As a nature lover, I know natural oils have great qualities to help us improve our life through the soft, sweet and soothing fragrances vested in them. These fragrances have the power to influence our nerves and whole-body functioning when they are infused around us in their natural form in the form of micro-droplets or molecules. When I decided to go into this magical world of aromatic oils, the first thing that I had to decide was how I should use them.
These can be used in different ways like direct application to our skin or diffused into the air around us. Direct application of essential oils has certain drawbacks, including allergic skin reactions or irritations due to the intense nature of the ingredients present in them.
The most appropriate, easy, and hazard-free way I found was to use them through the diffusion process. What is diffusion and how we can make use of it? This is also an important thing you should know firsthand.
Diffusion is a very popular method used for dispersing the essential oils into the atmosphere. Through this process the essential oil being used gets dispersed into the air in the form of molecules, mist, or fumes, depending upon the way we diffuse it.
There are a number of methods which we can use to diffuse the scents into the air. Each of the methods have certain advantages and disadvantages, but I’ll introduce them to you so that you may know what would be the best way to yield maximum benefits.
The different ways of diffusing essential oils
Diffusion of Essential Oils Using a Tissue Paper
This is the most convenient and inexpensive way of diffusing essential oils. You can put a couple drops on the tissue and can keep it close to yourself. A lot of people use it in the car near the vent. You can refresh it by pouring one drop of the oil after every hour. There are some handmade and reusable artistic tissue type materials available for the same purpose. But, they are not known for keeping the aroma for long and are not very effective either. Such a method can only be used when a short-term remedy of any issue is required, like breathing issues and blocked nose or congestion issues.
Though it’s also a popular way to diffuse essential oil scents into the air, it’s not as common. In this method, the fans are specially designed to disperse the aroma from the small pads that carry the essential oil drops in them. These oil-carrying pads are kept in front of the fan and when the fan turns on the essential oil gets diffused into the air in the form of small particles from the surface. It’s not a very effective and long-lasting way to be used during aromatherapy, due to the fact that you will have to put in essential oil drops frequently to get a consistent supply of aroma. Otherwise it would fade away due to quick air flow over the pads.
You can also use a tealight with a container to diffuse the oil in the form of vapor carrying the fragrance in it. A stone or a ceramic container is first filled with water and then heated with a tea-lite candle. You can add about 5 to 10 drops of oil into the water. The steam is the driving force for dispersing the aromatic molecules into the air. They are inexpensive and quiet in performance. However, there is an issue with their fragility and there is also an ongoing cost for purchasing the replacement candles.
Nebulizing the Oils
Using a nebulizing procedure is also a common practice. This procedure gives a consistent mist using a mixture of essential oils and the water vapors. They are known for covering a large area with the mist and dispersing the essential oils quite evenly in all directions. It is preferred for its characteristic of not altering the essential oil temperature. The molecules dispersed are very fine and they find their way very easily to reach the lungs of the user.
Using a candle is also a good idea for essential oil scent diffusion. It can be done by adding grape seed oil along with your desired fragrance and then rub it on the regular candle leaving the wick unaffected. After that you can light up the candle and enjoy the fragrance around you.
The major disadvantage here is that the essential oils are found to be highly inflammable, and using it on direct fire can be dangerous. Also, this method may not give you the actual benefits of the essential oils as it heats up the oils to get diffused into the air and it may alter the chemical composition of these oils.
I love this method when I want an instant refreshing touch in my bedroom or living room when I come home tired. It gives me a chance to relax, like I am sitting in a garden full of roses and fragrances around me. Instead of using a usual room spray, I prefer to have a natural ingredient to spruce up the air.
I just fill the bottle with water (distilled) and add about 5 drops of essential oil per ounce of water. It tends to work quickly because of the pressure dispersion through a spray bottle and masks the odor in really quick time. It has no ongoing cost other than the oil and it doesn’t require any batteries, heat, or electricity. You do need to use glass bottles instead of plastic ones, as the plastic bottles over the long term are not viable as the material can be deteriorated with essential oils. Also, the fragrance will not last for a long period of time and would fade away in a few hours.
Coated Pendant or Necklace
There are different jewelry items, like necklaces or pendants, available in the market that have the ability to diffuse essential oils around you. I don’t prefer this method, due to the fact it is a short-term gadget and may cause skin reactions when the accessories touch your skin.
Just to inform you about this method, I am describing it briefly here. This is a quite simple strategy of diffusing, as the name suggests. You can have a pendant neck diffuser around your neck and just inhale the essential oil molecules which are dispersed quite close to your nose. The issue is that the essential oil needs to be freshened up quite frequently as they lose their effectiveness quickly with time.
Reed diffusers are also very effective. I have tried this method twice, but I found that this method only works when you are going to use essential oils that are less dense. This is because lighter oils can reach up the reeds quickly and can diffuse easily. On the other hand, if you need to use a viscous oil that is thick in its texture, you may not get the desired results. The method requires a glass or ceramic container with a narrow opening in which you’ll need to put your essential oils recipe, and reeds would be there to suck it up and diffuse it into the air at the other end.
The effectiveness goes down with the passage of time when the reeds get saturated and lose the power to absorb and diffuse the liquid anymore.
Plug-in diffusers are also short-lived in terms of their diffusing power. I have found this method to be very effective for small cabins, cars, or for short-term usage. These diffusers use a very low amount of heat to diffuse the essential oils on the small pads present in the them. These can be run through car charging ports or just plugged into the switch.
Electric Essential Oil Diffusers
Though I am going to discuss this method last, I should say it’s the top and most highly recommended method to be used for aromatherapy. These gadgets use electric sources to diffuse the essential oils into the air without breaking them up and altering the actual composition.
Using an electric diffuser would make sure that you will have a consistent flow of aroma around you for the time you need it without any problems. A diffuser diffuses the oils into the air on regular intervals and is more reliable as compared to other methods. You will be able to cover a large area with balanced aroma for a longer period of time.
These come along with a wide variety of added features, like multicolored soothing lights, auto shut-off functions, etc.
These diffusers also come in various types and can be ultrasonic diffusers, humidifiers, or some have both features in one product.
I have bought an ultrasonic diffuser for myself. I love to use it while I am at home, to relax a bit, and especially when I need to carry out my aromatherapy sessions. You can find your best aroma diffuser here.
Electric essential oil diffusers are the ultimate choice for everyone. If you compare it with all the types discussed above, then an ultrasonic electric essential oil diffuser holds a number of benefits with not as many disadvantages to worry about at all. They are cost-effective at the initial purchase and also with the ongoing cost.
It requires very little essential oil to operate and this technological equipment is easy to clean/maintain as well. The major disadvantage is that some of the larger models of the equipment don’t come with whisper technology. Still, they are preferred, as more than 90 percent of the things are just perfect about such products.
I hope this piece of advice will help you know the best option that is there for you to try. Have a good day, and may you find the all the blessed moments in your life through these enchanting fragrances.