What is the best way to diffuse essential oils?
There are many different ways and techniques to enjoy the aroma and therapeutic benefits of essential oils. The most simple and common way to use them is to inhale the oils, which is usually done by diffusing the oils in your environment. The best way to diffuse essential oils is by using a room diffuser or atomiser.
We have put a quick guide together to explain what essential oils and diffusers are, how to choose and use your diffuser and have even included a few unique blends for you to try yourself at home. Keep reading to find out all you need to know.
The power of smell
Our sense of smell is one of the most powerful senses we have. With over 1000 smell receptors in the body, there is no wonder that scents can have such a powerful impact on our minds, moods and emotions.
The fact that smell has such a profound effect means that we can influence our feelings and emotions and enhance our environment through the simple act of diffusing essential oils.
What are essential oils?
Essential oils are liquids extracted from plants using the process of distillation or cold pressing. They are each unique in their appearance, fragrance and therapeutic properties.
Aromatherapy is the ancient practice of using oils to enhance and treat ailments, moods and improve general wellbeing.
Aromatherapy is a complementary therapy that uses essential oils to improve both physical and emotional wellbeing.
There are over 90 different essential oils which all vary in scent, colour and potential therapeutic benefits. We have listed our ten most popular essential oils below.
Lavender essential oil - One of the most used and versatile oils, lavender promotes deep relaxation. It is said to help insomnia, reduce anxiety and depression and alleviate a range of other symptoms including menstrual cramps and nausea. Avoid this oil during pregnancy. If you have difficulty sleeping try reading our post on sleep relaxtion techniques.
Tea Tree essential oil - Is a calming and comforting fragrance said to boost the immune system and help reduce stress. If you have a sore throat, then this oil is said to reduce the discomfort.
Eucalyptus essential oil - Soothing and stimulating this oil is said to cleanse and purify.
Peppermint essential oil - Research suggests that peppermint essential oil can calm the mind, improve focus, memory and attention and help reduce anxiety. It has many other suggested health benefits and blends well with most oils.
Rosemary essential oil - A herby scent to relieve nervous tension and stress. Said to help with concentration and alertness by reducing fatigue.
Ylang Ylang essential oil - This sweet, floral-scented oil is well known for its suggested aphrodisiac properties. It is also said to promote deep relaxation.
Patchouli essential oil - Often used to promote relaxation and reduce stress, anxiety and depression.
Lemon essential oil - This is a revitalising and uplifting oil with a citrus scent which cleanses the air and lifts the mood.
Grapefruit essential oil - One of my favourite fragrances grapefruit oil is said to relieve stress and balance your mood.
Orange essential oil - This oil is very well known for its anxiety-reducing properties. It is uplifting yet calming at the same time. Its warming and fruity fragrance invite balance on your body and mind.
What are essential oil diffusers?
There are two main types of diffusers, a nebuliser which diffuses the oils by heat and an ultrasonic diffuser which uses water. We recommend choosing an ultrasonic diffuser as the best way to diffuse essential oils, as heating essential oils can affect their delicate chemistry.
How to choose an essential oil diffuser?
First of all, you need to choose and buy your electronic diffuser. Make sure you are buying from a reputable, Uk supplier.
Electric diffusers are available in all shapes and sizes with various features and price points.
Consider the size of the room where you will be using your diffuser. You can buy little USB diffusers which are perfect if you are wanting to use it while working in a small office next to a computer. But these would not be ideal or have the power or capacity to be particularly useful in a larger room.
Read the description carefully and ensure the power source is suitable for you. Some will come with EU rather than UK plugs, others with a USB cable, some are even battery operated which is perfect if you're looking for something portable.
Lights and music are extra features to look out for and can enhance the ambience in your environment.
This room diffuser is our favourite as we love its simplistic and stylish design. It has a reasonable sized tank and output to easily fragrance average to large-sized rooms. The colour changing light is an extra feature which enhances the ambience. However, unlike many other models, it can also be used without the light, making it perfect if you wanted to diffuse oils at night time without being disturbed. It comes with a UK plug and is simple to operate.
How to use your diffuser?
- To use the diffuser first choose your essential oil. You can select an individual oil for its scent and therapeutic benefit, or you may opt for an oil blend, which is a combination of oils. Essential oil blends combine oils which work well together in both scent and therapeutic benefits, designed to treat or enhance mood and ailments.
- Fill your diffuser tank with water up to the fill line (most diffusers will have a marker to show where to fill up too)
- Add a few drops of your chosen oil into the water. How many does depend on the size of your diffuser and your personal preference? For an average-sized diffuser, I would add 5-6 drops of essential oils.
- Replace the lid, diffuser cover and external casing
- Plug your diffuser into the power socket and switch it on at the mains.
Essential oil blends
Here are a few of our favourite essential oil blends and their intended use. If you follow us on Pinterest, we have a board dedicated to all things essential oils with lots and lots of resources and information relating to aromatherapy.
Please use caution and follow instructions and medical advice when using essential oils.