One of the great things about essential oils is their ability to multitask. I may be diffusing frankincense and orange to freshen the air in the room, but while that goes on, I am also supporting my immune system and uplifting my mood. Neat, huh? Essential oils are much more than a pretty smell. The term “aromatherapy” has been so overused that it really doesn’t do authentic essential oils justice.
A cold-air diffuser is designed to atomize a microfine mist of essential oils into the air, where they can remain suspended for several hours. Unlike aroma lamps or candles, a diffuser disperses essential oils without heating or burning, which can render the oil less beneficial and even create toxic compounds. Burned oils may become carcinogenic.
Cold air diffusing certain oils may:
- Reduce unpleasant odors
- Relax the body and create a spa-like environment
- Improve concentration, alertness, and mental clarity
Start by diffusing oils for 15 – 30 minutes a day. As you become accustomed to the oils and recognize their effects, you may increase the diffusing time to 1 – 2 hours per day.
Place the diffuser high in the room so that the oil mist falls through the air and removes the odor-causing substances.
By connecting your diffuser to a timer, you can gain better control over the length and duration of diffusing.
Do not use more than one blend at a time in a diffuser as this may alter the smell and the benefit. However, a single oil may be added to a blend when diffusing.
Always wash the diffuser before using a different oil blend. Use natural soap and warm or hot water.
If you don’t have a diffuser, you may add several drops of essential oil to a spray bottle, add 1 cup purified water, and shake. You can use this to mist your entire house, workplace, or car.