Many of us take breathing for granted, but if you stop for a moment (take a breath, if you will) and think about how much we breathe, the statistics are astounding – the average adult will take 8,400,000 breaths per year! Did you also know that the mind, body and breath are intimately connected and can influence each other? Breathing impacts our sleep, mood, digestion, heart, nervous system, muscles, brain – even the development of our teeth and facial structure. It’s so important to breathe effectively, but how do we do that? An air purifier is a great starting point. Air purifiers can help remove a large percentage of airborne contaminants in your home or your workplace. Using essential oils in aromatherapy diffusers can also help you breathe more effectively – different essential oils can open your respiratory airways, drain sinuses and clear congestion, reduce inflammation, help fight colds and strengthen your immune system, while also purifying the air. Salt lamps are becoming more and more mainstream and now there’s a way to take those benefits with you outside the home. Salt inhalers contain Himalayan salt and essential oils, and can be carried in your bag or pocket – perfect for those wanting a drug-free alternative for their respiratory problems. While there are many products you can buy to assist in breathing with ease, learning to breathe deeply and with awareness can provide immediate stress relief benefits, as well as deep lasting physiological advantages. It’s important to remember that there are many ways to breathe even more effectively – it’s not just as simple as breathe in, breathe out.