Ever diffused essential oils? Ever considered doing it on the go? Aromatherapy has been around for a very long time and has been used to help positively influence well-being in various ways. I, like I’m sure many others, never thought of the possibility of diffusing essential oils on the move. MONQ has made this possibility a reality.
I have to admit when I first saw it I was skeptical because of how similar it seemed to electronic cigarettes and vaporizers which have a lot of healthy controversies circulating on them, BUT, surprisingly it is not as similar as I thought especially if a MONQ stick is used correctly and one is aware of what it is made of (I’ll get into more of this later).
Aimed towards people who may not know much about essential oils and their respective benefits, MONQ has made each portable stick with a unique pre-blend that is labeled with the type of mood, vibe, and fragrance you desire to achieve. Pretty neat for people like me that have just recently discovered and started using essential oils and that are still learning what each oil can do. Aromatherapy is a field and practice of its own in varying degrees.
Here’s what blends/moods/vibes they offer… (by the way, as I’ve mentioned in posts before, certain essential oils like lavender, orange, lemongrass, & sandalwood can produce negative ions when diffused)
Zen – Orange, Frankincense, Ylang-Ylang. Arguably the most common blend. Relieve symptoms of stress and anxiety to further achieve calmness. Negative ion emissions.
Sleepy – Lavender, Chamomile, Kava. Promotes feelings of relaxation and rest. Negative ion emissions.
Forest – Spruce, Fir, Sandalwood. Mimicked feelings of what you’d experience in a forest. Negative ion emissions.
Ocean – Eucalyptus, Lime, Tangerine. Calming and refreshing just like you were at the beach.
Mountain – Juniper, Peppermint, Pine. Mimicked feelings of what you’d experience in an alpine environment.
Active – Black pepper, Orange, Sage. To awaken your senses and energize your overall well-being.
Healthy – Cinnamon, Marjoram, Turmeric.Natural immune boosters that will help make you feel vibrant and alive.
Happy – Fennel, Thyme, Vanilla. Sweet tasting and smelling for a more uplifted mood.
Vibrant – Ginger, Lemon, Spearmint. Immune boosting and invigorating. Negative ion emissions.
Although it resembles that of a cigarette or e-cigarette, a MONQ stick is NOT meant to be used in a similar way. You do not smoke it. You don’t sit there and immerse yourself in the vapor and let it get into your lungs. Dr. Eric Fishman describes it along the lines of imagining boiling a plant in a pot of water and inhaling the vapor from the steam. That is essentially the experience you have when you use a MONQ stick. If you keep that image in mind, that will keep you from excessively and deeply inhaling it like a joint or cigarette. (It will also help it lasts longer too which is a common complaint I’ve seen on reviews.)
How do you use it?
You take two gentle, shallow puffs only a few times a day. In through the mouth and out through the nose. 150 puffs per disposable stick lasts a week or two.
What is it made of?
All natural ingredients. No nicotine, cannabis, or artificial ingredients, etc. About 20% is made of the essential oils listed on the stick of the particular blend and the other 80% is made up of vegetable glycerin, a natural oil extract sweetener.
Who made it?
Dr. Eric Fishman, a medical practitioner and yoga instructor, that wanted to help people with non-western medical practices and natural methods. He realized the powerful positive effects of diffused essential oils on overall well-being and was determined to bring those people that may not otherwise know or utilize this hence the creation and launch of MONQ (pronounced “MONK”).
Is it safe?
Before I answer that, let’s get a few facts out of the way:
One, it is known that breathing in too much of diffused essential oil vapor can lessen therapeutic effects and even be harmful depending on the particular oil and how much is inhaled (hence timers you’ll find on strong diffusers like nebulizers).
Two, since MONQ is so new on the market there hasn’t been many studies done on it or doctors will give public statements on how safe they are to use.
Three, I want to also point out that there this is a proper way to use this product so you don’t inhale too much which can always be a danger even with traditional diffusers.
Four, this product was made by a professional medical doctor with yogi sensibilities so each blend is made with all natural ingredients.
Other than the fact this product seems strikingly similar to e-cigarettes and vaporizers and most people will abuse it because of that, I have no reason as of right now to suspect that this product is unsafe.
What People are Saying
There have been mixed reviews of the MONQ portable disposable diffusers. Some people said the scents were great and relaxing and especially convenient for on the go. The most common negative reviews some people wrote were that the sticks didn’t last long enough for $20 (I suspect product misuse and abuse) and they questioned the true safety of long-term use (which I completely understand). Although there is some dispute on this product, it averages 3.5 stars so still slightly favorable rating overall.
What do I say? Well, I think its something worthy of trying with proper use. At first, I thought this would be way too much essential oil vapor to be taking in all at once but then I realize it’s not meant to be smoked on. It’s just enough to get the vapor to stimulate your olfactory senses which triggers certain neurons in the brain positively.
I want to know what YOU say…
Is a MONQ stick something you’d be interested in trying given you are willing to use it properly?