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Room Candle Aromatherapy Diffuser, Its Benefits and Risks

Aromatherapy has become a fairly familiar thing in the ears of Indonesian society. Although not everyone uses or has it, the blend of words ‘ aroma ‘ and ‘ therapy ‘ is easily translate as liquids or objects that secrete aromas to soothe the mind even provide other health effects. Among the types of aromatherapy, the most popular one in the market is room aromatherapy.

Room aromatherapy serves to refresh the room while providing tranquility and relaxing mood for its occupants. According to my observation, room aromatherapy can be divided into 3 types, namely the heat aromatherapy, ultrasonic aromatherapy and evaporated aromatherapy. This time, I want to focus on discussing the candle/heat aromatherapy.


As the name suggests, how to use aromatherapy is by being burned. You also need some equipment for this aromatherapy, such as:

  • Aromatherapy diffuser
  • Essential oil
  • Candle (in a small circular shape)
  • Matches
  • A little of water

How to use heat/candle aromatherapy:

Using heat/candle aromatherapy is quite easy. Don’t be confuse, pay attention to the following steps:

  • Pour a little of water in the top aromatherapy furnace and give a few drops of essential oil
  • Light the small circle shaped candle and put it on the furnace
  • The water that has been mixed with aromatherapy/essential oil will evaporate slowly and produce fragrance.
  • Light off the candle when the water on the furnace is exhausted. Wait until the heat in the furnace disappears.
  • After the furnace is cold, wash/rinse the top so the remaining fragrant is gone.

Using heat aromatherapy is quite easy, but there are actually advantages and disadvantages. When I used one, this is what I found.

ceramic aromatherapy diffuser

The advantages of heat aromatherapy diffuser:

  • Easy to find. There are even sold in one package (furnace, candle and aromatherapy)
  • Cheaper. Price is quite varied, around IDR 30,000- IDR 60,000 (package price)
  • Lighter and easier to carry/move due to its small size
  • Because the amount of water is less, then you can change aromatherapy scent more often.

The disadvantages of heat aromatherapy diffuser:

  • Using the flame so it is more risky if left behind and forgot to shut down.
  • When the furnace is often used but not diligently rinsed, usually it will be mixed with previous aromatherapy fragrance.
  • The less water in the furnace, the fragrance will turn into a burnt smell.
  • The furnace condition will change after a long time (more susceptible to burnt smell, blackened, etc.)
  • Leaves waste like a used candle.
  • Because there is contact with heat, there is a chemical change that occurs in aromatherapy so that the fragrance is reduced and you don't get full benefits of the essential oil.
cones aromatherapy

FYI, heat aromatherapy is not just using furnace, but there is also a form of incense. Precisely, it is the very first form of aromatherapy I used when I was in senior high school. The shape of the pattern also has 2, namely sticks (such as common incense) and cones (they also have small furnace as a base while burning the cones).

 Although directly burned (not use candles), incenses also leave the waste that is the remaining ash of the combustion. Incense room aromatherapy is probably less familiar, but easily found in some cities in Indonesia such as Bali and Yogyakarta.

Indeed, room aromatherapy is the most familiar is the heat/candle aromatherapy that uses a furnace. We usually often see this in the spa place and put in the room corner. But there is also a heat aromatherapy that uses electricity, i.e. an electric aromatherapy or heat diffuser. The difference is only in the hot source. The form sometimes not much different from the furnace.

heat diffuser

You’ve certainly seen room aromatherapy that releases steam, right? That’s the ultrasonic diffuser. This type of room aromatherapy is arguably one of the safest and healthier one than heat diffuser. Want to know more details? Wait for my writing about ultrasonic aromatherapy later.

By the way, have you ever used candle/heat aromatherapy? Share your experience with me in the comment section below!

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