How to Master Your Essential Oil Diffuser Like an Aromatherapist
- Essential oil diffusers are electric devices that turn aromatic oils into diffused mists that fill the room with a fragrant aroma.
- They have many benefits, from enhancing the atmosphere with pleasant scents to helping lift the mood and encourage relaxation.
- There are multiple methods of diffusion and oil-blending, so learning the safe and proper way to diffuse will help you get the most out of your oils.
Have you noticed an uptick in all things essential oils? This super-soothing aromatherapy trend seems to be everywhere, and we’re living for it. If you’ve contributed to this fast-growing interest, you’re probably already an aromatherapy pro. But if you’re a newbie in search of amazing tips and tricks for diffusion mastery, this is the guide for you.
Interestingly, though it seems like we’re suddenly seeing them everywhere, essential oils and oil diffusion are by no means modern concepts. In fact, they have been used for thousands of years in religious ceremonies, healing and more. Today, dreamy smelling essential oils are most often diffused to encourage stress relief and calm, but there are so many reasons why you should think about integrating them into your routine.
THE BENEFITS OF AN ESSENTIAL OIL DIFFUSER
So why have these oils remained popular for thousands of years? The answer is complex, but it comes down to the belief that breathing in certain aromas can lead to improved mental and physical health. Though there’s no evidence that aromatherapy can cure anything, there is no doubt that it can help you sink into a certain state of mind and take you to a whole new place entirely. Here are some of the top essential oil diffuser benefits to consider before investing in your first ultrasonic essential oil diffuser.
- It Boosts Your Mood—Though there is a lot of misinformation out there about essential oils and mental health, one scientifically proven benefit is that they can help make you feel happy. In fact, a study conducted at Ohio State University showed that lemon oil had the power to lift the mood in study participants. So the next time you’re feeling a bit blue, go ahead and break out something lemony.
- It Helps Create a Relaxing Ambiance—Much like essential oils can make you feel cheerful, so too can they help you sink into a state of deep relaxation and maybe even get better sleep. Oils of lavender, rose, bergamot, orange, chamomile and frankincense have long been used for their tranquilizing effects. Try our orange and bergamot essential oil blend if you’re looking to totally chill.
- It Doubles as a Humidifier—One reason why many aromatherapists prefer ultrasonic diffusing (which uses electricity to power subtle vibrations, which agitate water and trigger the oils to disperse) is because they help introduce great-smelling moisture into the air, making them amazing for use in dry, air-conditioned rooms or when you’re feeling under the weather in the winter.
- It Makes the Room Smell Great without a Flame—Don’t get us wrong—we’re obsessed with candles (it’s kind of our thing). But we recognize that not everyone is comfortable having an open flame in the house, especially when there are pets and little ones around. But everybody loves stuff that smells good, so diffusers are a great alternative. The ultrasonic diffuser also edges out other types of diffusers because it’s relatively low-maintenance and easy to clean.
- It Preserves the Quality of the Oil—Unlike other types of diffusion, modern-day ultrasonic diffusers are unique in that they help preserve the original chemical structure of the oils. Other styles heat—and sometimes even burn—the oil molecules, which can destroy the structure and make them less fragrant.
- It Takes You Somewhere Else Entirely—When you burn that holiday essential oil blend, you’ll automatically be transported to your grandma’s house on Christmas Day, sugar cookies and all. Break out the beach cottage oil blend and sink into vivid memories of childhood summers. Aromas have the amazing power of being able to rustle up your entire catalog of feelings, so they’re ideal for all you homesick, nostalgic and reminiscent types out there.
HOW TO USE AN ESSENTIAL OIL DIFFUSER
Clearly, there are tons of great reasons to invest in a high-quality essential oil diffuser and a stash of mood-boosting scents, but you may still feel confused by exactly how the diffuser works or how to get started. An ultrasonic oil diffuser plugs into the wall with a standard electrical outlet, which triggers a ceramic disc inside to vibrate. This vibration breaks down the essential oils into teeny-tiny particles, which are then blended with water and dispersed into the air as aromatic mist.
It may seem a tad complicated, but don’t fret. A good essential oil diffuser will do all of this work for you, with very minimal setup and effort from you. Generally, most ultrasonic essential oil diffusers work in the same way. Here’s how to use one.
