Benefits of essential oils V fragrances
Benefits of essential oils V fragrances
Just imagine walking on grass in the morning with fresh, clean air, singing birds, lots of flowers around you: how does it feels?
How relaxing it is when you are among the fragrances of flowers in the garden, with the smell of nature around you?
You know that if you could spend sometimes sitting in a garden where you can smell fresh flowers, you can make yourself free from stressful thoughts, relax your muscles and nerves and soothe your mind as well as your body to regain your internal health and well being.
Considering the benefits of these fragrances and health benefits of plants, flowers and their smell, fragrance researchers have found these naturally relaxing elements from trees, plants and flowers are all in essential oils.
What are essential oils?
Essential oils are extracts taken from natural sources like stems, leaves, flowers, barks seeds or even whole plants as fragrant oils equipped with all the positive energies a plant has in itself. These essential oils or natural fragrances can be used for your well being and treatment & as catalysts to improve general health and cure.
It has been proven that essential oils can work as a viable alternative medicine to treat skin diseases, nerve problems and many other diseases that have resulted as a reaction to stress or constant strain on muscles. Best use these essential oils is in the form of scents spread around you. For this purpose essential oil diffusers are available in different types & styles depending upon the way they act on the oils to produce those scents.
Essential oils are natural products extracted in a number of ways from plants; however, all plants do not contain essential oils. Essential oils extracted from plants contain aromatic properties used as remedies for a number of problems. Essential oils are used in aromatherapy practice to help ease muscle pain, emotional problems, menstrual issues, skin problems, arthritis and more, according to author Julia Lawless in her book “Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils.” – See more at: http://www.livestrong.com/article/74592-differences-between-essential-oils-/#sthash.2EA3rQAh.dpuf
Fragrance oils are synthetic products and therefore do not possess the natural healing properties of essential oils. Fragrance oils are essentially a “pleasant” aroma, and many modern perfumes are created using fragrance oils. It is possible to create almost any aroma in a fragrance oil, unlike an essential oil, which is extracted from a plant.
“Our fragrances are in a DiPropylene Glycol base which is the safest for diffusing” (Jonathon Midgley 12/15)
Chemical Components of Essential Oils
The chemical components of many essential oils are complex and difficult to reproduce synthetically; not all chemical components in essential oils have been precisely identified by scientists. Essential oils are volatile and, depending on the essential oil, can be identified as a top, middle or base note oil. The chemical components of essential oils vary in the same species of plant because of season, climate and growing conditions, which means the essential oil aroma varies slightly between different batches, according to author and aromatherapist Shirley Price in her book “Aromatherapy Workbook.”
Chemical Components of Fragrance Oils
Fragrance oils are not volatile because they are synthetically made; therefore, fragrance oils usually last longer than essential oils. The range of fragrance oils is a lot wider than essential oils because almost any fragrance can be made in a laboratory. Fragrance oils may contain a certain percentage of essential oils, but they are not completely natural, like essential oils.
Price of Essential Oils
Essential oils vary considerably in price, depending on the type, season and availability. Some essential oils, such as rose and sandalwood, are always expensive because of the complex and timely extraction processes involved. If rose essential oil is cheaply priced, it is most likely adulterated, a common practice used by many suppliers to create a higher profit margin while supplying a “fake” product. Citrus essential oils are usually inexpensive because of the ease of extraction.
Price of Fragrance Oils
Fragrance oils are much cheaper than essential oils because of the ease at which they are synthetically made; almost any aroma is available as a fragrance oil. Examples of fragrance oils that cannot be extracted in essential oil format include banana, strawberry, melon, apple, blueberry pie and hot fudge cake.
Uses of Essential Oils and Fragrance Oils
Essential oils are often used in aromatherapy practice for their therapeutic properties. In addition, essential oils are used in perfumes, body products, soaps, detergents and as flavorings in food and alcohol.
Fragrance oils are commonly used in soaps, perfumes and body lotions, and are favorites of craft makers thanks to the variety of fragrances available. They are cheaper than essential oils and they last longer.
Types of essential oil diffusers
There are a number of different types of diffusers, mainly of following types:
Diffusing through heat
Reed oil diffusing
All these produce essential oils scents however the way they are produced effects the nature as well the way the oil scents will have on you.
