Confused About Essential Oil Diffusers? Find Out Which Kind of EO Diffuser is the BEST!
When I first began using essential oils, I was SO confused about the most effective ways to use the oils, and specifically--how to diffuse them into the air. There were so many diffusers out there to choose from! I had no idea which was the best kind of essential diffuser! Seriously, I was SO overwhelmed, I almost stopped using my oils!
I had a misting diffuser, in which I placed a few drops into water, and fine particles of the mist shot into the air. I thought that was fine (and it was good), but then I walked into a yoga studio one day, and the instructor had this cool looking contraption that didn't require ANY water! Only the essential oils were used, and I loved it! But what on earth kind of diffuser was that?
So what are all the different ways you can diffuse essential oils into the air? And which kind of diffuser is the best kind to purchase?
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Main Types of Essential Oil Diffusers
There are basically four styles of essential oil diffusers available, and they operate very differently with the oils. Therefore, you need to know the differences to determine the perfect diffuser for your specific needs. There are diffusers that use heat, evaporative diffusers, ultrasonic diffusers, and nebulizing diffusers.
1) Diffusers that Use Heat
Some diffusers use a gentle heat in order to disperse the scent into the air. In terms of aromatherapy, these are just fine, but they don't do the best job helping get the essential molecules into your system. This is because once the essential oils evaporate, their therapeutic use is disrupted. In addition, heat diffusers may actually change the molecular structure of the essential oil molecules, which completely negates any actual health benefits. So, if you want only aroma, a heat diffuser may be your best way to go! Starwest Botanicals carries an AromaWave Car Diffuser that uses a very low heat to diffuse your oils into the air. This is an example of a heat diffuser.
2) Evaporative Diffusers
Evaporative diffusers simply use air blowing from a fan of some type through a pad that has had a few drops of essential oil sprinkled onto it. With evaporative diffusers, the essential oil molecules enter the air, however, the higher molecules will evaporate more quickly than the heavier ones. This separation of the essential oil may affect the therapeutic effect of the oils. However, these don't require any water to use. Amazon carries a very pretty evaporative diffuser for your car. Or, if you'd prefer one for a small room, Starwest Botanicals also carries quite a pretty evaporative diffuser called the Lattice Air Oil Diffuser, if you are interested in this style.
3) Ultrasonic Diffusers
Ultrasonic diffusers work by misting the air with a mixture of water and a few drops of essential oils. They work well because these diffusers use a type of disk which vibrates very quickly under the surface of the water, causing the essential oils to be broken into tiny micro-particles, then misted into the air. In my experience, I'd have to say these are probably the most popular and easy to find diffusers. They are also quite effective.
On the positive side, they are not that expensive, and they help humidify the air a bit. They are also effective at getting the essential oil molecules into the air where they can easily be used for health benefits or aromatherapy. On the down side, you have to keep refilling the water reservoir fairly often.
I really like this wood grain pine finish diffuser from Amazon, and there are many more to choose from there as well.
4) Nebulizing Diffusers
These are my hands down favorite style essential oil diffuser. Nebulizers do not use any heat or water to get the oils into the environment. Essentially, they work by using pressurized air that hits the essential oils at the end of a small tube, breaking them into extremely small micro-particles that are released directly into the air. The whole essential oil structure is maintained, and these allow a larger amount of essential oil to enter the air.
Personally, I think these look fabulous and work best! Although they are pricier than the other options, they are worth it because the integrity of the oil is unharmed, and they work amazingly well. My favorites come from a company called Organic Aromas, and they specialize in nebulizing diffusers. And of course, you can purchase beautiful nebulizers from Amazon too!
Final Thoughts on Essential Oil Diffusers
Well, I hope this post was helpful to those of you interested in using essential oils, but are uncertain which style of diffuser to purchase for what kind of use!
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Do you use essential oils? Which is your favorite way to use them? Do you have a personal favorite diffuser? Please leave your thoughts, suggestions, and questions in the comments section.
I hope you'll consider giving essential oils a try if you haven't done so yet! They WORK wonders! And if you'd like more information about essential oils, check out, What is the Best Way to Diffuse Essential Oils/How to Determine Quality Essential Oils, Why Do You Rub Essential Oils on the Soles of Your Feet? and What IS An Essential Oil Anyway? And if you want to know about specific essential oils, please check out my INSANE Things You Need to Know... Series! Just search the word, INSANE and essential oil into my search bar! :-) Here's a link to the article about Frankincense essential oil!
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