Diffusion of essential oils is basically spreading oil molecules through air so that they can be easily inhaled. They also get into your blood and your lungs in high concentrations. Diffusing essential oils is proven to be the most effective way to get the most out of these oils. There are countless methods of diffusing these oils to maximize their benefits.

How to Diffuse Essential Oils

Here are some of the effective ways to spread the oils in the air:

Nebulizing Diffusion

The nebulizing diffuser is a powerful device. It distributes the oil by breaking it into small molecules. You can use this in a bigger area to spread the fragrance. The unit does not need heat to disperse the aroma. It spreads the oil into its purest form. It ranks higher than any other oil diffusers.

How to Use

  • Place a few drops of essential oils on the nebulizer.
  • Connect it to the power supply.
  • During nebulization, the process forces the breakdown of the oil into small particles.
  • A high velocity, pressurized air stream causes evaporation and disperse the oil into the air.

Pros

  • Diffuses 100% pure essential oils which make it health-friendly
  • Has built-in timer to keep you informed

Cons

  • Produces annoying sound
  • It is rather expensive

Ultrasonic Diffusion

Ultrasonic diffusers use electric to generate vibrations in the water. This will create a fine mist of water and disperse the oils into the air. The unit humidifies the dry air during winter. The diffuser turns off when the water level becomes low. It cost less and more durable than other electric diffusers.

How to Use

  • Twist the diffuser top to open and access the water tank. Pour filtered or distilled water up to the tank level guideline.
  • For small room add 3-4 drops of essential oils. For a bigger room, you can add 6-9 drops.
  • Place the diffuser cover back to cover the tank. Plug into a power supply. Press the diffusing button to turn on.
  • You can turn off the diffuser anytime. Shut-off if the water level becomes low.

Pros

  • Less expensive than nebulizing diffusers
  • Used as humidifier during cold months
  • Improve the quality of air indoors

Cons

  • Not recommended to use with citrus essential oils
  • Required occasional cleaning

Reed Diffuser

One of the most popular ways is by using a reed diffuser. For this, you need essential oil of your choice, carrier oil, a vase or any other container and reed diffuser sticks. Apart from looking stylish, with reed diffuser you can easily create a custom scent. These are usually a good choice for small spaces like bathrooms where diffusers aren’t very functional. You can flip the reed diffuser sticks every few days to refresh the scent.

How to Use

  • Fill diffuser with a carrier oil of your choice
  • Add the essential oil or blend of oils that you like (25-30 drops per 60 ml of carrier oil)
  • Place several reeds into the oil

Pros

  • Look stylish
  • Reed diffuser himself is very inexpensive
  • You can experiment with custom scents

Cons

  • Is a more expensive way to diffuse essential oils because a large quantity of essential oil is required
  • Required occasional cleaning

Candle Lamp Diffusion

Underneath the candle lamp is a small tea light candle. Combine water and the oil in a bowl on top of the candle. Simmer the mixture at a low temperature. The water serves as an insulator to flammable oil to protect it from getting contact to the heat of the flame. It slows down and extends the diffusion time.

The candle lamp provides a lovely ambient and is ideal for night time diffusion, during prayer or meditation or for an evening on the patio.

How to Use

  • Place a few drops of oil in the bowl with water.
  • Light the small tea candle and allow it to burn until all the oil in the bowl evaporates.

Pros

  • You can use this method anywhere that allows the use of a candle.
  • Easy to use.
  • Quite inexpensive.

Cons

  • Need to be careful as essential oil is flammable.
  • The aroma does not last long.

Diffuser Necklace

Another trendy method is to use a diffuser necklace. Terracotta pendants are commonly used for this purpose. The oil molecules that are absorbed by the clay evaporate from the necklace and stay close to your face. Terracotta diffusers are the gentlest way to diffuse oils since there is no heat applied. The intensity of the aroma depends on the amount of oil added to the shaped diffuser.

How to Use

  • Place a few drops of essential oil on the diffuser.

Pros

  • Cost less than other diffusers.
  • Easy to use.
  • Do not require electricity, batteries or heat.

Cons

  • Very small area of diffusing.
  • The scent does not last long.

Electric Diffusers

This diffuser needs electricity to heat the oil and disperse the aroma into the room. It is the recommended diffuser for overnight use or when it is not possible to use or monitor a candle. This diffuser is much safer than candle and water diffuser. Electric diffusers use inexpensive, replaceable pads so it is easy to diffuse different blends by changing the pad.
How to Use

  • Place 4 to 5 drops of essential oil on the pad. If you want subtle aromatherapy blends, you can use less.
  • For respiratory blends use 6 to 7 drops. The number of drops will depend on how big the area will be.
  • Turn on and let the aroma disperse all over the room.

Pros

  • The diffuser is very to use and requires low maintenance.
  • Easy to carry. You can bring it to work or to your hotel room to make it smell like your home.
  • Electric diffusers are small which makes it perfect for bedside tables or in any small area
    It operates without a sound.
  • The light it produces when used can help create a relaxing mood together with the aroma.

Cons

  • Need to be cleaned after using thicker essential oils.
  • It is not effective for a bigger area.

Evaporative Essential Oil Diffusers

There are two types of evaporative diffusers. One that makes use of the fan and the other uses the existing air current. These evaporative diffusers are basic on how they function. An evaporative fan diffuser has a fan that blows air from the room through a pad or filter that has the oil. The air that blows into the pad causes the oil to evaporate fast than the one that uses the existing air current.
The other type does not need a fan to blow and distribute the scent around the room. It uses the existing air current in the area to diffuse the smell. These diffusers are personal diffusers like pendants, oil inhaler, bracelets or pens. It can be absorbent beads in a mesh bag to disperse in a small area.
How to Use

  • Place a few drops of essential oil into a filter, a pad or a wick.
  • Turn on the evaporative diffuser and allow the fan to blow the evaporated oils into the air.

Pros

  • Very convenient and easy to use
  • It is easy to change one essential oil for another
  • Affordable

Cons

  • It evaporates lighter oils much faster than the heavier oils.
  • Noise from the fan might to be annoying.

Final Word

There are lots of ways you diffuse oil in the room. You need to choose the right diffuser. In choosing, consider the size of the room, your safety, the oils you will use and your budget. Hope this article has helped you in deciding which diffuser to choose.