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To Diffuse or Not to Diffuse?

Apr 30, 2014 02:56PM

Essential oils extracted from leaves, stems, flowers, bark, roots, herbs, bushes, shrubs and trees through distillation can be used in several different ways—diffused into the air, applied directly to the skin and taken internally if they are certified pure therapeutic grade (CPTG).

The healing properties and benefits of pure essential oils are numerous. Diffusing, which disperses essential oils into a vapor form from an oil diffuser, can eliminate the need for synthetic air fresheners. By diffusing a few drops into the air, not only can a home, office or car smell fresher, the fragrance can also create ambiance and positively enhance our mood.

Good oils for diffusing are wild orange, peppermint, lavender, rosemary, eucalyptus, ginger and lemon. The fragrance of wild orange and peppermint oils blended together strongly stimulate the limbic system in the brain, which is the area responsible for emotion, behavior and motivation. Lavender, Roman chamomile, frankincense, jasmine and grapefruit are known for their relaxing properties.

Not all essential oils are created equal. Always look for a CPTG oil sold in a dark glass bottle. If the label on the bottle indicates that the oil is not for internal use, do not purchase it.

Make sure the oils are fresh. Rancid oils may have toxic consequences. Essential oils that are not pure or contain carriers such as water, alcohol and synthetic preservatives should not be used topically because they are absorbed into the blood stream within 20 seconds.

Store essentials oils in a cool place to insure the maximum benefit each time they are used.

Resource: Michelle Brown, AP, Alternative Natural Healthcare, 16517 Vanderbilt Dr., Ste. 3, Bonita Springs. For more information, call 239-947-6234 or visit

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