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Types of Essential Oil Diffusers

Different types of essential oil diffusers are available to help you enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy.

Essential oils are volatile, meaning the oils evaporate into the air at room temperature. A diffuser is merely a device that helps the essential oil molecules move into the air more rapidly than they otherwise would in an open bottle.

Reed Diffuser photo
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Diffusing essential oils in the air is a popular way to enjoy the therapeutic benefits of aromatherapy. Massage with essential oils added to a carrier oil is also a way to enjoy aromatherapy.

There are several ways of diffusing essential oils into the air. Some are very simple and inexpensive. Some diffusers can cost well over $100.

Electronic diffusers often have lights which make the diffuser look pretty while it is working. They also often have timers and speed controls. The timers allow you to determine the duty cycle, that is, how long the diffuser is “on” and “off”. Speed controls determine how quickly oil vapor is disbursed into your room.

Most electronic diffusers also need to be cleaned periodically because of oil buildup. Look at your operations manual that comes with your diffuser for specific instructions.

Let’s take a look as some of the options.

Rubbing Oil on Your Hands

Simply put a drop or two of essential oil on your hands and rub them together. This distributes the oil over a relatively large area so the oil evaporates quickly. Rubbing your hands together helps warm the oil and further encourage evaporation.

Then cup your hands over your mouth and nose and breathe in. Take several deep breaths. Don’t get the oil on or near your eyes.

This is a quick way to get the oil absorbed by your skin and the vapors into your lungs. And, this is a great technique for personal use.

Adding Oils to Warm Water

You can encourage essential oil evaporation into the air by adding a few drops of essential oils to warm water.

This is often used in a bath. You can breathe in the vapors while enjoying a relaxing bath.

You can also pour warm water in a bowl and add a few drops of oil. You typically cover your head with a towel and bend over the bowl to concentrate the vapors to the small area around your face.

Either way helps you get the benefits of the oil.

Reed Diffuser to Speed Evaporation

The basic idea of the reed diffuser is to increase the surface area of the essential oil to speed its evaporation into the air. It is very simple and inexpensive to make. But, be aware that some reed diffuser kits you can buy will come with synthetic fragrances which may contain harsh chemicals.

You can make a reed diffuser easily. Simply fill a small bottle with the essential oil mixture you want to diffuse and insert some porous rattan reeds into the bottle. The oil will “wick” up into the reeds and evaporate into the surrounding air.

This type of diffuser is always “on”, evaporating oil into the room. It is good for small areas like a bedroom or kitchen. But, since it is always helping oil evaporate, it can use up your oil faster than an electrical diffuser you can turn off.

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Essential Oil Burners

The essential oil burner uses heat to help speed evaporation the oils into the air. Several types are common.

One example involves putting some oil in a ceramic container and suspending this over a candle flame. Another way is to put oil onto an ornamental terracotta ring and placing this on an incandescent light bulb. Yet another example is a candle scented with an essential oil. These tend to use high levels of heat to speed evaporation of the oil.

Other units use lower levels of heat, often below 200oF. This is below the boiling point of water and is better than a hotter unit.

There is the obvious danger of using a open flame around flammable essential oils. The other drawback is that each essential oil is composed of numerous natural and sometime delicate organic compounds. Some of these compounds can be chemically changed when they are exposed to higher temperatures. This alters their nature and can reduce their therapeutic value.

Electric Fan Evaporative Diffusers

Another way to speed the evaporation of essential oils is to increase the air flow across the oil. This is how the electric fan diffuser works. You add drops of an essential oil to an absorbent pad. The fan blows air across the pad causing more evaporation of the oil. And the air goes into the room. Depending on the size of the unit, this can be effective for one or more rooms.

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Nebulizer or Atomiing Diffuser

This diffuser uses the Bernoulli Effect. A thin tube is inserted into a small pool of oil. An air pump blows air across the top of the tube. This creates a partial vacuum in the tube which draws oil up the tube. When the oil reaches the top of the tube the air stream atomizes the oil, dispersing molecules of the oil into the stream of air. The air stream with the oil molecules goes into the room.

