If you’ve ever seen an essential oil diffuser without understanding what it does, you probably just regarded it as a pretty nicknack that makes things smell good. On the very surface, this is true. Most essential oil diffusers have beautiful designs and do, in fact, make a room smell wonderful. If those two facts aren’t enough to sell you on one, we have more information for you.
There are plenty of benefits to using diffusion in your home. Those benefits largely depend on the kinds of oils and blends of oils that you use. There are thousands of combinations of essential oils you can create, and each blend will do something a little different. Many of them will make your home smell great, but there are many others that will serve an important purpose.
What Is An Essential Oil Diffuser?
An essential oil diffuser is a small device with a water tank. Water and essential oils are put into the tank, and the device is set to a timer. During this time, the diffuser releases the oil-infused water as a fine mist into the air, which will slowly float throughout a room.
How Does An Essential Oil Diffuser Work?
Ultrasonic diffusers use something called ultrasonic vibration. Despite the fact that what appears to be steam will rise from the top, no actual heat is generated. It’s not like boiling water or using a sauna.
Very small, imperceptible, silent vibrations shake the oil and water inside of the water tank. This shaking motion releases a stream of water particles through the top, causing a reaction similar to instant evaporation. The particles float off into the air, taking the scent and benefits of the essential oil with them to fill a wide area, much in the same way that you'd diffuse light.
Why Is An Essential Oil Diffuser Better Than Incense Or Candles
Incense and candles have been used for thousands of years. Before the technology existed to deliver aromas and plant extract in modern ways, people used to burn herbs or scented wax in their homes or places of worship. Sometimes this was done to make an area smell nice. Other times, it was done as part of a religious or formal ceremony.
As the times changed, incense and candles began to be marketed as consumer ambiance products with fun and exciting scents, and people loved the way they made their homes feel. Almost every store that sells home goods or spa goods will also sell incense or candles.
As people have become more health-conscious, incense has started to fall out of favor. We know now that smoke inhalation is dangerous, and it doesn’t necessarily matter what the source of that smoke is. Incense is an active fire that slowly burns, and the scent is released in a fiery reaction. You breathe in that heavy, sooty smoke every time you light a stick of incense in your home. It’s bad for your lungs, and it can damage the surrounding surfaces if you frequently burn it in the same place.
Scented candles aren’t necessarily as unsafe as incense in terms of smoke. Candles do work by utilizing a fire reaction, but they also introduce moisture from the candle wax into the air. You might not want an open flame sitting around your home if you have small children or curious cats. If you forget to blow out a candle or the breeze from an open window catches the curtains on fire, you’re headed for a catastrophe.
Since an essential oil diffuser utilizes nothing but oils and water and creates a vapor reaction without flames, heat, or smoke, they’re the safest way to make a large area in your home smell nice. You aren’t breathing in anything dangerous. If your toddler or pet were to knock over your oil diffuser, the worst thing they could do is break it and get the floor wet. Nobody will get burnt, and nothing will catch on fire.
Diffusing Essential Oils To Repel Insects
Essential oil diffusers can be used to repel insects in outdoor areas naturally. A few drops of essential oils like citronella, lemongrass, peppermint, and pine can help to keep mosquitos away without any chemicals or fire. If you like to entertain on your back porch when the weather is nice, you can keep your guests from getting eaten up without asking them to coat themselves in chemicals. It’s also a pleasant alternative to warm lit torches on a summer night when the weather might be hot enough as it is.
Diffusing Essential Oils To Support Relaxing Activities
Aromatherapy is often used as a relaxation aid. That’s why meditation sessions and yoga classes often utilize some form of a relaxing scent. Your particular brand of relaxation can be whatever you like. If you paint, draw, solve crossword puzzles, lay down with your favorite music playing in enclosure headphones, or stretch with resistance bands to relieve tension, relaxation blends of essential oils will help create the perfect environment.
This is one of the most popular uses for essential oil diffusers, and many essential oil producers have pre-mixed blends of essential oils specifically for this purpose. If you aren’t feeling creative or if you don’t quite have a grasp on how to make your own blends, there’s nothing wrong with grabbing up a readymade solution.
If you’d prefer to do things your own way, lavender and peppermint typically make up the backbone of relaxation blends. Start there. You might find that jasmine or vanilla is also very relaxing for you. If you have soothing memories associated with being out in the garden, maybe rose and rosemary will prove to be helpful core components of your signature blend.
Diffusing Essential Oils To Promote Peaceful Sleep
If you have trouble turning your mind off at night, you might need some help getting into the right headspace. Aromatherapy is a wonderful distraction for your mind. If you need to put your thoughts down and make your mind quiet, a sensory distraction always helps. You can’t look at something with your eyes closed, and listening to something might be too stimulating. You can’t taste something until you fall asleep, and touch is a very active sense.
This leaves smell as the perfect passive sensory experience. If you lay in a comfortable position with your eyes closed and take long, deep, slow breaths, you’ll begin to bring your body to a relaxed state. Focus on the aroma to keep your mind from wandering. Appreciate what you smell and how it makes you feel. It’s a gentle way to drift off to sleep.
Premade sleep blends are popular, but again, you can always make your own. What actually works for you is more important than what other people say should work for you. Lavender, bergamot, and chamomile are common in sleep blends. If you know you sleep like a baby in a log cabin out in the woods, cedarwood and pine might make great additions to your sleep blend. Think about what helps you doze off.
Diffusing Essential Oils To Promote Sinus Health
You know that rub your mother always put on your chest when you were a kid? Every time your sinuses were acting up, she slathered you in it. It helped you breathe, and you went to sleep. You can replicate that same DIY effect with your essential oil diffuser by using the essential oils derived from the same ingredients in that chest rub. Better still, the ingredients will float through the air all around you. You won’t need to keep your chin to your chest in order to breathe them in.
Eucalyptus oil, tea tree oil, peppermint oil, lavender oil, and a very small amount of white camphor essential oil should do the trick. Load it into your diffuser, set it up on your bedside table, and relax for a minute to let the oils start to kick in. Keep it going while you sleep, so you’ll be less likely to wake up stuffy throughout the night.
Diffusing Essential Oils To Purify The Air
You just took all the Christmas decorations down from the attic or brought the Halloween decorations up from the basement. You want to be happy and festive, but you can’t. Everything smells so musty now, and you’re half tempted to throw it out and buy new stuff. Don’t do that. Just purify the air to remove the musty odor.
Essential oils like lavender, lemon, grapefruit, eucalyptus, and lemongrass will help to clear the musty smell out of the air. Lavender is a natural antibacterial, and it may kill some airborne bacteria that came along with those old boxes. Patchouli also works to clear the air, but it’s a highly divisive scent. You either love it, or you hate it. If you get a wave of nostalgia from it, go ahead and use it. If it’s a bit too much for you, the eucalyptus will work as the perfect substitute.
An essential oil diffuser can play an important role in your home. It’s good for your physical and emotional wellbeing, as well as your overall comfort. Start to diffuse essential oils to transform your space and make your day to day activities just a little bit better.