“Choose the wrong method, and you may have just wasted perfectly good oil”
Choosing The Best Essential Oils Diffuser
There are important things to consider when buying an essential oil diffuser. If done properly, diffusing essential oils into the air we spend our time in can create an amazing aromatic and, more importantly, healing atmosphere in our lives. On the other hand, diffusing essential oils incorrectly can have the opposite effect of diminishing or possibly destroying the overall healing effectiveness of the essential oils. And with the investment of higher quality therapeutic grade oils, the last thing you want to do is degrade the quality.
How Your Essential Oil Diffuser Works
There are many great and not so great designs and brands to choose from when selecting the perfect essential oil diffuser. You have wonderfully aesthetic wooden and metal designs that tie the room together all the way to the small and inconspicuous for the cubicle. It all depends on your personal preference.
To keep things simple, the are only three main methods of diffusing essential oils:
- Heat: Sources as candles, light bulbs, and other various heating elements work great for releasing the aromatic qualities of an essential oil into a room. Keep in mind that heating also affects the quality of the therapeutics of the oils.
- Evaporation: Often used for this method is a reed oil diffuser. Reed oil diffusers use wooden or fibrous sticks protruding from a container filled with an essential oil blend. The essential oils flow upwards and through the reeds, evaporating into the air. Although effective, it does take a while to notice the aromatic change in the room. A great evaporation method if you’re in a bind or looking for something simple for your vehicle is adding a few drops of oil to a cotton ball and placing it in front of a vent.
- Vibration: Probably the most used method of essential oil diffusion. Sometimes called Nebulizers or Ultrasonic diffusers. Some may argue that there is a difference, and there may well be one, but both methods boil down to vibrating the oils into tiny droplets and spraying them into the air either by physical impact of the oil or sound waves. This method of diffusion is preferred primarily because oils are not impacted chemically and also the quickness in which the oils and aromatics are noticed in the room.
Things To Keep In Mind When Choosing A Diffuser
- Diffusers that use a heat sources can have some negative effects on the chemicals and therapeutic elements of essential oils.
- Cold air diffusers such as nebulizers and ultrasonics use room temperature air to dispense the oils very quickly into the atmosphere, filling a room within seconds with aroma.
- Vaporizers and humidifiers can also be used but keep in in mind the impact of heat on essential oils, so it is best to use cold air types. Another thing to remember is that, essential oils diffusers are specifically designed to disperse aromatic and therapeutic oils effectively instead of just raising to humidity levels of a room like a humidifier.
How you choose to diffuse essential oils does have an impact on the quality of the oil as it’s released into the air. Choose the wrong method, and you may have just wasted perfectly good oil and possibly a few bucks. Lucky, quality essential oils only require a few drops, one to three at most, to provide a positive impact.
And always remember to use a top quality, therapeutic grade essential oils.
P.S – Don’t forget to check out our article on The Top 5 Cool Air Essential Oil Diffusers