Here, the mist you see is the result of the atomized essential oil. This means that you are using oil at a rapid pace. So, you typically turn on the nebulizer for short periods of time.

Some nebulizer diffusers require you to remove the dropper nozzle and screw the essential oil bottle onto the diffuser. So, if you want to diffuse an oil blend, you will need to create the blend and put it into a bottle. Other diffusers require you to add oil drops to a reservoir which makes blending oils easy.

The size and power of the air pump will determine how quickly oil gets diffused. It will also affect the level of noise the diffuser makes.

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Ultrasonic Cool Mist Diffuser

Perhaps the most popular diffusers are the ultrasonic mist diffusers. You add water and a few drops of your essential oils to a reservoir. Below this is a flexible membrane which vibrates at ultrasonic frequencies. This causes the liquid water and oil to break up into a vapor which then goes into your room.

This cool mist (comprising water and oil vapors) disburses into the room. So this type of diffuser acts as a humidifier because it adds water vapor to a room. So, it’s best not to use this type of diffuser in rooms with a mold problem.

And, because the mist is mostly water vapor, not much oil gets disbursed. You typically run these diffusers for long periods of time to get enough oil in the air to be effective.

Ultrasonic Aroma Diffuser Instructions

Types of Essential Oil Diffusers Summary

You’ve seen examples of the major types of essential oil diffusers. For personal use, rubbing some oil on your hands and breathing in may be adequate. For more long lasting effects and for making a room smell nice you will need an electronic diffuser.

Examine feedback about each diffuser to gauge the user experience before you buy.

And, then enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy.

Does Aromatherapy Work?

Does aromatherapy work or is this merely essential oils pseudoscience? Find out what science says about the benefits of aromatherapy.

The National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy describes aromatherapy as “the art and science of utilizing naturally extracted aromatic essences from plants to balance, harmonize and promote the health of body, mind and spirit.

Aromatherapy uses the natural, organic, aromatic compounds found in plant cells. These compounds are typically extracted from the plants using steam or water distillation. Each plant provides its own blend of these aromatic compounds. Some plants provide 20 or so compounds while other plants can provide 100 or more different compounds. The result of the distillation process is what’s called an essential oil.

Some of these natural compounds found in essential oils include:

Essential oils have been used to improve health and mood for 6,000 years. The people of China, India, Egypt and Rome have all a long history essential oil use. These oils have positive physical and psychological benefits.

Aromatherapy Today

While doctors once took full advantage of essential oils, modern Western medicine has primarily focused on pharmaceutical drugs to manage disease. But, many doctors are reawakening to the potential of natural botanicals for maintaining and restoring health.

Aromatherapy is typically administered through inhalation or through topical application such as massage.

You inhale essential oils dispersed in the air. You can disperse several drops of the essential oil in the air around you by using a diffuser or a spray. Or you can also place a few drops of an essential oil in a bowel of hot water or a bath and breath in the vapors.

You can also dilute an essential oil with a neutral carrier oil and apply the mixture to your skin. You add a few drops of essential oil to a carrier oil such as olive oil or jojoba oil. You can just rub this on your skin or use it as a massage oil.

How Aromatherapy Works

Essential oils are made up of aromatic compounds that usually smell good. The aroma can influence your body. But, the smell is not the major reason to use aromatherapy. Molecules of these compounds enter the blood stream where they can affect all parts of the body..

The authors of the article (Aromatherapy On Central Nerve System (Cns): Therapeutic Mechanism AndIts Associated Genes.) which appeared in the journal Current Drug Targets give us the latest thoughts about how essential oils used in aromatherapy produce their effects. They indicated that:

In contrast with current oral drugs used for the treatment of psychiatric disorders, essential oils produce pharmacologic effects, not only by the absorption through the skin and upper respiratory tract (URT), but also via the sense of smell.

This simply means that molecules from the organic components of essential oils can

  1. enter the bloodstream through the skin or via the lungs to influence various part of the body, or
  2. affect the sense of smell so that aromas or scents can alter such states as alertness, relaxation and joyfulness.

Does Aromatherapy Work?

Does Aromatherapy Work? What Does Scientific Research Say About Aromatherapy?

