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A vaporizer is a device used to gently heat aromatic blends in order to create vapor.
Vaporization, also known as volatilization, is a process by which the active elements of a substance are released through the application of heat without combustion. Vaporization is a technique aimed at suppressing irritating respiratory toxins by heating aromatic blends to a temperature where active components are released into the form of pure aerosol mist comprised only of elements naturally occurring in the source material.
When vaporization is corruptly carried out by the vaporizer, the fibrous plant material is intact and left behind once the machine has extracted the essential elements.
Vapor is considerably cooler and less likely to damage sensitive lung and throat tissue. Inhaling vapor is much less hazardous to the health of the user. Those who are concerned about respiratory hazard are strongly advised to use vaporizers.
Although the vaporizer concept has been around for decades, it is only in the last 15 years or so that commercial vaporizers have been manufactured and sold. Today, the benefits of vaporization are becoming more widely known, consequently the number and variety of devices has been rapidly increasing.
Inhaling vapor has an immediate effect and is more efficient and much cleaner. The health benefits of vaporizing plant material are numerous: Here's a short reference guide of some commonly found plants and their benefits:
Spicy and herbaceous, basil provides an emotional lift and mental inspiration. Try diffusing to dispel after-lunch lethargy. Basil is thought to be native to Asia and Africa, but many culinary forms are now grown throughout the world.
Geranium, with a rose-like aroma and minty undertones, provides balancing properties to both dry and oily complexions.
Oregano is a highly active oil that can be a strong skin irritant; its use should be limited to purifying diffusions. Add lemon to sweeten the spicy, medicinal aroma.
The fresh, fruity scent of this uncommon citrus fruit makes a refreshing room spray.
Grapefruit has a tangy, citrus scent that is especially appreciated by children. Combine it with lavender in a bubble bath, or make a refreshing travel mist by blending it with peppermint and water in a spritzer bottle.
Patchouli’s rich, earthy aroma provides an olfactory bridge between floral and herbaceous oils.
Clary sage is a key ingredient in many skincare formulas. It has a sweet, soothing aroma with intriguing musk and wine-like nuances. This popular oil tones the skin, balances the emotions and lifts the spirit.
Calming, relaxing, refreshing, toning and cleansing - lavender is the most popular oil in aromatherapy.
Peppermint oil has a very potent fresh, minty aroma that produces a cooling and refreshing sensation.
The sweet, spicy aroma of clove is familiar and comforting, and evokes a calm energy that can motivate action.
The powerful, lavender-tinged scent of spike lavender blends well with other oils in purifying room sprays, insect repellents and body care products. Add a few drops to supplement the effectiveness of cold care ointments.
The woody, typically evergreen aroma of this oil lends a pleasant, deodorizing scent to many household and personal care products. Pine oil is invigorating. Add to skin care oils for detoxifying deep tissue massages.
The fresh, spicy aroma of cinnamon leaf is more reminiscent of cloves than cinnamon. Energizing, focusing and revitalizing, cinnamon leaf enhances active reasoning when diffused into the air. (This powerful oil can be a skin irritant and should not be applied directly to the skin.)
Expressed from the peel of the fresh fruit, lemon oil is a sweetly scented, purifying oil.
Rosemary has a fresh, herbaceous scent and purifying properties.
With its powerful lemon-like aroma, citronella is a familiar component in outdoor sprays. Astringent and cleansing, citronella is also useful for oily, blemished skin and large pores. It can be irritating, so be sure to dilute properly.
This tropical grass has been traditionally used in India. Lemongrass is an effective cleansing and astringent ingredient in skin care preparations.
Possessing an intense, medicinal aroma, tea tree can be used to cleanse and purify the skin.
Ancient Greco-Roman culture used cypress medicinally and as a purifying incense. The oil has a skin-tightening, pore-reducing effect. It blends well with other Mediterranean oils like lavender, clary sage and bergamot.
Often overshadowed by lavender, sweet marjoram offers many of the same benefits without lavender’s sweet floral aroma. Use with skin care oils to warm and comfort body aches and pains.
Vetiver has a rich, earthy scent and is often used as a perfume fixative. The aroma anchors the spirit and stabilizes emotions.
Distilled from the leaves of the tree, eucalyptus oil has a fresh, penetrating scent and is a common ingredient in salves and cold-care products.
Sweet orange’s gentle, clarifying nature cheers the heart and brightens the mood.
Safety Guidelines: Vaporizers are only to be used in the presence, or with the advice and assistance, of a person with extensive knowledge in the fields of aromatherapy, naturopathy and or alternative heath care.
Be wise, vaporize!