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Improve Your Environment for Better Health...

December 17, 2015

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I’m always looking for ways to help you feel better.  This month, I’ve found another winner with my new diffuser.  I’ve touted the benefits of Aromatherapy many times.  Scents can mean many different things to an individual.  It may conjure up a pleasant memory or it may be used to help you clean the air.  Diffusing therapeutic grade essential oils like those carried at Mindful Wellness Massage and Bodywork help me, my family and most of all my clients.  Many of you may go to your local store and purchase cleaning/disinfecting agents with air fresheners.  Now don’t get me wrong, I’m all for convenience, but you must know that many of these products contain harmful toxins.  This defeats the initial purpose of using these products.  Diffusing therapeutic grade essential oils not only gives you the benefit of aromatherapy, but is also helps clean the air of many impurities.  

A little bit of History…

The term “aromatherapy” was coined by the French chemist René-Maurice Gattefossé in the early 1920s. Gattefossé spent his life devoted to essential oils and their healing properties. However, for more than 6,000 years prior to Gattefossé, aromatherapy had been used by the Egyptians, Romans, and the Greeks. Imhotep, an Egyptian physician, suggested that oils be used for massage, bathing, and embalming the dead. Hippocrates, known as the father of modern medicine, used aromatic smoke and vapors to purge Athens of the plague.

Dr. Jean Valnet, M.D. (also a friend and colleague of Dr. Gattefossé), a world renowned medical researcher, stated that essential oils provide remarkable protection against viral infections ranging from shingles to influenza. Dr. Valnet used essential oils successfully to treat wounded soldiers during WWII.  This is when he discovered the powerful effect essential oils have in fighting infection.  He was able to save the lives of many soldiers who might have otherwise died.

Two of Dr. Valnet’s students, Dr. Paul Belaiche and Dr. Jean-Claude Lapraz, went on to expand his work and investigated the antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiseptic properties in essential oils.

Diffusing essential oils is, by far, one of the best ways to purify our home or work environment. Cinnamon bark oil, oregano oil, and Thieves® oil were all tested by Weber State University, and were shown to kill 100% of the airborne bacteria present when diffused into the atmosphere. (KID-Radio with Lance Richardson and Dr. Gary Young, ND, March 5, 1996).

Primary Benefits of Diffusing

  • Transform your surroundings: Create a relaxing, spa-like atmosphere or instantly brighten the mood of your home or office.
  • Eliminate odors: Remove lingering smells without resorting to synthetic air fresheners.
  • Protect your family’s health: Safeguard your family’s health by detoxing your home from harmful household chemicals.
  • Introduce healing oils into the air for amazing health benefits

Diffusing to Eliminate Odors

Diffused therapeutic-grade essential oils alter the structure of molecules that create odors, rather than simply masking them. They also increase oxygen availability and produce negative ions.

Diffusing to Help you Feel Better

I read a news article recently that hospitals are also discovering the benefits of diffusing therapeutic grade essential oils.  I find it very refreshing to see many in the medical community also recognize the benefits of using alternative therapies like diffusing essential oils.

I use my diffuser everyday but it gets used even more during cold and flu season.  I’ll add tea tree, lemon, lime, rosemary, peppermint, or eucalyptus to my diffuser to help clear my sinuses or to clean the air.  

Tips for choosing the right diffuser…

There are many types of diffusers on the market today, trust me I’ve been looking for just the right one.  Here are a few things I’ve learned in my search to help you make a much more educated decision before you make your next diffuser purchase…

  1. It is very bad practice to use a diffuser that uses heat as a means of dispersing the essential oil into the air. Heat fractures the molecules of the essential oil destroying the beneficial properties. While an essential oil may still smell good, it contains very little if any therapeutic benefit, and can even create toxic compounds. Types of diffusers that use heat and are NOT recommended are: plug-in, candle, burner, aroma lamps, and light bulb rings.
  2. Using an Ultrasonic diffuser with therapeutic grade essential oils releases hundreds of oxygenating molecules into the air.  This goes well beyond adding an inviting scent to your room.   Depending on the essential oil you choose, you can clean the air, relax, improve your sleep, and help you concentrate.  Oh, I could just go on about the wonderful benefits you’ll receive diffusing.  Try it today and let me know how much better you feel.

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