Essential Oil Diffusers and their Benefits
Essential oils are having their moment in the spotlight. Those who are interested in dipping their toes into the essential oil world often find that the best way to get started is by using an essential oil diffuser. In addition to making a room smell good, diffusing essential oils is also a good way to reap the health benefits of the oils, without too much intensity.
Aside from the various health benefits, one of the reasons many people love to diffuse essential oils is that by diffusing oils, a room can be wonderfully scented, without introducing any harmful chemicals. This makes essential oils an excellent choice to use around the house or in an office to elevate the mood, or simply to make it smell good.
There are a variety of essential oil diffusers that work in different ways. The type of diffuser you choose to use is up to you, but often essential oil companies also sell diffusers.
The Best Location For Diffuser
There are two things to consider when you choose a location for your essential oil diffuser. The first is the size of the room. If you are diffusing in a large room, you will want to find a central location, where the scent can permeate the rest of the room. Diffusing essential oils in a small room will mean that you can set your diffuser wherever you want.
The other thing to consider is the size and dispersion of your diffuser. Some larger essential oil diffusers can disperse over more areas and are better suited for larger rooms. Smaller essential oil devices are better suited to more diminutive spaces. When purchasing your diffuser, think about where you want to use it and how big the room is.
The last thing to consider is whether your essential oil diffuser is battery-powered or not. You need to determine if your battery will require access to a plug. If a plug is required, your location choices may be more limited.
Maintaining Your Essential Oil Diffuser
Much like any household appliance, your essential oil diffuser will need to be maintained to continue working properly. When you purchase your diffuser, it will come with individual instructions. It’s always important to pay attention to the directions for your specific essential oil device, but basic instructions apply across the board.
In between uses, here are some basic ways you can clean your diffuser.
Note: Always make sure your diffuser is unplugged before cleaning.
- Make sure your diffuser is empty of water and oils.
- Wipe out your diffuser with a damp cloth.
- Dip a cotton swab or cotton ball in rubbing alcohol and wipe down the inside of your diffuser to remove any buildup.
- Wipe down the outside of your diffuser with a damp cloth to remove any exterior buildup that may occur.
- Once a month, clean your diffuser and then add water, but instead of adding essential oils, add a few drops of vinegar and run the diffuser as usual.
Regular care and maintenance of your oil diffusers will ensure that they last a long time, as well as continue working properly.
Diffusing Essential Oil Blends
One of the nicest things about diffusing essential oils is that you can create your own blends, and by doing so create personalized scents for aromatherapy and health purposes. By educating yourself on the effects of various oils, you can immediately take advantage of the benefits of essential oil on your physical and mental health. It’s well known that lavender oil is soothing, and often used to encourage sleep, but all essential oils affect people in one way or another.
Using essential oil like frankincense and oregano helps boost the immune system. In addition, many companies make their own blend dedicated specifically to activating the immune system. Eucalyptus creates a purifying effect, which is helpful if some sort of sickness is going around.
Citrus and mint oils like peppermint oil can help improve concentration and alertness. Meanwhile, basil improves thought clarity. Another ideal blend is cardamom with lemongrass or wild orange as it helps promotes mental focus, as does a blend of fennel and geranium.
When you need a boost of energy, whether in the morning or during an afternoon slump, try blending bergamot and peppermint, or grapefruit with peppermint. You can also try blending clove, ginger, and lemon for a different take on an energy-boosting blend.
If you’re looking for a great mood booster and stress reliever, try diffusing grapefruit, lime with clary sage. When life gets a little crazy, you can diffuse geranium essential oil, with an herbal blend of citrus to encourage calm. Roman chamomile is another great essential oil that can help disperse crankiness or irritability.
During the holidays, using seasonal blends is a great way to get into the holiday spirit, especially if you’re entertaining. Clove, cinnamon, and wild orange create an autumnal blend that will really enhance your October days. Another great fall blend is bergamot and cedarwood. Try a blend of peppermint, cinnamon, and nutmeg while you host a Christmas party, or continue the holiday feel with an orange, peppermint, and frankincense blend.
An online search for the type of effect you’re looking for will yield many more diffuser blends. There is a blend for almost any feeling or scent you want to create. However, it’s important to educate yourself on the essential oils you plan to use, as some oils are not safe for use around pets, and others can be unsuitable for certain people (such as pregnant women or small children).
Diffusers are often cost-effective and are also a good way to stretch your oils (as opposed to applying them topically), allowing you to get the most out of your purchase. Essential oil diffusers are a great way to delve into the world of essential oils safely and subtly, while still reaping the health benefits that essential oils offer.