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What is an essential oil diffuser?
An essential oil diffuser (also called an aromatherapy diffuser, aroma lamp, or simply a diffuser) is a type of aromatherapy device that breaks down and disperses natural essential oils into a room’s air as they work. The result is a pleasant aroma, relaxation, and stress reduction, or health benefits.
There are four main types of aromatherapy diffusers:
- Ultrasonic (humidifying) diffusers: This type, one of the most popular, is very similar to cool mist humidifiers in that they both use an ultrasonic transducer to convert stored water to a fine mist, carrying the oil with it. This type also often offers pleasant style, color, and lighting options.
- Nebulizing diffusers: These somewhat less common types work using pressurized air to diffuse oil as a mist. Vacuum pulls the oil to the surface in a tube which creates an aroma in the air. They don’t require heat or water which makes them easier for the lack of maintenance.
- Evaporative diffusers: These work by 1) simple evaporation (like reed sticks in a jar with oil) or 2) by use of a small fan which helps release the oil into the air as it evaporates. They’re good for occasional aromatic use, and very simple in operation, but not ideal for around-the-clock aromatherapy.
- Heat diffusers: These rely on heat, either from a candle, a lamp ring, or an electric warming element to the essential oil into an airborne gas that brings the aroma around you. They’re silent in operation and easy to use, too.
Diffuser basics and use
What’s The Best Place To Put An Essential Oil Diffuser? What You Need To Know
Essential oil diffusers are a great way to improve your quality of life and relax. There’s something really special about enjoying a natural, relaxing scent…
Air quality topics
Do Essential Oils Really Purify Air?
Essential oils do have a lot of benefits – that’s true. But can they purify the air as well? We’ll look at the benefits of essential…
Does Eucalyptus Oil Kill Germs In The Air?
There are quite a few essential oils that are used to kill germs and bacteria that are airborne – but is eucalyptus good for killing…
Essential oil diffusers and pets
Can I Diffuse Oils Around My Cat?
Can I Diffuse Oils Around My Cat? Yes, it’s generally safe to diffuse essential oils around your cat but you’ll need to take a few…
Can I Use A Diffuser Around My Dog?
Essential oils are great for improving both the mood and air around you – but are they safe to use around pets and your dog?…
Health and safety topics
Can I Diffuse Oils Around A Baby?
There’s lots of misinformation out there when it comes to essential oils babies or children. But can you really use them safely around a child? Read…
Is Lavender Essential Oil Toxic?
Is Lavender Essential Oil Toxic? Lavender essential oil is safe for adults when inhaled or swallowed in low amounts. However, that doesn’t mean that it…
Will A Diffuser Help With Coughing?
Will a diffuser help with coughing? Unfortunately, there’s not a single easy answer to this question. Diffusers can help to alleviate some of the symptoms…