You've probably heard some of these terms and seen equipment labeled as such. But do you know there is a difference between these items? Think about what tools you would use for different conditions. Here is our version of the differences for your reference, and why you'll want to make sure you always have a diffuser/nebulizer for dōTERRA oils.
A Vaporizer boils water, thereby releasing moisture and steam into the air. Any liquid (essential oil) added to this device will change into a vapor or gas and be released into the air with the steam. Purpose: Increase moisture for inhalation by heating water + oils.
A Humidifier is a device that vaporizes water and sprays it into the atmosphere in order to increase the amount of moisture in the air. Purpose: Increase humidity by heating water and oils.
A Diffuser can take many forms for aromatherapy purposes, including lamp rings, ceramic diffusers or electric-powered. dōTERRA's Lotus Diffuser was purposely designed as a cold-air diffuser to scatter and spread out water molecules as they are combined with essential oils, creating a misting effect. This device fractionates the water molecules and emits a dry, micro-fine, vaporized mist on which droplets of the essential oils ride. It does not use heat to create "steam" for dispersing oils. Purpose: Disperse essential oils into a large area to create a therapeutic effect on respiratory system, and aromatic effect in a room, or to shift emotion through inhalation of specific oil vapors.
Here are some other important facts about the Lotus Diffuser:
- The Lotus diffuser has a special air pump designed to disburse essential oils in a micro-fine vapor where they stay suspended for several hours to reduce airborne infectious pathogens, fungus, mold, and freshen the air with natural fragrances. Not only does this reduce bacteria, mold and odors in the air, but these micro-mist particles also benefit those who inhale them.
- Diffused oils don't just mask odors; they actually alter the structure of the molecules that create odors and neutralize them. They also increase the available oxygen in the room and produce negative ions.
- Diffusing releases oxygenating molecules as well as negative ions, which kill microbes. Testing at Weber State University proves conclusively that diffusing essential oils kills life-threatening airborne micro-organisms.
- Research also shows that cold-air diffusing certain oils may:
- Reduce bacteria, fungus, mold and unpleasant odors.
- Relax the mind and body, relieve tension and clear the mind.
- Help with weight management.
- Improve concentration, alertness and mental clarity.
- Dispel odors.
WHAT TO DIFFUSE?
Put a few drops of Eucalyptus in a diffuser to assist with bronchitis, flu and hay fever.
Frankincense when diffused creates a YUMMY pleasant fragrance, yet at the same time can be beneficial with bronchitis, headaches and pneumonia.
If you're plagued with headaches, mental exhaustion and depression, Grapefruitis the oil you will want to diffuse.
Diffusing Lavender oil may support the body's natural defense against airborne sensitivities to the skin and immune system. It can create a very relaxing atmosphere.
Lemongrass oil diffused can be used for nervousness and as an insect repellant. It is also great to revive the mind when feeling lethargic and to energize and relieve fatigue.
To promote sleep and feelings of peace, diffuse Marjoram. Can also prove to be beneficial when diffused for asthma, bronchitis, poor circulation, coughs, physical exhaustion, headaches, tension, insomnia, sinusitis, anxiety, nervous tension and stress.
Wild Orange when diffused can assist with colds, flu, nervous tension and relaxing for children at bedtime.
Diffuse Peppermint oil in the room while studying to improve concentration and accuracy.
If you want a calming and relaxing atmosphere, diffuse Ylang Ylang.
Diffuse Purify to clean the air and neutralize foul or stale odors.
To help stop nocturnal teeth grinding, diffuse Serenity while sleeping, also to calm overactive or hard-to-manage children.
And of course you can diffuse your favorite oil or blend of oils to enjoy a freshly scented room even when you have no medicinal need.