Humidifier, Vaporizer or Diffuser…What’s The Difference?
Ready to diffuse your essential oils but not sure where to start? You’ve probably heard of humidifier and vaporizer, but the word diffuser may be new to you. There is a difference between the three, so think about them as tools used for different conditions. Here’s a simple explanation of the differences for your reference, and why you’ll want to make sure you always have a diffuser for essential oils.
Warning: Make sure your humidifier is actually made for the use of essential oils. Some EO’s can eat away at some plastics, and therefore ruin your machine. Be sure your machine is EO friendly.
Diffusers – are made up of many forms, shapes & sizes and are used almost solely for the purpose of diffusing EO’s for all types of aromatherapy purposes. This includes, but are not limited to: electric diffusers, ceramic diffusers, lamp rings, etc. Most Electric EO diffusers are designed to vaporize a micro fine mist, dispersing a cold air misting effect, scattering and spreading water molecules combined with EO’s. These very fine water droplets give the EO’s a ride in the air so to speak. Electric diffusers do not create heat to create “steam” to dispense oils. Ultimate Purpose of a Diffuser: Is to disperse essential oils into a large area to create a therapeutic effect on respiratory systems, and aromatic effect in any room.
Why should I diffuse?
I suppose it was presumptuous to think you already know the why. Maybe you do, but if not, here’s the scoop.
What should I diffuse?
I love to experiment and you should too! Here are some we’ve tried…
When Cassis or Cinnamon is diffused it can help with fevers, colds, flu, low vitality, chills and will support the digestive system.
Put a few drops of Eucalyptus in a diffuser to ease bronchitis, flu and hay fever.
Frankincense when diffused creates a YUMMY pleasant fragrance, yet at the same time may be beneficial with bronchitis, headaches and pneumonia.
If you’re plagued with headaches, mental exhaustion and depression, Grapefruit is a great pick-me-up.
Diffusing Lavender oil may support the body’s natural defense against airborne sensitivities to the skin and immune system. It can create a very relaxing atmosphere.
Lemongrass oil diffused can be used for nervousness and as an insect repellant. It is also great to revive the mind when feeling lethargic and to energize and relieve fatigue.
To promote sleep and feelings of peace, diffuse Marjoram. Can also prove to be beneficial when diffused for asthma, bronchitis, poor circulation, coughs, physical exhaustion, headaches, tension, insomnia, sinusitis, anxiety, nervous tension and stress.
Wild Orange when diffused can assist with colds, flu, nervous tension and relaxing for children at bedtime.
Diffuse Peppermint or Rosemary oil in the room while studying to improve concentration and accuracy.
If you want a calming and relaxing atmosphere, diffuse Ylang Ylang.
Diffuse Purify to clean the air and neutralize foul or stale odors.
To help stop nocturnal teeth grinding, diffuse Calming Blend while sleeping, also to calm overactive or hard-to-manage children.
And of course you can diffuse your favorite oil or blend of oils to enjoy a freshly scented room! Let me know if you have a favorite…