You have most likely heard of aromatherapy, might wonder what is an aromatherapy diffuser exactly and why are its effects toted to be so amazing? Aromatherapy diffuser is simply a device for diffusing the essential oils into your surroundings. There are several types available, each with their own benefits, with or without electricity.
Aroma fragrances have a wonderful energizing, calming, soothing or relaxing effect on us. They can help us to fall sleep, or wake us up! The amazing health benefits from the essential oils help balance each of our doshas.
You can read my article about aromatherapy and the essential oils here:
The article discusses the benefits and the different aromatherapy methods.
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What Is An Aromatherapy Diffuser?
Aromatherapy diffuser is simply a method of spreading the aroma and the beneficial molecules from essential oils over a large area, such as a room or a house.
There are several ways of diffusing the essential oils. Some of the natural, non electrical ways include blending them with warm water, heating them up, diluting them into other oils or letting something, such as a dried grass absorb the oil.
Although the natural diffusers are popular, they are not always so effective, especially in larger rooms. The second method is the use of electrical device, which diffuses the essential oil with the help of water vapor.
Warm Water Diffuser
This is commonly used diffusing method by the massage therapists. A bowl of warm water is placed by the massage table, or under the massage table with a whole for the face if the customer is placed on their stomach.
Few drops of essential oils are places in hot water and the vapor will diffuse the aroma into the near vicinity.
Pros: Beautiful and cheap.
Cons: Only works until the water cools down. Very limited range.
These are very popular for home use. The small dish above the candle is filled with water and few drops of the essential oil are poured in the water.
When the water gets heated up by the candle, the aroma is diffused into the room.
Pros: Cheap and beautiful, doubles as an ornate project.
Cons: Only works until the candle is burned out or the small water dish run dry. Requires supervision because of the open flame. Works for one room.
Dried Grass Diffuser
In this method the oil is usually not blended with water, but rather placed in a bottle or an other container and a small whole is made into the top. Dried grass is then places into the container and soaked grass diffuses the aroma into the room.
Pros: Cheap and easy to use.
Cons: Since pure essential oils are used, the aroma can be very over powering. Works for one room. The oils are used up rather quickly since the container is always open.
There are several different infuser types working with the help of electricity. Most popular ones are:
Electric Socket Diffuser
This type of diffuser is connected directly into the socket and contains an essential oil container, or a pad which is infused with essential oils. It diffuses the aroma into the room and can contain a timer.
Pros: Easy to use, can be left on continuously without supervision. Can be timed.
Cons: Replacement containers or pads expensive and only available with certain oils. Only works for small room.
Electric Aroma Diffuser With Water Vapour
This type of infuser works with electricity, has a large water container where you mix the essential oils.
Pros: These devices are highly efficient and can deliver aroma therapy for a whole room.
You can time this device and leave it on continuously without supervision for fresh, scented air. You can use any brand essential oils in these devices. They increase the humidity of the the air by releasing water vapor and helping the molecules from the essential oils to spread easier.
Cons: Noisy, only works until the water tank is empty. Expensive to purchase, pay off in the long run. Not easy to transport, might break. Water vapor is not always desirable in humid conditions and it can also spread air-born viruses and bacteria.
I purchased 3 of the quality aromatherapy pad diffuser 2 years ago, one for my atelier, one for my house and one for my yoga and ayurveda practice and haven’t regretted it one single day despite its ugly looks. It’s extremely effective, helping me to keep my house, which includes pets, children, my art atelier, yoga and ayurveda practice fragrant and disease free.
I also have 2 of the nebulizing diffusers, one of them custom made! It looks absolutely wonderful and fills my office with wonderful ambiance. It has also been a favorite of mine to give as a gift for my family and friends the recent years.
It also gives me a simple but effective way of influencing everyone’s moods by varying the essential oils and the intensity of the aromas. I also use it in my yoga and my art studio for enhancing the performance and creativity.
I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to enjoy the wonderful benefits of aromatherapy with minimal hassle for the maximum advantages.
ॐ Love and Fragrance,