Types of Essential Oil Diffusers
If you are new to essential oils, you may be confused by the different types of diffusers available. This guide will help you make some easy choices.
Basically, there are 4 different types of diffusers to choose from. Each essential oil diffuser type has pros and cons which are covered below.
Heat diffusers are the easiest to understand. They are relatively simple as a heat diffuser relies on heat to evaporate your essential oil into the air. The heat is supplied by a candle or light bulb.
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The simpler elements in your oil break down quickly causing the simpler components to be released prior to the heavier components. Thus, it unevenly breaks down your essential oil.
These types of diffusers usually need to be refilled sooner than others, and can sometimes damage or even destroy your essential oils if overheated.
They are very affordable.
They are perfect for travel.
They do not make any noise.
Evaporating diffusers are equally as simple, “low tech” diffuser. With these, you place a few drops of an essential oil onto a collecting pad or filter, and some type of heating element or fan distributes the aroma into the atmosphere.
Like the heat diffuser, it delivers individual components at different times causing uneven breakdown which may not be good for a large area.
They are affordable.
They are also quiet.
Humidifying and Ultrasonic Diffusers
A humidifying diffuser, also called an ultrasonic diffuser, uses mist to spread the essential oils so they can add some humidity to a room. However, you likely will not notice the humidity change as it is very slight.
This diffuser will usually require a slightly larger investment than those previously mentioned.
Needs to be cleaned after each use.
These are quiet machines, and you can even purchase models that come with the sound of trickling water like a babbling brook that you may find soothing and relaxing.
You can purchase models that include rotating colored light options.
Atomizing and Nebulizing Diffusers
Atomizing diffusers, also called nebulizing diffusers, allows a liquid to evaporate and in doing so it puts a scent into the surrounding environment.
You can easily pay more for a nebulizing or atomizing diffuser.
It can fill a large area quickly.
The essential oil is evenly dispersed as the and light components of your oil are broken down at the same rate.
Most models deliver a humming sound which is pleasing to many.
This is a low maintenance model, and you do not have to clean it after every use.
Many models include a timer which is helpful because you can become immune to the aromas if you use them for more than 15-minute sessions.
Many believe this is the best all-around essential oil diffuser.
Diffusers simply dispense the therapeutic properties of essential oils which deliver excellent mental and physical health benefits. Personal preference is important when purchasing a diffuser.
I hope this guide is helpful in learning about essential oils. Please let me know if you have any other details to share about essential oil diffusers.