Essential Oil Diffusers FAQ
For a while now, people have been using a myriad of essential oils as a natural remedy for numerous ailments. Whether it’s bad air quality or for stress relief and relaxation, nothing works better than a diffuser through aromatherapy.
If you’re in the market for a new diffuser or just want to understand your current unit better, it’s no doubt that you have a few questions.
Here are the top most frequently asked questions when it comes to essential oil diffusers.
What is Essential Oil Diffusion and How Does it Work?
Simply put, diffusion is a process where tiny molecules of essential oils are released into the air. Most diffusers incorporate humidifying capabilities that help vaporize oils and water to release a fine mist in your room. The oil molecules find their way to your nasal passage and into the brain, kidneys, and lungs for numerous benefits like stress relief.
What Type of Oils Should I Use?
Typically, a broad range of essential oils can be diffused as long as they are good quality.
The first step here involves reading the instructions thoroughly to know what the manufacturer recommends. If you find essential oils that are of pure Aromatherapy grade, these work best. You should avoid diluted oils since these could lead to the untimely corrosion of your diffuser. However, there are some oils that are very dangerous and should not be used in any diffuser. These include oils with alcohol as well as those mixed with vegetable oil.
How Many Drops of Essential Oil are Recommended?
While every diffuser comes with its own specifications, there are a few rules of thumb that will help make the experience better. Typically, most units require only 3 to 5 drops for optimum diffusion. This helps to keep the solution light and able to spread around the room with ease. Overdoing it with the oil only results in ineffective diffusion and a cleaning nightmare as the oils get stuck everywhere.
What Type of Water is Best For Ultrasonic Diffusers?
Since water is usually the base content that dilutes essential oils, it makes total sense to worry about what type is best. In most brands, manufacturers explicitly state in their instructions that it is perfectly okay to use unfiltered tap water.
However, tap water contributes significantly to the buildup of minerals, grime, and residue. If you are looking for the safest and lowest maintenance way to diffuse your oils, you will be much better off with distilled water.
How Do I Clean My Diffuser?
This will be determined by several factors such as the design material, size, how often you use the diffuser, as well as any additional features that could affect performance.
Essential oils tend to oxidize after a few days in the unit; which is why only a few drops a time are recommended. If your diffuser is ceramic or plastic, you should take it apart and clean out each component with some soap and warm water.
If you are using high-end diffusers, you should avoid rough handling the glass. To clean in, fill the reservoir with a vinegar and water solution and let it rest for a few minutes. Rinse meticulously with warm water and enjoy your aromatherapy like before.
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