By Emily Prendergast
While scrolling through Instagram and Facebook, you will most likely encounter posts from your friends and family about diffusers and essential oils. People who use diffusers are generally very passionate about the health and wellness benefits of using essential oils. If you have no idea what diffusers are or if you are curious about how to use one, where to buy one, and what they do, here’s everything you need to know about this year’s college must-have.
Essential oil diffusers are used for aromatherapy and personal enjoyment by dispersing micro molecules of oil into the air. The molecules are let into the air by vibration in the water from the diffuser that creates an ultra-thin mist. Effects from breathing in this air that is diffused can help the body, mind, and mood. Along with the dispelling aroma from the oils in the mist, diffusers are an inexpensive way to humidify the air in your room which eliminates dryness, helping dry or chapped skin and dry sinus passages. Diffusers can be as cheap as $15 and, if used correctly, will last several years.
“I like the ability to put different oils in the same diffuser based on my mood or what I need. If I need to focus I can put some drops of ginger oil into it,” Annaliese Neaman, a senior drama major said.
People have been joining the diffusing bandwagon because of the recent trends of going natural. Individuals that take on these changes attempt to avoid chemicals in foods and household products that can be unhealthy or have negative long-term effects on the body. Diffusers are also a perfect way to make your dorm room smell good without the fire-hazard of a candle; you can fall asleep with your machine running and not worry about anything catching on fire. There had been an increasing amount of attention to the dangers of candles due to “natural living” trends.
Candles, especially the less expensive products found in T.J. Maxx and similar stores, contain harmful toxins that are considered just as dangerous as second-hand smoke. The majority of candles are made from paraffin wax which releases benzene and toluene when burned. Paraffin turns into a carcinogen which is never good to put into your lungs. This ingredient in candle wax is a petroleum waste product that must be heavily chemically treated to be turned into candle wax. Toxins that are released from burning candles are the same as those found in diesel fuel fumes.
Along with various chemicals in candles that are released, the wicks contain metals which are unhealthy to breathe in. These chemicals are often kept a secret from consumers because companies are able to hide some of their ingredients under the safety of “trade secrets.” Opting for diffusers are a healthy way to add an aroma to the room that you are in, along with many health benefits.
Essential oils are a great natural way to improve your health or ease your mind. You can also mix oils to create different fragrances and change the effects of the mist. To notice the effects of your diffuser, professionals recommend keeping your machine running for at least two hours, but say that the optimal usage is four to six hours.
The top nine useful essential oils that are essential for your diffusers are:
Lemongrass essential oil fights bacteria which is helpful for sicknesses, skin infections, and your intestines. If your dorm room feels damp, lemongrass is an effective deterrent against fungi and mold.
Eucalyptus contains antiviral and antibacterial properties which does wonders for your immune system and overall health. This essential oil helps with congestion and coughing.
Rosemary improves memory and improves cognitive performance and helps sanitize your skin and surroundings.
Studies have shown that lavender has soothing and calming effects which help with anxiety and fatigue. This oil is also helpful for nausea and headaches when inhaled. Lavender is best when used at night before bed to alleviate stress and relax the mind to improve sleep.
Peppermint, along with its fresh scent, stimulates the mind which is helpful when you are struggling with school work or trying to focus on studying. Peppermint is also commonly used for respiratory relief during sicknesses or nasal congestion.
- Sweet Orange
When diffused, sweet orange essential oil is known for boosting happiness and calming the mind, overall improving your mood. Sweet orange is also an easy oil to mix with other oils to create unique scents and improve your mental wellbeing.
With a high vitamin content, lemon essential oil is beneficial for the immune system and can help with asthma and allergies. The fresh aroma of lemon is widely used to increase energy and rejuvenate.
- Tea Tree
Diffusing tea tree oil in the air purifies and freshens the air as it disperses. Also referred to as Melaleuca, helps to wake up the mind in the morning or revitalize during the day when you begin to tire out.
This essential oil supports cellular function by helping cell and tissue regeneration. If you are feeling stressed, frankincense can be used to promote relaxation by combating negative emotions.
To use your diffuser, fill the machine up to the max-fill line with room temperature water and add your preferred essential oils to healthily and safely improve your life. These nine essential oils can be bought together in a package for an affordable price from Natrogix Bliss, available online and on Amazon. Have fun with your diffuser by experimenting with your oils and showing off your new room accessory to your friends!