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What Is An Aromatherapy Diffuser Amazing For?

You have most likely heard of aromatherapy, might wonder what is an aromatherapy diffuser exactly and why are its effects toted to be so amazing? Aromatherapy diffuser is simply a device for diffusing the essential oils into your surroundings. There are several types available, each with their own benefits, with or without electricity.

Aroma fragrances have a wonderful energizing, calming, soothing or relaxing effect on us. They can help us to fall sleep, or wake us up! The amazing health benefits from the essential oils help balance each of our doshas.

You can read my article about aromatherapy and the essential oils here:

Aromatherapy and Essential Oils

The article discusses the benefits and the different aromatherapy methods.

You can also read how aromatherapy can be used to beat holidays blues here:

How To Deal With Depression During Holidays Naturally

What Is An Aromatherapy Diffuser?

Aromatherapy diffuser is simply a method of spreading the aroma and the beneficial molecules from essential oils over a large area, such as a room or a house.

There are several ways of diffusing the essential oils. Some of the natural, non electrical ways include blending them with warm water, heating them up, diluting them into other oils or letting something, such as a dried grass absorb the oil.

Although the natural diffusers are popular, they are not always so effective, especially in larger rooms. The second method is the use of electrical device, which diffuses the essential oil with the help of water vapor.

Warm Water Diffuser

This is commonly Adding Essential Oil in Waterused diffusing method by the massage therapists. A bowl of warm water is placed by the massage table, or under the massage table with a whole for the face if the customer is placed on their stomach.

Few drops of essential oils are places in hot water and the vapor will diffuse the aroma into the near vicinity.

Pros: Beautiful and cheap.

Cons: Only works until the water cools down. Very limited range.

Candle Burner

candle burnerThese are very popular for home use. The small dish above the candle is filled with water and few drops of the essential oil are poured in the water.

When the water gets heated up by the candle, the aroma is diffused into the room.

Pros: Cheap and beautiful, doubles as an ornate project.

Cons: Only works until the candle is burned out or the small water dish run dry. Requires supervision because of the open flame. Works for one room.

Dried Grass Diffuser

Aroma DiffusingIn this method the oil is usually not blended with water, but rather placed in a bottle or an other container and a small whole is made into the top. Dried grass is then places into the container and soaked grass diffuses the aroma into the room.

Pros: Cheap and easy to use.

Cons: Since pure essential oils are used, the aroma can be very over powering. Works for one room. The oils are used up rather quickly since the container is always open.

Electrical Diffuser

There are several different infuser types working with the help of electricity. Most popular ones are:

Electric Socket Diffuser

efusion diffuser

This type of diffuser is connected directly into the socket and contains an essential oil container, or a pad which is infused with essential oils. It diffuses the aroma into the room and can contain a timer.

Pros: Easy to use, can be left on continuously without supervision. Can be timed.

Cons: Replacement containers or pads expensive and only available with certain oils. Only works for small room.

Electric Aroma Diffuser With Water Vapour

Aroma Diffuser With Water VapourThis type of infuser works with electricity, has a large water container where you mix the essential oils.

Pros: These devices are highly efficient and can deliver aroma therapy for a whole room.

You can time this device and leave it on continuously without supervision for fresh, scented air. You can use any brand essential oils in these devices. They increase the humidity of the the air by releasing water vapor and helping the molecules from the essential oils to spread easier.

Cons: Noisy, only works until the water tank is empty. Expensive to purchase, pay off in the long run. Not easy to transport, might break. Water vapor is not always desirable in humid conditions and it can also spread air-born viruses and bacteria.

Electric Aroma Diffuser With Pads

aromatherapy diffuser

This type of diffuser contains pads, to witch the essential oil is placed. The aroma is then spread into the room with a constant air flow.

Pros: Quiet. Works 16h at the time. Usese very little of the essential oil, only 3-6 drops in a day. Has a very large capacity and can fill a 500-square-foot room with a wonder aroma blend of choice. Durable plastic, light weight and portable.

Cons: Expensive to purchase, pays off in long term. Ugly design.

