The Simplest, Easiest Thing You Can Do For Your Health Right Now

At Source Vital, there is constant conversation about aromatherapy and the benefits of essential oils.

We talk about how the oils can enter the body in two ways: First through the skin, as the molecules of the oils are smaller than our skin pores, and secondly by breathing them in. This can happen by sniffing from a bottle, cupping your hands around your nose after massaging oils into your palms, or by breathing in diffused oils.

All of this is beneficial. 

What we forget, is how beneficial the simple act of breathing deeply can be. It can be done at work or home, while multitasking, while driving, or while cooking dinner.

It doesn’t take extra time. With or without aromatherapy, breathing is the easiest and cheapest health aid there is!

Benefits of Deep Breathing
  • Increased oxygen helps all major organs
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Increases circulation
  • Increases blood flow, which helps digestion
  • Helps one sleep better
  • Calms the body and the mind
  • Detoxifying
  • Releases the feeling of pain
  • Lessens a bad mood
  • Promotes better posture
  • Increases energy
  • Increases oxygen to help weight loss
  • Stimulates lymphatic system
  • Expands your cardiovascular system

Deep Breathing Exercises for You to Try

Just taking a moment to pause and take a deep breath is a good practice, but there are several deep breathing exercises you can try for even bigger benefits.
Alternate Nostril Breathing
Also referred to as yogic breathing, alternate Nostril Breathing is a method to help you destress and clear your energy by breathing in deeply from one nostril and then exhaling out through the other side. You can use your thumb and ring finer to close the alternate nostrils as you breathe in and out. 

Doing this for a few minutes can be a quick way to calm yourself before a stressful event or after a tense moment.

Lion's Breath
For this technique you take a long deep breath in through the nose, fully filling the belly with air. Open the mouth wide and exhale with a "HA" sound. Repeat several times to get a feeling of increased energy.

4-7-8 Breathing
Another relaxing breathing exercise, 4-7-8 is done by breathing in through the nose for four seconds, holding the breath in for seven seconds, and then breathing out through the mouth making a "whosh" sound for eight seconds.

Cycle through this technique four times. 

Triangle Breathing
If you have a computer or smart phone handy you can also try timing your breathing with a moving image. This type of rhythmic breathing using a visual aid can be helpful to keep you focused. Start with doing this for a minute and increase, as needed.

Click here to give triangle breathing a go.

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