Aromatherapy (which is inhaling the properties of the oils) is the most popular use of essential oils. There are several ways to inhale the aroma but the most familiar is to use an essential oil diffuser. Remember, the properties of the oils are very therapeutic and you want to use a diffuser that will be the most beneficial.
In this post, we’re going to talk about the different kinds of essential oil diffusers and how to use them. There are basically 4 types that you can choose from. You can choose from an Evaporative diffuser, Heat diffuser, Ultrasonic diffuser, or a Nebulizing diffuser. Let’s take a look at each one, starting with the Evaporative diffuser.
There are actually two kinds of Evaporative Diffusers.
1. This method of Evaporative uses forced air passing over a pad or wick which evaporates and releases the scent and oil to circulate around the room. The essential oil is placed on the pad. A small fan blows the air over the pad thus evaporating the oil and lifting and blowing the aroma into the air.
2. The other method of Evaporative doesn’t need a fan. The oils in this method are exposed to the air and they evaporate naturally with the flow of the air in the room. Examples include placing a drop of oil on a tissue to inhale. Or placing a drop or two on a cotton ball and placing it somewhere in a room or cabinet (to repel pests for example). These types of diffusers are more for small areas and your personal space. These can be necklaces, pendants, bracelets or personal inhalers.
With the Evaporative Diffuser, the lighter components of the oils tend to evaporate much faster than the heavier components, so you don’t get the whole of the oils at once.
Heat diffusers in a way could be considered in the Evaporative Diffusers. They work in much the same way as Evaporative diffusers, except instead of using a fan and blowing air they use heat. Oils are dropped on a pad, like the Evaporative, and the increase in temperature from the heat forces the oil to evaporate and waft into the air.
There are several kinds you can get, i.e., candle diffusers, electric heat diffusers, lamp rings. For lamp rings, you put oil in a ring and place it over a light bulb. The scent of the oil starts evaporating into the air when the light is turned on. A Candle Diffuser can be made out of ceramic or brass with a space to hold a candle, with a bowl over the space to hold essential oil. The heat of the candle diffuses the oil into the air.
There are issues with Heat Diffusers, though; the heat alters the chemical compounds of the oil. This causes it to lose its therapeutic effectiveness and may not be the best diffuser choice.
Another of the different kinds of essential oil diffusers is the Ultrasonic Diffuser. This one seems to be the most popular of the diffusers. I think maybe one of the main reasons is because it does not use heat for diffusing. Another reason is because the oil is better diffused. These diffusers use electrical frequencies to vibrate a disk in the bottom of the diffuser, under water. These are known as cold mist diffusers. You fill the compartment of the diffuser with as much water as instructed, depending on the size of the diffuser.
The essential oil is dropped in the diffuser after the water is added. When it is turned on, the disk in the bottom vibrates at a very fast rate, and the vibration creates a fine mist/vapor that is filled with micro particles of oil.
This mist helps not only to bring the healing power of oils, but it also helps to humidify the air. There is no heat used, thus keeping the oil properties intact. The tiny particles of oil created by this are more easily absorbed into the lungs, for a greater therapeutic effect.
A majority of Ultrasonic Diffusers have timer settings so you can set them for several hours at a time. Some can run up to 9 or 10 hours, which is nice to set for overnight while you are sleeping. Some of them can be set to come on at intervals, such as every 30 seconds, or a minute, depending on which diffuser you use.
Also, a majority of them have different colored lights on them that you can turn off or on. I use the Ultrasonic diffuser and have found that if you have a ceiling fan turned on while using it, the oil mist circulates more throughout the room, thus bringing more of the beneficial properties to your body.
This is one of the newest types of diffusers. It is most often considered the better kind for therapeutic use, because it puts the wholeness of the oil into the air. It doesn’t need heat or water, so you get nothing but pure essential oil being dispersed into the air. The composition of the oil are not broken down during diffusing.
With some of these types, the bottle of oil is directly attached to the diffuser. An air pump is used to blow a jet of air across a small tube, creating a vacuum. This vacuum pulls liquid from the bottom of the tube and up to the top. The air that blows across the surface of the oil at the top blows the oils away in a fine spray or mist, which are referred to as droplets. Without separating the mixture, it breaks down the molecules of the oil, thus keeping it’s purity.
The particles of oil are small enough to rapidly absorb in the body. These particles can remain suspended in the air for hours and be fully intact and be continuously taken in by the body. They eventually completely evaporate without leaving behind residue. Most of the diffusers have built-in timers and controls for the air flow so you can control how much oil is being diffused and since the oil lasts so long in the air, that’s nice to have. You wouldn’t need to have it run continuously. This also helps to conserve oil, as this type tends to use more.
The Nebulizing Diffuser does make more noise than the others, due to the air pump pumping the air. So that may be a drawback to some people. Another drawback for some, might be the price. These diffusers are more on the pricey side, probably because of the way they work in getting the whole essence of the oil into the air, and your body being able to absorb more of the beneficial purity of the oil.
My Final Thoughts
Well, here you have it. With all these choices, you have to find the one that fits your need. There are many different kinds of essential oil diffusers, and different styles for each kind of diffuser. Whether you want to give your room an aromatic lift, or you are looking for something for therapeutic reasons there’s many to choose from. I hope this helps you in your search for essential oil diffusers.
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