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Making and Using Aromatherapy Vaporizers

written by: Finn Orfano • edited by: Lisa Lambson • updated: 1/21/2011

Use aromatherapy vaporizers to infuse any room with soothing or exhilarating aromas. Vaporizers are easy to use and come in a variety of types to meet any need. Essential oils offer an array of scents to suit or create any mood. Find your favorites and create a mood anywhere.

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    The Power of Scent

    Using aromatherapy vaporizers is possible almost anywhere including at home or in the office. Vaporizers are unobtrusive and release aromas without bothersome smoke. Aromatic essential oils raise depressed spirits or calm a frazzle body after a hectic day. As aromatic vapors subtly waft around the room, you may find yourself mentally and emotionally rebalanced. Find vaporizers at malls, natural foods stores, drug stores, and even some grocery stores. You can also easily make your own aromatherapy vaporizer.

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    How Aromatherapy Vaporizers Work

    Aromatherapy vaporizers heat essential oils, which allows the oil to rapidly evaporate into the air. The more that the vaporizer heats the oil, the warmer the surrounding air becomes. Rising heat circulates the air, and the oil molecules circulate with the air. In no time, the room is bathed in the aroma that will bring the relief that you desire.

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    Making an Aromatherapy Vaporizer

    There are many varieties of vaporizes to meet individual usage needs. Candle, ring, and simple homemade vaporizers are three available styles. Candle vaporizers are ceramic containers with openings at the top and ventilation holes around the vessels. Rest a small bowl with essential oil and water in the top opening. A votive candle at the bottom of the vase heats the oil, releasing fragrance into the air. Use a scented candle to complement the essential oil. Candle vaporizers can be placed anywhere and add a soft glow to the room. Do not leave candle vaporizers unattended.

    Ring vaporizers and electronic vaporizers use electricity to heat the oil. Place a ring vaporizer on the top of a light bulb. Place a few drops of essential oil in the ring. When the bulb is lit, the heat from the light releases the scent of the oil. An electronic vaporizer plugs into an outlet. A bit of water and a few drops of oil in the dish scent the air as long as the vaporizer is plugged in.

    Make a simple homemade vaporizer with a ceramic or glass saucer or small bowl. Simply pour some water and essential oil into the dish and place on a radiator, hot stove, or wood stove.

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    Using Essential Oils

    Many stores sell blended oils for vaporizers. Trying different blends is always fun. Natural grocers, some bookstores, and New Age shops carry full selections of essential oils. Most are affordable and usually last a long time. Oils such as lavender and mandarin give the room a feeling of calm. Eucalyptus and thyme act as antispetics. Ylanag ylang or frankincense are sensual delights, and sandalwood and rose help release tension. Lemon, rosemary, and peppermint energize the spirit and the mind. You, too, can have all the benefits of essential oils with your own aromatherapy vaporizer.

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