Disclaimer

MONQ, LLC is a wellness lifestyle company and we recommend our products for those interested in leading a holistic life.  However, everyone is different and you may have a different reaction to the ingredients of MONQ blends and adverse reactions can occur.  You are utilizing these products at your own risk.  You should not use MONQ diffusers if you are concerned about a potential adverse reaction, if you have any of the conditions listed below, or if advised not to use them by your healthcare provider.

The information provided to you on this website and on MONQ, LLC’s various social media sites as well as statements and products referred to throughout this site have not been evaluated nor approved by the FDA. MONQ® is not a medical product, and MONQ is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or condition, or otherwise affect the structure or function of the human body. If you have a health condition or concern, consult a physician or your alternative health care provider. Always consult a medical doctor before using any new product, including MONQ personal essential oil diffusers, and MONQ essential oils in bottles, roll-ons or bath soaks.

Be aware that some of the products on this site may interact with medications you may be taking, or medical conditions that you may be experiencing. These devices should not be used as a substitute for your own physician’s advice. You should consult your own physician regarding any issues related to your health. MONQ, LLC takes no liability for misuse of our Products, nor for your reliance on the information on our various websites. MONQ personal aromatherapy diffusers should be utilized using an AirTip™, according to our instructions. MONQ products should be purchased only from MONQ.com and authorized retailers to ensure the highest quality products. 

MONQ Diffusers are not intended for individuals under 18.

 

Allergic Reactions:

Allergies are rare with MONQ essential oil blends and yet we encourage you to read the list of the ingredients to ensure that you do not have a known sensitivity or allergy to any of them. If you are allergic to, intolerant of, or think you are allergic to or intolerant of any of the ingredients, you should not use MONQ products.  If you experience an allergic reaction, or any other adverse reaction to any of our products, we encourage you to seek medical care and to discontinue use. Please notify us as soon as practical, if you believe you have experienced an adverse reaction, of any nature, to any of our products. A variety of contact methods can be found on our Contact Us page. 

Not recommended for former smokers or asthmatics:

MONQ personal aromatherapy diffusers should be utilized according to the instructions.  We are cautious about recommending MONQ Diffusers to former smokers, as we don’t know if the use of a device of this nature will increase the urge to return to smoking, and therefore we do not recommend that former smokers utilize our personal aromatherapy devices. Keep these devices out of the reach of children and pets. The small plastic top to the shipping tube can be a choking risk to them.

Our discussion regarding the scientific basis behind aromatherapy is for your information only.  It includes some theories, including those surrounding Forest Bathing and terpenes that, while interesting, have not been proven factually, and should be interpreted as such. 

Precautions

Essentially all substances, salt and water included, are dangerous, at inappropriate concentrations. The same can be said of the various aromatherapy constituents found within MONQ personal aromatherapy diffusers, as well as our bottled blends, roll-ons and bath soaks.  True allergies can occur with MONQ, and could lead to meaningful health-related issues. That being said, the overwhelming majority of issues listed below are dose-dependent, and are not likely to be problematic in the extremely low dosages found within MONQ diffusers.

Special Precautions Regarding MONQ Liquids in a Bottle

Please note that in June 2018 MONQ initiated a release of essential oil blends in a bottle that are not intended to be used in our Personal Aromatherapy Diffusers, nor in any form of personal and/or portable vaporizer.  These liquids are not to be placed into any e-cigarette, mod or other similar device produced by any manufacturer. 

Our suggested method of utilizing them remains via a personal method, such as via a pendant or necklace.  However, they are suitable for use within a standard desktop diffuser as well. MONQ does not sell eJuice, and in an abundance of caution we again remind you that MONQ Liquids which currently come in 10mL bottles are not to be used in a vaporizer.

Please be aware that, unlike our Personal Aromatherapy Diffusers, people can experience skin sensitivity including rashes and/or photosensitivity when using topical essential oils. These liquids are not to be taken internally, are not to be ingested, are not to be used topically, and should be kept out of the reach of children.

General Precautions

For thousands of years, cultures worldwide have utilized aromatherapy. The risks of an allergic reaction, or other adverse reactions, are present with all essential oils, including those used by MONQ. For a comprehensive review of essential oil safety, please consult the textbook by Robert Tisserand: Essential Oil Safety.

