Is diffusing safe and helpful way to use essential oils?
My answer to this question is a resounding yes with the right controls and understanding what your body needs help with. I am absolute believer in essential oils and using them also to get rid of chemicals in my home. In Life Science Essential Oils 7th edition it notes that "diffused oils increase oxygen availability, produce iOS and release natural ozone. Additionally, certain oils are extremely effective in eliminating and destroying airborne germs and bacteria. A cold air diffuser atomizes a microfine mist of essential oils into the air, where they can remain suspended for several hours."
Additional benefits noted are that it may aid in "reducing bacteria, fungus, mold and unpleasant odors, relax the body, relieve tension, and clear the bind, relieve headaches" and much more.
Holistichealthherbalist.com notes on her blog that "diffusing is a safe alternative to candles that may be toxic as candles are often made with toxic paraffin wax." Most of the diffusers now come with different light settings so even if you are using the candle for a little ambiance you can now achieve that with the diffuser light + the benefit of having natural essential oils in your air.
Some guidelines for a person that is new to essential oils and diffusing is to start out with only a few drops in.a diffuser and start with diffusing only about 15 to 30 minutes per day. Slowly, increase the oils (up to recommended amounts by manufacturer of diffuser and/or recipes) and time to up to 1 to 2 hours per day.
Remember, essential oils are not intended to be used to treat a condition or replace your Dr., rather essential oils aid our bodies. After a stressful day, I love to diffuse Orange, Cedarwood and Lavender to help me relax and sleep at night. However, what works for me may not work for you. Every body's body is different and you have to start out slow and find what is right for you.
An option if you do not have a diffuser is to add a few drops of essential oil to a spray bottle (glass) with 1 C. Purified Water and shake. Use to mist your house, workplace or car. Put it in your bathroom instead of using chemical laden room deodorizers.
Happy Diffusing from Enchanted Earthy Enhancements