Inhalation of Essential Oils

Inhalation Eos

  • Active vs. passive diffusion
Methods of Diffusion & Inhalation
ActivePersonal inhaler, facial steamer, nebulizer & mask, vape pen, aroma lamp, wax warmer, electronic diffuser
PassiveAromatherapy jewelry, clothes patch, natural fragrance, cotton pad, reed diffuser, terra cotta disc
  • Diffusing essential oils at home

According to Robert Tisserand, when diffusing essential oils, it is best to use intermittent diffusion. It is safer and more effective than continuous diffusion. After this length of time, our body (more specifically, our nervous system) becomes accustomed to the essential oil, so benefits do not increase – but our body becomes stressed. Intermittent diffusion means running the diffuser for 30 – 60 minutes, then turning it off for 30 – 60 minutes.

Use caution with the essential oils that you are diffusing – if you have young children, do not diffuse essential oils that are not safe for use around kids of your children’s age ranges, and beware of any medical conditions or medications that may have contraindications with certain essential oils.

If you have indoor pets, it is best to keep them out of the room that you are diffusing in, or allow them to leave to another area of your home that is well ventilated and has fresh air.

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  • Diffusing essential oils in public areas

It is best not to diffuse essential oils in public settings such as classrooms, offices, hospitals etc. as it is a safety risk. You don’t know what medications someone is on, allergies/sensitivities or the medical conditions of all of the people walking through public areas. Some essential oils are contraindicated with certain medications or conditions and you could unknowingly cause harm to them by diffusing essential oils publicly.

  • Personal aromatherapy inhalers

If you want to have your essential oils with you at work or on the go, the safest route is to carry personal aromatherapy inhalers with you. These can be plastic or stainless steel and contain a cotton wick to place the essential oil(s) directly on, which sides inside of the inhaler.

To use a personal inhaler, simply remove the cap and inhale the aroma, tightly recapping the inhaler after each use. It is perfect for using essential oils on-the-go; they are convenient to use and won’t affect an entire room of people, like diffusing would.

  • Signs of over-inhalation
    • coughing
    • rhinitis (runny nose)
    • eye irritation
    • phlegm
    • hoarseness
    • headache
    • difficulty breathing