As an aromatherapy expert, people are constantly asking me which is better — burners or diffusers. Personally, I’ve always worked with burners and had great results. However, all of these questions made me wonder if I was missing out on something. Is it possible that I could have made my aromatherapy experiences even better over the years by using a diffuser instead of a burner? That’s when I decided it was time to set out on a quest for the truth!
Here’s what I already knew:An aromatherapy diffuser (also called a “nebulizer”) spritzes a mist of essential oils around the room. A burner, on the other hand, heats up the essential oils so that they evaporate and fill the room. Look around the web, and you’ll see lots websites that claim diffusers are better because they break down the molecules in essential oils and make them smaller. However, this isn’t true — and this was only the first important piece of information I learned from my research! What really happens is that the diffuser takes a liquid that’s chock full of essential oils and turns it into tiny droplets so that it has an easier time floating through the air in your room. But just because the droplets are physically smaller doesn’t mean that the molecules inside of them are smaller. The truth is, their molecular structure doesn’t change one bit! So, what about the burners? Aromatherapy burners are two –tier objects, with a top bowl –like section for putting the water and essential oil, and a lower section for the teal-light candle which heats the water above. As the candle heats the water, the essential oils and water evaporate. Essential oils don’t burn.
“Inhalation does not have to be complicated. As a matter of fact, the easier one keeps the procedure the more likely it will have benefits.” Kurt Schnaubelt – The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils