A brief history of reed diffusers

A brief history of reed diffusers

Home fragrance and aromatherapy dates back nearly 5000 years, with the first recorded use of fragrance cited during Egyptian rituals around 3000 BC with aromatic resins. Ancient Egyptians used these plant resins along with natural oils during the mummification process, and they can also be found in the tombs of pharaohs.

In ancient China, people also used reed diffusers as a form of incense. In the Buddhist tradition, the reeds are lit to offer fragrance and cultivate a peaceful environment for prayer or meditation. Taoists burn the reeds as a show of honor to their deities and ancestors.

Additionally, the Greeks used reeds to scent their homes and temples. Most commonly, ancient Greeks preferred a combination of wine, cinnamon bark, myrrh resin, honey and cloves for scenting.

How do reed diffusers work?

While they come in a variety of different shapes and sizes, all reed diffusers have 3 main components:

  • Vessel
  • Reed sticks
  • Fragrance oil

The reed sticks are inserted in the vessel with the fragrance oil, the tiny capillaries in the reed sticks absorb the fragrance which moves it up to the top of the reed stick where it disperses the fragrance into the air. Occasionally, flipping the reed sticks once a week allows an even distribution of the fragrance as well as the aromatic intensity.

A Few Tips to Keep In Mind 

The maintenance of reed diffusers are very simple, by placing the reed diffusers where is air circulation such as an entry way always the fragrance to flow efficiently, other places you can reed your reed diffuser is in the foyer, hallways and the powder room. Adding a decorative coaster under the diffuser collects any oils that may drip from the reed and keep from damaging your furniture.

Reed diffusers are a much safer home scenting option for families with young children as this scenting solution doesn’t require an open flame. You can also achieve a much more lasting scent with a reed diffuser than with a traditional candle. After setting it up, you can expect your reed diffuser to last between 1 to 6 months, depending on the amount of fragrance oil you’ve added to the vessel.

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