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Humidifiers help reduce symptoms of some respiratory illnesses and sinus problems. Humidified air is recommended if you suffer from dry sinuses, nosebleeds, cracked lips or the common cold. Crane manufactures a number of humidifiers geared toward children. Adding a touch of an essential oil to a humidifier disperses the scent and may have healing properties. Some oils, such as eucalyptus or peppermint, are said to help break up congestion and soothe nasal passages. There is no clinical evidence that essential oils added to a humidifier will improve your breathing, but the scent alone makes it worth the effort. Please note that when you add essential oils to the water in the humidifier water tank the oil, overtime, can clog the motor and possibility erode the water tank with fine thin cracks. Essential oils are used best in diffusers made for essential oils. Crane notes that this is not advisable in the instruction manual, so carry on knowing the risk.

Unplug the unit from the wall outlet.

Lift the water tank off the base of the humidifier. The method depends on the shape and model you own. For most, grab the center section and pull upward. Unscrew the top of the water tank and set the cap to the side.

Empty any water from the tank into the nearest sink. Refill the tank with distilled water. Tap water contains minerals that may damage the unit.

Add three to nine drops of your favorite essential oil to the new water in the tank.

Reassemble the humidifier and turn it on to disperse the oil into the air.

Tip

Clean humidifiers regularly to avoid mold and bacteria buildup. Crane offers its own cleaning product for maintenance of Crane humidifiers.

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