Are Essential Oil Diffusers Healthy?

Diffusers have worked their way up to being the new “it” item for homes across North America. It has a lot to do with the recent boom in the popularity of essential oils, which is a term you’re likely familiar with by now. Aromatherapy is at the heart of it all, but still being a relatively new topic, it’s understandable that you may have some questions before getting into it yourself.

Asking questions - like whether diffusers are good for you or not - and doing your own background research is excellent. We’re here to help, and we’re about to give you the full rundown of what diffusers are all about.

What Are Diffusers?

Diffusers are small devices that work to disperse a fine mist of essential oil-infused water throughout the air.

This mist of essential oil gives us aromatherapy. Aromatherapy is a holistic healing treatment for improving psychological or physical well-being through this inhalation of natural essences. For those not familiar, essential oils are highly potent plant concentrates, typically extracted flowers, leaves, and other plant parts. In recent years, aromatherapy has further been rising in popularity for its therapeutic benefits extending further into overall health of the body, mind, and spirit.

Are Diffusers Good for You?

Aromatherapy via diffusers offers a beautiful array of benefits that are good for you in various ways.

Maybe this topic is entirely new to you, and you’re wondering how it all even works — allow us to explain. The ancient practice of aromatherapy tells us that when we inhale these natural and specific essences, the scent molecules interact with our smell receptors (olfactory nerves), which then send messages to our brain that can influence our emotions.

Don’t be so fast to write off essential oils as just the newest “buzz,” science backs it all up. Think of how certain smells can trigger specific memories. This is a perfect example of how smell and memory are connected, and introduces the relationship between our nervous system (which deals with sensory information) and the limbic system.

The limbic system is a part of the brain that plays a role in memory, emotions, and behavior. The limbic system also helps regulate some of our unconscious functions, such as heart rate, blood pressure, and breathing.

So, seeing that inhaling specific essences affects our limbic system, it very much makes sense that aromatherapy can be good for you. There are a few different ways to practice aromatherapy; the easiest is using an essential oil diffuser or a humidifier that features an essential oil tray.

The Benefits of Diffusers

There are over 90 types of essential oils, each offering its own unique scent profile and benefits to be had. (The aroma from each essential oil is also known as the oil’s “characteristic essence”).

Aromatherapy is used for a wide variety of conditions:

  • Stress and anxiety
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Inflammation
  • Sleep and insomnia
  • Sore joints and muscle pain
  • Digestion
  • Immunity
  • Skin conditions and skin sensitivities
  • And many more

Here are just a few of the most popular essential oils blends and some of their associated benefits:

  • Peppermint: boost energy, aid digestion, and soothe a cough, cold or flu.
  • Ylang Ylang: reduce inflammation, improve mood, and natural insect repellent.
  • Tea Tree: antibacterial, antiviral, and promotes the activity of white blood cells.
  • Chamomile: relief from nausea, gas, and anxiety, and overall calming effect.
  • Bergamot: elevate mood, alleviate stress, and pain relief.
  • Lavender: promote relaxation, reduce allergies, and relieve nausea.
  • Sandalwood: ease anxiety, promote healthy skin, and improve mental clarity.
  • Lemon: fight exhaustion, aid depression, and improve the appearance of skin.
  • Lemongrass: digestive problems and high blood pressure.
  • Eucalyptus: cough and chest pain.
  • Rosemary: anti-inflammatory and antioxidant/anti-microbial benefits.
  • Cinnamon: health and beauty benefits.

What’s great about the best oils is that they don’t need to be used exclusively. In other words, they can be blended or combined to achieve multiple and various benefits and enhance the overall therapeutic efficacy. For example, if your desired effect is relaxation, Bergamot and Lavender synergize to produce a calming and soothing yet uplifting effect.

Are you getting ready to spend the day studying or working on something? Peppermint, Ylang Ylang, and Lemon synergize to support mental alertness and clarity to help you focus and stay on task. (Keep in mind that the benefits listed above from each oil are nowhere near exhaustive).

Why Using a Diffuser Is Better

There are two main ways to use essential oils: topical application and diffusion.

Topical application of essential oils is a little tricker because their potency requires precise dosage to achieve desired effects. It’s a little too easy to accidentally use one drop too many, resulting in irritated skin, a rash, dizziness, headaches, nausea, and other uncomfortable and unpleasant symptoms.

Diffusers are much more popular because it’s easier to control dosage, and the essence of the oil is evenly dispersed in the air. Diffusers are also preferred because they create lovely aromas spread throughout the home for everyone to enjoy. Plus, using a diffuser allows for quick and easy interchangeability and a combination of oils.

Some models of humidifiers feature an essential oil tray, which is exactly what it sounds like: a small, built-in tray available for adding essential oils in appropriate doses. Everlasting Comfort’s Cool Mist Humidifier combines humidity and aromatherapy’s health and wellness benefits to bring you the ultimate self-care and soothing experience.

Candles are another way to get essential oils into the air as well, but there is still problems with that practice too.

Everlasting Comfort Essential Oil Diffuser

Our Essential Oil Diffuser uses whisper-quiet ultrasonic diffuser vibration technology to softly release a continuous mist of cool water and fragrance to refresh and purify the surrounding air. With a 400ml water tank and variable mist output function, our diffuser provides up to 13 hours of steady and continuous scent diffusion. Using Lavender oil to help you get to sleep? Choose from one of the self-timer options of one, three, or six hours before automatic shutoff.

Are diffusers good for you? Yes, in so many ways. Comfort and wellness is our job and an essential oil diffuser works wonders for physical, mental, and emotional health, all of which are equally important for overall well-being.

Thoughtfully designed and meticulously built, we created our diffuser with you and your family in mind. Home is your safe haven from the rest of the world. And with Everlasting Comfort’s Essential Oil Diffuser, you can bask in tranquility - or anything else your heart desires - with ease, comfort, and peace of mind. Let your immune system and senses flourish and let your young living years take off with some of our great evaporative diffusers and nebulizing diffuser.

Sources:

What Is Aromatherapy and How Does It Help Me?

Aromatherapy: Is It Worthwhile?

The Limbic System

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