Ultrasonic essential oils diffusers
Ultrasonic energy diffuse essential oil via waves that cause the oils to evaporate as mist into the air. It has been proven that these provide a good source of aromatic effects for people using aroma therapy however they lower the health benefits of essential oils by breaking them down while diffusing.
Consist of pads on which oil rests and get evaporated into the air due to heating. Best for diffusing oils when you only need to have a good source of light fragrance in your room. The fumes produced may only be useful to make your room fragrant and it may not have the exact health benefits of any essential oil as the heat reduce its effectiveness.
Considered the most effective diffusing method for essentail oils, as create micro droplets of oils in the air sprayed without getting any chemical change. These droplets lasts longer than other fumes produced via ultrasonic or heat based diffusing machines and contains oils in its natural form and has maximum health benefits you can get from essentail oils.
Simply heat the oil placed in it and the vapors produced are spread around. Good to produce sufficient fragrance in a room, however affects essentail oil chemical composition through heating of oil and not able to give you the health benefits you may need. Best if you only need a calm environment with soft aroma around.
Reed oil diffusers
Reeds are placed into the oil which then flow to the top of the reed and released into the air. Slow process, may not be able to produce lots of aroma quickly around the room.
Candle oil diffusers
Stylish, often used as decorative visual dispensers in rooms and spas to create a soothing environment. Oil is placed under the candle that slowly burns to release the scent into the air. However aroma produced is limited to a small portion and often not able to diffuse into larger areas.
Why you need an essential oil diffuser?
If suffering from stress & need to cleanse your surroundings from infectious bacteria and viruses
Creates a soothing and fresh environment with an ionizer to purify & humidifier moisturizing the air around you.
Allows you to relax naturally as aromatic oils lower stress in your body through relaxing your muscles
It lift-up your spirit & boost your immune system to fight allergies and bacteria present in the air.
proven to be effective in alleviating side effects of medications, symptoms of mood disorder, stress and pain.
Also acts as an ionizer by removing negative ions from your environment , giving you a a sense of calmness and happiness.
Results in the production of massive quantities of active oxygen eliminating harmful TVOC & ammonia.
Essential oil diffuser have great power to deodorize and cleanse the surrounding air filling it with healthy aromatic droplets, relieving you from stress, fatigue, depression and headaches.
Can use various scented oils such as citrus, eucalyptus, lavender & sandalwood, depending on your preferences &/or mood at the time.
How to choose the right essential oil diffuser?
Consider following important things that should be kept in mind while making a decision:
For what purpose
How much area you need to cover
Which oil to use or is prescribed
What results needed
-Ultrasonic diffusing is best for health benefits, a consistent and equal distribution of aroma around a large area.
-Nebulizer for long lasting fragrance and maximum health benefits when used for desired essential oil
-Vaporizing diffusers for small places and light fragrances with slow effects on mood
-Reeds and candles best used around a table or a very small area to relax or meditate.
How to use different types of essential oil diffusers?
Using it correctly is the most important factor to help you get your desired effects. For example, if you need to make a large room fragrant and filled with your favorite smell then have a nebulizer diffusing machine in the middle of the room. In contrast to it if you need a small area to be fragrant and filled with the essential oil effects then use a vaporizing or candle oil diffusion. However:
Always follow the guidelines given along the product to use it correctly
Always place an appropriate amount of oil in the diffusing machine
Place it in a correct position to help you get the desired spread of the aroma
Don’t use it for prolonged periods
Don’t leave it on when empty or don’t have sufficient oil in it
Depending on the effects needed, to get health benefits in any oil you have chosen, use a nebulizer or ultrasonic oil diffusion.
Things to avoid while using an aroma oil diffuser
-Health benefits of using these oils are great and proven to be effective in alleviating side effects of medications, symptoms of mood disorder, stress and pain.
-Never let the diffusing machine remain on for long periods of time, for hours or the whole day as it may cause you to experience “olfactory fatigue” due to the persistent exposure to the smell.
-You may become dizzy or insensitive to certain smell.
-Try start using your diffuser in intervals for one day say for 15 minutes only then for the next day use it twice a day for 15 minutes each .
-Then set your time and frequency as prescribed by your aromatherapy practitioner.
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