A Quick Guide to Diffusing Essential Oils | Clarri Hill

June 12, 2021

A Quick Guide to Diffusing Essential Oils | Clarri Hill

We’ll just skip past the obvious reason why you’d like to understand the ins and outs of the fragrant world of Diffusing Pure Essential Oils. With thousands of essential oil diffusers on the market and plethora of essential oils for sale, we’ve decided to give you a quick guide to understanding how to effectively navigate your way to aromatic bliss.

Before we deep dive into how to enjoy the stunning aromas of essential oils and the bevy of health benefits that ensue due to the stimulation of smell. Let’s take a quick look at what is classified as an essential oil and how that came to be.

What are Essential Oils?

Essential oils are well, essentially, compounds extracted from plants. Oils capture the specific plant’s unique scent and flavour, known as “essence”. This unique blend of aromatic compounds is what gives each essential oil its very own characteristic essence.

Essential oils are created through a distillation process which can be either via steam/water or mechanical methods, such as cold pressing. Once the aromatic chemicals have been extracted, they are carefully combined with a carrier oil to create the products we see on shelves that are ready for use. The method used to make essential oils are important, the reason for this is; any essential oil created using chemical processes are not deemed “true” essential oils.

Types of Essential Oil Diffusers

To gain the full list of mental, physical and spiritual benefits of aromatherapy you will have to diffuse your essential oil. Let’s take a look at the different ways you can achieve this using popular methods available today.

Candle Lamp Diffuser
This form of essential oil diffusion has been around for as long as aromatherapy has been used in modern times. The method is simple, yet because of the use of an open flame it requires a stable surface and monitoring. It is the use of water and essential oil, this mixture is then placed in a glass bowl and positioned over a candle. The heat from the candle’s flame heats the water-oil mixture and disperses the fragrance into the air using steam.

Reed Diffuser
This is another simple method of diffusing essential, with the use of a thin, porous reeds which are full of microscopic channels that carry the oil to the top of the reed where it is passively released into the air. Reed diffusers do not use electricity or flames and can be used in any room setting to deliver subtle fragrance around the clock.

Room Mists & Sprays
A straightforward way to diffuse essential oils into the air is by the mixing of oil and water to deliver the essence directly when needed. Luxury room sprays have been carefully balanced to have the right oil to water ratio to permeate fragrance effectively, although the aroma does not linger as long as other methods.

Terracotta Diffuser
Due to the porous nature of unglazed terracotta it absorbs and releases scented oils very well. Drops of essential oils are added to terracotta diffuses and then evaporate to discharge aroma within the ensuing minutes. Terracotta pendants and discs are often used as jewelry to hold and disperse oils.

Ultrasonic Aroma Diffuser
This is our preferred type of diffuser; they atomize water and essential oil using sonic waves instead of heating or burning, which may destroy the essential oils’ original organic structure. Ultrasonic diffusers diffuse as tendrils of mist, adding to its aesthetic appeal. Review our Luxury Ceramic Ultrasonic Diffuser here.

Electric Diffuser
These use heat generated by electricity to warm the oil and disperse it into the air. Some may also incorporate fans to better release the oil’s unique fragrance. There are many electric diffusers on the market and they come in many shapes and sizes, including larger tabletop models and smaller ones that plug directly into wall outlets or USB ports.

Diffused oil can have several relaxation and health-related benefits, including safe scent-dispersion, mosquito and mold defence, stress relief, promoting feelings of calm to encouraging better, more restful sleep. Choosing the right type of aroma diffuser and using it properly will ensure that you have the aromatherapy experience you deserve.

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