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Saturday, March 31, 2007

Essential Oil Diffuser Types

One way to make a room fragrant is with the use of an aromatherapy diffuser. Diffusion is the process by which scents are emitted into the air and subsequently inhaled. In other words, it serves as an air freshener (and can serve a great many therapeutic benefits as well!)

You may say, ?why not just use the air sprays you can buy at any drug or grocery store?? Well, you could, but since those products usually contain synthetic materials, you wouldn?t get the benefits associated with using pure essential oils.

Inhaling essential oils is believed to offer both physical and psychological benefits. As scents are inhaled, the smell travels across the olfactory nerves located inside the nose and then up into the part of the brain that controls our moods, our memories and our ability to learn. This area is called the Limbic System and when stimulated releases endorphins, neurotransmitters and other 'feel-good' chemicals. The aroma of a natural essential oil triggers this reaction.

The naturally occurring chemicals in essential oil are drawn into the lungs and can supply a physical benefit, as well. Depending on which essential oils you use, inhaling them can enable you to:

  • Relieve headache pain
  • Relieve nasal congestion
  • Relieve cough
  • Combat nausea and vomiting
  • Combat insomnia
  • Relieve depression and uplift your spirit
  • Remain alert
  • Enhance your libido

There are several types of aromatherapy diffuser devices on the market such as:

  • Electric fan diffusers
  • Candle diffusers
  • Nebulizers
  • Reed diffuser
  • Lamp rings

Cold Air Electric Nebulizers - A nebulizing aromatherapy oil diffuser is a device that breaks down essential oils into smaller molecules before dispersing them into the air. These smaller molecules are more easily absorbed by the lungs creating a greater therapeutic benefit than the other diffusion methods. A nebulizer is made up of a base that contains the motor, and a glass piece that holds the oils. (See these at Ananda Apothecary here.)

Warming Diffusers - Warming diffusers plug into any wall outlet, and evaporate the essential oil from a cotton pad. These are wonderful, inexpensive ways to enjoy the aromamatic effects of essential oils. (See these at Ananda Apothecary here.)

Electric Fan Diffuser - This method of diffusion uses a fan to blow the essential oils into the air. The essential oils are usually placed on a tray or pad within the unit and then plugged in to a power supply to allow the fan to blow the scent into the air. Traveling? No electrical outlet readily available? Try the battery operated aromatherapy fan diffuser!

Candle Diffusers - A candle aromatherapy diffuser uses a ceramic or metal bowl to hold the essential oil while a tea light or some other type of candle is used to gently heat the aromatherapy oil. The heat causes the oil to slowly evaporate into the air.

Reed Diffuser ? Reed diffusers are becoming more popular because they are asthetically pleasing. In reed diffusion, essential oil is poured into a bottle; reeds, which look like little sticks, are then inserted into the top of the bottle. The reeds become moist, absorbing the essential oils and emitting scent throughout your room. Occasionally turning the reeds refreshes the scent. The scent from a reed diffuser can last for several months.

Daphne Nelson is an aromatherapy enthusiast and owner a website dedicated to providing quality information on the benefits of aromatherapy and essential oils.

*The FDA has not evaluated the statements on this website. The information presented here is for educational purposes of traditional uses and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any diseases.

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