Do ultrasonic essential diffusers attract ghosts? It sounds nuts but no! Ghosts are just one of several problematic factors.
As you’ll know if you’ve been around here for a while, I have the classic Libran Moon semi-obsession with fragrance. I am an avid advocate for aromatherapeutic atmospheres and the transformative power of various essential oils permeating the air.
Since approximately the end of last decade, so-called ultrasonic diffusers have come to dominate the market: they’re hyped as being far superior to the older style essential oil burners where you use a tealight candle to heat oil with water in a little bowl.
They’re popular to the point that it’s practically impossible to find anything but these things. It’s easy to see why – they’re incredibly cheap to mass-manufacture offshore and yet you can put a premium on them for the supposed technical premium.
I got one, loathed it and initially thought it was a nuanced hippie aversion: the old-fashioned ones are elementally better for magic and aesthetic as they combine Fire (the flame), Earth (the rounded container and bowl), Water (in the bowl) and Air – the steam containing the fragrance as alchemized through the other three elements.
An ultrasonic diffuser has an elemental interplay but it’s plastic, electricity and sound. I guess you could argue that plastic – made from petroleum – is a perversion of Earth and Water, Electricity is captured and directed Fire, while the sound effect is mechanically manipulated Air.
There is still an alchemical process but it may not be desirable.
Then I decided that from a Steiner-esque, quantum-molecule kind of perspective the “ultrasonic vibration” that is supposed to disperse the fragrance was actually fuqing with it. I could tell that the diffuser was doing something but the scent seemed denatured, almost disturbed.
I asked the woman at the shop where I purchased the machine what she thought about it and she said it they were better than the old style ones which should be banned because of the risk of fire. Fair enough.
However, many people don’t realize – I didn’t – that the frequency emissions mean they’re legally required to be certified by the FCC or a similar body in your country. They’re classified as “unintentional radiators” and some have already been pulled from market.
Ultrasound can be as damaging as the notorious infrasound. Both are officially inaudible – that is, your brain does not consciously register it as noise but your ears sure do and they’re not happy. Animals as well as some humans do hear it and it makes them uneasy as fuq.
Infrasound is emitted by whales, alligators, bats and elephants. It’s used by scientists to detect earthquakes, meteors, certain types of artillery, imminent volcanic eruptions and nuclear detonations. It’s the factor that makes many people ill around wind farms and as it is anything below 20 Hz, it includes the Ghost Frequency aka 18.9 hz.
Ultrasonic is many Hz higher than this but it’s also linked to various weirding. It’s used to break up kidney stones, detect motion or distance and for cleaning – teeth, jewellery etc. Paranormal researchers also use it to pick up electronic voice phenomena.
Admittedly, I am sonically-sensitive – eg: I am one of the alleged seven percent of people who can hear the ripple signal that many power companies send several times a day – but I had my ultrasonic diffuser on for one night and had one of the most legit vile paranormal experiences of my life.
What’s more, I knew it was not connected to the house or me as such – it was perturbing. Briefly, it began with a sleep paralysis (also linked to infrasound), a distinct unpleasant odor and something clutching hard at my arm as if it were trying to pull me elsewhere.
I managed to come round and shake it off but when I awoke properly I was standing up holding the unplugged diffuser. I threw it away and yes, I usually recycle or donate items but this felt so wrong. I opened all the windows and fell fitfully back to sleep.
By the next morning, I’d managed to tell myself it was just a nightmare caused by some rando food coloring or too much computer time etc. But by the afternoon a large, unpleasant looking blue-black bruise had formed on my upper arm.
No I can’t provably put all this down to the diffuser and I apologize if you love yours or I’m demeaning your ultrasonices business but there is something to this. Unless every company is extraordinarily careful with their frequency testing, any device could be putting out – infra and ultra sound.