As it was my father’s birthday on the weekend (happy birthday Dad) we celebrated the occasion at my sister’s house. My sister is a wonderful cook so we were expecting some pleasant cooking aromas when we walked through the front door. However, upon arriving we smelt something different. While it wasn’t her usual cooking prowess on display it did come from an essential oil diffuser she had running in the kitchen area. The smell was powerful, yet light and relaxing.
So I decided to take the plunge and see what all the hype was about for myself, and found that these diffusers have many wonderful health uses. Basically all you do is add a few drops of an essential oil and water into a diffuser and it will disperse in the air you breathe as vapor.
Firstly, what are essential oils? They are just highly concentrated plant extracts, yet they possess strong medicinal and cosmetic qualities. Depending on what benefit you are hoping to achieve, choosing the right essential oil is important. Here is a quick list of some anticipated health benefits you may get from using essential oils:
relieving colds; improving your skin; treating allergies and asthma; easing headaches; combating arthritis and rheumatism, and they can even be used for treating anxiety and depression. The top 5 essential oils are Lavender, Tea tree oil, Peppermint oil, Eucalyptus oil and Helichrysum oil. Each essential oil comes with many different health benefits that can be diffused regularly.
Essential oils function best when they aren’t heated, as high temperatures can ruin some of the beneficial aspects of the oil. Cold air diffusers tend to be the best type and they can be reasonably priced.
So what is the best type of oil diffuser? Some of the best essential oil diffusers come in many different shapes but the most common types are generally ultrasonic and nebulizing diffusers.
Ultrasonic diffusers use electrical frequencies to create vibrations that carry to the top where the oils are floating. The vibrations evaporate the oil and diffuse them into the air.
Nebulizing diffusers atomize the essential oil into very fine droplets which are then sent into the atmosphere by using a cold air pump or jet-style atomizer.
So I thought I would bite the bullet and ended up buying the Smiley Daisy Ultrasonic Diffuser.
I use it a lot now, especially when I’m working in my study. I have tried mixing Lavender and Roman Chamomile together to get a blend for creating a relaxing mood while I work. Maybe it will even inspire me to write more! Or maybe there is an essential oil that encourages children to clean their rooms. Now that would be some powerful essential oil.