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#1 of 4 Old 01-14-2007, 11:47 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Can I do add essential oils to the water in my cool-mist humidifier?

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I do this all the time. I just put a few drops. Sometimes I'll add a little vinegar (like a tablespoonful or so) to help keep mold from growing on the insides, deodorize my home, and keep me from getting sick (not sure if this really helps, but I seem to think so ). I don't smell the vinegar at all. There was a time where everybody kept getting sick at work and I had this humidifier on at home with Lavender and sometimes a little eucalyptus or tea tree oil. I took plenty of vitamins and supplements, washed my hands a little more often than I regularly do (like sometimes I get lazy and don't wash my hands before I eat since I've been sitting at my own desk all day), and I didn't get the same throat viral infection everybody else did. If I even FELT something that could remotely be a sore throat, I gargled with hot water and tea tree oil.

It was miraculous.

Essential oils and vinegar really rock my world.
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Definitely. I find essential oils keep the humidifier free from mold and mildew as well. The only negative is that it seems to leave a residue on the inside of the water tank. But that doesn't bother me enough to not use it. I like lavender. When ds and I are sick, I like a combination of eucalyptus and thyme, especially if it's a respiratory thing. I heard eucalyptus is a great one for clearing the air of any germs.
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Awesome, and it's good to know! I have some of the erbaviva eo combos and added relaxation essence last night--yummy!

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