What is the difference between an oil diffuser and an oil burner?
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People have asked me many times what is the difference between an oil diffuser and an oil burner and which one is better. I use both interchangeable and I enjoy both but have preferences for when I use them.

Oil Burner

The oil burner consists of a bowl on top that is filled with water and essential oils. The tea light candle is placed underneath it and heats up the water. The steam carries the essential oils into the air. The therapeutic properties of the essential oil are somewhat degraded through the heating process. It changes the molecular structure and this is what reduces the therapeutic benefits. This method is suited for aromatic purposes as a nice natural air freshener. I personally love the flame aswell.

Oil Diffuser

There are two types of oil diffusers: A nebuliser and an Ultrasonic humidifier.

Ultrasonic Humidifier

The ultrasonic humidifier uses a mixture of water and essential oils. The water carries the essential oils into the air. This cool mist is not heated and safe to use in childrens’ bedrooms. You can also use a portable diffuser for your car.

Nebuliser

The nebuliser uses pure essential oils only, requires no heat and does not use any water. It uses pressurised air to atomise the essential oils into micro particles. The aroma is quite potent and remains in the air for a number of hours.

Inhalation is one of the most effective ways of using essential oils. It is a great way to kill airbourne germs and helping to lift moods. The aromatic molecules reaches the limbic brain via the olfactory system and so has an impact on our physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.

Here are some oils that you can use:

Lavender: Calming, relaxing, de-stressing. Great before bed.
Lemon: Cleansing, air purifier. Helps fight colds and flus.
Peppermint: Focus, Stimulating. Great if you are studying.

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Johann is the owner of Therapeutic Healing and the formulator of LEAH Aromatherapy Skincare. Johann is a qualified Aromatherapist, Holistic Therapist and Energy Therapist. She received her certifications from OBUS School of Wellness Centre, Martinstown Holistic Centre and Robbi Zeck (Aromatic Kinesiology TM). She is Accredited by International Training Education Committee (ITEC) and by International Federation of Professional Aromatherapy (IFPA). She continues her Professional Development with Pat Slattery International. She is a Professional Member with IFPA. Johann's clinic is based in the Healthy Living Centre, Athy, Co Kildare. Johann also runs a variety of online Aromatherapy and Holistic Healing online courses. Like Therapeutic Healing on Facebook or sign up for email updates to stay up to date with all my posts. Ph: 085-2271704.