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How To Use Essential Oils For Diffusion Aromatherapy (Quick Fact Guide)

Want to know the benefits of aromatherapy? In this article we look at how to use essential oils through diffusion and how this helps our health and wellness.  We look at types of essential oils, how they can be used for health and the types of aromatherapy diffusion available. 

How To Use Essential Oils For Diffusion.

There are many ways to use aromatherapy essential oils for health and well-being.  However most methods can be categorized into three main modes of application:

  • Aerial diffusion: for environmental fragrancing or aerial disinfection *
  • Direct inhalation: for respiratory disinfection, decongestant, expectoration as well as psychological effects*
  • Topical applications: for general massage, baths, compresses, therapeutic skin care*

*source WikiHow – Use Essential Oils

Aerial Diffusion Of Essential Oils.

In this post we look at the first mode – Aerial Diffusion.

Aerial Diffusion includes several methods, including:

  • Heat diffusers,
  • Nebulizer diffusers,
  • Ultrasonic diffusers,
  • Evaporative oil diffusers
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Heat Diffusion – A Common Method For Aerial Dispersion, But Not Necessarily The Best!

1. Heat Diffusion

The two main types of heat diffusion of essential oils are electric heat plates or candle diffusers.

Electric heat plates use gentle heat of a base plate to very gently heat the oil and disperse the aroma into the environment.

The candle diffuser, possibly the most well known of all methods, utilizes a tea light candle (or other candle types) to gently heat the essential oil which promotes diffusion into a room.

A candle diffuser usually has a bottom space which holds the candle and a bowl on the top which holds water and a few drops of essential oil.

Candle diffusers are usually the cheapest type of diffuser to buy, and to operate as they do not need electricity or batteries.

The main issue with candle diffusers is the safety issue.  You basically have a small fire inside your house, and so you must remain vigilant of the burner and the flame.

Candle Diffuser Examples:

InnoGear Essential Oil Diffuser, Upgraded Diffusers for Essential Oils Aromatherapy Diffuser Cool Mist Humidifier with Adjustable Mist Mode Waterless Auto Shut-off for Home Office Baby

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Features

  • COMPACT SIZE FOR SPACE-SAVING: Without occupying much space, you can easily place this palm sized diffuser on your desk, countertop, or pack in carry-on while on the go.
  • 2 MISTING MODES: You can set it to intermittent mist (6-8 hrs working time) that diffuser mists and pauses every 30s, it goes for almost the whole night; Or set it to continuous mist (3-4 hrs working time) that keep misting until water runs out, it creates an instant fragrance in your room.
  • SAFE MATERIAL AND COOL MIST: Using the finest PP material, which is the same as baby bottles, this diffuser disperses a comfortable stream of room-temperature mist, no heat involved. User-friendly even to babies and the pregnant.
  • MULTIFUNCTIONAL DEVICE: Diffuser preserves the purity of essential oil, allowing you to enjoy pleasant aromatherapy that directly extracted from nature. Adding humidity into the air, making it the perfect choice for dry regions or constant users of air conditioning.
  • WATERLESS AUTO-OFF: You can enjoy a restful sleep and keep this diffuser on at night without worrying about overheating. The diffuser will automatically shut off once the water runs out.

Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser 550ml 12 Hours Wood Grain Aroma Diffuser with Timer Cool Mist Humidifier for Large Room, Home, Baby Bedroom, Waterless Auto Shut-Off, 7 Colors Lights Changing

