Seeing Triple: 3 Types of 3-D Glasses

Anaglyph glasses: Classic red and blue

The most common image of 3-D glasses is the iconic white cardboard frame with one blue lens and one red lens. These so-called anaglyph glasses have been widely used for well over half a century and have become the symbol of 3-D.

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Anaglyph glasses are a “passive” form of 3-D, meaning they just filter out certain things naturally. One image is projected on a screen with a blue tint, and the other is projected in red. The blue lens only lets the red image through, and the red lens only lets the blue image through, so each eye sees a slightly different image. It doesn’t have to be red and blue; there are many color combinations that work, but red/blue and red/green are most common.

There’s a problem though.

“Although [anaglyph] can create a good depth sensation, it very seriously compromises the quality of the perceived color,” said Dr. Jim Sheedy of the Pacific University College of Optometry.

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Those color problems are one of the main reasons that anaglyph 3-D content has been declining in recent years. The main benefit of anaglyph glasses over other technologies is their price. Anaglyph glasses are so cheap that they are usually just given away.

 

Polarized glasses: Not just a pair of sunglasses

The next type of passive 3-D glasses is polarized, and works similarly to anaglyph. Instead of using colored lenses, the lenses are polarized, meaning they only let certain wavelengths of light through. This gives them a tinted look that can make them easy to mistake for regular sunglasses at first glance.

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When light is polarized, the light waves all oscillate in one direction. By displaying one image that is polarized “up and down,” another image that is polarized “left and right” and having each lens only let one of the two types of light through, these glasses can achieve a 3-D effect.

“This can be very effective and does not have the color problems associated with anaglyph,” Sheedy said.

For this reason, polarized 3-D glasses are the technology of choice for most 3-D content in movie theaters. In addition, the glasses themselves are relatively cheap to make, too. While it’s common to have simple plastic frames, theaters can even mount the polarized lenses in cardboard frames just like anaglyph glasses. Nicer polarized glasses can run anywhere from just a few dollars to $20.

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Shutter glasses: The next generation

The most recent type of 3-D glasses, called shutter glasses, is also controversial for being the most expensive. Really expensive, in fact. Most TV manufacturers are selling shutter glasses for 3-D TVs at over $100 each.

Shutter glasses take more of a brute force-approach to create 3-D content. Instead of having two slightly different images displayed simultaneously and filtering one to each eye, like passive glasses do, shutter glasses make each lens go opaque and then transparent again in sync with the images displayed on the screen. When the screen displays the image for the left eye, the right lens will go dark so that only the left eye can see it. Then, when the image for the right eye is displayed, the left lens will darken and the right lens will become clear again.

These images flip back and forth faster than the human eye can perceive. It just seems as though you are watching a film through regular glasses, even though in a sense you are watching the movie one eye at a time. This is why shutter glasses are called an “active” 3-D technology.

There are several ways to make shutter glasses; the most common format right now is to use LCD technology that can make each lens go dark and clear very quickly. Unfortunately, it takes power to make this transition, which leads to another drawback of shutter glasses: They require batteries.

In order to sync the shutter for each eye with the proper image on the screen, shutter glasses usually employ a special infrared emitter placed on top of the TV and pointed at the viewers. The infrared signal tells the glasses when to darken each lens, keeping the glasses in sync with the show so that viewers get the proper 3-D effect. If the infrared emitter is obscured, the glasses won’t work properly.

So why are there so many different types of 3-D glasses? Why use anaglyph when polarized has less color distortion? And why have shutter glasses when passive glasses are so much cheaper? It turns out that it all depends on what medium the 3-D content is in.

 

3-D glasses for TVs

The main reason shutter glasses have been developed is for 3-D TVs. The other two main options, polarized and anaglyph, have major drawbacks.

“With current TV systems, it is not possible to show polarized images – they cannot be projected onto a screen as in movie theaters,” Sheedy pointed out.

That eliminates the polarized option. And while anaglyph technology works and has been used on TV for decades, the color distortion problem makes it a less desirable alternative. But there is a bigger reason to go with shutter glasses.

“[Shutter glasses] allow Sony to provide the very best possible 3-D picture quality – full HD 1080p.  Passive or polarized glasses only allow you to receive 720p or half-definition images,” said Greg Belloni, spokesman for Sony Electronics.

With high definition being the standard format for TV these days, shutter glasses were the obvious choice.

The main problem is that shutter glasses from one brand usually don’t work with a different brand of TV, so they can’t be used just anywhere. And even with the infrared emitters, the glasses can sometimes fall out of sync by milliseconds, which results in an effect called “flicker.” The glasses cause the image to appear to flicker, which ruins the viewing experience and possibly even the 3-D effect.

And then there’s no getting around the price. Belloni said that all 3-D glasses for Sony’s BRAVIA line of 3-D TVs will be priced at $150 each. Each TV comes with two pair of glasses, but if more than two people want to watch at once, you’ll have to crack open the wallet for more.

3-D glasses for movie theaters

All three technologies are usable in movie theaters because the image is projected onto a large screen instead of displayed on a glowing TV screen. However, it should come as no surprise that most theaters are going with polarized glasses. They avoid the color problems of anaglyph glasses and the high price of shutter glasses.

 

3-D glasses for home theaters

The home theater is still a gray area for 3-D glasses. If you use a TV, then the answer is the same as the one explained above. But some owners use a projector or DLP TV in their home theaters. This makes it possible to use the cheaper polarized glasses and forgo the shutter glasses.

It’s not so simple though. Polarized 3-D content requires two separate projectors or a projector that can display two images simultaneously. In the end, that might cost more than buying a few extra pairs of shutter glasses.

