Welcome back to part 4 of our Home Detox series.
This week we will look at THE most important aspect of our home detox program.
Indoor air quality.
Yes, the products we clean our homes with, use as medicine, and put on our skin are vital to our ability to detoxify and live a healthy life, but
considering we can only live a few minutes without air, air quality tops the list as most important to our immediate and long-term well being.
Since you have-what-you-have (be it pollution, pollen, or pesticides) when it comes to your outdoor environment, taking steps to purify, cleanse, and uplift the air inside your home is a must.
Today were going to look at how to use aromatherapy from pure essential oils to create a diversely clean breathing environment all over your house.
How aromatics affect our bodies (and brains) when inhaled
Ever wonder how simply inhaling an oil can have an affect on your body, mind, and emotions?
When inhaled, essential oils interact with our body through three primary systems:
The olfactory system, the respiratory system, and the limbic system.
The olfactory system includes all our organs and cells that relate to our sense of smell.
When an essential oil is inhaled (or anything else for that matter), its molecules go directly to our olfactory system and nearly immediately in to the brain where they are carried to their corresponding organs and systems.
The respiratory system also plays a key role, when oil molecules are inhaled through the nose or mouth, they travel via the lungs, to all different parts of the body.
You can see why the air quality in our homes, and what we breathe in is so critical to the health of our entire body.
The limbic system is also known as our emotional brain.
The limbic system, housed in the brain, plays a role in controlling such functions as heart rate, stress level, memory, hormone balance, breathing, and blood pressure.
The delicate interaction between aromatics and the limbic system explains why certain smells trigger such powerful memories. Like the smell of fresh baked bread or cookies transporting you back to Grandmas kitchen.
The incredible science of aromatherapy and the physiology of how oils impact our organs, cells, and systems is very real. It is through an understanding of how oils impact us aromatically, that we can discover which ones to choose for healing and purification in our homes.
To learn more, I highly recommend this piece, How Essential Oils Work from The University of Minnesotas Center for Spirituality and Healing.
How Essential Oils purify the air
According to page 9 in The Reference Guide for Essential Oils, essential oils purify the air by
- Removing metallic particles
- Increasing atmospheric oxygen
- Increasing ozone and negative ions which inhibits bacterial growth
- Destroying odors from mold, cigarettes, animals, etc.
- Filling the air with a fresh, aromatic scent.
5 ways to use Essential Oils aromatically (in the air)
Now that we understand the healing power that comes via inhaling essential oils, lets look at some of the most effective ways to diffuse them:
- Use a diffuser—purists will recommend a cold air diffuser so the oils are nnt altered by heat. But an old fashioned candle-lit burner will do fine too.
- Place oils on a cloth, handkerchief, or tissue—healthcare workers used to do this during times of mass disease (think back to movies with nurses and doctors covering their faces with handkerchiefs, many of them would have contained aromatics). Today, this method works perfectly if youre out and about and need a quick lift, OR you can send your child to school with a few drops of oil to help maintain their immunity or reduce anxiety.
- Drop essential oils into hot or simmering water and inhale—no diffuser? No problem. Just heat some water in a kettle, pour into a tea cup or bowl, add your oils of choice, and inhale deeply. You can also diffuse oils potpourri-style using a simmering pot of water.
- Vaporizer or humidifier—use a cold air one if you can. Uplifting, breathe-easy oils like Eucalyptus and Peppermint, or soothing oils like Lavender or Stress Away are a great comfort to children when they are feeling under the weather.
- A fan or vent—place a few drops of oil on a cotton ball or tissue and attach it to a fan or vent. This is a great trick for the office, vehicle, or hotel room.
The best Essential Oils for air purification
- Purification®—a combination of Citronella, Lemongrass, Lavandin, Rosemary, Tea Tree, and Myrtle makes this the best overall air cleanser, and its great for eliminating musty smells (like basements), and pet odors.
- Melaleuca (Tea Tree)—natural disinfectant, smells great when mixed with a citrus oil or peppermint.
- Thieves®—this formula of clove, lemon, cinnamon, eucalyptus, and rosemary, was inspired by the legend of thieves who would use these herbs and aromatics during the plague to protect themselves as they robbed its victims. If it worked for them
- ImmuPower®—a Payne-family-favorite, we use ImmuPower frequently during the colder months, or when traveling to support normal immunity.
- Lavender—healing, calming, and cleansing for the whole home. Great to diffuse before bed.
- Lemon—ideal for strong cooking smells, and is also great combined with baking soda to sprinkle into stinky tennis shoes.
The best Essential Oils to uplift mood, stabilize emotions, and create a peaceful home
- Peace and Calming®—a foundational oil no family should be without. As calming as it is refreshing, this blend of Tangerine, Orange, Ylang Ylang, Patchouli, and Blue Tansy helps promote normal sleep, a tranquil atmosphere, and gently eases away tension.
- Stress Away™—the name says it all. With its sweet, mellow aroma stress away helps create a sacred haven of peace in your home. This is also a great one to send on a tissue with your kids to the first day of school or camp, and makes a great gift for new parents.
- Lavender—lavender calms, comforts, and relaxes. Add a drop to coconut or your favorite carrier oil and gently massage into your baby or child after bath time to help soothe the fussies and promote a peaceful nights rest.
- White Angelica™—helps clear out and protect you from negative energy. Encourages feelings of safety and security in adults and children.
The best oils for mental energy, clarity, and focus
- Peppermint—naturally stimulating, cooling, and refreshing, I used peppermint in chiropractic school to help me improve my test performance. If you need a physical and mental energy boost, look no further than peppermint.
- Citrus Fresh—a cheerful combination of citrusy sweet oils that uplift the spirit, clear the mind, refresh the heart, and delight the senses. Citrus oils help us feel happy, and when were happy we have more energy to think clearly and creatively.
- Rosemary—infamous for its traditional use to help support memory (and recently proven effective by this published University of Northumbria study*). Woodsy, grounding, and astringent rosemary helps sharpen focus, awaken ideas, and cleanse negativity.
I hope this article, and the published studies listed, have given you a new appreciation for the aromatic power of essential oils. Many of the oils mentioned above are included, along with a cold air diffuser and loads of other free goodies and education info available in our web site.
How has using oils aromatically improved the health of your home? Wed love to hear your stories, victories, tips and ideas in the comments section below.
In aromatic health,
*Please note, tThis information is provided for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, cure, prevent, or treat any type of disease.