The Benefits of Using An Essential Oil Diffuser
When we first came across the idea of using an essential oil diffuser in our home, we just wanted to make the place smell nice naturally, without any chemicals. We had somewhat of an idea of the types of effects certain essential oils had on your body when used topically, but we didn’t realize the effects they could have if diffused into the air in our living spaces.
We learned more and more throughout our researching process that the benefits of using an essential oil diffuser in your home as a simple air freshener, for example, just might come with some added health benefits. The word “aromatherapy” took on a whole new meaning.
In our home now, you definitely won’t find any of those nauseating perfumed “fragrance plugins” that are supposed to “freshen” up the air and living spaces. Instead, we use a simple essential oil diffuser with 100% natural essential oils.
By the way, have you ever even wondered what the ingredients in those plug-ins are made of anyway? Well, we researched it and we have to share this with you before we move on.
Here’s an example of Glade Plug-Ins. On the back of their package for Fresh Citrus Blossoms, the ingredients tab reads: Fragrance.
So what the heck does that mean?
Well, when we clicked through their website (SC Johnson) here’s what we found what their single ingredient of “Fragrance” was referring to:
Also, on their “How Our Fragrances Are Made” section, they state that in addition to plant based oils, their ingredients can also be (and this is verbatim): Nature-identical, meaning synthetic ingredients that chemically mirror naturally occurring scents but are made in a laboratory.
They also have an “A – Z” page that states all of the skin allergens contained in their products, but that would literally take up this whole post, so we’ll bare you.
I’m no rocket scientist, but learning this sort of scared me. In our home we wouldn’t want our loved ones breathing this stuff in. Would you?
So make the switch to an essential oil diffuser! Here’s why…
The health benefits of using an essential oil diffuser.
Essential oils, as a whole, have the ability to help the body and mind in many ways, whether it has to do with improving cognitive function, correcting hormonal imbalances, relieving anxiety, calming inflammation, and even acting as antibacterial and antivirals.
You can use single essential oils for a desired effect, or several oils can be mixed and used together to create your own custom aroma with lots of therapeutic benefits.
These health benefits are readily accessible when essential oils are diffused into the air you breath. Below you’ll find some healthful benefits for the mind and body along with which types of essential oils are associated with producing those benefits:
- Boosting energy and mood (grapefruit, cinnamon, lemon, sweet orange, jasmine, rose, sandalwood, vanilla)
- Mental clarity (rosemary, basil, spearmint, lemongrass, pine, tangerine, peppermint, rosemary)
- Alleviating stress and anxiety (lavender, frankincense, chamomile, sage, neroli, petitgrain, melissa, geranium)
- For better sleep (bergamot, sandalwood, lavender, Roman chamomile, sweet marjoram, mandarin, clary sage)
- Immunity booster (lemon, tea tree, peppermint, cinnamon, clove, camphor, sage, rosemary, grapefruit, thyme)
- Respiratory health (oregano, lemon, palo santo, lavender, tea tree, eucalyptus, thyme, rosemary)
- Pain and headache relief (ginger, clary sage, rosemary, chamomile, lavender, eucalyptus, bergamot)
- Curbing appetite (grapefruit, lavender, orange, ylang-ylang, patchouli
- Bug repellent (peppermint, lavender, cinnamon, geranium, cedarwood, clove, lemongrass, rosemary)
- Deodorizing (orange, grapefruit, bergamot, lemongrass, lavender)
- Breathing Easier (tea tree, basil, lemon, cinnamon, oregano, lemongrass, eucalyptus, juniper)
What type of essential oil diffuser works best?
The two main types of diffusers you’d want to stick to are Nebulizing Diffusers and Ultrasonic Diffusers.
The other most common types (Heat, Fan, and Evaporative) simply don’t retain the healthful properties in the oils like the other two.
These diffusers should be your number one choice. They work using an atomizer technology. Basically, they use cold pressurized air to force tiny essential oil molecules into an atomizer, which breaks the molecules down into extremely fine particles which are then pumped out into the air in your living space.
