There are many benefits to diffusing essential oils and making the investment in an essential oil diffuser. The easiest and most straightforward way of putting essential oils into the air for inhalation is to use an aromatic diffuser.
[***This article was originally published in 2011 but has been updated in 2019.]
A cold air essential oil diffuser uses room-temperature air to blow the oil against a nebulizer. This blowing process breaks the oils up into a micro-fine mist and disperses it into the air. The oils, with their oxygenating molecules, will then remain suspended for several hours to freshen and improve the quality of the air. The anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and antiseptic properties of the oils kill bacteria and help reduce fungus and mold.
Essential oils, when diffused through an essential oil diffuser, have been found to reduce the number of airborne chemicals and metallics, as well as help to create greater spiritual, physical, and emotional harmony.
Essential Oil Diffuser Recommended Diffusing Time:
While essential oil diffusers can run continuously until they are out of oil, the most significant benefits are found therapeutically when diffusing oils for 10 minutes each hour; this, so that the olfactory system has time to recover before receiving more oils. This process also helps to conserve your oils. A simple way to do this is to use a programmable timer that can automatically turn on your essential oil diffuser each hour for 10 minutes.
Essential Oil Diffuser Oils for Air Purification:
Diffusing essential oils in the home or workplace is one of the best ways to purify our environment. The anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and antiseptic properties of the oils, along with the negative ions and oxygenating molecules released with diffused essential oils, reduce bacteria, chemicals, and airborne metallics.
Cinnamon bark, mountain savory, oregano, and Thieves (a blend by Young Living Essential Oils), were all tested by Weber State University and were shown to kill 99.96% of the airborne bacteria present when diffused into the atmosphere. The information above is from the Reference Guide for Essential Oils by Connie & Alan Higley, and from KID-Radio broadcast, March 5, 1996, with Lance Richardson & Gary Young.
Essential Oil Diffuser Other Considerations:
Negative Ions: Negative ions are produced by rain and wind. Negative ions stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system (the part of the nervous system which controls relaxation, rest, digestion, and sleep). If you live in a stressful environment, or an environment full of electronic equipment (which produce positive ions), the diffusion of negatively ionizing oils can help balance the ions in the air and build a more stress-free environment. Oils negatively ionized when diffused include bergamot, cedarwood, citronella, eucalyptus (citriodora), grapefruit, lavandin, lavender, lemon, lemongrass, mandarin, orange, patchouli, & sandalwood.
Positive Ions: Positive ions produced by electronic equipment are typically found in human-made environments. They help stimulate the sympathetic nervous system, necessary for recovering, strengthening, and energizing. If you live in an environment with an over-abundance of negative ions, such as in the country or by the ocean, you may benefit significantly by diffusing positively ionizing oils. Oils that positively ionize when diffused into the air include cajeput, clove, cypress, eucalyptus, frankincense, helichrysum, juniper, marjoram, melaleuca (quinquenervia), palmarosa, pine, ravensara, rosemary, thyme, & ylang ylang.
Oils for the Season: Fall/Winter: Fall and winter create an earthy, heavy scent, rich with the traditions and memories of the holidays. Oils that work well during this time include cinnamon bark, pine, cedar, cedarwood, fir, frankincense, juniper, myrrh, orange, mandarin, sandalwood, vetiver, nutmeg, oregano, spruce, tangerine, & thyme.
Oils for the Season: Spring/Summer: Spring and summer create a light, airy scent, full of life, energy, and possibly a hint of romance! Oils that work well during this time include cardamom, citronella, coriander, eucalyptus, geranium, ginger, grapefruit, jasmine, lemon, lime, palmarosa, peppermint, rose, spearmint, & ylang ylang.
Essential Oil Diffuser Recipe: Forest Air Freshening Blend
Mix: Spruce - 50 drops, Lavender - 25 drops, Eucalyptus - 25 drops, Cedarwood - 20 drops. Add blend to a diffuser and diffuse for a fresh forest scent! Recipe adapted from 500 Formulas for Aromatherapy by Carol & David Schiller, ©1994.
Essential Oil Diffuser Recipe: Romantic Blend
Mix: Palmarosa - 24 drops, Ylang ylang - 3 drops, Clary sage - 6 drops, Nutmeg - 6 drops Lime - 12 drops. Add blend to essential oil diffuser and diffuse. Recipe adapted from The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood, ©1991.
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