Experience the true power of aromatherapy with diffusers
Are you familiar with diffusers? If you’re a big fan of essential oils, then you should be. Diffusers, or more specifically, aromatherapy diffusers (essential oil diffusers), are devices which are used to disperse essential oils into the air around you. There are several types of such devices. Below are some of the more popular types and their general characteristics:
Electric diffuser. Electric fan diffusers disperse essential oils into the surrounding air without heat. Drops of oil are added to a pad, and an electric fan blows air into it to disperse the oil.
Candle diffuser. A candle diffuser is one of the first diffusers to hit the market and is relatively inexpensive compared to the others. It’s best suited for small rooms, making them smell pleasant. If you’re after the therapeutic benefits of the essential oil, this option may not be for you because the heat from the candle can alter the chemical properties contained in the oil.
Ultrasonic diffuser. An ultrasonic diffuser utilises electronic frequencies to produce vibrations in the water. These vibrations result in the creation of a fine mist of essential oil and water which is released into the surrounding air. Ultrasonic diffusers are best for humidifying air during long periods of winter.
Nebuliser diffuser. This type of nebuliser can be a bit noisier than other types. It has a motor and a glass bottle. The main advantage of this kind of nebuliser is the production of smaller molecules of essential oil which can be easier to absorb maximising their health benefits.
Ceramic diffuser. Makes oil evaporate and diffuse into the air. This is perfect for smaller spaces like your bedroom or bathroom.
A reed diffuser. Uses sticks of rattan reeds which have numerous individual cells that take up the essential oil and let it diffuse into the room. Great for smaller rooms your bathroom or toilet.
Note: Some diffusers also act as humidifiers, increasing the humidity in your home. A number of them have automatic settings to stop dispersion of essential oils at a specific time.
Benefits of Diffusers
The essential oil dispersed by diffusers are gently absorbed through your respiratory tract and skin. These oils tell your limbic system (a part of your brain responsible for your emotions and memory) to instruct other regions of your brain to lessen pain perception, boost your mood, and release relaxing hormones, the benefits of which are multiple.
The room air will definitely smell nice. A pleasant aroma certainly eases away your tension and places you in a deep state of relaxation. Guests at your home will most probably thank you for it.
Essential oils purify the air around you. Oils like thyme, cinnamon, and oregano have antimicrobial properties. Also, essential oils increase the humidity of the surrounding air thereby lessening respiratory and skin problems.
Some essential oils such as citronella, lemongrass and lemon, clove, geranium or eucalyptus have properties that repel sand flies, mosquitoes and other insects.
Relaxes your mind and improves your sleep. Wake up to a better and more refreshed you.
Commonly Used Essential Oils
Essential oils are hydrophobic (not soluble in water) concentrated liquids that contains volatile or unstable aromatic compounds from plants. Here are some examples and their special characteristics:
Bergamot is a citrus-scented oil used predominantly in aromatherapy and perfume. If you want to relieve stress and anxiety, this is a great essential oil to use.
Chamomile. This essential oil from the past has a pleasant smell of the future. It’s used to alleviate the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, insomnia, menstrual disorders, hayfever, gastrointestinal diseases, and haemorrhoids.
Eucalyptus. If you have a child who suffers from asthma and frequent respiratory tract infections, eucalyptus oil can provide some degree of relief. It’s antimicrobial properties come in handy during the winter season.
Lavender is an essential oil that became famous because of its smell. A 2012 study found it very useful in the acute management of migraine headaches. It’s also well known for its relaxing properties.
Tea tree. This oil activates a part of your immune system concerned with phagocytic cells that gobble up harmful microorganisms. A great antimicrobial essential oil.
Note: Some people combine essential oils (essential oil blends) to create a new scent and therapeutic effect.
Diffusers are convenient and a wonderful way to appreciate the scent and therapeutic benefits of essential oils. Safety when using them is always number one. All essential oils are flammable. Consult your healthcare practitioner first before using them if you’re pregnant or if you have a medical condition. We also recommend looking for the highest quality essential oils such as those extracted the critical CO2 method. So you get the best therapeutic benefits.