As I type, I’m inhaling a custom blend of peppermint, lemon, oregano, and rosemary. An unlikely combination, but one that promotes focus, memory, and learning.
One pound of lemon essential oil takes 1,500 lemons to produce.
Imagine the potency. Within every drop of essential oil is the medicinal phytochemical equivalent of dozens of pounds of plant.
As elegantly shown by Dr. Ingam in The Cure is in the Cupboard, oil of oregano alone has 53+ different uses ranging from:
- Speeding up injury recovery
- Immune boosting
- Natural antibiotic
- Beauty serum
Certain essential oils can reduce the activity of the sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight) by a staggering 40 percent.
Using essential oils, however, isn’t always convenient. Diffusers have problems with mold growth and waste precious oil. Plus they’re not portable. Swapping oil cartridges can become a hassle.
Then I discovered Füm, and after sitting on my shopping list for years, I finally tested their product.Füm combines the health benefits of aromatherapy with the novelty and sleek design of the JUUL Click To Tweet
At such an attractive price point, I could justify the worst case as a cheap mistake. But I was wrong. Three months of daily use later, what follows is my in-depth Füm aromatherapy pipe review. By the end, you’ll know if essential oil inhalers are right for you.
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The Füm “Vape” ForEssential Oils
To the unassuming, the Füm looks simple and innocent. Like any other milled wooden pipe. Roughly the length of my middle finger, and half the diameter. Drop essential oils onto a piece of cotton, load into Füm, and puff away. Easy.
Calling these devices a “pipe” or “vape” is a misnomer. Oils are not heated in any way (a benefit discussed later). Convenience and efficiency aside there’s little difference between inhaling essential oils directly from the bottle versus through Füm. With these vapes, you’re breathing in oils from a saturated piece of cotton, called a “core” by Füm.
So what makes it better than a typical diffuser?
The benefits and advantages of essential oil inhalers include:
- Fast-acting — other diffusers saturate the surrounding air before delivering therapeutic doses. Direct inhalation enters the bloodstream quickly. No more wondering if essential oils are doing anything.
- Natural form — oils remain structurally intact. No PG, no chemical alteration through heat or vaporization. This preserves the highly volatile medicinal compounds in the oils giving you stronger effects.
- Portable — Füm pipes easily fit in even the smallest of pockets. I shove mine in gym bags, bring it on planes, or cram it in tiny spaces.
- Efficient — traditional diffusers make rooms smell nice, but waste large amounts of expensive oils. A few sessions of a diffuser can completely consume my 10mL bottles, where I can get hundreds of sessions out of Füm.
- Safe — olfactory receptors in your mouth and nose quickly absorb the aromatic molecules of each oil. You’ll naturally exhale anything you don’t need.
- Satisfying — whether you’re a smoker, gum-chewer, or not, these inhalers provide a satisfying sensation.
My order arrived, and it wasn’t what I expected.
My package took five days to show up. When it did, however, I knew I had made the right choice. They don’t skimp on the packaging, and clearly someone had thought through the unboxing experience.
Füm offers three different pipe designs and three starter packs. Starter kits include cores pre-soaked with essential oils. Their online shop also features fifteen core add-on options.
I ripped open the envelope to find…
My Füm order included:
- Füm Prominent
- Biodegradable Pocket Carry Case
- Essential Oil Grade Polyester Füm Blanks (4)
- Instruction card
The card explains that the profit from every purchase funds six meals in Kenya (through an organization called M4K).
My Füm looks slightly different from the product images. Unlike other wooden essential oil inhalers, these aren’t stamped out in a factory. Each has unique character, is 100% sustainably made, and is handcrafted in Canada.
Füm Essential Oil Infused Core Cartridges
Essential oils power the Füm. You can either use your own high-quality oils and blend them yourself. Or, you can choose from the library of pre-made infusions that their team has already expertly chosen and blended for you.
To find your favorite, they offer the “Füm Complete Cores Pack” which is a bundle of all their top super plant-infused cores.
I mostly use their blanks and formulate my own combination, but I’ve tried some of their cores too:
- Conquer core
- Shield core
- Quit smoking naturally (black pepper) core
Each has a complex taste and smell. Far more pleasant than any of my own creations.
Uses For An Aromatherapy Inhaler
By now you’re probably wondering what’s the point.
How and why do people use an inhaler for essential oils?
From personal use and talking to others about the benefits of essential oil aromatherapy:
- Simulate the feeling of a menthol cigarette with peppermint
- Replace cravings with healthy habits
- Substitute for inhaler using bronchodilators like peppermint
- Augment a meditation routine
- Naturally reduce asthma
- Decongest head and sinuses
- Quell allergy flare-ups
- Boost energy and focus
- Enhance physical stamina far better than placing EO’s under the nostrils
- Strengthens immune system using peppermint and thieves oils
- Freshens breath
- Anti-nausea for windy car or boat rides.
- Anti-stress effects
- Alleviating anxiety
- Improving learning and memory
- Speeding up recovery from illness
How to Use the Füm For Essential Oils
Using the Füm is relatively straightforward if you follow the directions. Nonetheless, the process slightly took me by surprise.
You only need two things:
- Füm essential oil pipe
- Pre-made cores, or blank cores with your own essential oils
For a guide on choosing the best essential oils for any body part or goal, I suggest Jodi Cohen’s book, Essential Oils to Boost the Brain and Heal the Body [Amazon]. She convinced me to purchase a few new oils to test.
At a minimum, you’ll want:
- Organic Peppermint Essential Oil
- Organic Citrus Essential Oil (Any)
Peppermint is the most widely used and recommended oil.
Here’s how I use myFüm:
- Put the Füm to my mouth and blow outward to eject the current core
- Wet core with 1-10 drops of either one or several different essential oils (I like the Plant Therapy brand)
- Fray the opposite end of the cotton core
- Insert the core with the wet side facing up
- Inhale through your mouth, exhale through your nose
Once saturated with oil, cores typically last 1-3 days, depending on the amount and type of oil. I suggest using a small amount of oil, and re-wetting every day. The whole process takes 10-seconds. I get the strongest effects for the first few hours of a new core.
Pro-tip: store your inhaler in the provided storage case to make the oils last far longer.
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I had low expectations of Füm. I already have a desktop diffuser. It consumed huge amounts of oil and I barely felt anything. I wondered…
Do essential oils even work?
Then I tasted oil of oregano and instantly burnt my mouth. Something was happening here. Less than four months later, my fancy desktop diffuser broke. A year later I decided to dust off my collection of essential oils. This time, I followed my gut.
I bought a Füm inhaler. The pipe is quality craftsmanship, but more importantly, I actually felt the oils. I’ve created:
- Stimulating blends (with peppermint, clove, cinnamon, black pepper, and lemon) to use pre-workout. My airways are clear, and I get more out of my exercise.
- Evening ritual that incorporates relaxing oils (lavender, frankincense) into my homemade sauna routine. Helping me sleep faster and deeper.
My high-quality expensive oils last longer.
When I have cravings, I can boost my brain and body rather than gorge myself on unhealthy snacks.
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We’ve since purchased two more, and I often gift them to friends. Especially those trying to quit smoking.
Have you tried essential oil inhalation pipes? Let me know your experience in the comments below.