Aromatherapy Diffusers and Oils- Diffusing Essential Oils For Maximum Immune and Emotional Benefits

Essential oils are a curiosity to many folks -- they smell nice, but they're just not sure what to do with them, never mind how to get the most from aromatherapy's science-proven benefits (like antiviral, antibacterial and stress-reducing actions). So where to start?! Inhale! Breathe them in! By using a diffuser to accelerate the evaporation of oils in the air around you, not only does your place smell great, but its the best way to use the most sought-after uses of aromatherapy: immune system and emotional support. We'll start with a quick review of the potential benefits of diffusing essential oils for your family, with specific notes for children, then look at the best diffusers for each use.

Scientifically Proven Health Benefits of Essential Oils

The big interests in the home use of essential oils are twofold: 1) They can bring calm to overexcited youngsters while acting as antidepressants for everyone. 2) They have proven antibacterial and antiviral actions; they are able to destroy these microbes in the air, while simultaneously support the strength of our immune system. There's a good bit of scientific data backing both these claims available for free viewing at PubMed.Gov -- start by simply searching for "essential oil" and see where it takes you.  Again, the easiest way to reap these benefits of essential oils is to use a diffuser to release the oils into the air in your environment. A diffuser simply evaporates oils faster than they would naturally, getting a therapeutic concentration into your living or office space  -- but there are many diffuser styles -- we'll help you find the one best suited to your needs.

Diffusers For Antiviral/Antimicrobial Action & Immune Support

For disinfecting the air in your environment, you need to evaporate a relatively high concentration of essential oils. The only way to do this effectively, while conserving the oils to keep costs to a minimum is to use a "nebulizing" diffuser in conjunction with a timer system. While these diffusers will have a somewhat higher initial cost, they're the only diffusers that will output "therapeutic" doses of essential oils for every possible application. These diffusers "nebulize" the oils, making them into a fine, quickly evaporating mist. This is also the diffuser that will diffuse aroma in the largest area; so even if you're only wanting a pleasing aroma in your home, for over 800 square feet, this is the diffuser of choice.

The nebulizers come in two styles: "cold air" and "ultrasonic". The cold air units use only air pressure to diffuse the oils and output the highest concentration of any diffuser type. The ultrasonic is essentially a small water-humidification unit, where oils are mixed with water and then evaporated. Both styles typically have output controls, so you can turn up or down the amount of oil being diffused. They are also both exceptionally quiet.

Diffusers for "Aroma"-therapy: Anti-Stress and Emotional Support

For simple aromatic use -- where oils are used for uplifting your spirits, calming or helping your children sleep, or just making your environment smell fantastic, a "fan" or "warming" diffuser is totally appropriate. The fan diffusers work by blowing air from a small fan over a pad that has been saturated with essential oils -- the warming diffusers work the same way, but with a little bit of heat (they don't get so hot as to burn anyone, and are safe to use around kids). The fan units will emit a quiet hum when on, the warming units will be silent -- and the fan units will generally emit aroma into a moderately-sized space, while the less-expensive warming units are suited for a single room.

Use Oils and Diffusers Efficiently with a Timer

The best way to use the least amount of essential oil for your needs is to use a timer -- either built-in to the diffuser or a readily-available appliance timer. For ANY application, whether the simple aromatic use or medicinal needs, one need only be exposed to the diffused oils for a few minutes at a time. Aromatically, your "smell scent" will become quickly accustomed to the aroma, and you'll start to think the diffuser isn't working anymore. Running the diffuser for only a few minutes every half an hour lets your nose "forget" the oils are in the air. The same principle works for disinfecting the air and immune-system support -- there's no need to over-saturate the air with essential oils. They are so potent that there's no need to continually diffuse a high concentration for these results.

Choosing the Right Oils For Your Purpose

All essential oils have naturally different chemical make-ups. That's what gives them their individual aromas and their individual therapeutic actions. For an uplifting, pleasing atmosphere, the "evergreen" oils are very nice: Fir Needle, Spruce, and Juniper Berry. These are excellent antidepressant aromatics too, along with the citrus oils: Bergamot, Orange, Lemon, Grapefruit and the like, plus Rose and other uplifting flower-scents. For calming and better rest, Lavender is the first choice; when folks aren't a fan of this popular floral oil, Sandalwood and Ylang Ylang are great choices. For all the purposes, its important to use oils you or your family actually like the smell of! There are MANY oils to choose from, and by sampling a few, you're sure to find something everyone enjoys.