The other problem is getting content. Since most 3-D movies will be encoded for TVs, which use shutter glasses, there may not be as much content available for purchase in polarized formats. It remains to be seen if home projectors will comprise a large enough portion of the market to make a difference or if TVs will just be the standard display format.

3-D glasses for gaming

While most 3-D gaming monitors are quite expensive and require shutter glasses, some manufacturers such as NVIDIA and iZ3D are including an option in their hardware to encode 3-D-capable games in anaglyph. This provides a much cheaper option for gamers, but it only applies to PC gaming. Console gaming – on the Xbox or Playstation 3, for example – which usually relies on a TV for a display, will likely always rely on shutter glasses.

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Whats the Difference Between Active and Passive 3D TV Glasses?

        One of the first questions viewers ask when thinking about 3 D TV is “What is the difference between active 3 D glasses and passive 3 D glasses?” After all, it is the glasses that make it possible for the viewer to actually see the 3D image produced by the high-end home theater system. They can also be a major factor in the cost, as every viewer needs a pair of 3D glasses, which can add up, particularly for those with large households. The basic answer is that the active glasses do more to produce the 3D effect for the viewer while passive glasses simply work because of what they are rather than what they do. The most important thing to remember is that the two kinds of glasses work with radically different 3D implementations, and it is very important to make sure the glasses match the technology of the television.

How Do 3D TVs Work?

In order to choose between 3D glasses, it is important to understand how they work, and it is impossible to fully understand how the glasses work without understanding the basics of 3D. Humans perceive objects in three dimensions because the human brain synthesizes a single image out of two disparate ones. This works because the human vision system is based around the eyes, which are both not in the exact same place on the head, so no object is perceived at exactly the same distance with both eyes, making it easier for the brain to place them in a 3D space. This also makes it possible to judge relative distance between objects. Unfortunately, it is very difficult to reproduce this when viewing images on a screen, as every component of the image is the same distance from the viewer’s eye.

Basics of 3D TV

Just as the human eye perceives three dimensions due to the differences in perception from one eye to the other, 3D TV and 3D movies, attempt to create the illusion of three dimensions by providing different images to each eye. While the methods may change, every system designed to create 3D images from a two-dimensional display is based around this same principle. This was how the red and blue glasses of the 1950s worked, and it is how both active and passive 3D TVs work.

How Passive 3D TV Works

Passive 3D TV works exactly the same way that 3D works in the movies, using polarized lenses to provide different images to each eye. With a passive system, the TV screen is coated so that light from alternate scan lines is polarized differently. The TV then interlaces two images on the screen, one for each eye. Meanwhile, the polarization in the lenses, which matches the coating on the screen, ensures that the proper image is delivered to each eye. It is a simple and elegant system that relies on basic optics. Passive 3D is currently only used on some LCD TV and LED LCD TV models, and it is not available on plasma TVs. Due to the fact that it requires a screen coating, it may never be available for projectors.

How Active 3D TV Works

Active 3D TV uses a much more complex system to achieve the same goals. Rather than interleaving two half-resolution images in space, it interleaves two full resolution images in time. The TV rapidly alternates showing images for the left and right eye, while the glasses use electronic shutters synchronized to the TV to ensure that each eye sees a different image. This system is more complex but allows for a higher resolution 3D image. The only real technological requirement for the TV is that it be able to refresh the screen quickly enough to supply images for both eyes. Another thing to consider is that active 3D is the only form available on projection and plasma TVs, as well as LCD and LED LCD models. Regardless of the technology the viewer prefers, there is probably an active 3D TV available for their needs.

Comparing Active and Passive 3D Glasses

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One thing that should be noted before comparing active and passive 3D glasses is that the choice of which glasses to buy is as much about choosing which 3D TV implementation as it is about the glasses themselves. The following table provides a handy feature comparison for the two different types of 3D glasses.

Feature

Active

Passive

Weight Heavy, glasses have to contain both the shutter mechanism and battery. Light, thin plastic lenses and frames are the only components required.
Image Quality Very good, provides full resolution high-definition image. However, some viewers may notice flickering due to the shutter mechanism, which may also lead to headaches. Lower effective frame rate can also lead to jerkiness in the image during fast pans and other movement. Average, provides half-resolution high-definition image. This means that depending on where the viewer is sitting, they may see either black lines on the screen like some old video games, or noticeable jaggedness. This can be minimized either through the use of a smaller screen or by sitting farther away from the screen.
Price High, active glasses are complex electronic devices with wireless communication abilities. May be cost prohibitive if many pairs are needed for a big family. Low, passive glasses have no moving parts or electronics.
Ease of Use Average, active glasses require connection and synchronization before use. Easy, passive glasses only require wearing. No need for connection or synchronization.
Compatibility Low, the majority of glasses only work with TVs from the same manufacturer. There is a plan for a universal active 3D glasses standard but not all TVs may follow it. High, passive 3D glasses use the same system found in movie theaters. It is a common standard, and all modern passive 3D glasses are compatible with all TV sets that use the system.
Availability High, active 3D can be used with any TV technology, including both projection and plasma as well as LCD. Average, passive 3D only works with LCD-based TVs. It specifically does not work with projection or plasma TVs.
Brightness Average, the shutter mechanism in active 3D glasses causes a measurable reduction in light transmission, producing a dimmer image. This is particularly noticeable when watching in brightly lit conditions. Good, the polarizing filters in passive 3D glasses have a minimal effect on the transmission of light. While they do cut out some light, images do appear brighter than when using an active 3D system.

