Using an aromatherapy diffuser lamp is an excellent way to improve the quality of the air in the room as well as to enjoy the wide range of benefits provided by essential oils. There are many different types of aromatherapy lamps available, but they all share a few features: they all use some sort of energy source and they all transfer the heat generated to a small tray or pot that contains the essential oil to diffuse the oil.
What is, in fact, Aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy is the practice of vaporizing or otherwise dispersing essential oils, the natural oils extracted from the leaves, stems, roots, flowers plant seeds, barks or other parts of plants with the help of methods that preserve the scent, the healing properties and the other effects of the plants. The aromas released by these oily substances have various effects on the body and the atmosphere of the room they are dispersed in – some stimulate the nervous systems, others clean the air, repel mosquitos, aid relaxation, improve sleep patterns or enhance the functioning of the digestive tract, to mention just a few of the effects of essential oils.
Types of Aromatherapy Diffusers
If you are currently on the market to get the most suitable aromatherapy diffuser lamp for your home or your office, you have certainly noticed that there are many different technologies used in these lamps. While they all involve the usage of heat, they are different in terms of the method used to create that heat – here are a few of the major types:
- Nebulizing dispersers – electric devices that diffuse the oil rapidly into the air. Most of these lamps come with timers that allow you to set the period you want the device to run, and some even come with diffusion intensity settings;
- Ultrasonic diffusers – these lamps stimulate evaporation by causing the metal underneath the oil to vibrate;
- Heat diffusers – these devices use a small heat source such as a tea light or a candle to heat the oil;
- Evaporative diffusers – these units use a small fan that revolves above a sponge soaked in the oil of choice, dispersing the oil particles. They work with batteries or they need to be plugged into a power supply.
How to Choose the Oil for Your Aromatherapy Diffuser Lamp?
Essential oils are very potent, dense and concentrated substances – it takes an incredible 250 pounds of rose petals to obtain a single ounce of rose oil. The oil that you use in your aromatherapy diffuser lamp will come into direct contact with your body – you inhale the oil particles from the air –, so you need to use oils of the highest quality, made from plants that have been cultivated using organic methods, provided by verified suppliers, which in most cases also means oils that are expensive.
The other important factor that you need to take into consideration when choosing your oils is the effect you are expecting the oil to deliver – here are a few ideas:
- Chamomile, lavender, rose and ylang-ylang oils have a calming effect on the body
- Citrus, thyme, rosemary and eucalyptus have energizing effects
- Lemongrass, eucalyptus and coconut oil drive away mosquitos
- Cinnamon cleans the air with its anti-bacterial properties.
There are really many essential oils that you can use in your aromatherapy diffuser lamp – choose the device that is the most comfortable for you to use, then add a few drops of your favorite oil and enjoy the amazing effects.