Diffusing Essential Oils

March 18, 2020

Diffusing Essential Oils

Many have asked which essential oils are safe to use in atomizing diffusers during cold and flu season. 

During this season, many look for essential oils that are thought to have antibacterial and antiviral therapeutic properties. Not all essential oils are safe for diffusing. Here are some general guidelines.

We do not recommend using essential oils that are considered hot or camphorous as they may either irritate airways or eyes or may cause respiratory distress in children under 5 years of age. These oils include (but are not limited to): Cinnamon, Clove, Oregano, Eucalyptus, and Peppermint.

Commonly found essential oils that are thought to have antibacterial and antiviral properties without the issues described above include:

  • Bergamot (Citrus bergamia)
  • Frankincense Carterii (Boswellia carterii)
  • Geranium Pelargonium (Graveolens or Pelargonium x asperum)
  • Helichrysum (Bracteiferum, Gymnocephalum or Splendidum)
  • Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
  • Orange (Citrus sinensis)
  • Lemon (Citrus limon)
  • Lime (Citrus aurantifolia)
  • Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)
  • White Sage (Salvia apiana)

Be mindful of the duration of your diffusing. We recommend diffusing in intervals of no more than 15 minutes at a time. If you have pets, ensure that they can leave the area where you are diffusing.

Karin Frost-Madrid

Certified Holistic Aromatherapist and Founder of Mia’s Botanicals & Gifts


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