Diffusing essential oils is an easy way to reduce stress levels, as they can affect both the brain and body. When you inhale essential oils, it stimulates the olfactory system, which is the part of the brain connected to smell. Essential oil molecules that enter the nose or mouth pass to the lungs and eventually the brain and other parts of the body. As the molecules reach the brain, they affect several regions, including the limbic system, which is linked to emotions, our memory, and attentional systems, as well as our hormone and immune systems. They can lower cortisol and stress levels. Kids really enjoy essential oils and it can help us not just lower stress levels but they can boost our immune system too. Research with essential oils demonstrates that they can be effective in improving mood and sleep, as well as can be uplifting and calming. Some oils can improve multiple issues. For example, eucalyptus can decrease stress and pain, as well as promote relaxation, which has a direct impact on mental health.
There are many kinds of essential oils and ways to use them, please read my blog, The Best Essential Oils for Mental Health for essential oil basics.
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