21 September 2008

Diffusion is the process of dispersing essential oils so that their aroma fills a room or an area with the natural fragrance.

There are 3 easy and popular methods :

Tissue Diffusion
  • Place 4-5 drops of essential oil on a tissue. Place the tissue near you. As movement occurs in the room.
  • Advantages :
    This method can be used anywhere and is quickly transportable.
  • Disadvantages :
    This method does not emit much aroma into a room.
Steam Diffusion
  • Boil 3 cups of water. Pour the water into a bowl and add up to 15 drops of oil to the water. Caution with the oil that can make irritate the mucous membrane. Use only a few drops of essential oil, like cinnamon, eucalyptus, rosemary, pine, thyme, cajuput, etc. The steam will heat the oils and cause them to evaporate quickly into the room.
  • Advantages :
    This method will quickly diffuse the oils into a room.
  • Disadvantages :
    The aroma is not exceptionally long-lasting. The heat may alter or destroy certain constituents of the oils and thus the therapeutic benefit may not be as optimal as using cold-air diffusion methods.
Candle Diffusion
  • Light a candle and allow it to burn for about 10 minutes. Extinguish the candle, place 1 drop of essential oil in the melted wax and then relight the candle.
  • Advantages :
    This method can be used most anywhere that a candle may be used.
  • Disadvantages :
    Essential oils are flammable, so great care must be used. The aroma is not long-lasting. The heat may alter or destroy certain constituents of the oils and thus the therapeutic benefit may not be as optimal as using cold-air diffusion methods.

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