There are some preparations directly for inhalation. The bottle is opened and inhaled directly. As they are formed by undiluted oils, they can be reactive for the skin, so they are not designed to apply topically.
By vaporization, the traditional method it consists of heating hot water in a pot and a towel. Add a few drops of essential oil and cover ourselves with a towel. We close our eyes and breathe deeply to inhale all the value for several minutes.
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Some humidifier oils also allow dry vaporize. This is the case of cottons or impregnated fabrics. They open from the seal and emit vapors during their consumption period, which lasts several weeks.
Although the volume of vaporized oils is very small, it does allow to leave an aroma to the environment constantly, which will increase according to the temperature of the house. The more heat, the faster it will be consumed and the more oils it will emit.
Applied to the skin
Many personal hygiene products contain oil extracts for application to the skin. In general, these oils already go previously diluted and, if this is not the case, we must do them ourselves. This ensures that we do not have negative skin reactions due to high concentration. In any case, the manufacturer’s recommendations must be followed to the letter.
The application of these oils it is usually done in the form of massage, mainly on irritated parts or areas of muscle pain. We talk about wrists, elbow, neck and any sore joints. Avoid mucous membranes such as eyes or mouth, as some may be toxic or contain alcohols that should not be consumed.
As a product for personal hygiene
Although many gels and shampoos contain essential oils, on our own we can aromatize even more by adding a few drops of essential oils to the contents. We can also apply these oils on the walls of the bathroom or floor, so that when hot water produces steam, will increase the emission of these oils into the air and we will appreciate their smell significantly.
There is no more relaxing factor than adding a few drops of oil or salts to the relaxing bath, full of foam and bubbles.
Use of humidifier oils
The most modern, practical and comfortable way is to use humidifier oils directly. They are connected to the device, which is usually electric, and emits the aroma continuously, controlling the intensity with a simple button. When connected, in a matter of minutes it begins to emit oil vapors into the environment and the relaxing effect begins.
The humidifier oils they are usually added together with the water that, by means of a resistance, evaporates and emits the extract into the air in a controlled way. Depending on the intensity, it evaporates more or less water.
The good thing about them is that you can play with different compositions of essential oils, some more relaxing and others more activating, according to our mood and interest in use.
Read more: list of essential oils to use
Safety standards and precautions for use
The market is full of different fragrances and oils, and keep in mind that not all are made with the same ingredients or the same safety standards. We must always buy those that have a certificate or homologation for the country. In Europe it usually has the CE certificate.
The oils are still superconcentrated with plant extracts, and therefore, can be toxic by inhalation and contact with the skin or mucous membranes. You should never ingest essential oils directly, under any circumstances.
In general, the minimum usage guidelines of the oils for humidifier are as follows:
- Adults-only use
- In general, they are not recommended (due to lack of research) in pregnant women or breastfeeding periods, unless indicated by health authorities.
- pregnant or breastfeeding women
- Avoid the emission of oils in the presence of pets
In rare cases, some drugs can interact with these essential oils in a negative way, so if they are applied to the skin you should consult with a medical specialist in case there are pathologies Previous.
Possible skin sensitivity
Each person has a degree of sensitivity specific to the skin. Before using any of them, we must perform a compatibility test, applying a few drops on the wrist and waiting a few hours in case any negative reaction appears.
In any case, they should never be applied to sensitive areas such as the skin, ears, eyes or mouth. If we have a wound pending healing or in the process of healing, we should not apply these oils either. Many of them contain alcohols and can sensitize and irritate the area.
Buy essential oils for humidifier
They can usually be purchased kits with various oils, to alternate as we need.
Benefits of Essential Oils
Although much more research is still needed on essential oil issues than there is recently, there are some trials that verify the benefits of their use. The application of oils for humidifiers is a simple way to take advantage of them through aromatherapy.
This is the list of some commonly used oils and the effects they cause:
Lavender oil: it produces sedative effects and makes it a beneficial element to reduce situations of stress and worries. It is used to increase our feeling of relaxation. In the skin, it reduces the pain caused by cramps. Aspirated, it helps reduce congestion from flu or respiratory infections.
Tea tree: the tea tree not only has benefits provided through infusions. Different compositions are also used in aromatherapy and applied diluted on the skin. It helps to improve your hydration, reduce acne, prevent warts and nail fungus.
Peppermint oil. Peppermint oil is one of the most widely used worldwide, especially to relieve symptoms of nasal congestion. Consumed by infusion, it also helps improve digestion, especially after heavy meals.
N oilaranja: Orange oil is used can relieve feelings of stress and anxiety. Its use helps to relax our nervous system. Special caution should be taken with its use as it has an acidic character and applied undiluted on the skin can cause burns and irritation.
Lemon oil: with properties very similar to the previous case, it is used to activate our circulatory system. Applied diluted on the skin, it has anti-vaccine and antifungal properties. Like orange, special care should be taken with its use for its irritating capacity, and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.