Essential oils provide a natural and healthy way to improve your mood in the office. In an earlier post, I shared how they work and what essential oils are beneficial to reduce stress. There is no doubt that I support the use of essential oils. I have actually been using them for years and in a later post will share a special blend that I have used over and over to increase focus. But, today, I want to share a bit about essential oil diffusers.
Diffusers, as discussed in an earlier post, are a simple way to start using essential oils. There are many options available for diffusing essential oils, so let’s take a look at the different types of diffusers.
Types of Essential Oil Diffusers
Diffusers have been around for many years. Recent improvements provide stronger (and safer) diffusing of oils. The newer types of diffusers are cool air nebulizer diffusers but these are definitely not the only ones available. Take a look at the most common types of essential oil diffusers:
This is the first ever type of diffuser that I used. Typically inexpensive, they are a good way to start experimenting with essential oils if you have a tight budget. They look similar to a tart warmer. A glass or ceramic container holds a small votive candle on the bottom. You will place oils in the top either on the surface itself or in a bit of water. Light the votive on the bottom to heat the oil and release the scent (molecules).
There are two main drawbacks to the candle diffuser. One is that the heat from the candle causes changes in the oil at a molecular level. If you remember in the prior post, I discussed the molecular make up of essential oils. Because it is the molecules themselves that are beneficial, you want to avoid damaging those.
Another drawback – working with an open flame. You definitely can’t set up your diffuser and walk away, particularly if you have children or a curious cat. So, this would not be your best option if you were using the diffuser throughout the day going in and out of the area you were working.
Oil lamps are another option. However, like candle diffusers, they are messy and can be dangerous, since they work much like a kerosene heater. The burn the essential oils to disperse them throughout the air. Again, burning the oil smells nice, but changes the molecular makeup. Again, this is not a safe option around children or curious cats.
Electric Heat Diffuser. Electric diffusers provide another option. This system is slightly simpler than the nebulizer diffuser. An electric heat diffuser contains a chamber with absorbent pads on the inside. Oils are placed on the pads and heat after plugging it in. The warmth will disperse the scent into the air. Heat diffusers are definitely safer than the previous options.
They do work fairly well on the stronger oils, like Ylang Ylang and Sandalwood oils. However, the aroma lasts a much shorter time and, in my opinion, create a much weaker scent. If you are unsure about how essential oils will affect you, this may be a good first option since it disperses a much milder scent than other diffusers.
Ultrasonic diffusers use water to carry the essential oils into the air. This type of diffuser was the second type that I experimented with. I still use some of the original ultrasonic diffusers that I bought. These diffusers provide some cool air and the scent of the oils into the air. However, the scent emitted is weaker because it is diluted by water. While cool air nebulizers are quality diffusers that work well for a wide range of benefits, they generally can’t handle the stronger essential oils like sandalwood.
These diffusers are generally inexpensive and come in a variety of designs – including plastic, galvanized metal and wood. They are a safe design to use when you have children. Or curious cats. Most last for several hours, do a good job of dispersing the aroma in a smallish area and turn off when they run dry. Many have colorful lights to create a mood and are generally quiet.
Glass Nebulizing Essential Oil Diffuser
A newer type of nebulizing diffuser uses no heat and no water to disperse the essential oils. Thus, they are safer to use. In addition, they do not change the molecular structure of the essential oils or dilute the scent. This type of diffuser is extremely quiet so it is not disruptive in your environment. Some newer models of glass diffusers contain NO PLASTICS – and that is something that I really like.
Recently, I was tested for environmental allergies and one of the things I was most allergic to was – believe it or not – plastics. Now, if you have ever tried to avoid contact with plastic, you will find that it is extremely difficult (impossible) to avoid. That they are making glass and ceramic diffusers is very exciting to me.
These new diffusers are definitely more therapeutic – because they are dispersing pure essential oils into the air. In addition, they do not add humidity to the air as the ultrasonic misters do. Overall, while these diffusers are more expensive, when you can afford one, I definitely recommend this type of diffuser.
Tips For Using the Diffuser
When you make your purchase of a diffuser, make sure you read the instructions manual carefully. These instructions will generally be more extensive for the ultrasonic or nebulizer diffuser. Generally, for this type of diffuser, you will first need to assemble it, then plug it in. You will need to put about 15-20 total drops into the chamber, but this is total for all oils. If you are using more than one type of oil, only put about 5 drops of each one.
The directions will help you in determining the length of time you want the diffuser to run and how to care for the diffuser to ensure that it has a long life. Once you begin using an essential oil diffuser in your home office, I think you will be very pleased. When using good quality essential oils, you will no doubt find that you feel better and experience much less stress. Please let me know what you think after you experience this healthy tool in your office.
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