Interactions with Medications:

All essential oils should be properly diluted before use. Never ingest essential oils unless under the direction of a medical professional. In regards to pregnant/nursing women and small children, we advise not to use essential oils or products containing them on these populations. Some safety precautions for specific essential oils are based on ingestion or topical application, and also on exposure to extremely high volumes and/or concentrations. MONQ recommends that any individual with health concerns or taking prescription medications check with their medical practitioners and refer to appropriate medical research literature for possible pharmacological interactions and contraindications, prior to using any essential oils, including those sold by MONQ.

Here is an alphabetical list of the most common complication known to be associated with essential oils. Note, these have not specifically been noted with MONQ:

  • Allspice: May be upsetting to those with irritable bowel syndrome or other problems with digestion.
  • Anise: May interact with estrogen sensitive medications as it has mild estrogenic effects, and should be avoided during pregnancy.
  • Basil: May slow blood clotting and should be discontinued 2 weeks before surgery. Basil may also lower blood pressure and should be avoided while pregnant.
  • Benzoin: May cause nausea, vomiting, or headache. Avoid use while pregnant or nursing.
  • Bergamot: May hinder the absorption of certain medications.
    • Bergamot may also affect absorption of potassium which may cause muscle cramping.
  • Bitter Orange: Should not be taken by those with high blood pressure or glaucoma.
    • As bitter orange is a stimulant, it may interact with a variety of anti-depressants, blood pressure medications, heartbeat regulating medication, and other stimulants.
  • Black Pepper: Should not be taken by pregnant women in therapeutic doses.
  • Black spruce: May cause skin irritation. Avoid use while pregnant or nursing.
  • Blood Orange: Avoid use while pregnant or nursing.
  • Caraway: May cause drowsiness or nausea.
    • As it has been known to induce menstruation, it should be avoided by pregnant women.
  • Cardamom: May cause skin irritation, unrest, diarrhea, and heating of the body. Avoid use while pregnant or nursing.
  • Cedar: May cause skin irritation, nausea, vomiting, excessive thirst, and damage to the digestive system.
  • Cedarwood: May cause skin irritation, nausea, vomiting, excessive thirst, and damage to the digestive system.
  • Chamomile: May cause vomiting if ingested in very large amounts.
    • Roman chamomile may cause an allergic reaction in people who are sensitive to the Asteraceae/Compositae family. Members of this family include ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigolds, daisies, and many others.
  • Cinnamon: Should not be taken by pregnant women in therapeutic doses as it may act as a uterine stimulant. May cause skin irritation, mouth sores, dizziness, vomiting, and diarrhea.
  • Clary Sage: Should not be used during or after alcohol or other recreational narcotic consumption and may cause headaches when used in large quantities.
  • Clove: May cause rash and skin irritation.
  • Coffee: May cause skin irritation and allergic reactions. Avoid use while pregnant or nursing.
  • Copaiba: May cause stomach problems and nausea in large doses.
  • Cypress Leaf: Should not be used while pregnant or nursing.
  • Davana: Should not be used while pregnant or nursing.
  • Dill Seed: Should be not be taken by pregnant women in therapeutic doses.
  • Douglas Fir: May cause skin irritation, and should not be used while pregnant or nursing. Should be avoided by anyone undergoing treatment for any medical condition.
  • Eucalyptus: Should be avoided by people with high blood pressure.
    • Those with asthma and trouble breathing should use eucalyptus with caution.
  • Elemi: May cause skin irritation.
  • Fennel: Should be avoided during menstruation and in the presence of epilepsy, prostatic hyperplasia and estrogen-dependent tumors.
  • Frankincense: May cause nausea or stomach pain.
    • People with bleeding disorders, taking blood-thinning medications or who are scheduled for surgery should not take Frankincense as it can act as a blood-thinner.
  • Hops: Should be avoided if pregnant, nursing, or experiencing difficulty sleeping.
  • Hyssop: Should not be used if you have a history of seizures as it may trigger them or make them worse.
  • Geranium: May have an effect on hormonal balance.
    • Pregnant and nursing women should avoid using it.
  • Ginger: May interfere with blood clotting and should not be taken in conjunction with blood thinning medication.