Both active and passive 3D glasses have advantages and disadvantages in both casual and regular use. Passive glasses require less set up but work with fewer technologies, while active glasses provide a crisper image at the cost of brightness and possible flickering.

Conclusion

The biggest difference between active and passive 3D glasses is that active glasses use power and passive ones do not. Each technology has its advantages and disadvantages, and neither is a perfect solution for all users. Passive 3D glasses are lighter weight and more suitable for extended viewing; they are also easier to use: simply put them on and start watching. Active 3D glasses provide a higher quality image without the jagged lines associated with passive 3D glasses. They also require synchronization with the TV and sufficient power for the entire viewing session. Passive 3D glasses require that the TV have a special coating on the screen that is only available on LCD and LED LCD TVs, while active 3D glasses can work with both projection and plasma TVs as well as the LCD variants. Consumers wishing the absolute highest quality 3D image and those who wish to use a TV other than an LCD-based 3D TV should choose a solution using active 3D glasses. Those looking for a solution that is less expensive and easier to implement may be better off with passive 3D glasses.

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How to Diffuse Essential Oils with a Humidifier?

 

Essential oils are highly concentrated extracts from plants and are used in a variety of ways to improve the smell of your house, office or room. They are also used to improve moods and sooth minds. You can use essential oils in your bath, in lotions or beauty products, household cleaning and even bug repellents. One popular way to diffuse the smell of essential oils is to put the oil in a humidifier. The humidifier then spreads the scent of your essential oil throughout the entire room.

Instructions

1. Open the water chamber of your humidifier. This is the area where you pour the water into the humidifier.

2. Add three to nine drops of the essential oil. The scent you choose is completely up to you, so select a scent that you’re drawn to. Some popular choices include eucalyptus, lavender and rose

3. Turn the humidifier on and let it run through the night. If you want to use the humidifier during the day, add three to nine more drops of essential oil as the scent wears off.

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Tips & Warnings

1.As an alternative to the humidifier method, add several drops of essential water to boiling or very hot water. Let the water set and the steam will diffuse the scent of your essential oil through the air.

2.Clean the humidifier after each use with the essential oil. It’s possible that the essential oil may damage the plastic parts of your humidifier. This is not common but is still a risk to consider.

