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100 Best Free Audio Books and 10 Sites for More

100 Best Free Audio Books and 10 Sites for More

Audio books may not offer the timeless look, feel and smell (oh, the sweet smell of freshly printed leaflets!) of regular books, but they certainly present their own unique set of advantages – They’re lightweight (actually, they’re weightless!), they’re portable, they eliminate dangerous paper cuts, they’re compact, and, best of all, you can typically find a good selection of audio books that are a lot cheaper than their printed counterparts – oftentimes free!

Take a look at this list of the 100 best free audio books – we bet you’ll find some worthy of your attention:

100 Best Must-Hear Audio books That Won’t Cost You a Penny

Where to Find the Best Free Audiobooks

Now that you know which audio books to look for, where can you find more like them? There are surprisingly many sites making a killing on handing out free audio books, but we’ve found several gems you should check out first:

Lit2Go

    Lit2Go specializes in classic stories and poems that reside within the public domain.

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    Free Classic Audiobooks

      Here you can find most of the familiar classics in mp3 format.

      Librivox

        From classic works to translations in a slew of other languages, Librivox offers a huge selection of free audio books to download.

        Loyal Books

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          Besides of the most beloved classics, you can also find a large selection of hard-to-find or out-of-print books, along with titles from lesser known writers.

          Storynory

            Hearing a story is a great way to encourage your child’s love of reading, especially when you aren’t available to read it to them yourself. Storynory has a lot of original titles you can’t find anywhere else.

            Learn Out Loud

              Dedicated to all things educational, you can find some valuable self-help and other nonfiction resources, free for the listening.

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              OpenCulture

                Currently boasting over 900 free audio books, you can find a good variety of classic literature and poems.

                Scribl

                  Formerly known as Podiobooks, you can find a worldwide variety of novels, short stories, essays, and series.

                  Kiddie Records

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                    Reminiscent of the books-on-record days, this site is dedicated to providing a look (and sound) back to a classic form of children’s storytelling, but with a modern, digital vibe.

                    Mind Webs

                      This old-time radio series from the 1970s through the 90s has been converted to a digital audio format for your enjoyment.

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                      Last Updated on January 11, 2021

                      11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

                      11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

                      Affordable, relaxing, and healthy, oil diffusers are gaining popularity with people everywhere due to their extensive benefits. Oil diffusers work through the simple process of oil diffusion, which uses heat to turn oil into a vapor that is then spread around a living space. Diffused oil can have several relaxation and health-related benefits, including safe scent-dispersion, mosquito and mold defense, stress relief, and more!

                      Read on for 11 hidden benefits of using oil diffusers.

                      1. Safe Scents That Make Sense

                      Unlike candles or air fresheners, oil diffusers release cleansing molecules into your air that work to purify it, not overload it with unhealthy chemicals. Electronic diffusers also do not pose the fire risk that candles do. Plus, they contain the added feature of interchangeability, which means you change oil types for different scents and health benefits.

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                      2. Stress Relief

                      Several lab studies have confirmed that diffusing essential oils like lavender have been shown to reduce stress and help relieve anxiety in medical patients. Preliminary studies have also shown that oil diffusers can help alleviate symptoms of depression.

                      3. Improved Sleep

                      Diffused oil has relaxing properties that can help people of all ages fall asleep quicker and sleep more soundly. Electronic diffusers not only have the option to mix and match different oil blends (Try a lavender, Bulgarian rose, and Roman chamomile blend to help with insomnia), they also run at a gentle hum that helps relax an agitated mind. Many also come with an auto shut-off feature to help conserve oils once you have fallen asleep.

                      4. Appetite Control

                      Much like gum, oil diffusers can help stimulate the senses in a way that works to curb appetite. New research has shown that diffused peppermint oil can help curb appetite by inducing a satiety response within the body. Diffused peppermint oil has also been shown to increase energy.

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                      5. Bacteria and Mold Killing

                      When essential oils are diffused in the air, they break down free radicals that contribute to the growth of harmful bacteria. Eucalyptus, thyme, and tea tree oils are especially good for this purpose. Diffused oil is also highly effective when it comes to combating fungal yeast threats, as the oil help makes the air inhospitable for yeasts such as mold. Pine and red thyme essential oils are best for combating mold.

                      6. Decongestion and Mucus Control

                      Ever tried Vick’s Vapo-Rub? Its decongesting powers come from active ingredients made from the eucalyptus tree. In principle, oil diffusers work the same way as Vapo-Rub, except they diffuse their decongesting vapor all around the room, not just on your chest or neck. Oil diffusers have been known to cure pneumonia in lab mice.

                      7. Mosquito Repellant

                      Nobody likes mosquitoes — but when the trade-off means using repellants full of DEET, a toxic chemical that can be especially harmful to children, mosquito control can often seem like a lose-lose. However, scientists have shown that oil diffusers can be used as a safe and highly effective mosquito repellant. Studies have shown that a diffused oil mixture containing clove essential oil and lemongrass essential oil repelled one type of Zika-carrying mosquito, the Aedes aegypti mosquito, at a rate of 100%.

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                      8. Pain Relief

                      While applying oils directly to areas of your body may be the most effective way to alleviate pain, diffusing essential oils can also be an effective means of pain relief. When we inhale healthy essential oils, they enter our blood stream and can help internally relieve persistent pain from headaches, overworked muscles, and sore joints.

                      9. The New Anti-Viral

                      Research into the anti-viral effects of oil diffusion is now just gaining steam. A recent study showed that star anise essential oil was proven in medical experiments to destroy the herpes simplex virus in contained areas at a rate of 99%. Another study showed the popular DoTerra oil blend OnGuard to have highly-effective influenza-combating powers.

                      10. Improved Cognitive Function

                      Diffusing essential oils has also been shown to improve cognitive function. Many essential oils have adaptogenic qualities, which can work twofold in soothing us when we’re stressed, and giving our bodies a pick-me-up when we’re feeling down or sluggish. By working to level out an imbalanced mood, diffused oils also help us to focus. There are also several essential oils which have been shown to help balance the body’s hormones. With prolonged use, these oils can work to repair the underlying causes responsible for hindering cognitive function.

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                      11. Money Saving

                      With ten clear benefits of oil diffusers already outlined, there is one more that should now be obvious: using an oil diffuser will help you to save money. As an anti-viral, bug repelling, and stress-relief solution rolled into one safe product, an oil diffuser used with the proper oils will save you money on products you might otherwise be buying to help cure those pesky headaches or get your kids to fall asleep on time. If you’re wondering just how affordable oil diffusers can be, check the buyer’s guide to the best oil diffusers — you’ll be sure to find one that fits your budget!

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