Since aromatherapy does not use pharmaceutical drugs, doctors are reluctant to use natural substances like essential oils in their treatment. Using unauthorized, alternative treatments methods could be a cause for disciplinary action. But, when all other remedies have been exhausted, non-traditional or alternative protocols can be used.

Such is the first study here. Cancer patients on death’s door are a pretty extreme case. Here cancer patients with at least 3 months to live were permitted aromatherapy massage as a way of trying to reduce their anxiety.

Does Aromatherapy Work for Cancer Patients?

An article (Effectiveness of Aromatherapy Massage in the Management of Anxiety and Depression in Patients With Cancer: A Multicenter Randomized Controlled Trial) appearing in the Journal of Clinical Oncology describes this study.

The study recruited 288 very sick cancer patients with an estimated prognosis of more than 3 months. Even so, 8% of these patients died during this 10 week trial. The patients had full- or borderline-case anxiety and/or depression. Of these patients, 221 completed the final assessment.

All the patients had access to psychological support services. 144 patients also participated in the aromatherapy treatment. This aromatherapy treatment consisted of 4 scheduled weekly hour-long massage sessions using 20 essential oils and massage techniques appropriate for the patient. 20 patients received only 1 aromatherapy session while the remainder received from 2 to 4 sessions.

Initially, patients participating in the aromatherapy treatments showed highly significant (p<0.001) improvements compared to non-treatment patients in their anxiety or depression. Evaluation at 6 weeks (2 weeks after the end of the aromatherapy sessions) showed significantly (p<0.01) more of the aromatherapy patients improvement in their anxiety or depression scores than non-aromatherapy patients.

But, at 10 weeks, the differences between the aromatherapy and non-aromatherapy patients were negligible.

The authors conclude that, “We have shown that four weekly sessions of aromatherapy massage improves clinical anxiety and/or depression experienced by cancer patients up to 2 weeks after the end of the intervention. This benefit is not, however, sustained at 6 weeks postintervention.”

Another study on cancer patients (The ToT Study: Helping with Touch or Talk (ToT ): a pilotrandomised controlled trial to examine the clinical effectiveness of aromatherapy massage versus cognitive behaviour therapy for emotional distress in patients in cancer/palliative care) reported in the journal Psycho-Oncology reported on a comparison between aromatherapy massage and cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) for anxiety. Both aromatherapy and CBT were initially effective in significantly reducing anxiety. But, the effects of CBT persisted longer when it came to a 3 month followup.

The authors concluded: ” Both CBT and AM may be beneficial for anxiety in the short term, but CBT may have an advantage over AM for treating depression in the longer term.”

Does Aromatherapy Work for Cardiac Patients?

An article (Effects of Aromatherapy on the Anxiety, Vital Signs, and Sleep Quality of Percutaneous Coronary Intervention Patients in Intensive Care Units) in the journal Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine describes how aromatherapy reduced anxiety levels of cardiac patients in the intensive care unit.

This study involved patients about to undergo “Percutaneous Coronary Intervention”. Most people know this by the older term of angioplasty. This is where a stent is a inserted through a thin flexible tube into the heart to open up blood vessels in the heart.

Patients about to undergo this procedure are in the intensive care unit (ICU) of the hospital for examinations and a variety of testing procedures. They have typically experienced a heart attack with severe chest pain. They are now separated from their families and in unfamiliar surroundings. Their level of psychological stress is high. Their stress, anxiety and insomnia can cause further heart damage, arrhythmia, and complicate their treatment and recovery.

Because aromatherapy has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety and improve sleep quality in various patients in other situations (cancer, dialyses, colonoscopy), this study assessed the value of aromatherapy in patients about to undergo stent insertion.

The experiment involved 28 patients in the aromatherapy group and 28 patients receiving traditional treatment.

The study tested the effect of a blend of lavender, roman chamomile, and neroli oil on anxiety, sleep, and blood pressure. The oils were blended at a ratio 6 : 2 : 0.5 as prescribed by an aromatherapist. Lavender reduces heart stimulation and lowers blood pressure; chamonile is calming and helps relieve stress and anxiety; neroli is calming and helps treat insomnia.

