Aromatherapy for Body, Mind & Spirit

Diffusing Essential Oils

How to Diffuse Essential Oils

There are several diffuser types and methods of diffusing essential oils into the air. Each type is outlined below with simple instructions.

Atomizing Diffuser

The atomizing diffuser is the most effective way to disperse essential oils into the air. It is recommended for all diseases related to the lungs, the heart, the brain, and the blood. This type of diffuser projects tiny droplets into the air in the form of a mist. The ionized droplets remain suspended for several hours sanitizing and revitalizing the air. This is a similar process which naturally occurs in forests.

Much research over the years has shown that the atomizing diffusion of essential oils is healing to respiratory issues such as asthma, bronchitis, colds, sinusitis, sore throats.

It is important to respect the power of essential oils. Start with a low number of drops into an atomizing diffuser such as 4-6 and see if the scent is too little, too much or just right. Some people are more sensitive to scent than others which makes it difficult to have a guideline which will fit everyone.

Passive Reed Diffusers

Reeds typically made of rattan draw up essential oils which are placed into a pot and passively diffuse the odor into the air. Start with a small amount of essential oil and dilute it in a recommended base to slow evaporation.

Sprays

In order to refresh and sanitize a room, sprays can be effective. Although they are not as long lasting as an atomizing diffuser, they are simple to use and make.

Heat Diffusers

Essential oils can also be dispersed into the air through a heat source and then vaporized. This method is not as efficient as cold diffusion which creates a therapeutic mist. Heat diffusers will typically need more essential oil than an atomizing mister. Start with a low number of drops into an atomizing diffuser such as 4-6 and see if the scent is too little, too much or just right. Some people are more sensitive to scent than others which makes it difficult to have a guideline which will fit everyone.

Which Essential Oils To Diffuse

For guidelines on essential oils to use for emotional and physical issues, see the following charts.

Essential oils for emotions
Essential oils for physical issues

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