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Essential oils are becoming common household items across the United States today. In fact, consumer trends suggest that their popularity is on the increase. Increasing numbers of both men and women are tapping into the centuries old practice of aromatherapy in order to boost their health and wellness.
However, there are even more people across the country who have yet to try their hand at essential oils. Many people really want to experiment with homeopathic medicines like essential oils, but don’t know where to start.
An essential oil diffuser is a great place to start for the aromatherapy novice. Diffusers are readily available and come in so many different sizes, shapes and colors that there really is one to suit everybody.
This choice can be a little intimidating though. Without an understanding of the basics of aromatherapy it can be difficult to have the confidence to choose a diffuser for your home.
Aromatherapy is a practice which is as old as time itself. Since humans have inhabited the earth they have taken advantage of the flora and fauna around them in order to promote their health. Aromatherapists today work off the same principles.
Essential oils play a major part in aromatherapeutic medicine. There are over 90 different types of essential oils. Each of these have their own unique properties and effects, and many overlap.
Whether you’re looking for a treatment for athlete’s foot, eczema, migraines, chronic pain or bipolar disorder, there is at least one essential oil that can help in some way. Although they can be used in many different ways, diffusers are definitely one of the most effective tools for aromatherapy.
There are a wide variety of diffusers on the market. Wellness stores both on and offline carry the latest models with varying features, depending on the use intended. But how do you know which one is right for you?
Nebulizing diffusers work by using a hidden air pump inside the device to blow air at the oil and force it to atomize into tiny microparticles. Once the oil has been broken down in this way by the air pressure, it is released into the air.
The primary advantage of this method is that there is no water involved. This means the oil isn’t diluted and that it packs a strong punch, as it were.
Ultrasonic diffusers use ultrasonic vibrations to disperse water and essential oils into the air. They do this by using electronic frequencies to separate the water molecules. This is one of the reasons why ultrasonic diffusers are so well known for purifying the air. The electronic frequencies create a fine mist in whatever room they’re placed.
Evaporative diffusers, as the name suggests, rely on the principle of evaporation to disperse essential oils. These designs usually use a tiny fan to blow air past whichever essential oil is being used. The air causes the oil to evaporate, turn to gas, and rise up into the air. These diffusers tend not to produce as high quality an effect as others as the oils are separated in their gas form so aren’t as effective.
Heat diffusers work in pretty much the exact same way as evaporative ones do, except that they use heat instead of air to trigger the evaporation of the oil. Their effects are very similar.
Choosing your first diffuser is an exciting moment. Whether you’re planning on diffusing some lavender before bedtime each night, or some eucalyptus in an effort to clear that chesty cough you can’t seem to shake, you’re in for a treat.
The growing popularity of home aromatherapy in the United States and further afield has led to increasingly innovative designs too. Not only can you take advantage of the countless medicinal qualities of naturally found plants that have been used for thousands of years, but now you can do it in style.
Selecting the diffuser that you want is simple really. Consider what you want from the device. Do you want a mist in the air? Are you trying to humidify your home environment? Is it important that the oils remain as potent as possible once dispersed? Think about this carefully and it will become clear which type of diffuser works best.
Whichever method of diffusing essential oils you choose, the effects will be positive. Diffusing essential oils in the home not only promotes health and wellness and relieves symptoms of countless illnesses and medical conditions, but also fills the home with a beautiful aroma that will last for days, doing wonders for both body and mind.