I have been given this product as part of a product review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company.
During my last visit to my pain specialist, he wrote down 3 things he thought it was vital I continue with in the coming year. As someone whose mind never turns off, number 2 on the list – meditation – is the thing I find the hardest.
Meditation. Relaxation. Peacefulness. Whatever you want to call it. Letting go of the days events, ignoring the niggling thoughts about everything that needs to be done, releasing tension. It’s not easy.
So when I was offered the chance to try an Organic Aromas Essential Oil Diffuser at home, I jumped at it. Although I had never used an oil diffuser before, I recently noticed one in the treatment room at my massage theraprists. The fragence coming from the diffuser helped set the mood perfectly and made it easy for me to relax into the massage and forget about everything else that, quite frankly, could wait.
Oil diffusers are designed to break down and disperse into the air the therapeutic properties of the oil. Essential oils (extracted from plants) have been used for thousands of years to treat a variety of issues. A cousin of mine swears by lavendar on her pillow to help her sleep and I know of countless people who use peppermint for headaches and nausea. According to their website, Organic Aromas Essential Oil Diffusers are nebulising diffusers meaning they don’t use heat or water. The essential oil therefore doesn’t become diluted and its chemical structure remains unaltered. This means the oils reach you “in their natural state and provide you with all of their original therapeutic benefits.”
Organic Aromas have a range of beautiful diffusers starting from US$95 to US$175. At the moment (October 2016), that’s about $125 to $230 Australian Dollars. Not cheap. So, is it worth it?
I chose the Raindrop diffuser in light wood (US$95), based on nothing more than its simple, elegant shape. You can buy essential oils from the Organic Aromas website (US$7.50 – US$24.92) but each diffuser comes with a 5ml sample bottle so you can start using it straight away. I was lucky enough to be provided with 2 oils to try, Passion and Serenity. Bearing in mind the diffuser arrived 2 months after my daughter was born, Passion was the last thing on my mind! Serenity however – reduced stress/anxiety and promoted relaxation – was exactly what I was looking for!
So, that evening I set about making the most of the Serenity oil and, in the name of blogging experiments, ran myself a bath (added bubbles), lit a candle, turned on the diffuser, and turned off the light.
Having never used a diffuser before, I was happy with how easy the instructions were to follow and how simple the diffuser was to put together. There are literally 5 steps and 2 of those are plug the diffuser into a power socket (an international adapter is included) and turn it on.
The Serenity oil is a combination of cedarwood, ylang ylang, lime and lavendar which according to Organic Aromas can help not only with sedation and anxiety but also with inflammation and pain.
As a newby to the use of essential oils it quickly became apparent that I used far too much as the fragrance made its way throughout our entire house. Oh well, we live and learn!
I also turned the “volume control” up too high (at about half way) which made the diffuser louder than it needed to be. The volume control is used to control the amount of oil that is diffused. On my second attempt, which naturally required another bubble bath, I used only about half a dozen drops of oil and turned the volume control about a quarter of the way. This gave me the beautiful fragrance of the oil without being overpowering and meant the diffuser was much quieter.
The diffuser works on 2 minutes on, 1 minute off cycle and automatically turns off after 2 hours. There is also a small LED light that slowly works through the raindow of colours.
All in all, I am very happy with my Raindrop Essential Oil Diffuser. I can’t say with certainty that it was the use of the Serenity oil alone that helped me relax but I do believe it helps when combined with other relaxation/meditation techniques. I can also say that a good night sleep has followed each time I have used it.
Sidenote: No, the diffuser doesn’t have to be kept to the bathroom. I know some people use diffusers daily throughout their home. For me, however, I like the fact that the diffuser isn’t an everyday item and instead is something I keep for those times I specifically set aside to wind down.
Shipping Win! I’m always wary about estimated shipping delivery times when ordering from an overseas company. The Organic Aromas website says 8 to 11 business days for regular registered airmail and, much to my surprise, the diffuser arrived 10 buiness days later. Nice.