Meet Mr. Elephant, our friend. My special needs son was struggling with breathing and clearing his airways. He was constantly in respiratory distress, on 9 medications and low in muscle tone, so he couldn’t just cough up phlegm easily. I had exhausted just about all of the medical resources when he became sick, even suctioning his nose for him and giving him oxygen to help his breathing. Believe me, I needed anything to help me keep my boy from diving down into pneumonia (again), if possible.
Before I really knew what to do with essential oils, and before I could even afford a $100 diffuser, I found this brand-new humidifier at Goodwill, of all places. While definitely, a God-send for our family, the principle is the same and it helped me transition my son into a more normal life.
So, yes! You can use a humidifier and/or a vaporizer as a diffuser. Either find one at a yard sale, Goodwill, or break the bank and purchase one at Walmart. It was worth the investment I made. The vaporizer is cheaper than the humidifier.
How can you use a humidifier as a diffuser?
Add water to your humidifier (cool water vapor), then add oils directly into the water. As in a diffuser, the humidifier diffuses the oils and the water vapor throughout the room. Plus, you can use any oils, really, but here are a few combinations that can help you through cold and flu season.
If you can only afford a vaporizer (which is warm to hot steam), which is only about $15, there is usually a small cup you can add your oils to. I wouldn’t recommend adding the oils into the water with a vaporizer because it may stop it up. A humidifier may collect oil residue, but it will not stop up. Either way, you can save yourself, at least $70.
Antiviral or Antibacterial
I use any of these oil combinations depending on the circumstances. I began using the humidifier this way when I first bought it and it is still running after three full years of use. It did eventually guk up with oil residue a bit from the heat and oils, but what I found was that it added a bit of moisture into his room at night, as well as a continuing flow of essential oils that did help his congestion drain and not back up.
Read more about essential oils for chest congestion here.