  • Helichrysum: Generally regarded as safe, but contains some ketones, therefore not advised for use in small children, pregnant or nursing mothers, or in epileptics.
  • Jasmine: Has been reported to produce migraine headaches and to worsen estrogen-dependent tumors.
  • Kava: Should not be used if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
    • May cause drowsiness and one should use caution if operating heavy machinery or driving.
    • Do not combine with alcohol.
    • Mild nausea or diarrhea may occur when used in large amounts.
  • Lavender: May accentuate the effects of central nervous system depressants, such as narcotics and alcohol.
  • Lemon Balm: Can cause skin irritation.
  • Lemongrass: Has been reported to aggravate glaucoma and prostatic hyperplasia.
  • Lime: May cause skin irritation and photosensitivity. Avoid use while pregnant or nursing.
  • Liquidambar: May cause skin irritation.
  • Litsea Cubeba: Should not be used if pregnant or have a history of glaucoma.
  • Mandarin Green: May cause photosensitivity and skin irritation.
  • Mandarin Yellow: May cause photosensitivity and skin irritation.
  • Manuka: Pregnant and nursing women should use extra caution.
  • Marjoram: Is alleged to lower libido, or put differently, to improve your ability to control your sexual desires.
  • Massoia: May cause skin irritation and sensitivities. Avoid use while pregnant or nursing.
  • Nagarmotha: May lower blood sugar levels. Should be avoided by anyone pregnant, nursing, or epileptic.
  • Neroli: Avoid if pregnant or breastfeeding.
    • May cause drowsiness and one should use caution if operating heavy machinery or driving.
    • Other side effects are possible nausea and headache when used frequently.
  • Orange, Sweet: May cause skin irritation, photosensitivity, or allergic reactions. Should be avoided if pregnant or nursing.
  • Oregano: Should be avoided by those with heart conditions or blood disorders.
  • Parsley: May be harmful to the liver in large quantities.
  • Patchouli: May cause dizziness if inhaled for a long period of time.
    • Patchouli can also have a sedative effect in large doses.
  • Peppermint: May cause diarrhea, nausea, and respiratory problems if used in large amounts. It should be avoided by those with gastro-esophageal reflux disease and gallbladder problems.
    • As peppermint is a stimulant, it may interfere with sleep if taken in large doses close to one’s bedtime.
  • Peru balsam: Should not be taken by mouth as it can cause kidney problems.
  • Petitgrain, Mandarin: May cause photosensitivity and skin irritation.
  • Ravintsara: Not recommnded for topical use on or near the faces of infants or small children, due to significant levels of 1, 8-cineole.
  • Rose: Avoid use during pregnancy as it may stimulate menstrual flow.
  • Rose Geranium: Should be avoided during pregnancy and nursing.
  • Rosemary: Has the potential to cause seizures in large doses.
  • Sage: Should not be used in the presence of seizure disorders or high blood pressure.
  • Sandalwood: May cause skin irritation in some people.
    • Sandalwood should be avoided if pregnant.
  • Scotch Pine: May cause skin irritation and hypertension.
  • Siam Wood: Should be avoided during pregnancy and nursing.
  • Spearmint: May cause headaches, nausea, and lightheadedness if inhaled for a prolonged period of time.
  • Spike Lavender: Contains camphor, which is not recommended for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, or for those with epilepsy
  • Tangerine: May cause photosensitivity and skin irritation.
  • Tarragon: Can interfere with blood clotting and thus should not be used 2 weeks prior to surgery.
  • Tea Tree: Can cause major side effects if ingested, including nausea, vomiting, hallucinations, muscle weakness and blood cell abnormalities.
  • Thyme: Acts as a uterine stimulant and should be entirely avoided during pregnancy.
  • Turmeric: Taken in high doses may cause nausea and diarrhea.
    • It may interact with a variety of medications including aspirin, painkillers, blood thinners and others.
    • It should be discontinued at least two weeks prior to any surgery.
    • Pregnant women should avoid taking turmeric.
  • Vanilla: May cause nausea and headaches if the user is exposed to its scent for a long period of time.
    • In severe cases, vanilla may have adverse effects on the nervous system.
  • Wild Orange: May cause photosensitivity and skin irritation.
  • Ylang Ylang: May cause nausea and headaches.

When using MONQ Diffusers with the LED light-activated, you are taking in vapor or mist, not burned products. Within the mist are a variety of naturally occurring plant extracts from organically grown herbs, spices and other plants from which aromatherapy products have been produced for centuries, in addition to the heated vegetable glycerin which makes up 80% of the contents.  

