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6 ways to diffuse essential oils

Diffusing essential oils in your airspace is a great way to create a desired ambience. When you refresh your airspace with essential oils, you do more than simply impart a pleasant aroma. Essential oils allow you to care for your air with the benefits they provide. For example, eucalyptus creates a protecting atmosphere, lavender inspires calm and relaxation, tea tree purifies and lemon cleanses. With essential oils, you can care for your air and in turn, your air will care for you.

Diffusion in its purest sense, is a process wherein the volatile molecules of essential oils intermingle with the surrounding air molecules. Whatever the method, 18 drops of essential oil will provide about 15 to 20 minutes of noticeable aroma when applied to your airspace. Check the directions included with your diffuser for specific use and dilution recommendations. Adjust the amount of essential oils accordingly. 

1. Ultrasonic Diffusion 

Ultrasonic diffusers use sonic waves to create a more delicate mist containing microscopic droplets of essential oil and water. The diffusion is visible as curling tendrils of fog, which adds another dimension of aesthetic appeal.

2. Electric Diffusion 

These diffusers use electricity to gently warm the essential oil and/or power fans to increase the evaporation and dispersion of the oil. Often they incorporate a fiber pad or wick that is saturated with the oil, which substantially increases the surface area from which evaporation occurs. Electric diffusers range from discreet pocket-sized, battery-powered personal diffusers to units that plug into a wall socket, car outlet diffusers and larger, fan-powered vaporizers for room-sized spaces. Electric diffusers aren't just limited to battery or electrical sockets for their power sources, desktop versions that plug into an electronic devices USB outlet greatly increase the possibilities for convenient electric diffusion of essential oils.

3. Candle Lamp Diffusion 

Candle lamps use a small tea light candle placed under a bowl in which a mixture of water and essential oil simmers at a low temperature. The water helps insulate the flammable oil in order to protect it from the direct heat of the flame while it moderates and extends the diffusion time. Candle lamps create and lovely ambient mood, and are especially suitable for night time diffusions, during meditation and prayer or for an evening on the patio.

4. Terra Cotta Diffusion 

These pretty, unglazed ornaments of rosy colored terra cotta clay are porous, so they absorb the essential oil and distribute it across a vast internal and external surface area. Terra cotta diffusers provide the most gentle way to diffuse oils as there is no application of heat. The diffusion is gradual and subtle so you will catch just a whiff of aroma benefits when you first enter the room or walk nearby. Tip: Hang the terra cotta diffuser in a warm, sunny window or in an air current to accelerate diffusion and dispersion of the scent.

5. Mists and Sprays 

These simple mixtures of water and essential oil provide the simplest and most natural way to create an immediate aroma in your airspace. Shake well before spraying so that the oil is evenly dispersed in the water.

6. Diffusion Crafts 

Essential oils can be diffused using various craft applications as well. Anything from reed diffusion, cloth or wax sachets, potpourri to diffusion salt crystals all serve to disperse the benefits of essential oils into your airspace. 

Learn more about diffusing essential oils and get started making your own blends for diffusion

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