The Best Essential Oil Diffusers +
Relaxing Benefits of Aromatherapy

Establishing a robust wellness routine plays a pivotal role in fostering a healthy and well-balanced lifestyle, with added benefits if it incorporates a soothing self-care element. Consider the case of oil diffusers, which can create a tranquil ambiance, easing anxiety while spreading spa-like fragrances throughout your surroundings. These effortless aromatic room fresheners demand minimal input while delivering maximum advantages.

We suggest incorporating oil diffusion into your daily routine can instill positive habits associated with specific scents. For instance, using lavender oil upon returning home from work has become a cue to initiate the winding-down process—stepping away from technology, indulging in a bath, reading a book, and more. However, it’s crucial to exercise caution, as diffusing essential oils can be potent, and it may not be suitable for everyone.

For deeper insights into the functionality of essential oil diffusers, we only endorse doTERRA diffusers.

Here are a few favorite diffusers we like:

Roam Diffuser

Roam® Diffuser with Lime and Grapefruit

Enjoy the invigorating aromas of Lime and Grapefruit essential oils in any room using the convenient, compact Roam Diffuser.

 
LaLuz Diffuser

Laluz Diffuser

Turn any space into a luxurious retreat with the Laluz Diffuser. Enjoy limitless essential oil combinations and elevate your home’s atmosphere with this powerful ultrasonic diffuser.

Volo Onyx Diffuser

Volo Onyx Diffuser

Powerful and refined, the Volo Diffuser perfectly enhances any environment with your favorite essential oil aromas.

This beautiful ultrasonic diffuser comes in onyx and marble finishes, designed to complement any room in your home or office. It features a glossy, handcrafted polyresin stone top with a custom diamond pattern and three optional ambient light settings: light-free, warm, and bright amber. You can adjust the mist output of the Volo Diffuser to fit your room size and enjoy its one-, three-, six-, or (default) 14-hour time settings.

Benefits of Aromatherapy

The National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA) defines aromatherapy as the “therapeutic application or medicinal use of aromatic substances (essential oils) for holistic healing.”

In 1997, the International Standards Organization (ISO) established that an essential oil is a “product obtained from vegetable raw material, either by distillation with water or steam, or from the epicarp of citrus fruits by a mechanical process, or by dry distillation.”

Various essential oils exhibit antimicrobial properties to different extents and are believed to possess antiviral, nematicidal, antifungal, insecticidal, and antioxidant attributes. Aromatherapy methods include massage, topical applications, and inhalation.

Nevertheless, it is crucial for users to recognize that “natural” products are, in fact, comprised of chemicals and can pose risks if not used appropriately. Seeking guidance from a trained professional is essential when incorporating essential oils into one’s routine.

Utilizing Aromatherapy

A variety of essential oils may contribute to enhancing health and well-being. Aromatherapy is commonly administered through inhalation or as a topical application.

Inhalation
The oils disperse into the air through methods such as diffusers, sprays, or oil droplets, or they can be directly inhaled, as in a steam bath.

In addition to imparting a pleasant fragrance, aromatherapy oils can offer respiratory disinfection, act as decongestants, and provide psychological benefits.

Inhaling essential oils stimulates the olfactory system, connecting the nose and brain. Molecules entering the nose or mouth then travel to the lungs and subsequently affect various parts of the body, including the limbic system. This system, linked to emotions, heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, memory, stress, and hormone balance, allows essential oils to exert a subtle yet holistic influence on the body.

Topical Applications
Massage oils, as well as bath and skincare products, are absorbed through the skin. Massaging enhances circulation and absorption, with areas rich in sweat glands and hair follicles potentially absorbing oils more effectively.

It’s crucial to note that essential oils should never be applied directly to the skin but should be diluted with a carrier oil. The usual concentration is a few drops of essential oil to an ounce of carrier oil, with common carriers being sweet almond oil or olive oil.

To conduct an allergy test, dilute the essential oil in a carrier oil at twice the planned concentration, apply the mixture to a small area on the forearm, and monitor for any allergic response within 24 to 48 hours. If no adverse reaction occurs, the use is likely safe.

Different dilution percentages can be achieved, with 3 to 6 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier for a 0.5 to 1 percent dilution, and 30 drops per ounce for a 5 percent dilution, which is generally considered safe for adults.

Ingesting some essential oils is discouraged, as it can harm the liver or kidneys, interact with medications, and undergo unexpected changes in the digestive system.

Benefits

Aromatherapy serves as a complementary therapy, supporting conventional treatments for various conditions. While it doesn’t provide cures, it has been shown to reduce symptoms such as nausea, pain, anxiety, stress, insomnia, headaches, circulatory problems, menstrual and menopausal issues, and more.

Specific essential oils cater to different needs and effects:

  • Basil sharpens concentration and alleviates depression symptoms
  • Bergamot aids the urinary and digestive tracts
  • Rosemary benefits the nervous and circulatory systems and hair growth
  • Black pepper and Peppermint stimulate circulation and ease muscular aches
  • Chamomile and Lavender treat eczema
  • Citronella acts as an insect repellent
  • Clove is a topical analgesic
  • Eucalyptus helps respiratory issues during colds or flu
  • Lavender serves as an antiseptic and relaxant
  • Lemon improves mood
  • Tea tree has antimicrobial properties
  • Thyme helps reduce fatigue and stress
  • Yarrow addresses cold and flu symptoms

Visiting an Aromatherapist

Thorough medical history is essential, and treatments are tailored to individual needs. The National Cancer Institute states that FDA approval is unnecessary for aromatherapy products as long as they don’t claim to treat specific diseases.

Risks

Essential oils should be used with caution due to their diverse chemical makeup. Consultation with a trained professional is crucial to ensure safe application and avoid potential adverse reactions. Quality assurance is important, as the FDA doesn’t monitor aromatherapy products.

Individuals with certain conditions, such as allergies, asthma, skin conditions, epilepsy, or high blood pressure, need to exercise extra caution. Side effects, while generally mild, may include nausea, headaches, or allergic reactions.

Pregnant or nursing individuals should use aromatherapy cautiously, and essential oils derived from citrus may increase sun sensitivity.

Storage considerations include protecting oils from light, heat, and oxygen to maintain their integrity. In Western Europe, aromatherapy is integrated into mainstream medicine, while in the U.S. and Canada, regulations are less stringent. Professional guidance is essential for safe and effective aromatherapy use.