Tuesday, January 13, 2009
By Maria Margaret Low
There are a number of ways to diffuse essential oils. One of the most powerful approaches is to use a nebulizer. A nebulizer breaks essential oils into separate molecules before dispersing the smaller molecules into the room. These smaller molecules can be more readily absorbed by the lungs and thus create greater therapeutic value than by use of other diffusion methods.
A nebulizer consists of two main parts: the plastic base that contains the motor and a glass bottle. Disadvantages to this method are that the glass piece is breakable and expensive to replace. Cleaning the glass between different oils can also be very time-consuming. Depending on the style of nebulizer, thick oils such as sandalwood and patchouli may clog certain style nebulizers.
In allopathic medicine, a nebulizer is a device used to administer medication to people in the form of a mist inhaled into the lungs. It is commonly used in treating cystic fibrosis, asthma, and other respiratory diseases. Jet nebulizers are also called atomizers. Jet nebulizers are connected by tubing to a compressed air source that causes air or oxygen to blast at high velocity through a liquid medicine to turn it into an aerosol, which is then inhaled by the patient.
As a general rule, doctors most commonly prescribe metered-dose inhalers for their patients, largely because these are more convenient and portable than nebulizers. However, jet nebulizers are commonly used in hospital settings for patients who have difficulty using inhalers, such as in serious cases of respiratory disease, or severe asthma attacks.
Even for healthy individuals, diffusing essential oils promotes relaxation, relieves tension, clears the mind and improves concentration, alertness and mental clarity. Use a diffuser to improve your concentration in your office or to help your children focus on their homework each night.
Other ways to diffuse essential oils include compresses, stone diffusers or terra cotta diffusers. Compresses can also be made by placing essential oils on a clean cloth. The compress can be used on the chest for inhalation. Certain types of clay also work well as diffusers, either heated or at room temperature. Personal diffusers can be purchased that use the body's own heat to continuously diffuse oils. Stone diffusers operate at a low hear and slowly diffuse oils into the immediate environment. Try whichever method fits your lifestyle!