Essential Oils: Why and How to Inhale

Essential oils have a wide array of known benefits, including improvement of a variety of respiratory complaints. What has proven to be the most effective method for deriving the benefits of essential oils is inhalation. By inhaling the right mixtures of essential oils, someone suffering from bronchial and sinus congestion, sore throats, colds, coughs, bronchitis and even the flu, can see improvement. In addition, the inhalation of essential oils supports overall well-being in many other ways. However, it is important to remember that everyone is different; when inhaling essential oils for emotional well-being, what works for some may not work for others. It is important to learn what suits you.

The most basic principal of inhaling essential oils is to get the active compounds of the oil into your throat, lungs or bloodstream. There are multiple methods of inhalation that can help accomplish your needs. A very effective and subtle method is to place a few drops of an essential oil on your pillow at nighttime. This is highly effective because inhalation works over a course of time; at bedtime, your body has eight hours to inhale the therapeutic oil. You can simply place 3-5 drops on your pillowcase before bed, or place approximately ten drops in a bowl with our unscented aromatherapy salts, which will slowly diffuse the oils. A similar tactic to placing drops on a pillowcase before bed is putting 1-3 drops on a tissue or handkerchief. You can add your favorite essential oil to a tissue, handkerchief or pocket square, during the day, you can carry it around with you and inhale often.

Purchasing one of our Inhalation Beads or All-Natural Vapor Sticks provides you with a portable option for aromatherapy on the go. There are 3 different blends Sinus Help, Stress Less and Sleep Ease. For a non-portable option, you can use an essential oil diffuser. This method is more subtle, and is great for gently inhaling oils. 

If you are looking for a more spa-like experience, you can easily inhale essential oils through steaming. By steaming oil-infused water, you will obtain the feeling of being in a sauna in the comfort of your own home. All you have to do is pour hot water into a bowl and add 2-3 drops of the oil of your choice and stir. Steam the water; place a towel over your head and place your head over the bowl, approximately 10 inches away. Inhale for 2 minutes at a time and repeat 2-4 times.

Choosing the right oil for your need is important too. Aromafloria has a wide array of essential oils blends that you can use to increase overall health and well-being. To strengthen the lungs and rid your body of coughs and mucus use tea tree essential oil or eucalyptus essential oil. A variety of oils can be used to mend the common cold peppermint, lavender and eucalyptus essential oil. To brighten your mood use our patchouli, spearmint or orange essential oil. To relax, peppermint, lavender or rosemary. There are so many benefits of using essential oils, once you learn what works best for you.

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