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Aug 22 2012 As an aromatherapy expert, people are constantly asking me which is better — burners or diffusers.  Personally, I’ve always worked with burners and had great results. However, all of these questions made me wonder if I was missing out on something.  Is it possible that I could have made my aromatherapy experiences even better over the years by using a diffuser instead of a burner? That’s when I decided it was time to set out on a quest for the truth!

Here’s what I already knew:

An aromatherapy diffuser (also called a “nebulizer”) spritzes a mist of essential oils around the room.  A burner, on the other hand, heats up the essential oils so that they evaporate and fill the room. Look around the web, and you’ll see lots websites that claim diffusers are better because they break down the molecules in essential oils and make them smaller. However, this isn’t true — and this was only the first important piece of information I learned from my research! What really happens is that the diffuser takes a liquid that’s chock full of essential oils and turns it into tiny droplets so that it has an easier time floating through the air in your room.  But just because the droplets are physically smaller doesn’t mean that the molecules inside of them are smaller.  The truth is, their molecular structure doesn’t change one bit! So, what about the burners? Aromatherapy burners are two –tier objects, with a top bowl –like section for putting the water and essential oil, and a lower section for the teal-light candle which heats the water above.  As the candle heats the water, the essential oils and water evaporate. Essential oils don’t burn.
“Inhalation does not have to be complicated. As a matter of fact, the easier one keeps the procedure the more likely it will have benefits.Kurt Schnaubelt – The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils

So, which is better — a burner or a diffuser?

Both offer similar therapeutic benefits.  The main purpose of a burner or diffuser is to dispense a therapeutic aromatherapy treatment to a number of people at the same time. It is an excellent way to administer the uplifting, relaxing or energizing effects of the essential oils you chose. Did you know that diffusing essential oils in rooms and houses can lower the count of airborne germs?  This is great to reduce the risk of infections especially in public spaces! Both the burner and the diffuser provide a peaceful and uplifting atmosphere in the room where you have them. Bottom line, what is more important is the quality of the essential oils or essential oil blends that you use, more than the method of diffusing their wonderful properties. In the end, whether you use a burner or a diffuser all comes down to your personal preference. Don’t let sales copy fool you!  You don’t need a certain piece of designer equipment to see the benefits of aromatherapy!

References:

Are aromatherapy nebulizers more therapeutic because they break down the molecular structure of the oil better than other diffusers? NAHA National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy – Myths & Misconceptions in Aromatherapy Kurt Schnaubelt, The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils: The Science of Advanced Aromatherapy © 2012, Cristina Proano-Carrion, Aromandina LLC
This information is based on traditional use of aromatherapy and it does not intend to diagnose or treat any condition. This information should not be used as a substitute for medical counseling with a health care professional. No part of this article may be reproduced in whole or in part without the explicit written permission of Aromandina.
Oct 18 2010

My busy life as an aromatherapist, business owner, wife and mother demands long hours of work and high levels of energy. For me, every minute counts and I need to keep myself alert and focused every waking hour of the day.

Rosemary essential oil is always the first choice to keep me going.  It promotes the much-needed mental clarity and helps me focus even in stressful situations. Just a whiff of Rosemary clears my head and channels the flow of my thoughts. When I created Energia Essential Oil Blend and Adrenal Support Body Oil, I thought about people like me – people who need to stay alert, awake and focused to keep up with a demanding lifestyle.  I wanted a combination of oils that could not only energize and motivate, but also work as a tonic for the adrenal glands. After taking a shower, I pour a teaspoon of Adrenal Support Body Oil onto my palm and massage it across my back (on the area corresponding to the kidneys). This is my way of saying “thank you” to my adrenals for all the hard work they do for me during the day. I always carry a bottle of the Energia Blend in my purse. 5 drops of it in an aromatherapy diffuser improves my concentration at work and direct inhalation keeps me alert and awake while driving long distances to meet my clients. Energia Blend contains essential oils of Rosemary and Pine that are said to stimulate the cortex of the suprarenal gland [1]. According to author Gabriel Mojay, Rosemary can “renew enthusiasm and bolster self-confidence” [2] and was an age-old remedy for apathy and gloom. Rosemary also helps boost blood circulation and lymphatic drainage which makes it effective for systemic detoxification. Massaging your entire body with Aromandina’s Detoxing Body Oil releases all toxins and keeps you feeling fresh and energized. So the next time you need a little help with managing your thoughts or give an extra boost to your day, try a whiff of Rosemary. Place a few drops on a tissue and inhale the aroma deeply through your nose. Pause. Inhale again and allow the bright, energizing properties of rosemary to penetrate deep. What’s your Rosemary Story? [1] Aromatherapy for Health Professionals, Shirley Price, Len Price [2] Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit: Restoring Emotional and Mental Balance with Essential Oils, Gabriel Mojay

© AROMANDINA – All rights reserved The information on this blog is based on traditional use of aromatherapy and it does not intend to diagnose or treat any condition. This information should not be used as a substitute for medical counseling with a health care professional. No part of this blog may be reproduced in whole or in part without the explicit written permission of Aromandina.

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