Natural Air Fresheners

Written by Donna Dayton      Owner/Creative mind of:  Friggin SpritZen - Sprays and more

Move over Lysol, come forth natural air fresheners.

A ton of essential oil diffusers are purchased weekly.  While aromatherapy of essential oils is the main reason people use diffusers,  more and more people are learning the antimicrobial benefits of essential oils.  In the pursuit of natural air fresheners people are learning of the healing and powerful properties these oils possess.

Dispersing of essential oils through the use of a diffuser is not the best method of utilizing these oils.  A properly blended homeopathic natural air freshening spray of essential oils will better harness the power and use of essential oils in your home, at work and on the go.

Spreading of Airborne Bacteria and Illnesses

A growing problem is widespread outbreaks of cold and flu viruses along with the increase of airborne pathogens (a bacteria, virus or other microorganism that can cause disease).  We send our kids to school sick and we, in fact, ourselves go to work sick.  This is mostly due to not being able to afford to stay home with our kids or miss work.  As a result, we have outbreaks of these illnesses that cannot be treated with antibiotics. The results of this? Outbreaks across the U.S. spreads infecting thousands.  According to the CDC, the flu season of 1976 to the flu season of 2007, deaths from the flu ranged from a low of 3,000 to a high of about 49,000.  In the years since then, deaths have continued to increase to a high of 56,000 in 2012.

 How can we more effectively combat this dilemma?  People will never start staying home at first sign of a sniffle or even when they are outright in full on cold and, at times, even flu mode. The majority of people don't even know they are becoming ill.  In fact, the flu is most contagious before symptoms even start.  This leaves everyone around the infected person (host) susceptible to contracting the flu themselves before the person is even aware that they are sick.  When a person is sick, the CDC recommends they wash their hands, clean surfaces, stay home and avoid people.  While this is all great advice, many do not follow it.  Did you know, becoming infected with the cold or flu virus is not primarily acquired through surfaces contaminated by the virus?  

According to the CDC, viruses such as the cold and flu is spread primarily by when we cough, sneeze and even talk.  It's spread by the saliva expelled by these actions and then travels far throughout the air in minute saliva droplets that we breathe in.  Viruses also survive and continue to travel on airborne bacteria.  So how can we combat this if it's everywhere around us in the air that we breathe?  Through the dispersion of essential oils into the air.  By properly dispersing essential oils in the most effective way,(through natural air fresheners), we can begin to combat the spread of cold and flu viruses, thereby, also reducing our chance of getting sick. 

Essential Oils Proven To Kill Viruses and Bacteria

Through proper dispersion of essential oils, we can significantly reduce cold and flu viruses and other pathogens naturally and effectively achieving the desired result.  Several studies have shown the positive effects of dispersing of essential oils into the air.  The foremost being their ability to kill viruses that cause the cold and flu, bad bacteria and other airborne microbes.  Studies have shown essential oils reduce airborne pathogens by up to nearly 90%  in a room and have shown to completely kill certain viruses and gram-positive (bad) bacteria up to one hundred percent.  With such staggering increases in deaths from the flu, why are we not using essential oils as a preventative and thereby significantly decrease the spread of some of the most common illnesses? Proper education, use and awareness are the main reasons. 

Why are natural air fresheners and essential oil sprays so effective?

Disbursement of essential oils through a spray is the most effective, convenient and cost efficient way to defend against airborne cold and flu viruses and other susceptible pathogens. 

Essential oils are highly volatile ({of a substance} easily evaporated at normal temperatures.).  What this means is while essential oils travel very far through the air they will evaporate quicker than a non-volatile substance such as water or saliva carrying a virus.  Therefore, consistent output of essential oils is needed to assure the best protective outcome against flu and cold viruses and other pathogens.  Due to the volatile nature of essential oils, a proper emulsification blend added to water extends the life of essential oils that are dispersed into the air with a water based spray. 

How does emulsification work and why is it important?  In short, emulsification works by allowing polar and nonpolar compounds to attach and then combine as one mass (i.e. oil and water).  Droplets of oil will be surrounded by molecules from the emulsifier leaving hydrophilic ends exposed allowing oil molecule's to now mix among water molecules.  Essentially what this creates is a thin layer of water surrounding the oil molecule.  A  once volatile oil, it is now a more stable compound that is protected by water and prolonging its susceptibility to evaporation.

Due to the protective coating of water of the essential oil molecule, it can now travel much further, spreading about a space and remain longer in the air destroying susceptible airborne pathogens for several hours.

By dispersing essential oils through a properly formulated natural air freshening spray, a lesser concentration of essential oils are required than would be needed in a diffuser.  Ultimately cutting cost by more than triple.  In order to achieve the level of essential oil put out by a spray, a diffuser would need to use up to a full 10 ml bottle of oil every 4 to 8 hours (amount is dependent on the type of essential oil).  This cost on the low end can range around $20.00 for one 5 ml bottle.  One 8 oz homeopathic essential oil spray has around 400 uses and will last approximately 2 months, depending on daily usage amount.

A homeopathic natural air freshening spray immediately releases the essential oils surrounded by water into the air, making this method immediate and more effective than that of a diffuser.  Depending on the size of the space, approximately 3 to 8 sprays into the air the room becomes filled with thousands of essential oil molecules that immediately go to work killing viruses and bacteria.  The majority of diffusers out there either don't expel enough essential oils or expel nothing more than an adulterated aroma of the oils.  On average diffusers have a 4 hour run time, expel only 40-50 ml of vapor in an hour and most are for use in small 300 sq ft space.  Keep in mind while your essential oils are being expelled with these inefficient diffusers, the essential oils are also evaporating before enough new oils can be put out into the air to create a high enough concentration to sufficiently fight off pathogens.  I go more in-depth on the use of diffusers, how they work and what are the best ones to use in a different blog post.

Convenience

Natural air fresheners take up little space or can be stored away and brought out only when used.  It's portable that you can take your spray anywhere such as the doctor's office, the gym, yoga class, the car, a purse and most importantly to your work or school where most pathogens are spread.  A spray is ideal as not all offices allow plug in or battery operated devices of this type due to potential fire hazards.  In addition, a spray takes up less space on an already crowded work desk.  With a spray, whether around the house or the office, there is no water tank to fill, no necessary tank cleaning to be done and no potential spilling of oils.

When choosing a homeopathic essential oil spray, be sure you are checking that it has an emulsification system allowing the oils to mix with water.  Some people will sell them with alcohol(vodka), witch hazel and other additives as the base or as their emulsifier.  However, most of these are not very effective emulsifiers or beneficial to essential oils.  In the case of vodka and witch hazel(14% alcohol) these are both irritants and volatile substances.  If a spray says to shake vigorously before use no emulsification system is used and very little essential oils will be put out by them.

You may also be interested in: Your Essential Oil Diffuser May Not Be Doing All You Think It Is

 

References:  https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/disease/us_flu-related_deaths.htm

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/oil-and-water-do-mix-38726068/
https://www.aocs.org/stay-informed/read-inform/featured-articles/emulsions-making-oil-and-water-mix-april-2014

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