It is very important to know how to choose the right essential oils for a diffuser, according to the need, to obtain an effective beneficial effect.
Scientific studies prove that some pleasant smells have a positive effect on a good mood. This is probably due to the fact that there are numerous direct connections from the primary olfactory areas of the brain and to the limbic system, the area that is responsible for emotions. Pleasant smells have physiological benefits that positively affect health. When deemed pleasant smells are released into the environment, people report feeling happier and experience less anxiety.
The 15 Best essential oils for diffusing
Let’s see now, which are the most purchased and recommended essential oils.
Bergamot essential oils
The essential oil of bergamot is one of the most used in aromatherapy oils. Generally, it is recommended to help the mind and body relax. For this reason, it is mostly used in the evening and via a diffuser, although someone also uses it together with the bubble bath in the tub. Just a few drops are enough to feel its effects. Some housewives also find it suitable for softening clothes.
Advice for use: it is not recommended to use it in contact with the skin in a bright place or before coming into contact with it.
Lemon essential oils
These essential oils obtained from the lemon peel are generally used in contact with the skin to give it benefit; in fact, they are excellent for thickening the nails to lighten skin spots and scars. In some cases, it is possible to mix a few drops with a cream to make them useful against cellulite. In addition, they are also useful as degreasers for dishes.
Recommendations for use: if used with clothing, it may leave stains.
Mandarin essential oils
Among the most recommended, there is an essential oil extracted from the mandarin peel. More than for personal care, this essential oil is specifically used to perfume rooms and to create a relaxing atmosphere that, in the most romantic, evokes the Christmas one. In short, it is an excellent ally to relax your mind during your breaks.
Recommendations for use: it is not recommended to use it in contact with the skin during exposure to the sun.
Rosemary essential oils
Essential rosemary oil is the number one among those recommended for those who need to relieve stress and maintain concentration. In fact, it is especially used by students during the exam period. But not only. In fact, this oil is also used to relieve muscle pain or due to contractures and to provide relief against the cervical.
Directions for use: always remember to dilute it with water and not to use it during pregnancy or if you are an epileptic subject.
Tea tree essential oils
This essential oil is highly recommended for those who need to reinvigorate their energy and get rid of stress. Tea tree oil, in fact, has an important and immediate energizing effect, but it is also purifying and soothing. In a small way, it is also invigorating. Very useful for regaining balance in the most intense periods.
Directions for use: not recommended for pregnant women.
Thyme essential oils
This thyme essential oil is used only and exclusively for environments. Its smell is able to neutralize odors. For this reason, it is indicated as a solution to strong odors that are created, for example, in the kitchen. A few drops of thyme oil and you will no longer smell bad in the air. Furthermore, it is an excellent antibacterial, purifies the air, and regenerates it.
Directions for use: not recommended for those who do not like strong smells.
Lavender essential oils
The essence of lavender is not only useful as a perfume for the closets, as many think. In fact, it is also excellent to apply on the pillow or to spread at home through a diffuser. A few drops are enough to have a pleasant, relaxing effect and accompany sleep. In some cases, it also acts as a pain reliever and anti-inflammatory.
Directions for use: This oil is one of the safest on the market, according to those who use it, and is suitable for all situations.
Orange essential oils
This orange oil is used to fight insomnia or stomach problems, but only if diluted with herbal teas. When mixed with a moisturizer, it can be great for preventing the appearance of wrinkles. In general, it has a very strong taste and smell, so use it sparingly.
Directions for use: not recommended for the fragrance of closed environments.
Eucalyptus essential oils
The essential oil of eucalyptus is mainly used as a perfume of environments. In fact, it is very fragrant and fresh. For this reason, it manages to fight bad smells and cool the environment, especially in the warmer months. A few drops are enough, which is why it is a long-lasting product.
Directions for use: it is not very suitable for those who cannot stand strong odors but prefer sweeter fragrances.
Oregano essential oils
Essential oil oregano is among the most use among those who engage in aromatherapy. It is widely used to fight colds and flu states.
