Aromatherapy diffuser oils, also called essential oils are special, usually very potent extracts distilled from various parts of plants such as the petals, the stems, the barks, the resins or the roots or by processing the entire plant. The yielded dense and fragrant oily substances are then most commonly used in diffusers – small devices that include a small sink or container for the oil and a mechanism that disperses the oil in the air.
Why Use Aromatherapy Diffuser Oils?
Essential oils have been used for cosmetic purposes and for enhancing general well-being for thousands of years. The extracted oils retain the essence of the plants they have been extracted from, including the fragrance and the therapeutic properties in a concentrated form. Aromatherapy diffuser oils are much more potent substances than tinctures or teas prepared from plants, therefore their effects are much more powerful as well, that’s why dispersing the oil in the air and inhaling it is the best way to have a dose of an active substance that is neither too big nor too small.
How to Choose the Oil of the Highest Quality?
You will be inhaling the vapors of the oil that you put into your diffuser, so you definitely need the purest, highest-quality oils you can get – here are a few aspects to consider:
- Look for organic oils to make sure the substance you will be inhaling does not contain any traces of pesticides, preservatives or other, potentially harmful additives
- Look for the highest purity – in some cases, vegetable oils are used to facilitate the extraction of the essential oil from the plant. Theoretically, the vegetal oil is eliminated from the end-product, but even so, many essential oils still contain traces of vegetal oil that you don’t need (you can easily the test the purity of the oil by putting a drop of oil on a piece of paper – if it leaves a trace after complete evaporation, it contains traces of vegetable oils or additives)
- Price – it takes several hundred thousand rose petals to extract one ounce of high-quality oil and the ratio is not better for other herbs and aromatic plants either, so good essential oils cannot be cheap.
What to Expect from Your Aromatherapy Diffuser Oils?
The effects of your oil depend on the therapeutic and other qualities of the plant it has been extracted from – here are some of the most common types of essential oils and their effects:
- Bergamot, also known as bitter orange, is known to have mood enhancing effects, it can calm the digestive tract and reduce fever
- Eucalyptus oil helps with nasal congestions and relieves muscle pain
- Peppermint oil enhances brain function and will help you stay focused
- Lavender and chamomile oils can calm the nerves and they also improve sleep
- Frankincense and ginger oil strengthens the immune system
- Citrus oils such lemon and grapefruit oil have excellent air cleaning properties and they will also get you in a better mood.
The best idea to get the most out of your aromatherapy diffuser oils is to buy several types of oil, then experiment with them to create the best combination, your signature blend.