I have an electrical oil burner, but I notice my oils dont smell.

by Nelly
(San Juan Puerto Rico)

Hello I am from Puerto Rico, a beautiful island in the Caribbean, so I would like you people to excuse my english. My first language is spanish, hope you understand me. I'm using electric burner and essential oils for a long time. I love it, but after reading few articles I realize that I must be doing something wrong because I dont really smell my oils. Please give some tips on how I should do it. My electrical burner is just like one shown in one of these pages, is crystal with dimmer, and a small bowl (I dont know how you said it) but anyway, I was using the oils without any water, nor mixing with any other oils. I realize I am loosing money because the oils do last at all.

Thank you for any help you can offer. Have a nice day and hope to hear from you soon.

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Jan 18, 2011
Don't Smell the oils
by: Penny Keay

There can be several factors why you might not be able to smell the oils.

First is that you have been using the oils for too long a period of time.

Your sense of smell will block the smell of anything when it has been exposed too long to that particular smell. This is called Olfactory fatigue and you can read more about it here

You must remember that the sense of smell not only provides us with a wonderful scent smelling experience but the main purpose of smell is actually a defense mechanism.

If we still lived in the wild we would use our sense of smell for finding food and for sensing danger - like fire or enemies - wolf, bear etc.

When the body determines that the current smell is not a threat, your sense of smell will block the current scent and continue searching for other warning smells.

The other reason you might not smell the oils is they are poor quality and have been adulterated (mixed with something that dilutes them).

My guess is that your body has Olfactory Fatigue, one of the most common reasons you can't smell the essential oils.

Try to leave the room for an hour or so and then return. If you still can't smell the essential oil then you will need to seek a different supplier for your essential oils.

The last factor is that you are trying to diffuse in too large of a room for the size of the diffuser being used. You may need to find a different style diffuser.

Hope this helps.

Yours in Aromatherapy,
Penny Keay

Certified in Advance Medical Aromatherapy

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