There are many different ways to use essential oils, and one of the best ways is through diffusion. Using an Aromatherapy diffuser disperses the particles throughout an area releasing both their aromatic and therapeutic properties. This means that not only will a pleasant aroma be present, but so too will particles that can do things such as purify the air and calm nerves. Since diffusion is such a beneficial way to use essential oils, there are several methods that exist.
Here is an overview of some of these, as well as some of their particular upsides and potential downsides, to help you better decide which is best for you and your needs. Hopefully this will help you determine which method is the best for you… But remember you don’t have to choose just one!
This diffusion method uses an apparatus where a candle is placed in a small opening to heat up the essential oils that are held above it in a small bowl. We offer Soy Melties that can also be used in this type of diffuser instead of essential oil drops; simply add one square of your desired Meltie and enjoy. One of the biggest advantages to a Candle Diffuser is that it does not require electricity, so it can be used outside. They also tend to be more visually appealing than many electric or fan diffusers. The downside is that extra caution needs to be taken with them as they do have an open flame and are typically made of glass.
This type of diffuser has become quite popular in recent years, and is fairly easy to find online or at your local health food store. For this method, a few drops of essential oils are added to an absorbent pad and placed in the machine, where a small fan releases their particles into the air. One reason for their popularity is that there is no open flame, meaning that they are a great option for use around children or pets. Another benefit of this type is that they vary greatly in size and can be tailored to your specific needs: small compact ones are great for the office as they take up little space and have a small scope for release, while large ones are ideal for home use. They can be found in plug-in or battery-operated options. A drawback of Fan Diffusers is that they generally require replacement pads, and can be quite noisy depending on the one you purchase. Our Car Diffuser is similar to this method and is fantastic for on-the-go use.
This type of diffuser uses a combination of water and ultrasonic waves to release essential oils and their properties. Many ultrasonic diffusers have the added advantage of being humidifiers, which helps moisturize and refresh the air in a given space (particularly beneficial in the dry winter months or desert climates). The Ultrasonic Diffuser we offer also has ionizing capabilities—negative ions are released, helping to boost happy emotions, immune defense and general well being. Even more so than with some other types of devices, it is recommended that you take extreme care with ultrasonic diffusers, as they can be particularly fragile.
A nebulizer is quite different than the devices discussed above. This device separates essential oils into individual molecules before releasing them. Because of this method of dispersion, it is believed that nebulizers allow the skin and lungs to absorb the particles more easily. The Nebulizer we offer is particularly easy to use, as you simply place the essential oil (or blend) bottle that you would like to use in the device before securing the nebulizing lid. (You can also create your own blend and place it in an empty Amber bottle.) Another advantage to these devices is that they are typically compact. If you get one that is glass, they can be quite tricky to clean, particularly with thicker oils.
Below is a recipe for a diffuser blend to help alleviate stress and promote relaxation.
Delightfully De-Stressing Diffuser Blend
Combine the oils in a small bowl and add the essential oils to the diffuser with a dropper. The ratio will vary on your preference, and the total drops of oil used will depend on the type of diffuser you are using. Remember, a little goes a long way. Once the oils have been added to the diffuser, simply sit back and enjoy the relaxing effects.