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Mark

Registered: 06/20/08
Posts: 2
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Could anyone suggest a good source for purchasing electric diffusers. I don't think Auroma carries these at this time. Currently I own an older model Aura Cacia diffuser which I think has clogged and become unrepairable. Thanks, Mark

Carolyn

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Registered: 06/20/08
Posts: 96
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Hi Mark, Actually I believe Auroma does offer a small electric diffuser, so the best bet would be to contact Kevin Coffey directly either by email through the site or call him on 630-653-3082. I have a unit called the 'essential air' that I've used for ages now. It runs for 5 minutes and then switches off for 25, but is a little noisy. It's made by Layden House Ltd., so sounds as if it's English. Sorry to be so vague about this but I've had it for so long. I would suggest perhaps using 'essential air diffuser' as your keywords to search on the internet if you want to pursue this one in particular. There's certainly no shortage of electric diffusers on the market however so apart from these possibilities, you might like to check out the 'UltraScent' Quattro - which according to it's advert is apparently quiet, and easy to use. Find them on http://www.ultrascent.com. Or there's the Aromahaler from http://www.aromahaler.com; or Aroma Therapeutix that offers nebulizing diffusers - 1.800.308.6284. Try checking out some of the aromatherapy magazines or even some of the 'alternative health' publications you'll find at the bookstores. If I can help in any other way - just drop me a line. Best Carolyn

Carolyn

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Registered: 06/20/08
Posts: 96
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Hi again Mark, Just a quick thought - do you have a good idea which essential oils are suitable for use in a diffuser. Most of us would think that since essential oils are aromatic, they're all pretty much just as good as each other for diffusing. However, there are some essential oils that by virtue of their composition are not really suitable for use in this way, or by direct inhalation either. I'd be happy to discuss this further if you're interested. Just let me know. Best Carolyn

Mark

Registered: 06/20/08
Posts: 2
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Hi Carolyn, Thanks for the suggestions. I will check out those websites, though I try to patronize local stores like Auroma when possible. Yes, I am aware to avoid the "heavier" or base note oils like sandalwood that may clog the diffuser. Would be curious to know if there are other parameters besides that to be aware of. My approach to aromatherapy is primarily aesthetic, rather than therapeutic, so I am somewhat liberal in my approach to essential oil usage. I'm curious what others think about the electric vs. candle or lamp diffusion techniques. I just feel the electric diffusers far surpass the others in terms of quickness of room diffusion and vibrancy of the scent. Plus, isn't there also a minimum degradation of the oils since no heat is applied?

Carolyn

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Registered: 06/20/08
Posts: 96
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Good morning Mark, Glad to be of help. Actually, the considerations for suitability for diffusion doesn't only relate to viscosity of the eo. Whilst some essential oils are particularly suitable for diffusing or nebulizing for their potential therapeutic effects on the recipient such as those high in monoterpenes - citrus and pine needle oils in particular; those containing oxides such as the Eucalyptus species (apart from the lemon-scented eucalyptus) and Rosemary; and the those containing monoterpenols such as Lavandin and patchouli - there are of course wonderfully evocative eo's that one would wish to diffuse simply for their fragrance. Of those that might not be suitable for diffusion are those essential oils that have rather high levels of components called phenols, and I know you said you were more interested in the aesthetic value of diffusion rather than the therapeutic, but high proportions of these components very often endow a harsher more medicinal note to the fragrance as well as being potentially aggressive to the mucus and ocular membranes. Therefore, they might not be your first choice for diffusion anyway. These eo's probably best avoided for use in this way - unless at just a drop or two when blended with more attractive eos to quench their potential irritation - are cinnamon bark; oregano (especially the Spanish oregano); clove bud or stem; West Indian bay; Red thymes; Spanish marjoram; wormwood; Dalmatian sage (Salvia officinalis); hyssop; thuja; savory. There's another group of eo's that probably just don't smell particularly good either, although it's got to be a decision of personal taste - examples might be coriander, cumin, cypress, carrot seed, helichrysum, juniperberry, tea tree, cajeput, niaouli and some of the harsher basils, although I find the sweet French basil absolutely delicious when blended with a citrus oil. The French authority, P. Mailhebiau et al recommend only diffusing the following at no more than 5%, and then with a citrus oil of choice - cassia, cinnamon bark (if you really want that Christmassy feel it can be blended at just a drop or two with orange for example, peppermint and spearmint. I agree that electric diffusers are probably more efficient and easier to manage than the candle/heated water type. There is support for the diffusion of essential oils without heat - simply forcing the microparticles of eo into the ambient atmosphere is quick and clean. ONe would have to use really quite high temperatures to denature the components when using heated diffusion - remember these essential oils have been produced at boiling point at least so they're unlikely to suffer at temperatures below this. The majority of eo;s are highly volatile and really don't need much assistance to evaporate - gentle warming might help saturate an area quicker. I don;t really hold with ceramic light-bulb rings since there's no temperature regulation here and unless you're using a very low wattage, they can get awfully hot. Most forget about them too, and I've experienced some really nasty and irritating smells when these have been forgotten about or just ignored. I've also witnessed some rather horrid messes from the tea-light set-ups too. If they're not cleaned regularly - or if anything other than absoutely pure eos are used, then there's always the potential for not-so-positive results. Again, I hope this is of interest, and enjoy your diffusing. Kevin should be able to obtain a unit for you by return. Best Carolyn

fxpro888

Registered: 11/27
Posts: 1
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just stumbled upon this forum thread, asking for opinions about the best essential oil diffuser product.

I can see with certainty (and no need to promote) that the bernoulli's theory based nebulizing diffusers are the best there are on the market (for most applications/locations).

originally, I thought there were just two kinds of effective essential oil diffusers... 1. heat, fire or lamp based diffusers or 2. water based humidifier style diffusers

but, wait, after heavy searching and lots of time invested, I came across the diffusers on this page http://www.organicaromas.com  they do not use heat, fire OR water!!! they are clean, effective, efficient...and oh yea...beautiful!

you can find something similar on a couple sites.... http://www.aromas.com and also something on http://www.youngliving.com  but there are differences

in any case, now we just diffuse the oils we want and need, we dont waste, we dont have any adulteration or mess due to heat or fire and we certainly dont have added water being added to our environment.

I strongly suggest this kind of diffuser over all others.
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