It feels like everyone is talking about oil diffusers right now, but what exactly is an oil diffuser, and why should I try one? Oil diffusers are an easy way to make your home smell good, but they also offer some health and wellness benefits too.
I don’t know about you, but I love burning scented candles. There’s something so therapeutic about burning beautifully scented candles, but with candles, it’s always a concern on the compounds that burn from a candle which go into the atmosphere and in to our lungs.
If you burn candles regularly, you’ll know they can leave your walls looking grey thanks to the soot, and that soot is entering the lungs, which isn’t great, especially if you have any respiratory illnesses, which is where oil diffusers come in. If you notice candles exacerbate symptoms of allergies, asthma and other respiratory problems, an oil diffuser is the perfect alternative.
How Do Oil Diffusers Work?
Oil diffusers work by releasing a mist of water and essential oils into the air. The water within the diffuser evaporates, releasing the oil’s fragrance into the air. There are different types of oil diffusers to choose from, depending on your budget, how strong you’d like the scent to be, and the room you’ll be using your diffuser.
Some diffusers use heat as a means to evaporate the water into the atmosphere with the essential oils, while other use ultrasonic waves, or a light bulb as the heat source. They’re all electric, and there are no naked flames, making them ideal for those with pets or young children, as you don’t have to worry about them as much as you do with candles.
The most popular type of oil diffuser is a plug-in diffuser, which you can place on your bedside table, or your desk in your office. Under the lid, there’s a small reservoir which needs to be filled with water, and you there add a couple of drops of your chosen essential oil, and turn it on – it’s as simple and stress-free as that.
Why Should You Consider Getting An Oil Diffuser For Your Home?
The oils you add to your diffuser are diluted with water, and the scent can be as potent or subtle as you like, which isn’t something you can do with candles. You can’t control the scent throw with a candle, like you can with a diffuser. So if you’re working in a small room, you’re going to want to be light handed with how many drops you add, whereas if you’re in a large room, you can opt for more oil drops, for a stronger scent.
Oil diffusers can be used to create a relaxing atmosphere. Depending on the oil blend you choose, some of the oils can act as natural insect repellents and provide relief from allergies.
You could opt for a lavender oil to use in the hours before bed, to aid relaxation, or perhaps you want a more invigorating blend to kickstart your working day. You can easily change the oils by rinsing the reservoir and using a different oil, so oil diffusers can be a lot more flexible, and you don’t have to worry about ingesting chemicals like you do with candles, making them a great addition to any home.