What Is An Essential Oil Diffuser?
An essential oil diffuser is a room fragrance device that release essential oils into the room for Aromatherapy.
It works either with heat to convert essential oils into vapours that diffuse or it facilitates the natural diffusion of oils into a living space. Here are two examples:
- Aroma Diffuser: a heated electronic device which either diffuses a mix of water & essential oils or neat essential oils.
- Reed Diffuser: a decorative bottle containing an oil scented with essential oils.
Essential oil diffuser are affordable, relaxing, healthy and becoming increasingly popular around the world. Some of their benefits are anti-mosquito, anti-mould, stress relief and other aromatherapeutic effects!
What Are Essential Oils ?
Essential oils are fundamentally plant extracts.
They are produced by pressing, steaming, distilling or extracting different parts of a plant (e.g. fruit, leaves or bark) in order to capture aroma compounds.
It can often take several kilograms of a plant to produce just a single bottle of essential oil. As well as being incredibly fragrant, essential oils have other functions in plants as well.
What Are The Risks ?
Essential oils must never be applied directly to the skin and must always be diluted, for examples with water (if this is possible without solvents) or with a harmless carrier oil (e.g. almond oil, olive oil, coconut or sunflower). The typical ratio varies but should generally be only a few percent, e.g. a few drops of essential oil to one ounce of carrier oil.
When performing an allergy test, dilute the essential oil in the carrier oil to twice the planned concentration and apply the mixture to a small area of your body that is not visible. Then wait for on 24-48 hours and check for any reactions along the way.
Never ever consume or swallow essential oils. Ingested orally, these oils can damage the liver or kidneys. Also, keep them away from any sensitive areas of the body, such as eyes, nose or genitalia.
How Should You Use An Essential Oil Diffuser ?
Both an Aroma Diffuser and a Reed Diffuser should be placed in an area of the room from where they can easily fill the room with their scent.
1. Aroma Diffuser:
An aroma diffuser releases a fine mist to spread the essential oil around your room.
The fill them, lift the lid from the top of the diffuser.
- In the versions that use water, put water at room temperature into a small measuring cup or glass and add 3 to 10 drops of essential oil. Then pour it directly onto the water storage tank.
- For the versions that diffuse pure oils, one literally just places the essential oil bottle into the diffuser.
Replace the top of the diffuser.
2. Reed Diffuser:
These are much easier to use:
Simply open the bottle, insert the reeds and the Reed Diffuser is ready to go.
It is also worth noting that Reed Diffusers do not require a nearby power point and there is no danger of forgetting to switch them off.
3. Essential Oils in Candles and Room Sprays?
Just to avoid any confusion, essential oils can easily be used in candles and room sprays.
Both candles and room sprays are ideal for diffusing essential oils:
- perfume candles: the heat of the molten wax is an ideal medium to diffuse and vapourise essential oils.
- fragrance room spray: the fine mist of an alcohol based room spray can volatilise even the most difficult essential oils, making it another perfect diffuser of essential oils.
The Benefits of an Essential Oil Diffuser?
Diffusing essential oils can help to eliminate unpalatable odours or smoky and musty smells. Aromatic oils can kill bacteria and fungi, the cause of unpleasant smells, to purify the air.
Tobacco smoke is one of the most difficult odours to eliminate because it penetrates all the objects within the room even when it is ventilated. The best oils against of tobacco malodours are:
- Lemon Grass
The musty odour caused by mould and mildew is not only disagreeable, but can also harm your respiratory system or cause a series of health problems. The best natural anti-fungal essential oils are:
When cooking, the smell in the kitchen can become unacceptably strong, and the residual smell in the whole house is equally as unwelcome. To eliminate these types of odours in the kitchen, try the following:
Complements Medical Treatments
The National Cancer Institute found that aromatherapy helps to manage the side effects of cancer treatments by sending messages to the brain that affect a patient’s mood via the smell receptors.
It may work for adults suffering from dementia.
Using an essential oil diffuser can help to save some money.
When anti-viral, insect repellent or stress relief solutions are integrated into a safe product, an oil diffuser used with the appropriate oil will prevent purchases that may be needed to treat annoying headaches, sleep disorders or anxiety.
Although most people will tell you to apply essential oils directly to your body to relieve pain (diluted with carrier oil, of course!), you can also use an essential oil diffuser to extend the effects.
This method is an excellent way to combat persistent pains, such as headaches, joint soreness or muscle fatigue.
Relaxation, Reduce Stress & Improve Sleep
Dispersing oils with relaxing properties can help people of all ages fall asleep faster and sleep more soundly.
