Essential Oil Diffusers: What They Are and How to Use Them?

One of the most common ways to get the most out of your essential oils is to take advantage of their powerful scents. This is often referred to as aromatic use in the essential oil world. Scents can have a powerful effect on the mind and body.

When using essential oils aromatically, you need a way to disperse the aroma to a broader area than the oil alone can carry it. Enter the essential oil diffuser.

What is an Essential Oil Diffuser?

An essential oil diffuser is a device that vaporizes the oil into very fine particles to better distribute the oil throughout a larger area. Most diffusers carry the oil father through the air because the diffusers are powered. This helps forces the oil particles farther than they would normally be able to carry in the air.

Since it is vaporized into fine particles, those particles are able to spread out better as well. There are different types of essential oil diffusers, but ultrasonic diffusers are the most popular.

What is An Ultrasonic Diffuser?

An ultrasonic essential oil diffuser vaporizes a mixture of water and your favorite oil. The ultrasonic diffuser is really easy to use as well. All you do is fill the water reservoir to a certain point (usually designated by a line or mark) and then add a few drops of oil.

Because essential oils have such a strong scent, only a few drops mixed into water has enough power to fill an area with the scent of the desired oil. You can easily adjust how strong of a scent you would like based on the amount of oil you add to the water. Start off with a few drops for your first diffusion, and add more as needed.

What are the Best Places to Use a Diffuser?

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Essential oil diffusers can be used anywhere you feel you need the aromatic benefits of essential oils. Whether you are looking to take advantage of the health benefits, or just need a fresh, pleasant smell around, there are many places and situations to take advantage of oil diffusion.

However, because of the nature of the diffusion process, the best places to use a diffuser is a closed room or area that is small enough where you can smell the oils and enjoy their benefits. The exception to this would be if you are in a bigger area, like an office, but you stay in one area like your desk.

Then you will still be able to enjoy the essential oil that is being diffused before it disperses too much into the rest of the room.

5 Benefits of Using an Essential Oil Diffuser

There are many reasons why you might choose to diffuse essential oils beyond adding a pleasant scent to a room.

Here are some of our favorite benefits of diffusing oils!

  • Better Sleep
    • There are plenty of reasons you might not be getting enough sleep at night, but diffusing essential oils like lavender or ylang-ylang may help you get a restful nights sleep.

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  • Stress Relief
    • Life can often be stressful and it can be important to find a way to unwind after a hard day or find a way to stay relaxed through the day. Bergamot and frankincense are a few of the essential oils out there that may help relieve stress throughout the day.
  • Supports Mood
    • Have you ever had one of those days where everything just seems to be going wrong? Diffusing essential oils can be a perfect way to fight the effects of a bad day and boost your mood. If you ever need a mood booster, clary sage may be able to help according to a 2010 study.
  • Freshen the Air
    • Most of the commercial air fresheners you buy at the store are filled with chemicals you shouldn’t have to worry about in areas you spend a lot of time. Diffusing oils can freshen the air with only the oil and water mist. It’s a much safer way to get a great smelling room.
  • Helps Keep the Bugs Away
    • That’s right, diffusing essential oils in your home can keep those pesky bugs out of your house. Here are some of the oils that have been found most effective: peppermint oil, cedarwood oil, and clove oil.

Next time you come across any of these situations remember that diffusing essential oils can provide you with a clean, natural way to improve your life in many different ways.

Final Note

Although there are many ways to use essential oils, consider aromatherapy, as it is one of the most popular ways to get all the benefits of essential oils.  Diffusers are easy to use and are a great way to distribute oils to a larger area so that you can better enjoy their benefits.

†These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease



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