How to diffuse essential oils with love
With aromatherapy becoming more and more popular in the natural health scene, there are many models and types of diffusers available on the market today, so which one is right for you? Let’s review some of the more popular offerings.
A diffuser, by definition, is a device that puts essential oil vapor into the air.
One of the oldest methods of dispersing aromatic scent into the air is with the use of a “ring” placed over a light bulb. A drop of oil is added on this ring and the heat of the bulb, warms the ring, and the heat is said to disperse the oil into the air. The problem with this method is threefold.
1. Heat destroys many of the therapeutic properties of a true essential oil.
2. Only small amounts of oil may be used, one or two drops, as most essential oils, are flammable, making this method also unsafe.
3. Not practical – what if you want to diffuse while you are sleeping or during the day when turning on a lamp is not necessary.
Fan diffusers use a cloth pad with several drops of oil added to the pad, which are placed in front of a cold stream of air. While the oil is not damaged by heat, only small amounts of essential oil are released. These type diffusers should be “personal space: units good for your desk at work, etc.
Ultrasonic Water Vapor Diffusers
Ultrasonic Water Vapor diffusers use a “well” filled with water, to which a few drops of essential oil are added. The water is then shaken or vibrated ultrasonically to disperse essential oil vapor into the air. With the new ultrasonic model, the essential oil vapors are in smaller particles, using less oil for the same benefit as nebulizing units.
The only caution with this diffuser is for mold remediation. Dr. Close author of Nature’s Mold RX, does not recommend water-based diffusing in high mold areas. The new model is also whisper-quiet so it is easily used in a baby’s room or while sleeping.
Nebulizing diffusers are one of the best methods of dispersing essential oil vapor into the air for therapeutic effects. A nebulizing diffuser consists of an air pump that blows cold air through a tube and into a hand-blown glass nebulizer which puts micro-fine particles of the essential oil into the air.
It is these micro-fine particles that are responsible for killing bacteria, fungus, mold, and other airborne micro-organisms in our homes and offices. A quality nebulizing diffuser can cover hundreds of square feet in just seconds. Since the micro-fine mist particles are so small, they remain suspended in the air for several hours. Essential oils dispersed via nebulizing diffuses have also been found to reduce the amount of airborne chemicals in the air.
When researching your nebulizing diffuser purchase, consider the following.
- Most general market models have the nebulizer and oil well as one unit.
- The glass has a compartment that holds the oil, a small glass rod that puts the oil in front of the air flow and sends it out the top of the nebulizer.
- The main problem with this type of diffuser is clogging, since the oil never completely leaves the nebulizer, this results in clogging of the small glass parts. This is not easily cleaned with any natural solvent.
- Once clogged, they must be replaced.
- As the replacement cost of the glass nebulizer is often more than half the price of the entire unit, replacing the nebulizer every 4 to 6 months becomes rather costly.
Now, a new nebulizing diffuser has been created with the nebulizer and essential oil well as separate pieces. In this model, the nebulizer will almost never become clogged as when the unit is turned off, the oil returns to the separate well. This design also allows for a bottle of essential oil to be placed upside down in the well for continuous use. A 15ml bottle of oil will take over 72 hours of continuous use to empty. This equates to 48 days of diffusing at 20 minutes, three times per day.
Pumps – the pump can be a point of contention as many can be very loud, especially at night, in an office or quiet area. To quiet a nosy pump, try placing it on a piece of the non-slip, rubberized type shelf paper to absorb the vibrations.
Noise – As a nebulizing diffuser runs there may be a hissing, spitting or sputtering noise as the oil makes its way out the end of the well and glass. This is normal but is also a signal that you are running low on reserve oil. You will notice that when you turn off the diffuser, that some oil goes back into the well.
Personal note:We have been running nebulizing diffusers in our home and office for three years. They have never had to be cleaned or become clogged and continue to give us the air protection we want from our essential oils. We have even had people come to a convention where we were exhibiting and tell us they found us by following the smell. We are now also using the new Ultrasonic diffuser and love it equally as well.
You don’t settle for second best when it comes to your essential oils, so don’t settle for anything less than the best when it comes to your diffuser either.