Aromatic synergies for diffusion
Essential oil synergies for an ‘intelligent’ atmospheric diffusion
The diffusion of essential oils involves dispersing a mist of active potentially anti-bacterial, anti-viral and immunostimulating molecules in the form of micro oil droplets, with the aim of purifying a room's atmosphere.
The choice of which essential oils to mix is important to ensure that the oils interact intelligently in synergy.
When carried out properly, the atmospheric diffusion of essential oils is ideal for promoting the protection from, and prevention of, hospital-acquired and winter infections. It helps to disinfect the atmosphere in a building, whether it is a healthcare centre or industrial premises.
It is a well-established fact that when diffused essential oils reach the limbic system, the brain's emotional centre, they allow and even order neurotransmitter or hormone synthesis, thus stimulating immunity and at the same time promoting relaxation. The diffusion of essential oils is therefore an excellent anti-stress remedy. It also creates a pleasant olfactory environment allowing for the removal of undesirable bad smells 'sui generis', in particular within healthcare establishments and nursing homes.
Let's not forget that from the sixteenth until the nineteenth century the role of our modern day infection control committees was, in fact, carried out by perfumers and fumigators. They were responsible for disinfecting premises, in short, for hospital hygiene.
Rosemary, lavender, juniper and myrrh were widely used. In septic buildings, after a careful cleaning process aromatic plants were burnt in order to disinfect and leave a pleasant scent (MIKAILOFF N 1990).
Today, specialist bodies such as AFNOR, the French organisation for standardisation, lay down strict standards for application in hospitals, where there is a high risk of contamination:
- Bactericidal activity: AFNOR NF.T 72-150 and 72-151
- Fungicidal activity: AFNOR NF.T 72-200 and 72-201
- Virucidal activity: AFNOR NF.T 72-180
The NF EN standards currently in place are more up-to-date:
- Basic bactericidal activity: NF EN 1040 aims to reduce by 105 the number of bacteria present after 5 minutes contact at 20˚C. The products which comply with this standard are effective on all bacteria in their non spore-forming state, for example Streptococcus, pseudomonas, multiresistant bacteria.
- Fungicidal activity, mould and yeast: NF EN 1275 Candida albicans and Aspergillus niger
- Virucidal activity: NF EN 14476 hepatitis, rotavirus, RSV
- While some essential oils containing phenols (thyme, savory, marjoram and clove) and others containing gentle monoterpene alcohols (tea tree terpinen-4-ol) have been studied in depth, all essential oils used in diffusion have not yet been tested rigorously and exhaustively, either alone or in synergy. This will no doubt be rectified in the near future.
Scientific and medical aromatherapy is still at an embryonic stage. There are a huge number of essential oils and rigorous testing is very costly.
The first positive research concerning the anti-infective properties of essential oils seems to date back to CHAMBERLAND in 1887.
For example MOREL and ROCHAIX carried out significant research on citrus oil which is capable of neutralising meningococcus in 15 minutes and pneumococcus in 3 hours. They also carried out tests on thyme, orange, bergamot, juniper and clove oil, among others, with positive results.
Professor GRIFFON carried out conclusive testing on the antiseptic activity of a blend of essential oils used to purify the air of bacteria. He determined that the diffusion of appropriate synergies of essential oils into the atmosphere destroyed 100% of moulds and staphylococcus and 98% of microbial colonies within 30 minutes.
Recognised scientific testing therefore confirms the anti-infective action of essential oils when used in diffusion, something we have been able to observe for thousands of years.
Today research continues in the domain providing further indisputable evidence as to the value of essential oil diffusion.
Diffusion: where and how?
The atmospheric diffusion of essential oils is achieved with the help of diffusers adapted for this purpose and can be carried out in the different departments of a healthcare centre: hospital wards, consultation rooms, waiting rooms, reception area, restaurant (to stimulate the appetite of elderly patients), linen rooms, patient bedrooms. In other words, this technique can be used anywhere you want to actively fight against infections and create a pleasant olfactory environment.
- Ventilation process: air is pushed by an electric ventilator and carries the essential oils from the cotton pads into the room.
