Diffuser Technologies for a More Natural Home

These days you can’t surf the net or social media without happening upon some mention of diffusers and essential oils. There is a reason behind this fad though. Essential oils have been found to be beneficial for a host of discomforts. From skin blemishes and stress to weight loss, head tension, and more, essential oils are great in not only freshening the air, but benefitting general health. The list of uses is endless and fascinating.

The Diffusers

Diffusers are necessary if you want to reap the benefits of these oils as many of them, when applied directly to the skin, can cause problems for those with sensitive skin. In addition to the beneficial properties of essential oils dispensed by diffusers, the aromas provided by a diffuser and diluted with water also purify and freshen the air in your home. Some models also humidify the air in your home, which can be very helpful,especially in the winter.

Artificial air fresheners, on the other hand, are rife with toxins that can increase risks of various health issues.

Available diffusers come in a variety of shapes and styles, from basic to highly decorative, and inexpensive to pretty pricey. Some use electricity to release the oil’s aroma, while some use reeds. Following is an overview of some of the best models out there.

Urpower 300ml Aroma Essential Oil Diffuser

This one gets great reviews. Customers love that it holds three times the capacity of other models, while the price is a fraction of similar diffusers. It will run for seven to eight hours and can be set to light up in seven different colors, but this feature can be turned off if desired. It shuts off automatically when it gets low on water and produces a wider spread of mist than others. Amazon.com offers this one for $21.99.

Urpower Essential Oil Diffuser 120ml Aromatherapy Diffuser

This is another good choice. It’s very much like the previous model but it doesn’t hold as much water so it won’t run as long. It doesn’t have as strong a mist either, but it’s still more than adequate. It only runs about three hours, but it can be set to run thirty seconds on and thirty seconds off. On this setting, it will run about six hours. It also offers different light settings and is available at Amazon for $18.99.

You can also make your own diffuser if you prefer. Treehugger.com gives instructions on making your own reed type diffuser, using any attractive container, bamboo skewers, diffuser reeds, alcohol, water, and your choice of essential oil plus a carrier oil.

Always be sure to use quality 100% essential oils in your diffuser to avoid clogging it and otherwise compromising its performance.

Where Can a Career in IT Get You?

If you graduated with your degree in Information Technology (IT) and are ready to find a job, you are in luck. As companies digitize and automate different processes, there is a greater need for skilled IT workers and information technology jobs are expected to grow 13 percent over the next decade, higher than any other industry.

As IT encompasses a broad range of job roles, you can take your career in a number of different directions. Virtually every industry needs IT professionals. When you consider your career options, you may want to consider the IT jobs identified in Robert Half’s Technology 2018 Salary Guide as the jobs expected to be in high demand in 2018. The salaries listed are based on midpoint of starting salaries as noted by Robert Half Technology.

Business Intelligence Analyst

Salary: $104,000

In this position, you’ll analyze competitive market strategies by studying related product and market trends. Synthesize current business intelligence or trend data to support recommendations of businesses and manage timely flow of business intelligence information to users. Collect business intelligence data from available industry reports, public information, field reports, or purchased sources.


Data Scientist / Information Research Scientist

Average salary (nationwide): $111,840

Analyze problems to develop solutions involving computer hardware and software. Assign or schedule tasks to meet work priorities and goals and evaluate project plans and proposals to assess feasibility issues. Apply theoretical expertise and innovation to create or apply new technology, such as adapting principles for applying computers to new uses. Consult with users, management, vendors, and technicians to determine computing needs and system requirements.


Database Developer

Salary: $104,000

Test programs or databases, correct errors and make necessary modifications. Plan, coordinate and implement security measures to safeguard information against accidental or unauthorized damage, modification or disclosure. Modify existing databases and database management systems. Specify users and user access levels for each segment of database. Write and code logical and physical database descriptions and specify identifiers of database to management system or direct others in coding descriptions.


Help/Support Desk Technician

Salary: $38,000 (Tier 1); $45,000 (Tier 2); $57,500 (Tier 3)

Answer user inquiries and troubleshoot computer software or hardware operations issues. Investigate and resolve problems or to provide technical assistance and support. Develop training materials and procedures or train users in the proper use of hardware or software.


Network Administrator

Salary: $78,700

Maintain and administer computer networks and related computing environments including computer hardware, systems software, applications software and all configurations. Perform data backups and disaster recovery operations. Diagnose, troubleshoot, and resolve hardware, software, or other network and system problems, and replace defective components when necessary. Configure, monitor, and maintain email applications or virus protection software. Operate master consoles to monitor the performance of computer systems and networks, and to coordinate computer network access and use.


Data Security Administrator / Information Security Analyst

Median Salary: $117,500

Encrypt data transmissions and erect firewalls to conceal confidential information as it is being transmitted and to keep out tainted digital transfers. Safeguard computer files against accidental or unauthorized modification, destruction, or disclosure and to meet emergency data processing needs. Monitor current reports of computer viruses to determine when to update virus protection systems.


System Administrator

Salary: $79,400

Install operating system software, patches and upgrades. Analyze, troubleshoot and resolve system hardware, software and networking issues. Configure, optimize, fine-tuning and monitor operating system software and servers. Perform system backups and recovery.


There are a lot of ways an IT degree can help you in your future career. These are just a few career options to consider on your quest. Be sure to update your resume, gain further skills, and stay up-to-date with new technology and information.

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