Not too long ago, if you told someone you were interested in aromatherapy and essential oils, they would have rolled their eyes at you and called you crazy.
It’s no wonder the global essential oil market is booming!
If you’re interested in diffusing essential oils for health benefits or just to naturally introduce fresh scents into your home, keep reading.
Listed below are some great tips on how to use a diffuser and create the perfect essential oil blends for all your needs.
What are Essential Oils?
If you’re brand new to the aromatherapy world, you might have some questions about what exactly essential oils are.
Basically, essential oils contain the “essence,” or the scent and flavor, of certain plants.
Compounds are extracted from the plant and combined with a carrier oil to make a product that you can apply topically or diffuse in the air.
Inhaling the aroma of an essential oil (or group of essential oils) can trigger a number of reactions in the body. Perhaps most well known is the effect that essential oils have on the limbic system. This is the part of the brain associated with emotions and long-term memory formation.
The limbic system also plays a part in the regulation of many unconscious, essential bodily functions, such as breathing, blood pressure, and heart rate.
Most Popular Essential Oils
There are dozens of different essential oils on the market, as well as a number of essential oil blends. Each oil and oil blend comes with its own benefits.
Some of the most popular essential oils include:
- Peppermint: Often used to increase energy and promote better digestion
- Lavender: Often used for stress relief, relaxation, and better sleep
- Sandalwood: Often used to improve focus and reduce nervousness
- Bergamot: Often used for stress reduction
- Rose: Often used to boost mood and reduce feelings of anxiety
- Chamomile: Often used to promote relaxation and improve mood
- Ylang-Ylang: Often used for headache and nausea relief
- Tea Tree: Often used to boost the immune system and fight off infections
- Jasmine: Often used to relieve feelings of depression
- Lemon: Often used to aid in digestion, boost mood, and relieve headaches
As you can see, essential oils provide a whole host of health benefits, but many have to do with promoting relaxation and relieving stress.
In addition to improving health and promoting relaxation, essential oils also provide a safe alternative to candles.
Many candles contain toxic ingredients like artificial scents, dyes, and paraffin wax.
When you burn candles that contain paraffin wax, you release vapors like toluene and benzene. These are the same vapors that are found in the exhaust from diesel fuel engines.
Many candles are also made with wicks that contain heavy metals, including lead. These metals are easily inhaled when you burn the candle.
Types of Essential Oil Diffusers
Whether you want to get rid of your toxic candles or want to experience the health benefits of essential oils, you’ll first need to buy an essential oil diffuser.
Essential oil diffusers work by first breaking down the oils into small particles, then projecting them into the air. They are the easiest option for people who want to disperse oils quickly throughout a room or their home.
There are a few different types of essential oil diffusers you can choose from:
Most people who diffuse essential oils use an ultrasonic diffuser.
Ultrasonic diffusers use electronic frequency to create vibrations. These vibrations vaporize the essential oils and water to create a fine mist. They then disperse this mist through the air.
Ultrasonic diffusers do not use heat, so the oils aren’t broken down as they’re diffused.
They’re easy to use, and there’s very little risk of diffusing too much of a particular oil.
When you use a nebulizing diffuser, you attach a bottle of an essential oil directly to the machine. The diffuser then uses a special mechanism to release a concentrated amount of essential oil directly into the air.
Nebulizing diffusers produce a more powerful effect, and they’re typically louder than other diffusers. It’s best to only use them for short periods of time so that your oils do not become overpowering.
However, they are very useful if you need a concentrated amount of oil to help with a particular ailment.
Evaporative (or Fan) Diffusers
Evaporative diffusers (also known as fan diffusers) require you to place a few drops of a particular oil onto a pad. You then insert that pad into the diffuser. An internal fan blows air onto the pad and disperses the oil.
Evaporative diffusers are less efficient than nebulizing diffusers and ultrasonic diffusers. But, they’re great for travel since you don’t have to fill them up with water like you do an ultrasonic diffuser.
Tips for Diffusing Essential Oils Properly
No matter what type of essential oil diffuser you’re using, these tips can help you use it properly to see the best results.
Don’t Use Too Many Oils at Once
When you’re first starting out, it’s best to keep things simple until you figure out which oils work best for you.
Start by using just a few drops of oil, too. You can always add more if you want the scent to be stronger, but it’s pretty much impossible to take oil away after you’ve added it.
Limit Diffusing Time to 15-30 Minutes
It can take a little while to get used to the scents of certain oils. Limiting the amount of time you diffuse them can help you adjust without any headaches or other side effects.
Choose Your Location Wisely
Set your diffuser up in an open area with a solid tabletop or surface. Make sure it’s close to an electrical outlet. If you’re using an ultrasonic diffuser, it’s also helpful to set your diffuser on top of a placemat or towel to prevent water marks.
Keep Your Diffuser Clean
Clean your diffuser with white vinegar or rubbing alcohol to prevent buildup and bacterial growth and to keep it functioning properly.
Clean the diffuser at least once per week, or whenever you change the oil you’re diffusing.
If you’re using an ultrasonic diffuser, simply add a few drops of vinegar or alcohol to the diffuser along with your water and let it run for 3-5 minutes. Use the same process for a nebulizing diffuser, but without the water.
To clean an evaporative diffuser, simply remove the pad. Then, wipe the diffuser down with a damp cloth. Replace the pad with a fresh one when you’re finished.
How to Choose the Right Essential Oils
At this point, you’re probably eager to start diffusing essential oils. But, how do you know which ones to choose?
These tips can help you start building an essential oil collection and ensure you’re buying high-quality, effective oils.
Start with Versatile Oils
When you first start building an essential oil collection, it can be hard to know which oils to buy first.
The following oils are highly versatile and can easily be mixed to create new blends:
- Chamomile oil
- Lavender oil
- Lemon oil
- Peppermint oil
- Tea tree oil
Start with these five oils. They’re easy to find and will help you experience a variety of health benefits. Over time, you can branch out and add new, unique ones to your collection.
Choose High-Quality Oils
It’s also important to make sure you’re buying high-quality essential oils. These can be a bit tricky to find, especially since there’s very little regulation regarding their sale.
To ensure you’re buying safe-to-use, effective oils, keep these guidelines in mind:
- Buy oils that come in small, dark bottles: Clear bottles increase sun exposure, which can damage the oils
- Look for oils that are described as 100% pure essential oil: Skip over products that list perfume oil, natural identical oil, or fragrance oil on the label
- Don’t buy oils that come with a rubber dropper: The oil can degrade the dropper and cause it to contaminate the product
- Buy organic essential oils whenever you can: This will help you ensure you’re getting a clean product
- Do your research: Look online for information on the plant’s country of origin, the part of the plant the extract came from, and the extraction process the manufacturer used
Any company that is worth buying essential oils from will make all of this information readily available to you.
If they don’t have it listed on their website or on the package, reach out to the manufacturer themselves. If they’re hesitant to share information with you, it’s best to pass on their product.
Start Diffusing Essential Oils Today
Are you interested in diffusing essential oils in your home? As you can see, it’s pretty easy to get started.
All you need is a diffuser and some high-quality oils, both of which you can find in the aromatherapy section of our online store.
Check it out today to pick up a variety of essential oils, pre-made essential oil blends, diffusers, and accessories. No matter what your needs, there’s something for you here.