Inhaling essential oils through a diffuser is a highly-effective way of enjoying the benefits of oils. Research shows that inhaled oil molecules interact almost immediately with the limbic system. The limbic system is directly connected to the parts of the brain that control heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, memory, stress levels, and hormone balance. Molecules inhaled through the nose or mouth are also carried to the lungs and interact with the respiratory system. Because of this, inhaled essential oils can affect the body through several systems and pathways. All the more reason to make sure the oils you use are the highest quality!
There are four different types of diffusers: nebulizing, humidifying (ultrasonic), evaporative, and heat diffusers. Here’s what you need to know to choose which type is best for you.
Think of a nebulizing diffuser as a perfume bottle that operates continually (for a few hours or, you control the setting). This type of diffuser disperses the oil into the air as droplets, just like perfume. Nebulizing diffusers are a good choice because they do not change the chemical composition of the oils in any way.
Ultrasonic diffusers, like nebulizing diffusers, do not change the chemical composition of the oils—the character of the oils is maintained. These diffusers add the use of an electric current to create vibration of a small disk which breaks the oil into smaller particles and diffuses them into the air. This type of diffuser adds water to the mix, creating a mist that serves as a humidifier as well. Young Living’s home diffusers are ultrasonic diffusers.
Evaporative diffusers work by blowing cool air through an essential oil-soaked pad, releasing the aroma into the air and allowing the oils to be easily absorbed. While evaporative diffusers aren’t effective for large spaces, they are helpful for occasions when you’re traveling and don’t want to bring along a large diffuser. Young Living’s Travel Fan Diffuser is this type.
With a heat diffuser, small absorbent pads are placed inside of a heating chamber with ventilation that allows the aroma to disperse into the surrounding air. These diffusers have the advantage of covering a large area effectively, but some essential oil compounds can be adversely affected by heat.
There’s no right or wrong choice when it comes to diffusers. Which one is right for you will depend on which oils you’re using and what space you want to diffuse in. You may decide on an ultrasonic diffuser which serves many purposes, or you may want to get a couple of different kinds for different situations.
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