Before we talk about the essential oil burner, we have to talk about essential oils. What actually are essential oils? Well, an essential oil is a concentrated hydrophobic liquid containing volatile chemical compounds from plants, or the “essence of” the plant’s fragrance, according to Wikipedia.
Essential oils help kill infectious bacteria and airborne microbes and purify the air around us, improving respiration and clearing our breathing paths. It also stimulate, sedate or help balance our nerves, hormones and boost focus, concentration and memory.
Most common essential oils include lavender, peppermint, tea tree oil, eucalyptus, or they could be raw plant materials consisting of the flowers, leaves, wood, bark, roots, seeds or peels. Used in cosmetics, perfumes, soaps, food flavourings, incenses and household cleaning products, essential oils are often used for aromatherapy, a form of alternative medicine, to induce relaxation, though there is still insufficient evidence of its effectiveness.
Essential oils need to be placed into an essential oil burner in order for it to work. An essential oil burner, usually made of copper, ceramic or soapstone, consists of a little dish on top for putting in your essential oils, while a small tea light candle sits below. It then evaporates the oil and fills the scent in your entire room by heating up the essential oils, inducing relaxation, improving moods, emotions and sleep. Sometimes, your therapist might use an essential oil diffuser, which uses ultrasonic or movement to disperse the essential oils into the environment. What are the differences between that and an essential oil burner?
Differences Between An Essential Oil Burner and An Electric Oil Diffuser
An essential oil burner and an electric oil diffuser can both be used to extract the benefits of essential oils. The core difference is that an essential oil burner uses a direct fire in terms of the small tea light candle in order to vapourize the essential oil with the heat. Do not ever leave an essential oil burner unattended, especially with kids around, as there’s an open fire, and it could well dry up the essential oils rapidly.
Powered by electricity and ultrasonic waves, an electric oil diffuser has a small compartment where the water is placed and a few drops of oils are added. The particles are then diffused into the air by the power of ultrasonic vibrations without the need for any heat, which means you get a higher quality aroma. There is no naked flame, so you do not need to worry about the risk of a fire if you leave it alone.
Electric oil diffusers are much more expensive, retailing at between $30 to $150 than essential oil burners and are not easy to find. Although more expensive, such diffusers can bring life to larger living areas. Essential oil burners are more affordable, and you can get one for as little as $15 – $50 each but its ability to diffuse the oil is quite limited.
Some have said that using an essential oil burner will damage the molecules of your essential oils and your treatment could be ineffective in this case. But famed aromatherapist Cristina Proano-Carrion explained that what really happens is that the “diffuser takes a liquid that’s full of essential oils and turns it into tiny droplets so that it has an easier time floating through the air in your room. But just because the droplets are physically smaller doesn’t mean that the molecules inside of them are smaller. The truth is, their molecular structure doesn’t change one bit!” There is also no scientific proof or research that shows that an essential oil burner really causes damage to essential oils and cannot provide as well a treatment as an essential oil diffuser.
Both methods of dispersing essential oils offer equal therapeutic advantages, and you can customize the scent by using different essential oil blend recipes.
Using Your Essential Oil Burner Safely
How do you properly use an essential oil burner? Well, you need a pour in a little bit of water, perhaps to fill it to the ¾, into the top dish of the essential oil burner. Next, just place between 3 to 5 drops of essential oils (or 5 to 8 drops for a medium-sized burner and 7 – 10 drops for a large-sized burner). If you’re unsure, just add the minimum as you can always top up later.
Do also take note of safety issues, keeping your active essential oil burner out of reach of children and pets, and it’s better to put them on a elevated surface such as a dining table, coffee table, mantelpiece or your work desk. It is also very important that you do not leave an essential oil burner unattended – remember to blow out the candle if you are going away. Ensure that you periodically top up the water or blow out the candle so that the burner do not get charred when the water dries up and the candle is still burning hot. It can give the room an especially bad smell.
How to Get the Most Out Of Your Essential Oil Burner
Here are a few tips to help you get the most out of your essential oil burner.
- Choose the correct essential oil for the right kind of mood that you want to create for that day and enhance your entire space with candles, crystals, plants and add on music to add to the atmosphere.
- Close the door to let the aroma concentrate inside the room.
- How about some self-care while you’re at it? Prepare a spa, a meditation session or a calming foot soak while enjoying the aroma of your essential oil burner.
- While taking a bath with essential oils, use the same oils on the essential oil burner at the same time to enjoy the full benefit of the oils, allowing your skin to absorb the oils while enjoying the aroma at the same time.
- Prepare the essential oil mixture by adding in water to essential oil at a proportion of about ½ or ¾ water to oil.
- Use your essential oil burner with essential oils for up to a maximum of 30 to 40 minutes per time, at one to three times a day. Remember not to use it for more than 50 minutes as it might give you a headache.
Some Essential Oil Burner Recipes For Relaxation, Sleep and Reducing Stress
Get a mix of 3 drops of bergamot, 3 drops of frankincense and 3 drops of elevation, or 3 drops of bergamot, 3 drops of patchouli and 3 drops of ylang ylang. Another recipe is 4 drops of lavender, 2 drops of vetiver, 1 drop of clary sage and 1 drop of lemon. All these essential oil blend recipes will help you relax, sleep and reduce your stress.
Things to Look Out For When Buying An Essential Oil Burner
Before buying an essential oil burner, check the advice from suppliers or shops. Get an essential oil burner with a dish or bowl that’s at least 8cm from the unlit candle to the dish’s bottom, so that the candle does not burn out the water too quickly.
It’s also advisable to buy a medium-sized one as small ones do not always provide enough fragrance for average or large-sized rooms. But if you just need the aroma for yourself while you are working at your own desk, then a small one will probably suffice. In general, use small to medium-sized ones for homes and large ones for large office spaces, office front desks, seminar rooms or spas.
Types of Essential Oil Burners
(1) Simple Ceramic Essential Oil Burner
The simple essential oil burner made of ceramic is the top sellers among all the essential oil burners worldwide because it is affordable and simple to setup. Its ease-of-use has make everyone’s life much easier and healthier.
Made of unglazed ceramic, every hole in such a scented essential oil burner is usually meticulously hand-carved to ensure that the light will softly spread out and cast beautiful patterns on your wall or table, with the fragrance and aroma helping you to reduce stress and relax. You can choose to place it in the living room, yoga or meditation room, balcony, patio, porch or garden, and it will help in calming you daily.
All you need to do is scoop a spoonful of water and add in 2 to 5 drops of your chosen essential oils and light a small tea light candle below the burner.
(2) Electric Essential Oil Burner/Diffuser
Another type of essential oil burner is the type that runs on electricity. For instance, an essential oil diffuser or burner that can also be used for aromatherapy. By diffusing a pleasant fragrance, this type of burner or diffuser can instantly lift your stress at the end of a hectic day, and it’s also perfect for masking the smoke and smells from your pets.
Using quiet, ultrasonic waves, this type of essential oil burner also act as a humidifier to humidifies your living space to prevent dry, stuffy air and flu from infecting your family members and helps to prevent dry and chapped skin in dry winter months or in an air-conditioned room.
This type of burner usually has more customisable functions, such as changing mood lights of green, blue, red, etc., adjustable between bright and dim modes, very suitable for kids who are scared of the dark.
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