The aromatherapy group breathed in the vapors of two drops of the blend both before and after their procedure. And, an aroma scented “stone” was placed under the patient’s pillow until the morning after the procedure.

The results showed a very significant (p<0.001) reduction in anxiety and improvement in the sleep scores in the aromatherapy group compared to the control group. There was no significant difference in blood pressure due to aromatherapy.

The authors concluded that “aromatherapy reduced anxiety, increased sleep, and stabilized the BP of patients undergoing cardiac stent insertion.”

Does Aromatherapy Work for the Immune System?

An article (Immunological and Psychological Benefits of Aromatherapy Massage) appearing in the journal Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine described an experiment to examine aromatherapy’s effects on the immune system.

The experiment used subjects who experienced massage with both a carrier oil (sweet almond oil) alone or with the carrier oil with essential oils (lavender oil, cypress oil and sweet marjoram oil).

A skilled massage therapist massaged the back, shoulders, arms, hands, lower legs and feet of the subjects for about 20 minutes during each massage session. The subjects were tested and gave blood and saliva samples before and after the massage sessions.

The results showed that the stress and anxiety scores dropped after massage for both the aromatherapy group and the control massage with carrier oil only group. The CD8+ cells and CD16+ cells significantly increased after the aromatherapy massage but not after the control massage.

CD8+ cells (also called cytotoxic T cells) and CD16+ cells (human monocytes) are components of the immune system. The authors conclude that, “These results suggest that aromatherapy massage is a valuable relaxation technique for reducing anxiety and stress, and beneficial to the immune system.”

Does Aromatherapy Work? More Clinical Studies Planned

The evidence indicates that aromatherapy is not simply essential oils pseudoscience. There is growing interest in aromatherapy within the medical community. This is evidenced by the results of clinical studies and the large number of clinical studies planned using aromatherapy. Here are a few such studies being planned as of this writing.

Benefits of Patchouli Essential Oil

Benefits of Patchouli Essential Oil include promoting sleep, boosting the immune system, repelling insects, regulating oily skin and acne, reducing inflammation, helping balance emotions, promotes healing, and acting as an aphrodisiac by stimulating sex hormones.

Patchouli essential oil comes from the lightly fragrant leaves of a bushy tropical perennial evergreen bush (Pogostemon cablin) growing several feet in height. The plant originally comes from the Southeast Asian countries of China, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines. It typically grows at altitudes of 800-1000 feed above seal level in warm and humid climates. Most of patchouli essential oil now comes from Java and China.

It has long been a part of Asian medicine. The Romans used patchouli oil to stimulate the appetite.

The leaves are partially dried in shade and allowed to ferment for several days. The oil is extracted using steam distillation or CO2 extraction.

Aromatherapy and Cosmetics Uses

It has a pleasant, earthy, woody aroma that is often used in soaps, body lotions, incense and cosmetics.

Therapeutic applications often make use of its antidepressant, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, fungicide, insecticide, sedative, and astringent properties. It is used in Japan and Malaysia as a snakebite venom antidote.

Benefits of Patchouli Essential Oil Come From its Organic Compounds

It’s varied properties come from the organic chemical compounds found in the oil. An article (Comparison of extraction of patchouli (Pogostemon cablin) essential oil with supercritical CO2 and by steam distillation) in The Journal of Supercritical Fluids describes the organic compounds in patchouloli essential oil. The researchers used different extraction temperatures and pressures to obtain samples of the oil. They used a gas chromatograph to determine the chemical composition for each sample. A list of the ranges found for major components (with a presence greater than 1%) is as follows:

  • Patchoulol (12.93 – 31.39%)
  • α-Guaiene (13.38 – 24.16%)
  • δ-Guaiene (15.55 – 23.3%)
  • α-Patchoulene (4.80 – 6.21%)
  • β-Patchoulene (1.62 – 3.26%)
  • β-Caryophyllene (3.13 – 5.85%)
  • α-Selinene ()0.21 – 3.9%)
  • Seychellene (1.72 – 3.3%)
  • β-Elemene (0.5 – 1.8%)

As you can tell, the exact proportions of the compounds in the oil vary depending on how the oil is extracted. Try several brands of this oil to see which gives you the best results.

