Is Diffuser Jewelry Safe to Use?

April 12, 2017

diffuser jewelry safety issues

Diffuser Jewelry Safety Concerns

Essential oils and aromatherapy are a vital part of daily living for many people. Diffuser jewelry is a great way to enjoy the many benefits of aromatherapy without going to the spa, or having to allocate a dedicated space in your home to do so. However, essential oils do come with some explicit warnings that should be taken very seriously.

Essential Oil Topical Use Safety

Essential oils can be harmful if used topically, and especially if not diluted properly. Essential oils are highly concentrated plant essences that can cause severe irritation in some individuals. Some oils, such as citrus oils, are highly phototoxic. This means that any exposure to the sun after a topical application can burn and blister your skin, and may cause permanent scarring. Always heed safe dilution ratios and read all warnings that accompany each essential oil in order to stay safe.

Essential oil ingestion safety

Ingesting essential oils is never recommended, unless under the guidance of a qualified practitioner who is trained and certified in aromatherapy using essential oils. Though many oils are used in culinary practice, a few drops in a larger volume of sauce, food or beverage is not going to harm you. However, ingesting essential oils undiluted, such as many people do with oil of oregano, for example, can be damaging to the immune system, caustic to your internal systems and sometimes even toxic. Always consult a professional before going down this road, no matter how much you think you know.

Please note that we suggest educating yourself on the safety issues of EO ingestion and the various essential oil choices and their proper usage.

Essential oil safety using diffuser jewelry

Essential oils used in diffuser jewelry are a safe way of getting all the benefits of essential oils without the danger of causing harm to your skin or your innards. When used in diffuser jewelry, the essential oil is applied to a felt, fabric or leather pad that is encapsulated within a locket. The locket hangs on a necklace, brooch or bracelet. You will generally only use a couple of drops of essential oil at a time, and depending on the oil, this may last for several days. The only immediate danger is during the application process, when some of the essential oil may come in direct contact with your skin. If this happens, wash your hands thoroughly with warm, soapy water.

Safe handling of diffuser jewelry

If you are concerned about coming into direct contact with the oil, try not to handle the diffuser pad directly. Apply the essential oil straight from the dropper bottle, and handle the pad with tweezers or while wearing rubber gloves. Be sure to wash the gloves or tweezers thoroughly to avoid any later erosion that might be caused by contact with the oil.

If the locket, the chain or any part of the jewelry becomes coated with essential oil, wash the piece in soapy water until all residue is removed. If there is any danger of the oil coming in direct contact with your skin, make sure you wipe it away or wash it well before putting on your diffuser jewelry. Even if you don’t have sensitive skin and are not prone to rashes, undiluted essential oil has potential to cause great harm.

Diffuser jewelry safety

In terms of the safety of diffuser jewelry itself, if used properly and mindfully, it should actually mitigate any potential risks. The diffuser pad is secured inside a closed locket, and there is a metal backing that keeps the pad away from your skin. It should be mentioned, though, that not all diffuser jewelry is created alike.

You’ll find plenty of lovely diffuser necklaces and other diffuser jewelry available from a growing number of online e-tailers, but be sure to look out for these features:

  • Choose diffuser jewelry that is made from surgical grade stainless steel, sterling silver or real gold. Plated diffuser jewelry will erode quickly and compromise the look of your jewelry. This in itself is not a safety issue, but why waste your money on something that will fail quickly?
  • Choose diffuser jewelry with a one-piece design, as opposed to ones that use glues to hold them together. Unfortunately, the glued design is not meant to last, so it is very much a ‘buyer beware’ situation. The other issue with glued-back designs is that when the glue erodes the pieces may fall apart, leaving your skin exposed to the diffuser pad.
  • Choose diffuser jewelry with a solid back. Essential oils are diffused through die-cut designs in the lockets, but the open designs should be in the front of the piece, not in the back. If the back is open in any way, you risk the oil coming in contact with your skin and this is something you want to avoid.
  • You don’t always ‘get what you pay for.’ There are so many diffuser jewelry brands these days, some are expensive, some not so much. Just because one piece costs more than another doesn’t mean it is higher quality. Check to make sure that the piece you are buying is made from quality materials, has a solid back and ideally has a one-piece design. Take all of these features into account before you buy and you will always be erring on the safe side.

Anjaca Wearable Wellness Fashion

Anjaca is all about “wearable wellness,” empowering the wearers with ancient symbolic meaning and the confidence that can be derived through aromatherapy practice. To this end, we have created the 7 Incanted Charms of Empowerment, seven unique and inspiring designs that will help you enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy no matter where you are or what you are doing. If you would like to learn more about our diffuser jewelry, browse our collections. We encourage you to bookmark this page and come back often to discover more about our story, and how using essential oils with our diffuser jewelry can become a catalyst for healthful, positive change in your life.


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