HOW TO USE KOTANICAL
How It Works
Diffusers use the science behind waterfall diffusion to create a mist of water and essential oils. Diffusers have a small water tank and this is where the essential oils are added – the proportion of oil drops to ml of water depends on the specific oil, as well as user preference.
The diffuser then uses an ultrasonic plate or feature to vibrate the water and oil,using the ultrasonic waves to separate the oil and water mix into microscopic particles to create a mist, much like the effect of fast-moving water in a waterfall. The diffuser then releases the mist, either in a continuous stream or as intermittent bursts depending on the settings.
An ultrasonic diffuser – such as Kotanical’s stone diffuser range – will release 100% organic oils into the air without degrading the oil or adding any other particles into the mix. Oil burners and other heat-based evaporators can damage the oil quality by heating it and the oils can become mixed up with particles from melted candles or other combustible fuels.
The sense of smell is a tool that can elicit powerful physiologic, mental, and emotional responses. Essential oils are quickly absorbed by the smell receptors, which have a direct link to the limbic system by way of the olfactory nerve. The limbic system is part of the brain that supports a variety of functions including smell, emotions, behavior, and memory. For this reason, essential oils have an especially powerful effect via aromatic application.
Some essential oils induce uplifting or invigorating effects, while others are more calming. Diffusion is one of the simplest methods for using essential oils aromatically. Diffusers that use cold air or water are ideal. However, using essential oils aromatically does not require any special diffusing devices.
You can achieve the same health benefits by simply placing a few drops of essential oil in the palm of your hand that is then cupped around the nose as you breathe deeply.
Other Aromatic Applications Include:
- Mix Oil in Spray Bottle with Water and Mist over Furniture, Carpet, Linens
- User in Household Surface Cleaners
- Add Oil to Laundry or Dryer Sheets
Topical application is a very effective method for applying essential oils. Because essential oils have low molecular weights and are lipid soluble, they easily penetrate the skin. Once absorbed, they stay in the applied area for a localized benefit.
Although essential oils are readily absorbed, there are many ways to increase absorption. Using a light massage will increase the blood flow to the area of application, in turn improving distribution throughout the body. Use of a carrier oil can also increase absorption, especially in skin that is dry or flaky as it helps moisturize the skin and slow evaporation of the oil.
To decrease the likelihood of developing a skin sensitivity, especially on young or sensitive skin, it is advisable to use a carrier oil (such as jojoba oil) to dilute more potent oils and when trying an oil for the first time. The recommend dilution ratio is typically one drop of essential oil to three drops of carrier oil.
It’s always advisable to use several small doses throughout the day rather than a single large dose. Start with the lowest possible dose (1–2 drops). A topical dose can be repeated every 4–6 hours as needed. Because every individual is unique, the dose will vary for each individual based on size, age, and overall health status.
Beneficial Areas You Can Apply Essential Oils
- Neck, Forehead, Temples
- Chest, Abdomen
- Arms, Legs, and Feet Bottom
Other Effective Methods of Topical Application
- A few drops of oil to a warm bath
- Make a hot or cold compress by soaking a towel or cloth in water, adding essential oils, and then applying to the desired area
- Add oil to a lotion or moisturizer and then apply to skin
Sensitive Areas to be Avoided:
- Some facial areas, such as the skin around the eyes
- Eyes and inner ears, Broken, damaged, or otherwise injured skin