What is an Oil Diffuser

What is a diffuser

Strange as it may sound, many people do not know what an oil diffuser is. In simple terms, a diffuser is a device used to disperse essential oil or spread scents over an area. An oil diffuser is usually an electric object that turns oil, precisely aromatic essential oils, into a diffused mist that makes the room smell nice with its pleasant aroma. Oil diffusers are commonly used for aromatherapy, giving the room a clean scent while refreshing your mind with therapeutic health benefits.

Essential oil diffusers and aroma diffusers are popular devices used in aromatherapy. You would find that there are a variety of essential oils and combinations that can be placed in an aromatherapy diffuser to give the desired health benefits and relieve health concerns. Essential oil diffusers diffuse essential oils to provide many benefits such as stress relief, self-care, improving your skin condition while helping you breathe easier.

There are also different types of essential oil diffusers with varying methods of using them. The ultrasonic diffuser disperses essential oils into the air through a vibrating plate, which brings about ultrasonic waves, creating very tiny particles of oil which are diffused into the air.

There are so many different oil diffusers, and using them is as easy as pie. Do not fill the diffuser past the maximum level indicated on the water tank. Use only the stipulated amount of essential oil or carrier oil and monitor the diffuser.

What is an oil diffuser?

An oil diffuser is a device used for emitting essential oils into the air, leaving you feeling relaxed and the room smelling nice. 

Whether it is for aromatherapy or just for personal purposes of freshening up the space, diffusing essential oils is an excellent way of making the room more habitable and comfortable.

How to use an oil diffuser

There are a world of benefits for using an aromatherapy diffuser, but before you buy that aroma diffuser, here are a few tips on how to operate the device. An ultrasonic diffuser, for example, is an electrical device, so you would have to plug it into an electrical outlet to use it. When powered on, the ceramic disc inside the ultrasonic diffuser begins to vibrate. This vibration causes the essential oils to turn into tiny molecules that mix up with the water and are dispersed as a fine aromatic mist.

As much as all this may sound a bit complex, it is not. The standard essential oil diffuser is easy to operate with minimal input from you.

        1. Set it up: you should place the essential oil diffuser in a position where it can be connected to electrical power. Ensure that it is on a surface at least two feet above the floor to achieve effective distribution of the mist. You would also want to put it in a room or place where you usually go to relax or cool off.
        2. Fill the diffuser tank: the diffuser works with water to give off a lot of moisture from the little essential oil put in it, so fill the tank up before it starts and at intervals when the water dissipates. Take note of the maximum limit above which you must not add any more water to the essential oil diffuser. Using tap water is not advisable as it brings about the mineral build-up in the device, which will ultimately be its ending.
        3. Put in the essential oils: you have the opportunity to try your hands at a variety of fragrances and aromas here. You can add as many scented oils as you like in proportion to the size of the essential oil diffuser and how strong you want the scent to be.
        4. Regulate the diffuser: It is good that many diffusers come with settings that you can adjust to suit your desired preferences. It may take a while to peg which setting is most pleasing to you. Take your time to launch into a voyage of discovery.

Types of oil diffusers

A look through the section for diffusers in the market will reveal a deluge of essential oil diffusers that you might be at a loss as to which one to get. No worries, we got you covered. Here are a few of the common types of diffusers, some tips on how they work and managing them to serve you well.

Ultrasonic diffusers

These aroma diffusers use vibration technology to mix the essential oils with water vapour and give off the misty mixture into the air. Ultrasonic diffusers do not make much noticeable noise; hence, they can be used in formal settings. It uses water and not heat and can equally be used as a humidifier.

Heat essential oil diffusers

These diffusers simple heat the essential oils until they diffuse. When using heat diffusers, it is important to use essential oils that are not so thick to avoid quick evaporation. Electric heat diffusers are highly sought after because of their pocket-friendly prices, but buyers are warned to be wary of the health and hazard issues common with a heat diffuser.

Evaporative diffuser

This diffuser, unlike the heat essential oil diffuser, uses a fan. It holds the oil in a spongy material, such as a wick or a soft pad, to ensure better control of the oil's rate. The nebulising oil diffuser also uses pressurized air to diffuse the fragrance oils.

Can you use any oils in an oil diffuser?

You may be giddy and all pumped up to start using your essential oil diffuser, and you are suddenly faced with the question of whether you should use only essential oils instead of any other type of oil in your diffuser. To put you out of your misery, the answer is yes. It is only advisable to use pure essential oils in your diffuser. Using other fragrance oils can be disastrous: giving off undesired results and harmful to your diffuser. The most commonly used essential oils are eucalyptus oil, tea tree, lemon oil and calming lavender.

Benefits of using an oil diffuser

If you want to chill and let your hair down from the hustle and bustle of this life, a diffuser is a must-have device to achieve this goal. Other advantages of this device include stimulating and refreshes, aiding digestion, relieving stress, improving focus, uplifting your spirit, and a host of other goodies known benefits of aromatherapy diffusers. If you are undecided between a diffuser and humidifier, don't confuse yourself, there are many differences between diffusers and humidifiers.

How to clean your diffuser

This is dependent on the type of diffuser you are using. However, you must first unplug the diffuser from the electrical outlet. Pour the remaining water and clean with a wet cloth and mild cleaning agent. You can also wash it underwater if you desire a deep clean. You do not essentially need to clean your diffuser every time you use it. Some people like to keep some of the last oils.

In conclusion, an oil diffuser is an essential device if you are looking to explore aromatherapy to de-stress and relax while using essential oils. You will find a variety of other information about essential oil diffusers on our website. Feel free to check them out and get ready to relax and unwind!

Check out our most popular oil diffusers at Aromarrr NZ if you are wanting to try one today!

About the author

Shannon Willoughby is the founder of Aromarrr NZ, holds a commercial pilots license and is a former World Champion NZ Black Fern (women's rugby). Suffering a stroke at the age of only 32, Shannon beat the odds and not only returned to rugby but received her aviation medical back after being told she would never fly again. After the stroke, Shannon turned to aromatherapy to help sleep which led her to discover the amazing results of aromatherapy diffusers and essential oils. Shannon has since been certified in using essential oils for natural living. A 2017 IWF Global Women Athlete's Business Network member, Shannon was one of only 25 female athletes selected worldwide.
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