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Electric Nebulizing Diffuser

Nebulizing DiffuserThis diffuser uses the Bernoullis Principle, which uses no water or heat, hence maintaining the therapeutic properties of the used essential oils. It has a wonderful swirling design and it has an inbuilt rainbow colored LED light as well for additional atmosphere. It’s perfect for smaller place and elegant enough to stand on an office desk or at the reception area.

Pros: Amazing design and customization options are available. Completely quiet and very efficient. Large capacity for essential oil. Safety feature auto shut-off after 120 minutes of use.

Cons: Expensive to purchase, pays off in long term. Very fragile. Only works efficiently in a smaller room.

Read more about the whole range of these nebulizing diffusers here:

What Is The Best Aromatherapy Diffuser Like?

Order this beautiful nebulizing diffuser here:

My Loving Advice

I purchased 3 of the quality aromatherapy pad diffuser 2 years ago, one for my atelier, one for my house and one for my yoga and ayurveda practice and haven’t regretted it one single day despite its ugly looks. It’s extremely effective, helping me to keep my house, which includes pets, children, my art atelier,  yoga and ayurveda practice fragrant and disease free.

I also have 2 of the nebulizing diffusers, one of them custom made! It looks absolutely wonderful and fills my office with wonderful ambiance. It has also been a favorite of mine to give as a gift for my family and friends the recent years.

It also gives me a simple but effective way of influencing everyone’s moods by varying the essential oils and the intensity of the aromas. I also use it in my yoga and my art studio for enhancing the performance and creativity.

My favorite scents for creativity are sandalwood, cedar wood, frankincense. For yoga I prefer lavender, chamomile and bergamot. When the kids are sick, I use peppermint, eucalyptus and rosemary!

I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to enjoy the wonderful benefits of aromatherapy with minimal hassle for the maximum advantages.

ॐ Love and Fragrance,

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What Is Infused Water About – Healthy Habits

Everyone seems to be talking about infused water and its health benefits, but many people are still wondering what is infused water about exactly and what are infused water health benefits! This article will cover all that and I have also included some of my own favorite recipes.

Infused water has great health benefits, depending on which ingredients are used for its preparation. It can also be prepared in different ways, cold or warm. The infused water principle is that the taste, scent and nutritional benefits from the fruit, berries, spices or herbs used will mix with the water, creating a healthy, refreshing drink.

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My Discovery of Infused Water

I personally never liked the taste of water. Yes it sounds strange, but I could only gulp it down really cold, which gave me the chills and made my teeth hurt, which made it even more unpleasant.

If there was a slightest taste, I would detect it and turn up my nose and there was nothing my parents could do to make me drink warm water, which was a problem at summer time and when traveling, so I drank unhealthy amounts of diluted juice. I only ever drank voluntarily clean water from a cold stream.

However on one of my early travels I came up with a solution, based on my love for lemons. Strange I know, but I always adored them! I started adding lemon slices in my water and realized the long I kept the lemon in the water before drinking it, the stronger the pleasant taste.

I had gotten started with me first infused water, without even realizing what I was doing and long before I became a health trend. Later on during my travels to India and Sri Lanka, I realized that it was part of the Ayurvedic concept!

Ayurvedic Concept Of Infused Water

In Ayurvedic concept you can infuse water in different ways, either cold, heated up and then cooled down, or in the for of a tea. For the benefits of this article I will only be talking only infused water and not herbal teas, as I am planning on writing a separate article about it later on!

Ayurvedic medicine states that water has special properties depending on if it’s spring, pond, rain or dwell water. Everyone who has ever been lucky enough to drink from mountain stream knows how much better this water tastes like and anyone who washed their hair with rainwater or water from pond knows how it differs from the water led to our house via pipes!

DoshasAyurveda considers water to be nourishing, cooling and detoxifying, as the word Sanskrit word soma indicates. It is associated with moon shine energy and it helps to balance out the Pitta dosha, counteracting Vata dosha’s dryness. 

Water in itself once absorbed into the body properly heals by:

  • Curing fatigue
  • Nourishing skin and giving it healthy glow
  • Increasing stamina
  • Aiding digestion
  • Cooling the body
  • Aiding immune system

Additionally it is seen to detoxify the body, by flushing out the toxins and helping moisture penetrate the cells.

