What is the Best Way to Diffuse Essential Oils? (And What You Need to Know About Choosing Essential Oils)
I've been using essential oils for many years now, and I LOVE them---as long as they are of excellent quality. But did you know I nearly stopped using them when I first learned about essential oils? Yep. I did.
You see, there is a LOT of information out there about what is the best way to use essential oils, not to mention the quality of the essential oils themselves.
I'll bet you agree....
Confusion is NOT a good thing. Right? And especially when you are using powerful substances like essential oils, you want to know you are doing it right.
You can use them topically (on your skin), you can inhale them, you can ingest them (so some people advocate---NOT me), and you can diffuse them in a wide variety of ways. These are the most common ways to use essential oils.
Now, all these methods will work well for different reasons. However, my favorite way to use essential oils is in a diffuser. I've been through MANY diffusers in my time, and I'll be honest: They're not all the same. NOT at all.
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Ways to Diffuse Essential Oils
There are many ways to skin a cat---and there are many ways to diffuse essential oils. So putting aside all the other methods of using essential oils mentioned above, let's just focus on diffusing essential oils.
When you diffuse an essential oil or blend of essential oils, the molecules from the particular oil(s) enter the air. Then you breathe them in, and they work their wonders on your body and mind! It's really as simple as that.
However, not all methods of diffusion are created equal. Here is a quick rundown of the most common ways to diffuse essential oils:
This is my own term, by the way, and it just means that you drop a few drops of essential oil on a cloth, tissue, cotton ball, or other porous object and allow the scent to permeate the area. Using essential oil jewelry falls in this category too.
No heat or agitation is involved, and the essential oils naturally evaporate into the air. This method generally only works in very small spaces, in my experience, as in---right next to you.
Some methods of diffusion use a gentle heat source. These include using tea lights or the lighter in your vehicle to diffuse drops of essential oils. There are other heated methods, as well, but these two are the most common.
The bad thing about using heat is the molecules may be altered, potentially affecting their effectiveness. You know, heat damages things, and essential oils are no exception.
Ultrasonic Diffusers, or Evaporative Diffusers:
This type of diffuser uses water as a solvent and provides a cool mist using agitation of the water and essential oil mixture. These work well, as long as you purchase a high quality type. I've purchased inexpensive ones as well as diffusers that cost over $100, and there is definitely a difference in how well the diffuser works---as well as how long it lasts. An ultrasonic diffuser is kind of like a tiny humidifier.
When you inhale the essential oil molecules from this type of diffuser, you are breathing in essential oils that have been mixed into a mist with water. Although these ultrasonic diffusers are good, there is even one more type I love even more:
Nebulizers are the top of the line in diffusers, in my opinion. I've had a total of three over the years, as they generally run in the range of $100 or more.
Nebulizers do not use water or heat to help release the essential molecules into the air. Instead, they work by agitating the drops of essential oils into a super fine mist that is made up ONLY of the essential oil droplets. This creates quite a concentrated scent of essential oil in the room.
I've found that nebulizers cover a much greater area than the other styles, too. In fact, my upstairs is around 900 square feet, and the one I'm currently using is more than enough for the entire area!
Here's a bit more about my experiences with nebulizers and what to watch out for:
My first one was an el-cheapo, I have to admit. I just didn't want to spend the money on it, so I found one that didn't cost very much. I think I spent about $75 on it. It got gummed up really fast, and quit working within about two months. I should have paid attention to the Misty Principle, but I didn't and thus, suffered the consequences. I was disappointed to say the least.
The second nebulizer I tried was a little better, but it vibrated like crazy and was LOUD. Like, it sounded like something you'd find in the "Love" Store, lol---NOT a great thing in your living room, or anywhere else in my opinion. It worked well, but I didn't use it very often because of the noise it put out.
My Favorite Nebulizer of ALL Time (And My Favorite Diffuser, Period)
This last one I purchased recently is WONDERFUL! I cannot tell you how much I love it! I can't believe the quality, and the price was well within expectations too. This beautiful little machine puts out the mist like a champ, is SUPER quiet, and is also lovely.
This little wonder is from Organic Aromas, a company that sells very high quality diffusers, as well as a terrific line of essential oils. In fact, they feel so strongly about quality that they ONLY deal with nebulizers for diffuser choices. And I agree---If you are going to do something, you should do it right. Nebulizers are the best kind of diffuser, and you can find out more in this article.
My nebulizer is the Radiance style, and is just beautiful, unlike my other two. It's a nebulizer (diffuser) I'm PROUD to have in my living room. No plastic bulbous thing putting out an obnoxious mist---NOPE. No super loud unpleasant vibrating noise. It's elegant, powerful, and quiet.
