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25 July 2022 / Laura Garvin Gomez

How To Use An Essential Oil Diffuser

We've heard all about their gentle mists and powerful abilities to diffuse scents - but how do you actually use one?

How To Use An Essential Oil Diffuser

Diffusers seem to be everywhere these days, and realistically, it's no surprise.

These little devices are powerful in their abilities to spread beautiful scents into the air and can be used time and again for a number of different fragrances. But, how do you actually use one?

There are many different types of oil diffusers out there, from traditional oil burners and reed diffusers to complicated high-tech instruments. However, the most common form of diffuser you'll find on the market is the electric steam diffuser.

Using tiny little particles of water and oil, these diffusers disperse the aroma of an oil around the room in a soft but effective way.

What are the benefits of using an essential oil diffuser?

One of the best ways to experience the many benefits of essential oils is through the process of aromatherapy.

Inhaling essential oils can produce a number of positive effects for the mind and body, including, but not limited to:

  • Boosting mood
  • Relaxing and de-stressing the mind
  • Promoting energy and focus
  • Boosting immunity
  • Clearing congestion

Using an electric diffuser is a quick and easy way to experience all of these therapeutic benefits, while also simultaneously giving the surrounding area a pleasant, grounding scent as well as cleansing the quality of the air.

Essential oil aromatherapy diffuser on bedside table

How does an electric diffuser work?

All electric diffusers contain slight differences depending on the make, model, and style. in general, however, most tend to work in a pretty simple way.

As they are electric appliances, essential oil diffusers will need to be plugged into a wall or power source in order to function properly. Some diffusers may also use batteries.

Be sure to place your diffuser away from any delicate furnishings, or on top of a tray or mat, as the moisture emitted from the diffuser may cause damage to softer or more precious materials.

It is also important to ensure the space is well-ventilated before use, so the aroma doesn't build up and become potentially overwhelming.

Add tap water or distilled water to your diffuser bowl up to the fill line. Remember not to let the water run too low, as your diffuser relies on it to work properly.

Place the lid on the diffuser and choose your desired settings (like colours, timing, etc.), depending on the options available in your diffuser.

Wondering how many drops of essential oil you need in a diffuser? The number may vary slightly depending on the manufacturing instructions of your diffuser, however, as a general rule of thumb, we recommend adding 5-7 drops of oil per use. 

Switch on, and enjoy! Please note that most diffusers should only run for about 15-20 minutes, to avoid overpowering the space.

What oil do you put in a diffuser?

Though essential oils and essential oil blends are the more popular choices for diffusers because of their added benefits, they aren't the only option for diffusion.

Fragrance oils, which are commonly used in candles and soaps, can also be used in diffusers to produce long-lasting and consistently pleasant scents in your home.

Made by perfumers, these oils come in a variety of fun and fragrant combinations that you won't find elsewhere, so this is a great option if you're seeking a very specific or beloved scent.

How to clean your diffuser

After every use, be sure to change out the water inside your diffuser and give the sides of the bowl a good wipe down with a dry cloth or towel. This will allow the scents you diffuse to remain as potent as you want them every time.

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