An aromatherapy diffuser is a device used to diffuse – or disperse – essential oils throughout a room. Diffusing them causes their aroma to fill the room, thus smelling delicious and giving you many health benefits at the same time.
When you come home from work and you’re tired and stressed out, using an aromatherapy diffuser is a really great way to relax at the end of the day. It requires very little effort; if you already have an ultrasonic diffuser and you have the essential oils and water already in the diffuser, all you have to do is switch it on.
Many ultrasonic diffusers even have different timer settings so you can set it to switch on at a certain time. If you set the timer for the diffuser to switch on a little bit before you are due home you can come home from work to a house that smells good the moment you walk in the door and you can instantly start getting the effects of the essential oils. It’s a win-win situation, really.
You can definitely use other types of aromatherapy diffusers but if you want convenience it would probably be best to go with an ultrasonic.
Due to the timer settings, among other reasons, ultrasonic diffusers are preferable. You get the most out of the essential oils with ultrasonic diffusers because they don’t alter the chemistry of the oil at all, unlike with heat diffusers. This means you get the full effects of the essential oils instead of a weak Verizon.
Heat diffusers are okay in their own way like if someone wants a safe scented candle without any synthetics, but they aren’t necessarily for aromatherapy simply because of how they severely weaken and sometimes totally nullify the effects of the oils.
The whole purpose of aromatherapy is obviously to get the health benefits that are provided, so that’s no good.
Plus, you also are able to get the full effects of your money when you use an ultrasonic. With another diffusing device such as a nebulizer diffuser, you add pure essential oils but with an ultrasonic you add water as well, thereby reducing the number of essential oils you have to use.
Diffusing Essential Oils Around Pets
When you diffuse essential oils it can have many of the same beneficial effects on animals as it can on humans. However, while aromatherapy for pets is becoming more and more popular, it might not necessarily be a good thing.
There is a lot of confusion and controversy surrounding essential oils, and while they may not be very dangerous to us as long as we’re careful, the same cannot be said for using them with or around animals; particularly if you haven’t extensively researched the use of essential oils with the specific animal you wish to utilize them with.
The toxicity concerns are especially true for very small animals. The smaller the animal, the more sensitive it is going to be to even minuscule amounts of essential oils. Remember, just a drop or two mixed in carrier oil is enough for us and we weigh hundreds of pounds more than little animals weigh.
In most cases, it’s just better to be safe than sorry. Simply diffuse essential oils in another room, away from any pets.
Aromatherapy With Specific Species
You want to be especially careful using essential oils around birds. Aromatic oils can be dangerous to a bird’s respiratory system, which is very fragile.
Their ability to fly means that their respiratory system had to be compromised; their hollow bones and sacs make them vulnerable to respiratory issues.
Many chemicals that show no sign of affecting us can make a bird drop dead, hence why canaries were used in mines: their death was a warning that there were toxic gas levels.
- Essential oils can also present dangers for cats, who’s livers function very differently to ours. Topical use of essential oils on cats or even just inhaling the oil from the use of a diffuser could seriously be detrimental to their health, and more specifically, liver.
- Dogs, though, are maybe one of the few animals that seem to be able to use essential oils safely, or at least more safely. Do be aware that essential oils are never exactly what you could call safe. You can’t use them willy nilly with no thought of safety. However, it is fairly common to use oils to relax dogs or ward off fleas.
- The same can be said for horses, where aromatherapy in the form of essential oils are used for several purposes which include relaxation, fly spray, scratches, and cleaning of their sheaths.
When diffusing oils around pets you need at the very least to be able to ensure that your pets can come and go from the room if they want to.