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The Smart Way for Diffusing Essential Oils!

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Abstract

Over decades of intensive clinical and academic research in healthcare, the author has gained a keen appreciation for the powerful benefits of essential oils. Essential oils are so essential to the very existence of man and botanical environment on the planet, yet ignored by the larger healthcare field. Hence, essential oils have been left primarily as the mainstay of Self-Care. In Self-Care, the first duty is to be informed about the proper uses BEFORE they are utilized. This paper is but a brief summary about diffusing the oils safely. Readers are urged to study from the resources listed in the For Further Study section at the end of this paper.
DigiCare® Monograph Series
The Smart Way
for Diffusing
Essential Oils!
Max Stanley Chartrand, Ph.D.
DigiCare® Behavioral Research
Introduction: Over decades of intensive
clinical and academic research in
healthcare, the author has gained a keen
appreciation for the powerful benefits of essential oils. Essential oils are so
essential to the very existence of man and botanical environment on the plan-
et, yet ignored by the larger healthcare field. Hence, essential oils have been
left primarily as the mainstay of Self-Care. In Self-Care, the first duty is to be
informed about the proper uses BEFORE they are utilized. This paper is but a
brief summary about diffusing the oils safely. Readers are urged to study from
the resources listed in the For Further Study section at the end of this paper.
Two Routes of Activation via Diffusion
The human body has receptors via the olfactory system that bring bio-
chemical action directly to various parts of the brain, primarily those areas
involved in the limbic system (emotional effects). Essential oils (EO) also
activate immunology (resistance to invading pathogens) and healing. That is
just one route of action. Another route is absorption by the bronchiole and
alveolar cells of the lungs, which carry EOs into the bloodstream within 20-30
seconds after breathing them in. These actions serve efficiently to providing
both direct and indirect therapeutic benefits on one’s body and emotions.
Some oils powerfully fight pathogens, such as bacteria, molds, fungi, para-
sites, and viruses, although all EOs have at least some anti-microbial capabil-
ities. Likewise, all oils have emotional benefits, such relieving stress, calming
fear and anxiety, lifting out of depression or anger, giving energy and uplift,
providing confidence, comfort, and resolve. For that reason, it is critical that
users of EOs oils have two or more reference guides from which to learn
about the specific uses of each oil. One highly recommended source is The
Essential Life (see For Further Study for a source). Another reference book
is titled Essential Emotions from the same source. Finally, another important
guide is a new book by the author titled Understanding the Role of the In-
terstitium: The Latest Discovery for Resolving Uncountable Health Mys-
teries in the Bookstore at www.drmaxchartrand.com.
Four Types of Essential Oil Diffusers
The delivery method that is optimal benefit of almost all EOs is aromatic diffu-
sion. Other methods, topical and oral, should be used for specific and target-
ed purposes. For aromatic diffusion, generally you will want to set your diffus-
er for intermittent distribution for no longer than 2 or 4 hours at a time in a well
ventilated space. In bedrooms, shorter periods of diffusion streams become
more critical. In larger areas, you may diffuse in constant setting if desired,
but do take note as to whether pets or children are present. See caution be-
low. There are four common types of automatic diffusers:
Ultrasonic Diffuser The most desirable for home and office use and in
self-care settings diluting the oil with water (2-3 drops for every 20 ml of
water), takes little power, is quiet, utilizes ultrasonic vibrations @24KHz or
higher, breaking oil down to 1-3 microns and in the air for up to 8 hours.
Nebulizing Diffuser Uses pressurized air for a high velocity air stream.
Does not alter the biochemistry, but uses the oils without dilution, causing
one to go through EOs much faster, with a danger of over-exposure.
Heat Diffuser- Uses heat to spread water-diluted EOs throughout the
room. The downside is that the heat can change the biochemistry and
therefore some of the beneficial effects of the oils;
Evaporative Diffuser Uses a tiny fan to spread the oils and water into
the air by speeding up evaporation, also increasing room humidity.
