What is a diffuser and how does it work?
The history of essential oil diffusers begins with the history of aromatherapy, an alternative therapy that uses inhaled or vaporized herbs to cure ailments. In the civilizations of ancient China, Egypt and Rome, essential oils were already used, and this has been the case throughout history.
In other words, oil diffusers improve the environment by diffusing fragrances on the air; this aerial technique is a way to apply aromatherapy. There are many types of diffusers, some use heat, others do not; each one has a different use, besides they are not only used for therapeutic purposes, but they are very well in the decoration of our home.
Some of the advantages of using diffusers are, purifying the air and disinfecting it from viruses and bacteria, improving the mood of those who occupy the aromatized environment, improving concentration and energizing people, lowering stress and anxiety and spreading a rich aroma inside the home.
How does an oil diffuser work?
When we use an essential oil diffuser, all the particles are distributed through the air, filling the room, the permeation is the best known way of spreading the essential oil through the air, although some diffusers also use heat. The oil is the main ingredient of aromatherapy, its aroma enters the brain causing a well-being and generating a sense of physical health.
Main types of essential oils diffusers.
The diffusers can be of the ultrasonic, evaporative, heat or nebulizer type.
Ultrasonic diffusers use electric current for a vibrator to cause the dispersion of oil micro-particles through the air. This diffuser creates an ideal cold mist for aromatherapy. It does not use heat in the oil, keeping its healing properties intact and is surely the most popular type of diffuser on the market.
The diffusers of evaporative type are less efficient since they divide the essential oils causing the loss of their therapeutic properties.
Those who use heat are like ovens or burners, cause rapid evaporation of the oil and may not be used to the maximum potential for aromatherapy, however, this type of diffusers are cheap and silent compared to ultrasound and others that use electric current.
Nebulizer diffusers are similar to perfume atomizers by all we know, is one of the best ways to disperse the essential oil in the air in the form of drops, it is recommended that they have a timer that controls their use and turn them off at intervals.
Candles for the diffusion of essential oils are better known than diffusers but these tend to drown out the aroma of oil with their own smell, so the use of diffusers is vastly better and more effective.
The diffusers of nebulizer type have more capacity of oil than the ultrasonic, those of the evaporative type use a battery, each one is different.
There are diffusers of oil, mud, where the oil penetrates the container and diffuses the aroma in the air, there are electric heaters made of ceramic or ceramic glass, there is a fan used to blow and disperse the oil mist in the room.
The best brands we have tested are:
- Lowe’s – Ultrasonic diffuser, very quiet and low consumption, easy to clean.
- Well & Jet – The nebulizer type with aromatherapeutic tendencies, although a bit noisy. But with a good control of the flow of the perfume, in addition it allows to combine oils in its interior, the disadvantage of these is that they are not very aesthetic.
- Lotus – This type of ultrasonic diffuser is super silent and very easy to clean. It has a timer and automatic closing system and has an excellent design that makes it very attractive.
On a final word, a diffuser must be easy to use, it can be placed in the bedroom or in the main room; the price is very low for the benefits that it gives to our health. You can search the Internet for new and even used diffusers at a good price.
We must bear in mind that essential oils can be toxic if we ingest them, this should be avoided, when using them on the skin should be diluted with a base oil, the diffusers will lighten the way as only a little water and they do all the work.