21 Things You Should Know About Using Essential Oils

21 Things You Should Know About Essential Oils

  • Essential oils are not really oils. They do not contain the fatty acids that constitute what we would consider an actual oil. Valerie Gennari Cooksley, author of Aromatherapy: Soothing Remedies to Restore, Rejuvenate and Heal defines essential oils as “highly concentrated plant constituents possessing potent medicinal and cosmetic qualities.” However, I think Stephanie Tourles nailed it in Organic Body Care recipes when she said, “I consider essential oils the life force or the soul of the plant.”
  • Most essential oils are high in antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties: This makes them an excellent addition to your homemade cleaning preparations. Oils that are best for cleaning are: Lemon, grapefruit, eucalyptus, peppermint, tea tree, lavender, and rosemary.
  • Essential oils are miniscule in molecular size, which means they are absorbed well by the skin – making them perfect ingredients in personal care items intended to heal, soften, and nourish. However, they do not accumulate in the body over time – they simply offer up their healing properties and then pass on through.
  • Scientific studies have shown that rosemary essential oil helps your brain perform. Specifically, smelling rosemary essential oil helps memory recall and performance on tests. Interestingly, this study also showed that groups that inhaled either rosemary or lavender essential oil felt much more relaxed than those who inhaled no odor at all.
  • Fragrance oils and essential oils are NOT the same thing. As a rule of thumb, if you see the word “fragrance” or “fragrance oil” or even “perfume” on anything, you can assume this is synthetic and NOT natural. (Even if it says natural fragrance.)
  • Essential oils are wholly natural and cannot be patented; which means that you’ll never see an essential oil in a pharmaceutical drug. As such, you can expect that the vast majority of mainstream healthcare practitioners will never recommend essential oils as therapeutic alternatives to drugs. More importantly, because essential oils cannot be patented, drug companies will not waste money studying them. This limits our scientific knowledge of essential oils GREATLY, and the majority of what we know about them are things that have been passed down through thousands of years of personal use and experimentation.
  • Enormous amounts of plants are needed to produce essential oil. In fact, on the extreme end, it takes 4000 pounds of Bulgarian roses to produce 1 pound of essential oil. Other plants like lavender only take 100 pounds of plant material to produce a pound of essential oil. Still, can you imagine how concentrated essential oils must be, in light of how many plants are used to produce them?
  • Most essential oils should never be used undiluted on the skin. Instead, they should be combined with “real” oils (called carrier oils), waxes, butters, alcohols, or other diluting measures. Because they’re so concentrated, if you don’t dilute, you may end up with an unfortunate reaction (and unhappy skin).
  • There are a few essential oils that are generally recognized as safe to use undiluted. Of course, there has to be a few exceptions to the rule. Again, in Organic Body Care Recipes, the author points out that the only essential oils that are widely acknowledged as safe to use undiluted (sparingly) are: lavender, German chamomile, tea tree, sandalwood, and rose geranium.
  • Never use an undiluted essential oil on a baby or child. Children have much thinner, more delicate skin than adults have, and tend to be very sensitive to the potency of essential oils. In fact, even if you do use essential oil in a recipe for children, only use half of the essential oil recommended in the recipe. That’s all they’ll need, anyway. (Here is a list of 19 essential oils that are safe for babies and children.)
  • Avoid the following essential oils while pregnant or nursing (and skip EOs completely in your first trimester): Aniseed, cedarwood, chamomile, cinnamon, clary sage, clove, ginger, jasmine, lemon, nutmeg, rosemary, sage (this is only a partial list of some of the more common essential oils – view the full one here).
  • To test if you’re sensitive to an essential oil (which is probably best to do before using it in a skincare preparation): Combine one drop of essential oil with 1/2 tsp carrier oil (like olive, jojoba, or sweet almond). Rub this on the inside, upper portion of your arm and wait a few hours. If no redness or itching develops, you’re most likely not sensitive to that essential oil.
  • Keep all essential oils out of the reach of children – and avoid contact with your eyes. This is just standard safety precautions, but must be mentioned.
  • Do not take essential oils internally, especially oils like wintergreen and eucalyptus. While some essential oils may be used well-diluted in something like toothpaste with safety, it’s generally recognized that there’s no need to take essential oils internally. In fact, there are several toxic essential oils that should be avoided even through skin contact. Luckily, these are NOT common essential oils, and most of them you’ll never find in the store.
  • Not all essential oils are created equally, nor does more expensive necessarily mean “better.” There are certain brands I will use in a less therapeutic fashion (like for cleaning), because they’re far less expensive than their counterparts. When you see a wide fluctuation in price between, say, lavender essential oils, you can bet that the far less expensive one is likely lower in quality. However, a small variation in price differences on the higher end will NOT mean a better essential oil. It will just mean a higher price. (A little birdie also told me that there are also only a handful of essential oil distilleries in the world, which means that most essential oils come from the exact same places – thus there is little difference in quality between the more “typically priced” EOs.) What I’m saying here is: Understand that you DO have to pay for quality, but that if you’re just using essential oils in non-therapeutic fashions, it’s okay to use less expensive oils (like the Beeyoutiful ones pictured at the top of this post, or NOW brand essential oils). But if you want high quality, I suggest using Mountain Rose Herbs or another ethical supplier that offers organic essential oils (grown without pesticides or toxic fertilizers).
  • To test your essential oil to see how “pure” it is, put a single drop of it on a piece of construction paper. If it evaporates quickly and leaves no noticeable ring, it is pure. If you have a ring left, then it is likely diluted by the manufacturer with an oil of some sort (this test will not work for myrrh, patchouli, and absolutes).
  • Essential oils will last for at least 5 years (if not 10), so one bottle could literally last you a decade. Hopefully that thought will help mitigate the cost involved in purchasing some essential oils. Because they are SO concentrated and only a tiny amount is needed in anything you do, they’ll last you a very, very long time. The only exception to this rule is citrus oils, which will see a reduction in potency after a year or two.
  • Store your essential oils in dark glass bottles (which they were probably packaged in) and out of direct sunlight. This is simply to help preserve their potency.
  • Remember that what you’re allergic to in food, you will be allergic to in essential oils. So if, for some reason, you can’t eat sage without breaking out in a rash, steer clear of sage essential oil (or any product containing it).
  • USE ESSENTIAL OILS TO HELP YOUR MOOD. Lavender, peppermint, grapefruit, chamomile, lemon, ylang-ylang all help produce happy, joyous moods. Clary sage helps with PMS (although there have been reports that overuse of clary sage can lead to intoxication). Rosemary increases focus and concentration. Don’t forget the mood benefits of essential oils. Here’s an information packed aromatherapy reference chart to refer to.
  • The recommended usage of many essential oils is hotly contested throughout the aromatherapy profession. The majority of oils you find in the supermarket are absolutely safe (though you should research them before using them); however, once you start digging into the world of essential oils, you’ll find that professionals – even within the same organization – debate extensively over the use of certain oils. If you’re ever unsure about an oil or its use, do the research you can, and if you still cannot make up your mind as to its safety – avoid it. But, by all means, do NOT be afraid of essential oils. Just use them with care and respect, and all will be fine.

Recommended Essential Oils to Get You Started

“What essential oils do you recommend I buy?” is the number one question I receive.

It’s a tough one to answer, because what EOs you buy depends on what you’re going to use them for. Nonetheless, I’ve narrowed it down to 7 essential oils to consider when starting to use them in your personal care products or homemade cleaning supplies.

  • Peppermint (good for lip balms, oily/acneic skin, and cleaning products)
  • Rosemary (good for hair preparations, oily/acneic skin, and cleaning products)
  • Sweet orange (good for all skin types and very soothing in room sprays for children)
  • Rose geranium (good for all skin types, creating perfumes, and for use in homemade moisturizers)
  • Tea tree (great for healing, getting rid of dandruff, oily/acneic skin, and cleaning products)
  • Lavender (great for all skin types, for relaxation, hair preparations, and cleaning products)
  • Lemon (great for lifting moods, cleaning preparations, and sparingly in toners and products for oily skin)

All of these essential oils also happen to be some of the least expensive and easiest to find. Bonus!

Where should you buy them?

  • Mountain Rose Herbs
  • More Than Alive (who graciously supplied Crunchy Betty with the Beeyoutiful essential oils found in the first picture)
  • Whole Foods/Trader Joes (or your local natural foods store)
  • iHerb (use my personal code OZE706 at checkout to get $5 off your first purchase there)

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How to Clean out a Humidifier?

Humidifiers moisten indoor air and are useful for treating cold and flu symptoms, healing dry skin and helping babies sleep more peacefully. Humidifies that are not cleaned properly may pump bacteria into the air, so it’s important to use the right technique and clean your machine out often. Learn how to perform a basic cleaning, disinfect the humidifier and prevent bacterial growth.