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  • 550ML CAPACITY, RUN OVER 10 HOURS, MORE MIST OUTPUT: Our essential oil diffuser feature 550ml capacity, even in strong mist mode still work for 9-10 hours, and weak mist runs for 12-14 hours, works well disseminating the aroma steam to your room. You can use this as an aroma diffuser and personal humidifier, ideal for apartments, office, studio, child’s room. This is real, rather than other brands claims 300ml capacity run for 10 hours.(VAPOR AMOUNT: 55ml/h VS 30ml/h)
  • TIMER SETTING AND MIST CONTROL,WATERLESS AUTO-OFF: You can change the lights to whatever you feel at the moment, constant color or rotation of 7 colors, each light has bright and dim modes. Timer set in 1H/3H/6H/continuous on. When time is up or there is no water, the cool mist humidifier will turn off automatically, no risk of burns.
  • REDUCE ALLERGIES SYMPTOMS IN WINTER DRY CLIMATE: This aromatherapy diffuser could provide a large amount of fresh air for those who suffer from Dry Cough, Itchy Nose or Eyes, Allergies Sinus Headaches, and Sleeping Problems, Dry Skin. Helps to improve breathing and sleeping, relieve allergy, reduce static electricity shocks in the dry climate. Add to cart now, great idea for yourself, parents, friends, business partners.
  • ADVANCED ULTRASONIC DIFFUSING TECHNOLOGY, SUPER QUIET: Ultrasonic diffusers generate the vapor without any heat, which best preserves the integrity of the essential oil. Diffusers are better than any scented candle, you can even combine two or more essential oils to create a unique blend. The tiny bit of white noise you barely notice it, which may help you relax and sleep better but not obnoxious at all.
  • SLEEK and ELEGANT LOOKING, 8 COLORS: The aromatherapy essential oil diffuser is made of plastic with a faux wood look, BPA-Free water tank, fine design, and good quality, it blends naturally with the most home decor. The changeable colored lights bring an elegant view, create a relaxing atmosphere to the room, and make your life more colorful.

Ultimate Aromatherapy Diffuser & Essential Oil Set - Ultrasonic Diffuser & Top 10 Essential Oils - 300ml Diffuser with 4 Timer & 7 Ambient Light Settings - Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils - Lavender

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Features

  • THE COMPLETE BUNDLE - Our Essence Diffuser has a 300 ml capacity and uses state of the art wave diffusion technology to atomize essential oils for ultimate wellness. The Essence diffuser includes 7 ambient light modes with two intensity settings for 14 different light combinations. It also includes 4 timer settings and a convenient auto shutoff feature for low water levels. Essence is made of BPA free plastic with a beautiful printed wood grain design.
  • ANCIENT FORMULAS PROVEN RESULTS - Our oils are formulated using the highest quality plants, such as lavender from France, Indonesian Cumin and Roman Chamomile. Our oil blends mix specific ratios of our essential oils to create powerful effects on mind, body and overall well being. Our oils have no added fillers and absolutely zero additives. Simply add 6-8 drops into the water tank to add a light scent to any room.
  • 10 ESSENTIAL PLANT OILS - Our Top 10 essential oils include lavender, eucalyptus, tea tree, orange, peppermint, lemongrass, jasmine, nutmeg, clove, and spearmint oils. All oils are therapeutic grade come in amber 10ml jars to protect from sun degradation
  • NO ADDITIVES NO FILLERS - Absolutely zero cheap additives or fillers are used in creating our oils. We use local harvest (when possible).It takes longer but is better for the environment and creates a better essential oil. We employ a variety of extraction processes such as steam distillation and cold press depending on plant harvested.
  • WHATS IN THE BOX – 1 300ml ultrasonic essence diffuser, 10ml lavender essential oil, 10ml eucalyptus essential oil, 10ml tea tree essential oil, 10ml orange essential oil, 10ml peppermint essential oil, 10ml lemongrass essential oil, 10ml jasmine essential oil, 10ml nutmeg essential oil, 10ml clove essential oil, 10ml spearmint essential oil, power cable, and manual.

Electric Plate Diffuser Examples:

ASAKUKI 500ml Premium, Essential Oil Diffuser, 5 In 1 Ultrasonic Aromatherapy Fragrant Oil Humidifier Vaporizer, Timer and Auto-Off Safety Switch

