Aromatherapy - Essential Oils Vapourisers


Essential oils can be used in a variety of ways to improve your mood and health. Just a few small drops of this natural product can simply be left out on a saucer, or added to pot pourri to make your environment smell beautiful. However, aromatherapy vapourisers are a quick and easy way to give you a much better effect, overall.

How Vapourisers Work:
Vapourisers heat essential oil, which speeds the rate at which it evaporates. This means that the scent molecules pass into the air more rapidly, enabling you to breathe in more ‘scent’ in a shorter period of time. As the vapouriser warms the essential oil, it also heats the air around it. As hot air rises, this causes the air in the room to circulate, spreading the tiny molecules around more quickly.

How To Use Vapouriser Essential Oil:
Vapouriser oil can be used undiluted, or you can purchase special vapouriser blends. For both of these, usually only about three to five drops are needed. Essential oils can be used with different types of vapourisers, but be mindful to include water, as explained below.

Candle Vapourisers:
Candle vapourisers consist of a small bowl of water suspended over a candle, into which a few drops of essential oil are added. The type of candle used is commonly called a tea candle. The heat from the candle causes the oil to vapourise, and evaporate into the air. Candle vapourisers are the most common type of aromatherapy essential oil vapouriser, and they can be purchased in many different styles and colours.

Electronic Vapourisers:
With electronic vapourisers, it is electricity that heats the oil. One type of electric vapouriser consists of a ceramic dish that plugs into the mains. By putting water and a few drops of essential oil into the dish, as it heats up the essential oil will evaporate. Another type is a small ceramic loop that fits over the bulb in a table lamp or light fitting. The heat from the bulb evaporates the essential oil.

Homemade Heaters:
If you would prefer not to purchase any of the vapourisers mentioned above, a good way to make your own is to simply put water and a few drops of essential oil in a saucer, ceramic dish or bottle, on top of a radiator. You can also put a few drops of essential oil onto a wet handkerchief or similarly structured cloth over a radiator.

The examples of vapourisers above have been described for information purposes. Personally, I have always used a candle vapouriser and recommend their use. For safety reasons and peace of mind I prefer to use a vapouriser that only requires the use of a candle which is safely contained in a candle vapouriser.

The best essential oils to use in your vapouriser:
As an antiseptic - to help keep the air free of germs: Benzoine, Eucalyptus, Juniper Berry, Tea Tree and Thyme.
To ease tension - to stop you feeling anxious: Geranium, Juniper Berry, Marjoram, Rose, and Sandalwood.
To energize - to help you wake up in the morning: Bergamot, Black Pepper, Lemon, and Peppermint, Rosemary.
For headaches - to help soothe sore heads: Chamomile, Lavender, Marjoram, Neroli, and Rosemary.
To relax - to help you unwind in the evening: Lavender, Mandarin, Sweet Marjoram, Melissa, and Neroli.
For sensual pleasure – to help create a romantic mood: Cedarwood, Lavender, Patchouli, Rose, and Ylang Ylang.

© Copyright Jan Reid-Lennox. All Rights Reserved.