We can fight the effects of free radicals by immersing ourselves in nature, eating natural, wholesome foods, exercising regularly and drinking plenty of fresh water. Sometimes, though, incorporating all of these elements every day is not possible. Recent research has found that by introducing negative ions into our systems, we can repair damage caused by free radicals. Negative ions seem to neutralize free radicals, revitalize cell metabolism and strengthen cell structure. In addition, negative ions purify the blood, allowing for greater oxygenation, balance the autonomic nervous system by relaxing the nerves and promoting deep sleep and healthy digestion. They also enhance the immune system and protect the body and mind from the harmful effects of environmental stress.
So….how do you integrate negative ions into your environment? There are a few ways. First, by following the suggestions above is a good start, but also by reducing your exposure to positive ions such as by avoiding environments that are highly manufactured (such as office buildings) and reducing levels of stress.
A simple way to add negative ions to your space is by making your own room diffuser or an oil heater. Relatively simple and affordable, room diffusers are a subtle way to enhance the peacefulness of any indoor environment and I highly suggest one if you work in an office. Negative ions introduced into the environment in this manner will purify your air, killing bacteria and you have the added benefit of a lighter mood.
Scents high in negative ions include the following: bergamot, cypress, pine, cedarwood, patchouli, sandalwood, orange, grapefruit and lemon. You can mix any of these to create a custom blend to suit you, or use any of these single scents in your diffuser.
How to Make a Reed Diffuser
1. Add essential oil and fragrance grade dipropylene glycol to the glass bottle (experiment until you get the right proportions. You may want to look up some essential oil recipes on the interwebs to get you started…) Don’t fill the bottle completely full. There must be enough space so that when you put in the diffuser reeds the liquid doesn’t spill over the top.
2. Put the cap on the bottle and mix by gently turning the bottle upside down a few times.
3. Remove the cap and insert the diffuser reeds, fanning them out as shown in the photo above. It may take several hours for the oil to wick all the way up the reeds and diffuse the scent into the room. You can “refresh” your reed diffuser by flipping over the reed sticks every few weeks.