Essential Oils are wonderful as scented bath oils, but many people like to use a diffuser to enjoy the aroma of their favorite essential oil wafting through their entire home. For instance, the scent of lavender is relaxing, while peppermint and eucalyptus are energizing. Diffusers for aromatherapy come in many sizes, shapes and colors to meet individual needs and tastes. A product comparison website called Comparaboo compares similar products and ranks them according to the number of their positive reviews across the internet. Here they have rated Top Diffusers for Aromatherapy...and the best thing is that the information is updated every 30 minutes!
Peppermint Essential Oil has so many beneficial uses that it's even being used in schools to promote healthy, and intellectually stimulating classrooms.
According to Dr. Linda Karges-Bone, Peppermint is said to decrease fatigue, boost alertness, and enhance motivation and memory, which is particularly helpful in a learning environment. Of the five senses, our sense of smell is most closely linked with memory. Dr. William N. Dember of the University of Cincinnati, found in his research study that inhaling peppermint oil increased the mental accuracy of the students tested by 28%. In her best-selling book on the brain, An Alchemy of Mind, Diane Ackerman reports that "in experiments where children are offered scent cues along with a word list, they remember the words better.”
Teachers use peppermint essential oil in a variety of ways. Some teachers use peppermint oil in aromatherapy diffusers or place a few drops on cotton balls and locate them around the classroom to help boost test scores.
Peppermint oil is antibacterial and antimicrobial, so teachers are also using peppermint oil to make a non-toxic cleaner for their classrooms. An empty spray bottle, water, a few drops of peppermint oil and 2 Tablespoons of baking soda makes a quick, inexpensive, yet highly effective cleaner without any harmful chemicals. An added benefit is that the peppermint spray acts as a natural, yet safe repellent against mice, spiders, and other creepy crawlies in the classroom.
One of the most popular New Year's Resolutions is to lose weight, and aromatherapy may be helping dieters to win the battle of the bulge. Essential oils help people fight a whole host of medical issues, so it's really not so surprising that they may also help control overeating.
Valerie Bennis, president of Essence in New York City, shares her expertise in aromatherapy. Stress eating is a common diet downfall, so learning to combat stress becomes important to resist the urge to overeat. One of the very doable suggestions Bennis makes is to create a calming aromatherapy mist from lavender essential oil. It stands to reason, that if you can reduce your stress level, you can better resist stress induced eating.
According to alzheimers.net, research suggests that aromatherapy is very effective in treating dementia symptoms of Alzheimer's patients. Some studies have shown that aromatherapy can help ease anxiety, relieve feelings of depression, and improve quality of life for individuals living with this chronic health condition. The 7 Essential Oils which may prove most helpful to Alzheimer's patients include: Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary, Bergamot, Lemon Balm, Ylang Ylang, and Ginger.
1. Lavender can balance mood and promote a restful night's sleep.
2. Peppermint can both stimulate cognitive function while calming nerves.
3. Rosemary helps elevate mood as well as appetite.
4. Bergamot is another calming oil.
5. Lemon Balm is helps treat anxiety, insomnia and indigestion. It is also shown to improve memory.
6. Ylang Ylang helps ease feelings of depression.
7. Ginger promotes good appetite and digestion. It also treats constipation.
Dr. Axe shares the many health benefits and uses of peppermint essential oil. This truly is an amazing oil!