What is an essential oil diffuser?

An essential oil diffuser sends essential oils into the air, filling your room with natural components that can support your health and wellbeing. And, of course, it can make your room smell amazing!

Diffusing essential oils is one of the simplest, safest ways to experience their benefits.

When you inhale an essential oil, its molecules enter your respiratory system and pass into your bloodstream.

Sometimes, using a personal inhaler is the best way to deliver the concentrated “dose” of essential oils you need for deep, quick relief. But other times, a gentler, less potent method is more appropriate.

Diffusing essential oils allows you to get a less concentrated dose, over a longer period of time.

Learn more about how the body absorbs essential oils and the benefits of essential oil inhalation here.

Why diffuse essential oils?

You can diffuse oils for practically any purpose!

A few examples are when you want to:

  • Protect your immunity during cold season
  • Support your breathing during cold and allergy season
  • Shift your mood for a more positive outlook
  • Create a relaxed, mellow environment in the evenings
  • Perk yourself up in the morning with energizing scents
  • Stay mentally focused and productive during projects
  • Purify the air and reduce airborne health threats
  • Freshen your indoor air and fill your home with irresistible scent

What is an essential oil diffuser blend?

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Diffusing an individual essential oil allows you to fill your home with one specific scent, such as sweet orange or clove bud.

You can also diffuse a blend of essential oils.

Diffusing a blend allows you to get the benefits of multiple oils at the same time.

When you’re first learning to diffuse essential oil blends, you can drop the oils right into your diffuser. There’s no need to blend them beforehand!

However, the more you diffuse essential oils, the more you’ll find specific combinations of oils that capture your heart. Maybe they work especially well to help you feel happy and productive. Or maybe you just love how they smell!

Either way, once you find a blend you love, you can make a whole bottle of it to have on hand for easy use. This is called a “stock blend.” (Or sometimes a “stock bottle.”)

For this, you’ll need an empty, colored-glass bottle with an orifice reducer cap (the cap holds an orifice reducer, which allows you to get one drop of oil out at a time). All you have to do is drop your oils into the glass bottle, and then tighten the cap. The orifice reducer will snap into place in your glass bottle . . . and stay there!

Now any time you want to diffuse your favorite blend, you can just reach for your stock bottle. That way, you won’t have to try to remember the exact drop count of each oil you used. Your blend will already be perfect.

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How many drops of essential oil to diffuse

At Aromatics, we generally recommend diffusing between 5 and 15 drops of essential oil at a time.

If you’re diffusing in a large room with adequate ventilation, 15 drops of essential oil is a good amount to fill the space with scent. Try running your diffuser for about an hour. (Many diffusers have timers or automatic shut-offs set to hour-long intervals.)

If your room is smaller, unventilated, or there are children or animals present, a lower drop count is safer. Try between 5 and 10 drops of essential oil, and run your diffuser for about 15 minutes at a time.

Essential oil diffuser safety

When you make a stock blend for your diffuser, it’s important to understand the safety considerations for each oil included in your blend.

For example, if your blend includes rosalina essential oil, you’ll want to be cautious when diffusing your blend around asthmatics.

Check the individual product page for safety recommendations for every oil you’re diffusing.

If you’re diffusing essential oils for babies or kids under 10 years old, choose kid-friendly essential oils. (You’ll find this information on each oil’s product page.) Run the diffuser for about 15 minutes at a time.

And if you have pets, be sure they’re free to leave the room where essential oils are being distilled, so they can take themselves to an oil-free area if they want to.

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Tips for making the best essential oil diffuser blends

Before making your diffuser blend, decide what your intention is. Do you want a blend that will help purify your air and protect your immune health? Maybe it’s bedtime and you’d like to guide your body and mind into deep relaxation? Or maybe you just want your room to smell beautiful when friends are coming over!

If you want to diffuse essential oils for health, or to purify the air, you may not care how your blend smells. In that case, simply choose 3 to 5 oils that can create the benefits you’re looking for. If you DO care how your blend smells . . . Then it’s time to get creative!

You can choose oils with different aromatic notes to create a beautiful, balanced aroma, which has light and airy top notes, layered over rich heart notes and deep, earthy base notes.

Learn more about blending essential oils based on aroma.

However, you don’t HAVE to make a blend with top, middle, and base notes. You can blend with all top notes for an energetic, lively blend.

Or choose only base notes to create a blend of rich, earthy, woodsy oils. (However, keep in mind that some base note oils, such as sandalwood and myrrh, are thicker. They may take time to drop out of the bottle’s orifice reducer, and can sometimes “gum up” your diffuser, making it operate less efficiently. Just be sure to clean your diffuser after using a thick “gummy” oil.)

Making effective blends that also enchant your nose is an art form. You’ll become more skilled at it the more you practice.

Essential oil diffuser blend recipes

Get started diffusing essential oils with some of our favorite diffuser recipes!

Most of these are stock blends, meaning they’re made in a small amber glass bottle, and can be used for multiple diffusing sessions. But the “Kids Calm the Cough Diffuser Blend” is a single-use recipe with a low drop count. (But if you love the blend, you can multiply the drop count to fill a 5 ml glass bottle, which holds approximately 125 drops total.)

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October 21, 2020 — Karen Williams