To Diffuse or Not to Diffuse….
9 Reason Why an Air Purifier Works Better Than a Diffuser
The number of people diffusing essential oils has skyrocketed over the past five years. We believe this is thanks to the increased number of companies who have taken the time to educate the public about the potential health hazards of synthetic air fresheners, sprays and candles. If you happen to be one of those people, we thank you for that.
Diffusing essential oils in place of the alternatives just mentioned allows people to created a soothing and relaxing environment that people just can’t seem to live without in the crazy, chaotic world. I for one can feel the stresses of the day just slip away when I relax at night with a hint of lemongrass in the air. Couple that with some dim lights and a glass of wine and whola, it’s my very own private paradise.
I, like may others, have become hooked on diffusing essential oils. It’s not just because of the fresh, clean and luxurious scents. It’s because Aromatherapy is a true combination of art and science, fragrance and psychology, biochemistry and botany. It’s one of the oldest methods of holistic healing, which is used to rejuvenate the body, mind and soul with the use of aroma. And who couldn’t use a little rejuvenation every now and then?
Aromatherapy is normally used through inhalation or as a topical application. Inhaling essential oils stimulates the olfactory system, the part of the brain connected to smell. Our sense of smell is registered in one of the oldest parts of the brain, known as the limbic area. This is the part of the brain directly involved in processing emotion and stress. When we breathe in a scent, the aromatic molecules are quickly inhaled via the millions of sensitive cells that line the nasal passages, triggering messages that pass directly to the brain. This is believed to cause a chemical change in the body, which can affect the state of mind, health and spiritual aspects of the person.
With more and more Americans turning towards Alternative Medicine, shelling out more than $30 billion on it in 2012, it’s not surprising why diffusing essential oils is on the rise today. While many people understand the benefits of diffusing essential oils, they just don’t know about the different methods of diffusing that is available.
How Does Diffusing Essential Oils Work?
Essential oil diffusers are made to simply disperse minuscule essential oils molecules into the air. The essential oil then enters the body through inhalation as we normally breathe.
If you Google the term diffuser you will get over 69,900,000 different results with prices ranging from $9.00 to over $350.00. You will find everything from nebulizers, electric diffusers, cold air and warm air diffusers to the old standard of a glass bottle and reed sticks. With all of these options available, how does one know which way to go on diffusing essential oils?
When choosing a diffuser you will need to go with one that not only best suits your needs, but will offer the best value and functionality. A good ol’ fashion glass bottle and reed stick diffuser may be cost effective and great for simply dispersing a scent in the air, but that is all it’s really good for. More expensive diffusers may offer other additional benefits aside from diffusing, such as purifying and humidifying the air.
How Does an Air Purifier Work?
One of the many questions we try to answer at Pure From Nature is why it is better to use an air purifier verse an essential oil diffuser. Studies have shown that the increasing industrialization across the globe is degrading the quality of air. Due to depleting air quality, people are increasingly countering health risks such as asthma, lung cancer, and respiratory and cardiovascular diseases. Air purifiers which were once initially considered a luxury product, are now emerging as a necessity to combat these air quality issues. In view of these factors, the demand for air purifiers has been increasing globally over the last few years.
Pure From Nature was born from a need to address this problem. Our parent company, based in Singapore, created a pure plant cleanser by blending essential oils with botanical extracts. When an air purifier starts undulating, our PURE essential oils mixes with regular tap water to create an environmentally friendly foam. This foam actually scrubs the air of dust, germs, smoke, pollen and pollutants. The clean air is released back into your room, enhanced with the natural properties of the particular essential oil providing the aromatherapy benefits of each scent. Here is a side by side comparison as to why we feel an air purifier works better than a diffuser.
9 Reasons Why an Air Purifier Works Better Than a Diffuser
Diffusers:Fresh scents are released into the air and may temporarily cover up bad odors and smells.
Purifiers:Foul smelling air gets pulled into the purifier where it is naturally cleaned and scented. The clean, scented air is then diffused throughout the room.
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Purifiers:An ionizer is an electrical machine used to produce negatively charged electrons called ions. These negatively charged ions will bond to dust, pollen, germs and smoke. Once the ions attach themselves to these pollutants, the pollutants become too heavy to float and drop to the ground, where they can be cleaned by normal means. Many purifiers have a built-in ionizer.
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Purifiers:When the air gets pulled into the air purifier dust, dirt and any particles are trapped in the foam created by Pure essential oils. The clean, scented air is then released back into the room, while the contaminants are left behind in the purifier.
Diffusers:Citronella plant has been registered with the EPA as an insect repellent in the United States since 1948. However, with candles being under fire since 2001 because of their contribution to indoor air pollution, many people started to diffuse citronella essential oils instead.
Purifiers:Both diffusers and air purifiers have been known to be effective in keeping pests away when diffusing citronella and other oils such as lemongrass, eucalyptus, tea tree and peppermint.
Diffusers:Pet odors can be covered up by diffusing essential oils. Just be sure the scent you choose is safe to use around pets.
Purifiers:Pet dander, the cause of the pet odor, gets pulled into the air purifier and trapped in the foam. By removing the pet dander you are actually removing the cause of the odor, not just covering the odor up when the machines are running.
Diffusers:Again, fresh scents are released into the air and may temporarily cover up bad odors and smells such as smoke.
Purifiers:This video shows not tells you why an air purifier works better in smoky environments.
7.Keeps You Cool:
Diffusers:When it’s hot outside and you’re not quite ready to turn up the air conditioning, you can cool your house naturally. Diffusing minty oils such as peppermint, wintergreen and spearmint can help you feel fresh and cool when beating the summer heat.
Purifiers:Air Purifiers will humidity while they purify, leaving you with a slightly cooler environment than if you simply diffused.
Diffusers:Essential oils have been used as home remedies to reduce congestion, helping people to breathe more easily. Use peppermint, lemon and eucalyptus essential oils.
Purifiers:Couple the benefits of diffusing essential oils with the ability to remove dust, dirt and other floating particles from the air for an easier breathing experience.
Diffusers:Diffusers can cost up to $300, depending on the manufacturer and distributor.
Purifiers:Air purifiers can cost anywhere from $30 to $3,000, depending on the kind you are looking at. Our water-based air purifiers will run around $65.00 while larger, more powerful purifiers with Hepa filters can cost $650 and up.
Regardless of the reason behind diffusing, each person will have their own preference on how they choose to diffuse. I personally find purifiers a better alternative to traditional diffusers because I live in the dusty, windy west, with a pet. There is just is no denying the results when you look at all the dirt and dust that gets captured in the purifier. We invite you to try ours and see for yourself.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.