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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.
Dec 08 2011

The Holidays are just around the corner. It is a time for family togetherness, joy, contemplation, letting go of the old and embracing the new. Although, spending time with family and friends, eating good food, drinking and giving gifts can be a wonderful experience, it is out of the normal routine and requires time, money and preparation. All of that is on top of the regular work, kids, school and extra-curricular activities that make up our day.
With all this stress staying healthy can also be a challenge. For some of us family may be far away, or we don’t have much family, or there has been a long standing schism with a family member. The Holiday Season tends to heighten all of those family issues we haven’t dealt with.  No doubt it can be a time of great joy and great stress.

  Here are 4 Reasons to Use Aromatherapy this Holiday Season:  

  1. To STAY HEALTHY
  2. To KEEP A JOYFUL THE HEART
  3. To RELIEVE ANXIETY AND HOLIDAY STRESS
  4. To OVERCOME THE HOLIDAY BLUES

 WHAT ESSENTIAL OILS SHOULD I USE?

 For your health:

Ravensara and Eucalyptus essential oils:  Keep a bottle with you at all times. Just open, smell it and feel your sinuses open.

 For family gatherings:

Clary Sage and Geranium Essential Oils:  Release endorphins, the happy hormones, and make your family gatherings joyous and FUN. When your guests walk in the door they might not know why, but they will feel welcome, relaxed and joyous.

For whenever you feel anxious:

SERENO BODY MIST: Keep it with you and spray on your face whenever you feel the need. Palo Santo, Lavender and Mandarin will bring back a sense of calm and peace. Spray it on your pillow at night for a deep restoring sleep.

For the holiday blues

Here are some specific essential oils that will alleviate these Holiday Blues, the emotional challenges that often come with the Holiday Season.

ROSE – heals the heart of deep wounds, the flower of Love and compassion.

JASMINE – makes you feel beautiful, comfortable with who you are, it melts away anxieties and relaxes you.

BERGAMOT – like Rose, Bergamot helps to heal the heart, it also cleanses the mind when it is congested with thoughts that don’t allow you to grow.

PALO SANTO – helps reconnect with your higher sense of being while at the same time helps you think with a sharp, rational and analytic mind.

FRANKINCENSE – heals old wounds, deep forgiveness, relieves a tight chest and alleviates that feeling of being overwhelmed with worries and restlessness.

 AROMATHERAPY IN YOUR DAILY ROUTINE!

 Here are several very easy ways to incorporate Aromatherapy into your daily routine that can greatly alleviate these Holiday stresses. They have a beneficial physical and emotional effect.

 Use Aromatherapy in Your Daily Shower

Put 3 to 5 drops of Essential Oil on a washcloth. Place the washcloth on your chest. Allow the heat of the shower to release the vapors and breathe in deeply.

Use Aromatherapy in Your Daily Bath

Place 3-5 drops of Essential Oil in a couple of tablespoons of salt As the bath water is running pour the mixture into the bath Let the salt dissolve and soak for 15-20 minutes

Use Aromatherapy diluted in your carrier oil

Place 15 drops of the Essential Oil you need into 1oz. of body oil or lotion. Rub it on your body after showering to moisturize your skin

Use an Aromatherapy Burner and Fill a Whole Room with the Pleasant Aroma

Place water and 3-5 drops of Essential Oil in the Aromatherapy Burner holder.

 Light a candle and place that under the cup filled with your Essential Oil drops.  Let the vapors fill the room

What has worked for you? Share your stories and recommendations.    

Related Aromatherapy Articles:

Are you hosting a party? Enhance the atmosphere with essential oils

Aromatherapy Gifts for Your Family

© 2011, 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.
         

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