- Micro-diffusion process: air compressed by an electric motor causes the essential oil to rise in the diffusion pipe (Giffard's glass diffusion system). When the essential oil comes into contact with the compressed air it is pushed against the glass and broken into microparticles. This 'mist,' which is much lighter than air and contains a high concentration of active molecules, exits the neck of the glass diffuser and is dispersed evenly throughout the surrounding atmosphere. This method of diffusion is by far the most effective and the most interesting for healthcare establishments.
It is important to highlight that essential oils must never be diffused on a continuous basis. The atmosphere would become saturated with aromatic molecules causing irritation to the mucous membrane of the bronchial tubes and possibly proving toxic.
You need to follow one simple rule: never use a diffuser for more than 10 minutes/hour in the same room. In most cases 10 minutes of diffusion morning and evening is sufficient. Nonetheless, the duration and frequency of diffusion changes according to the size of the room and potential contamination risks.
Remember: 1ml of essential oils is the equivalent of about 50 drops. Always follow the manufacturer's recommendations: a few drops of essential oil is often sufficient- there is no point in damaging the product-although it depends on the size of the diffuser.
LABORATOIRES PHYTOPHAR propose a technical choice of diffusers, adapted to your needs and tastes.
What to diffuse?
LABORATOIRES PHYTOPHAR have created a range of products for diffusion called DIFF'AROMA.
Each product is an intelligent synergy blend composed of several essential oils designed to prevent infection. The therapeutic effects of the oils are complementary.
DIFF'AROMA synergies are used to create a pleasant olfactory atmosphere for daily life within nursing and retirement homes
- Eucalpytus synergy
A blend of 3 eucalyptus oils (E. globulus, E radiata, E smithii). The principle actives come from fir and niaouli varieties and give the synergy important antibacterial, antiviral and immuno-stimulating properties. It would be useful to diffuse this synergy in waiting rooms, reception rooms, hospital wards, consultation rooms etc to purify and disinfect the air, particularly in winter. Uses include:
- Prevention of seasonal winter and springtime infections.
- Prevention and treatment of hospital-acquired infection.
- Complementary treatment in the case of ENT or bronchopulmonary conditions.
It is an "oxiygenating"synergy, almost like a 'bowl of air' which purifies the atmosphere and will consequently protect against pollution.
It has a very pleasant balsamic, woody scent.
- Orange groove synergy
The fresh, tonic spring-summer scent of this synergy makes it suitable for use in restaurants, and the fact that it stimulates appetite means it is often useful in nursing homes. The different citrus oils which make up the synergy give it a strong fruity and tangy scent with gay, dynamic nuances, and make it appropriate for use in waiting or reception rooms to promote relaxation.
Let's not forget that the different citrus oils -bergamot, citrus, orange and grapefruit oils- of which the synergy is composed, have antiseptic benefits for the atmosphere because of the high concentration of monoterpenes. These properties are recognised and proven by studies.
- Orient Synergy
This synergy combines the antiseptic properties of the citrus and orange oil extracts (which contain a high percentage of monoterpenes) with incense and cinnamon oils which are anti-infective, anti-viral and immuno-stimulating.
The blend has a warm harmonious scent which is said to encourage meditation.
- Pine wood Synergy
Pine needles and trees contain a high percentage of antiseptic terpene molecules and antispasmodic esters. They are important aerial antiseptics used to purify the air and combat respiratory congestion.
This synergy has a somewhat winter fragrance of scented lotion which neutralises unpleasant smells. There's nothing more evocative than the smell of pine trees to bring you closer to nature!
By facilitating respiratory gas exchange, this synergy is effective against coughs, bronchitis and respiratory failure. It also helps to regulate the autonomic nervous system and is highly beneficial for the central nervous system, allowing the user to rediscover happiness, hope, a love for life.
- Provence Synergy
A blend of lavender, thyme, pine and rosemary, this synergy smells like the sun and the heat of summer.
It contains an equal number of antiseptic active principles and relaxing molecules to help relax, calm and soothe. The fusion of the fragrances of Languedoc flora with the synergy's antiseptic properties make it ideal for use in waiting rooms, where it is both pleasant and protective for weak patients.
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