There’s a lot of confusion over the correct use of essential oils. I hope to do my part to clear it up.
These highly concentrated plant extracts shoudn’t be taken internally, except under the careful supervision of a medical professional, according to the Aromatherapy Trade Council. Many aromatherapists, however, believe aromatics should never be ingested. What all professionals seem to agree upon is that no one should be urging people to ingest essential oils, especially on social media.
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Essential oils are very safe when used as directed. One of the best ways to safely use aromatic oils is to put them in a cold air essential oil diffuser.
Essential Oil Cold Air Diffusers
If you own essential oils, sooner or later you’re going to want a diffuser. This is one of the best ways to enjoy the potential benefits of essential oils. (Aromatherapy has a long history of medicinal use.)
The molecular structure of essential oils is very small. Inhaling them gives them passage into your lungs, and then into your bloodstream. So diffusion is considered a very efficient way of getting aromatic compounds into your body.
Another benefit to using a diffuser is that essential oils will make your house smell wonderful. They eliminate the need to use potentially toxic chemicals in order to mask unpleasant odors. For instance, this Christmas Eve, I’ll be cooking various fish dishes. So, an essential oil diffuser will definitely be running when my company arrives.
Cool Mist Diffuser for Essential Oils
The advantage of using a cool mist essential air diffuser, as opposed to a warmer, or heating your oils on the stove, is that the cold air preserves the oil, so it doesn’t degrade when exposed to heat.
If you don’t already own a cool mist essential oil diffuser, you will find a wide range of electronic diffusers online. Many of them are decorative, as well as functional. For instance, the diffuser on the far left has a plastic base that changes colors. The wood-grain diffuser in the middle also has a color-changing function that enables you to choose between a fixed color, or rotating colors.
Home Diffusers for Essential Oils
The Starburst LED light essential oil diffuser on the right is one of the more unique styles I’ve come across, so I wanted to include this. It can double as a lamp, and would make a great gift for someone who already uses essential oils, or is thinking about using them. It also has different settings that allow you to regulate the mist strength, as well as the color function.
How Do Diffusers For Essential Oils Work?
Electronic cool mist essential oil diffusers are really easy to use. In general, they contain a water well that you fill with clean water. Then you add about 4 drops of essential oil to every 100 ml of water.
Various styles of diffusers have different size wells. For instance, in the diffusers above, the one of the left holds 100 ml. The wood grain diffuser in the middle will hold 300 ml. The Starburst essential oil diffuser on the right has a 180 ml capacity.
Most cool mist essential oil diffusers are powered by electricity, so you need to use them near a plug. In general, they also come with an auto stop mechanism. However, I tend to watch my water level anyway, and I either add more water or shut the diffuser off manually when I’m no longer using it.
Diffuser Essential Oil Blends
One of my favorite uses for my diffuser has been germ fighting. One year, during the winter, I ran a cold air diffuser every evening when the family was home. That year I was particularly worried about infectious disease. So I used a blend of oils designed to fight germs. This contains a recipe of five pungent oils typically found in various germ-busting formulas. Anyway, you can see my favorite brand of germ-fighting oil below, on the left.
Other times, I’ve also used my diffuser at night with the express purpose of unwinding. You can see two types of relaxation blends on the left. These are sold by Plant Therapy, a trusted company that sells 100 percent pure oils. (I think it’s one of the best alternatives to the MLM networks.)
These statements have not been approved by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Women who are pregnant or nursing should not use aromatic oils, unless instructed to do so by a healthcare professional.