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Different Types and Usage of Essential Oil Diffusers

Updated on December 26, 2015

Introduction to Essential Oil Diffusers

Experts believe that the most effective method of using essential oils are those that break down the oil into tiny, molecular particles. This makes it easier for the beneficial properties of the oil to enter into your body and affect the central nervous system to make healing possible. Hence, essential oil diffusers are one of the most popular aromatherapy accessories available due to the convenience of use and its effectiveness in treating various health conditions.

There are numerous types of essential oil diffusers available though. Hence, you need to be careful in choosing the types to use to get the most benefits.

Aromatherapy and Essential Oil Diffusers

Common Types of Essential Oil Diffusers

Diffusion is one of the most popular and effective methods of aromatherapy application. It has been favored by experts due to its immense ability to deliver effective results, due to the process involved that helps molecular particles of the oil to be thoroughly absorbed by your system and act on healing. Meanwhile, users also like the convenience of most essential oil diffusion method that require only basic household materials to use.

With several possible choices, one could certainly end up confused on what could be the best choice available. The best way to figure out your choices is to determine the advantages and disadvantages that correspond with each choice. This will help to reinforce your effort to gain only benefits from using essential oils and prevent possible side effects.

Steam Diffusion

This is the most popular essential oil diffuser available and can be easily done at home. Prepare at least 2 cups of water and boil it on top of medium heat. Proper monitoring of the heat is essential since you will be adding at least 10 drops of essential oil into the water; hence, you prevent the risk of destroying essential chemical constituents. You can also add fewer amounts of essential oil for stronger types of oil, such as cinnamon, thyme, rosemary, cajeput, or eucalyptus.

This method effectively diffuses the essential oil aroma into the room. However, the aroma dissipates as quickly as it fills up your room. Plus, there are certain risks involved with the heating process which could destroy vital chemical components of the essential oil, consequently reducing its therapeutic quality.

Aromatherapy Diffuser

Electric Diffusers

There are two categories of electric diffusers for essential oils: one utilizes heat, while the other uses fan. Electric fan diffusers, as the name implies, utilize a fan to blow air into the essential oil placed at a disposable tray. The air allows the aroma of the essential oil to be diffused all over the room.

Meanwhile, there are also essential oil electric heat diffusers. It uses a combination of heat and fan in order to disperse the aromatic essences into the room and be inhaled for immediate relief.

Candle Diffuser

Here is another method that you can do at home, which requires only a candle or tea light. The said materials are used to produce heat needed to allow the essential oil to gradually release the aroma all over your room. Most candle diffusers available in the market are made out of metal or ceramic materials.

This type of diffuser comes with an opening where candle is placed with a tiny bowl on top to place the essential oils. The heat from the candle slowly releases the essential oil components into the air for you to inhale.

One major advantage with candle diffusers is the variety of options available, in design or style. Plus, they can be quite inexpensive to buy off the market. But you need be extra careful when handling candle diffusers because they are very light and easily breaks. Plus, the aroma it produces is not enough to fill the entire room.


Nebulizer is one of the modern devices available for using essential oils. This device breaks down the essential oil components inserted into molecular particles, which makes the dispersal of the essential oil components that much easier. There are two parts for this device: the plastic base that holds the motor for the device and the “nebulizer” that helps in the break down of the essential oil components.

The act of breaking down the essential oil components into molecular sizes is known to produce effective therapeutic benefits to the body, since it caters to the fast absorption of the body. However, you might want to be extra cautious when using nebulizers since they are easy to break and is quite expensive. The process of cleaning the device's glass can be time consuming as well.

Lamp Rings

This particular essential oil diffuser is made out of terra-cotta ring, which sets out into a light bulb. The ring's grooved lip goes all the way around the lamp ring. This is where you must place the essential oil and the heat coming out of the light bulb allows gentle diffusion of the oil's aroma into the room.

If you want to use lamp ring in your home, you can easily do so as it is available at affordable prices in the market. However, since it involves a heating process, it places the risk of depleting the oil's therapeutic benefit since the chemical constituent might be destroyed or contaminated.

Improvised Diffusion Method

This is a very simple diffusion method that you can use at home using household materials. All you need is a tissue and at least 3-4 drops of your chosen essential oil to use. Place the tissue with the essential oil in different areas of the house. With each natural movement within the room, it will cause motion on the tissue and allow the aroma of the essential oil to be released into the air.

The obvious advantage with this method is that it is very simple to do. Plus, it is quite transportable as you can place the tissue on several areas within the house. However, this might not be as effective as other essential oil diffusion method since the tissue can only hold as much of the oil component. Therefore, the aroma produced is not enough to fill the entire room and produce the same level of effectiveness as the other methods.

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    Georzetta Ratcliffe 8 years ago from Pennsylvania

    I have been using an electric candle warmer I got at Wal-Mart for five dollars. I put several drops of oil in a small jar of water and set it on the candle warmer.

    I can smell the oil very quickly and it seems to remain in there for some time. Family members comment on it as they come into the room even after several hours.

    I like this method because I don't have to worry about a fire hazard. Do you think it is too hot for the oils?