Directions for use: being a pure essence, it is advisable to use one or two drops at a time.
Lemongrass essential oils
Put it in your diffuser when it is a day of great fatigue and stress; it is more recommended to use it when you are bathing, it will give you a refreshing aroma, and it will reassure you a lot. You can also use it in your beauty products; a quick scrub to do is lemongrass essential oil, brown sugar, and coconut oil.
You can also put about 10 drops in your diffuser to have a fresh morning and start with a lot of energy because lemongrass is also revitalizing. Combine it with essential oil of lemon, rosemary, or thyme.
Peppermint essential oils
Its aroma is invigorating so that all your senses are activated and promotes energy; it is also refreshing, stimulating, and calming. Put about 8 drops of peppermint essential oil with a little eucalyptus for days when you have a cold because it relieves congestion, cuts the body; in addition, it is an analgesic. Put a few drops on the soles of your feet, giving a light massage, and cover with socks. You will notice how the next day, you will feel much better.
Remember to always have your essential oils in amber or dark glass jars so that no property is lost and they are preserved for a longer time.
Ravintsara essential oils
Antiviral and antibacterial, thanks to the 1-8 cineol molecules it contains, the essential oil of ravintsara cleanses the atmosphere. Ideal for winter, it strengthens the body’s ability to defend itself against external aggressions thanks to its immunostimulating properties.
Use: In your diffuser, pour the essential oil of ravintsara. Refer to the diffuser instructions for the total number of drops. Diffuse 10 to 15 minutes per hour. Maximum 3 times a day.
Precautions: Not suitable for pregnant women under 3 months, children under 3 months, people with asthma or epilepsy – Risk of possible drug interference.
Marjoram essential oils
Reference anti-stress, the essential oil of marjoram with shells, fights against anxiety, depression, and sleep disorders. Also antiviral and bactericidal, the essential oil of shell marjoram fights infections to stay in top form in all circumstances.
Use: In your diffuser, pour the essential oil of shell marjoram. Refer to the diffuser instructions for the total number of drops. Diffuse 10 to 15 minutes per hour. Maximum 3 times a day.
Precautions: Do not overdose – Not suitable for pregnant women under 3 months, children under 3 months, subjects with hormone-dependent disorders cancerous or not, people suffering from hypotension, people with asthma.
Noble laurel essential oils
The essential oil of noble laurel tones the mental faculties and stimulates the brain to boost our concentration. Ideal during emotionally difficult passages, the essential oil of noble laurel helps to gain self-confidence to overcome your fears and your own limits.
Use: In your diffuser, pour the essential oil of noble laurel. Refer to the diffuser instructions for the total number of drops. Diffuse 10 to 15 minutes per hour. Maximum 3 times a day.
Precautions: Do not overdose – Not suitable for pregnant women under 3 months, children under 6 years, people with asthma or epilepsy, subjects with the dry cornea, people with liver problems, people smokers.
What exactly are essential oils?
So that we know precisely what essential oils are, the first thing we must do is differentiate them from vegetable oils since they are often confused. Essential oils, then, have nothing to do with coconut, jojoba, or sweet almond oil, known to all. Of course, the latter is often used as a base to dilute the former.
Essential oils are extracted from plants and/or their fruits. The reality is that they are not properly oils, but rather they are substances obtained through a process of water vapor distillation with an oily texture. When taken from nature, they have diverse therapeutic properties and attract attention for their intense and pleasant aroma.
How to use essential oils to diffuse
Now that we have known essential oils for a diffuser and their characteristics, here we need to know how we do to diffuse the fragrance in the home.
Ultrasonic essential oil diffuser
This is one of the solutions that I recommend the most, because it is very simple to use: just fill it with water, add your favorite essential oils, plug it in and go! In my opinion it is the most effective method.
The operating mechanism is simple: at the base of the diffuser there is an ultrasonic plate that emits high frequency vibrations; above this plate there is a special space where cold water is poured, usually with a capacity of 100 ml, together with the essential oils to be diffused.
When this plate vibrates, the water produces a cold vapor that carries with it the molecules of essential oils found on the surface of the water. Simple and effective!
