How To Use An Essential Oil Diffuser: The Ultimate Guide

Are you thinking of giving this whole “aromatherapy” thing a try? Excellent! You’re going to love it and wonder why you didn’t give it a chance sooner.

You’ve probably heard a lot of “essential oils this” and “essential oils that” in recent years. That’s because with North America’s latest health and wellness craze, aromatherapy has become the cool, new kid in town, promising an array of benefits and a better alternative to chemical or smoke-infused fragrance. 



Why Use a Diffuser?

Great question. 

Diffusers are the simple and easy way to reap the benefits of essential oils and aromatherapy. 

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A popular alternative to incense, candles, and scented sprays, diffusers work quickly, dissipate evenly, and don’t involve any artificial fragrances, chemicals, or smoke. With one press of a button or turn of a nozzle, diffusers disperse essential oil evenly throughout the air, filling the room with a lovely aroma and creating the ambiance of your dreams. 

Diffusers are also the preferred vessel for essential oils over topical application because it’s easier to control dosage. Given the potency of essential oils, one drop too many can result in unpleasant and painful reactions such as irritated skin, a rash, headache, nausea, dizziness, and more. 

Ready to give it all a try? Here’s how to use a diffuser for essential oils. 

1. Choose the Right Diffuser

Essential oil diffusers come in a variety of sizes relating to the capacity of their water tank. Typical sizes range from 200ml to 500ml, and this affects their run-time on one tank of water. For example, Everlasting Comfort’s essential oil diffuser features a 400ml capacity that will last for up to 13 continuous hours — this seems to be the sweet spot for maximizing convenience and practical tank size. 

The most popular type of diffuser is an ultrasonic diffuser, which uses ultrasonic vibration technology to create and continuously disperse micro-fine mist of water and the essence. This ultrasonic technology is whisper-quiet, allowing you to enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy without any annoying buzz or hum. 

Another desirable feature to look for in a diffuser is an automatic shutoff function. This allows you to choose from various timer options (one, three, or six hours) before the diffuser will turn off. LED lights are also a pretty nice bonus because if creating ambiance is what you’re going for - which it is - you might as well bask in your favorite color, too. Adjustable brightness (high, low, or no light) is also something to look for, and an included cleaning kit never hurt anyone either. (Our diffuser has all of these features, just saying). 

2. Decide on Location

The only requirements for a suitable location are that diffusers need a solid and flat surface large enough to fit their base, and this surface must be close to an electrical socket. 

The best setup for your diffuser will be on a small stool or table, away from any walls to support airflow and with no paperwork, electronics, or reading glasses nearby. This is because ultrasonic diffusers emit cool mist, and although this mist ultra-fine, a build-up of excess water particles could damage water-sensitive material. It’s also advisable to place your diffuser away from the wall to avoid excess moisture causing any damage or blot

When deciding on which room your diffuser should live in, think about where you spend most of your time and where you’ll be able to enjoy it most often and really soak up all of the benefits. The home office, living room, bedroom, shower, or any common gathering area are all great choices. Truth be told, it’s not uncommon to enjoy the diffuser so much that you end up getting second to use in another room. Siblings, this is your warning to guard your diffuser. 

3. Fill the Water Tank

Another reason we love diffusers so much is because of how wonderfully simple they are to use and operate. No confusing button panel or weird how-to-open mechanism; simply fill the hydration tank to the marked fill line, close it, return to the reservoir, and you’re good to go. 

It’s recommended to avoid using tap water, if possible, to limit any build-up of minerals within your diffuser that, down the line, could hinder its efficiency and performance. Temperature-wise, room temperature water will enhance the oil’s aroma and create the most enjoyable mist. 

4. Add Essential Oils

Do you already have a cocktail of essential oils lined up that you’re eager to try? Or do you need to hear about some of them and get inspired? 

Something fun about essential oils is that they don’t need to be used exclusively. In other words, you can blend and combine them to achieve a hybrid of benefits and enhance the overall therapeutic efficacy. That being said, it still isn’t a “free for all,” and there are better and worse ways to go about mixing them. If you’re new to blending or essential oils as a whole, check out our article on how to mix essential oils properly. 

It’s always better to start small and then add more if desired. Keep in mind that essential oils are highly potent, and people have different preferences and tolerance to strong scents. You can work your way up to a medium heat setting on your diffuser before turning it up to the maximum to prevent too much airflow in your room. Starting in small sections can also help you shake out the correct amount of essential oils for your first few attempts. Don't forget to rinse out your diffuser in between uses! 

We’re here to help, so of course, we also wrote an article to help you navigate how many drops of essential oil you should be using for your diffuser's spray

5. Zen Out

That’s it! That’s all there is to know for how to use a diffuser with essential oils. Now, the last step is to sit back, relax, and bask in your homemade oasis. Feel the knots in your muscles ease as waves of calm rush over you, and you'll feel what a good diffuser can do for you. 

It’s so easy to introduce aromatherapy to your home, and it can have such a profound effect on your day-to-day life. Aromatherapy can help us wake up and get energized in the morning, stay focused and concentrated on work during the day, relax and unwind at bedtime, and everything in between. You deserve to Zen out, and we’d love to help you relax in luxury with Everlasting Comfort’s Essential Oil Diffuser

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If you’ve been curious about essential oil diffusers or anything in the realm of aromatherapy, we highly suggest you take that interest and go with it! Aromatherapy is such a simple yet impactful delight that can enhance your day-to-day life, well-being, and overall wellness. 

Helping people feel good is our job, and we’ve created our essential oil diffuser with you and your wellness in mind. Experience all the benefits aromatherapy has to offer and claim the Zen you deserve. 


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