress and support healthy emotional responses. Whether used aromatically, topically or ingested, the use of essential oils help support the body on a physical level and all of the various body systems, and on a spiritual level. We typically refer to this as affecting the body, mind, and spirit! No wonder they were more valuable than gold in ancient times, although many still hold to that premise!
“In studies conducted at Vienna and Berlin Universities, researchers found that sesquiterpenes found in essential oils such as vetiver, patchouli, cedarwood, sandalwood, and frankincense can increase levels of oxygen in the brain by up to 28 percent (Nasel, 1992). Such an increase in brain oxygen may lead to a heightened level of activity in the hypothalamus and limbic systems of the brain, which can have dramatic effects on not only emotions, learning, and attitude but also on many physical processes of the body such as immune function, hormone balance, and energy levels. High levels of sesquiterpenes also occur in melissa, myrrh, cedarwood, and clove oils.”
The Benefits of Cold-Air Diffusing
Cold-air diffusers are designed to atomize essential oils into micro-fine particles where they remain suspended in the air for several hours. Unlike aroma lamps or candles, or worse, the very toxic scented oil air fresheners which if broken and spilled in a store require a HAZMAT procedure to clean and remove, a diffuser actually disperses the oils into the air without heating or burning, which can render the oil less therapeutically beneficial, or worse… create toxic compounds. Research shows that cold-air diffusing of certain oils may:
- Can eliminate unpleasant odors not just mask them
- Relax the body, relieve tension, and clear the mind
- Help with weight management
- Improve concentration, alertness, and mental clarity
- Stimulate neurotransmitters
- Stimulate growth hormone production and receptivity
- Support healthy digestive function
- Increase oxygen availability
- Produce negative ions and release natural ozone
Below are listed some of my current favorite scents and blends.
Light the Fire™: The warm, spicy aroma of Light the Fire™ includes Mastrante and Northern Lights Black Spruce from Young Living’s Ecuador and Canada farms, along with Nutmeg, Cassia, Ocotea, Canadian Fleabane, Lemon, Pepper, and Hinoki.. Diffuse this oil for warm, spicy aroma environment, perfect for cooler fall and winter days.
Thieves® & Orange: I love the combination of THIEVES blend and Orange- it makes for the perfect combination. Thieves contains Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon, and other oils. Diffuse Thieves oil blend throughout the house for an aroma that makes every room smell more like fall baking than harsh cleaning formulas, along with a few drops of Orange oil to sweeten the fragrance.
Christmas Spirit®: Don’t let the name fool you, this blend of Orange, Cinnamon, and Spruce, all in one bottle is a favorite any time of year, and it’s scent is ideal for the fall and winter.
Peace & Calming®: Provides a gentle, sweet blend of Ylang Ylang, Orange, Tangerine, Patchouli, and Blue Tansy. This fragrant oil is a wonderful addition to your meditation, evening routine, or playtime with the kids. With a comforting, fresh aroma, Peace & Calming oil creates a relaxing environment that’s especially great for homes with children. You’ll love that you can use this oil for you children’s bedtime and then for yourself for a moment of quiet after the house has settled down.
Citrus Fresh™: This blend combines Orange, Tangerine, Grapefruit, Lemon, and Mandarin oils with a hint of Spearmint, Citrus Fresh™ Essential Oil is a proprietary Young Living blend that offers an uplifting, refreshing aroma that you can diffuse to transform home, work, and classroom spaces. Citrus Fresh oil is a perfect replacement for chemical-based home fragrances.
Purification™: Ditch overpowering and harsh chemical-based sprays and keep your home smelling fresh and clean with Young Living’s Purification® essential oil. This blend is made up of six essential oils for the ultimate weapon against odors. Citronella, Lavandin, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Myrtle, and Tea Tree work together to create a refreshing, bright scent that keeps you and your family happy and comfortable. With Purification oil, you’ll never need to feel embarrassed by bad odors from cooking, laundry, pets, or anything else life throws your way. Diffuse it throughout your house or use a more targeted approach so you always feel confident in your home, in the car, or on the go!
Frankincense: The complex aroma of Frankincense (Boswellia carterii) oil can elevate many aspects of your life. Diffuse Young Living Frankincense oil to refine your sense of purpose or add it to your beauty routine for a luxurious experience. Frankincense essential oil has an earthy, uplifting aroma that’s perfect for grounding and spiritual connectedness. Create a safe and comforting environment when you diffuse or inhale this empowering oil—a perfect opportunity to collect your thoughts. When you seek purpose or engage in prayer or meditation, use this oil to enhance your experience.
Lavender: Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) essential oil isn’t just a favorite because of its classic scent—it’s also highly versatile. From skin care products to relaxing routines, this oil can infuse many areas of your life. Diffuse it to banish stale odors.
The list above is just a very tiny sample of the various options available to you. It’s fun to experiment with scents to freshen our home. I encourage you to begin using essential oils instead of synthetic fragrances to freshen your home. Its a great way to begin living a chemical-free lifestyle and one that has tremendous health benefits.
If you haven’t used essential oils before, I would love to help you get started with them. If you are using essential oils other than Young Living then I invite you to find out why you should make the switch to Young Living Essential Oils. They’ve made such an impact on our family’s wellness, and I want each of you to have that same experience.