What is an Aromatherapy Diffuser?

Aromatherapy Diffusers – What are They
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You may have heard about the positive impact aromatherapy can have on one’s well-being and health. While there’s a certain amount of exaggeration when it comes to what aromatherapy actually can or can’t do, there’s truth backed up by scientific evidence that suggests that partaking in aromatherapy de-stresses us, strengthens the immune system, alleviates allergies and much more.

Aromatherapy is achieved through the dispersion of essential oils. These are highly concentrated extracts of various plant parts which contain active ingredients that stimulate our sense of smell, our brain and the respiratory system. In order to be effective at doing so, the oils first need to be diffused, that is to say broken up into tiny airborne particles which can then be more easily absorbed by us.

What is an Aromatherapy Diffuser?

That’s where the gadget known as aromatherapy diffuser or essential oil diffuser comes in. What is an aromatherapy diffuser? Essentially it is the device which you put your favorite essential oil or mix thereof into, and which then releases the oil over time, either in a continuous manner until the oil is spent, or intermittently to make its effects last longer. Some electric diffusers have various timer settings, so you can set the unit to produce the fine mist containing droplets of oil to do so for a couple of hours each evening after work.

Getting an essential oil diffuser is probably the safest way to go about bringing aromatherapy to the comfort of your home. Modern models come equipped with sensors which can tell if the oil reserve (or that of a mixture of oil and water if you’re using a water-based model) is about to run dry and prevents the unit from working.

Although there are diffusers which rely on heat to get their contents to circulate, nebulizing and ultrasonic diffusers exist whose mist is cold and which are safe to touch during operation.

Even the warmest diffusers are a huge step up from the old-fashioned way of conducting aromatherapy, and their modern alternatives—aromatic candles. Not only is the open flame of such a candle a serious fire hazard, but the composition of some aromatic candles is known to include carcinogenic substances which our bodies can absorbed much more easily in their airborne state.

An essential oil diffuser is also less likely to make a mess. Provided it is well-built, neither the oil nor water used in some of them will spill unlike wax which tends to drip all around.

Some diffusers have even more functions, making the purchase of one a smart decision. The recent trend of putting LEDs on every kind of gadget has taken root with diffusers too, turning them into nightlights and visual ambient enhancers.

Water-based models can also be effectively used as humidifiers, provided their capacity is up to the task, saving money you’d otherwise spend on a separate item, while being nearly as effective at humidifying the air as a specialized humidifier that costs several times as much.

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