MONQ products are not to be inhaled into the lungs:

Just as with any new product we encourage you to use judgment and moderation. We do not recommend using MONQ excessively, and in fact, a few very gentle uses, a few times a day, is our recommended usage level. Furthermore, there is no need to inhale at all. In face we strongly discourage inhalation into the lungs as it is unnecessary, and lowers the experience of MONQ. The proper usage is to use the AirTip method in which a tiny amount of air is expelled through the tip of the device, by pushing this air with the included AirTip, or by using the AirTip Plus method in which case a slightly larger amount of air is expelled through the tip of the device.

Please note that while each of the main ingredients in MONQ devices has been shown to have certain independent effects when used alone, the final product containing all the ingredients has not been tested, and no specific claims are made for the combination of ingredients in any individual MONQ Diffuser. Furthermore, many of the specific plants and many of the specific terpenes which have been studied by independent researchers and subsequently referenced in the various articles on this website are not included in any of the current MONQ blends.  The references to the scientific literature are intended to provide background information on the subject of plant-based and terpene-based wellness benefits only, and no specific health claim regarding any MONQ blend should be inferred.

While many of the organic ingredients in our whole plant extracts have been used for thousands of years both in aromatherapy as well as in other forms of medicine, and their safety and health benefits with those uses have been well documented, breathing through a heated portable diffuser is very recent, and there are always risks with new methods of use. In addition, the effects of many compounds are altered when blended in various combinations, and the specific blends of MONQ essential oil blends have not been specifically tested. Please note, the International Federation of Aromatherapists does not recommend taking Essential Oils internally, such as swallowing them, but only inhaling them.

The main ingredient in MONQ personal aromatherapy diffusers is certified organic coconut-derived vegetable glycerin.  Vegetable Glycerin (VG) is vaporized by millions of people daily.  Whole-plant extracts have been utilized for thousands of years as aromatherapy constituents, and have been very well studied. The inhalation of heated essential oils has been done for centuries, such as by adding them to boiling water over a fire.  However, they have not been heated and utilized using an electronic device until approximately 20 years ago, and thus there is no long-term experience with essential oils used in this manner. Again, we recommend using the AirTip method in which instance the heated mist is cooled to the ambient temperature before it is experienced.

It is believed that extended breathing of concentrated essential oils can be deleterious to your health. Please note that MONQ personal aromatherapy diffusers do not contain concentrated essential oils, but rather diluted essential oils, and inhalation is not the proper method of use. If you are concerned about this, don’t use MONQ personal aromatherapy diffusers.

People with known upper respiratory illnesses or weaknesses, such as asthma or COPD, should not use MONQ personal aromatherapy diffusers.

Information on this website is provided “as is” without warranty of any kind, either express or implied, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or non-infringement. Information on this website may contain technical inaccuracies or typographical errors. Information may be changed or updated without notice.

Precautions Specifically Related to MONQ R – Our Rechargeable Device

  • Keep the MONQ R FlipCase device and items out of reach of children.
  • Your device contains no user-serviceable parts. Do not attempt to open, service, or repair. Doing so may cause injury.
  • Do not use, store, or charge items in or near heat sources such as radiators, stoves, hot appliances, or fires. High temperatures may cause battery fluid leakage, thermal burns, battery explosion, or fire. Do not dispose of rechargeable diffuser battery in fire.
  • Do not use any MONQ R FlipCase items with any other manufacturers’ devices or products. MONQ R FlipCase devices should only be used with compatible MONQ products. We utilize a non-standard thread to attempt to prevent the usage of our personal aromatherapy diffusers with other companies' products.
  • Do not attempt to use the MONQ R FlipCase, rechargeable diffuser battery, or Blend PODs with any other incompatible MONQ product, including bottled blends and personal aromatherapy diffusers.
  • To reduce the risk of injury do not use the MONQ R FlipCase device items if they become wet or immersed in liquid, appear damaged or broken, have been exposed to excessive heat, are operating in an erratic manner or are unusually hot to the touch.
  • Do not use the product while charging.
  • Store the device in a cool, dry, and ventilated space.
  • The MONQ R FlipCase device contains a Lithium-ion rechargeable battery. When discarded, it must be recycled or disposed of properly in accordance with state or local requirements.

