If you are just getting started on your Essential Oils journey you might have heard people talking about the different ways to use the oils to maximise their benefits.
And one of those ways was probably by using a diffuser.
But if you’ve never come across one before you might be thinking: What is an Essential Oil Diffuser?
And that’s what we’re going to talk about today!
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- Why Should You Inhale Your Essential Oils?
- What is an Essential Oil Diffuser?
Why Should You Inhale Your Essential Oils?
Before we get talking about diffusers we just wanted to let you know “why” you would even want to inhale those essential oils.
Did you know that your nose is connected to your brain?
When you inhale an essential oil it gets picked up by neutrons in your sinuses and from there its a journey to the centre of your brain that takes just milliseconds.
It makes sense when you think about it, because its also the reason why scents evoke such powerful memories.
So inhaling your oils is a super fast way to get them into your body so they can get to work.
You can inhale the oil straight from the bottle, or by putting a drop on your hands and cupping them over your nose.
You can even put a drop or two on a cotton wool ball and put it near an air vent.
But the best way to disperse those oil molecules around the room so you can breathe in the benefits is by using a diffuser.
Which brings us right back to that original question…
What is an Essential Oil Diffuser?
Essential oil diffusers (also known as aromatherapy diffusers) disperse the oil so that the fragrance, and the benefits, fill the air in the room.
There are four different types of diffuser available:
Heat and Evaporative Diffusers
If you have invested in therapeutic grade essential oils (like we do) you will want to avoid heat and evaporative diffusers.
Those oils have been purposely distilled at low temperatures to keep their goodness locked inside and you don’t want to undo that by heating the oils.
I would never use a heat or evaporative diffuser with my oils as it would damage them, and for that reason I’m not even going to tell you any more about them!
Nebulizing Oil Diffusers
Beautiful design and easy to control
Nebulizing oil diffusers work on the oil itself by breaking it down into super tiny molecules and dispersing them into the air.
They are the most powerful type of oil diffuser because they don’t use any water to get the oil into the air.
Instead they use an atomiser to break down the oil particles and blow them into the air.
Pros of using a Nebulizing Oil Diffuser
- The bottle attaches directly to the diffuser
- You don’t need any water
- A strong concentration of oils is released into the air
- You can alter the volume of oils being released to suit your needs
- You can set a timer to control how long the diffuser should run for
Cons of using a Nebulizing Oil Diffuser
- They are louder than ultrasonic diffusers
- They are more expensive to buy
- They can use the oils up more quickly than an ultrasonic depending on the settings you use
Ultrasonic Oil Diffusers
Perfect for bedrooms and travelling
The ultrasonic diffuser uses water to create a fine mist to send the oils particles up into the air.
Because you are adding water to your oils they last a lot longer so the ultrasonic diffuser is very economical.
Most of them come with timers too which is great because the oil will remain in the air for about 4-6 hours so you don’t need to be diffusing constantly.
Pros of using an Ultrasonic Oil Diffuser
- Less expensive to buy than a Nebulizer
- They double up as humidifier which is great for the winter months
Cons of using an Ultrasonic Oil Diffuser
- They need to be cleaned on a regular basis
- Some have lights that you can’t turn off so they’re not great for bedrooms
- They are not as effective as a nebulizing diffuser
Now you know what an essential oil diffuser is click here to see which diffusers we recommend!