There are SO many benefits to diffusing oils! Let’s break them down and learn why everyone should have a diffuser in their home!
Did you know when you inhale an essential oil, it stimulates your limbic system? This is part of the brain that helps us process emotions, memories and more! No wonder why our oils can have such a large impact on our stress level and emotional well being!
Between aerosol sprays, electric plug-ins, candles, oil diffusers, wax melters, and other products, the U.S. air freshener market will pull in $1.8 billion in 2015, and these products are used in about 75% of households, says the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC). According to Anne Steinemann, Ph.D., a professor of civil engineering at the University of Melbourne who has studied extensively the health impacts of fragranced household products, one-quarter of the ingredients in air fresheners are classified as toxic or hazardous. “Ultimately your risk depends on exposure,” she says. “You don’t have to have symptoms. Just because it doesn’t kill you, it doesn’t mean it’s not harming you. Some effects are not immediately obvious.”
One example: 1,4-Dichlorobenzene is a chemical which can be found in the blood of 96% of Americans. It has been linked to lung damage, is a known carcinogen, and it is an E.P.A. registered pesticide. Studies found it to increase rates of asthma. It can be found in the majority of air fresheners, toilet deodorizers, and mothballs.
Want to know something else that’s crazy?
There have been recent studies done that show being around scented candles is similar to breathing in secondhand smoke….ummm WHAT?! No thank you!
What I truly love diffusing is getting to customize the combo EVERY SINGLE TIME I set it up! I can check in with my mood, if I feel a little sniffly… if we need a pick-me-up or a majorly chill vibe… I get to intentionally combine oils to create a comforting environment, no matter what we need!
Multiple research studies conducted by the CDC and research universities have demonstrated that the influenza virus is transmitted as an aerosol much more readily in air that is devoid of moisture.
Because the winter months tend to exhibit the driest air, both outdoors and indoors, the transmission rate of the flu virus skyrockets as it can survive passage through the air in droplets.
For example, the research study by John Noti with the CDC demonstrated that at 43 percent relative humidity, only 14 percent of the virus particles that were released were able to transmit the influenza virus. This is in contrast to the 70 percent transmission rate in air that is at 23% relative humidity. Also, the protective effect at higher humidity levels appeared to be rapid, with the majority of viral inactivation taking place within 15 minutes of when viral particles were first “coughed” into a high-humidity environment.
This research underscores the importance of running a humidifier in your house during the winter months, as well as running your diffusers in various rooms, especially close to your bed at night while you are sleeping. For me, diffusers are MUCH easier to keep clean and the oils help purify the air at the same time!
A few research studies are referenced below:
Noti, John D., et al. “High humidity leads to loss of infectious influenza virus from simulated coughs.” PLoS One 8.2 (2013): e57485.
Lowen, Anice C., and John Steel. “Roles of humidity and temperature in shaping influenza seasonality.” Journal of virology 88.14 (2014): 7692-7695.
Jaakkola, Kari, et al. “Decline in temperature and humidity increases the occurrence of influenza in cold climate.” Environmental Health 13.1 (2014): 22