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Essential Oils Tips: What Are the Different Types of Diffusers?

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Do you want to fill your living space with the scent of essential oils? Perhaps you want to create a more zen space in your office? Or maybe you want to create a soothing environment for your kids to fall asleep in?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then an oil diffuser is what you need. They are super easy and convenient to use, and they are mess-free.

But how do you know which oil diffuser to get? Are they all the same? They are not, and we’re here to help you understand why. Keep reading to get to know more about different types of diffusers.

How Does an Oil Diffuser Work?

An oil diffuser breaks down the essential oil into vapor and then disperses it into the air. This method does not change the scent; it simply transforms the oil into something you can inhale.

Essential Oils & Fragrances

Essential oils are most commonly used in aromatherapy, and it’s been found that essential oils were used in wellness around 5000 years ago.

Studies have shown that essential oils may help:

  • Improve sleep (lavender)
  • Reduce anxiety (bergamot)
  • Relieve headaches (peppermint)
  • Boost mood (lemongrass)
  • Reduce stress (clary sage)

Essential oils are made from various parts of particular plants, like bark, roots, leaves, etc. Once they’ve been concentrated into oils, you can add them to creams, baths, diffusers, or oil.

Note on Pet Safety

Using a diffuser is relatively safe around animals. However, some oils are toxic to pets such as ylang ylang, pine, cinnamon, citrus, tea tree oil, wintergreen, and eucalyptus oil.

Types of Diffusers

Below, we will cover some of the more popular types of diffusers. This way, you can better understand which diffuser will be perfect for you.

Waterless Diffuser

Ideal for medium spaces, this type of diffuser disperses the oils without using water or heat. This is accomplished by an atomizer that creates vapor in the air.

Electric Diffuser

Electric diffusers work by heating the essential oils on an absorbent pad over a passive heat source. These pads are reusable and make creating new scents straightforward by adding a different scent drop. They’re great for small to medium spaces.

Tea Light Diffuser

Tea light diffusers have two benefits: they release a scent and create ambiance. Use by filling the reservoir with water, adding a drop or two of your oil, and lighting the candle below.

Do not leave this diffuser unattended. It’s ideal for small spaces.

Ultrasonic Water Diffuser

This type of diffuser uses water and ultrasonic vibrations to create vapor that dispenses the oils into the air. Like the waterless diffuser, this one also uses no heat. It’s perfect for small to medium spaces.

Where to Use Your Diffuser

Some diffusers are made to cover only small areas, and others are suitable for larger spaces. However, some, like the Air Stream Single, allow you to adjust the diffuser for the area you have.

Tips on Using Your Diffuser Correctly

There are a few guidelines when starting out with diffusers. Having this knowledge can significantly reduce the chances of mishandling your diffuser and causing damage to yourself or the diffuser.

Envoke Feelings

The whole point is to find a scent that brings you joy, so try some old favorites like pine, lavender, and sandalwood. Also, try out custom scents by mixing two or three different oils (1 drop each).

Cheaper Is Not Better

For best results, you want to find a good quality oil, so avoid bottles that include “fragrance oil” or “perfume oil.” Also, ensure the bottle is not clear, as sunlight can compromise the integrity of the oil.

Less Is More

Don’t be heavy-handed with your dropper in the beginning. Start with a drop or two, see how you like it, and go from there.

Clean Regularly

Make sure you read the manual on cleaning your diffuser properly. Cleaning can help extend the lifespan of your diffuser.

Create Your Own Mood

Filling your home with an aromatic scent can be a powerful way to invoke emotion in people. With a diffuser, you can decide how you want to feel by choosing the right essential oil. It can get even more personal if you create your own scents.

If you enjoyed this article about the different types of diffusers, check out more of our health articles.

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