What You Need To Know About Diffusing Essential Oils

I diffuse essential oils in my home at least a couple of times a week. I love it! I use it to deodorize and to help heal.

I have a slight allergy and exercise induced asthma. Sometimes my wheezing gets too much for me to handle. That is when I pull out my oils and diffuser. I diffuse oils with antispasmodic properties to help sooth the wheezes.

I grab lavender, peppermint, and frankincense essential oils. Add only 1 or 2 drops of each to my diffuser filled with purified water, and let the vapors ease me. I feel relief right away! The frankincense essential oil helps me take deeper breathes while the lavender and peppermint help the wheezing. As I sit and take in the essential oil vapor, I am glad to have my essential oils for help.

Diffusing also helps with deodorizing and calming my household. During a crazy day with the kids, I diffuse either chamomile, patchouli, lemon, or lavender essential oils. All promote a calm and stress-free environment. In addition, they leave my house smelling clean and inviting.

Diffusion works by distributing essential oil molecules through the air. Once in the air, they are inhaled and come into contact with nerves that send them directly to the brain. This is a quick and safe way of letting the essential oils go to work for you. You can either use a diffuser or direct inhalation. For direct inhalation, simply open the bottle and breathe. You can also drop a few drops onto the palm of your hand, rub your hands together, then cup your hands over your mouth and inhale.

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Cleansing of the Air

Essential oils combat mold microorganisms, decrease the toxicity of chemicals and increase atmospheric oxygen. They do all of this while leaving your home smelling great!

Diffuse rosemary, citronella, tea tree, lemon, cinnamon and/or clove essential oils.

Boosting Immune System

Diffusing essential oils during the cold season sure helps our family combat those pesky colds.

Diffuse eucalyptus, cinnamon, and/or frankincense essential oils.

To Destress and Relax

Essential oil’s power to cross the blood-brain barrier allows them to improve moods. Once the oils hit the emotional center of the brain, they go to work. Essential oils have been used to increase energy and improve mood. When I am feeling overly stressed and anxious, I love diffusing essential oils.

Diffuse lavender, ylang-ylang, and/or bergamot essential oils.


Better Sleep

“The inhalation of essential oils with hypnotic properties may provide a safe and effect therapy for some sleep disturbance” states this study on essential oils and sleep. Lavender has been shown to promote relaxation and better sleep. Lavender lowered blood sugar while decreasing the production of cortisol in another study.

Diffuse lavender, roman chamomile, and/or clary sage essential oils.

Easing Congestion

Congestion is just a pain. It comes with colds, allergies, and breathing disorders. Diffusing essential oils can take that all away.

Diffuse peppermint, rosemary, lemon and/or eucalyptus essential oils.

Setting The Mood

Ylang-ylang is known for its ability to increase libido, so it is not surprising that newlyweds in Indonesia enter their bridal suites to find their beds covered in ylang-ylang flowers.” Essential oils have been used for years as mood enhancers. When having a quiet night with your loved one, try diffusing some oils to increase the loving spirit.

Diffuse jasmine, ylang-ylang, allspice, or clary sage essential oils.

Caution: Sensitivities can occur with essential oils. A little goes a long way and make sure you are using 100% therapeutic grade essential oil. Contact a doctor if the condition worsens. Be smart and do your research before diffusing in your home. Eucalyptus should not be used on young children.

“Ylang-ylang.” Essential Oils for Beginners: The Guide to Get Started with Essential Oils and Aromatherapy. Berkeley: Athena, 2013. 201. Print.


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Ydog56 . - January 10, 2016

I wonder if it’s safe to diffuse essential oils with parrots in the home, they are sensitive to fragrances but maybe with therapeutic, organic oils it would be safe. Thoughts?

    Cindy Barg - January 22, 2016

    The 3 essential oils that agree with me most are:
    Lavender (which they say is good for everything), Eucalyptus (for purification) with the #1 being Rosemary for clearer thinking and memory.
    Tea Tree and White Pine are also purifying and Musk Rose is like a royal zen shot. There are so many and I often make my own blends on the spot by intuition, keeping in mind the function of each oil and what I want or do not want at that moment. For instance, if I want to relax I will not choose an energising oil..etc..
    My diffuser blocked up at one point and we only realised how much it was missed once I got it running again. I do still use a burner on occasion but prefer the diffuser by far as the oils do not change or lose their quality as happens when heated.
    My sweetie loves my aromatherpy, as do the dogs and it’s become a daily ritual in our household.
    I also use alot of oils on my skin and keep some handy in my bag if I need a hit!
    I began aromatherapy with essential oils many years ago. It continuously rescues my state of being and has helped how I feel about my self. It can be soothing, revitalising, stimulate the mind and improve air quality.
    I have no experience with parrots but you could try just a little at first…a single drop and I believe you will see that a little goes a long way yet it is neither invasive nor harsh.
    Essential oils for everybody!

Pam - January 10, 2016

What kind of diffusers are pictured in the article? Recommended?

    Becky Elfert - January 21, 2016

    I’d start with an ultrasonic diffuser. It uses water and a few drops of oil (depends on the model). There’s a metal plate that will vibrate and release the water with the oils into the air. No heat is needed and this will keep the therapeutic benefits of the oils intact.

      rlfjak - January 27, 2016

      I am looking to purchase a diffuser and I am seeing you can’t use citrus oils with most of them. Is there one you recommend that you CAN use citrus oils with?

        Becky Elfert - January 28, 2016

        I have 5 diffusers in my house – 2 by Smiling Daisy (on Amazon) and 3 from Young Living. The reason that citrus oils aren’t recommended in some diffusers is because citrus can “eat” the plastic and then you’re diffusing petrochemicals into your air. Honestly, I’ve never had a problem with citrus and the two brands I use. I follow the directions as far as care for the diffusers i.e. distilled water or not, cleaning with citric acid, etc and have found my diffusers are holding up very well to daily or almost daily use.

        I wouldn’t be afraid to try citrus oils in a diffuser. Just look for any degeneration of the diffuser as you do your cleaning of the diffuser.

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