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CPAP sinus blaster....
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CPAP sinus blaster....
Pretty much every online CPAP stores sell vapor based products, that claim to clear the airway, including sinuses. Sounds great on the surface, but do they actually work?

If they do work, what impact it may have on the CPAP machine and other equipment?

TIA...
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RE: CPAP sinus blaster....
From what I can tell, these things are just essential oils. You can do this yourself and save your money. Just choose your favorite oil/scent and put it on a cotton ball and place outside the machine near the filter.
AFAIK, this method has no effect on your machine. The fragrance may linger even when the cotton ball is removed, but that should be eliminated after a few sleep cycles.
Needless to say, never put anything other than water in your humidifier reservoir. That could cause problems.
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RE: CPAP sinus blaster....
I have a pint size bottle of eucalyptus oil, but it didn't seem like a good idea to place the cotton ball front of the filter.

Logically thinking, introducing various oils at the intake side of CPAP machine could result in deposits internally, that may impact operation and/or increase noise level. The oils would also make their way in the humidifier and subsequently to the hose and all the way to lungs.

On the other hand, putting the oil directly in to the humidifier would not pass through the CPAP machine. CPAP supplies after the machine are cleaned on the daily and/or weekly basis, effectively preventing oil residue buildups.

As stated, this is just thinking logically; I have nothing to back it up either ways. Nor was it intended as a contradiction/argument, just trying to see the best way for adding eucalyptus oil to my treatment.
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RE: CPAP sinus blaster....
I do know essential oils degrade rubber like seals, not sure what else though. You could just make your own vicks vapor rub, I do. Just get glass jar with coconut oil and add drops off eucalyptus and peppermint oils. Not sure the exact exact ratio. Like 10 drops of each per 1/2 cup of coconut oil. Or just get a diffuser for the room.
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#5
RE: CPAP sinus blaster....
I'm a fan of essential oils, so this topic is something I've given much thought to.

As much as I do love essential oils, I don't think it's wise to inhale them with every single breath for my entire night of sleep. My worry is my lungs.

I'm also concerned about the EOs degrading the materials in my humidifier, tube, and mask.

So I've decided to put it on a cotton ball outside my CPAP air intake. Quite often the scent is too strong for me, even with just one drop of EO. (So then I move the cotton ball an inch or so away from the intake, which helps.) And that leads me to think that it might be too strong inside the humidifier too.

Ultimately, my main concern is my lungs.

And if you really believe essential oils work (as I do), you could apply the EO topically (to the bottom of your foot, on your wrist, or on your chest) and your body will absorb and use it.
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RE: CPAP sinus blaster....
(05-25-2020, 08:24 PM)Hydrangea Wrote: I'm a fan of essential oils, so this topic is something I've given much thought to.

As much as I do love essential oils, I don't think it's wise to inhale them with every single breath for my entire night of sleep.  My worry is my lungs.

I'm also concerned about the EOs degrading the materials in my humidifier, tube, and mask.

So I've decided to put it on a cotton ball outside my CPAP air intake.  Quite often the scent is too strong for me, even with just one drop of EO.  (So then I move the cotton ball an inch or so away from the intake, which helps.) And that leads me to think that it might be too strong inside the humidifier too.

Ultimately, my main concern is my lungs.

And if you really believe essential oils work (as I do), you could apply the EO topically (to the bottom of your foot, on your wrist, or on your chest) and your body will absorb and use it.

That pretty much answers my questions and all of my concerns , thanks Hydrangea...

In my case, I just use vapor EO in my home office for an hour or so, prior to going to sleep. I'll try peppermint, lemon Eucalyptus and levender oils later, maybe a mixture of all of them.
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RE: CPAP sinus blaster....
Great! I'm happy my experience was of help.
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