Something that most who use aromatherapy oils don’t know or realize is that heat can ruin the therapeutic benefits of the essential oil. Whether it be from heat during the distillation process or when you put the essential oil in a burner or ring diffuser.
Because heat can destroy the healing and germ fighting properties of any essential oil, it is never advisable to use certain types of diffusers or candle burners to scent a room.
Though scented candles, candle burners, and aromatherapy oil burners, light bulb ring diffusers, may look pretty they are certainly not a means to produce a desirable wellness benefits. That is especially true when you’re using a super quality genuine pure essential oil, such as Young Living Essential Oils - no matter what the purpose.
Which aromatherapy diffuser is the best to use?
The absolute best type of diffuser is a cold-air nebulizer diffuser. This type of diffuser should also have the essential oil well separate from the glass nebulizer – meaning that the essential oil should not be put into the glass nebulizer itself (as shown in the image to the right).
The largest reason why a cold-air diffuser is best is because it literally puts a micro-fine mist of the essential oil into the air by means of a small air pump; the essential oil is never exposed to heat or flame.
Cold-air diffusers are most beneficial because the actual essential oil comes into direct contact with things, such as: germs, viruses, bacteria, mold spores, and bad odors.
When a high quality superior essential oil comes into contact with any of these undesirable microorganisms it will either kill them or neutralize them.
Additionally, a high quality essential oil will not mask a bad odor, but will neutralize the components that make it a stinky odor.
It is also never advisable to diffuse, through any method, a cheap or low quality essential oil as they are adulterated and you will be exposed to any number of toxic chemicals which will directly enter the lungs.
Another type of cold-air diffuser is the TheraPro Premium Diffuser. It works the same as the nebulizer diffuser described above but it has fewer loose parts and takes up less space.
The other features the TheraPro Diffuser has is a speed control which regulates the amount of essential oil going into the air, and a built-in timer.
The features of the TheraPro Diffuser are very desirable, I highly recommend this diffuser for its features and for its versatility.
Cold-air diffusing is one of my favorite ways to cut way down on colds and flu, keep mold and mildew at bay, keep indoor air cleaner, help with congestion and respiratory issues, and have a nice smelling home.
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How do you know if an essential oil is not adulterated?
As important as it is to use the right type of diffuser the essential oil that is put in to the diffuser is equally important. I cannot stress enough the importance of only using a high quality essential oil. Here are a few things to know before you spend any money on any aromatherapy essential oil, being a savvy consumer will help you to make smart and educated choices for yourself, your children, your indoor pets, and the environment.
The first thing to know is that there is no US regulation governing the quality or ingredients in the aromatherapy and essential oil industry.
That simply means, any company can go out there and concoct an aromatic liquid out of anything, natural or man-made, and label it a 100% pure essential oil.
1.) Do NOT be fooled by label claims such as: 100% pure or Natural.
These terms have been so abused in the industry that they have become meaningless in regards to the quality.
2.) It’s sold in a health food store that means its high quality, right?
Wrong! Nothing could be further from the truth.
We have become too trusting in believing that all health food stores are experts in every area of truly natural foods and products. If I were the manager of a health food store and in charge of the aromatherapy and essential oil department there is absolutely no way I would ever carry any of the brands commonly sold in health food stores.
Furthermore, I have yet to find any health food store anywhere that carries any brand of essential oil that is considered a high quality oil. The simple truth is, they are low quality, even if the price is somewhat high.
Here’s a simple test to prove my point, the next time you go into a health food store, or even order essential oils online, look at a bottle of their Frankincense (one essential oil which is almost always adulterated). What you’re looking for is one of two things… a.) Does the label say, “Not for Internal Use,” or b.) does the label provide instructions for how to use the Frankincense internally? Yup, ‘internally.’ A truly pure and unadulterated and properly distilled Frankincense essential oil is edible and can be taken internally.
That is perhaps the most telling and simplest way for the average consumer to know if the company who produces an essential oil is in fact making absolutely certain that their essential oils are the finest in the world.
It is estimated that only 2% of all essential oils produced in the entire world are of high quality. Young Living Essential Oils is in that 2%.
Other plant essential oils that ‘should’ have instructions on the label for how to use them internally as a supplement or for use in cooking are: lavender, dill, basil, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, ginger, fennel, oregano, thyme, marjoram, lemon, orange, tangerine, lemongrass, Copaiba, vetiver, peppermint, spearmint, balsam fir, cedarwood, cypress, ylang ylang, and many other plant and tree essential oils that are known for being acceptable for internal use.
Gary Young, founder of YLEO, says, “if you can’t eat it why would you want to put it on your body?”
It takes two seconds to look at the label and you will know whether or not the essential oil is high quality. It’s a two second investment in yourself and in your health.
3.) Don’t be fooled by a label that states the following: wild-crafted or certified organic.
An essential oil can be grown organically or ethically wild-crafted and still be distilled improperly and/or can have had chemicals added to the essential oil to change GC or MS readings to make it appear that it is a high quality oil. Wild-crafted and certified organic do NOT mean that a chemical substance was not added during or directly after the distillation process. It simply means the plant was harvested in the wild, or the plant was grown using organic methods – and that’s it.
For instance, it is very common for a distiller to add the chemical linalyl acetate to their lavender, or to other oils that also should naturally contain linalyl acetate. This is one way that aromatherapy companies can be fooled by their suppliers test results. Without getting into an entire complicated chemistry lesson, good levels of linalyl acetate do NOT mean the distilled oil is high quality – there are many dozens of other natural compounds in a plants essential oil that must be present as well and in the proper proportions. Learn more about proper and improper distillation, scroll down a bit to get an idea how toxic an innocent looking aromatherapy oil can be.
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