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Features

  • 5-IN-1 AROMATHERAPY DEVICE: This ultrasonic essential oil diffuser is an amazing multifunction aromatherapy device unlike any other you've ever used. It features a large 500ml water tank, multiple mist diffuse modes, as well as a safety auto-switch that prevents it from overheating in case it runs out of water.
  • GREATLY AROMA DIFFUSER: Besides its uses in aromatherapy, this essential oil diffuser also functions as a humidifier. Use it to improve your home's atmosphere quality, cover the smell of pets or smoking, and protect you family from excessively dry season, dust, and more!
  • PREMIUM QUALITY MATERIALS: When it comes to our premium essential oil diffusers, we make a point of using nothing but the same ultra-high grade, safe, and eco-friendly PP materials baby bottles are made from, as well as state-of-the-art production processes and strict quality control.
  • A GREAT GIFT IDEA FOR EVERYONE: If you're in the market for a nice and practical gift, you can stop looking. This great aromatherapy essential oil diffuser is a thoughtful and handy present, one that everyone can benefit from. With a combination of style, design and function like that, it's a great hit!
  • 100% RISK FREE PURCHASE: At ASAKUKI, we have great faith in our essential oil diffusers. After all, we use them in our homes ourselves! Each one of them comes with a 1-year technical support. Your satisfaction is paramount!

Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser Gift Set - 400ml Ultrasonic Diffuser with 20 Essential Plant Oils - 4 Timer & 7 Ambient Light Settings - Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils

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  • PREMIUM ESSENCE DIFFUSER - Our Essence Diffuser has a 400 ml capacity and uses state of the art wave diffusion technology to atomize essential oils for ultimate wellness. The Essence diffuser includes 7 ambient light modes with two intensity settings for 14 different light combinations. It also includes 4 timer settings and a convenient auto shutoff feature for low water levels. Essence is made of BPA free plastic with a beautiful printed wood grain design.
  • ANCIENT FORMULAS PROVEN RESULTS - Our oils are formulated using the highest quality plants, such as lavender from France, Indonesian Cumin and Roman Chamomile. Our Pure oils are just that; pure. Out oils create powerful effects on mind, body and overall well being. They have no added fillers and absolutely zero additives. We use whole leaf and root of various common and rare plants and extract their rich aromatic oils for use in our sets.
  • TOP 20 Pure Essential Oils - Our 20 oils included are lavender, eucalyptus, tea tree, orange, peppermint, lemongrass, jasmine, nutmeg, clove, spearmint, Frankincense, Cinnamon, Lemon, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang, Clary Sage, Grapefruit, Bergamot, Rosemary, and Juniper Berry.
  • NO ADDITIVES NO FILLERS - Absolutely zero cheap additives or fillers are used in creating our oils. We use local harvest (when possible).It takes longer but is better for the environment and creates a better essential oil. We employ a variety of extraction processes such as steam distillation and cold press depending on plant harvested.
  • WHATS IN THE BOX – 1 400ml ultrasonic essence diffuser, 10ml lavender essential oil, 10ml eucalyptus oil, 10ml tea tree oil, 10ml orange oil, 10ml peppermint oil, 10ml lemongrass oil, 10ml jasmine oil, 10ml essential oil, 10ml clove oil, 10ml spearmint oil, 10ml Frankincense oil, 10ml Cinnamon oil, 10ml Lemon oil, 10ml Sandalwood oil, 10ml Ylang Ylang oil, 10ml Clary Sage oil, 10ml Grapefruit oil, 10ml Bergamot oil, 10ml Rosemary oil, 10ml Juniper Berry oil, power cable, and manual.

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  • 【Ultrasonic Technology Diffuser & Humidifier】:Atomize pure water of the essential oil through ultrasonic technology, allowing the aroma to float in the air, soothing your mood, relieving stress, helping to sleep, and moisturizing the air. Your room will be full of fragrance with several drops of oil into the water, which can alleviate your daily fatigue and ensure you a better sleep. Perfect for bedroom, study, office, living room, bedroom, yoga, SPA, conference room, baby room, etc.
  • 【7 Soothing LED Lights】:The LED light can be set to 7 soothing colors. You can cycle it through 7 colors, or set it to one fixed color.Colour change is smooth with gentle transitions.With the color change, it is also a good choice to create a romantic atmosphere.
  • 【400ml Large Capacity 】:This aroma diffuser can work for up to 10 hours with a capacity of 400ml. It can generate 30-50ml mist per hour and refresh 10-60㎡. Natural style wood grain easily fits most room decoration.
  • 【Waterless Auto shut-off & BPA Free】Designed with waterless auto shut-off function, this essential oil diffuser will turn off automatically after 5 seconds when water runs out. This can keep you safe and protect the aroma diffuser itself as well. What's more, aromatherapy diffuser is made of BPA-free materials, which is 100% non-toxic and environment-friendly.
  • 【4 Timer Setting & 2 MIST Modes】 There are 4 timer setting, 1H, 3H, 6H or even continuous operation. You can set any time you like. With the continuous strong mist or intermittent fine mist, with or without light, you can choose the one to adapt your mood.

