What is in your air freshening products
They come with warning labels that state “Deliberately…inhaling the vapor of the contents may be harmful or fatal” or “Avoid inhaling spray mist or vapor.” How are we supposed to avoid inhaling something that is constantly being forced into our air space? Also, if inhaling the vapors may be harmful or fatal, why are why intentionally adding them to our air? It appears we’ve been duped into thinking that we need these products to protect us from harmful bacteria or viruses even though there is no evidence that they actually disinfect the air at all. However, the evidence is mounting that these chemical products harm us…sometimes irreparably.
Here are some of the ingredients found in the popular metered air fresheners—you know, the ones that are battery-operated and pump out mists of supposed sanitizers several times an hour:
- Acetone—is a blood-, heart-, gastrointestinal-, liver-, kidney-, skin-, respiratory-, brain- and nervous system toxin. So, in other words, it can damage just about any part of your body and have a wide range of adverse effects.
- Butane and Isobutane—Yes, I am talking about lighter fluid. It a serious toxin to our brain and nervous system.
- Liquified Petroleum Gas and Petroleum Distillate —It is fairly obvious why we wouldn’t want to add this to our air supply.
- Propane—a cardiovascular and blood toxin; liver, kidney, respiratory, skin, and nervous system toxin known to be extremely dangerous and that’s why we operate propane barbecues outdoors yet we’re spraying this stuff into our indoor air.
- Perfume—This single ingredient contains up to 400 different toxic ingredients, 95% of which are derived from petroleum products and are linked to a whole list of serious health conditions ranging from headaches and dizziness to depression and behavioral changes.
- Benzene—known to cause leukemia in humans.
- Formaldehyde—linked to cancers of the upper airways
Benefits of aromatherapy:
What do you think of when you hear the word aromatherapy? Lighting a nice scented candle? Adding essential oils to a wax warmer? Using an air freshener? Either way, I bet you think of filling a room with a nice fragrance, right? Well, this isn’t true aromatherapy…it’s more like fragrancing. If you are using air fresheners, perfume grade essential oils, or candles it can be toxic fragrancing. True aromatherapy is so much more than just a nice scent. True aromatherapy can have profound effects on our health and well-being, body, mind, and emotions. To experience the many benefits of true aromatherapy, you need to use high-quality essential oils (like Young Living essential oils). You also need to disperse the essential oils into the air using an ultrasonic or cold air diffuser (as heating essential oils destroys the oils’ therapeutic properties).
* You can use essentials oils in a wax warmer. Heating essential oils will only make your home smell nice. Because heat destroys the therapeutic properties of essential oils, you won’t get any health benefits from putting essential oils into a wax warmer. However, diffusing essential oils will fill your home with an amazing scent and allow you to experience the true health benefits of aromatherapy.
Benefits of diffusing essential oils:
As stated above, diffusing essential oils can offer an abundance of health benefits. The benefits seem endless, but I summarized some of them below.
- promotes a restful nights sleep
- improves concentration and focus
- stimulates secretion of endorphins
- improves concentration, alertness, mental clarity, and focus
- invigorates and energizes
- freshens the air and neutralizes odors
- deepens your spiritual connection
- creates a spa like atmosphere
- balances emotions and uplifts mood
- supports the immune system
- supports the respiratory system
- soothes nerves and relieves occasional tension
- and so much more!
My favorite essential oil diffuser:
Young Living offers many high-quality essential oil diffusers. I diffuse my essential oils using the Young Living Desert Mist Diffuser (because this diffuser is amazing and also because it came in the Premium Starter Kit). The Desert Mist Diffuser is a cold air diffuser. It combines a humidifier, air purifier, atomizer, and aromatherapy diffuser into one product that safely releases essential oils into the air. The Desert Mist Diffuser breaks the essential oils and water into millions of micro-particles, disperses them into the air, and activates the powerful plant constituents found in Young Living essential oils. The fine mist that comes out of the diffuser will actually sit in the air for hours, providing therapeutic benefits long after your diffuser has finished running!
How to use the Young Living Desert Mist Diffuser:
The Desert Mist Diffuser contains a water reservoir, which holds about 1/2 cup of water. Open the water reservoir by lifting the lids. Fill the reservoir to the fill line with room temperature distilled or purified water (distilled is preferred). Then add about 5-8 drops (adjust per your preference) of your favorite Young Living essential oil to the water (we usually use 6 drops). Replace the lids. Turn the diffuser on by pressing the button on the side of the diffuser ( light on). See instruction that come with it because this baby has setting you wont believe. The diffuser will shut off automatically when out of water.
How often and how long should you diffuse essential oils?
I personally find it helpful to diffuse essential oils on a daily basis. Pat and I usually run our diffuser until it runs out of water and it shuts off on its own. However, diffusing essential oils for even just 10 – 15 minutes, 3 times per day will support your health.
How do you know which essential oil you should diffuse for specific support?
Each essential oil offers its own set of benefits. You’ll definitely want to use a reference guide when you start using essential oils. A reference guide will tell you which oil to use for relaxing, energizing, etc.
Are you ready to start diffusing essential oils? Get the Diffuser of your choice, 11 essential oils, around $30.00 worth of gifts, and access to a private online support group here!
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