Vaporization has been a method of infusing the air we breathe with aromatic and health-giving properties for generations, maybe centuries. In our children’s bedrooms we might plug in a vaporizer which creates menthol and eucalyptus vapor if a child is sick with a cold and stuffy nose.
Vaporizing with an electronic, handheld device like the Ascent or a G Pro, however, is not viewed popularly as a healthy habit but a replacement for smoking. At worst, these are seen as drug-smoking devices. What about vaporizing aromatherapy products: is this a part of the trend too?
Why Do People Use Vaporizers?
A lot of people use these electronic devices to smoke without inhaling as many carcinogens and to prevent creating combustion. Many people use them to smoke weed. Another sector of society uses vaporization as a means of relieving certain symptoms which they prefer to treat holistically. These include stress, low energy, mental confusion, and more.
What Materials Work for this Purpose?
Vaporizers that use herbs and/or essential oils are equally capable of producing aromatherapy odors and properties. They include Davinci products, Storz and Bickel, 7th Floor devices, and more. As long as the item is known to create vapor and not smoke, it has the potential to be useful in this capacity.
Are Some Vaporizers Unsuitable?
Your biggest challenge is tainting caused by substandard materials in the air pathway or casing. Even if a pathway is made from glass or stainless steel, it might draw in an odor from plastic casing which changes the quality of your vapor. A lot of cheap designs are encased in plastic, and although they are heat resistant, this does not fully prevent them from tainting the vapor.
Some items encased in heat-resistant plastic do a better job: internal pathways are completely sealed off. If the pathway is made from glass, this is the best scenario: glass is clean and neutral, at least theoretically. The user has to ensure cleanliness. A clean device is ultimately healthier and safer, preventing overheating and stale vapor.
What are Some Aromatherapy Products for Use in Vaporizers?
Davinci sells a line of organic, ready-to-use essential oils costing $35.95 for 5 ml. These are devised to create a sense of calm, relieve breathing problems, promote energy, or relax. They soothe, promote sharper thinking, and improve flexibility. The “Recall” mixture contains Schizandra, ginger, ginko, Eleuthero, and propylene glycol. The FDA has not approved these products so consumers must be aware they use these at their own risk.
Vape World also carries a number of aromatic herbs such as time and wild lettuce.
Setting the Temperature
Few pen-style and many handheld vaporizers are set up for temperature adjustment. V2 Cigs has designed a V2 Pro vaporizer with temperature-adjustment features to be released in the winter. The model currently available sets the temperature automatically to suit the type of material being used. You want a portable vaporizer that is small enough to hold in your hand or a tabletop device, either one with dial or digital temperature control features.
Usually, temperatures start a little above 200F and climb to over 400F. When you buy herbs and oils from certain companies, they tell the customer which is the best temperature to release vapor from a product without overheating or under-heating. At Vapor Giant, for instance, they say their chamomile (good for relieving muscle spasms, inflammation, and to relax the user) is best heated to 374F. Peppermint for muscle spasms and antiseptic purposes should be heated to around 331F.
These are suggested temperatures but the consumer knows what works best for her. Ultimately, anything that does not burn a product is good, but the heat has to be high enough to produce vapor.