2. Nebulizer Diffusion.

A Nebulizer Diffuser (also known as an atomizer) breaks the essential oils into separate molecules and then disperses these smaller molecules into the environment.

Using a nebulizer is regarded as one of the best for therapeutic reasons as these smaller molecules can be more readily absorbed nasally and orally then via the lungs.

A nebulizer has two main components: a base that contains a motor and pump and a very clear glass compartment that holds and then nebulizes the essential oils.

It is the size of the pump, not the glass container, that determines the speed that the essential oil is nebulized and the coverage of environment.

It is said that nebulizers can supply greater therapeutic benefit than the use of other aromatherapy diffusers because they break the oils down into smaller molecules.

Nebulizers are better used with thinner oils as some of the thicker oils, like sandalwood, require regular cleaning otherwise build up can clog and block the nebulizer.

Nebulizer Diffuser Examples:

Essential Oil Diffuser, 500ml Diffusers for Essential oils with Remote Control, Ultrasonic Aromatherapy Diffuser Humidifier with Adjustable Mist Mode, 7 Color Changing LED Lights & Waterless Auto-Off

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  • 【BPA-free Ultrasonic Aroma Diffuser】Tenswall air diffuser adopts the ultrasonic technology to create a soft environment by adding several essential oils into the water. You can also use it as a humidifier without oils to add more moisture to the air. With safe and eco-friendly BPA Free materials which baby bottles are made from, as well as state-of-the-art production processes and strict quality control, this ultrasonic essential oil diffuser is an amazing aromatherapy choice for you.
  • 【500ML Large Capacity】This vaporizer humidifier can work for up to 10hrs each time, refreshes and moisturizes the air for rooms of 25 - 60 m², which can improve air quality of your living space, cover the odd of pets or smoking, and protect your family from excessively dry air and dust. This great aromatherapy essential oil diffuser is a thoughtful and handy present that everyone can benefit from.
  • 【Remote Control & Adjustable Mist Modes】You can easily turn it on/off, change the color, choose a mist mode (HIGH/LOW), set the time mode (60Min/120Min/180Min/Steady On) by the remote in a distance conveniently. Press the "HIGH/LOW" button to change the mist mode for strong or weak steam.
  • 【7-Color Changing LED Lights】Each color of the 7 smoothing LED lights has 2 light options, dim & bright. You can cycle it through 14 colors, or set it to fix on one color to meet your different needs. This aroma diffuser with bright colorful lights is the perfect decor and night light for your living room and bedroom. In addition, you can turn off the lights when sleep.
  • 【Waterless Auto Shut off】This air diffuser for essential oils will shut off automatically when time is up or overheating or water runs out to protect your safety as well as the aromatherapy diffuser itself. This means it will be safer for us, especially for the children. Each one of essential oil diffusers comes with a 1-year technical support. Your satisfaction is paramount!

BAIESHIJI Essential Oil Diffuser, Metal Vintage Essential Oil Diffusers 100ML, Aromatherapy Diffuser with Waterless Auto Shut-Off Protection, 7 Color Changing Light, Cool Mist Humidifier

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  • Unique Design and Ultrasonic Diffuser : Adopted ultrasonic vibrations technology to disperse essential oils more efficiently, which allow you to absorb the full benefit of essential oils over the longest period of time.Ultrasonic vibration create a superfine mist.
  • Whisper-Quiet Design with waterless auto shut off system: Silently and smoothly bring peace and comfort of cool mist to your home and office, no beep sound while pressing the button.
  • 7 changing colors romantic night light : The light offers seven different color options, which can either cycle or be locked onto one color. It can serve as an elagant night light and its classic hollowed-out shell perfectly match home decor.
  • Made To Serve Your Needs- 3 in 1 essential oil diffuser that doubles as a cool mist humidifier and night light. You can customize the mist setting to different run time(0.5H/1H/2H/3H and up).
  • 100 ML Capacity and Customer Support: With such a large capacity, you do not have to worry that the water will soon run out. This essential oil diffuser is perfect for home use. Any dissatisfaction or suggestion, feel free to contact us at once. 