Cautions

Patchouli essential oil is generally regarded as safe.

Benefits of Patchouli Essential Oil

Here are some of the best ways to make use of the benefits of patchouli essential oil.

Patchouli is steamed distilled from the rich, green leaves of the Patchouli bush, and has a rich, earthy, woodsy scent. It is great for meditation, relaxation, and reducing nervous tension and worry.

Benefits of Patchouli Essential Oil for Men

Patchouli is an excellent fragrance for men’s products and can help combat odors.

Also, when used in skincare products, Patchouli can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, scars, and blemishes.

Our best ways to use Patchouli are:

Benefits of Patchouli Essential Oil for Odor Control

First, use Patchouli to help combat shoe odor by adding 2 drops of Patchouli to 2 tablespoons of baking soda. Mix that together and then sprinkle into stinky shoes. It really helps remove foot odor.

Benefits of Patchouli Essential Oil for Centering You Mind

Another way to use Patchouli is in a yoga mat spray — to help feel grounded and centered.

Benefits of Patchouli Essential Oil for Blemish Control

But perhaps our favorite way to use Patchouli is in a DIY balm for reducing the appearance of scars and skin blemishes.

As mentioned, Patchouli is a favorite among men for its rich, woody, earthy scent. Here is an easy DIY aftershave recipe that not only will HE enjoy, but so will you. For this recipe you will need:

A glass bottle or container
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1 tablespoon glycerin (optional) -for extremely dry skin)
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Mix all ingredients together. Rub a dime size amount between your palms and apply to the face after shaving. Store any unused portion in the glass bottle or container, in a cool, dry place.

Patchouli has been used around the world for centuries. It’s a versatile oil that you’ll definitely want to always have on hand.

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For a good background on the benefits of patchouli essential oil read this article (An introduction to patchouli (Pogostemon cablin Benth.) – A medicinal and aromatic plant: It’s importance to mankind) from the Agricultural Engineering International: CIGR Journal.

Medicinal Benefits of Geranial

Medicinal benefits of Geranial include relieving migraine headaches, being a very effect anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal agent, and stimulating the immune system.

Geranial is a chemical compound found with neral in essential oils. These compounds are very similar in effect but have slightly different structures. Combined, they are called citral. Geranial is often called citral-A.

Geranial has a stronger lemon aroma than neral.

Medicinal Benefits of Geranial

Scientific research has investigated geranial and found a number of healthful properties. Here are a sample of published research reports about the benefits of geranial.

Anti-flammatory: Medicinal Benefits of Geranial

Excessive inflammation can cause several inflammatory diseases. These include chronic hepatitis, rheumatoid arthritis, atherosclerosis, and even inflammatory brain disease. So controlling inflammation is an important function of essential oils.

An article (Suppression of allergic and inflammatory responses by essential oils derived from herbal plants and citrus fruits) in the International Journal of Molecular Medicine described a study of the anti-inflammatory activities of 20 essential oils. The study then examined the components of the most effective anti-inflammatory oil.

The researchers examined the effects of each essential oil in both rats exposed to an irritant and in cultures grown in the laboratory. They found lemongrass essential oil to be the most effects anti-inflammatory.

The major components of lemongrass essential oil are geranial (40.16%) and neral (34.24%). These two compounds differ in the 3-dimensional arrangement of their atoms, but otherwise are very similar. Together they are call citral.

Testing showed that geranial was the most effective anti-inflammatory compound in lemongrass essential oil. The authors conclude by indicating that citral and geranial are promising anti-inflammatory agents.

Antifungal: Medicinal Benefits of Geranial

An article (Antifungal Activities of the Essential Oils in Syzygium aromaticum (L.) Merr. Et Perry and Leptospermum petersonii Bailey and their Constituents against Various Dermatophytes) in The Journal of Microbiology shows the antifungal properties of geranial.

In this experiment 5 strains of fungal growths were incubated in Petri dishes. These growths were exposed to certain essential oils at concentrations of 0.05, 0.1, 0.15, and 0.2 mg/ml. In addition, components of the oils (citronellal, neral, and geranial) were applied to fungal growths.

