Essential oils have been used in aromatherapy for decades. They smell amazing, and research has shown that these oils have potential health benefits. They are used to support physical, spiritual, emotional wellbeing – diffusing them is a natural way to enhance the quality of life.
Now speaking of essential oil diffusers, many use these devices to make their room smell good. But people do use them to reap health benefits. Diffusing essential oils helps improve your mood, reduce anxiety, aids you to destress and help you to focus.
Diffusers are extremely beneficial in diffusing these oils, but there are a few key factors needed to be considered. Here at Essential Oils with Susana, we highlight a few common mistakes people make when diffusing essential oils.
Mistakes people make with essential oil diffusers in Australia
They diffuse for too long
The human body is equipped to protect itself from external danger. The nose plays a vital role as protector. When scent molecules enter the nose, it triggers odour receptors. These receptors are the one to send a signal to the brain; depending on what it assesses, the brain initiates responses to the nervous system.
When diffusing essential oils in a closed room over an extended period, a persistent stream of the same smell molecules enters through the nose. In order to keep the nervous system from getting exhausted with the constant source of stimuli, smell receptors experience ‘olfactive fatigue’; this is a condition of temporary fatigue that prevent receptors from sending a signal to the brain.
By continuously diffusing essential oils for a long period of time in a room, you cannot get benefitted. Instead, your body will be stressed.
People diffuse essential oils while sleeping at night
Yes, essential oils can promote sleep, and people often diffuse them during sleeping at night. But diffusing them overnight is not the right way.
Your body stays focused during the night while helping muscles, cells and organs to repair. During this time, the brain is less likely to respond to the outside stimuli. It is when your thoughts and other bodily functions slow down. At this stage, inhaling odour molecules is not a priority; in fact, it can be a distraction.
They use too much oil
Adding a lot of drops to the diffuser does not help. And people often believe that the impact will be more effective. Your smelling sense has an odour detection threshold, and everyone has a different threshold level; it is important for your nervous system not to get overloaded. This is why it is safe to use 5 to 6 drops of oil, depending on the room’s size. Use small bursts instead of continuous, to detect the smell better.
They diffuse oils around pets in a closed room
Animals have a greater sense of smell is greater than humans. Their odour sensation is heightened – when you diffuse essential oils in a closed room, they can sense the smell more than you. Their response to the external stimuli is more intensified, and they get more stressed and burdened with overexposure.
People diffuse around babies and pregnant women
In general, essential oils may help pregnant women to stay calm as long as they are healthy and remain careful with them. However, using essential oils during the first trimester is a big NO. Since these oils are highly concentrated plant extracts, they are more powerful than you may think. Diffusing in the presence of babies and pregnant women is not a healthy choice to make.
To conclude, essential oil diffusing is a great way to reap the therapeutic benefits of essential oils. But it should be done wisely to get maximum output. Please do some research before diffusing any type of essential oil since some may cause irritation to your lungs.