They don’t use any heat or water at all. It’s simple. You’re just adding the essential oils in as is. The final product? A super-concentrated output of essential oils.
These high-potency molecules, aside from the therapeutic benefits of being inhaled or absorbed by your skin, can also cleanse your living space of other toxic particles floating around.
Now these diffusers are definitely more expensive and may require a little more maintenance, but as the old saying goes… you get what you pay for. And in this case, that’s quality and effectiveness. You have to ask yourself if it’s worth the extra investment.
There’s a wide variety of nebulizing essential oil diffusers that come in all sorts of sizes and shapes and are often constructed of more natural elements like glass and wood.
In our home, we use the Raindrop 2.0 Nebulizing Essential Oil Diffuser For Aromatherapy by Organic Aromas. Actually, we use two of them, one upstairs and one downstairs. We tinkered with a couple other brands and types of diffusers before settling on this particular model. It’s a beautiful conversation piece and more importantly, an excellent diffuser!
It’s super quiet and can diffuse essential oils across a large living space in a very short period of time.
It’s also made from a beautifully hand-blown glass reservoir and 100% whole plantation hardwood painted with water based lacquer that will not off-gas! NO PLASTIC to leech toxic chemicals. Sweet!
Organic Aromas® offers an incredible guarantee: ONE YEAR FREE warranty on parts and labor. If you ever have any problems or questions, you contact them and they’ll take care of it. By the way… we’ve NEVER had any issues.
Plus, cleaning it is a breeze. The only thing you need to do is give the glass diffuser reservoir a quick rinse with rubbing alcohol about once a week. Super easy!
This type of diffuser uses a combination of water and essential oil. These machines create small ultrasonic vibrations within the mixture and then a very fine mist is pumped into the air, just like you’d see from a humidifier. Hence, most models are actually labeled as “ultrasonic diffuser/humidifier.”
The ultrasonic sound waves work by churning the water, causing the separation of the water particles. After these water particles are separated, they become negatively charged particles lighter than air. And that’s the mist you see coming out.
But due to the fact that the essential oils are diluted into water, the final product will not leave you with the same concentration of therapeutic benefits as in a nebulizer. But all in all, these are definitely the second-best option, especially if you’re budgeting.
We actually bought an ultrasonic diffuser during our first run-around (before switching to a nebulizing diffuser) and we still have the same one. Well, technically we actually gave it to my parents a couple of years ago (we bought it over five years ago) and it still works like a champ.
The VicTsing 400ml Ultrasonic Essential Oil Diffuser is an excellent choice if you want to go ultrasonic route. It’s not only a beautiful piece, but it has a new upgraded “shark mouth” that makes the mist disperse more evenly, a seven-color soothing LED display (that’s not too bright), and four convenient timer settings.
If can definitely cover a nice size area as well, perfect for your larger living spaces. In the bedroom, for example, its double function as a humidifier can be a huge help during those cold winter months.
Our recommended brands.
Top Choice: doTERRA (High-End)
doTERRA is regarded as the “crème-de-la-crème” of essential oils. We love them because all of their essential oils are carefully and thoroughly tested using the strict CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® quality protocol. If you’ve used essential oils for some time now, you will immediately recognize their superior quality.
They offer a great Introductory Starter Kit, which includes:
- Lavender (15 mL)
- Lemon (15 mL)
- Peppermint (15 mL)
We recommend this trio because they’re three of the most popular oils used. They’ll give you and your family a great first step into the therapeutic world of essential oils.
Second Choice (Economical): ArtNaturals Aromatherapy
As a more cost-friendly choice of essential oils, we fell in love with a few out there, but in particular, ArtNaturals. They have an amazing array of oils to choose from and even give you tips on how to use them, whether topically or via an essential oil diffuser.
Their oils are derived using the latest steam-pressing techniques and all their ingredients meet 100% natural standards, are paraben free, and cruelty free!
Cheers to your health!
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