How to Detox Your Home with Essential Oils
What do you mean my home is toxic??
It’s true. Research is continuing to support the fact that our indoor environment can actually be more toxic than our outdoor environment! But how could that be?
Well, bacteria and viruses that we have picked up during our travels will spread to others more easily in a closed-in environment. In addition to that, we must bear the load of toxic fumes created from chemical-based household cleaning products, synthetic air fresheners, new carpet or paint, as well as ingredients from building materials. These fumes circulate throughout the home, placing extra stress on our liver and taxing the immune system as it attempts to filter these unwelcome visitors out of our body.
Another environmental toxin that is often found indoors is mold. This can accumulate as a result of a water leak or excessive humidity and has been known to cause severe health issues with allergies and asthma representing just the tip of the iceberg. Many individuals aren’t even aware of the existence of this issue in their household, as it tends to lurk in lesser-used, dark, damp areas.
Then there are the unavoidable small airborne particles such as lint, dust mites, human skin, and pet dander. These are small enough to enter the lungs and lodge themselves there, often along with bacteria and viruses that attach themselves to these small particles, increasing the change of lung infections.
Lastly, the air in your home contains large quantities of positive ions, i.e. atoms that have a positive electrical charge because they contain more protons than electrons. Research has determined that positive ionization causes people and animals to become tired and lethargic, while negative ionization causes an increase in energy and activity. Air conditioning and heating systems actually push air into our living rooms that is high in positive ions while depleting the negative ions. Computers, televisions and other electronic equipment further exacerbate the problem, as they increase the positive ionic charge of our environment and, because of this, likely contribute to high levels of tension, irritability, depression, lethargy, insomnia, colds and other respiratory conditions.
How to detox your home with essential oils
The first and most obvious step to improving the quality of your indoor environment is to eliminate any synthetic or chemical-based cleaning products and air fresheners. In addition, do not delay the repair of plumbing leaks and be sure to keep the humidity inside your home at a healthy level throughout the year (about 30% during the cold months and 50% in the warmer months). Locate and eradicate any mold that may be lurking. Open windows to ventilate the indoor air whenever possible. Also be sure to replace the air filter on your furnace several times throughout the year.
After following through with the above suggestions, consider investing in an Essential Oil Diffuser.
Help for the Health of Your Home: An Essential Oil Diffuser
An essential oil diffuser will break down a pure essential oil into a very fine mist which travels through the air neutralizing chemicals, bacteria, viruses, etc, making it easy and economical to improve the air quality of your home. It will also freshen the air with natural fragrances, eliminating the need for synthetic, harmful air fresheners. My favorite diffuser by Young Living Essential Oils disperses oils without the use of heat (heat may render the oils less effective.)
In addition to neutralizing pollutants in the air, inhalation of the diffused oils will stimulate the lungs and the brain. (It is interesting to note that, upon inhaling, it takes only 22 seconds for an essential oil to reach the brain!) Actually, oils that are diffused into the air penetrate the skin and benefit the body in the same way as if they are applied directly to the skin.
Finally, the diffused essential oils will raise the oxygen levels in the home. Think negative ions – these do wonderful things for our mood, our energy level, and our general health!
Yes, using an essential oil diffuser as one of your first lines of defense against toxins in your home is definitely a good move. It is perhaps the most effective multi-tasker when it comes to improving the health of your home and your body!
*After much research into their safety, I use and, in this post, refer to Young Living Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils in order to ensure exposure only to pure plant-based oils. For additional information or to order the highest quality essential oils and diffusers, visit the essential oil page of my website http://healthybynaturehwc.com/Young-Living-Essential-Oils/
Some diffusing ideas:
- Alternate Lemon Essential Oil with Purification Essential Oil Blend (approx. 20 drops each time) for general air purification. This can be done room-by-room by simply closing the door to an area and letting the diffuser run until the oil is completely gone. The diffuser can then be moved to the next room or section of the house and the process repeated.
To ease a cold manifesting with excessive mucous, alternate R.C. and Raven essential oil blends with Lemon essential oil.
- If a family member has low energy, alternate the essential oil blend of En-R-Gee with Lemon essential oil.
The essential oil blend of Thieves has been used successfully for black mold.
Diffuse Lavender Oil to alleviate allergy symptoms and to promote relaxation.
Frankincense Essential Oil has been shown to elevate mood and help with depression when inhaled.
To alleviate anxiety, diffuse the essential oil blend Valor.
Inhale Peppermint Oil before and during a workout to boost mood and reduce fatigue.
Peace & Calming blend can be diffused to calm overactive children.
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