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Essential Oils into CPAP?
#1
Essential Oils into CPAP?
Hi folks.

Has anybody tried a single drop of an essential oil in their CPAP machine?  My machine/setup is still new and smells like a medical factory.  But that aside, I thought maybe a drop of Eucalyptus Oil might help with any biofilm production, and a natural antiseptic for my head.  Since using this thing, even with a heated tube and humidifier, I've contracted some kind of nasal issue.  While probably not an infection, something indeed is going on.

Any insight?

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daBee in Toronto
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#2
RE: Essential Oils into CPAP?
I don't know the answer, but an interesting question!
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#3
RE: Essential Oils into CPAP?
IMHO adding "oil" airborne to a CPAP should not be done because some of the "oil" will deposit on the rotating portions of the CPAP. In turn the "dust" that gets by the filter will stick to the blower. This is not cleanable.

If you want to use it get an inline AB filter and add your essential oil there. The hose and mask are cleanable. the machine is not.

That said I have no knowledge on the use of essential oils administration at all. Mechanically
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#4
RE: Essential Oils into CPAP?
I can see two potential problems, but they would be minor and perhaps not negate any other possible benefits:

a. if it truly is an 'oil', eucalyptus oil would denature, or go rancid, just like other oils.  It might get worse in water.  In fact, oils and fats saponify over time if exposed to water. If the eucalyptus doesn't go rancid, but the carrier medium does, it would amount to the same set of problems; and

b. no matter what happens with regard to point 'a' above, it would make cleaning a bit more of a challenge.  I can't say it might invite flora over time, or something worse, but you'd have a tougher time getting the interior of the vessel clear of leftover oils or waxes than if you just used water.

Even so, eucalyptus oil is known for helping with some respiratory problems, and it might be worth a trial.
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RE: Essential Oils into CPAP?
Thanks for the replies.

Essential oils are an organic solvent with oils.  The amounts are minimal in solution so the amount in a single drop would be miniscule.  Still, the amount of oil would be somewhat volatile even in solution.  Cleaning solutions are used with these in mind.  

But I get the point about cleaning and introducing compounds to the machine.

Moving this application to the inside of a mask...this could be done.  I'll have to tinker and think about this one.  If it's groundbreaking, I will post here.  

Thanks for the input.
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RE: Essential Oils into CPAP?
search for "cpap inline AB filter"
this device would make it easy to do what you want, just attach to the end of hose.
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#7
RE: Essential Oils into CPAP?
I have a sleep cap, or cpap cap. While I was looking ordering my latest one, I saw interesting things about using aromatherapy. search for cpap cap.
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#8
RE: Essential Oils into CPAP?
Generally, if an essential oil is desired, it is better to put it into the humidifier, or on a cotton ball next to the inlet. Personally, I think it's a bad idea, but if you must, then those are the methods that should avoid contaminating the pneumatic block.
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#9
RE: Essential Oils into CPAP?
To go downstream of the pressure generator is probably best, as all of that is replaced on a regular basis anyway.  Positive humid air flow would be the carrier.  

Might be onto something here.
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#10
RE: Essential Oils into CPAP?
I have no experience myself with aromatherapy. However, I use naturopathic products generally.
Years ago I found the company when I bought my first sleeping cap, instead of a chinstrap. I had trouble with fit because I bought too large. and they sent me a free smaller cap. I ordered a hose reel back then, and I'm using it again now, years later.
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