For immune support and air-cleaning, there are many oils highly regarded for their antimicrobial actions. Bay laurel is very nice and scientifically shown to be an effective anti-viral. "Plain" Lemon and Rosemary oils are excellent antibacterials, as is Lemon Tea Tree (very potent), Lemongrass, and Eucalyptus Radiata (shown specifically to help our white blood cells function better). Most oils that are sharper and brighter will be effective, but be careful as there are some herb-oils that are too strong to diffuse, like Oregano and Thyme, along with the spice oil Cinnamon. In any case, use your judgment with the aromas: if they seem to intense, they are -- and either switch to a different oil or turn down the diffuser output. Also be aware that children are MUCH more sensitive to essential oils than adults -- adjust your use as necessary, and consult a reputable guide to using essential oils with children.

Conclusion: Diffuse Your Oils for Best Results!

Diffusing essential oils is easy to do, and gives the best results for certain aroma-therapeutic applications -- specifically those to do with preventing colds and flu, supporting emotions and bringing calm to a family environment. There are many diffusers to choose from -- generally, the more expensive units will offer the greatest potential for therapeutic uses, but they're certainly not necessary to get started. The lowest-cost warming diffusers are only about $12, simply to use, and are very durable. This and several essential oil samples is a great way to get started using the therapeutic aspects of essential oils and aromatherapy. 

Norvell Natural Spray Tanning System Review and FAQ

Choosing the right spray tan system and tanning sprays for yourself or your clients can be harder than you imagined. There are so many choices! Being informed about the different solutions and systems on the market today can help you make an informed decision. Norvell Natural Spray Tanning Systems are one of the options you have to ge a natural, safe tan.  

Norvell is often considered the best all natural solution on the market. For those in the market for a real, professional, salon-grade spray tan machine that can handle multiple sessions per day, comes with all of the necessary parts and warranties, and provides a gleaming, even color – this would be the choice of the day.

Norvell is a well-known and leading brand in the professional spray tan world, so it’s nice to see that they’re creating devices that are both up to par and in the affordable range for those who are at-home users or those looking to up their professional game for house calls to clients. The particular Norvell Pro Series machine also happens to be the most silent machine on the market, a much-appreciated feature both in salons and at home.


What are the Norvell Spray Tan Systems and Solutions?

Norvell is a custom designed sunless tanning solution made from all natural ingredients. This high-quality spray solution results in a beautiful bronze tan in a matter of minutes. It dries quickly, allowing for a streak-free, natural looking "just off the beach" tan. If you want to achieve a natural golden color, Norvell is a great choice for you.

Does the solution smell?

Top of the line Norvell solution has a raspberry almond scent, which is much more appealing than other spray tan solutions that leave a musty smell. Customers love the scent of raspberry and almond extract and feel more confident out in public post-spray. 

Is it bad for me or my skin?

The Norvell sunless tanning solution contains breakthrough micro-nutrient technology that delivers a potent blend of vitamins and antioxidants. The natural product contains moisturizing Aloe Vera in Purified De-Mineralized Water, Hawaiian Sea Extract, Sea Kelp and Vitamin C. All these ingredients nourish the skin and extend the life of the tan. All Norvell spray tanning solution is paraben free and there are Norvell organic spray tanning solutions available. 

Is my skin too light or dark for the solution? 

The natural formula works with the skin creating a customized shade of color every time. There is no skin shade that will not work with the spray tanning solution and you can choose from a variety of color options, ranging from original to double dark. All of the Norvell spray tanning solutions result in a natural bronze color, giving you a healthy sun-kissed tan.

 Can I apply the Norvell spray tan solution myself? 

Norvell products are intended for professional use only, so please do not apply it yourself. The spray tan solution is designed for use in all airbrush and HVLP equipment regardless of manufacturer, so all spray tan technicians should be able to use it. Technicians are encouraged to wear gloves and filtering masking during application and to thoroughly read the Norvell Sunless Technicians Manual prior to application. 

 What should I expect? 

The DHA, an active ingredient in the solution that is derived from glycerin, interacts with the amino acids in the skin cells producing a color change. The DHA bronzer will begin to activate within 2-4 hours after application, producing a beautiful bronze tan. Full DHA results develop within 18-24 hours and should last approximately 5-7 days. Norvell also carries a one-hour sunless tanning solution that contains a proprietary amino acid propulsion system to boost rapid tan development, allowing you to achieve a bronze color in an hour flat.

Will the solution stain my hair or clothes?

The solution may temporarily stain really light hair, so wearing a cap is recommended. It may also stain wool, spandex, lycra, silks or other fine fabrics, but the solution is easily removed with regular machine wash. Wearing dark, loose clothing to your tanning session is encouraged.

Does it contain sunscreen?

Norvell does not contain sunscreen, therefore it will not protect you from the sun's rays. It is solely for cosmetic purposes and it recommended that users apply a high SPF sunscreen after the solution has fully developed and one shower has been taken.

The facts that this tanning solution is environmentally safe, and the tan is a natural sun-kissed color are two big reasons I’d recommend it to anyone. Plus the machine is quiet,  easy to use, and easy to clean. Gift yourself with the kind of new energy a natural and safe tan can add to your summer.

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