WHY DIFFUSE {the top 4 reasons}

When people first hear about essential oils, they usually hear about diffusing first.  That's usually the first place people want to start.

Today, we'd love to share the top 4 reasons you should be diffusing in your home.

First, let's chat diffusing for a second.  Diffusing is when you are dispersing an essential oil into the air.  You should be using a diffuser that is made for essential oils.  Essential oils are very concentrated and so you should not place them into a humidifier or vaporizer.

Also, essential oils should never be heated.  So please don't place them in a warmer.  Heating essential oils changes their chemistry and can also compromise their therapeutic value.

1.  Our brains and our emotions.  Our sense of smell is the only one of the five physical senses that is directly linked to the limbic lobe of the brain, which is where our emotions are controlled.

So smelling things can make us feel things.

2.  Smell and memory.  Our sense of smell is also linked to our memory.  You know this is true.  You smell things and then you remember things.

3.  A little goes a long way.  Essential oils are volatile liquids extracted from plants and they can provide therapeutic benefits in very small amounts because they are so concentrated.

4.  Sesquiterpenes- a little molecule with a big name. Sesquiterpenes are a class of molecules that are super special.  They can surpass the blood-brain barrier.  There's this barrier, called the blood-brain barrier, that protects your brain tissue from contaminants and toxins in your blood.  Researchers have long thought that if they could find something to pass through that barrier, that maybe they would be able to intervene in certain neurological issues.  In 1994, researchers found that sesquiterpenes can penetrate this barrier.  Not only can they penetrate, but they can help increase oxygen to the limbic system of the brain.  This then leads to secretions of antibodies, endorphins, and neurotransmitters.  And guess what?  There are so many oils that are high in sesquiterpenes. Frankincense, Sandalwood, Cedarwood, German Chamomile and lots of others.

So there you have it.  The top 4 reasons you should be diffusing essential oils.  

And just in case you need some more encouragement, how about a few fun diffuser combinations to try out.

diffuser recipes from Erica Simpson at @eeverydayoils

If you need help getting a diffuser and getting started using your essential oils, please call your nearest oily friend.  If you don't happen to have one, please click the link to the right and I would be happy to help you.  You can also email lemonandfrankoils@gmail.com.

Happy Diffusing!