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There are four different types of essential oil diffusers, including nebulizing, ultrasonic, heat, and evaporative diffusers. Each diffuser has its own unique method for getting essential oils into the air to utilize their therapeutic benefits. From these choices, how do you decide which one would work best for you? To help you decide, we’ve broken down how each diffuser works and some pros and cons that come with their use. Nebulizing Diffusers A nebulizing diffuser breaks down the essential oil into tiny particles through the use of a high velocity, pressurized air stream and jet nozzle. When the essential oil is released, it goes into the air in a fine mist. This method does not alter the chemical composition—it diffuses the entire oil at once so you don’t get the more volatile components first and then the heavier later. The particle size is small enough to be easily inhaled.
Pros: Nebulizers use no heat or water, yet disperse the entire oil into the air for optimal therapeutic benefits.
Cons: Nebulizers are often the most expensive diffusers to use and sometimes to buy. Because these diffusers use only essential oil, they often also use more oil.
Try the Aroma-Ace Diffuser Ultrasonic Diffusers This popular type of diffuser uses water and electronic frequencies to create a fine mist from the essential oil and water. Ultrasonic vibrations are created by a small disk under the surface of the water which causes the essential oil to break up into tiny micro particles.
Pros: Ultrasonic models only use a small amount of essential oil, and no heat is used to generate the mist in an ultrasonic diffuser. This method also can act as both a diffuser and a humidifier, a helpful characteristic if you live in a dry place.
Cons: Only a small fraction of the mist is essential oil, and it depends on the air current already in the room to disperse the oil. May not want to add more water to the air if you live in a humid place.
doTERRA has a few main different ultrasonic diffusers. Give the Lotus, Petal, or Aroma Lite diffusers a try. Heat Diffusers As their name suggests, heat diffusers use heat elements to help the essential oil gradually evaporate into the air. Sometimes they may use the oil mixed with water. Some heat diffusers use very high levels of heat to cause a stronger aroma, however, the best heat diffusers will use a very low heat to avoid drastically changing the chemical constituents of the oils being diffused.
Pros: Diffusing using heat is an economical yet efficient and silent way to spread the aroma throughout the room.
Cons: The heat used can change the properties of the oil at the molecular level. This means that the therapeutic benefit of an oil may lessen or change entirely.
Evaporative diffusers Evaporative diffusion is using air flow to spread the scent of the essential oils. A fan blows air through a filter, such as a tissue or a pad that has essential oils dropped onto it. The moving air causes the oil to evaporate quickly, and the air with the evaporated oil is blown into and around the room. With this method, you will get the oil in segments; the lighter, more volatile components evaporate first, while the heavier components evaporate last.
Pros: Wind-blown diffusion can be a quiet way to quickly spread the oil’s aroma throughout the room.
Keeping your Diffuser running in tip top shape!
Here are a few tips that will help you have the best aromatic experience and extend the life of your doTERRA diffuser.
Filling Your Diffuser
Use clean, room-temperature tap water. Make sure the water level does not exceed the water mark.
Add 5–12 drops of doTERRA essential oils. You can add more oil for a stronger scent. Experiment with the amount of oil you use and find what works best for you.
doTERRA Cloud™ and Aroma Ace Diffusers
Clean the nozzle before switching oils.
Rinse the nozzle with tap water, or for deep cleaning, submerse the quick-change top in rubbing alcohol for 30–60 minutes.
Wipe clean with a dry cloth
Petal, Aroma Lite, and Lotus Diffusers
Quick-Clean after Each Use
Make sure to unplug your diffuser prior to cleaning.
When removing excess water from the water tank, pour from the rear of the diffuser to avoid spilling on the operating buttons.
Clean the inside of the water tank and the outside of the diffuser with a small amount of neutral detergent cotton cloth or a small foam brush. Avoid using any harsh cleaners on your diffuser.
Rinse and dry.
Use a Q-tip dipped in rubbing alcohol to wipe the ultrasonic mist chip found inside the water tank.
Deep Clean Every Month
Cleaning is a necessary step to ensure that oil residue doesn’t build up in your machine preventing it from working properly. Periodically, it is a good idea to run your diffuser through a cleaning cycle. If you use your unit every day, then running a cleaning cycle monthly is a good idea. To do so, do the following:
Fill your diffuser half way with clean water.
Add 10 drops of white vinegar.
Let the diffuser run for about 5 minutes to allow the water-vinegar mixture to disperse throughout the unit and clean it.
Drain the diffuser completely.
Using a cotton swab dipped in vinegar, clean the tight spots and corners of the diffuser.
Rinse with clean water.
Use a dry cloth to wipe the diffuser and dry it thoroughly.
Best Places to Use Diffusers
Avoid placing your diffuser in direct sunlight or near a fan.
Diffuser Blends to Try:
Refreshing Trio: 3 Spearmint 3 Peppermint 3 Wintergreen
Forest Meadow: 2 drops Cedarwood 2 drops Juniper Berry 3 drops White Fir 2 drops Arborvitae
Sweet Dreams: 3 drops Vetiver 3 drops Lavender 3 drops Sandalwood 3 drops Roman Chamomile
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