If you’re an essential oil newbie, or even if you’ve been using oils for a while, you might feel completely overwhelmed by the different methods of using essential oils. Today we’re going to focus on diffusing essential oils.
Cold-air diffusion is the easiest ways to begin using essential oils. It's simple, clean, and everyone in the family can benefit from the wonderful aromas. But there are a few more reasons and benefits of diffusing essential oils.
Why Diffuse Essential Oils?
There is actually a long list of benefits of diffusing essential oils.
Diffusing essential oils with a cold-air diffuser (also known as an atomizing or nebulizing diffuser) can provide the following benefits:
- Produce negative ions
- Increase amount of available oxygen
- Improve concentration & mental clarity
- Relieve headaches
- Eliminate airborne germs & bacteria
- Release natural ozone
- Relieve tension
- Stimulate neurotransmitters
- Alter molecules that create odors
- Improve hormonal balance
It's also the most cost-effective way to use essential oils. Diffusing essential oil will benefit the whole family whereas topical application only benefits one person.
One of the major benefits of diffusing essential oils is the connection from your nose to your brain. When you inhale a fragrance, it triggers your olfactory bulb and transmits impulses to other parts of your brain. Especially interesting is the effect on the limbic system, which affects heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, memory, stress levels, and hormone balance. So that simple diffuser and bottle of essential oil provide a whole host of benefits to your body.
Can Essential Oils Change Your Mood?
Our mind creates powerful connections between scent and our emotions, surroundings, and memories. Diffusing essential oils is a simple but effective way to access those connections. It can also help build new and positive memories and experiences.
There are a lot of ways essential oils can help change your day, but here are just some of the most common:
- Relaxing: Lavender, Idaho Blue Spruce, Clary Sage, Geranium
- Uplifting: Orange, Citrus Fresh, Sandalwood, Frankincense, Lemon, Bergamot
- Sensual: Ylang Ylang, Jasmine, Geranium, Rose, Neroli, Black Pepper
- Creativity: Bergamot, Lemon, Citrus Fresh, Frankincense, Jasmine
- Stress Reducing: Lavender, Frankincense, Melissa, Vetiver
- Confidence: Cypress, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Orange
- Motivation: Peppermint
A lot of people will use essential oils like the ones above when they feel disappointed, nervous, or even if they just want to set the mood for a dinner party or event.
Other Reasons to Diffuse Essential Oils?
There are lots of reasons to diffuse essential oils that are NOT mood based. It will blow your mind when you actually think of all the reasons, but we're listing just a few:
- Remove nasty odors
- Entertaining guests
- Optimal sleep
- Promoting a relaxed but high functioning work environment
- Reducing food cravings or appetite
- Purify the air
- Comforting to children and pets
- May support a healthy immune system
- Memory recall for tests or presentations
- Promote quiet time
- May support a healthy respiratory system
- Chemical free air freshener
- Find motivation to clean or work
- Change your mindset
- Rest and relax
- Put your spouse in a better mood
- Set the mood for some "adult fun" time.
- Help your pets cope with new stressors (ex: fireworks, visitors)
What is the Best Essential Oil Diffuser?
Just smelling an essential oil does not necessarily mean it is healing. Full therapeutic benefits of essential oil can be better experienced if a therapeutic grade atomizing diffuser is used.
Heat destroys oil, and oil and water don't mix, which is why fan/heat diffusers and water-vapor diffusers cannot disburse oil effectively. There is good reason why Vanderbilt Medical Center chose our atomizing diffusers for therapeutic quality aromatherapy in their hospital. See Vanderbilt Video.
Not everyone understands that there are THERAPEUTIC diffusion methods (atomizing/Nebulizing), and NON-THERAPEUTIC diffusion methods (water-vapor, heat, fan).
Diffuser World designs and manufacturers (in the USA) the most therapeutic atomizing diffusers in the world. Currently, they are the Aroma-Ace™, and the Aroma-Whisper™. Our patented technology uses a cold air jet pump to force oil molecules through an atomizer and into very tiny particles; these molecules become a micro-fine vapor and the chemical composition of the oils is retained. The vapor reaches up to a 1500 square foot area, and stays suspended, at face level, for up to two hours.
How Much Oil Does an Essential Oil Diffuser Use?
