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How and Why to Use an Ultrasonic Oil Diffuser

Many people love essential oils for a wide variety of different reasons. Most love the many health benefits that are associated with these natural wonders, others simply love the smell. No matter the reason behind your obsession with essential oils, a busy life can at times distract us from incorporating this into our daily lives.

The Top Ultrasonic Diffuser for 2017

With 3x the capacity of the nearest competitors and rave reviews from consumers, this is currently our highest rated model.

Especially for those juggling a busy lifestyle, turning to a diffuser will allow you to have all the benefits of essential oils with only a minute of preparation. Whether you are looking for something to further stimulate your mind to relaxing you at bedtime, these diffusers can be on throughout your day or all night long. Simply mixing water with a few drops of your favorite essential oil in your diffuser will provide you with hours of aromatherapy.

What is an Ultrasonic Diffuser?

An ultrasonic diffuser uses water and essential oils for a user’s enjoyment. The diffuser will make the water and essential oil blend that has been added to it into a steam that comes out of the diffuser. This enhanced mist will then scent the room where it’s placed, and give the user the opportunity to inhale this mist without having to do anything special. The size of the ultrasonic diffuser will determine how much water and how much essential oil needs to be added to get the full effect.

The main difference between an ultrasonic aroma diffuser and other diffusers is that it employs the use of water for the mist. Some diffusers create a mist purely out of essential oils, and this will produce a much stronger aroma of the essential oil than can be found with the ultrasonic diffuser. These are very similar to a humidifier and often you will find the two combining into one super device.

Essential Oil Humidifier

Those that aren’t familiar with using a humidifier may be impressed by the additional benefits that can be had from using one. Often, in winter when the furnace or heater is always running, there’s a chance of skin becoming dried out, including your mucous membranes. A humidifier will put this much-needed moisture in the air, and some people have found that this simple product has helped to keep nosebleeds at bay during the winter months. A humidifier can also work wonders on someone that is suffering from a cold, stuffy nose, or a cough.

Think of the results that could be received with using both water mist and essential oils that could further provide benefits when dealing with a stuffy nose or chest congestion.

Which diffuser is right for you

When it comes time to make your decision, you’ll want to keep a number of factors in mind when choosing which diffuser you’re going to purchase.

Cost: It’s important to weigh the cost of the different diffuser brands you’re looking at in your decision as you don’t want to overpay.

Design and Features: You want the diffuser to be able to be a part of your everyday life. Having one that esthetically pleases you and matches with your furniture will allow for more use. You will also want to find one that you are comfortable using with features that appeal to you, such as auto shut off, silent use and changing colors.

Amount of Usage: The amount of time you plan on using your diffuser will also need to be considered. Some may have a short run-time than you’re looking for while others may only diffuse in a smaller area.

Reviews of Top Models

URBST Ultrasonic Essential Oil Diffuser

Weight: 1.1 pounds

Dimensions: 7.7" x 5.1" x 5.1"

Special features: 7 color LED, compact size, quiet

This small, stylish ultrasonic oil diffuser packs a punch. The 100 ml water tank can fill a 150 square foot room with your favorite scent. It mixes your oil and adds it to a cool mist of water. But fear not, it will automatically shut off when it runs out of water. It not only creates a soothing scent but also exudes a warm glow with its 7 color LED light.

Working at a super quiet 34 dBa you won’t even notice this powerful machine. The three working modes ensure you are covered no matter how you want to use your oils. This URBST essential oil diffuser is easy to use and will add depth to any room you put it in.

Radha Beauty Ultrasonic Cool Mist Diffuser

Weight: 1.1 pounds

Dimensions: 3.1" x 5.5"

Special features: Large capacity, 7 color LED

The 100ml tank of this Radha essential oil diffuser will keep your room smelling perfectly all day. The 7 color LED can act as a nightlight for your children’s room or create a subtle mood light for your living room. No matter where you put this ultrasonic diffuser it will create an accent and add a soothing smell. If you don’t feel the light is necessary you can turn it off. Keep this in your bedroom to ensure you get the best night's sleep while giving your sinuses and lungs a breath of fresh air.