Performing a Basic Cleaning

1.Rinse the filter. Unplug the humidifier first, then remove the filter. Hold it under the faucet and rinse it with cold water to wash away any impurities. Let it on a clean towel to dry while you clean the remaining parts.

 

  • Don’t use cleaning solution to clean the filter. Chemicals can permanently damage the filter so that it will no longer work properly.
  • You may have a model of humidifier that requires you to change the filter every now and then. If this is the case, check the manufacturer’s instructions and change the filter as often as is recommended.\

2. Wash the water tank. Remove the tank from the humidifier and pour out the old water. Fill the tank with 3 cups of vinegar, swish it around so that it covers the bottom and sides of the tank, and let it sit for at least 1 hour. The vinegar acts as a natural cleanser that loosens buildup from the bottom of the water tank. Rinse the tank thoroughly when you’re finished.

 

  • If necessary, use a scrub brush to scrub away some of the grime at the bottom of the water tank.
  • Using another type of cleaner could have negative consequences, since the liquid from the water tank gets pumped into the air. Stick with vinegar to make sure you’re creating a safe environment for your family.

3.Wipe down the frame. Use a sponge dampened with vinegar and water to wipe the remaining parts of the humidifier. This prevents dust and other debris from entering the water tank, and inhibits the growth of mold or bacteria.

 

Disinfecting the Humidifier

1.Use a bleach and water solution. Pour a gallon of water and a teaspoon of bleach into the water tank. Let the solution sit in the tank for an hour to completely sanitize the inside of the tank. Pour out the solution and rinse with clean, cold water.

  • Be sure the tank has been thoroughly rinsed before you replace it on the humidifier frame.
  • Don’t let the bleach sit in the humidifier for more than an hour, or it could damage the machine.

2.Use peroxide. Pour a few cups of peroxide into the water tank. Swish it around so that it covers the bottom and sides of the tank. Allow the peroxide to sit in the tank for an hour, then pour it out and rinse the tank with cold water.

3.Do a deep clean with vinegar. Fill the water tank with a cup of vinegar and a gallon of water. Plug it in outside and let the humidifier run for an hour. After an hour, pour out the remaining liquid from the tank, rinse it with clean water, then fill it with clean water and run the humidifier for another hour. Rinse out the tank one more time before using.

  • Don’t run the humidifier run indoors when you’re using vinegar in the water tank. It will make your home smell like vinegar.
  • Don’t use bleach or any other chemical to do a deep clean through the working part of the humidifier. Turning the humidifier on and running chemicals through the system could cause permanent damage.

Preventing Bacterial Growth

1.Change the water often. Leaving water to sit in the water tank for long periods of time causes mineral deposits to collect on the bottom and sides. The longer you leave the water sitting there, the more deposits will collect and the harder they’ll be to remove.

2.Clean the humidifier every three days. When the humidifier is in heavy use during the winter or when a family member has a cold, clean it every three days with a simple vinegar or hydrogen peroxide rinse. Do a deep clean every two weeks or so.

3.Replace the humidifier when necessary. Old humidifiers that have gotten a lot of use may start to break down over time. The worn-out parts will be more prone to hosting bacterial growth.

  • If you’ve had your humidifier for more than a five years or so, you might want to consider replacing it.
  • If you aren’t ready to replace your older humidifier, make sure to clean it with bleach or peroxide every few weeks.

4.the area around the humidifier dry. If the humidifier is causing the area around it to become damp, turn it down. Surrounding the humidifier with dampness can lead to the growth of bacteria and mold.

5.Store the humidifier properly. When it’s time to put the machine away after the winter, clean it thoroughly and make sure it is completely dry before putting it away. When you take it out again next year, clean it again before using.

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How to Use a Dehumidifier

Dehumidifiers are designed to regulate the amount of moisture that is in the air of a given space. Follow these steps to ensure you use a dehumidifier properly.

1.Select the correct capacity for your space.

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The efficiency of a dehumidifier is based on the space you have as well as how moist that space is. The capacity is listed in measurements of the number of pints the dehumidifier collects per 24-hour period. Conditions can range from moderately damp to extremely damp. Dehumidifiers can accommodate up to 44 pints (20.8197 liters) per 24 hours in a space as large as 2,500 square feet (232.257 square meters).

2.Find a safe and appropriate location for your dehumidifier.

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You can place the unit against a wall if your dehumidifier has a top-mounted air discharge. However, if this is not the case, you will need to keep the dehumidifier away from the walls and other obstructions to allow the air to circulate around the machine. It is also important to keep doors and windows closed while you are running the dehumidifier to help it run more efficiently. Keep. your dehumidifier away from sources of debris or other objects that can clog the machine.

3.Be aware of the temperature

The air temperature in the room where you are running your dehumidifier may increase as the moisture is removed. This is perfectly normal and should not pose any problems. The time for concern may be, though, if the area in which you run your unit is consistently below 65 degrees Fahrenheit (18.3 Celsius). Frost may begin to appear on the coils of the dehumidifier, which could cause the unit to work improperly. In these cases, you should purchase a dehumidifier that has an anti frost sensor or one that is created specifically for cool spaces.

4.Allow the humidifier to run through several cycles.

The first time you use your dehumidifier will be the most productive. You will be removing the majority of the excess water in the air over the first few hours, days or sometimes even weeks. After the first round, though, you will be simply maintaining an appropriate level of humidity rather than trying to bring it down drastically. You will be able to set the amount of humidity that you desire on your dehumidifier when you plug it in.

5.Maintain your dehumidifier.

