Types of Diffusers
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Having a general understanding of the few different types of essential oil diffusers can help you sift through the options. There are multiple characteristic the diffuser could have, however, the most important is what you wan to obtain, how the diffuser is going to help you, and how to use it to get the best of the diffuser. Here we will give you some guidelines.

How to choose an essential oil diffuser?

Nebulizing Diffusers
Ultrasonic-diffusers
Evaporative-diffusers

“Smell is mediated by the olfactory nerve, which is wired directly into the limbic system—the brain’s emotional processing center.” Leland Stillman, M.D., from Tampa

Nebulizing Diffuser

How it works?

A nebulizing diffuser works like a perfume atomizer. A small air pump blows air across a small tube creating a powerful vacuum that pulls the essential oil from the bottom of the tube to the top in a fine spray. This type of diffusion does not rely on any other elements to diffuse the essential oil, so the mist is entirely composed of the essential oil. Nebulizing diffusers also have air flow controls that allow you to determine the amount of essential oil being released into the air.

These are best for those diffusing oils for internal support, such as issues with pain or skin irritation. These diffusers disperse molecules quickly without altering the chemical composition of the oil, therefore retaining the powerful benefits and potent aroma. They don’t require heat or water but use up more oil than other types of diffusers.

Pros

  • Diffuse only the essential oil molecules into the air, you are getting the full benefits of aromatherapy
  • Retain the powerful benefits and potent aroma
  • Disperse the essential oils more quickly and create a much higher density of essential oils to air
  • Does not contain plastic, will not off-gas, completely non-toxic
  • Do NOT require heat or water
  • Regularly they use small hand-blown glass tubing that is as beautiful to look at as it is to experience.

Cons

  • Only a small fraction of the mist is essential oil, and it depends on the air current already in the room to disperse the oil.
  • If you already live in a more humid place, you may not want to add more water to the air with your diffuser.

What are the best options?

How it works?

An ultrasonic diffuser is an aromatherapy diffuser that uses electricity to disperse essential oils into the air. They break the essential oil particles down into their base molecules. These molecules are negatively charged so they disperse by attaching the positively charged molecules in your home. Ultrasonic diffusers use water as a transference mechanism but do not rely on steam. Instead the oil sits on top of the water and ultrasonic vibrations are created to agitate the water causing the separation of the oil molecules and releasing the negative particles into the air with a fine mist.

If you like your place to smell good but not too much of the aroma, the Ultrasonic Diffusers are just the right diffuser for you.

Pros

  • Ultrasonic models only use a small amount of essential oil, and no heat is used to generate the mist in an ultrasonic essential oil diffuser.
  • There is very little to no noise associated with ultrasonic diffusers, making them perfect for nighttime use.
  • Are regularly easy to clean and requiring little power

Cons

  • Ultrasonic diffusers release a lot of moisture into the air which can dilute the essential oils, so you are not receiving the full benefits of aromatherapy.
  • Require a little more cleaning, as a tank full of water can quickly grow mold and fungus

What are the best options?

How it works?

Evaporative diffusers are pretty basic in how they operate. A fan blows air from the room through some sort of pad or filter that has essential oils dropped onto it. The air blowing through the pad causes the oils to evaporate more quickly than normal, and the air with the evaporated oil is blown into the room.

Another type of evaporative diffuser doesn’t require a fan to blow the oil around, but rather uses the air current existing in the room to subtly diffuse around a small area. These diffusers are usually personal diffusers such as necklace pendants, bracelets, personal oil inhalers, or pens. Some can even be absorbent beads placed in a mesh bag to diffuse in a small space.

Evaporative diffusers are beautiful and inexpensive. The downside is that they are not terribly effective or long-lasting.

Also, I’ve seen these evaporative diffusers sold with the essential oils already in the jar. Since the jar is clear, light can shine through and who knows how long it’s been sitting on the shelf. Light can age an essential oil more quickly, causing it to lose its therapeutic benefits.

Pros

  • Wind-blown diffusion can be a quiet way to quickly spread the oil’s aroma throughout the room.

Cons

  • It may not be as therapeutic of a method because all of the components of the whole oil are not diffused at the same time.

What are the best options?

How to choose an essential oil diffuser?

Essential oil diffusers

Essential oil diffusers

You could choose from literally hundreds of types of diffusers that range in price from $10 to more than $100. Before you buy, consider these factors in selecting the best essential oil diffuser.

Capacity: Diffuser water capacity can run anywhere from 100 milliliters (3.4 fluid ounces) to more than 1 liter (32 fl. oz.) of water, but the average water reservoir holds around 300 ml. You may want a larger water capacity if you don’t want to be bothered to refill the water very often, or if you need your diffuser to run for a long time in a large space.

Run time and timers: Do you want to be able to set your diffuser for one, three or five hours? Do you want a continuous run option for aroma and mist? How long do you need it to run for? These are all important questions to consider when purchasing a diffuser.

Automatic shutoff: Even if you’re typically not a forgetful person, choosing a diffuser with auto shutoff is a smart move. If you forget to power down your diffuser when there’s little water left, it can overheat and break.

Area coverage: For small rooms, you don’t need to worry too much about the square footage your diffuser covers. If you’re looking to use it in an open space or large room, however, look for diffusers with a high square footage.

Lighting: Many diffusers offer ambient LED lights or double as night lights. This is very much a personal preference, so if you definitely don’t want a light, make sure the diffuser you want to buy doesn’t have one, or that you can easily turn it off.

Mist settings: Do you want a continuous cool mist that runs for hours for diffusing essential oil drops or an intermittent mist?

Intensity: For a stronger scent or mist, look for nebulizing diffusers. Nebulizer diffusers vaporize the oil drops, without using heat, before pumping out the fine mist. These are often more expensive than standard diffusers but can be worth it if you find standard diffusers to be weak.

Humidity: Many essential oil diffusers double as a cool mist humidifier. This can be a great two-in-one option if you live in a dry climate.

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