Anyone who has visited my treatment room in the last year would have noticed that I have been using an Aroma Diffuser. It looks great with its changing colours and its mystical vapour puffing out the top but what are the benefits of using an Aroma Diffuser?
Aroma diffusers combine oriental and western cultures with modern science and technology. They have many functions – air purifiers, humidifiers, aroma diffusers, ioniser, night light and mood enhancer. Advanced ultrasonic technology, which produces vibrations at a frequency of 2 million times per second without using heat, spreads oil molecules through the air. A diffuser eliminates the need for plug- in air fresheners, reed diffusers and incense sticks. Tap water and your favourite essential oil is all that you need for an instant aroma hit!
Diffusers release negative ions into the air which can boost your mood, like being near a waterfall, in a forest or by the sea. When these ions reach our bloodstream, it is believed that levels of the mood chemical serotonin are increased. Being the ‘happy hormone’, serotonin can help us beat depression, relieve stress and boost energy.
Lavender is probably one of the most well known essential oils. You have probably seen many pictures of fields full of lavender. It is known for its relaxing and calming properties. However there are many other therapeutic scents available to us.
Other health benefits of diffusing essential oils –
- Ward off illness and boost your immune system by using essential oils that have anti- microbial properties. Tea-tree, sage, thyme, grapefruit, Rosemary.
- Elevate mood and energise with sweet orange, jasmine, rose or sandalwood.
- Assist relaxation and sleep – a diffuser is the easiest and longest way of getting soothing oils into your bloodstream. Chamomile, lavender and clary sage are good choices.
- Better breathing – essential oils can reduce inflammation and congestion which makes breathing easier. Nose and sinuses may begin to open and clear themselves. Use peppermint, rosemary, lemon and eucalyptus.
- Clear thinking and concentration – try frankincense, rosemary or basil.
- Soothe headaches with peppermint, lavender, rosemary or clary sage.
- Keep the bugs away by diffusing lemongrass, cedarwood or citronella.
As you can see, there’s more to diffusers than just a pretty gadget to stand in the corner of your room! I bought my Aroma Diffuser from Neal’s Yard Remedies. You can browse different designs on my website. You can order on the website or get in touch with me and I will help you select the right product.
* Please note that diffusers can give us health benefits, but are not a substitute for conventional medicine when a serious health issue is present. If you are pregnant or have any concerns about using essential oils, it is always a good idea to seek advice from your GP or a qualified aromatherapist.