One of my favorite ways to use essential oils is to use an essential oil diffuser. This is a healthier alternative to burning candles which are often made with chemicals that can be harmful when burned.
There are several different types of difusers and not all are created equal. I want to share with you the pros and cons of some of the diffuser types. I hope this will be helpful to you in deciding which type of diffuser will work best for you.
Types of Diffusers:
- Nebulizer Diffusers
- Ultrasonic / Humidifying Diffusers
- Heat Diffusers
- Evaporative Diffusers
Nebulizing diffusers are often considered the most powerful type of diffuser. They do not use water or heat to diffuse the essential oil into the air. They work by using an atomizer to create fine, airborne particles of essential oils and blow the particles into the air. Nebulizing diffusers keep a near-continuous stream of essential oils in the air and are great to use if someone gets sick. There is no water or set up needed and times for run time and reset time let you control how long the diffuser runs. Also, these types of diffusers do not have lights so they are optimal for sleeping. The downside is that nebulizing diffusers are louder than ultrasonice diffusers and they use the essential oils more quickly since the oil bottle attaches directly to the diffuser.
One of the best nebulizing diffusers I have found is the Raindrop 2.0 Nebulizing Essential Oil Diffuser For Aromatherapy By Organic Aromas. Even just using it to diffuse your essential oils for a little while will leave a lasting scent for hours.
Ultrasonic diffusers are similar to nebulizing diffusers in that they create a fine mist. However, ultrasonic diffusers use water and essential oils to create a cool mist of water/oils that release into the air. The nice thing is that ultrasonic diffusers double as a humidifier in dry environments and are beneficial in the winter months to keep moisture in the air. They do not put out as strong of a concentration of essential oils since they do use water. Also, it is not recommended to use citrus essential oils with ultrasonic diffusers as they can cause the parts to erode. Ultrasonic diffusers must be cleaned occasionally in order to function at the highest level. Also, some have lights, so take caution to look into if the lights turn off if you are going to use in a bedroom at nighttime. Often these types of diffusers are less expensive then nebulizing diffusers and there are many options to choose from.
As for the heat diffusers and evaporative diffusers, I have no experience with either of these types. My friend uses a basic heat diffuser in her car and it works really well in that type of small space, and, it is better than the chemical filled commercial car air fresheners. She recommended this type for the car – ZAQ Tour Essential Oil Litemist Aromatherapy Travel Car Diffuser.
Alternate Ways to Freshen Indoor
While essential oils are a great way to freshen indoor air, they are not the only way!
- NASA conducted a study and found that certain indoor plants, such as succulents, Aloe, Snake plant, Bamboo, Yucca, Ferns and Bromeliad are great for filtering out VOCs and other indoor toxins.
- Salt lamps, Beeswax Candles and Charcoal Bags can also remove harmful compounds from the air. We use a Himalayan Crystal Salt lamp as an air purifier in our son’s room due to his allergies.