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Features

  • 【Ultrasonic Aroma Diffuser】: The aroma diffuser adopted the ultrasonic technology to create a soft environment by adding essential oils. Use it to improve your home's atmosphere quality, cover the smell of pets or smoking, and protect your family from excessively dry season, dust, and more! It suits salon, SPA, bedroom, living room, nursery, office, and so on.
  • 【Remote Control & Two Mist Modes】: You can easily set the time mode (60Min/120Min/180Min/Steady On) via the controller. This bring you more convenience. Press the "HIGH/LOW" button to change the mist mode for strong or weak steam.
  • 【500ml Capacity & BPA-free】: Large capacity and more mist. It is up to 10 Hours' Working time. Refreshes and moisturizes the air for rooms of 25 - 60 m². Super suitable for living room and office using. In addition, utilized ultra quiet technology, the diffuser is eco-friendly and BPA-free. It’s safe for children and the pregnant.
  • 【7 Different Changing LED Lights】: The LED can be set to 7 different gentle and soothing colors. Press the “LIGHT” button to adjust the lighting color you prefer (steady on/changing color). You will get a good sleep if you turn off the lights. In addition, it also can be used as a decoration to create a very romantic atmosphere. A good choice for Valentine’s Day or Birthday.
  • 【Waterless Auto Shut off】: The diffuser will switch off automatically when time is up or water runs out. This means that it will be safer for us, especially for the children.

Ultrasonic Diffusion:

Ultrasonic diffusers use ultrasonic waves to diffuse essential oils in water into the room.

There are many types of ultrasonic aromatherapy diffusers available and they tend to be the most affordable.

Another benefit is that while diffusing essential oils into our environment they also release the water and so humidify the room.

Ultrasonic Differs Examples:

Oils and Carriers – How To Use Essential Oils

Common Terms Within Aromatherapy That We Need To Know:

Essential oils:

These are the most commonly used oils associated with Aromatherapy.  Essential Oils are the fragrant oils extracted from plants through either steam distillation or expression.

These oils can be used in all our diffusion methods, as well as reed diffusers, steam diffusion and warm baths/burners.

Absolutes

The Absolutes are also fragrant oils but are extracted from the flowers or some delicate plant tissues.  The absolutes are extracted using solvent or super-critical fluid extraction.

Herbal distillates or hydrosols:

These are the watery by-products which remain after the essential oils are removed through the distillation process (e.g., rosewater).

A lot of herbal distillates are used in culinary settings and also have medicinal and skin care uses.

Vaporizer (Volatized) Raw Herbs:

Typically higher oil content plant based materials dried, crushed, and heated to extract and inhale the aromatic oil vapors in a direct inhalation modality.

How Does Diffusion Help Health?

Aromatherapy is often used for holistic and complementary reasons alongside allopathic medical regimes.

Common uses for diffusion Aromatherapy include:

  • Relief of pain
  • Stress, anxiety and depressive illness
  • Enhancement of energy
  • Short-term memory gain,
  • Relaxation,
  • Hair loss prevention,
  • Reduction of skin irritation and eczema-induced itching.
  • Treatment of fungal infection
  • Anti inflammatory and anti bacterial applications

The reason we use an Aromatherapy diffuser is to enable the essential oils to enter the environment in a controlled way and over a set period of time.  The oils become a sensory experience when inhaled and when they enter our body.

Diffusion of essential oils benefits us, and offers remedy against illness, in two main ways.

The first being the influence of the aroma on the brain, particularly the limbic system through the olfactory system.

The other is the direct pharmacological effects of the essential oils.

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