The results showed that geranial had the most dramatic effect against fungal growths. The authors conclude that “the antifungal properties of LPO [lemon-scented teatree oil] against TM, MC, and MG [strains of fungi] may likely be attributed to the effects of geranial.”

Immune System Stimulation: Medicinal Benefits of Geranial

An article (Immunomodulatory activity of geranial, geranial acetate, gingerol, and eugenol essential oils: evidence for humoral and cell-mediated responses) in the journal Avicenna Journal of Phytomedicine described the effects of geranial on the formation of antibodies in rats.

In this study seven groups of rats were used. The rats were given various amounts of several compounds orally over a period of 15 days. One group received a placebo. Another group received a standard drug (Cyclophosphamide) that slows cell growth. The other groups receive 5 different dose levels (from 50 to 800 mg/kg) of the test substance (including geranial).

Researchers “challenged” the rats with red blood cells from sheep on day 7 by injection in the right hind foot pad. Injection of foreign red blood cells will cause inflammation. Researchers measured the thickness of the foot pad before the injection and on day 15. Blood from the rats was withdrawn on day 14 and analyzed for antibodies.

The results showed a significant dose related increase in response to the foreign sheep red blood cells for all test substances (including geranial). The authors concluded that the compounds from plant essential oils had “significant immunostimulant activity” because they were able to “enhance the proliferation of lymphocytes [which help fight diseases or foreign invaders].”

Migraine: Medicinal Benefits of Geranial

An article (Lippia alba (Mill.) N. E. Brown hydroethanolic extract of the leaves is effective in the treatment of migraine in women) in the journal Phytomedicinedescribes treating women with recurring migraine headaches. The authors previously showed that extracts of the plant Lippia alba (bushy matgrass) containing primarily geranial and carvenone were effective in reducing the intensity and frequency of headaches.

This study worked with 21 women with a clinical diagnosis of migraine. The researchers initially assessed the frequency and severity of the patients migraines. They used the HIT-6 and Migraine Disability Assessment Test questionnaires.

In this experiment, the patients took one drop of tincture of Lippia alba per kilogram of body weight per day, twice a day. Then patients continued to take other medicines (such as analgesics or NSAIDs) when needed. The experimental treatment continued for 60 days.

After 60 day the researchers again assessed the frequency and severity or the patients migraines. The results showed:

  • very significant (p<0.001) reduction in the HIT-6 scores (from an average of 64 to 59)
  • very significant (p<0.001) reduction in missed days of work or school (from 19 to 5)
  • significant (p=0.03) reduction in perceived pain (from 7 out of 10 to 6 out of 10)

The authors conclude that the tincture of Lippia alba containing primarily geranial and carvenone “is effective in controlling both symptoms and impact of migraine in women.”

Summary

A number of essential oils contain citral which is a combination of Cirtral A (or Geranial) and Citral B (or Neral). Geranial has the stronger lemon aroma and has many medicinal benefits. You can find citral in several lemon-scented essential oils, especially litsea cubeba (mountain pepper), lemongrass, lemon myrtle, lemon teatree, and melissa (lemon balm).

Research studies have shown geranial is an effective anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal agent, it stimulates the immune system and can help relieve migraine headaches.

Benefits of Grapefruit Essential Oil

Benefits of grapefruit essential oil include reducing reduce appetite and sugar cravings, mobilizing fat, as well as boosting your mood and fighting viral infections. It’s an all-around super essential oil.

What Causes the Benefits of Grapefruit Essential Oil?

What’s in grapefruit essential oil that gives it its healthful properties? A journal article in the International Journal of Phytotherapy Research,
PHARMACOLOGICAL POTENTIALS OF CITRUS PARADISI- AN OVERVIEWindicates that the main chemical components of grapefruit essential oil are:

  • limonene (81.6%),
  • linalyl acetate (5.20%),
  • p-cymene (3.6%),
  • β-pinene (2.51%),
  • sabinene (1.02%),

as well as a number of other compounds with less than 1% presence.

