Essential oil blends can help with the feeling of clear airways and can aid in a healthy deep-breathing practice. They can also help boost moods, which is especially important in the darker, colder months. If you struggle with a dip in motivation, or getting out of bed is harder in winter, learn how essential oils can help you.
The benefits of deep breathing
Belly Breathing is the practice of breathing deeply into our lungs, allowing our diaphragm to contract and move downwards, giving space for air in our lungs. It is different from our normal breathing, which doesn’t usually engage our lower lungs. Deep breathing comes with a wide range of awesome health benefits. When we’re feeling stressed or tense, we tend to only take shallow breaths, which reduces the amount of available oxygen moving through our bodies. Deep belly breathing has been proven to reduce anxiety, boost moods, and provide our bodies with more oxygen, which aids our tissue and organs in staying healthier.
Why we should be breathing more through our noses
Like adding lemon to water to increase water intake, using essential oils when we’re feeling stressed or low-energy can aid our focus on our breathing and can also remind us to breathe through our noses. So why is breathing through our noses so good for us?
As a species, humans have evolved to breathe through our noses. While we can breathe through our mouths too, you’ll see that newborns almost exclusively breathe through their noses. This is because breathing through our noses comes with a range of health benefits such as:
- It regulates the temperature of our breath as it enters our body
- It filters the air of impurities through the hairs in our nose canals
- It makes us breathe deeper into our lungs, which allows more oxygen to pump through our bodies supporting our cells in keeping our tissue and organs healthy
- It humidifies too-dry air
Chronic mouth breathing can even lead to crooked teeth and bad growth in children, and bad breath and gum disease in adults, so making sure you and your family breathes well comes with lifelong benefits.
So with all these huge benefits to looking after our breathing, why do so many of us breathe shallowly through our mouths in our day-to-day life? Simply put, we forget not to. Using essential oils can help us focus on our breath, ground ourselves in the moment, and aid the feeling of clear airways.
As we move into the colder months, giving our breath the focus it deserves can be a great way to reduce stress and tension. Choose blends that are known for their breath properties, such as the Easy Air Blend (made up of Laurel Leaf, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Tea Tree, Lemon, Cardamom, Ravintsara and Ravensara) or the On Guard blend (made up of Wild Orange, Clove Bud, Cinnamon Leaf, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus Leaf and Rosemary Leaf / Flower essential oils).
Rub it in your palms, on your chest, or drop it on your pillow or into your favourite diffuser. Secure our Breathe Well Pack, or get in touch to learn more about how to best incorporate essential oils into your day to day.