We all know what a humidifier is. It is an electronic device which keeps the humidity within the room at optimum levels to make the room more comfortable. It does all this by emitting the mist of cool humidified air into the room.
Wouldn’t it be GREAT if the humidifier emits soothing smell of essential oils too?
No doubt, it would be an awesome experience for most of us!
Essential oils especially those of basil and eucalyptus comes with whole lot of medicinal values. These oils are capable enough to rejuvenate mind and body within no time.
It can also keep you fresh for the whole day and at the same time ward off unwanted smells from your home or office areas.
And think about it! If these essential aromatic oils added to the humidifier, can emit a pleasing smell too! What a wonderful idea!
But as this adding humidifier is not always recommended due to the associated risks, you should do this with bit of care and techniques. Lets check here about how you can do it without any risk…
Why You Need To Diffuse Essential Oils In Humidifiers?
Desert type climate or dry air leaves a bad effect on health. People suffer from adverse health conditions living in these areas, hence humidifiers are most important in areas where there is desert like conditions.
Health problem that is most commonly reported in low humid areas is drying up of the mucous membrane along with respiratory issues.
Diffusing essential oils with your humidifier can work wonderfully in treating many related issues and is therefore tried by many. In addition to relieving your health issues you can also use them for getting great aromatic environment in your home.
Essential oils in humidifier for baby congestion and cold is also sometimes advised by pediatricians for getting faster relief.
Things To Keep In Mind Before Adding Essential Oil To Humidifiers
Experts say that it is absolutely fine to add oil to the stored water in humidifier’s chamber, as long as the quantity of the oil is not more than 2-3 drops. It should always be remembered that the oil you use should always be diluted.
In simple words, people using an ultrasonic humidifier must be extremely careful about the quantity of the oil they are using in their humidifier. Any wrong step or excess in the quantity of the oil can be harmful. however people planning to replace their humidifier machine more often can use without any issue.Essential oils are natural oils, but do have contents of alcohol in it. These oils can over time ruin the plastic chamber of your humidifier. So users must clean the tank chamber after every use to clean the deposits and to avoid any damage caused.
How To Add Essential Oil To The Humidifier?
Though people do not use humidifiers as essential oil diffusers, it still is a convenient way to make your room smell good. People feel that using a diffuser is much easier than using a humidifier and it can be said that it indeed is.
But for those who are using the humidifier can add some essential oils to the water that the humidifier is consuming and can get the process done.
It is usually recommended to use essential oil diffusers (rather than using a humidifier) to diffuse the essential oils. But in case you want to use your humidifier to diffuse the essential oils, you should be pretty much careful about it.
Here are few additional techniques by which you can diffuse essential oils with humidifier:
1- Essential oil mixed with water can be placed on the upper chamber of a small porcelain lamp with a small candle lighted underneath to vaporize the oil and water mixture to scent and humidify the entire room. This is an age old method and is one of the most used.
2- You can also try the cotton ball method where in you can soak the cotton ball in the essential oils before dropping it in the water storage container of your ultrasonic humidifier.
3- Moistened cotton ball (with essential oils) can also be placed near to the mister outlet from where the humidified air is released into the room. Humidifier while emitting fine water droplets also extracts the oil particles to release the scent in the air.
Diffusing Oil Using Essential Oil Diffuser Humidifier
In addition to above techniques you can also diffuse essential oil by using humidifier with essential oil diffuser. Certainly with increasing demand, manufacturers are now building great humidifiers which can be used as an essential oil diffuser too.
These specially designed essential oil diffuser with humidifier machines comes with a special mister and a fragrance diffuser which hold the oils separately from the main water tank. You can buy these types of diffusers and humidifiers online which are readily available at an affordable pricing.
We believe that this is one of the most wonderful and safest way to diffuse essential oils with the help of a humidifier. As these devices are 100% safe to use, you do not need to worry about any spills or risks.
Just install it in your room at a safe place, switch it ON and you are ready to enjoy the therapeutic benefits of aromatherapy essential oils.
Eliana is a nurse by profession who loves writing online, spending time with her family and caring for seniors. She has already worked as an associate editor on various mom, baby, home appliances, kitchen and healthy living blogs. In her spare time she also enjoys drawing, reading/writing kindle eBooks and improving her skills a bit.