If you’ve been searching for a while, by now you know that diffusers come in all different shapes, sizes, and types!
You see, at the most basic level, all diffusers work to disperse essential oils into the air so that you can breathe it in and your body can absorb it.
But there’s much more to diffusers than that of course…
What are the four main types of essential oil diffusers available?
With all the different types of diffusers available, it’s important to get to know them all so that you can figure out which one will allow you to experience the aromatherapy benefits each has to offer.
The four main types of diffusers available to you include:
- Heat Diffusers
- Evaporative Diffusers
- Nebulizing Diffusers
- Ultrasonic Diffusers
These types of diffusers heat the essential oils until they evaporate and release the scent into the air. You may have seen diffusers of this kind that operate with a tea candle or electric heat. The downside to this type of diffuser, however, is that heating the oils may change its composition which can defeat the purpose of the oil. It’s best to find a heat diffuser with a lower level of heat that will subtly heat the oil, without making big changes to the compounds. You should also stick to thicker oils such as Sandalwood when using this type of diffuser.
Possibly the most basic (and cheapest) of all diffusers, they rely on a fan to pull air from the room which is then blown through a pad or filter with drops of essential oil on it. This causes the oils to evaporate and blow through the room. Evaporative diffusers also exist without a fan, most commonly diffuser jewelry or inhaler pens. This type of diffuser relies on the natural air current to subtly diffuse the oil. The downside to this type of diffuser is that you may not be getting the full benefits from the oils as lighter compounds will diffuse quicker than heavier compounds.
These types of diffusers come with an ease of use almost unmatched by the other three types of diffusers. Requiring no heat or water, nebulizing diffusers instead use the process of nebulization to evaporate the essential oils. During this process, the oils are broken down into atoms, without disrupting the chemical composition. This results in a pure evaporation of oils in small enough particles that the body can absorb them almost immediately.
Creating a gentle mist similar to that of a nebulizing diffuser, ultrasonic diffusers use ultrasonic technology which converts water and oil into a cold mist under high-frequency vibration. This cold mist is then evaporated into the entire room subtly, offering the most efficient form of diffusion of all four diffusers. In the dryer months, ultrasonic diffusers offer an even greater benefit with their humidifying and air purifying aspects. Since these diffusers are often made from plastic, it’s important to clean regularly as essential oils (especially citrus based oils) have a corrosive effect.
Check out the different diffusers available for you so you can start experiencing the aromatherapy benefits of essential oils as soon as possible!