▷ How to Get Started With Aromatherapy Diffusers (2018 Update)

How to Get Started With Aromatherapy Diffusers

Written by Sabrina Wilson and updated on December 2, 2016
Aromatherapy Diffuser

Aromatherapy diffusers are handy devices that disperse essential oils into the air. The list of benefits that this offers is extensive. Essential oils can improve your health in many ways, from increasing your energy to helping you sleep better. An essential oil plug-in diffuser can be used in offices, bedrooms, living rooms and even cars.

Diffuser

Capacity

Best for...

120 ml

Doubles as nightlight

300 ml

Large rooms

150 ml

Affordability

100 ml

Lifetime warranty

N/A

Nebulizer, waterless

What is an Aromatherapy Diffuser?

An aromatherapy diffuser dispenses a fine mist of essential oils into the air of your home. They are sometimes electric powered via an outlet. Simply add your oils or combination of essential oils and it will go to work. If you are using an aromatherapy diffuser to freshen up your home, they are perfect for adding lovely scents to your home. The great thing about aromatherapy diffusers is that they don’t just mask odors like many aerosol sprays will do. They actually work to neutralize and eliminate odors.

Benefits of Aromatherapy Diffusers

Scent is one of your most powerful senses, and therefore is the gateway to stimulating or relaxing the mind. By using the right combination of essential oils in your home you can:

  • Create a relaxing environment
  • Deodorize your living space
  • Relieve nasal congestion and allergies
  • Combat insomnia
  • Reduce mold and dust in the air
  • Increase your cognitive functioning
  • Improve your mood
  • Boost your immune system and ward off illnesses

Using an essential oil diffuser provides a safer way than using incense or candles to make your home smell good. But it offers so many other benefits too. Here are a few of the most important benefits:

One of the uses of essential oils is to help you relax at the end of the day. Set a diffuser on a bedside table, use oils like lavender, clary sage or chamomile, and you will feel relaxed enough to fall asleep and have a good night’s rest.

If you suffer from difficulty in breathing, whether this is due to allergies or other reasons, aromatherapy diffusers can be used in the rooms where you spend the most time to provide relief. Oils like eucalyptus, lemon or peppermint are great for this purpose.   

Oils like vanilla, sweet orange, sandalwood, and jasmine can be used to elevate your mood. They can also help to energize you in the morning or set the right mood for a social gathering.

Using essential oils such as tea tree, grapefruit, thyme, rosemary, lemon or sage can help to boost your immune system. They have anti-microbial properties too and can help prevent airborne pathogens from entering your body, helping to ward off illness.

Diffusers can even be used to drive away insects. Using a diffuser with clove and cedar wood near a window will help to keep them away.

Choosing an Aromatherapy Diffuser

You want to make sure that you have a quality diffuser that is going to work well and last for years. Find one that you are happy with that can blend in with the decor of your home or wherever you are going to be using your aromatherapy diffuser. The size that you get should depend on the size of the area in which you plan to use your diffuser.

When buying your essential oils to use in your diffuser, it is important to ensure that you are getting a pure oil. Ensure the bottle you buy says “100% therapeutic grade” essential oil on the bottle. This will ensure you don’t get a water diluted or unnatural scent.

Aromatherapy Diffuser Reviews

If you want to buy an aromatherapy diffuser, it helps to read reviews to find out more about a particular one. The best essential oil diffuser reviews will give detailed information on all the pros and cons of a unit. They cover issues such as the capacity of the diffuser, running time, how the LED lights work, noise level, automatic shut-off, how easy it is to use and clean as well as whether a warranty is offered.

Where should I buy an aroma diffuser?

Today it is possible to choose from a great variety of aromatherapy oil diffusers online. Buying online offers you the option of comparing types of diffusers and prices. Doing so will help you to find the diffuser most suited to your purposes at a price you can afford. Diffusers come in four different types and you will need to decide which type works best for you.

Top Rated Essential Oil Diffusers

Here are some of the top-rated diffusers on the market today: Some of them are chosen for their appearance and capacity. Others are chosen because they are affordable and yet still offer great quality.

Diffuser

Capacity

Best for...

120 ml

Doubles as nightlight

300 ml

Large rooms

150 ml

Affordability

100 ml

Lifetime warranty

N/A

Nebulizer, waterless

The URPOWER Essential Oil Diffuser Aromatherapy Diffuser can be used in a small to medium-sized room, as it covers up to 215 square feet with mist. You have the option of choosing between two mist settings (green/red buttons). On continuous mode, it provides up to three hours of mist and on the intermittent mode, it will run for about six hours. It turns off automatically when it runs out of water.

You can turn off the lights and just use it as a diffuser or turn on the light and use it as a nightlight. It rotates through seven colors – green, dark blue, red, yellow, pink, light blue and white. Each of the lights is adjustable from bright to dim.

This ultrasonic diffuser is affordable, simple to use and versatile. It is quiet enough not to affect sleep and offers the perfect combination humidifier, diffuser and night light.


The VicTsing Ultrasonic Aroma Essential Oil Diffuser is a good option for a large space.

