A Diffusing Situation

What is an aromatherapy diffuser?

An aromatherapy diffuser is a device that is used to disperse essential oils around a room or an area. We use them simply to disperse for the fragrance of essential oils and for the wellness benefits the essential oils can provide.

Reference: aromaweb.com

Is an aromatherapy diffuser good for our health?

There isn’t a lot of study surrounding this to demonstrate if they are harmful or not but the research that is out there is not about the diffuser itself, rather the question about safety comes down to the essential oils you are using, the amount used, how long the diffuser is being run for, who is in the room where the diffuser is being used and the size of the room it is being used in.

As I always recommend, err on the side of caution. Find out the recommended dosage that covers your chosen diffuser run time and stick to that. Click here for a link to my blog to dilute or not dilute that is the question which contains information on recommended dosage especially when around children.

Personally, I would use about 4 drops over a 6 hour period in an average sized room with 2 adults. If there were children in the room, I may drop that down and if there were more people I may increase it. If the blend being dispersed is too strong I would reduce the amount used the next time I run it. For herb oils like oregano or thyme etc I would only use 1 drop. If the blend being dispersed is too weak I would use more in the next run. It is a trial and error thing. What I do is by no means a rule of thumb just what I have deemed appropriate for me.

If you have questions always ask for help from your support team and your direct up-line. If you aren’t sure about a certain oil, don’t use it in the diffuser until you are more confident with using it.

What are the different types of diffusers you can get?

  • Nebulizing or Air diffusers: These diffusers need a constant air source and pull the oil through the machine by sucking in and then the blowing out air from a small tube. The process uses a vacuum effect and can cause some noise. See also Atomising Diffuser.

  • Terracotta/un-glazed ceramic bead/volcanic rock/wood/cotton ball diffusers – these are20190130_210215[1] usually used in diffuser jewellery and are an evaporative diffuser. They work by placing a drop or two of an oil onto the surface which is then absorbed by the item and softly diffused during the day via evaporation.

  • Oil burner or tea light diffuser: This diffuser is usually a ceramic vessel with a concave reservoir top. You place a tea light candle beneath the concave reservoir as a heat source. It is very easy to use by filling the concave reservoir with water and adding a few drops of your oil. The tea light candle gently warms the water which then encourages the oil to disperse.

  • Evaporative diffusers: (electric) these use a mild heat source to warm essential oils which have been placed on a pad – this is a very simple diffuser and are generally used in small areas (cubicles / bathrooms etc)

  • Atomising [or water-less] Diffuser: As suggested there is no water needed for this diffuser. It consists of a reservoir and a motor. The atomiser will create very fine essential oil particles which are dispersed using air. Usually they come with duration and light settings. This machine is normally all but silent making a soft humming sound during operation but can also be quite noisy.

  • Ultrasonic [Water] Diffuser: A fine cool to the touch mist is created using ultrasonic vibrations with water rather than a heat source. They usually have a number of duration and light settings. This machine is all but silent with the softest waterfall/babbling brook type sound which to me is quite soothing. You will use mostly water with a few drops of oil added which allows you to control the strength and concentration of the dispersion via dilution.

  • Reed diffusers: Reed diffusers are another example of an evaporative diffuser suited for small areas.

  • Humidifier: True humidifiers are not designed for essential oil use they are designed for the specific purpose of putting moisture in the air. You should not put an essential oil into a humidifier tank as this may void your warranty. The ultrasonic diffuser is sometimes considered a humidifier and I suppose it is to a degree, it does add moisture to the air with the water used in it’s tank however it is not the same. If you are looking for a humidifier like diffuser I refer you to the ultrasonic diffuser.

What are the pro’s and con’s of each of them?

When it comes down to it there are really only 4 types, although not a complete compilation, below are the basic pros and cons.

  1. Ultrasonic – adds moisture to the air with the essential oil; full benefits of oils; controlled strength and concentration; soft water noise; time and light controls. Higher costs than evaporative and heat diffusers but cheaper than nebulizing diffusers, dilutes oils before dispersion, dilution allows for longer duration’s.

  2. Evaporative – affects personal space only; can be worn as jewellery; low cost, easy to use. Only covers a small area; does not disperse all components of the oil at the same time therefore may not get the full benefit of the oil, more frequent application required.

  3. Heat – low cost, easy to use. Only covers small areas. Heat can damage the composition of the oil and start to break it down so may not get the full benefits of the oils, more frequent application required.

  4. Nebulizing/atomising – full benefits of oils; disperses full oil undiluted, due to concentration only recommended to be used for smaller duration’s, some machines can be noisy, uses more oil than other types, most expensive type. 16x9-types-of-diffusers-product-blog-us-english-web

Where can you buy them?

With the rise in popularity of essential oils there are more and more places selling these items. Here is a list of places I know of but there are plenty more than I have listed. Comment below where you purchased your favourite diffuser.

  • Some health food stores

  • Online essential oil accessories retailers

  • Ebay

  • Wish

  • dōTERRA have diffusers for sale

  • other Essential Oil distributors

What do I recommend?

It really depends on what and who you are using the diffuser for. Personally I love the ultrasonic diffuser as it is diluted and using an essential oil diluted is the safest way to use them. However I also have evaporative diffusers in my car and as jewellery and love them too. I have not used the nebulizing/atomiser diffuser and not sure if I will (as I prefer to dilute) but I have heard of others who do use them and love them just as much as I love the ultrasonic. I prefer not to use a heat source with my oils as they can be easily damaged with heat and they are too precious to me for that risk.

I hope this helps you understand the world of diffusers a little more and assist you in making your next purchase or at least better equip you to make the best choice for what you need.

Useful link: https://www.doterra.com/US/en/blog/healthy-living-which-diffuser

Till next time readers, have a fantastic day!!!

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