You will need to empty you dehumidifier on a regular basis in order to keep it running properly and efficiently. How often you do this will depend on the size of your space and the amount of humidity you are dealing with. Some areas may require the bucket of water to be emptied once a day, while others may only need to be drained once per week. Keep an eye on your dehumidifier to determine what it will take to keep it running.

 

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  • Eases Breathing & Sleep better; Coloful changing LED lamp, romantic and convenient.
  • LED Light Diffuser relieves depression, stress, fatigue & headaches.
  • 100ml water capacity that can continue use up to 3 hours each time.
  • Produces “happy feeling” negative ions which help to lift your mood, strengthen the immune system and relieve stress. Negative ions have several other benefits to the respiratory system and general well being
  • Moisturizes and refreshes the quality of air we breathe. This feature is important as it humidifies the hot and dry air in the room during summer and winter when heating is switched on
  • SainSonic LM-001BE Ultrasonic 100ML LED Air Humidifier Aroma Diffuser

 

 

 

 

Difference Between Aromatherapy Diffusers and Humidifier

There are many benefits to buying and using an aromatherapy diffuser for the home. The therapeutic benefits are numerous, aromatherapy can be used effectively to not only de-stress and refresh but depending on the particular blend of aromatic oils that you use there are many other effects in their uses.  Mood enhancement, better sleep patterns and stress reduction are some of the many reasons why people choose aromatherapy as an alternative therapy.

Many of the essential oils used in this type of therapy can help to relax both the body and the mind, oils such as lavender is said to not only help stress levels but aid sleep and reduce the pain caused by headaches.  Other oils such as ylang ylang and lemongrass can relax and calm the mind while others are known to help the respiratory system.

An aromatherapy diffuser is an ideal way to benefit from the therapeutic values these essential oils offer.

Types of Aromatherapy Diffusers

An aromatherapy diffuser can release the essential oils in a few different ways. Most use a small fan that draws the air through a pad that has been soaked with an essential oil blend, this allows the aroma from the oil blend to disperse into the room. Other types of diffusers use steam or heat to help circulate the fragrance oils throughout the area.

Infrared aromatherapy diffusers : it works with the technology infrared sensor, the furthest distance is 3 meters,the biggest angle is 90 degree.

High, Middle, Low model for mist to be adjust.

1.7MHz atomizer, more fine fog.

With anion (negative ion) function, for you to create a fresh, comfortable space.

Colorful LED night light mode.

Three kinds of humidification mode and humanized design, to meet your different needs.

Independent control of humidification, anion and night light to meet your needs.

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Ultrasonic aromatherapy diffusers tend to be slightly larger than the infrared diffuser.  An ultrasonic diffuser can act as both a humidifier and diffuser helping to keep the humidity level of the room at a comfortable level that you are accustomed to no matter where you may be.  This type of diffuser uses sound waves to break the oils into tiny particles that float and disperse throughout the room.

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There are several other types of aromatherapy diffusers available such as candle diffusers which again use heat to disperse the oils but for home use, especially in a family home where there may be young children the ultrasonic or electric diffusers are a safer option.  Whichever diffuser you decide to buy for your home essential oils and your diffuser should be kept out of reach of young children and pets.

How to Use Essential Oils For Family Health?

Getting Started with the Basics

Applying Essential Oils “Neat”
If instructions say to apply the oil “Neat” that means to apply the essential oil undiluted.

How to dilute Essential Oils
“Dilute” means to mix the essential oil with carrier oil before using. This is generally the preferred method for applying essential oils on the body. This allows for more controlled absorption into the skin as essential oils can evaporate quickly. It is also safer and lessens the chance of sensitivity.

How to use essential oils with Carrier Oils
Examples of carrier oils are jojoba, olive, sesame seed, grape seed, sweet almond, sunflower seed, wheat germ, and vitamin E oils. We have used organic coconut oil, organic olive oil, and Young Livings “V-6 mixing oil.” Whatever you decide to use should be organic if possible.

Young Living has combined seven of these carrier oils into a blend called “V-6 Mixing Oil.” This blend is highly nourishing and full of anti-oxidants. It is excellent for diluting essential oils.

How to dilute

Adults
Mix 3-4 drops of essential oil to ½ tsp. of carrier oil or
6-8 drops of essential oil to 1 tsp. carrier oil or
30-40 drops of essential oil to 1 oz. of carrier oil

Basic dilution recipe for babies and children (usually ½ to 1/3 adult)
1-2 drops of essential oil to ½ tsp. of carrier oil or

2-3 drops of essential oil to 1 tsp. of carrier oil or
15 drops of essential oil to 1 oz. of carrier oil

Safety
When learning how to use essential oils, safety is very important. Always do a skin test before using an essential oil. Keep vegetable oil nearby to wipe off the essential oil if sensitivity occurs. Do not use water!

How to use essential oils for Babies and Children
Many essential oils are safe to use on babies and children. Dilution is generally ½-1/3 that of adults. Always test the skin first for oil sensitivity,the bottom of the feet are the safest place.

How to use Essential Oils Safely

Avoid using peppermint oil on the throat and chest area of children less than 30 months of age.This could cause spasms of the larynx.

How to use essential oils for Infants and Babies “Indirectly”
Rub 1-2 drops of essential oil into the palm of your left hand until they are almost dry. Without touching the baby, hold your hands over the area of the body that needs attention. This works well for infants and babies without having to directly apply oils.