“How much oil does it use?” This is the 2nd most popular question we are asked.
We give the user full control over the oil consumption through built-in intermittent timers and a pressure-control on the pump. After understanding how long the vapor stays suspended, and the more effective saturation of oil in the air, etc., consumers realize they only need to run the diffuser on the minimum settings, which actually conserves oil.
Helpful Tips for Diffusing Essential Oils
- Ensure the diffuser of your choice meets electrical safety standards for your country.
- Choose a diffuser that is rated to cover the square footage of your room.
- Check the thickness or viscosity of the oils you wish to use. For instance, patchouli is a very thick oil and it can easily plug up your diffuser. If it takes forever to coax out of the oil bottle, it’s probably not a good oil to diffuse.
- Start slowly with diffusing times − this allows your body and your brain to become more accustomed to the oils. Start with 15 minutes per day and slowly increase the diffusing time. If diffusing makes you feel bad, it could be that your body is detoxing. Drink some water and back off the diffusing time until your body adjusts.
- Clean the diffuser between oil changes or if you plan on storing the diffuser for a period of time so the oil does not for a clog in the atomizer or pick up the straw.
- Keep out of the reach of children and pets.
7 Essential Oil Diffuser Blends
Many essential oils are sold as blends, but here are seven different blends of essential oils that you can easily make yourself. Start with a 1:1 ratio of oils (i.e. 1 drop lavender + 1 drop orange), but feel free to experiment with different proportions of oils to suit your personal taste.
Lavender with Orange: Both are calming essential oils that help to relieve anxiety and stress, improve immune system function, and are antibacterial oils. Great for diffusing prior to sleep.
Clove with Grapefruit: These oils are effective antibacterial and antifungal oils, so if you do have a problem with mold in your house, this would be a good pair to diffuse. They are also both powerful anti-inflammatory oils.
Rosemary with Clove and Eucalyptus: This is a powerful combination against airborne bacteria. This would be a great trio to help someone fight or prevent a cold, bronchitis, or flu. Add or substitute Oregano Essential Oil for additional germ-killing power.
Basil with Geranium Rose and Orange: This trio makes a great study blend or for any time when increased mental functioning would be useful. All three oils have been researched for increasing mental alertness, brain clarity, and concentration. If nervous jitters are also present, add a single drop of lavender to the diffuser.
Geranium Rose with Lavender and Oregano: If allergies are causing you big problems, this trio of oils has research showing they have anti-allergy properties. Oregano works by decreasing inflammatory markers. Lavender has anti-inflammatory effects and has been used to treat asthma. Geranium rose has an inhibitory effect on certain immune cells involved with triggering allergic reactions.
Frankincense with Orange or Lemon: Spiritually uplifting, great for meditation, and relieving stress. It is also good for assisting with creativity.
The Author’s Favorite Blend: Pine, Cinnamon, and Orange. Spicy, warming, and uplifting, this blend is great for massage sessions, meditation, clearing the mind, and grounding.
Diffusing Essential Oils Safely Around Children and Pets
It is perfectly safe to diffuse high quality, medicinal grade essential oils around pets but remember, less is more. Their small bodies do not need anywhere near the amount of essential oil that an adult human would be able to tolerate. If your pet does not care for the scent (or for instance becomes more hyperactive, begins to drool or act strangely) stop diffusing. Be respectful of their little noses. Many holistic vets diffuse essential oils in their clinics to help calm the animals and reduce airborne bacteria and bad smells. Be careful to never leave an animal in a closed room with the diffuser going and make sure to only use essential oils that are safe for pets.
For children, due to the fact that smaller amounts of essential oils are used when diffusing, and because the oils are diluted into the entire volume of air in the room, diffusing is one of the safest ways to employ essential oils with children. The ultrasonic cool mist diffuser is better for children because they emit a less concentrated mist into the air than do nebulizers.
When choosing which oils to diffuse for children, this must be done wisely. Know that not all essential oils are safe to use for children. Always work with the guidance of a certified aromatherapist when using essential oils with children.
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Editor’s Note/Disclaimer: The information in this article is intended for your educational use only; does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Diffuser World, Inc.; and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition and before undertaking any diet, supplement, fitness, or other health programs.