Essential oils have so many uses from health benefits to beautifying your home. I began using essential oils in a diffuser last winter to prevent myself from getting sick.
Like I mentioned, I began using essential oils this past winter to help my immune system and sinuses. My doctor actually recommended getting a humidifier or diffuser and adding oils into the water to help my airways stay clear and prevent my nose from drying out at night. I started out using a eucalyptus oil and now use a variety of different essential oils and mixes. A quick disclaimer: I am by no means a doctor and am only sharing my experience with essential oils and what I have learned in the process that works for me!
Oils and Benefits
- Eucalyptus: this oil is best known for it’s health properties. Like I mentioned above, I used this oil in the winter to help deter getting the flu or a cold. Eucalyptus oil is also great at ensuring your sinuses stay clear and airways are open while you sleep. I just pop a few drops into my diffuser before I go to sleep.
- Lavender: I think most people know that lavender works wonders for anxiety and stress reduction, but this can serve as a reminder. I’ve also found it helpful with reducing severity of headaches (again, I am not a doctor by any means) and helping me sleep.
- Oregano: similar to eucalyptus oil, oregano oil is great for helping you beat the common cold or preventing other respiratory issues. In full disclosure this isn’t my favorite smell, but it does the job!
- Peppermint: this oil is said to improve focus and boost energy, so I do occasionally use it while studying. A little goes a long way though! Try adding a drop or two into your diffuser and going from there.
- Rosemary: another essential oil I use when I study! It’s supposed to help improve memory and brain function and hey I’ll take all the help I can get! I find the small a bit less overpowering than peppermint, making it my usual study oil.
- Rose: a miracle worker for your skin! Rose essential oil helps to reduce skin inflammation and build a dewy, healthy completion. Add a few drops to your diffuser at night and let this oil do the work for you! It is a bit pricey, but Chicago winters are pretty unforgiving for my skin and I think it’s worth the price!
Diffusers and Benefits
I may be guilty of picking my first diffuser based solely on looks, but I lucked out and it is rated as one of the best on the market. I definitely recommend this diffuser if any of you are looking. I’m a big fan of the wood inspired design and optional lighting as well. The lighting can either stay one color or transition through all the color offerings. I sometimes use the light setting at light to help me sleep, the purple and dark blue settings are great! The time settings allow this diffuser to double as a humidifier too and it can run up to 10 hours (aka all night).
Even without essential oils added, diffusers have tons of benefits! Having continuous mist while you sleep helps to soften chapped or dry skin. My diffuser is an absolute lifesaver in the winter! I love adding rose essential oil like I mentioned above, but just the mist itself helps.