Mild Compress for Infants, Children, and Sensitive Skin
Place 5-15 drops of essential oil into a basin of warm water (approx. 100 degrees); use cool water if there are neurological problems. Agitate the water vigorously and let stand for 1 minute. Place a dry cloth on top of the water to soak up the oils that have floated to the surface. Wring out cloth and apply it to body. Cover with a thick towel to seal in warmth no longer than 1 hour.

How to use essential oils in Aromatherapy

Direct Inhalation: Essential Oils can be inhaled directly from the bottle or from the palms of your hands. Rub 1-2 drops of essential oil together in the palms of your hand. Cup your hands over your nose and breathe in deeply.

Essential Oil Diffuser: Eliminate bacteria and viruses in your home with an essential oil diffuser. You can create a germ free zone and therapeutic or healing zone by diffusing essential oils. This is an excellent way to get healing oils into the respiratory system of family members, especially during the cold and flu season. This is a wonderful way to add fragrance to the air and it can eliminate insects in your home.

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Humidifier or Vaporizer: Place a few drops of essential oil in the medicine well of your humidifier or vaporizer.

Steam: Add a few drops of essential oil into a bowl that has been filled with hot water. Drape a towel over both the bowl and your head. Breathe in deeply. This is great for sinus congestion.

Perfume: Many essential oils can be worn as perfumes. This is a non-toxic and chemical free way of adding the nourishing benefits of oils into your daily routine.

How to use essential oils for Topical Application

Direct Application: Topical or direct application means applying the oils directly onto the skin. They can be applied on the back, along the spine, on the soles of the feet, the hands, ears, or the area of concern. *Dilution may be required

Essential Oil Massage: Essential oils can be used before massage, during a massage, and after a massage.

Soles of the Feet: One of the safest and most effective places to apply essential oils is on the bottom or the soles of the feet. This is recommended for children and those with allergies or sensitive skin. This is a good place to test for “oil sensitivity.” To target specific conditions we highly recommend the Vita Flex Technique.

Reflex points and “Vita Flex Technique”
This technique stimulates the nerve pathways that lead to internal body systems. This is a very effective way to deliver the therapeutic benefits of essential oils throughout the body. You can use this technique to effectively target specific areas of the body. Reflex points are located on both the feet and hands. Stimulating these pathways with essential oils can produce rapid results.

Auricular Technique (Emotional and Physical)

In this technique essential oils are applied to the acupressure points on the ears. This delivers the therapeutic benefits of essential oils into the body and mind to address not only physical issues but emotional issues as well.

Young Living has developed an essential oil kit, called the “Feelings Kit,” to help with depression, fear, anger, hate, guilt, rejection, feeling stuck, feeling overwhelmed, etc.

Raindrop Therapy
The raindrop technique combines essential oils with massage to bring the body into structural and electrical alignment. Viruses and bacteria can hibernate or lie dormant along the spine causing inflammation, disease, spinal disfigurement, and many other problems. Using highly antimicrobial oils in a structured sequence, kills the viruses and bacteria and reduces inflammation. This technique is relatively easy to understand and put into practice. Young Living Essential Oils carries a kit collection called the “Raindrop Technique” that includes the oils, a demonstration DVD, and brochure.

Compress: For deeper penetration of an essential oil you can create a compress. Rub 1-3 drops of essential oil on location. Cover with a comfortably hot, damp towel. Cover the moist towel with a dry towel for 10-60 minutes. You may experience warming. If it becomes uncomfortable apply a vegetable or carrier oil to location.

How to use essential oils in a Bath: Oils do not mix with water and if not properly dispersed can irritate the skin. Add 2-3 drops of essential oil to 1 cup Epsom salts or add 5-15 drops of oil to a bath gel base.

Foot Bath: You can use this to relax, to soothe tired or inflamed feet, treat fungal infections, etc. Add 5-10 drops of essential oil to warm water in a tub or basin and soak feet 15-30 minutes.

How to use Essential Oils for Disinfecting: Essential oils are a non-toxic and chemical free way to clean and disinfect surfaces. We use essential oils to clean our kitchen, bathroom, floors, walls, cars, toys, laundry, dishes….just about everything. Essential oils kill germs! You can make your own cleaning solution or disinfectant in a spray bottle.

Disinfecting Spray Recipe: Add 15-20 drops of lemon, thieves, or purification,etc. essential oil to a 4-6 oz. spray bottle. Fill with water.

How to use essential oils internally:
Caution! The following information is to be used with Young Living Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils Only! Their oils are backed by scientific documentation and they are guaranteed pure.

Certain oils are safe for internal use. In fact some oils work best when they are taken internally. Always double check to see if the oil is certified as “GRAS” meaning “Generally Regarded as Safe.” Remember essential oils are highly concentrated and you should always use with caution. The adults in our family add oils to our water, tea, etc. and we take them internally, especially during the cold and flu season. Be sure to follow instructions.

Before You Buy A Room Humidifier – Humidifier Buying Tips

A few buying tips will make your humidifier shopping a little easier. If you are not sure that you really need a humidifier, you may want to measure the humidity level in your home with a hygrometer. They are inexpensive and can help you monitor the air you breathe so you can take action to maintain it at the optimum level. Review the recommended moisture level in Controlling Moisture. Sorting through humidifier details can be daunting and consumers have lots of questions

Determine The Type of Humidifier You Need – Cool vs Warm Mist

First, you need to decide what type of humidifier you are looking for – warm or cool mist, or whether a dual unit would be more convenient. If you’re not sure, learn the difference between a warm and cool mist humidifier to help you determine what is best for you. Read why some feel a cool mist is safer when young children are present. There are also models that humidify and purify (or wash) the air – these are usually a more expensive, but may be worth considering. For more about maintaining a proper home humidity, read Controlling Home Moisture and learn why too little or too much humidity can be problematic.

