Personal inhalers are a wonderful way to take your aromatherapy experience with you, no matter where you travel. We’ve done some previous blog posts on how to create a personal inhaler for your own use, and even included some great recipes ideas! You can find them here:
This blog post was design with details on the actual USE of personal inhalers. Very often we are asked “how often can I use my personal inhaler?” or “Do I need to switch the oils I am using in my inhaler?” So let’s explore how we can use these little tools safely and effectively.
Since you’re only taking a breath or two, then putting it away – you could sniff it quite frequently and not accumulate the same amount of “smelling” as when the diffuser runs for 60 minutes. We recommend limiting the time a diffuser runs in your home to reduce the instance of sensitization this is only typically a concern after long periods of prolonged usage. The normal inhalation (less than an hour) of essential oils is really not concerning.
We don’t find “switching” inhalers necessary. When talking about “switching” oils, you have to consider each of the chemical constituents in order to have no over lap -otherwise, you’re being exposed to the same things over & over, even from different oils.
The one exception to the “switching” scenario would be if you need to find one that works best. Everyone is an individual and reacts to things in their environment in their individual way. This may mean that one combination of essential oils works very well for me, but may not for you in the same situation. I love the flexibility of aromatherapy – this allows us to find very personal, customized options for each concern we may have!
So now, what are we to do? What are the “rules”? They will vary just slightly for everyone, and for every situation. Just use them as needed and only for the shortest time you can get away with. Have a cold? Use that congestion inhaler for a few days to help out – then put it away until next time. Feeling overwhelmed with your Monday (or other day!) use your inhaler a few times and perhaps tomorrow you won’t need it at all.
There are a few other things that can be used in a manner similar to a personal inhaler, and we would be remiss in not mentioning them. Aroma-jewlery is a wonderful way to have your aroma with you, but not have to pull out that inhaler each time you need it. In the case of aroma-jewlery, keep in mind that as the day goes on, the oil is going to evaporates from the necklace or bracelet over time. So there is no concern if you’re using just a drop or two on your pendant or bracelet!
We’d love to hear how YOU use your personal inhalers and what synergies or singles you enjoy for certain reasons. Share with us by leaving a comment here or contacting us via email at Aromatherapist@planttherapy.com. We also have a lively and FUN Facebook group for you to join over at Safe Essential Oil Recipes. We look forward to hearing from you soon!
Source: plant therapy Blog