The world has known and performed aromatherapy for centuries as a form of alternative medicine to promote physical and emotional well-being. It refers to an ancient practice of using essential oils derived from medicinal plants for healing and relaxation. In recent times, this practice is gaining momentum because of increased awareness.
Aromatherapy involves inhalation or topical application of essential oils. It has proven results in treating short-term and long-term health issues like headaches, nasal blockage, anxiety, depression, fatigue, and sleep disorders.
Reed diffusers are a simple and cost-efficient way to enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy. They do not require electricity and are free from heat and smoke, unlike candles or incense sticks. Moreover, they demand less maintenance and are relatively easy to use.
What is a reed diffuser?
Reed diffuser includes a container with the carrier and essential oils and 8-10 reed sticks. Reed sticks are similar to bamboo skewers except that they are very porous. A good quality reed has 20 or more channels across its length. When partially immersed, the oil works its way through these conduits naturally through capillary action.
How to set-up a reed diffuser
The vessel: A non-plastic container with a narrow opening is desirable. If the container is wide-mouthed, the oil will evaporate rather than diffuse. After putting 8-10 reed sticks, there should not be any space left.
Carrier oil: Thin and less viscous oils are ideal for this purpose as they have to transport the essential oils through those narrow conduits of reed sticks. Coconut and almond oils are excellent carrier oils.
Essential oil: Their choice depends on the purpose as well as the preference. Some essential oils like lavender, ylang-ylang, and frankincense are great mood enhancers while some others like peppermint and eucalyptus have medicinal use. Lemongrass oil is remarkably effective in repelling mosquitoes and flies. The proportion of essential oil should be 8-10% of the carrier oil.
Reed sticks: They come in varying lengths and thicknesses. Sticks are generally twice the length of the container. They work best when half immersed in oil.
Reed sticks need replacement every time the essential oil is changed. During use, they need flipping twice a week.
Reed diffusers are a convenient and economical alternative to electric diffusers, candles, and incense sticks. They are perfect for people with allergies or asthma to enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy. The smell from reed diffusers is not very overpowering but consistent and ideal for long-term use.