7 minutes | Nov 30, 2020

What Is CPAP Aromatherapy?

What Is CPAP Aromatherapy?

Humans have used essential oils for thousands of years to prevent and treat illnesses. Some even claim that “Thieves’ Oil” prevented a group of people from developing the Black Plague in the 1330s. 

What is Aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy is a holistic remedial treatment that uses natural plant extracts to promote health and well-being. It’s also called essential oil therapy. In the broad term, it’s called plant-based therapy

Aromatherapy uses aromatic essential oils to improve both physical and emotional health. It works through the sense of smell and skin absorption using products  such as these:

  • Diffusers
  • Inhalers
  • Aromatic spritzers
  • Body oils, creams, or lotions for massage or topical application
  • Hot and cold compresses
  • Body oils, creams, or lotions for massage or topical application

There are almost one hundred types of essential oils available. But, according to the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA), the most popular essential oils are:

  • Cypress
  • Clary sage
  • Geranium
  • Fennel
  • Eucalyptus
  • Ginger
  • Helichrysum
  • Lavender
  • Lemongrass
  • Lemon
  • Mandarin
  • Neroli
  • Peppermint
  • Patchouli
  • Roman chamomile
  • Rosemary
  • Rose
  • Vetiver
  • Tea tree
  • Ylang ylang

What is CPAP Aromatherapy?

In CPAP aromatherapy, essential oils are used alongside your CPAP therapy. CPAP aromatherapy kit is used for this purpose. This kit uses oil on diffuser pads to fill the air around the CPAP equipment with the fragrance. 

It can create a more pleasant and relaxing experience. It can also help new CPAP users get used to their machines faster using cognitive distraction. 

Benefits of Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy has many potential health benefits, including:

  • Relief from anxiety and depression
  • Relief from headaches and anxiety
  • Improved sleep quality
  • Improved mood
  • Improved digestion
  • Fight bacteria, virus, or fungus
  • Boosts immunity

Below are some benefits that are backed by scientific research;

  • The research studies found that tea tree and eucalyptus oil have anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. It might help with nasal congestion.
  • A study reported that the smell of lavender essential oil is associated with reduced mental stress and increased arousal rate.

Is It Safe to Directly Put Essential Oils in Your CPAP Machine?

Directly putting essential oils in your CPAP machine is not safe. It can worsen your sleep apnea. It’s not safe at all, even if you’re putting them in the device itself, in the hose, in the CPAP humidifier, or on the mask.

How Can You Use Essential Oils In CPAP Machine?

You cannot use essential oils directly in the CPAP humidifier, hoses, or water. But you can enjoy the fragrance and other benefits of essential oils while using your CPAP with the right product.

Final Words from Well-Aware-System's Experts

  • Remember that essential oils are highly concentrated. Using them directly into your CPAP machine can cause adverse health risks. 
  • If you want to enjoy the benefits of essential oils in CPAP machines, the diffuser kit is a safe, simple way to do so.

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