Side Effects of MONQ Therapeutic Air Diffusers

We would appreciate being notified of any adverse event that occurs to you so we can document them here.  Note that the most frequent side effects are a dry mouth, loose stools, and mild irritation of the throat or eyes.

Dry mouth is usually a result of inhaling the mist of the vegetable glycerin base.  This is a common occurrence when vegetable glycerin is heated. Many users find that this feeling of a dry mouth recedes on its own after a relatively short period of time, frequently measuring days or a couple of weeks.  For others, they find that drinking more water can be very effective. If this is disturbing to you, you should discontinue the use of any MONQ diffuser. Note that we offer a 30-day unconditional money-back guarantee, and if you are dissatisfied, for any reason, please contact us for a refund.

Some upper respiratory irritation may be due to allergies.  If you develop any upper respiratory irritation, you should discontinue using MONQ products immediately.  Please note that as the liquid in the device is used up, the blend may begin to taste bitter or, even stale.  This is an indication that the useful life of the product is over and that you should discontinue using that specific diffuser. MONQ original diffusers devices are not refillable, but you can recycle them or check out our eco-friendly option, MONQ R, a rechargeable portable aromatherapy diffuser that allows you to switch out different Blend PODs (personal oil diffusers) while using the same rechargeable device, eliminating additional waste.

Vegetable Glycerin has frequently been used as a suppository to prevent constipation.  You may find that you have a looser stool than usual when first starting with MONQ products or you may find a bit of nausea or an upset stomach.  In most instances this, like dry mouth, is transitory. While MONQ has not been notified that our products have caused all of these potential effects, other reported adverse effects from vegetable glycerin are aches, wheezing, swelling of the tongue and gastroenteritis.  Again, should you experience any of these issues, you should discontinue using MONQ products immediately, and seek medical attention should the severity of your condition warrant it.

Reported Side Effects:
We understand that MONQ has been used by more than 1,000,000 people. The following lists the side effects which have been reported directly to MONQ via email and/or other methods.  We do not know if any/all of them are related to the usage of MONQ, but there has been a temporal relationship noted by the user. We also do not know if there are other side effects that have occurred and which have not been reported to us.

More than 6 reports

Allergic reaction
Coughing
Dry mouth (frequently short-term and usually relieved by additional water intake)
Headache
Throat irritation / sore throat

Between two and five reports

Blisters on lips
Burning, shocking, or overheating sensation
Increased mucus
Irritation in mouth
Laryngitis
Loose stools
Nausea
Pneumonia (may have contributed to)
Possibility of a seizure
Shortness of breath
Sinus issues
Tightness in the lungs
Top cap becoming dislodged
Upset stomach
Vivid Dreams
Wheezing

One report

Cracked skin within nose
Dizziness
Nose bleed
Ringing in the ears
Spotting while on birth control pills
Swollen eye
Unusual taste in mouth
Vomiting

Liability and Damages

Physical devices similar to those from which our mist is produced have been known to heat up excessively and/or explode and can cause damage if this happens. The physical device can be dangerous if swallowed, inserted into any body cavity and should not be permitted to be around children. The cap to the shipping/storage tube is small and can be a choking hazard.  MONQ, LLC cannot be held liable for any injuries or damages that occur from any such event, including from the inhalation of the mist/vapors produced by MONQ diffusers. Again, we strongly encourage avoiding inhalation from our personal aromatherapy diffusers, and also encourage the use of the AirTip. 

MONQ, LLC’s liability to you shall not exceed the amount of money you spent on acquiring MONQ products and shall, furthermore, not include any liability for any indirect loss, loss of profit, injury or other damages. Any suit brought against MONQ, LLC based upon information on this website or based upon claims of damages from MONQ products shall be brought in Davidson County, Tennessee and shall be governed under the laws of the State of Tennessee, United States.

You accept that, as a limited liability entity, MONQ, LLC has an interest in limiting the personal liability of its officers and employees.  You agree that you will not bring any claim personally against MONQ, LLC’s officers, employees, agents or independent contractors in respect of any losses you suffer in connection with the website or its products.
Without prejudice to the foregoing paragraph, you agree that the limitations of warranties and liability set out in this website disclaimer will protect MONQ, LLC's officers, employees, agents, subsidiaries, successors, assigns and sub-contractors as well as MONQ, LLC.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact MONQ directly through chat, phone, email or through our Contact Page. 

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This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.