In Ayurvedic concept the water can be absorbed in the body in better if heat has been applied to it. The concept explains that water should be boiled and the infusion should happen either when the water is hot, which either results in tea, which is being enjoyed hot or infused water, if it’s cooled down.

Alternatively the infusion can happen after the water has been cooled down, which is a second method of making infused water. If you think of it, boiling the water is also a great way of getting rid of impurities, such as harmful minerals, bacteria and parasites.

My Favorite Infused Water Recipes

I have a lot of favorite infused water recipes, in fact there I always have one infusing in my kitchen over night. I have written down four recipes my family loves most, both for their taste and health benefits. I would also love to hear about your recipes, so be sure to let me know!

Lime, Ginger And Mint Cold Infused Water

This is a perfect immune system booster drink! It’s very useful and tasty remedy for the flue season during the winter months and extremely refreshing thirst quenching drink during the summer, making it the family favorite all year around!

It’s packed with goodness, C-vitamin, antioxidants and flavanoids. All these ingredients have great health benefits on their own, you can read more here in my Ayurvedic Medicine Remedies For Holidays article.

Additionally this infused water helps you to maintain a healthy weight by flushing your system out of toxins stored in fat, making it easier to break it down and burn for energy.

lime tree

Ingredients

  • 3l of filtered water
  • 2 organic limes
  • 3 cubic cm of organic ginger (1 thumb)
  • 2 large branches of fresh organic mint

Preparation

  1. Boil water and cool it to room temperature
  2. Wash limes well in hot water, so the wax comes off
  3. Slice the lime
  4. Peel the ginger
  5. Cut the ginger in small cubes
  6. Place the lime, ginger and mint in a large jar
  7. Pour in water
  8. Cover with lid
  9. Let stand at least 12h in room temperature before consuming (if you live in very warm climate, put in cooler room)
  10. Refrigerate after 24h
  11. Keep good for 48h

During the summer months we like to add some ice cubes when serving!

P.S. You can of course supplement the lime with lemon, they are perfectly interchangeable. So why do I prefer lime? It gives a stronger taste, besides I have preference for bitter things and sometimes lemons are rather sweet!

You can also use the fresh ginger peel for beauty treatment! Rub the inside of the peel against your face for some refreshing anti-bacterial treatment.

Blueberry And Raspberry Cold Infused Water

This is my favorite for both it’s anti-aging, free-radicals fighting properties and simply for it’s lovely taste! My kids also really adore it. I make it mostly during the late summer and autumn from fresh produce, but it can be made from frozen berries as well!

blueberries

Ingredients

  • 3l of filtered water
  • 250g of organic blueberries
  • 250g of organic raspberries

Preparation

  1. Boil water and cool it to room temperature
  2. Wash fresh berries
  3. Put the berries in the infusing jar
  4. Pour in water
  5. Cover with lid
  6. Let stand at least 12h in room temperature before consuming (if you live in very warm climate, put in cooler room)
  7. Refrigerate after 24h
  8. Keep good for 48h

Cool the drink down with some fresh frozen berries!

P.S. Make sure that you take care of not letting this one stand too long in the warm as the berries will start fermenting. To be sure, remove the berries after 24h. They can be consumed as such, or cooked to make a compote!

Pomegranate Cold Infused Water

Pomegranate seeds have a lot of great properties, due to the high content of both C and K vitamins! I simply love this water since it helps me to fight against osteoporosis and cancer. It also promotes good cardiovascular health and helps children to develop healthy bones!

Besides this, it really tastes really great and my whole family agrees that taste wise this is the best infused water there is.

pomegranate

Ingredients

  • 3l of filtered water
  • 2 large organic pomegranates

Preparation

  1. Boil water and cool it to room temperature
  2. Peel the pomegranates
  3. Put the seeds in the infusing jar
  4. Pour in room temperature filtered water
  5. Cover with lid
  6. Let stand at least 12h in room temperature before consuming (if you live in very warm climate, put in cooler room)
  7. Refrigerate after 24h
  8. Keep good for 48h

You can also cool this drink down with some frozen seeds!

P.S. Like with blue and raspberries, make sure ferment the seeds. The seeds can also be consumed after use.