Its wood grain coating gives it an attractive, natural look and it has a large capacity, holding 300ml of water.  It has a long run time of about 10 hours. Its ultrasonic technology makes it very quiet and it produces a fine mist. It can also be used as a humidifier.

The adjustable LED light allows you to choose between 7 colors and steady on mode or changing color mode. Each color can also be adjusted between bright and dim.

The reasons most people favor this unit is because it is so attractive and it has such great capacity. You can also set it for however long you want it to run, from one hour, 3 hours and 6 hours to steady on.


The InnoGear 150ml Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser is ideal for those customers on a fairly tight budget who still want a quality product.  This unit has a 150ml capacity and is compact in size so it is portable.

It has three working modes – intermittent mode that diffuses oils at 30-second intervals, continuous mode and lights only mode. It works for 7-9 hours in continuous mode and 9-11 hours in intermittent mode, powering off automatically. Like most other ultrasonic diffusers, it is whisper quiet. The LED light has seven different colors and can be adjusted between dim and bright. The colors include green, dark blue, red, yellow pink, light blue and white.


The AromaSoft Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser has a 100ml capacity and is compact but powerful little diffuser that can be taken from room to room easily.  It is also easy to use and you can direct the mist by swiveling the lid.

It offers two modes of operation – intermittent mist at 30-second intervals or continuous mist. It switches off automatically when the water is finished.

The button on the left controls the lights and you can cycle through the colors or press the button again to lock in one color. You can also have no colors so it’s perfect for diffusing at night. Included with your purchase is a free essential oil recipe eBook. An amazing benefit of purchasing this unit is that a lifetime guarantee is offered by the manufacturers.


The Raindrop 2.0 Nebulizing Essential Oil Diffuser is an Organic Aromas product and features a hand-blown glass top on a solid base made from hardwood. It offers a pure and concentrated fragrance and covers up to 800 square feet.

It’s operating usage cycle is 2 minutes on, 1 minute off and after 2 hours it switches off automatically. It’s easy to clean and the manufacturer suggests rinsing it with isopropyl alcohol on a weekly basis.

The LED rainbow lights can be turned off/on with a touch sensor light switch. The lights are not overpowering but provide just enough ambient lighting to be soothing. This attractive looking nebulizing diffuser is a firm favorite with customers who enjoy the pure, concentrated fragrances and wide coverage.


Most Common Essential Oils Used in Diffusers

Different essential oils stimulate your brain and your sense in different ways. Some are better for productivity and waking up the brain and others are better for relaxing and soothing the mind.

Eucalyptus: This versatile oil can be used for just about anything. These are really great for upper respiratory infections, the flu, and the common cold, and is just about anti-anything that you can possibly think of. Also great for muscle pain or soreness, asthma, taking care of your teeth, and taking better care of your skin. Don’t forget about its excellent ability to relax.

Eucalyptus oil has these known properties:
  • Fights inflammation
  • Anti-fungal
  • Anti-microbial
  • Anti-viral

Lemon: An incredible natural deodorizer, it is also used for clearing your mind and relaxing. Lemon is often used for its anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties making it a great choice for clearing your sinuses in cold and flu season.

Peppermint: A very powerful scent, it is best to dilute peppermint. Not recommended for use at bedtime, this super scent will soothe the mind while simultaneously stimulating the brain.

Tea Tree: This is a very soothing and clean scent. Often used to clean the air during flu season, this antimicrobial scent will give your house a fresh and clean feeling.

Lavender: A great soothing scent that you can use in your home, this scent is often used at nighttime as it is very relaxing. It is an incredible floral scent with notes of sweetness and natural herbs. If you have anxiety, lavender is one of the top essential oils for soothing anxiety, easing stress, and helping you to relax.

Cedar oil

Pine: Usually a nice scent that we associate with the holidays and a crisp winter, it also happens to be packed with an assortment of health benefits. Pine is really great using those seasons that are tough on your sinuses and allergies. The scent of pine is very strong, it has the uncanny natural ability to clear your nasal passage and throat of mucus and congestion. It can also boost the immune system and help fight viral infections.

Jasmine: Has some very powerful properties for soothing the body and mind. A powerful antidepressant, this essential oil is great if you are in need of some relaxation with a little energy and optimism.

Chamomile: A classic, relaxing scent that is very popular in the tea drinking world. Chamomile is great for relaxing, soothing stress and anxiety, and will even help you sleep at night.

The final consideration is where to buy your essential oils because not all brands and all suppliers are equal. Do your homework and get your oils from a trustworthy supplier so you know that you're getting what you're paying for. 

Final Thoughts

The best essential oil diffusers offer great therapeutic value. You have control over what oils to use, how long to use them and can select the concentration too. If you want to take an active role in your own health and well-being, buy an essential oil diffuser and you will be amazed at what a difference it can make to your life.

Do you use a diffuser in your home or office? Let us know how you like it in the comment section below.

About the author

Sabrina Wilson

Sabrina Wilson is an author and homemaker who is passionate about a holistic approach to health. When she is not writing she can be found tooling around in her garden with the help of her appropriately named dog Digby, bicycling in the park, and occasionally rock climbing…badly. Sabrina is a staff writer for the Organic Daily Post.

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