The benefits of grapefruit essential oil mainly come from its most abundant natural phytochemical, limonene. Limonene if found in the peals of many citrus fruits. It gets its name from the lemon. It is typically present in the grapefruit peal oil at between 88 to 95%. Limonene has been investigated since the 1970s. It is used to make medicines which can help prevent and treat cancer. Limonene is also used to treat bronchitis and other viral infections. It is a great solvent for cleaning. Grapefruit essential oil has a fragrant aroma and is used as a flavoring.

Grapefruit oil is rich in antioxidants, including vitamin C. It helps boost the immune system and fights against free radicals. It helps protect the body from premature aging, tissue degeneration, and vision loss. It helps mental clarity. The antiviral and antimicrobial characteristics make it a good disinfectant.

Grapefruit oil is commonly used in aromatherapy where it tangy aroma helps boost your mood. Taken internally it can treat infections in the stomach, intestines and colon. It can help fight throat and respiratory infections, as well as muscle aches.

Another of the benefits of grapefruit essential oil is it helps the function of the lymphatic system. This helps clear the body of toxins and helps remove cellulite.

It can also help increasing energy levels, boosting your metabolism. It also help reduce your appetite and sugar cravings. And it seems to help mobilize fat. So, is often used by those trying to lose weight.

Cautions

Grapefruit essential oil may cause skin irritation and causes skin to be sensitive to light. Test grapefruit essential oil on a small patch of skin before applying it generally over large areas. Avoid exposure to direct sunlight after applying to your skin.

Benefits of Grapefruit Essential Oil

Curbing cravings can be difficult. Did you know that research has shown that just smelling grapefruit oil can help reduce feelings of hunger?

Try diffusing Grapefruit essential oil when you feel hungry but don’t want to consume unnecessary calories. Additionally like most citrus essential oils, Grapefruit has an uplifting aroma. Keeping a positive mood makes weight management efforts more fun and purposeful.

Diffuse or Take Internally

Diffuse Grapefruit oil in the morning to set the mood for the rest of your day or periodically put two drops in your palms, rub them together and breathe in deeply.

When taken internally, Grapefruit essential oil supports a healthy metabolism. Add two drops to a glass of water, refill throughout the day, and with meals for metabolic support and healthy alternative to sugary beverages.

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Benefits of Lime Essential Oil

Benefits of lime essential oil include preventing and easing viral and bacterial infections, helps reduce fever, and prevents signs of aging.

Externally, it can help prevent infections of wounds, relieve skin conditions such as acne, sores and rashes, and relieves sore muscle and arthritis pain. Internally, it helps reduce infections from the mouth, throat, intestines, to the colon, as well as the urinary system.

Lime come from a short and bushy evergreen tree (Citrus aurantifolia). There are two main types of limes: Mexican lime (also called Key lime) and Tahiti lime (called Persian or Bearss lime). It originated in Southeast Asia and spread into northern Africa. It grows in warm climates throughout the world.

Lime essential oil is extracted from lime peels by cold compression of fresh peels or steam distillation of dried peels. The oil itself ranges from pale yellow to light olive in color and has a citrus scent.

Chemical Compounds in Lime Essential Oil

The chemical components of lime essential oil give the oil its properties. The amount of each component found in a sample of oil depends on the environment in which the limes were grown and the methods used in extracting the oil. An article in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, Volatile Components of Peel and Leaf Oils of Lemon and Lime Species, describes the amounts of various chemical components found in several peel samples. Components with at least 1% presence in some samples include:

  • limonene (40.4 – 94.4%)
  • γ-terpinene (trace – 21.5%)
  • β-pinene (trace – 19.2%
  • α-pinene (0.2 – 2.4%)
  • sabinene (0.1 – 19.6%)
  • myrcene (0.8 – 2.0%)
  • γ-terpinene (trace – 20.6%)
  • p-cymene (trace – 5.6%)
  • terpinolene (trace – 1.1%)
  • citronellal (trace – 1.6%)
  • citronellal (0.1 – 1.4%)
  • trans-R-bergamotene (0. – 1.4%)
  • terpinen-4-ol (trace – 1.7%)
  • neral (trace – 3.1%)
    α-terpineol (trace – 4.7%)

  • β-bisabolene (0.3 – 2.4%)
  • neryl acetate (trace – 2.0%)
  • geranial (0.0 – 6.1%)
  • (E,E)-α-farnesene (0.0 – 1.9%)
  • geranyl acetate (0.0 – 2.4%)

These compounds give lime essential oil its fragrance and taste as well as it antioxidant, antiseptic, antimicrobial, fever reducing, wound healing, digestion enhancing properties.

