Origin: a Latin derivative
meaning "Gift of the Earth."
Have you ever walked into a friend’s home, a spa, or even a hotel lobby and immediately thought, What’s that lovely smell? If this thought has ever occurred to you, you’ve likely noticed, perhaps tucked away in a corner of the room, an essential oil diffuser—a small device with a light, airy mist emanating from the top.
Maybe you’ve seen a small contraption on a friend’s countertop giving off swirly, misty aromas, but what exactly is a diffuser?
Also known as an aromatherapy diffuser, an essential oil diffuser is a device that takes essential oils and releases them into the air in a fine mist. When a diffuser takes an essential oil and transforms it into a microscopic mist of oil droplets, it disperses the droplets (and scent) throughout the air, allowing you to experience the aroma for an extended time.
Diffusers have become quite common in recent years. You see them in people’s homes, in office spaces, in doctor and dentist offices, and so on. Why are so many people choosing to use diffusers?
First, using an essential oil diffuser can make any room smell wonderful. Essential oils are potent and offer lovely aromas derived from plants, flowers, fruit, herbs, and more. Who doesn’t want an easy way to make their space smell better?
Second, diffusers are becoming increasingly popular because, unfortunately, many of the alternatives—candles, air fresheners, and plugins—can release toxins into the air. By opting for essential oils, you get a better, purer aroma, because essential oils come straight from the plant.
If you’ve never used a diffuser before, you might think you need special training or expensive equipment. The truth is if you have the right diffuser, then diffusing essential oils is as simple as opening a bottle and pouring a few drops in. This is why so many people choose to diffuse essential oils—it’s extremely convenient.
Here are the basics when it comes to using an essential oil diffuser:
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A typical reason for using a diffuser is to freshen the air. Dirty laundry rooms, dusty offices, and kitchens that smell like last night’s dinner can be transformed into bright, lovely spaces just with the click of a button.
As mentioned before, an essential oil diffuser is a natural alternative to things like synthetic air fresheners and candles, because, unlike these products, essential oils don’t release toxins into the air. For anyone looking to create a fresh, clean environment the natural way, a diffuser is the simplest solution.
With powerful aromas at your disposal, you can use your essential oils and diffuser to transform any room. That’s why people love diffusers—they help create a custom environment that smells amazing and even matches your mood.
For example, diffusing Eucalyptus essential oil is like taking a breath of fresh air. The delightfully tart aroma of Grapefruit essential oil will have you daydreaming of summer in the sun. Or perhaps you’d like to diffuse Lavender essential oil to lose yourself among rolling fields of soft lavender blossoms, letting the cares of the day slip away.
The best part is you can choose from dozens of essential oils to fit any room, mood, or day of the week. Even better, you can combine essential oils together in your diffuser to make a unique diffuser blend.
Another reason so many people love diffusers is they’re portable. You can quickly transform the feeling of any room by turning on your diffuser and adding essential oils.
Here are some places you might consider putting a diffuser:
Your bedroom: Placing a diffuser on your bedside table or another area of the bedroom can create a custom atmosphere as you get ready for the day in the morning or prepare for sleep at night. Using your favorite essential oils can help you personalize this important space.
The kitchen: When you want to banish bad odors or freshen the kitchen, putting your diffuser on a countertop quickly and effectively brings more pleasant aromas into the room. No more worrying about leftover smells from cooking dinner or a full trash can—your essential oil diffuser is there to save the day.
The family room, entryway, or common area: If you want people to walk into your house and say, “Wow, it smells great in here,” then putting a diffuser in common areas or your entryway is a good strategy. Placing a diffuser near the front room is the perfect way to guarantee that guests are always greeted with an inviting aroma.
The bathroom: Have you ever finished cleaning the bathroom, only to feel like the space is still dingy or dull? Placing a diffuser on the counter can help you turn a boring bathroom into a luxurious spa. This is also an especially good idea when you have guests coming over.
Your office: Whether you work from home, a cubicle, or your own office space, diffusing while you work can create your ideal atmosphere for doing your best job. Whether you need a motivating atmosphere to help you during the sluggish afternoon hours or want to create a tranquil environment on particularly stressful days, where you work is a great place to diffuse.
When traveling: Forget about stuffy atmospheres on road trips or stale air in hotel rooms. With a diffuser, you can transform whatever space you find yourself in—even when you aren’t at home. For the car, you can use a portable essential oil diffuser to refresh the air and keep things from getting too stuffy. You can also take a portable diffuser in your carry-on luggage. When you get to a hotel, start diffusing right away so you feel refreshed and more at home.
Want to learn more about when and where to diffuse essential oils? Download Aromatic Use of Essential Oils, our free eBook.
With essential oil diffusers becoming more commonplace, you’ll find a lot of models available on the market. So how do you know which diffuser to buy?
As essential oil experts, we believe ultrasonic diffusers offer the best value for anyone who wants to enjoy their essential oils by diffusing. Ultrasonic diffusers use water and electronic frequencies to create that fine essential oil mist we talked about earlier. These types of diffusers are extremely easy to use and only require a small amount of essential oil to create a robust, long-lasting aroma. They also tend to run quieter, so you won’t even notice they’re there.
Here are a few examples of ultrasonic diffusers that you might consider:
Laluz® Diffuser: The Laluz Diffuser turns any space into a luxurious aromatic oasis, with a sleek design and powerful output. When you buy the Laluz Diffuser from doTERRA, you also get your own bottles of Wild Orange and Peppermint essential oils. With a runtime of up to eight hours and a beautiful design that upgrades any room, the Laluz Diffuser is perfect for any space.
Petal Essential Collection: The Petal Diffuser provides a relaxing mist, has a soft white ambient light setting, and can cover up to 330 square feet. Plus, the diffuser’s output is two or six hours continuous musting or 12 hours intermittent. When you order the Petal Essential Collection, you also receive a Wild Orange and Lavender essential oils to try with your brand-new diffuser.
Dawn® Aroma Humidifier: The Dawn Aroma Humidifier creates the ultimate level of comfort in any room. Its smart sleep mode maintains ideal humidity levels throughout the night, helping ensure the right environment for a good night’s sleep. You can also get the Dawn Aroma Humidifier with two of the most popular doTERRA oils blends—doTERRA Breathe® and doTERRA On Guard®—at an unbeatable price.
The true benefit of using an essential oil diffuser is it gives you the ability to change your world. Instead of settling for a smelly kitchen, a hotel room with stale air, or an uninspiring office space, you can now control your environment.
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