Aromatherapy Diffuser: Types and Benefits

An aromatherapy diffuser is an apparatus used to scatter the scent of different oils and substances into the air; by doing so it allows you to get the benefit of the essential oils simply by breathing in the air.

There are various types of diffusers, from the purse size aromatherapy diffuser, to a spa diffuser. All of them have one purpose, to disperse the essential oil into the room or space desired. The aromatherapy diffuser can be found in specialty stores and sometimes in department stores.


There are many ways to make use of what you already have in your house in order to use a homemade diffuser in case you are not sure if you should invest in one as yet. Here are a few tips:

  • A deep glass bowl not larger than your face dimension can act as a dispenser. Boil water and fill it only half way. Add desired essential oil into the water; about ten drops should be enough. Then place it in the room desired, the heat will cause the oil to evaporate and dispense the oil essence into the room.
  • Candles can be used as a diffuser as well. Take a candle that is already in a jar. Light it and let burn for half hour or until wax is melted in the jar; add the essential oil desired. The same effect will occur as with the boiling water. The heat will disperse the oil into the air. Remember that essential oil is flammable so you must use it with great caution.

Types of Aromatherapy Diffusers Available

  • Lamp Rings - these are terracotta rings that go around the bulb; it has a grooved lip that goes all the way around. In these rings you pour the essential oil and the heat of the bulb will disperse the scent into the air and fill the room.
  • Fan diffuser - Here the fan is used to disperse the essential oil scent desired into the room. This is achieved by placing the oil on to a disposable absorbent pad, place the same into the unit and then start the fan. Fan diffusers come in a variety of sizes.
  • Electric heat diffuser - These diffusers use heat along with a very small fan to gently disperse the essential oil aroma into the space desired.
  • Nebulizer - A nebulizer is a great apparatus, it takes the essential oil and breaks it into separate molecules before dispersing them thus making the absorption of the essence quicker and better. This method is said to have higher therapeutic value.

An aromatherapy diffuser is a great and inexpensive device to de-stress and enjoy your time at home or in the office.

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