Cautions About Using Lime Essential Oil

Diluted lime essential oil applied to skin can cause irritation. Test an application on small areas before using it for a general massage. Also, lime essential oil applied to the skin will cause photosensitivity, causing chemically induced skin irritation in sunlight. So avoid direct exposure to sunlight for 12 to 24 hours after application.

More About the Benefits of Lime Essential Oil

Hey guys. What’s up? It’s Heather Grant and today I’m gonna be talking about lime essential oil. Lime, it’s just yummy. I’ve never met anyone who didn’t love the smell of lime. Like it’s just yummy. And it’s fun.

So. ways that you can use lime:

Benefits of Lime Essential Oil – Soar Throat and Fever

Obviously for sore throats. right. Similar to lemon. And the fact that you can use for sore throat. You can drink it in your water.

And it’s gonna help to detox your body because it’s one of those citrus oils that helps to break down petrochemicals in our body.

It’s also really really great when we’re talking about fevers. So it’s one of those oils that I love to use with peppermint to actually bring down a fever when my children are sick or don’t feel good. I use lime as my number one go-to oil when my children have mucus in their in their chest and they’re dealing with congestion. So simply, literally just applying lime and then a warm compress over the top of that.

Benefits of Lime Essential Oil – Congestion and Mucus

It is my number one oil when we’re talking about chest congestion, mucus in your throat, that nasty cough. It’s just full of mucousy gunk. Lime is just one of those little miracle worker oils for that. So, that’s my go-to for that.

Benefits of Lime Essential Oil – Head Lice

It’s a really great oil when we’re talking about head lice. You can actually mix it with melaleuca oil and use that as a spray in their hair to prevent head lice, or to get rid of head lice. So it’s a good one for that.

Benefits of Lime Essential Oil – Relieve Itching

And then also, chicken pox, right. So maybe something that you didn’t know about lime is that you can actually use it to relieve chicken pox itching and misery of chicken pox. So I actually got chicken pox as a first grader and had horrific, a horrific, horrific itching. Great big huge, red, awful sores. And now they have vaccinations and things like that. But if you’re someone who, you have chicken pox, or you have a child that’s dealing with chicken pox, lime is a great oil for that.

Benefits of Lime Essential Oil – Mood Lifting

And then one of the other things that I wanted to mention is emotionally. Right. So when we’re talking about emotionally, how you can use lime, it’s, um, it’s emotionally for the, it’s called, the zest of life. It’s emotionally for the zest of life. So, when we’re talking about someone who’s dealing with suicidal thoughts, depression, apathy, discouragement, really just grief or sad thoughts and feelings, lime is something that can really help bring joy into their life again. Right.

It can help us to feel happiness. To feel emotionally safe, revitalized, courageous, and to be able to just be back to our happy normal selves. Really give us that zest and determination to live life to the fullest, and to live life joyfully. And so lime is a great oil for that.

So it’s a really fun one to diffuse in your home. It just smells amazing. It’s a fun one to cook with and to clean with. And all of those fun things.

How Do You Use Lime Essential Oil

But I want to know how you guys use lime essential oil. And so if you would below post in the comments. Let me know how your family uses lime to take care of your health and to better your lives.

Experience the Benefits of Lime Essential Oil With a Free Sample

And then also, if you want to try a free essential oil sample you can actually do that on my website. It’s Heather Grant wellness.com. And you can actually request a free essential oil sample there. I will personally reach out to you to meet your needs and to find out what you’re dealing with. And I will send you some free samples in the mail.

So please feel free to do that and then also you can always find me on Facebook. And then I want to go ahead and invite you to subscribe to my Youtube channel if you haven’t already. There’s literally, like hundreds of tips and tricks and short helpful videos on essential oils and how to take care of your family naturally. So when I go ahead and invite you to do that.

Everyone have an awesome day. Bye guys.

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