1. Set it Up—First things first: set it up! You’ll need to position your diffuser somewhere within close proximity to a wall outlet. We recommend placing it in your living room, bedroom or anywhere you like to relax. Place the diffuser on a side table or nightstand, preferably on a tray, at least two feet above the floor. This will help ensure that moisture is properly distributed into the air.
2. Fill Up the Tank—Because the diffuser relies on water to help create a nice-smelling mist, you will routinely have to fill it up with water. Our diffuser has a clearly marked fill line so you always know exactly how much water to use. We recommend avoiding regular tap water because it can cause mineral buildup inside the diffuser, compromising its ability to work properly over time. Your best bet is to use filtered water in your diffuser.
3. Add the Oils—Now for the fun part, adding the oils! First, remove the lids to all of your oils and give them a great, big whiff. Just kidding! That part is totally optional. Add as many drops of oil as desired. You will generally want to add anywhere between three and fifteen drops for a 100-milliliter diffuser depending on strength, but don’t be afraid to experiment until you come up with the perfect amount. Want to blend two or three oils? Check out the blending tips below!
4. Adjust the Settings—The great thing about modern essential oil diffusers is that they can be tailored to a wide range of preferences. For example, our Ultrasonic Aroma Diffuser has two selectable spray modes: a pulse or a constant stream. It also has an LED light that provides soft illumination and can function as a nightlight, if desired. Again, finding your ideal settings may take a bit of experimentation, but it’s well worth it when you land on the right ones.
HOW TO BLEND ESSENTIAL OILS
Okay, now for the part that will make you feel like a professional aromatherapist with years of experience, even if this is your very first bottle. To diffuse like an expert, you’re going to want to learn a thing or two about blending so you find the right aroma for every situation and ambiance.
How do you blend essential oils, you ask? Well, it’s somewhat of an art, one that takes lots of trial and error. But it’s definitely one you want to learn how to master, especially if you want to create completely customized scents that play into your preferred vibe. Maybe you want a cinnamon, coffee and clove essential oil blend to warm you up in the morning or want to design your own essential oil blend for a clean smell when you’re doing chores on Saturday morning.
To get started, invest in a collection of pure essential oils that you can mix to create one-of-a-kind aromas (sometimes called synergies or blends). Choose scents that complement one another in terms of both the scent’s qualities and the feeling it elicits—for example, if you’re going for something soothing, don’t pair calming chamomile with uplifting lemon. There are lots of readily available essential oil recipes you’ll find online.
Each blend should have strong top, middle and base notes to create a harmonious, well-rounded balance.
- Top notes are the first thing you’ll smell, yet they’re usually the lightest of the three and the ones that disappear the quickest. Common top notes include lemon, bergamot and other citruses as well as herbs like sage and lavender.
Middle notes or “heart notes” are the second thing you’ll smell. These notes are generally marked by their more mellow, smooth scent. Some common middle notes include florals like rose and lavender and spices like black pepper.
- Base notes are the final thing you’ll smell within your blend. Mixing with the middle notes, base notes create the primary scent of the synergy. Some common base notes include earthy scents like cedarwood, musk, amber and patchouli.
Because they are not intended for direct use on the skin, these oil blends do not require the addition of a carrier oil, and you can simply drop them directly into the oil well in your diffuser or mix them beforehand. If you’re not particularly keen on creating your own concoctions from scratch, don’t worry. There are lots of pre-blended essential oil options that will work beautifully in your aromatherapy diffuser.
HOW TO CLEAN YOUR DIFFUSER
Last but not least, a little bit of light maintenance. We recommend giving your aroma diffuser a good wipe-down after every five or six uses. This will help ensure that every single pure or blended drop you use will smell exactly how it’s intended, without any indication of previous scents you’ve “burned.” It will also help keep your diffuser working at its best for longer.
To clean, make sure you completely shut off and unplug the diffuser before beginning. Wipe out the oil reservoir with a damp cotton cloth, making sure to get every drop. If you see some residue remaining, you can use a cotton ball dipped in alcohol to get rid of the buildup. Rinse the reservoir and allow it to completely dry before using it again.
STOP AND SMELL THE AROMAS
If you’re ready to sink into the great, big world of essential oils, you’re in for a treat! All you need is a high-quality aromatherapy diffuser and the oils of your choice. With the right collection, you’ll build a library that helps you get into any state of mind. And with Homesick essential oil blends, you can use your oils to take you all over the world, from France to Long Island to Northern California.