Does your home or condo feel like stuffy sometimes? Can’t get rid of that fish stench even after you opened up all of the kitchen windows? Even if you fanned the smell out, it feels (or smells) like it’s still lingering in the air. Well, aside from getting rid of unappealing scent and making your home smell good like a spa, here are other reasons why you need an essential oil diffuser at your house or condo.
What is an Essential Oil Diffuser?
Before we head on to the amazing aromatherapy benefits of diffusing essential oils, let’s define first, what are essential oils and what are essential oil diffusers?
Essential oils (like tea tree, lemon, peppermint, sage, eucalyptus, lavender) are highly concentrated extracts from flowers, leaves and stems of plants. On the other hand, a diffuser is a mechanism or device that breaks downs and disperses the fragrance of essential oils into the air to create a relaxing or calming effect (It really depends on the type of aromatherapy oils that you will use!). Basically, a diffuser’s job is to break down and scatter the essential oils for you to maximize their magnificent benefits and so that they aren’t overbearing to the olfactory sense.
Types of Aromatherapy Diffuser
There are different types of aroma diffuser you can choose from. depending on the intensity, but whatever type you will use, you are guaranteed that you are one smell away from saying good bye to your headache and stress!
- Nebulizing Diffusers- The mechanism of this device is simple: it disperses essential oils by using pressurized air. One good thing about nebulizing diffusers is that they don’t require heat or water to diffuse essential oils, making them easy and low maintenance to use.
- Ultrasonic Diffusers- Also known as humidifying diffusers, they are great choices if you want to add moisture into the air aside from making it fragrant as they work like cold humidifiers. For this device, you will need to dilute the essential oil into water to help the electronic frequencies disperse essential oil into the air.
- Evaporative Diffusers- If you want a quick, aromatherapy session, evaporative diffusers are the best for you! This device uses a small fan to convert oil into gas. However, as the oil transforms into gas, it loses some of its therapeutic properties, so it’s best to use these type for short and occasional sessions.
- Heat or Electric Diffusers- Candle diffusers, electric heat diffusers and lamp rings belong to this group. They use heat to disperse essential oil into the air, however, it may strengthen or weaken the intensity of the essential oil that you use, depending on what type. These diffusers are comparatively silent as they don’t use any fan.
What are Some Essential Oil Diffuser Benefits?
Diffusing essential oils is proven to be one of the easiest way to enjoy and acquire the aromatherapy benefits of these concentrated extracts. Depending on what kind, essentials oils are scientifically-proven to have amazing benefits to the body and mind. Check out this list of physical and mental benefits of essential oils. Just a side note: if you have any health concerns, make sure to consult with your physician first to make sure it is safe for you to use one.
Helps you to relax
Feeling beaten and tired after a long day of work? Essentials oils will help soothe away your throbbing headache and melt away that stress. Pair diffusing with another calming activity like reading a book or soaking in the bath. Be sure choose calming essential oils instead of energizing ones.
Promotes feeling of calm
Aromatherapy are scientifically-proven to relieve stress and provide a sense of calm to one, especially during those stressful moments. Moreover, it also promotes deeper breathing, helping you to ease the tension in you.
Improves clarity and focus
Studying for an exam? Have an important presentation at work? Putting in a few drops of citrus oil in your diffuser will improve greatly your alertness as well as your concentration and focus. You can also diffuse oils while getting ready for work to prepare yourself for a busy day ahead.
Feeling a bit under the weather? Diffuse some essentials oils to help you liven your spirit up. Setting up yourself in a good mood is also a way of self-care, and thus, we must do anything we can to achieve that feeling of satisfaction and wholeness. Essentials oils will help you along the way to get you to that!
Encourages better sleep
Do you have problem sleeping? Are you one of those insomniacs and night owls who always have a hard time falling asleep no matter how many times they’ve listen to calming music? Well, maybe there’s something that lacking the equation: essential oils. Aside from relieving stress and boosting moods, essential oils will help you fall asleep faster.
Makes lifestyle changes easier
Changes are the only thing that’s constant in our life. However, undergoing through these ‘improvements’ and ‘character development’s may feel overwhelming sometimes. Whether they are small adjustments or big milestones, they can still take a toll on you. Diffuse the stress and anxiety of these transition simply by putting a few drops of essential oil into your diffuser.
Some types of essential oils have anti-inflammatory properties which may reduce any redness and improve the appearance and complexion of your skin. However, before you diffuse any type of essential oil, make sure to do a patch test if you have sensitive skin.
Promotes easier breathing by clearing airways
Our noses can sometimes be congested especially during the cold season. Using an essential oil diffuser at home will help you clear your respiratory tract while at the same time minimizing the threats of the weather.
Supports healthy digestion
The marvelous benefits of diffusing essential oils at home isn’t just limited to the respiratory system. Some types of essential oils have properties that can cure an upset stomach or make the digestive process a breeze!
Encourages healthy eating habits
Studies have shown that certain smells can trigger ‘fullness’ and satisfy hunger cravings. If you’re trying to cut down the sugar and calorie intake, diffuse essential oils may help you achieve that healthy living lifestyle by managing your snack cravings.
One Smell Away
These are just a few of the many wonders of having an essential oil diffuser at home. However, there are some reminders you need to take down when using an essential oil diffuser at home.
Water-type diffusers can act as a breeding ground for bacteria if you fail to change and clean the contents regularly. Instead of spreading fragrance and relaxation into the air, you might be dispersing sickness instead.
Pets, pregnant women and children under two years old should refrain from diffuser exposure as they may be a bit more sensitive to the smell. Some might be allergic to the type of essential oil used. Common allergic symptoms may include headache, nausea, and rashes. Store essential oils out of children’s reach.
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