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Essential Oil Inhalers: Benefits, Uses & The Best Ones

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Essential oil inhalers are becoming more popular for improving wellbeing and stress relief. Essential oil inhalers are a form of aromatherapy used by people all over the globe. 

Aromatherapy triggers the central nervous system, which activates an emotional response – instantly affecting your current mood. Mood enhancement is one of the prime uses of essential oil inhalers and direct inhalation provides an immediate boost.

Essential oils help to treat anxiety and depression, improve focus and curb morning sickness in mothers-to-be. Keep reading to learn more about the benefits of an essential oil inhaler.

The Basics: What Are Essential Oils?

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Essential oils are extracted scents from various plants, flowers, grasses, leaves, and trees. When you extract these scents, they become more potent. Common essential oils consist of: 

  • Lavender – Promotes relaxation and sleep
  • Bergamot – Reduces anxiety and promotes skin health
  • Peppermint – Aids digestion and is a natural inflammatory
  • Eucalyptus – Treats cold and sinus problems
  • Tea Tree – Fights infections
  • Lemon – Enhances mood, decreases headaches and nausea
  • Sandalwood – Calms nerves and increase focus
  • Chamomile – Promotes relaxation and improves mood

Essential oils play a role globally in creating customized scents for perfumes, beauty products, and even antioxidants to promote overall health. 

Aromatherapy can produce powerful health benefits. Essential oils are not just for inhaling, though. They can be used in creams and oils or added to bathwater.

Manufacturers extract essential oils through various methods. However, the most common is the steam method. The steam from the chosen plant passes through a distiller, and the scent is vaporized. The water vapor from the plant material returns to liquid through a condenser.

Top Benefits of Essential Oils

Essential oils have uses for almost every condition or illness. Aromatherapy is an age-old treatment for pain, sickness, mental health, and physical therapy. 

The most common top benefits of essential oils are:

  • Increases overall daily mood
  • Improves focus and concentration at work or in the office
  • Stress relief
  • Reduces pain and inflammation
  • Relieves nausea and headaches
  • Improves sleep and promotes relaxation
  • Antibacterial properties
  • Prevents fatigue

Every scent provides unique benefits. For example, orange, black pepper, and cocoa oils are great for alertness. If you’re trying to relax, opt for a scent like lavender.

Make sure you talk to your doctor to discuss which essential oils will work best for your health and wellness needs. 

What Is a Personal Essential Oil Inhaler?

woman in hospital bed using a personal essential oil inhaler

Diffusers for essential oils often have to stay at home or on your desk at work. Aromatherapy inhalers, also called aroma sticks and personal inhalers, are affordable and portable. This way, you can reap the benefits of aromatherapy wherever you are.

People use essential oil inhalers because they are so convenient. Soothing Scents has created an innovative and long lasting personal inhaler in a variety of blends so you can reap the benefits of essential oils no matter where you are. 

The primary reasons people use essential oil inhalers are:

  • Convenience: They allow you to use essential oils with little to no mess.
  • Discreet Usage: You can use it without affecting others with the scent of your chosen oil.
  • Economical: A few drops last a reasonably long time.
  • Effective: Inhalation is the fastest and most effective way to experience benefits from essential oils. Inhaling the scent straight into your lungs triggers the emotional response in your brain. 
  • Portable: The inhalers are small, lightweight, and can be carried anywhere on the go. They’re small enough to fit in your purse or pocket.

How to Use an Essential Oil Inhaler

An essential oil inhaler is one of the most accessible and easiest products to use. You can purchase a pre-made inhaler or add your own to an empty inhaler. If adding your own oil to an empty inhaler, be careful when handling undiluted oils as there are safety precautions to take into account. 

For inhalation, you must follow all instructions on each label. It’s best to inhale only for a few seconds and then take a break before inhaling again. For diffusers, do not diffuse oils all day. 30-60 minutes at a time with a 60-minute break in between should be enough.

No one should use aromatherapy as a replacement or alternative to medical advice. Always ask your doctor first before using personalized aromatherapy.

4 Easy Steps For Using an Essential Oil Inhaler

Now that we’ve addressed safety concerns, here’s how to use your essential oil inhaler. 

  1. Remove lid/cover
  2. Place the inhaler near your nose and take a deep breath.. Hold your breath for a moment. Pull your inhaler away and exhale.
  3. Repeat as needed 
  4. Put the lid/cover back on

Tips for use:

  • Always make sure your inhaler is closed tightly when you’re not using it 
  • Do not leave your inhaler in direct sunlight
  • Store at room temperature 
  • Consider keeping the same oil blend in your inhaler to avoid mixing scents

Essential Oil Inhalers vs. Diffusers

Essential oil diffuser on table

An oil diffuser creates a mist that fills the room with the scent. These are very popular in homes as they can be placed on a table and will easily fill the entire room with the refreshing aroma of your choosing. 

An oil inhaler provides the same benefits in a more confined and concentrated package. Diffusers may take some time to fill a room with a scent, whereas an inhaler provides instant effects. Oil inhalers are more portable because they are small and don’t affect those around you when used. In comparison, a diffuser works better in the home. 

An inhaler enhances and locks in essential oils scents. It provides little opportunity for spillage or overuse. In contrast, diffusers use water with a few drops of oil and mists throughout the day. 

Overall, the nasal oil inhaler is easy to use and take care of. Diffusers require regular maintenance, while inhalers last about six months after opening. Both work wonders for stress relief. 

Essential Oil Personal Inhaler Blends

Soothing Scents QueasEase blend bottle

Essential oil blend recipes are easy to use in any aromatherapy device, from oil inhalers to diffusers. Some of the most popular inhaler blends are:

  1. Relaxation
    1. Lavender, cedarwood, sweet orange, eucalyptus, and ylang-ylang
    2. Frankincense, cedarwood, rosemary, and peppermint
    3. Lavender, sweet marjoram, cedarwood, eucalyptus, and frankincense
  2. Nausea Relief
    1. Ginger, grapefruit, peppermint, and lemon
    2. Spearmint, peppermint, cardamom, and eucalyptus
    3. Ginger, spearmint, lavender, and cardamom
  3. Energizing for focus
    1. Mandarin, cinnamon, spearmint, peppermint, and rosemary
    2. Lemon, Mandarin, cinnamon, and spearmint
    3. Peppermint, rosemary, and lemon
  4. Respiratory benefits
    1. Eucalyptus, tea-tree, cinnamon, lemongrass, frankincense, peppermint
    2. Peppermint, spearmint, and eucalyptus
    3. Cinnamon, lemongrass, and frankincense
  5. Insomnia
    1. Lavender, chamomile, bergamot, and clary sage
    2. Lavender, bergamot, and chamomile
    3. Clary sage and lavender

There are many online recipes for the exact amount of essential oils to use in a mix. You can also order blends for energy, nausea relief, and relaxation from Soothing Scents.

Bottom Line

No matter what you choose to use essential oils for, they are a helpful addition to your daily routine. Essential oils have broad applications for pain, nausea, sickness, concentration, and relaxation. 

Essential oils have also been studied for decades for their many natural advantages. Again, they should not be used as a replacement or alternative to your doctor’s advice. Still, you might be pleasantly surprised by the impact aromatherapy may have on your overall mood and disposition.

At Soothing Scents, you will find essential oil blends specifically formulated for a variety of uses including relaxation, sleep, and pregnancy. Our scents and custom aromatic inhalers are designed with your needs in mind. 

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