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Diffusing Options & Tips for Essential Oils

Aug 14, 2008
Diffusing is simply distributing essential oils into the air so they clean the air and are inhaled. In your home or office, it is an ideal way to help relieve tension, dispel odors, and create an environment of peace and harmony. A diffuser disperses the oils without heating them; therefore, retaining their therapeutic benefits.

When you heat essential oils, such as in a candle or diffusers that have a candle burning underneath the well then the therapeutic benefits are completely destroyed and the essential oil becomes simply fragrance. Cold diffusing retains the therapeutic properties of the essential oils so if you want the therapeutic benefits from the essential oils then a cold diffusing method is what you need to use.

The newest technology in diffusers is an ultrasonic diffuser and this diffuser is very high tech and very cool.

The Ultrasonic Diffuser is a essential oil atomizer that can diffuse any essential oil from lavender to sandalwood, which is a very heavy dense oil. Using an optimal frequency of 2,400,000 cycles/second, the Ultrasonic Diffuser atomizes cold water and essential oils, breaking up molecules into a microscopic mist.

Another style of diffuser is the traditional nebulizer diffuser. This diffuser consists of an air pump, an oil well base, and a glass nebulizer connected by a flexible air tube. Attached to the air tube is a flow control valve. This type of diffusion works to put the whole oil into the air in the form of tiny droplets.

Another handy diffuser to have is a Travel Fan Diffuser.

This is a great option for taking with you to a hotel or the office or overnight at grandma's... The Travel Fan diffuses by blowing cool air through an essential oil pad, releasing the therapeutic benefits of the essential oil into the air and allowing the oils to be easily absorbed.

It is recommended using a timer with any diffusers and setting it to run for about 10 minutes each hour.

Pour 15 to 20 drops of oil directly into the well approximately one-quarter inch deep. Or, you may wish to place the bottle of essential oil upside down in the well located next to the diffuser, but be sure that the plastic orifice is still in the bottle opening. Now, just turn it on.

How much oil will be used?:

Thicker oils will diffuse more slowly than thinner ones. You can leave a bottle of thicker oils upside down on the well because it diffuses slowly. Thinner oils should be poured directly into the well because they diffuse quickly.

Note: Never add water to oils or thin them with another substance. This could clog the jet and possibly alter the oil's effects.

Changing Oils:

You can change from a single oil to a blend or from a blend to a single. Simply allow the first oil to be completely diffused. If there is too much oil left to diffuse, use the enclosed eyedropper to return it to its bottle.

Mixing Oils:

Avoid mixing two or more blends, as this may change the desired results. A single oil may be added to a blend, or two single oils may be mixed together and diffused. Avoid using vegetable oils such a V-6 Mixing Oil, massage oils, or other vegetable-based oils in your diffuser. Oils of this thickness may clog the diffuser.

How long should a diffuser be used?:

In the home, a diffuser may be used for any length of time-anywhere from 5 minutes to continuous use. Short periods of 5 to 15 minutes are recommended for anyone who is experiencing oils for the first time. In large offices or commercial areas, the diffuser should be used for 15 to 30 minutes at a time until everyone in the area becomes acquainted with the oils.
About the Author
R. Noel is the author of The Essential Oils and Aromatherapy Info Blog where you can find out everything you want to know about essential oils and their uses with topics ranging from treating insect bites to making an awesome pesto to which oils to use for colds and the flu to making your own scented aromatherapy cards to aromatherapy accessories and much more.

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