9 Reasons to Use Diffusers to Disperse Essential Oils

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When do you need a diffuser?

1. One of the greatest features of essential oils is their ability to purify the air we breathe.

2. When diffused in the home they release oxygenating molecules into the atmosphere where they stay suspended for several hours to destroy and prevent bacteria, fungus, mold, and to freshen the air with natural fragrances.

3. Diffused oils allow us to breathe in their healing anti-viral, antibacterial and antiseptic properties. This is the most perfect way to improve our home environment, either to help us relax, relieve tension and headaches, dispel odors, or just create an atmosphere of peace and harmony.

4. A fourth reason could be that some studies have shown that diffusing oils can even help us loose weight by taking away food cravings. If you have children, or suffer from emphysema, sinusitis, asthma, or allergies, diffusing essential oils into your home can make a big difference for you and your family's health. If you are just beginning: start by diffusing for only 15-30 minutes per day until you become accustomed to the effects. Do not heat or burn the oils; use cold diffusion misting machines. Some essential oils (peppermint, lemon, frankincense) can be added to humidifiers or vaporizers.

Once you have a diffuser you will find many times that you will use it. In addition to using a diffuser for clients when they come for a treatment, particularly if they have respiratory problems, I have used it to purify the air in a room. I have used it during the holidays to disperse a holiday aroma to the atmosphere. I use it during cold / flu season to dispense oils to ward off viruses and infection.

Here are five other reasons to use a diffuser:

5. Diffusing is one of the most effective and convenient ways to experience the many effects of essential oils.

6. It is a perfect way to improve your home, work or study environment.

7. Diffuse oils such as peppermint for its stimulating, invigorating effects. Essential oils diffused in classrooms have been widely researched for their ability to improve accuracy and memory.

8. Diffuse oils such as lemon to purify the air and neutralize mildew, cigarette smoke or other disagreeable odors.

9. Diffuse oils such as lavender for its calming and emotionally balancing effects.

The most effective method of using the essential oils as inhalations is by using a vaporizer or micro-diffuser. The diffuser should be designed to allow all sizes, from the finest particle to the largest particles of essential oils to be diffused into the air. This allows maximum dispersion into the air, and enhances absorption within the lungs.

Choose your diffuser wisely. Features to look for include:

  • Ability to break up molecules into a microscopic mist
  • On / off switch
  • Timer program
  • Ease in cleaning
  • Use of cold air (diffusers using heat alter the chemical composition of the oil)
  • Quietness while in use

The diffuser should come with an operation manual. Since there are so many different models, it is important that you use the manual for the device being used. Glass diffusers use a small pump that continually dispenses a light scent into a room. An advantage of this type of diffuser is that it does not use heat. It is important NOT to heat essential oils, as heat changes the chemical structure of the oil.

There are varieties available that you can use in electric outlets. Some come with absorbent pads for the oils you choose. Then you insert the pad into the unit. There are commercial ones available as room fresheners (therapeutic grade oils are not used here!) When plugged in to an electric outlet the oil is heated and the scent released. There is also a version that uses a car's cigarette lighter, but again, both of these versions use heat.

Glass diffusers are one of the few models that do not heat the oil while allowing for a continuous release of scent. However they can be expensive, are usually quiet noisy and the glass is breakable. Glass diffusers require some maintenance. It is a good idea to clean the glass with rubbing alcohol after each use, and if it becomes clogged, you may need to clean it every few hours. A real disadvantage of the glass diffuser is that you cannot use thick essential oils such as patchouli, myrrh, or sandalwood as they make a horrific mess that is very difficult to clean up after. Also you have to be careful with blends to be certain that carrier or vegetable oils are not present.

A recent development on the market uses a new technique to deliver evenly and economically all sizes of molecules contained in the essential oils into the atmosphere. The essential oils are released in a regulated manner so that the air does not become overloaded. It has time controls for selecting both operating and rest times, making this method suitable for clinical use. The Ultrasonic Diffuser is a state-of-the art essential oil atomizer that can diffuse any essential oil from lavender to sandalwood. It uses an optimal frequency of 2,400,000 cycles / second, the diffuser atomizes cold water and essential oils, breaking up the molecules into a microscopic mist.

With a deeper well, self-timer, and even a soothing light system, this diffuser is perfect for delivering pure, therapeutic grade essential oils to the recipient. With this diffuser you put in up to 8 ounces of water. then add 15-20 drops of any essential oil single OR blend. Then plug it in. It has controls for off and on, controls for the lights, controls with the diffusion concentration (45%, 75% or 100%). It has 5 preset cycles for on and rest. The cycle will repeat until the water level is too low, at which point the diffuser will automatically stop. One of the most important features, in my opinion, is that it is very, very quiet.

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Source by Judy Lausch

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