The Incredible Benefits of Essential Oil Diffusers

benefits of essential oil diffusers

What Are The Benefits Of Essential Oil Diffusers?

Still don’t have a diffuser? You are missing many advantages you should be getting from essential oils. Our body understands the power of aromas. Be it the sweet smell of the rose flower, or the delicious aroma of your lunch meal. Aromatherapy, the act of treating various health condition using aromatic plant extracts and essential oil has come to be a preferred choice of healing. Essential oils are known to provide natural relief to the body with little or no side effects. Their therapeutic properties include anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antibiotic, antiseptic, disinfectant, antibacterial, antiviral and so much more.

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A diffuser is a device that dissolves and disperse essential oils into the air, whether in the home or office, allowing you to enjoy the full benefits of essential oils. When the molecules are diffused into the air, they are quickly absorbed by the respiratory system and can provide a calming and soothing effect on the mind, uplift the spirit, and enhance overall wellbeing. The diffusion not only adds fragrance to the air but also rids it of bacteria and other germs present.

By inhaling the air, essential oils can work a lot faster than normal and achieve desired effects. The aroma causes the nervous system to send signals to the limbic system in the brain, where the memory and emotions lie. Just the way you salivate when you perceive a strong and sweet food aroma, the brain is prompted to initiate different physiological functions like releasing hormones, relieving pain, or enhance mood.

There are different kinds of diffusers based on their mode of operation:

The Ultrasonic Diffuser

These kinds of diffusers work as a humidifier, air purifier, atomizer, and as an essential oil diffuser. They create a fine mist of water and oil and disperse them into the air.

The Nebulizing Diffuser

The nebulizing diffuser works with the atomizing technology. It directly converts essential oils into vapor without the need for water. This kind of diffuser ensures you get 100% therapeutic-grade, undiluted oil.

Other types of diffusers include the heat and the evaporative diffusers and produce a lower oil molecule than the rest. The use of heat from lamps or candles reduces the effect and benefits of the essential oil.

There are many factors to consider when choosing a diffuser. They include:

  • Auto-shutoff: This feature will stop your diffuser when it runs out of oil to prevent internal elements from burning out.
  • Timer: To allow you determine how long you want the diffuser to run.

I have compiled some Essential Oil Diffuser benefits that would encourage you to get one if you don't already have one.

What Are The Benefits of Aromatherapy Diffusers?

Sleep, Rest, and Relaxation

Essential oils have a way of helping you calm down and relieve stress after a long day at work. The aroma of the oil will remove the tension, and make your body feel more relaxed. Using a diffuser remains the fastest way to achieve these effects, than any other form of application. You can keep one at your office to help you relax, and at your home, by the bedside to aid your night rest.

For this, you can diffuse oils like Lavender, sweet marjoram, roman chamomile, mandarin, clary sage and spikenard few minutes before bedtime so they can evenly spread.

Pain Relieving

Not only can you apply essential oils directly on the body for pain, but the use of diffusers can also help enhance the effects and relieve pain. It is particularly useful for pain resulting from headaches, migraines, stressed muscles, and sore joints.

I would recommend diffusing ginger, lavender, eucalyptus, rosemary, chamomile, or marjoram essential oil for quick pain relief.

Illness Prevention and Disinfectant

The use of a diffuser at your home or office can help ward off illnesses like cold, flu, etc. The powerful antimicrobial property of essential oils comes in handy when diffused. When the molecules of the oil are exposed to the pathogens or microbes in the air, they render them powerless before they can affect your body. This way, they disinfect the surroundings. Another way it prevents illness is by boosting your immune system, which means, even if microbes find their way into your body, your body will be able to fight any impending illness.

Suggested Oils: Rosemary, lemon, thyme, cinnamon, clove, and tea tree oil.

Intellectual Boost

Diffusing Essential Oils also help to boost your mental ability by charging your brain cells. When you feel stressed, your cognitive abilities are lower than normal. Essential oils soothe your body and help you feel relaxed, which in turn will help boost your mood. This will improve your brain’s ability to focus. Another interesting fact about essential oils is their ability to create hormonal balances. Whatever may hinder your brain’s inherent capabilities will be removed by consistently diffusing essential oil.

You will find the peppermint oil, basil, lemon or rosemary oils excellent for this purpose.

Anti-depressants

Essential oils can help you feel more happy. It is normal to be emotionally down, but research has shown, that aromas can trigger pleasant memories, sometimes from the past and give you a boost. Sweet smelling oils like Lavender can be particularly uplifting, psychologically, and provide a cal feeling to the spirit. You can also try lemon, rosemary, or neroli oil.

Easy Breathing

When the molecules of essential oils hit your nasal passageway, they can help to decongest and reduce inflammation. This will help you breathe more easily. In cases of breathing disorders like sleep apnea or snoring, diffusing the oil 15 minutes before sleeping can help you throughout the night. I would recommend the peppermint oil for this purpose, though rosemary, eucalyptus, and lemon oils do an excellent job.

Insect repellant

Having essential oil molecules in the air can help prevent insects like moth, mosquitoes, houseflies, etc. from invading your home. Simply diffuse either clove, lemongrass, rosemary, or cedarwood.

For Fragrance and elimination of bad odors

We all hate bad odor, be it in the bathroom or the toilet, or even the person next to us. A diffuser can help you eliminate all appearances of bad odor and add an attractive fragrance to your environment. It can also help you set the mood for celebration or a particular ambiance.  Peppermint and Spearmint essential oils can create a refreshing mood. Pine, spruce, or fir can set a special holiday ambiance.

Other Forms Of Diffusing  Essential Oils

Direct Inhalation

You can do this by pouring a few drops of the oil onto your palms, rub them together and inhale directly by cupping your hand over your nose.

Steaming

In a bowl containing hot water, put 2-3 drops of essential oils. Get a towel to cover your head and bend over the bowl directly. Inhale the steam emitted for a few minutes.

Final Thoughts

Whatever your aim of diffusing is, the incredible benefits of essential oil diffusers are undeniable and unprecedented. You will experience a feeling of overall wellbeing, and ensure that you and your family enjoy full health benefits of diffusing essential oils. When choosing oils, ensure you go for only pure and therapeutic grade oils. Simply put a few il drops into the machine, set your timer and you are good to go.

About the author

Sally Wong

Sally Wong is a manual therapist for about 15 years now and also a massage specialist. She is actively taking care of her body to stay healthy and in shape by doing Yoga and Tai Chi. She has a lot of knowledge and interest in Essential Oils because of her Oriental background. She learnt many things from her Grandmother. Originally from a small village in South China, now she lives in Vancouver, Canada.

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