Sometimes, rooms in our houses start to develop unpleasant odors. Maybe it’s some recently cooked seafood, a slightly smelly pet, or a bathroom door that remained open for too long. All of these are examples of how your house can be exposed to unpleasant odors. When this happens, you don't always want to reach for the air freshener or room spray bottle. Sometimes a more natural scent can improve your room far better than a spritz of an artificial deodorizer could.
Essential oil diffusers are the smart and subtle way to add just the right amount of pleasing, mood-enhancing fresh scents to the comfort of your home. Aromatherapy has many transformational wellness benefits like reducing stress, inducing relaxation, boosting energy, and relieving body tension. Achieving your desired effect is an easy DIY endeavor. All it takes is a few simple tips on choosing the right diffuser and then blending essential oils to make your home smell great.
Picking The Right Diffuser For Your Room
The correct size diffuser depends on the size and configuration of the room you are using it in. Are you trying to bring aromatherapy to a small bathroom or an entire living room? Diffusers come in many different sizes ranging from 100ml for smaller areas to 400ml for larger ones. With a small bathroom, you may even be able to get away with using a reed diffuser or potpourri.
Suppose you are not sure which size works best for you, or you want the option of moving your plug-in diffuser around to different rooms., In that case, we recommend purchasing a medium or large-sized diffuser. Picking a larger capacity diffuser is a more flexible option. This 400ml size gives you the option of using your diffuser in any size room by adjusting the amount of essential oil you add into your diffuser. With a larger diffuser, you also won’t have to refill the water tank as often.
What Is An Essential Oil?
Essential oils are compounds extracted from various flowers, leaves, fruits, roots, and seeds that have the smell and “essence” of the original plant. Using essential oils for aromatherapy is a natural, long-established practice where drops of your favorite essential oils are micro-diffused into the air and breathed in--creating or enhancing a desired mood.
It’s important to note that these mood-enhancing properties are only potential health benefits. There are no formal studies to prove the medicinal efficacy of essential oils. Still, millions of aromatherapy enthusiasts—and many hotels and shops worldwide—use the mood-enhancing power of aromatherapy to upgrade indoor environments and share a uniquely pleasing experience.
There are many different ways to use your favorite essential oils, but if you want to use them to scent a room, your best option is to use a diffuser. A diffuser releases a continuous mist of of distilled water and natural fragrance that can refresh any room and even purify your air. It does this without creating a heavy-handed or overly pungent smell.
How To Use An Essential Oil Diffuser
Using an essential oil diffuser is easy, and it will improve the ambiance of any room. Simply follow the instructions below, and you’ll be adding the subtle power of personalized fragrances to your home in no time.
First, place your diffuser in the desired location in an upright position. Second, remove the top so that you can access the water tank. Next, plug the power cord into the bottom of the water tank, but do not turn the diffuser on yet.
Now it’s time to fill the water tank. Pour room temperature water into the water tank, filling up to your diffuser’s fill line. You can use tap water or filtered water—whichever you prefer. Now it’s time to add the essential oils. How much you add will depend on the size of your water tank and your preferences. Generally speaking, three drops of essential oils for every 100ml is sufficient.
After adding water and essential oils to the diffuser, simply replace the top and turn the diffuser on. It’s that easy! Some diffusers offer additional features like a timer, allowing you to further tailor the experience to your needs. A timer, for example, is great for using a diffuser to help you fall asleep.
How Much Essential Oil To Use
How much essential oil you add to your water tank depends on several factors, including personal preference, size of the room, and the intensity of the chosen oil’s smell. When you are first starting out, try using three drops for every 100ml. After adding the oil, replace the lid of your diffuser, and then turn it on for a couple of minutes. If you decide you want a more prominent smell, try five drops for every 100ml.