Not only can diffusers mix and match different oil blends (try lavender, Bulgarian rose, and Roman chamomile blends to help with insomnia), they can also run with a gentle buzzing sound, helping to relieve restless minds. Many devices also come with an automatic shutdown function, once you fall asleep, to help save oil.
Several laboratory studies have confirmed that the diffusion of essential oils such as lavender can reduce stress and help relieve anxiety in medical patients. Preliminary research also shows that oil dispersions can help relieve symptoms of depression.
Elevate Your Mood
Just as diffusers can help to reduce stress, they can also be used to create vitality and mood in your home.
You can use a diffuser to stimulate cheerful feelings during the holiday season, create a positive atmosphere in the office or social gatherings, help to a ‘spring to your step’ on a slow morning, and even create a romantic atmosphere for that special person in your life
Combat Bacteria & Mould
When essential oils diffuse in the air, they can break down free radicals that cause the growth of harmful bacteria. For this, eucalyptus, thyme and tea tree oil are particularly useful.
The same applies when it comes to fighting against the threat of fungal yeast. Pine and red thyme essential oils are best for fighting yeasts, such as mould.
Cooling Sensation from an Essential Oil Diffuser
During the hot summer season, running the air conditioner all day and all night is a way to ensure that electricity bills are sent through the roof.
Instead, try to spread your favourite refreshing, cool peppermint essential oil in the rooms where you spend most of your time and create a cooling sensation against the heat, perfect for those blistering hot days.
Mosquito & Insect Repellent
No one likes mosquitoes !
However, fighting mosquitos typically includes the use of a repellent full of DEET, a toxic chemical that is particularly harmful to children. This is an unwelcome trade-off.
However, scientists have shown that oil diffusers can be used as a safe and efficient mosquito repellent. Studies have shown that diffusing an oil mixture containing clove essential oil and lemongrass essential oils will repel the Aedes Mosquito, the carrier of the Zika Virus, at a rate of 100%.
Like chewing gum, essential oil blends can help stimulate the senses by suppressing appetite.
New research shows that dispersing peppermint oil can help suppress appetite by created the feeling or state of being satiated in the body and it has also been shown to increase energy.
Isn’t this a much more pleasant alternative to a diet?
Improve Cognitive Function
Using essential oils in a diffuser is an efficient way to help overloaded brain cells.
This effect works on multiple levels:
First, many essential oils have adaptable properties, which means they will soothe you when you are under stress, but they will also give you a refreshing feeling when you feel depressed or sluggish. By balancing emotions, the oil in the air will help you focus.
Second, there are several essential oils that are known for their powerful ability to balance human hormones. With regular use, these oils can actually help heal the root cause that hinder cognitive function.
The Most Common & Effective Ingredients
Basil Essential Oil is used to increase concentration and relieve certain symptoms of depression. It can relieve headaches and migraines. Avoid taking it during pregnancy.
Bergamot Essential Oil: recent scientific research indicates that bergamot essential oil can reduce inflammation, lower cholesterol and increase positive mood. When mixed with Eucalyptus Oil, it may help to relieve skin problems, including problems caused by stress and chickenpox.
Citronella Essential Oil is a relative of lemongrass and can be used as an insect repellent.
Clove Essential Oil is a topical pain reliever or analgesic, usually used for toothache. It can also be used as an antispasmodic and antiemetic to prevent vomiting and nausea, and it can also be used as a fragrance to prevent gas in the intestines. It has antibacterial, antioxidant and antifungal properties.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil can help relieve respiratory discomfort during a cold or flu. It is often combined with peppermint. Many people are allergic to eucalyptus, so be careful.
Geranium Essential Oil can be used to treat skin problems, reduce stress and act as a mosquito repellent.
Jasmine Essential Oil has been described as an aphrodisiac. Although scientific evidence is lacking, studies have shown that the smell of jasmine will increase beta waves, which is related to alertness. As an irritant, it may increase blood flow to the penis.
Lavender Essential Oil: commonly known to promote calmness, wellness and to reduce stress, nervousness, anxiety, mild pains and the severity of menstrual cramps. It is also said to relieve headache and migraine symptoms. Lavender essential oil is highly recommended as a sleep aid, for people suffering from insomnia or other sleep disorders.
Rosemary Essential Oil can promote hair growth, enhance memory, prevent muscle cramps and support the circulatory system and nervous system. Some people believe that sandalwood oil has aphrodisiac effect.
Thyme Essential Oil is said to help reduce fatigue, nervousness and stress.
Choose the essential oil from the list above that suits you best and head over to our fragrance descriptions to select a perfume that includes the oil with the therapeutic effects you need.
Then select in our online perfumery boutique a Reed Diffuser, Fragrance Candle, Room or Pillow Spray with the scent you have chosen.
Now, … sit back, relax and enjoy.