Reed diffusers have been the talk of the town, mainly because people are looking for even more natural solutions to the essential oil diffuser use. However, the potential mix up with other wood like fibers like the bamboo is real.
There are some reasons why their use has become important. These are:
- They are found to be less costly.
- They are longer lasting than the other diffusers.
- Requires the use of no heat and are natural in their use.
Papyrus reed fiber has the potential of being used as an essential oil diffuser. This is usually because of its open, or easy to open nods. This creates an avenue for effective diffusion process for the passage of any mixture. Essential oils included.
The papyrus reed plant has a unique structure which is in the form of micro-sections within the several nods on its stem. These are known to be at sections and are good passages for the use as diffusion membranes.
The reed membranes have the potential of literally sucking the essential oil aroma and spreading it. To make a reed oil diffuser, there are certain materials which may be needed. It may be wise to look at the materials beforehand.
- A piece of bottle preferably half the size of the reed sticks.
- The desired fragrance of essential oils which in this case are usually standard fragrance wicking oils.
- Papyrus reed sticks, usually double the length of the bottle. In most of the cases, this is meant to allow for the convenience of the diffusion process.
- A place to place the bottle.
How it is made
Because of the natural nature, the reed stick has all the formations needed to conduct the diffusion. What remains is usually how the whole set up may be put. Depending on the choice, the bamboo stick length may vary.
The following may just be how the diffuser is made:
- Fill the bottle with the relevant mix of the essential oil. Ensure that the bottle is either full or halfway; there is no need for water. This is to avoid the differences in the concentration gradients.
- Attach the reed to the mouth of the bottle and let the essential oils move by itself through the reed. This in effect will trigger the diffusion of the fragrance of the essential oil into the air.
- Tilt or just tip the bottle over to allow the oil flow into the reed. This allows for better diffusion and stronger scent within your room.
- Allow the reed to waft away its aromatic scent.
Because they depend mainly on the principle of diffusion, the aroma will spread from the concentration in the bottle through the reed to the air where it is less concentrated. The reed and the bottle need not be too large as this may impede effective diffusion.
Like in most of the diffusion processes, when the air in the reed is saturated, the principle of equilibrium applies with the aroma coming out at a slower pace. Because essential oils last longer, this may force the user to get a new set of reed stick to add for a new round of aroma.
The reed diffusers are natural and do not need the use of any heating. The practice in which some of the reed diffuser users heat the essential oil mixture in the bottle to speed up the diffusion is not very advisable because there is a potential risk of flames.