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There are many different types of diffusers to choose from, from lamp rings to candle burners to water vapor diffusion. Since heat can cause essential oils to evaporate and degrade quickly, cold air diffusion is typically preferred over heat diffusion to obtain full therapeutic effects. Single essential oils can be chosen for a desired effect, or several oils can be used in the diffuser together to create a custom aroma with multiple therapeutic benefits.
Diffusers disperse essential oils as a fine vapor throughout the air so they can be absorbed gently into the body through the respiratory system. The aroma can prompt the nervous system to transmit signals to the limbic system in the brain – the same part of the brain that houses emotion and memory. The brain may respond by initiating various physiological functions, such as a release of hormones, relief from pain, or a positive boost in mood.
During times of colds and flu, try diffusing thyme, eucalyptus, rosemary, manuka or ravintsara. Cinnamon and clove are excellent for prevention, and smell lovely with a bit of orange added. Lemongrass, tea tree, eucalyptus, oregano and juniper are specific for air purification, and can also help to clear the air of the smell of mildew.
For uplifting mood enhancement, clary sage paired with any citrus can work wonders. For stress relief, add geranium and lavender. To promote some romance, try jasmine, ylang ylang, rose, sandalwood or patchouli. Don’t worry -- nervousness can be soothed with neroli, frankincense, petitgrain, chamomile or melissa.
No matter what the desired effect may be, and with minimal effort, essential oil diffusion has endless possibilities for supporting health and wellbeing.
Because of the many years of its existence, aromatherapy is known to be an effective treatment. However, in the interest of remaining objective, presented here are both advantages and disadvantages of aromatherapy.
Many informal studies and reviews show evidence that aromatherapy with certain oils is extremely effective on mood disorders, such as anxiety and depression.
Using essential oils for aromatherapy, in most cases, will not cause harm to humans, animals or the environment.
First, essential oils aren’t standardised. Because the elements of essential oils can vary greatly due to harvest times, processes and climates, it’s not possible to predict consistent outcomes. Secondly, blind studies are difficult due to the fact that scent is a major component of aromatherapy. And finally, since essential oils have been used on humans for centuries, there is no urgent need for testing as far as most government organisations are concerned.
Instead of relying on government or medical approval, you’ll have to use your own trial and error and peer testimonials to make informed decisions.
Some possible side effects to be aware of: headache, nausea, rash, breathing difficulties (in people with asthma), and harm to a fetus. Usually, any side effects experienced from aromatherapy are due to pre-existing allergic conditions. If you have known allergies, avoid essential oils derived from those substances.
MugwortParsley seedPennyroyalSageSassafrasRue/RutinCottonwood BarkTansyWormwood
Of course, studies were conducted on animals, not humans, so the level of precaution is a little uncertain and highly debated. Other essential oils such as hyssop are also considered questionable for use during pregnancy. It’s considered best to avoid use of all essential oils during pregnancy except under the care of a trained practitioner.