Type of Humidifica

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tion Processes

There are basically two types of processes that a humidifier might use to generate moisture or steam – evaporative which is more common and generally the cheapest, and ultrasonic which produces a finer water mist. Either type can be used for warm or cool mist models, but ultrasonic is considered safer since it does not produce a mist by boiling water. Therefore the humidifier does not contain hot water that could create a hazard if the unit was knocked over.

Humidifier Styles – Personnal, Portable, Console or Flow-Through ByPass

A personal humidifier is a very compact, no more than 1-liter that can be taken on trips to provide moisture where you need it. Though efficient for personal use, the coverage area is limited. Also considered portable, a room humidifier can vary in capacity from compact to large room size and is most commonly used in bedrooms or living areas. A console model is a large, free-standing unit on wheels. Because of the larger capacity and efficiency, console models are considered whole-house units. Another type of whole-house humidifier is a flow-through bypass unit that must be installed on the home’s duct system.

Controlling Moisture Output

While some humidifiers are basic in moisture control with two or three variable fan speeds, others may have a built-in hygrometer to indicate the moisture level in the room and a humidistat that you can set for the unit to cycle on/off to maintain the proper level. Unless you want to monitor the room’s moisture level and adjust settings to maintain it, these measurement features are very handy and worth the extra cost.

Ease of Handling & Maintenance

Some water tanks are a little harder to remove and refill, some lift off easily. Could the weight of a full tank be a problem for you? Take time to inspect the unit to see how easy the water tank removes from the base. Also note if the model will require filter changes, check on availability, as well as how easy they are to change. Consider purchasing a couple of filters along with your new humidifier as maintenance is crucial to reduce the risk of bacteria and unhealthy air.

Operation Noise Level & Settings

Expect some operating noise from a humidifier, but if the unit is for a bedroom, you may want to look for one with a low, night or silent setting. This being said, my silent model is not really that quiet, but we adapted quickly to it. It actually helps to ‘drown’ out other household noises. You should have at least two settings on the unit, high and low options. Ultrasonic humidifiers are considered the quietest to operate since there is no boiling of water (hissing) and moisture is expelled in a very fine mist.

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8 Easy Steps To Choosing A Humidifier

A humidifier is an appliance that helps to increase humidity in your home and make the air less dry. Dry air can cause several problems such as chapped skin, nose bleeds, skin allergies, ruined wood furniture, etc; all of which can effectively be taken care of by a humidifier. However, you cannot simply go out and buy the first one that you come across. There are several factors that need to be considered while choosing a humidifier. These are:

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1) Size of the unit: The size of the humidifier will be determined by the size of the area that you wish to humidify. If you want to add humidity to specific areas in your home, you should go in for portable humidifiers or room humidifiers.

2) Cool Mist v/s Warm Mist Humidifier: Before you settle on a specific humidifier, you need to choose between cool mist and warm mist humidifiers. As the names suggest, a cool mist humidifier adds humidity to your indoor air by spraying a cool mist. Such a unit is great for those who live in areas with a warm climate.

On the other hand, a warm mist humidifier is one which moistens air by spraying a warm mist. This type of humidifier is ideal if you live in cooler climes. People who live where it is naturally hot sure do not want to go in for a warm mist humidifier! Also, if you need a humidifier for a child’s room, a warm mist unit is better than a cool mist one.

3) Humidstat: A humidstat is a device that helps to control the humidity levels in your home. Keeping humidity at levels of 45%-50% is ideal as this helps to solve all problems created by dry air. If humidity increases to more than 50%, the air serves as a breeding ground for dust mites, mold spores etc as they get adequate moisture for survival. Hence it

becomes necessary to maintain relative humidity, which can easily be done with a humidstat. Thus, you should choose a humidifier with a built-in automatic humidstat so that you do not have to worry about over humidifying your home.

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4) Mineral Dust: With some humidifiers you will notice that after a few hours of keeping the unit running, you can see a thin white film of dust on your furniture etc. This is known as mineral dust and can have negative health effects. Thus, you should ensure that the humidifier that you choose does not disperse any kind of mineral dust.

5) Automatic Shut Down: Humidifiers that do not have an automatic shut down option can be a fire hazard if not shut down manually when the water runs out. If the motor is left running for any length of time, and if it burns down, you could have a serious problem on your hands. Thus, while choosing a humidifier, make sure that it has automatic shut off.

6) Cleaning and Maintenance: Some humidifiers need to be filled with water and rinsed out daily or every second day. Such frequent cleaning is quite a chore and may cause you great inconvenience. The filters of such humidifiers also need to be cleaned and changed regularly, thus adding to your cleaning efforts and maintenance costs. So, while picking out a humidifier, make sure that it is easy and convenient to clean (in keeping with your schedule) and that it does not have very high maintenance costs. Buying a humidifier with filters that never need to be changed may be the way to go for those who do not have too much spare time.

7) Level of Noise: Although all humidifiers are bound to make some noise, there are some units that can be extremely noisy. But noisy is a relative concept and differs from person to person. However, if you are very sensitive to noise and find that noisy appliances disturb you a great deal, then the sound level of your humidifier could be a concern for you.

Thus, you should check out how noisy a humidifier can get before you choose to buy it.

8) Cost: This again differs from person to person. Within your budget, you should try and look for a humidifier that has the maximum capacity and added features. But while considering cost, you not only have to account for the initial buying price of the humidifier, but also its operating and maintenance costs.

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