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Can I Use My Diffuser Constantly?

Passive Aromatherapy Diffusers
Passive Aromatherapy Diffusers  
This blog post was inspired by several recent e-mails that posed that very question. When using a nebulizer, electric fan diffuser or other diffuser that is capable of distributing a large quantity of essential oil into the air, use your diffuser for a limited period of time (15 minutes is a good rule of thumb) and then shut it off for about an hour before turning it back on. I use an electric timer on my nebulizers. The timers make the process simple, and I never have to worry about accidentally leaving a nebulizer on when I leave the house. Candle diffusers usually emit a less concentrated quantity of oil into the air. As a rule, it is generally ok to diffuse oils for longer periods of time than electric diffusers, but of course you should never leave a candle unattended. Passive diffusers such as porous terra cotta style diffusers can be used for extended periods of time if they are used in large or well ventilated rooms. When used in smaller spaces including cars or bathrooms, try not to add an excessive amount of oil to the diffuser, and don't use it constantly.

When essential oils are diffused into the air, you gradually begin to adapt to the aroma and no longer notice the fragrance until you leave the area and return a short while later. It's easy to overpower the air and not realize it. Many individuals that are sensitive to commercial perfumes and synthetic fragrance oils are able to enjoy and benefit from natural essential oils. Too much of a good thing, however, isn't always better. With overuse, it is possible to become sensitized to essential oils. A good rule of thumb is to not overdo it and be considerate with your choice of oils when diffusing before or while you have guests over.

Aromatherapy Diffusers
  A selection of Diffusers and Nebulizers
Some essential oils are stronger in aromatic intensity and will more easily overpower a room. The strongest essential oils include peppermint, geranium, lime, nutmeg, ginger and cinnamon. Ylang ylang possesses an intensive floral aroma that is known to cause headaches when not used modestly. Some essential oils are contraindicated with particular illnesses/conditions and should be used sparingly if at all with those that have the specific illness/condition. For details on essential oil safety, visit AromaWeb's Essential Oil Safety article.

For more information about diffusion and the different types of diffusers available, visit AromaWeb's Aromatherapy and Essential Oil Diffusers article.

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