By now you’ve probably come to understand that there are a ton of different ways to get the benefits of essential oils – everything from natural first aid, natural home cleaning, even natural stress relief. Aromatherapy is a widely popular way to reap those benefits, and this week we thought we’d break it down to show you how!

When you inhale essential oils, the highly sensitive cells in the back of the nostrils are stimulated, sending signals directly to the brain – that’s why aromatherapy is so effective. There are a number of different ways that essential oils can be used as inhalants: steam inhalation, with a diffuser, with an inhaler. The method you choose will largely depend on the oil and what you’re hoping to achieve.

Steam inhalation. Steam inhalation is most commonly used for cold relief with an essential oil such as eucalyptus. Because it opens the airways, steam inhalation can really help with chest congestion or a sinus infection. It is also popular when used with tea tree oil for those with acne as it opens the pores and cleans out the bacteria.

Steam inhalation simply involves heating water to a boiling point. Once you’ve turned off the stove or transferred the water from the kettle to a large bowl, add 3-4 drops of essential oil, place your face over the pot or bowl, and place a large towel over your head. Be careful not to put your face too deep into the steam. Then, just breathe deeply for several minutes or until the water cools down.

Using a diffuser. An essential oil diffuser is by far the easiest and longest-lasting way to disperse oils into the air. This method can cover a large space in a short period of time, delivering the benefits of your chosen oil. For example, lavender oil in a diffuser is great if you have trouble sleeping, and eucalyptus oil can help if you’re struggling to sleep because of a cold.

To use a diffuser, simply fill it with water to the max level indicated and add your essential oils. Start with ‘less is more’ so as not to overwhelm – essential oils are potent – you can always add more if you want a stronger smell. Turn it on and relax.

Using an inhaler. An inhaler is another popular method for inhaling essential oils. This involves inhaling the essential oil through a personal inhaler device (or you can make your own) for a quick burst of healing. Lavender oil is a popular inhalant for stress relief or travel sickness, and peppermint oil will help to quickly reduce swelling and inflammation in your nasal passages or invigorate you when energy is low.

Once you’ve filled your inhaler according to the directions, simply bring it up to your nose, place it in your nostril and inhale slowly. Wait a few seconds before doing the other nostril to allow for absorption.

When it comes to the ways you can use essential oils throughout your day, the sky really is the limit: a soothing face steam before bed to open the airways, a calming diffuser in the office to reduce stress, even a quick pick me up to invigorate your senses when your energy is flagging.

At Thursday Plantation, we have only the highest quality essential oils that make taking advantage easy.

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