Calily™ Eternity Ultrasonic Diffuser

Weight: 15.2 ounces

Dimensions: 6.5" x 3.5"

Special features: Compact design

This ultrasonic diffuser can be used with or without essential oil giving you your choice of a humidifier or an aromatherapy diffuser. The soft relaxing scent comes in a whispered quiet fashion with a device that is barely audible which makes it a great addition to a meditation room. Great for day or night use, this diffuser has an incredibly elegant design that will add to the look of any room. With an auto shut off feature this design lasts for three hours of aromatherapy (holds 90ml). An attractive design that has multi colored LED lighting for nighttime use.

SpaRoom AromaMist Ultrasonic Diffuser in Chrome

Weight: 1 lb

Dimensions: 6.5" x 6.5" x 5.8"

Special features: Looks really cool

This ultrasonic diffuser will fill your home with a spa like feel by simply adding water and a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Create an inviting ambiance in your home by adding a soothing scent and being mesmerized by the attractive rotating coloring on this LED diffuser. Perfect for nighttime, this diffuser will set the mood of your home with 115ml diffusing up to 3 hours. Fall asleep with your favorite scent with this diffusers automatic shut off that will power off when the water is finished. This will increase your device's lifespan. The ultra modern design of this diffuser is sure to liven up your room.

VicTsing Ultrasonic Essential Oil Diffuser

Weight: 14.4 oz

Dimensions: 6.6" x 6.6" x 4.75"

Special features: Huge capacity, 4 timer settings

This diffuser has an incredibly tranquil and natural wood grain appearance. An excellent accent to any room, this diffuser will run for 10 continuous hours on 300 ml of water. That's roughly TRIPLE the capacity of other competing diffusers, which is one of the reasons this is a top-selling model and our top recommendation.

An incredibly safe option to use at nighttime, this diffuser will automatically power off when the water is used up. This combined with its silent operating sound make it a great option to use during meditation, at work or overnight. You can program this diffuser with four different setting from one hour to steady on. This machine has seven different colors of which you can choose your favorite or alternate between.

Using Your Diffuser

You may find that you enjoy this most at the end of the day when you’re resting in bed, as a first thing in the morning pick-me-up or anywhere in between. We recommend doing some research about the desired effects you are hoping to achieve and what essential oil is best suited for that. You do not want to use a lavender essential oil while working in hopes to stimulate your brain.

You may even want to experiment with how strong of oils you use in the diffuser as the scents of the essential oils will be diluted. We recommend adding a minimal amount of drops and then increasing until you achieve your desired strength. This will change based on the size of room you are using your diffuser in.

A Note of Caution

Not all diffusers are created equally. You need to keep in mind that some may be harder to clean than others, and you may find that some leave more of a watery trace than others. Using the towel as mentioned in the step by step directions can be a good way to help prevent your floors, wood furniture, or other items in your home from being harmed by the mist that’s produced by the humidifier.

One negative side to humidifiers is that they are a source of water, and when not emptied and cleaned properly, there’s the possibility for mold and bacteria to grow in the unit. Then, when you do use it again, this could be spread through the air. Always be sure to thoroughly follow the directions for cleanup to prevent this from happening.

Also, it’s important to read the instructions for your unit as some are built with materials that will withstand more caustic oils like citrus, but not all are, and some units may have parts that corrode due to the use of citrus and other similar oils.

Final Thoughts

Many people are turning to a life full of natural wellness looking for alternative ways to increase their health. That is where an ultrasonic oil diffuser comes in to give you all the natural benefits of essential oil without the side effects. You may even add to your health benefit, especially around the colder months when your skin starts to dehydrate easier, by using one that doubles as a humidifier.

Ever tried using an ultrasonic diffuser in your home? How did you like it? Chat with us about it in the comment section below.

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Sabrina Wilson

Sabrina Wilson is a staff writer for the Organic Daily Post.

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