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What Is an Essential Oil Diffuser?

What Is an Essential Oil Diffuser?

What Is an Essential Oil Diffuser?

If you’re new to essential oils, you may be wondering exactly what an essential oil diffuser is. In short, it’s a device used to disperse essential oils into the surrounding area. Diffusers use a variety of methods to break up the oils into tiny particles where they are then scattered through the air. When you walk into a room where a diffuser is in use, you’ll smell the amazing aroma immediately as you breathe the tiny particles into your lungs.

Types of Essential Oil Diffusers

There are four main types of diffusers to choose from but they come in all shapes, sizes and prices. You can use them anywhere in your home or office. Some are even designed to use in your vehicle to keep it clean and fresh smelling. The size of the diffuser will help determine where you can use it but the shape and style is purely for decorative purposes.

Some of the more expensive ones have lights, timers, auto shut offs and some even play music. They’re also made from different types of materials that include wood, metal, glass, ceramic and plastic.

Here are the four main types of diffusers available today:

  1. Nebulizing diffuser – uses a pump to pull the oil through a tube where it is then dispersed into the air as a fine mist

    Aroma Ace Diffuser by doTERRA














2. Evaporative diffuser – uses a fan to blow the oil into the room as it evaporates on a built-in filter pad

3. Heat diffuser – uses heat from a candle or electricity to evaporate the oil

4. Humidifying diffuser – uses electronic frequencies to break down the oil where it is then mixed with water and dispersed as a cool mist into the air

Petal Diffuser by doTERRA



Lotus Diffuser by doTERRA



Aroma Lite Diffuser from doTERRA

In order to choose the best essential oil diffuser for your needs, you’ll need to learn a little about how they work and the advantages and disadvantages of each. For example, the heat diffuser is quiet and usually inexpensive. They create a very subtle scent but the heat does alter the oil’s chemical composition. Therefore, they are a little less effective also.

The evaporative diffusers are a good choice for small areas but are not recommended for large rooms.

The humidifying diffuser mixes the oil with water, which makes it easier for your lungs to absorb the tiny particles.

Why Use an Essential Oil Diffuser

When you breathe in the tiny particles of oil produced by a diffuser, it goes directly into your lungs where it is then dispersed throughout your body. It is the fastest way to take advantage of all the therapeutic advantages these oils provide.

Here’s another reason to use these devices. When they disperse the oils through the air, it cleans, purifies and freshens the air in your home, office or vehicle. You can even use essential oils for kids!  Regardless of which type of diffuser you choose, they are a simple and effective way to use essential oils.   

Check out this video from doTERRA on diffusing oils for kids:

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  1. 1
    Bonnie Lee

    I was curious as to what exactly an oil diffuser was. I like the idea. I think I would look into the Humidifying diffuser personally.

  2. 2
    Terry Poage

    I love using diffusers. I have 2 different ones that I use and it makes the house smell great.

  3. 3
    Kimberly “kaflickinger73” Flickinger

    I have always been wondering what an essential oil diffuser is and what the different was between them and the incense and air wick products. Thank you for sharing as I am new to all of this.

  4. 4
    Kathleen Kelly

    I have a couple diffusers and love to use them!

  5. 5
    Amber Ludwig

    I LOVE my diffuser!! Makes my house smell amazing and I can use my oils on everyone at the same time 😉

  6. 6
    April Monty (@MontyApril)

    I love scents that are woodsy and light,diffusers offer a huge variety of scents and strengths they’re awesome

  7. 7

    nice info, thanks

  8. 8
    April Monty (@MontyApril)

    Lavender and soft musky scents in the diffuser can be quite comforting

  9. 9
    Terri S

    I have been very curious about essential oils. Thank you for your very informative posting on diffusers.

    1. 9.1

      Your welcome Terri! You can ask me anything you want about essential oils….I am a consultant for doTERRA Essential Oils.

  10. 10

    We have a humidifying diffuser, I had no idea there were so many different types! I’m actually bad at remembering to use it, this post reminded me to drag it out and use it again. Especially lemon, which is so refreshing of a smell!

  11. 11
    gloria patterson

    I have one of those diffuser that you add water to etc etc. I love it but I would rather have a different one and the one I want is almost $100

  12. 12
    Betty Moody

    I’d love to try that.

  13. 13

    I have 2 humidifying diffusers. I’ve tried the other kinds but like these best.

    slehan at juno dot com

  14. 14

    I LOVE my diffuser. I pretty much have it going 24/7.

  15. 15
    Calvin F.

    Good to know, I’ve got one 😀

  16. 16
    Kristi F

    I’ve been thinking about getting a diffuser but didn’t know that there were differences like this. This is really helpful.

    1. 16.1

      I’m glad this helped you understand more about the different types of diffusers Kristi

  17. 17
    April Monty (@MontyApril)

    These are super,especially in smaller rooms the scent is stronger and stays in the air

  18. 18

    I love my diffuser but I hate to admit it right now I only use it for the good smells. I event u ally want to use then for calming reasons

    1. 18.1

      I should use mine for the smells then I’d use it more often. I pull mine out when we are sick or stressed 🙂

  19. 19
    Nancy Burgess

    I’d love to get one the oils are so good for you.Thanks for explaining each type that really helps.

    1. 19.1

      Your welcome Nancy! You can find smaller diffusers on Amazon too.

  20. 20

    I would love to try the humidifying diffuser.

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