Amanda Zulauf Aromatherapy

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Aromatherapy diffuser safety


If you type into google “aromatherapy diffusers/ humidifiers/ nebulizer” you will see a range of products between $10-$200 with many different functions.  You can get some mini ones that attach to your computer via USB with just enough water to lasts 1-2 hours or 600 ml diffusers that last up to 20 hours.  Regardless of diffuser, for safety make sure the diffuser you purchase does shut off automatically when the water runs out.

Depending on size of humidifier will depend on how much oil to add, the one I have I use only 5 drops but some of the really large ones call for 10-15 drops.

The one I have is basic and under $50, it has a steady mist flow, different LED light colours and holds 140 ml of water ( 5-6 hours usage).  Now, just because the diffuser last hours and hours it is not recommended you use constantly, it is best to use 1 hour at a time with a 20-30 minute break.   This is where the pricier versions ($100+) come in handy, not only do they have timers some have cycle timers- 45 mins on, 15 mins off, etc.

Aromatherapy diffusers should be used with great care, if your home has children or furry friends please use with caution.  The larger the diffuser the more care needed around animals & babies.  There are many oils not suitable for pregnancy, children under 2 & animals!!!!  I would avoid diffusing around children under 2 completely, and children under 5 caution should be taken.  I hear from Moms that they like to diffuse lavender in the babies room, Lavender is the safest oil for babies but please consider only diffusing for 15 minutes max, or before the baby enters the room.  Better yet, look into lavender hydrosol or lavender in plant form.

Please consult an aromatherapist for treatment for children, elderly & pregnancy.

If your household has cats be extremely cautious with aromatherapy diffusers.  Here is a great article written for an animal wellness magazine by a certified aromatherapist & help from the #1 specialist in the field, Robert Tisserand, that explains why cats & oils don’t mix.  If you don’t want to read up, ultimately cats are missing an enzyme that will allow their liver to process the oil, potentially causing liver failure.  There are some oils that are not suitable for dogs as well, make sure your dog can leave the room if they don’t like it.  There has been many times I use oils ( safe for dogs) and Rufus will either go sit right next to it or get off the couch and go upstairs.

Just last week I realized how powerful a few drops of oil can be,  my parents were diffusing a calming blend I made them to help relax/ sleep better and my Dad woke up from a nap with swollen eyes and an allergy attack.  He does suffer from allergies but I wasn’t overly concerned because he has used essential oils many times topically; I didn’t think oils he had been exposed to would affect him so drastically by diffused inhalation in an open space.  Allergies are tricky, some oils will trigger attacks and some will help alleviate them, it’s often trial and error.

The lesson of that story is to proceed with caution, your 1st time using an unfamiliar oil in a diffuser use 1/2 the amount and for less time.

** I do have a diffuser and a cat, since starting my course and learning more on the topic I avoid using if my cat is in the same room.  She stays in our bedroom most the time so unfortunately I do not use the diffuser at bedtime but will still use it in my closed office when I am studying/ working. ( I love diffusing Rosemary to help me concentrate and memorize )**

🙂 Amanda Zulauf


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