Nowadays, essential oils and aromatherapy are not popular practices for health issues. However, when we refer to aromatherapy, we connect this term to meditation, relax, peaceful time, and self-care. Usually, the SPA centers offer aromatherapy with essential oils, as they promise that after this experience, your mind and body will become more calm, peaceful, and relaxed. However, one drawback is the fact that such an experience is quite expensive. Thus, the majority of people cannot afford it weekly (and even monthly).
But did you know that you can enjoy aromatherapy with essential oils at home? You just need a diffuser!
What is diffuser?
The diffuser is a device, which uses ultrasonic frequencies to transform water and essential oils into a fine mist and spread it in the air. It is essential to mention that those ultrasonic frequencies do not heat the essential oils, but only break them into tiny (micro) particles. As a result, the therapeutic properties are contained, and the oils are 100% effective.
When heated, the essential oils become damaged and lose their beneficial characteristics.
How does the diffuser work?
The diffuser usually works with electricity (or sometimes batteries). You have to pour water in the container of the diffuser and then put a few drops of essential oil of your choice (you can also mix oils). After you turn the device on, you will see that mist starts coming out of the diffuser (this is the “fog” from mixed water and essential oil). Soon the aroma of the oil will spread, and the water will change the consistency of the air in the room.
How many drops of essential oil to use for 1 diffuser “dose”?
- Babies: 1 drop
- Babies under 2 years: 2 drops
- Children between 2 and 6 years: 3 drops
- Children over 6 years: 5 drops
- Adults: 3-10 drops.
It is recommended to use the diffuser once per day. It is best to use it in the evening, before going to bed.
If you aim to keep the diffuser always tuned on (every day), it is best to use 1 drop of oil. If you use more, then you may suffer from headache or dizziness.
Benefits of diffuser
Increases the humidity of dry air and kills viruses and bacteria.
This is essential because viruses and bacteria are usually spread through dry air (with low humidity). Rooms, which are cooled down or heated with air conditioning, central heating, or conventional heaters, usually have very low humidity. This means that those rooms are great for spreading bacteria, especially in cold winter and very hot summer.
The perfect humidity is around 50%. If it is less than 20% or more than 70% the viruses become active and are easily spreadable. The diffuser introduces humidity to dry air so that it becomes 50% humid. And when you add essential oils to the water in your device, the viruses which remain in the air are killed. This way, you ensure that the air in your home is clean and you are protected from bacteria.
Relieves runny nose, cough, and sore throat.
The dry air dries the nasal mucosa (which protects us from viruses). As a result, it decreases the immune system, and you become more prone to catching a cold, struggling with a runny nose, cough, or sore throat.
Because the diffuser improves the air humidity, it helps the body to replenish the mucus barrier. As you inhale the air, together with the evaporated essential oils, it reduces inflammation by killing the bacteria and viruses in your nose, sinuses, respiratory tract, and throat.
Reduces bad odor
If you have been on a long vacation, or you have just moved to a new place, you may struggle with a strange, bad smell in your home. The water mist from the diffuser catches the bad odor particles in the air and the essential oils (such as lemongrass, orange, and bergamot) release fresh, pleasant aroma. You will be able to get rid of the bad smell in less than one day!
Increase the power of the essential oils
As the diffuser breaks the oils into tiny particles and releases them in the air, it makes it easier for us to inhale them directly. As a result, the brain quickly responds to the aroma of the oils. Depending on the type of oil, it starts producing hormones, which impact the blood, the different tissues, organs in the body, and our mental state.