It hasn’t been that long since I was first introduced to essential oils, but I’ve been hooked almost from day one.
Smelling is most directly linked to our primal brain. You probably recognize this: you get somewhere, it smells of something familiar, and immediately all kinds of memories from the past come back.
There are several ways you can use essential oils, but my favorite is diffusion. And yes, you can diffuse essential oil without having an ‘official’ diffuser.
In this article, I’ll tell you 10 ways to diffuse essential oils. By the way, only organic, non-GMO essential oils are good enough for me. There are too many counterfeits on the market.
I also pay attention to the packaging. A plastic bottle poses too much risk of plastic particles in the oil and contributes to the already too large mountain of plastic waste.
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Table of contents
- 1 Why is it important to buy good quality?
- 2 10 Ways to diffuse essential oils
- 2.1 Direct inhalation from the hands
- 2.2 Direct inhalation from paper or textile
- 2.3 Rub in the pure essential oil
- 2.4 Massage a mix of carrier oil and essential oil
- 2.5 Terracotta ornament
- 2.6 Diffusing with a fan
- 2.7 Spray with an atomizer
- 2.8 Aroma lamp
- 2.9 Humidifier or vaporizer
- 2.10 Ultrasonic diffuser
- 3 Tips to choose the right diffuser for essential oils
- 4 The best ways to diffuse essential oils
Why is it important to buy good quality?
Did you know that there is more lavender essential oil for sale than is possible on the basis of the lavender that actually grows?
1 liter of essential lavender oil contains 100 to 200 kilos of flowering lavender. So you understand that a bottle of oil for a few euros at the supermarket can hardly be natural lavender, let alone organic.
Also, invest in a good quality diffuser once you are sure you want one. Try other ways to diffuse the essential oil first, if you aren’t certain yet.
10 Ways to diffuse essential oils
Direct inhalation from the hands
The easiest method is to put a few drops in your non-dominant palm, gently rub 3 times with the other palm, hold your hands in front of your nose, and inhale. Start slow, with 1 drop, and if you respond well to that, increase the number of drops to 3.
The nice thing about essential oil is that it is not greasy, like regular oil. When I use tea tree oil, I rub my hands after inhaling on my chest to clean them without worrying about staining my clothes.
Direct inhalation from paper or textile
Moisten a tissue, paper towel, cotton pad, or handkerchief with 1 to 3 drops and hold it close to your nose.
It also works well to apply drops to your pillowcase before going to sleep.
Rub in the pure essential oil
You can apply it directly under your nose or if the scent is too strong for you, on your hands or wrists.
Essential oil is very concentrated, so I would like to point out again that you should start slowly with 1 drop. Most people (and pets too) respond well to essential oil, but some are allergic to it. You want to notice that in time.
Massage a mix of carrier oil and essential oil
An essential oil can be mixed very well with so-called carrier oils. Use vegetable oil for this, such as olive oil or sunflower oil. Most brands of essential oils have a suitable special oil of their own.
Unglazed small pots or ornaments absorb the essential oil and slowly release it into the room.
The fragrance will be more subtle than with either of the other methods. Not only because the diffusing process is slow, but also because we quickly get used to scents and then don’t notice them anymore.
Place or hang the terracotta form on the windowsill or somewhere in a draft to promote spreading the fragrance.
Diffusing with a fan
Put a few drops on a textile hand fan. Tie a cotton ball moistened with a few drops to the ceiling fan or a wall fan. Or hang a terracotta ornament in front of a fan.
Spray with an atomizer
Mix your favorite essential oil with some water and use an atomizer to spray the fragrance into your room or kitchen. The diffusing of essential oil is ideal to expel cooking smells.
Some aroma lamps work with a tea light, others use electric light. They all have a platform above the candle or lamp on which you have to pour some essential oil.
To be honest, it surprises me that every brand of essential oil recommends this method and offers different models because essential oil loses its qualities due to heating.
Humidifier or vaporizer
This method also evaporates by heating, so I have the same doubts as with the aroma lamp. However, a humidifier is ideal for maintaining humidity, so if you use it for that, you can add a few drops of essential oil for the scent.
Even though essential oil loses some of its qualities when heated, it is never dangerous to warm it. Unless you use low or artificial quality.
These diffusers use sound of a frequency that is too high for our human ears to hear and produce a fine mist. They are available running on electricity, batteries, or USB.
You can use tap water to fill the diffuser and let the drops seep in, but filtered water may be better depending on where you live.
Due to the wide choice of models, a diffuser can be used at home, but also in the car or when traveling.
Tips to choose the right diffuser for essential oils
- What power supply do you want? An electricity plug, batteries, USB connection, or a car charger (12V plug) for motor home or caravan;
- Where are you going to use a diffuser? If it’s in the car you will choose a different size from one you are putting on a dedicated spot in the house;
- In a smaller one, it is easier to switch fragrances, yet it has to be refilled more often;
- Is the diffuser easy to clean?
- Are different time settings available? Since we get used to scents very quickly, it is best to interrupt the diffusion time regularly;
- Does it switch off when the reservoir is empty?
- Will the diffuser produce noise?
- Do you want a light with it? The models with light usually have different colors of light that you can either choose separately or in a sequence.
The best ways to diffuse essential oils
I myself have 2 preferences from these 10 ways to diffuse essential oils: inhaling from my hands and an ultrasonic diffuser. But you see, we are all different, so maybe you have or develop a different preference.
Fragrances and essential oils are healing. Aromatherapy is often used today. And diffusers can play an important role in this. So why not get a diffuser today and let the wonders of essential oils comfort you.
Which method of diffusing do you like most? Let us know in the comment box below.