Examples of Oils for Specific Uses
In Self-Care, it is vital to have a specific purpose in using a specific oil, and
to have a healthy respect for it’s strength. Here are a few examples:
Anxiety: Adaptiv, Vetiver, Serenity, Balance Blend, Lavender + Wild Orange
Bladder: Lemongrass, Wintergreen, Thyme, Oregano, [Fennel+Cypress]
Blood Sugar: Slim & Sassy, Cassia, Cinnamon Bark, Ginger
Cholesterol: Bergamot, Coriander, Slim & Sassy Blend, Digestzen
Immunity: On Guard Blend, Eucalyptus, Melaleuca, Thyme
Depression: Elevation, Cheer, Melissa, Frankincence, Lemon
Digestion: Digestzen, Peppermint, Fennel, Wintergreen
Hypertension: Marjoram, Clove, Ylang Ylang, Celery Seed
Muscles: Copaiba, Past Tense, AromaTouch, Deep Blue, Fir, Ginger
Nerves: Citrus Bliss, Zendocrine, Patchouli, Cardamom, Ginger, Helichrysum
Pain: Copaiba, Tumeric, Wintergreen, Peppermint, Deep Blue, Helichrysum
Respiratory: Breathe, Eucalyptus, Arborvitae, Cardamom, Rosemary
Sleep: Serenity Blend (doTerra), Lavender, Chamomile, Vetiver
Oils that are Safe with Pets & Children Present
The following are commonly used essential oils that are considered safe to
diffuse in the presence of children and pets:
Lavender (Lavender angustifolia)
Melaleuca (Melaleuca alternifolia)
Chamomile (German and Roman)
Lemon (Citrus Limon)
Mandarin (Citrus reticulata)
Spearmint (Mentha spicata)
Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus radiata)
White/Siberian Fir (Abies alba)
Cedarwood (Juniperus virginiana)
(Note: Essential oils should never
be given orally to infants, and
when used topically must be skin tested and significantly diluted prior to use)
Conclusion
When using EOs, use caution, avoiding over-exposure. Note the presence of
others, particularly small children and pets, who may experience adverse
effects or sensitivity. In closed areas, be sure to use the intermittent setting on
your unit and for shorter periods of time. Have reference guides handy and
consult them for each use of an essential oil. Use available blends where
possible rather mixing your own. Learn to manage your family’s Self-Care
needs with a wide range of amazing and effective essential oils!
For Further Study
American College of Healthcare Sciences (2017). 3 Common and Dangerous Essential Oil Mistakes.
Found at: http://info.achs.edu/blog/aromatherapy-essential-oil-dangers-and-safety
Anonymous (2019).
The Essential Life: A Simple Guide to Living the Wellness Lifestyle [6th edition]
.
Total Wellness Publishing, LLC. ISBN 9-781532-384103.
(also available from www.oillife.com)
Chartrand, MS (2020).
Understanding the Role of the Interstitium: The Latest Discovery for Resolv-
ing Uncountable Health Mysteries
. Casa Grande, AZ: DigiCare Behavioral Research.
DoTerra (2020). Which Essential Oil Diffuser Should I Use? Found at https://www.doterra.com/US/
en/blog/healthy-living-which-diffuser.
Harper, E (2016). Safe Essential Oils for Babies and How to Use Them.
Parenthood
, July 1, 2016.
Krumbeck, E (2014). When NOT to Use Essential Oils (Essential Oils Can Cause Seizures in Kids)..
Found at: https://naturopathicpediatrics.com/2014/09/08/essential-oil-safety-danger-
essential-oils-seizures-children/.
Marshall, L (2018). Essential Oils Promise Help, But Beware the Risks. At: https://www.webmd.com/
beauty/news/20180813/essential-oils-promise-help-but-beware-the-risks.
Recreation Space (2019). How Ionic Nebulizing Essential Oils Work. Found at https://
www.recreationspace.com/how-ionic-nebulizing-essential-oil-diffusers-work/
Yap, P, Yiap, B, Ping, H, Lim, S (2014). Essential Oils, A New Horizon in Combating Bacterial Antibiotic
Resistance.
Open Microbiology Journal
. Found at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/
articles/PMC3950955/.
Note: The information contained here is meant only as consumer education, and
not as medical diagnosis or treatment for a given individual’s health conditions.
ResearchGate has not been able to resolve any citations for this publication.
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For many years, the battle between humans and the multitudes of infection and disease causing pathogens continues. Emerging at the battlefield as some of the most significant challenges to human health are bacterial resistance and its rapid rise. These have become a major concern in global public health invigorating the need for new antimicrobial compounds. A rational approach to deal with antibiotic resistance problems requires detailed knowledge of the different biological and non-biological factors that affect the rate and extent of resistance development. Combination therapy combining conventional antibiotics and essential oils is currently blooming and represents a potential area for future investigations. This new generation of phytopharmaceuticals may shed light on the development of new pharmacological regimes in combating antibiotic resistance. This review consolidated and described the observed synergistic outcome between essential oils and antibiotics, and highlighted the possibilities of essential oils as the potential resistance modifying agent.
Which Essential Oil Diffuser Should I Use?
  • Doterra
DoTerra (2020). Which Essential Oil Diffuser Should I Use? Found at https://www.doterra.com/US/ en/blog/healthy-living-which-diffuser.
Safe Essential Oils for Babies and How to Use Them. Parenthood
  • E Harper
Harper, E (2016). Safe Essential Oils for Babies and How to Use Them. Parenthood, July 1, 2016.
When NOT to Use Essential Oils (Essential Oils Can Cause Seizures in Kids)
  • E Krumbeck
Krumbeck, E (2014). When NOT to Use Essential Oils (Essential Oils Can Cause Seizures in Kids).. Found at: https://naturopathicpediatrics.com/2014/09/08/essential-oil-safety-dangeressential-oils-seizures-children/.
Essential Oils Promise Help, But Beware the Risks
  • L Marshall
Marshall, L (2018). Essential Oils Promise Help, But Beware the Risks. At: https://www.webmd.com/ beauty/news/20180813/essential-oils-promise-help-but-beware-the-risks.