Types of Aromatherapy Diffusers

By Natural Health Ezine

Aromatherapy diffusers are just one way of administering essential oils through inhalation. They can set the mood for a party, home, romantic occasion or simply to heal a specific health problem. There are different types of aromatherapy diffusers now available. Here’s a few pointers to help you make a decision on which type of aromatherapy diffuser is best for you.

Using an Aromatherapy Diffuser

Aromatherapy diffusers can be used with pure essential oils or fragrance oils. However, only essential oils can help you therapeutically; fragrance oils do not hold the same therapeutic properties that essential oils do. In addition, fragrance oils are synthetically made and may cause an allergic reaction in some people. In general, you only need to add a few drops of a specific essential oil to a diffuser. Aromatherapy diffusers work in different ways so read the instructions for use before using one.

Candle Aromatherapy Diffusers

Aromatherapy diffusers that are heated with a candle are the traditional type of aromatherapy diffuser. A few drops of essential oil, with water, are added to the ceramic tray/holder on top of the diffuser and a candle is placed underneath the tray/holder to heat up the essential oils and release the therapeutic fragrance into the air.

These types of aromatherapy diffusers should not be left unattended. You should also make sure that sufficient water is added to the tray/holder on top of the diffuser because the essential oil can burn out. If possible use a soy based or beeswax candle too as they do not contain the same harmful chemicals that non-soy candles do. A tea light candle is usually sufficient to use in a candle aromatherapy diffuser.

Electric Aromatherapy Diffusers

Electric aromatherapy diffusers are considered the safest type of aromatherapy diffuser. Electric diffusers usually have a glass container in which to add the essential oils. The diffuser pushes out the different sized essential oil molecules all at the same time. Electric aromatherapy diffusers have become more economical and environmentally friendly over time. Some types of aromatherapy electric diffusers now have silver ion sterilization technology which increase resistance to mold, corrosion, deodorize and sterilize.

Electric nebulizing aromatherapy diffusers force air into the the essential oils, through an air pump, so that when the essential oil molecules are released into the air, through a glass “nebulizer”, they are micro-sized. The result is a therapeutic blend of essential oils that is

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By Natural Health Ezine| March 20, 2011
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