We all love aromatherapy. Filling our homes with calming scents, helping to battle the cold and flu season, and the lovely uplifting scents of citrus, aromatherapy is wonderful. But what isn't so great is the fact that most oil diffusers are made with plastic. And if yours is made with plastic, unplug it immediately because it can be toxic!
The Plastic Problem
We all know that plastic is bad for the environment, but what I didn't know was that our beloved essential oils can leach into the plastic of the diffuser and release toxins into the air. Toxic chemical exposure is linked to cancers, birth defects, impaired immunity, endocrine disruption and other ailments.
Plastics are made out of refined crude oil. BPA (Bisphenol-A) that makes plastic more durable and flexible has been proven to cause cancer and disrupt reproductive development and functions.
Even if it is labeled “BPA-free,” that just means the BPA is replaced by other chemicals, BPS (Bisphenol-S) and phthalates, such as diethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP), which can be released into the air through the diffused water.
Plastic diffusers can easily harbor bacteria and other harmful pollutants that are then dispersed into the air.
The water problem
When you use unfiltered water, the diffusion process can disperse minerals and impurities present in your tap water into the air and potentially into your lungs.
Tap water can contain chlorine, lead, arsenic, bacteria, and other chemicals. When you release these chemicals into the air, children and pets are impacted negatively.
Also anytime you dilute the oils with water, you are watering down the benefits as well.
The heat problem
When diffusers use heat to disperse the essential oil in the room, they change the chemical composition of the essential oil. This counteracts the therapeutic properties.
What you can do
Love your essential oils?
There are several healthy alternatives to plastic diffusers – topical use or heat-free glass nebulizing diffusers.
Any method that heats the oil during the diffusion process can damage or change the chemical makeup of the essential oils.
A nebulizing diffuser works like a small air pump that blows air across a small tube creating a powerful vacuum that pulls the essential oil from the bottom of the tube to the top in a fine spray. Now, the mist is entirely composed of the essential oil. Nebulizing diffusers also have air flow controls that allow you to determine the amount of essential oil being released into the air.
The essential oil companies know that plastic leaches into the oil, which is why essential oils are usually always sold in glass bottles. It only makes sense not to use plastic in our oil diffusers as well.
I found one, the Bernoulli's principle Nebulizing Diffuser that is both beautiful and safe. Organic Aromas have a huge selection of water and plastic free diffusers.
Nebulizing oil diffusers, which are extremely safe to use and won't destroy the essential oils.
Here's how it works:
Be Oil Safe!
Many essential oils are flammable and are corrosive to plastic. Keep essential oils away from direct contact with open flames like candles.
I hope this helps.
I was very concerned after learning about plastic diffusers. Upset, I went to my sister who is my essential oil guru. It is important to know that while yes, this news is upsetting, it doesn't mean your diffuser is trying to kill you. But if you are using aromatherapy to improve your health, being armed with the truth is valuable in making a good choice.
I personally have health issues, I can't take more risks that I don't need to take. That's my personal choice. I want to help my readers to make the best choices they can for themselves.
Let me know what you think!