The inhalation of essential oils is one of the best ways they can be used to directly impact our emotions, wellness and mindset. Previously, we have discussed how amazing inhalation is in this blog post: Inhale! The underused power of SMELL… What is the best way to inhale an essential oil? The easiest way is to use a diffuser!
Diffusers are a HOT topic! What kind to get, how long to run them, and, what to diffuse? These are just a few of the questions we see regularly from new essential oil users, and even some veterans. There is a lot of information out there – so we thought we’d break it down for you in one easy-to-reference blog post!
Types of Diffusers
There are several different kinds of diffusers, below we outline the various types and give you a better feel for how they work:
- First, a nebulizing diffuser which works by attaching a bottle of essential oil right to the diffuser. The machine then takes up the essential oil through a narrow tube and “sprays” it out in a fine mist. A nebulizing diffuser is best to get a large, concentrated amount of essential oil into a space. This kind of diffuser is best used in short bursts, and most have a timer that allow for a few seconds on and several minutes off. We offer two styles of this type of diffuser. The Advanced Aromatherapy Diffuser and The Breeze Essential Oil Diffuser
- Next up we have the ultrasonic or humidifying diffusers. These use water and a few drops of essential oil. Each is a bit different as far as settings and other options, but they all work on the basic premise that water is added to the reservoir and a few drops (usually 5-8) of essential oils are added to it. When the diffuser is turned on, a small disk in the bottom uses a high frequency to create a mist of water & essential oils that moves into the air. These types of diffusers look as though they have steam coming from them. Many of the diffusers that we offer are of this variety. You can find them here: Diffusers
- Then, heated diffusers come in a few varieties. The first uses electricity to gently warm a cotton pad or dish to emit the essential oil into the room. Very simple to use, just drop a few drops of essential oil onto the pad or dish and plug in. Best used in small spaces, these can be wonderful for travel! We offer several styles like the car diffuser, the scent ball and the aromashell. The second style uses a small dish with a candle below it. The dish can be filled with a few tablespoons of water and several drops of essential oil. The gentle warming action allow the oil to permeate the space the warmer occupies. **It’s important to note there is a misconception about using heat with essential oils. Many essential oils are distilled using steam, which means that are subjected to high heat during their “creation” – so the gentle warmth of a candle is not going to harm the therapeutic properties in a meaningful way.
- Finally, we also have evaporative diffusers. This style of diffuser uses a fan to move essential oil fragrance across a room or relies on the evaporative nature of essential oils to do the work. We do offer a fan-powered diffuser known as the Mio. Diffusers in this category also include aroma-jewlery or personal inhalers!
How long should I diffuse?
We’ve already briefly touched on this above, but it bears repeating. Always make sure that the oils you choose to diffuse are safe for use around children. We know that certain oils like peppermint or eucalyptus may cause breathing concerns if used near the faces of young children. We recommend avoiding these, and some other oils in your diffuser if your children will be in the area. Instead stick with our KidSafe® line of essential oils to ensure the safety of your family members. If you’d like to learn more about how to use essential oils safely with your kids, please check out this blog post: Safety with Kids
Source: plant therapy Blog