Aromatherapy can be defined as, part science and part art. By diffusing in the air or applying them directly to the body, natural essential oils from plants can balance, harmonize and promote the health of your body, mind, and spirit.
Aromatherapy helps with the physiological, psychological and spiritual processes to enhance your natural healing.
In essence, it is the therapeutic application or the medicinal use of aromatic substances (essential oils) for holistic healing.
An important element of aromatherapy is synergy, which is the combination of the various essential oils that can actually create a more powerful effect than the individual oils alone. That’s why blending essential oils is such an important area of study since the range of possibilities is almost endless.
Aromatherapy or Application can
- Relieve anxiety and depression
- Boost energy levels and cognition
- Speed up the healing process
- Alleviate headaches
- Induce sleep
- Act as an antidepressant
- Strengthen the immune system
- Reduce pain
- Improve digestion
- Increase circulation
Diffusers come in many shapes, sizes, types, hours of automatic operation, ease of use and size of the room they cover. Here’s what to consider.
- Estimated effective room size
- Water capacity and operating times, from 1 hr and up to 10 hrs
- Quality – All high-quality diffusers use polypropylene, or another strengthened polymer or material.
- Ease of use for filling and cleaning
- Size, Aesthetics and Noise level
- Nebulizing diffusers do not require heat, or water, and contain no plastic. They work by using a stream of pressurized air that blows across a small tube, creating a vacuum that pulls the essential oil to the surface of the tube and is blown away in a fine mist.
- Ultrasonic diffusers work by producing a fine mist using electronic frequencies to create ultrasonic vibrations that break up the mixture of water and essential oil molecules.
- Evaporative diffusers release essential oils into the air as it turns from a liquid to a gas. These models usually use a small fan that blows air past the oil, causing it to evaporate at a faster rate than normal. These diffusers are typically the least expensive.
- Heat diffusers are similar to evaporative diffusers, except that they use heat and a fan to release the essential oils. Because it uses heat it can change the chemical composition of the oils. It can make the scent more or less intense depending on the temperature.