The Benefits of Inhaling Essential Oils
There are many reasons people either diffuse or inhale essential oils, but to me inhalation is the best suited and most effective way to help alleviate a variety issues. Inhaling essential oils, and the process of olfaction, are understood and very well documented. Olfaction is one’s sense of smell and is also known as alfactics. When one inhales essential oils through the nose, they pass over the olfactory membranes. This is where they stimulate the numerous olfactory receptor cells. The information of the smell of the essential oils passes from the receptor-cell neurons over to the bulbs and tracts of the first cranial nerve, which pass into the frontal lobes of the of the brain. The olfactory is part of the limbic portion of the brain and the essential oils reach the hypothalamus where they continue on to either the ANS or the pituitary gland to stimulate hormone activity. During inhalation through the nose the essential oils also immediately access blood circulation via the nasal mucosa and the alveoli in the lungs.
Inhaling essential oils is the most basic principal of getting essential oils active compounds into your bloodstream, lungs and/or throat. Inhaling the correct mixture of essential oils those suffering from bronchitis, sinus congestion, coughs, sore throats, and the flu can begin to see improvements. Remember, no two people are built the same and what works for one might not work for another. You might only need a few drops where someone with a larger frame may need 3-4 times as many drops. You need to learn the importance of what is good for your individual body.
Different Ways of Inhaling Essential Oils
- Using a Diffuser
- Nasal Inlahers
- Placing the oils in your hands, rubbing your hands together and cupping your hands over your nose.
- If you use a cpap, you need to get a CPAP Infusion Adapter (my husband and I love ours)
- Place 3-5 drops on your pillow case before going to bed
- Place 3-5 drops on a tissue or handkerchief and inhale
Here are some of my favorite recipes using nasal inhalers and diffusers:
NOTE: If you are using essential oils on a child, please refer the the dilution chart below!