Diffusing Essential Oils

Posted to Subscribers on 26 October 2014


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A few of you asked about essential oils. There are two comments I want to make. The first is that the new diffusers, both the cylindrical one as well as the square one, can be used to diffuse other substances besides essential oils. This is not true of the diffusers with glass reservoirs that I used to carry nor of the new Florihana ones. Those are strictly for pure essential oils, but the newer ones can diffuse other liquids. Because the factory uses junk oils to test their equipment, I specified that they cannot do this with what I order because the smell is horrific and lingers. My skin burns and I have to leave the diffusers outdoors for more than a month. So, they are actually running each diffuser for 24 hours with alcohol to make sure the electronics and everything else are reliable before packing and shipping.

This said, these diffusers really power it out so you might need to place them on a plate so as not to damage the surface immediately surrounding the diffuser. Keep in mind that I have been using these models in my crawl space, which is very stable now, finally. I was worn out for several months following the flood in mid-July. I am finally recovering some energy. I like these diffusers a lot, but they are not as subtle as the previous models so the amount of residue is significantly higher, efficient for remediation, but not for use when very close to something that could be damaged by prolonged moisture — and definitely only for short use in occupied spaces.


The other issue that keeps arising concerns dosage. Most essential oils reach the consumer via the cosmetic industry. We might include perfumes and some chemicals here. These oils may come from plant materials but they are often extracted using hexane and other chemicals. If you take a course in soap making, these oils will sometimes be called fragrances and they are added to candles as well as lotions, soaps, and so on and so forth. They are not 100% natural, not pure, and sometimes not even safe. Personally, I cannot tolerate the odor of fragrances. I would not even say "aroma" because the odor is irritating and sometimes sickening. Even in the world of theoretically pure oils, there is quite a lot of variation, but except for a voice here and there, typically none of these oils are intended for internal use. To be used internally, they have to be very, very pure.

Because of liability concerns, some companies dilute their oils. I have some products for external use that are only 1-2% essential oil, usually tea tree. This oil should not be taken internally, not in its purest form nor even in its diluted form. I have red lines on the labels of oils that should never be taken internally. Moreover, my oils are 100% pure, concentrated, and not diluted so 5 ml. can last years.


Oregano oil, wild oregano oil to be precise, is often sold diluted, usually in olive oil. It might be 10% essential oil, maybe less. Now, you can compare the cost. There is one milliliter, more or less, of essential oil in a 10 ml. bottle that often sells for about $10. You can take some olive oil and put a drop or two of my oregano oil into that and make it yourself for a fraction of the cost. It does not even ruin the taste of salad dressing if you use a single drop; however, I do not recommend more than a drop per ounce (30 ml.) of oil when mixing with salad dressing, herbal extracts, or even shampoo.

Now that you understand the strength of these oils, you also know that inhalation is not to be overdone either. Most people are misting oils for aesthetic purposes. If you subscribe to an aromatherapy list, you will probably quickly get bored listening to the sensory and erotic accounts of different experiments with oils. Well, I get bored and usually unsubscribe after a day or two of bedroom stories. The point however is not the redundancy of tales but that the oils are acting on subtle parts of the brain and nervous system, thus accounting for the heightened sensations and pleasure. Now, it you think carefully, you have to realize that the oils also catalyze specific parts of the sensory mechanisms so we are risking imbalance when we overdo our experiments. Even more important, however, is the fact that inhalation is effective for certain conditions, like congestion, but the reason it is effective is that it is a delivery system. More clearly stated, one can ingest or inhale. Either way, the oil is getting into the body.

If it is dangerous to inhale fumes in a beauty salon, gas station, paint factory, dry cleaning facility, print shop, etc., etc., etc., it has to be understood that all vapors can have a systemic effect. I will tell a gruesome story to make my point. One of the most bizarre parasites I saw in Germany was in the blood of a man who owned a gas station. Being the owner, he spent most of his time in the office but after asking many questions, we determined that the wind generally blew in his direction. Thereupon, his wife wanted to see what her blood looked like because she was usually working at the cashier's desk. Both had dark blue, grungy navy blue, parasites with long claws. I am not saying the parasites were in the fumes but they were perhaps also affected by the fumes or by the horrible damage to the liver (and therefore also the blood) caused by the fumes. Many organs suffer from noxious fumes and we are defenseless against these odors because we have to breathe.

Of course, the lungs are affected, but the blood, liver, and kidneys as well as the brain and even the bones will also be affected. Now that this is clear, you know that excessive use of oils is unwise. I love the oils and use them, but rarely more than once a week unless there is an emergency such as occurred in the crawl space.

As some of you know, I have birds, two cockatoos and a conure. They are even more sensitive than I am to vapors so when I am diffusing, I cover the register in their room. If the weather is nice, I also open the window. I have had them a long time. Sky has been with me since the 1980s but only because I take the precautions that are necessary for his protection. I do not give them any essential oils. I give them cinnamon sticks, and it is fascinating to watch what they do. Celeste, being the elegant lady she is, splits the sticks and then "feathers" them. Then, she strokes her feathers and this seems to make her feel really good. Some sticks, she puts into their drinking water and the water turns quite pinkish to almost red. They are therefore drinking medicated water. She is a connoisseur of flowers as well and gives our animal communicator detailed accounts of the taste and action on her body. They crave these additions to their diet, but I am wandering off topic. The point is that the delivery method for them is topical and oral, not via inhalation.

I am sure that birds are susceptible to fungal infections just as we are. Worse, they have crops, a sort of enlargement of the esophagus, and it would be very vulnerable to fungal infections. As a child, my mother always told me never to give anything moldy to wild birds because they could not cure themselves of crop infections. Celeste, however, may be showing us that cinnamon keeps her crop in condition. These birds are originally from the island of Tinimbar in Indonesia. That is their only habitat and they are endangered in the wild. In the jungles of Tinimbar, I am sure there are medicinal barks and leaves and flowers that keep the birds healthy, but these are not found in the parrot mixes in local stores.

Here, the point is that barks protect trees from termites and fungi so they are very likely medicinal but possibly toxic in high doses. We have to understand them thoroughly before using them. This said, cinnamon is my favorite essential oil, and I happen to like the one called Burmanii which, despite its name, comes from Indonesia. Right now, however, I only have the Sri Lankan one. It is considered superior to the Burmanii but it feels a little more masculine and not quite as subtle. Lest we go into unnecessary nuances here, I just want to cap off this post by urging you to use the oils judiciously. You need to understand them before going gung ho.

There are at least 2.5 million plant species on this planet. Essential oils can be made from flowers, leaves, stems, bark, roots, and even the most woody part of trees. This means that there are potentially a minimum of 15 million different types of essential oils that could be used to preserve wood instead of using synthetic substances — and 15 million oils that have possible medicinal uses. Out of these, the market is dominated by a tiny handful of oils, like lavender oil or peppermint oil, nice oils to be sure, but just the tip of the tip of the iceberg! Ideally, we would study all the oils and not disturb Nature by planting rows and rows and rows of plants with the highest market value. Well, if I were growing for profit, I would probably grow helichrysum.

If I were growing to promote the best health and the most balance for the environment, I would let Nature do Her thing and I would watch. Based on this, I would start studying Scotch broom and dandelions and all the other "invasive" plants.

Many blessings,



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