Using a diffuser is one of the most effective ways to benefit from the many therapeutic properties of essential oils. An essential oil diffuser sends microscopic molecules of the oils into the air where they can be inhaled to cause an almost instant healing effect.
The effectiveness of aromatherapy using therapeutic grade essential oils is based in their ability to influence the emotional center of the brain (Higley & Higley, 1998).
Some outcomes of diffusing oils:
- Energizing to keep alert and focused in the day
- Uplifting to ease sadness
- Encouraging to relieve grief
- Calming to wind down before bed
- Sedative for sleep through the night.
A diffuser can also purify the air in your home. It’s a fun (and delightful) way to freshen the air around you!
As you can see, I’m in LOVE with these multipurpose devices! They help me use my oils to the fullest.
Often after I’m done using the diffuser, there is still some of the essential oil infused water that didn’t get dispersed. I hate to toss any of it out.
It finally clicked for me one day, when I was brooding over this dilemma and I now have a simple method to eliminate my diffuser woes.
I have two small glass jars, one labeled day and the other night. That way I can save the reserved liquid for the next day or night if I’ve accidentally used too much. I recommend using it within the next 24 hours so the water stays fresh.
You could use this same concept with a dry erase marker on the metal lids if you need more flexibility.
My favorite oils to diffuse night and day
- Lime & Peppermint – Alertness, Focus, Concentration
- Elevation & Bergamot – Encouraging, Comforting, Reassuring
- Wild Orange & Peppermint – Uplifting, Energizing, Stimulating
- Wild Orange & Frankincense – Brightening, Awakening, Inspiring
- Ylang Ylang – tranquility, effortless relaxation, safety, security, restful
- Balance & Serenity – soothing, calming and grounding
- Vetiver & Serenity – woodsy deep sleep
- Breathe & Lavender – relaxes respiratory distress and calms mind and body
Reference: Higley, C., Leatham, P. & Higley, A. (1998). Aromatherapy A-Z. Hay House.
**The advice on this page is not intended to replace professional medical help. These statements are for educational purposes only, they are not meant to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any illness or disease. This information is offered as a way to use essential oils to assist the body in its own natural processes of reaching balance and homeostasis.