Although I use Young Living Essential Oils, I don’t like the design of their diffusers. I think they’re too bulky and ugly.
Instead I am using an aroma diffuser which I bought from MUJI for $89. I like MUJI’s design as it is simple and aesthetically more pleasing. It is also made of plastic so I don’t need to worry about breakage. It is light and blends into your home easily.
Here’s some description about this aroma diffuser: “The Aroma Diffuser uses ultrasonic waves to vaporise water and the essential oil in the tank to produce a cool, dry, fragrant mist. Includes transformer with EU and UK plug attachments. The white cylinder also houses a lamp that shines with an ambient glow and has 2 light settings. It’s flame free and safe for use round children and pets.”
I never liked using tea lights (the traditional method of “burning” essential oils). Plus it is dangerous to have tea lights in the home. You may forget to blow out the tea light.
With the MUJI aroma diffuser, you can use its timer setting to diffuse for 30 mins, 60 mins, 120 mins or even up to 180 mins. Also you can switch it on as ambient lighting – it has a soft glow! (More photos of this aroma diffuser here.)
Below is an article which I hope you will find helpful in understanding diffusers.
Benefits of Diffusing
The easiest and simplest way of putting essential oils into the air for inhalation is to use an aromatic diffuser. A cold air diffuser uses room-temperature air to blow the oil up against some kind of nebulizer. This breaks the oils up into a micro-fine mist that is then dispersed into the air.
The oils, with their oxygenating molecules, will then remain suspended for several hours to freshen and improve the quality of the air. The anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and antiseptic properties of the oils kill bacteria and help reduce fungus and mould.
Essential oils, when diffused, have been found to reduce the amount of airborne chemicals and metallics as well as help to create greater spiritual, physical, and emotional harmony.
How Long Should You Diffuse Essential Oils?
While a diffusers can run continuously until it is out of oil, the greatest therapeutic benefit is received by diffusing oils for only 10 minutes out of an hour so that the olfactory system has time to recover before receiving more oils. This also helps to conserve your oils. A simple way to do this is to use a programmable timer that can automatically turn on your diffuser each hour for 10 minutes. (My MUJI diffuser can diffuse at a minimum of 30 mins.)
Which Essential Oils Are Excellent For Purifying The Air?
Diffusing essential oils in the home or work place is one of the best ways to purify our environment. The anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and antiseptic properties of the oils, along with the negative ions and oxygenating molecules that are released when essential oils are diffused, all help to reduce chemicals, bacteria, and metallics in the air.
Cinnamon bark, mountain savory, oregano, and Thieves (a blend by Young Living Essential Oils), were all tested by Weber State University and were shown to kill 99.96% of the airborne bacteria present when diffused into the atmosphere.
Negative Ions Are Good For You…Really!
Negative ions are produced naturally by wind and rain. They help stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system which controls rest, relaxation, digestion, and sleep.
If you live in a stressful environment, or an environment full of electronic equipment (which produce positive ions), the diffusion of negatively ionizing oils can help balance the ions in the air and produce a more stress free environment.
Oils that ionize negatively when diffused include: bergamot, cedarwood, citronella, eucalyptus (citriodora), grapefruit, lavandin, lavender, lemon, lemongrass, mandarin, orange, patchouli, and sandalwood.
Positive ions are produced by electronic equipment and are typically found in man-made environments. They help stimulate the sympathetic nervous system, necessary for recovering, strengthening, and energizing.
If you live in an environment with an over-abundance of negative ions, such as in the country or by the ocean, you may benefit greatly by diffusing positively ionizing oils.
Oils that ionize positively when diffused into the air include: clove, cypress, eucalyptus, frankincense, helichrysum, juniper, marjoram, melaleuca (quinquenervia), pine, ravensara, rosemary, thyme, & ylang ylang.
Essential Oil Recipe For Freshening Your Home All Year Round
Spruce – 50 drops
Lavender – 25 drops
Eucalyptus – 25 drops
Cedarwood – 20 drops
Add this essential oil blend to diffuser and diffuse for fresh, uplifting scent!