Of all the five senses, our sense of smell is one of the strongest. Scents conjure up emotions. Our mouths water at the smell of freshly baked cookies. We use fragrances on our bodies. You might remember the first time you smelled a pine tree. Essential oils deliver very pleasing, and therapeutic, scents.
Natural, aromatic extracts from essential oils are derived from plants. An oil is “essential” in the sense that it contains the “essence of” the plant’s fragrance. If you’ve ever rubbed rosemary or mint leaves between your fingers, that lingering scent comes from the oils that are released from the plant. Aromatherapy is the act of diffusing these oils to promote well-being through the senses.
Unlike commercial products that contain unhealthy chemicals, essential oils are natural. Diffusing them can calm or stimulate, improve mental clarity or help clear congested nasal passages. Diffusing essential oils also helps to remove odors in the air, and can destroy airborne germs and bacteria.
Choosing a diffuser
Select a cool water diffuser for maximum health benefits, like the Genesis PURE™ Ultrasonic Diffuser. Heat can destroy the beneficial properties in essential oils. Diffusers are easy to use and generally run about four hours.
- Ultrasonic, cool water diffusers use high frequency ultrasonic technology, instead of heat, to vibrate the water inside the unit, and release a fine, fragrant mist, or small oil particles, into the air. Generally you add water and the water and oils are distributed into the air. This is particularly good in drier winter months because moisture is added to the air.
- Nebulizing diffusers do not use added water, so the oil itself is broken up into tiny molecules. Because this type of diffuser disperses the entire oil into the air and breaks it up into much smaller particles than other diffusers, it generally has more therapeutic qualities.
Depending on the essential oils selected, diffusers can be used indoors in every room in your home. Use them to refresh and invigorate, to soothe and calm, to eliminate unpleasant odors and kill germs, to purify the air, ease a headache, and enhance concentration when studying or working at a computer.
Choosing an essential oil
Synthetic fragrances are not a good substitute for pure, therapeutic essential oils. Dispersing artificial fragrances into your home can lead to allergies and asthmatic reactions. Always use pure, therapeutic grade essential oils.
Genesis PURE essential oils are 100% pure, 100% organic and USDA certified. Essential oils are made by the plant to defend against attack, disease, damage, or severe weather conditions. Choose from ten aromatic oils and three oil blends and order them at genesispure.com.
- Tea Tree
- Boost8 – blend of eight oils including Frankincense and Thyme
- Breeze7 – blend of seven oils including Cypress and Lavender
- Ease8 – blend of eight oils including Wintergreen and Blue tansy
One of my favorite essential oils is peppermint. Inhaling the scent invigorates the lungs and increases alertness when you’re feeling groggy. You can also add it to water in a spray bottle and mist your body when you feel overheated. I also apply it to my neck and forehead, along with lavender oil, to calm headaches.
How do you use essential oils? Do you have a favorite scent? Please share with us.
Genesis PURE™ Marketing Copywriter/Editor
Jennifer Evans is passionate about the written word and has self-published her own poetry anthology. She enjoys teaching piano and grammar to children, including her own. She caught the travel bug while attending high school in The Netherlands many years ago. You can usually find Jennifer working on her memoir, reading a novel, or bike riding with her family.