What is aromatherapy? 

Aromatherapy is the practice of using natural substances, including essential oils, for their physical and psychological therapeutic benefit. You can inhale a misted version of essential oils in multiple ways, including using diffusers sold on our website. Aromatherapy could also be used by applying oils directly to our skin. Working as a hospice nurse in the healthcare industry, I have been able to personally witness the impact therapeutic aromatherapy can have on human beings. Essential oils can be beneficial to the body, mind and spirit...especially when using them for an intended purpose. Apart from providing a radiating smell, aromatherapy oils can provide respiratory disinfection, decongesting and psychological benefits. When you inhale essential oils, it stimulates the olfactory system. This is the part of the brain that is connected to the nose and brain and is what makes up our sense of smell.


What are the benefits of having an aromatherapy diffuser?

Natural Stress Reduction: Research supports the fact that most Americans are suffering from moderate to high-stress levels with 44% reporting that their stress levels have increased over the past 5 years. The most common physical symptoms of stress include mood changes, fatigue and trouble with sleeping.

While essential oils can’t take away the stress of modern day living, aromatherapy has been shown to relieve symptoms of stress when used regularly. Essential oils have also been shown to improve not only our mental perception of stress, but also our physiological response to those stressors (things like heart rate reduction). Time Magazine interviewed multiple alternative medicine doctors practicing aromatherapy within studies. Per this article, research has shown that lavender oil improves pain tolerance, while ginger oil lowers levels of nausea following your recent surgery.

For the people who have never used aromatherapy, this can become a trial and error experience.  There is really no right or wrong way to use an aromatherapy diffuser...just find out what works for you. An easy way to start off is to try different oils that have more familiar names such as lemon, peppermint etc. When initially using a diffuser in your home, office or salon-like setting, you will notice how the few drops of essential oils added to the water in your diffuser goes a long way. These oils are very powerful in their purified form. When wanting to use an aromatherapy diffuser for a natural healthcare remedy in a holistic approach, it is important to do your research. If you are having serious health issues that can be easily triggered, always check with your physician for his/her recommendations in regards to aromatherapy.  

Aromatherapy diffusers have the ability to mediate the mood for a pregnant woman and even help reduce nausea naturally. Children with ADHD can greatly benefit from using essential oils in aromatherapy diffusers. The inhalation can work well for sleeping, relaxation and meditation.  Studies performed at the University of Minnesota proved that children with ADHD can benefit from lavender essential oil to increase sleep.

Top recommended essential oils for naturally treating ADHD.

1. Lavender - promotes sleeping, relaxation

2. Vetiver - promotes focusing, alertness

3. Rosemary - promotes concentration

There are many more essential oil options out there, so please do your own research when trying natural remedies. Always consult with your physician before trying aromatherapy for intended purposes. Check out the MN Diffusers collection for our selection of aromatherapy diffusers available for purchase. Leave a comment with your own aromatherapy success stories below and if someone you know can benefit from a diffuser, let them know that The Melanin Nurse is here to answer any questions they may have.

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