Essential Oils & Diffusers!
Do you need an essential oil diffuser?
A surprisingly small number of people actually know what an essential oil diffuser is. When we conducted a poll, only about half knew what an essential oil diffuser was.
That said, essential oil diffusers are quickly gaining popularity due to a growing interest in the health benefits of essential oils, as well as the fact that scented candles are not as safe as many once thought.
Research on the dangers of scented candles
There is a growing body of research which indicates that scented candles are not as safe as many think. In fact, many candles release harmful metals and compounds into the air — including lead, acetaldehyde, and formaldehyde.
While there are scented candles that do not release these harmful chemicals, a significant number do. This issue has underscored the value and importance of finding alternatives to candles.
If you currently use scented candles for anything from aromatherapy to ambiance, it is imperative that you research your brand of candle to ensure it does not contain chemicals that could be harmful to you or your family.
A better option would be to switch over to an essential oil diffuser, which provides the same benefits as a scented candle, but uses natural ingredients — many of which have been proven over thousands of years.
The health benefits of essential oil diffusers
For many essential oils, there are different benefits attributed to applying them directly on the skin, versus having them diffused into the air. Some essential oils shouldn’t be placed directly on the skin at all.
Essential oils serve a number of purposes, including the following:
Essential oils are used for everything from relaxation (lavender) to pain relief (rosemary) to decongestants (peppermint and eucalyptus). By diffusing these oils into the air, you can gain the benefits for hours without needing to reapply the oils onto your skin.
There’s a reason why many spas have a distinctive smell — they’re using essential oils! Oils such as tea tree oil have been used for centuries to create the ambiance of a calm, safe place.
Many people are already familiar with the fact that citronella is a useful mosquito repellant. However, there are lots of other essential oils that work as well — which is a good thing if you’re not a fan of the citronella scent!
Essential oils that act as insect repellants include:
Cedarwood and eucalyptus for fleas
Thyme, juniper, and rose geranium for ticks
Citronella and peppermint for mosquitos
Once again, it’s worth mentioning that while there are candles that can perform many of the same functions as the oils listed, essential oils (especially 100% pure oils) contain none of the harmful chemicals found in many scented candles currently on the market.