Apple and Cinnamon Warm Infused Water

This is my favorite fragrant drink during the cold evenings! It can either be prepared as tea or cooled down as infused water. Most off the times I make it in large quantity, I put some aside for some great tea!

The apples have pectin, flavanols, antioxidant quercetin and are also high in C vitamin. Cinnamon in itself has a long list of benefits, mostly due to coumarin and MethylHydroxy Chalcone polymers. Together these properties give this infused water fantastic blood sugar stabilizing properties!

You can read more in my article about the amazing Honey Cinnamon Cures about the fantastic properties of cinnamon.

Red Apples

Ingredients

  • 3l of filtered water
  • 4 organic Ceylon cinnamon sticks
  • 4 organic apples (red varieties are sweeter and but I personally prefer green for more sour taste!)

Preparation

  1. Boil water and cool to about 50C
  2. Wash the apples with hot water removing the wax
  3. Remove the seeds and stem
  4. Slice the apple
  5. Put the apple slices and cinnamon into the jar
  6. Pour in the warm water
  7. Cover with lid
  8. Let stand at least 6h in room temperature before consuming (if you live in very warm climate, put in cooler room)
  9. Refrigerate after 24h
  10. Keep good for 48h

This variety is faster to produce than others, since it uses warm water. It can also be reheated when you want to consume it, this is how I mostly drink it during the winter, but cool it down with some ice at summer.

P.S. You can also replace the apple with oranges at winter time. Remember to use the whole orange as wash the peel well with hot water to remove the wax. I like this, as orange is one of my favorite fragrances.

Dosha Balancing Infused Water

If you are experiencing dosha imbalances you can try to make the following infused waters. In order to find your Ayurvedic dosha type, take this free Ayurveda dosha quiz:

Ayurvedic Dosha Test – Discover Yourself

To find out more about dosha types and how they influence our lives,  you can read my article here:

What Is A Dosha – How It Influences Our Lives

Kapha Balance

  • 2l of water
  • 3 holy basil leaves
  • 2 thin slices of fresh ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. of cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. of fennel

Add ingredients in hot water, let stand for 2h in thermos, drink warm throughout the day.

Pitta Balance

  • 2l of water
  • 1/4 tsp. fennel seed
  • 2 rose buds
  • 1 clove Store

Add ingredients in hot water, let stand for 2h thermos, cool down in cup before drinking.

Vata Balance

  • 2l of water.
  • 3 mint leaves
  • 1/2 tsp. fennel seed
  • 1/4 tsp marshmallow root

Add ingredients in hot water, let stand for 2h in thermos, drink warm throughout the day.

My Loving Advice

Infused Water BottlesGenerally speaking I don’t recommend use of plastic for making infused water. Besides plastic actually being full of poisons that I don’t want to migrate to my water, it becomes a problem if your water does get fermented by accident.

Here you see some of my own infused water tools. I used to use glass bottles, but found it very frustrating since I had to cut the ingredients very small and sometimes had difficulties to remove them, since the swell with the water.

I got these lovely infusion jars for Christmas present few weeks ago and I am extremely happy with them! They have a large lid that closes easily and on top of that they have a faucet, which you can use to tap the water straight into a class.

Water Infusing JarsBesides, they look really pretty in the kitchen, don’t you think? At least they are creating a great discussion subject with the visitors.

Only the first time when I tried to use them, I did not realize the lid needs to be opened in order to tap the water out due to under-pressure in the jar.

Please made sure that you don’t drink more than 2l of water for adults and 1l for children, so you don’t flush all the salt out of your system and go into shock due to water intoxication. During the hot weather and sporting you can increase the amount max 1l but remember to consume sea salt or salt tablets.

So go ahead and test my recipes and be sure to give me feedback about your experiences.I really hope you enjoy both the taste, scent and the health benefits they provide!

Infused water has become part of my day and it’s important part of my natural methods to fight against my cancer. I would recommend every cancer patient to give it a go. I drink infused water during my fasting days as can be read he in this article:

Intermittent Fasting For Cancer Patients

As already mentioned before, I would also love to test yours, so be sure to leave them in the comments section. I promise to test them out!

 

Love and Light,

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