This nebulizer from Organic Aromas would make a perfect gift for anyone interested in essential oils and wanting to improve their health. (And I believe in giving gifts to yourself, too! :-) Isn't Valentine's Day coming up?
In addition to the actual quality of this diffuser, the packaging was lovely too. It comes with a velvet bag for storage, two pipettes, and a sample essential oil blend called Celebration. It's just a beautiful set, and here are some pictures:
Choosing an Essential Oil Company--How Can You Tell if a Company Sells Quality Essential Oils?
Not all essential oils are created equal! That's probably pretty obvious--just like everything else. I have found that many people just want to go cheap! And with essential oils, that's not a great choice because you are not going to get the quality you need for effective use. So why bother at all?
Remember when I told you I almost stopped using essential oils many years ago because I was so confused about which brand(s) were best?
Well, that was primarily because of all the misinformation about quality. Who do you trust? I knew the essential oils from the stores weren't that great because I honestly didn't get any results from them. Then I read about artificial fillers, chemicals, and fragrances that are used in some of them, and that scared me too.
How do essential oil companies get away with selling adulterated and impure products?
Because essential oils fall under "alternative" health, they are not regulated by the federal government, just as medicinal herbs are not regulated either. Therefore, you MUST research and do your own due diligence before using any essential oil product.
I was taken in by the large MLM (Multi-Level Marketing or Network Marketing) companies when I first became aware of how much quality matters with essential oils. I've tried two of them, as a matter of fact.
Both companies were adamant that ONLY their essential oils were the BEST. And I'll just be candid here: The quality of their essential oils was WONDERFUL. I can't say anything bad about the value of those essential oils, and I still purchase certain products from one of them, BUT:
The MLM (multi-level marketing or network marketing) essential oils are expensive...prohibitively expensive for many people. And this bothered me a LOT. I wasn't doing myself or you guys, who I consider friends, any favors by not searching for companies with quality products at more reasonable prices.
There HAD to be companies out there, I just knew, that would provide a high quality product at a decent price point. Right?
If you get my newsletter, you know that I've been doing research on essential oils, and I have discovered some companies that fit my criteria for essential oils: 1) NOT an MLM; 2) organic options; 3) Kid Safe lines or at least specified; 4) tested by third party; and 5) priced reasonably.
Well, I'm happy to add Organic Aromas essential oils to my list of excellent companies to buy from.
I've been talking with one of the representatives of the company back and forth for some time. I am really excited about Organic Aromas because they understand how essential oils work, AND they meet most of my criteria above. (I don't think they lay out which essential oils are safe for children, but all you have to do is research for yourself. That's what I would do anyway.)
Since I need to test out and compare the essential oil brands I recommend to you, I checked out their products, and found they have the absolute perfect starter kit! It's called the Discovery Kit, and it contains 40 different 2 mL samples of their essential oils. This kit includes organic single oils, regular single oils, and blends too.
It's beautifully packaged (like the nebulizer), and what I love about this kit is that it literally has every kind of essential oil to not only get you started if you are new to using essential oils, but to give you an idea of other essential oils you'd want to purchase from them in the regular sizes! Perfect!
As I do with all my essential oils, I do a blind sniff test with several people using poor quality essential oils, medium quality essential oils, and high quality essential oils. The Organic Aromas essential oils were definitely in the quality range by everyone who I've had try them out. I've been diffusing several of the blends, and so far, I've loved all of them!
Final Thoughts on Diffusing, Choosing, and Using Essential Oils
Back to diffusers: If you are just getting into essential oils, I don't blame you for going for the ultrasonic style diffuser first, and that is what most people do, as they are the most common and easy to find.
However, if you are serious about using essential oils for your health, I highly recommend a nebulizer. And after the experiences I've had, I'd further recommend a nebulizer of high quality. I've tried different kinds, and this nebulizer from Organic Aromas is the best I've come across so far.
At any rate, whether you are looking for a nebulizer or quality essential oils, or both the EO's and diffuser, then you should take a peek at Organic Aromas.
It's difficult to know where to buy your essential oils and even how to use them. Honestly, it takes time, diligence, consistency, and some research, but once you start your essential oil journey, and feel the health benefits, you will never turn back. And if you are interested in furthering your use and knowledge about natural health alternatives, essential oils definitely deserves your attention.
Hopefully, this article was helpful for you. I know when I first started using essential oils, I was so frustrated I almost gave up because I just didn't have enough accurate information. At least, I hope this gives you a place to begin your essential oil journey.
Do you have any questions or comments? I'd love to know what you think! Leave your thoughts in the comments section, and I'll be replying!
Hugs & Self-Reliance,
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