Overcome Dry Air Dangers

Overcome Dry Air Dangers

Hello!

According to this article, studies have shown that dry air has four main effects on the human body:*

  1. Breathing dry air is a potential health hazard that can cause such respiratory ailments as asthma, bronchitis, sinusitis, and nosebleeds or general dehydration since body fluids are depleted during respiration.
  2. Skin moisture evaporation can cause skin irritations and eye itching.
  3. Irritative effects, such as static electricity which causes mild shocks when metal is touched, are common when the air moisture is low.
  4. The “apparent temperature” of the air is lower than what the thermometer indicates, and the body “feels” colder.

Living in the lower half of the state of Alabama where we typically have high humidity in the summer months, I can attest to the fact that higher humidity can cause us to feel warmer!  The flip-side is also true.  Lower humidity can cause us to feel cooler.  So one benefit of upping the humidity in cooler months may be help on your heating bills!  Using your essential oils diffusers can help put moisture back into the air with the added benefits from your essential oils.  

If dry skin is a problem, in addition to humidifying the air, you can lock in some of the moisture right away by patting dry after bath/shower (not rubbing) and then using a light body oil or lotion [like Genesis Hand and Body Lotion].  To be sure the product you use doesn't have damaging ingredients and can even support your skin's natural healing properties look to Young Living's range of products suitable for every member of the family.  Also, be sure to use a moisturizing soap to avoid stripping natural and beneficial oils from your skin. Valor Bar Soap is one of my favorites!

Folks tend to promote the need to stay hydrated in hot summer months, but not so much in winter.  But with dry indoor air, it's still important to maintain excellent hydration from the inside out.  Warm herbal teas and hot cocoas may be more appealing.  Try adding different flavors with Vitality oils (just a drop!) or pre-diluted Vitality Drops to jazz up your winter drinks, warm or cold.  

TIP: Always choose metal, glass or ceramic containers when using essential oils as some can break down the material in plastic containers.

Dry nose? 
 A simple saline spray can help as can tenting your head with a towel over a sink/bowl of hot, steamy saltwater while breathing deeply for a few minutes.  You can do basically the same thing in a hot shower (but you don't want to beat up your skin with very hot water for too long).  Add a Shower Steamer from Young Living for an added punch.   

Happy Oiling!
~Dawn


*Disclaimer: Please remember that anything discussed herein does not constitute professional licensed legal or medical advice and is not a substitute for appropriate legal or medical advice suited to your individual situation or for your own due diligence.


How am I Using Essential Oils today?

How am I Using Essential Oils today?
Hello!
One way I am using essential oils is diffusing.  Not just today, but I like diffusing essential oils every day.  It is an easy way to do something nice and beneficial for my family that I can feel good about.  I favor Thieves oil blend but switch it up with another blend (like Purification) or add a single oil to the Thieves at times.  

I have a goal of having a Diffuser  in every room of the house but haven't quite made it yet!  The bedroom diffusers are great to put in a relaxing oil or blend to help with sleep at night or in the day when someone is in their room studying, working on a project or feeling under the weather.  I switch up the oils used according to the need or mood (or when I have run out of the favorites).  

Diffusing in the rest of the house is great to quickly get rid of off odors (ok, that goes for the bedrooms, too).  I believe it helps to purify the air giving the house a clean feel, and also helps lift or calm our moods.  

In addition to Thieves, I like to add Tangerine essential oil in the kitchen for a fresh pick me up.  In the bathrooms Thieves and Peppermint essential oil or Purification, another pure essential oil blend.  In the laundry room I like Thieves plus either Lavender or Clove (strong!) essential oils if it is REALLY  SMELLY!

One daughter likes Stress Away in the bedroom, as it contains Vanilla essential oil, one of her favorite scents.  Different family members have different likes when it comes to the essential oils they prefer.   We are still trying out different ones and will likely have some new faves discovered as we go!

Now, go find YOUR favorite essential oils!  It's fun!

Happy Oiling!
~Dawn


Disclaimer: Please remember that anything discussed herein does not constitute professional licensed legal or medical advice and is not a substitute for appropriate legal or medical advice suited to your individual situation or for your own due diligence.