Equipment You Need to Get Started with Aromatherapy
If you’re going to do aromatherapy it’s important to know about the different types of equipment you need to help you incorporate essential oils into your life in a way that works for the treatments you want to use.
1. Oil Burners
There are many different types of oil burners you can get from electric, metal, glass, ceramic and soapstone. Oil burners fill the room with the scent of the oil you put into it. The oil burner warms and then warms the oil, causing it to evaporate into the air. All of the oil burners work about the same using either a tea light candle or a plug to warm the oil.
Burning oil like this can lesson some of the medicinal effects but it can be a great way to improve the room ambiance, as well as get the oil into the air quickly and effectively. You can buy oil burners in all different price points that will work for you. A great thing about an oil burner is you can put many different types of oil together to make your own treatment.
You can make a compress with gauze, essential oil sheets, and wash cloths. A compress can be hot or cold. Simply put some of the essential oil in some water, then soak the compress, wring it out, and place on the affected area.
For example if you have a headache you can put it on your forehead or your neck. If you have a sprain, place the compress directly on the sprain. Essential oils can absorb into the skin as well as be inhaled through the nose.
3. Glass Bottles
Get some colored glass bottles that keep ultra violet light out so that you can mix your own medicinal oils into a bottle. For example you might mix mint and lemon into one to use for extra energy, or chamomile and lavender to calm you. It’s up to you how you do it.
You can also add the oils into carrier oils such as sweet almond oil or coconut oil to rub on the skin. While you can use plastic in these cases, glass will keep it fresh longer. Having your own bottles will help you a lot so that you can premix.
These offer a way to distribute the oils into the air so that you can process it within your body. There are pros and cons of each one. Use the method that works best for you depending upon the reason you’re using the essential oils.
There are numerous types of diffusers that you can use such as:
- Evaporative – Using a fan which blows air on a cloth or pad with drops of essential oils to evaporate the oil into the air which is blown into the room. It makes the room smell good but it doesn’t give some of the healthful benefits of the essential oils due to destroying some in the evaporation process.
- Nebulizing – This is kind of the same idea as a perfume atomizer. It turns the oil into a fine mist with a burst of air. It turns the oil into very tiny droplets and helps conserve the oil and avoid using too much.
- Humidifying – This uses a combination of vibration and air to push the oils into small particles that are perfect for inhalation. Works great for respiratory problems and for infusing an entire room with essential oils.
- Ultrasonic – This method of distribution uses vibrations to turn the oil into a very fine mist creating tiny micro particles that are easily absorbed into the lungs. It’s accomplished without the use of any type of heat.
- Heat – This method uses a flame or electricity to heat and cause the essential oil to evaporate into the air. Many oils break down with the use of heat and sometimes this can ruin the medicinal effect.
The type of diffuser you use will depend on what you’re trying to accomplish and your budget. With diffusion you can improve the environment, reduce stress, help improve insomnia, feel happier, more alert, and even reduce airborne pathogens.