If you are diffusing in a small room, you may only want to use three drops for every 100ml. The guiding principle is to start small and work your way up. You can always add more essential oils to create a more noticeable smell. Similarly, if you are trying to scent a larger space, you will probably need to add more oil to create a distinct aroma. If you have a 400ml tank, anywhere between 12 and 20 drops should produce the desired effect.
Remember, essential oils are highly concentrated, so it is best to start with a small amount and add more as you see fit. Feel free to experiment to determine the ideal amount that suits you.
Popular Essential Oils And Their Benefits
There are more than 90 different types of essential oils to choose from--each with a unique aroma and potential wellness benefit. Popular essential oils include peppermint, clove, bergamot, rose, chamomile, ylang-ylang, and grapefruit.
Common oils for relaxation include lavender, tea tree oil, bergamot, and chamomile. These oils are often used during yoga, meditation, preparing for sleep--or unwinding from a stressful day at work. Similarly, rose oil’s sweet floral scent is believed to improve mood and relieve anxiety. Rose oil is an excellent option if you’re seeking to find a sense of calm without falling into an intense state of relaxation.
Peppermint and lemon oils work wonderfully to aid digestion, boost energy, and relieve headache tension. Either one of these bright, uplifting scents would work great after a meal, as a late afternoon energy booster, or as a way to set the mood for exercise or household chores. Additionally, ylang-ylang and peppermint are good oils to diffuse to potentially relieve headaches, tension, and nausea.
When choosing the correct oils for the desired effect, you can never go wrong with your own personal preferences. Don’t let yourself get overwhelmed by the options—just pick some popular ones to try, and see how you like them. Maybe lavender oil will become your go-to for relaxation, or perhaps you’ll decide to diffuse ylang-ylang because you enjoy its delicate floral scent. In the end, it’s all about what you enjoy the most.
Blending Essential Oils
Once you have tried out various unaltered essential oils, you may want to try blending some oils. Blending oils can be a fun and creative way to personalize your scents.
We recommend that you start with a scent that you love and blending it with an oil with a complementary effect and scent to get the perfect oil mixture. For example, if you love to relax with the scent of lavender, try pairing it with something that has a relaxing effect. You’ll also want to find a complementary smell, and this is based very much on your personal tastes. This process of trial and error is a fun one.
You can also take a shortcut and start with some established favorites. Many aromatherapy enthusiasts enjoy pairing lemongrass with lavender. The bright, grassy lemongrass scent has excellent contrast when combined with the light floral aroma of lavender. These two essential oils complement each other well and are both magnificent aromas for relaxing.
Blending essential oils can also be a great way to tone down some more aggressive scents like eucalyptus. On its own, eucalyptus is a sharp scent that is reminiscent of menthol. The cooling sensation of eucalyptus oil is great for relieving sinus pressure and increasing alertness. However, eucalyptus oil can be overpowering on its own, so you may want to try blending it with sandalwood, geranium, or sweet orange oils.
Don’t worry if the prospect of DIY blending seems overwhelming. There are many premixed oil blends that you can buy. There are also many recipes for essential oil blends that you can find online. This may be a good starting point if you’re not quite ready to create your own blends from scratch.
Above all, remember that there is no one right way to blend. Like food, we can enjoy many different options and combinations, so just trust in your nose and begin experimenting. Blending oils can be a great way to create a unique scent that captures your distinct characteristics and individuality.
Hopefully, you’ve learned what essential oils are, how to pick the correct diffuser for your space, how to use your diffuser, the basics of essential oils, and how to blend them. Diffusing essential oils is a fun and creative way to scent a room, creating ambiance, purifying the air, and allowing you to indulge your senses. An oil diffuser would make a great addition to any home or office and a perfect gift for friends and family.
If you’d like to learn more about which oil diffuser is right for you, check out the rest of our site at Everlasting Comfort. We have a fantastic 400ml oil diffuser that comes in two different colors that is sure to complement any home’s aesthetic. Try one today and experience the many benefits and the good sense of good scents that oil diffusion can bring to your life.