To diffuse essential oils with a therapeutic purpose (disinfect the air, relax, prevent winter diseases, etc.), it is certainly the most convenient and useful method. The diffusion is done entirely cold: the molecules do not undergo overheating which disfigures their properties, therefore remaining very light they remain suspended in the air for longer.
Diffusers of essential oils by nebulization
A nebulizer is an electrical device that allows essential oils to diffuse into the atmosphere in the form of microparticles. As the nebulizer works cold, they are never heated and are introduced pure into a glass apparatus. Diffusers of essential oils by nebulization are often appreciated for their design and their quality of diffusion (pure diffusion of essential oils, unlike the fogger where they are diluted in water).
The microparticles thus enter deeper into the lungs, which makes it possible to benefit from all the therapeutic benefits of essential oils. If you want to use essential oils in diffusion for therapeutic purposes, this is exactly what you need! However, nebulizers are often more expensive and more fragile, being made of glass, and their operation can sometimes be noisy for some.
Ventilating essential oil diffusers
As their name suggests, ventilation diffusers will diffuse thanks to a fan placed directly in contact with a blotter soaked in essential oils, which will evaporate. This type of diffuser is not very suitable for aromatherapy because the oils will evaporate very quickly, but remains interesting for obtaining an olfactory atmosphere.
Gentle heat essential oil diffusers
Soft heat diffusers, on the other hand, work thanks to a small electrical resistance that heats the essential oils. Warning: for the reasons already mentioned above, we recommend that you choose a model that heats up to less than 40 ° C. This type of diffuser is ideal for small areas. (20m2 maximum) and it is very quiet.
How to diffuse essential oils without a diffuser?
Can you diffuse essential oils without investing in a diffuser? It is indeed possible, although this method of distribution is generally less efficient!
You can, for example, put a few drops of essential oils on a cotton ball and place it next to a fan, or mix them in a sprayer with distilled water or even place a few drops on a paper tissue. , which you will keep close to you. These are simple and quick methods to implement, but with a small distribution range.
There are many other possibilities to connect with yourself thanks to essential oils: breathe the essence directly from the bottle or in the hollow of your wrists, use them in massage; the trick is to find the one that you like. Fits best!
As you can see, the quality of essential oils for a diffuser, the space to diffuse, the aesthetics, the noise of the device, and its maintenance are all criteria to take into account when choosing your diffuser. Once you have identified the diffuser that suits you best, you will need to select the essential oils most suited to your project!
How to choose essential oils for diffusers
The essential oils to be diffused in the environment must be carefully selected, because each of them has different properties, which can be useful for different purposes, according to your needs.
- For the cooling influence, we are well suited to the essential oils Lavender, to Bergamot, to Lemon and all’ Eucalyptus.
- For anxiety, stress, and tension, essential oils of Lavender (a plant with many alternative uses ), Orange, and Verbena Odorosa are effective. Particularly suitable also to be nebulized during the night, as a remedy against insomnia.
- Bergamot essential oil is recommended as an antidepressant.
- To disinfect the environment, Tea Tree Oil or Bergamot essential oil.
- Against physical and mental fatigue, to regain your energy, you can use essential oil with mint or basil.
- As a valid help against low blood pressure, Rosemary essential oil is excellent, a herb with many almost unknown beneficial properties.
- In the case of slow digestion, arthritis, cervical, rheumatism, or gout, you can choose Juniper essential oil.
- Some oils are also good insect repellents, such as Lavender, Eucalyptus, and Verbena Odorosa essential oil.
Benefits of essential oils
Here are the benefits of essential oils when you use them.
- Bitter Orange Essential Oil: Soothing and relaxing to drive away negative thoughts; if you have stomach pain: in a tablespoon of almond oil, combine 2 drops of essential oil and massage on the belly.
- Bergamot essential oil: Purifies the air and can also be added to detergents. Energizes and stimulates a good mood. It has antiseptic and antibacterial properties on the skin and purifying for the scalp; add it to shampoo or masks.
- Chamomile essential oil: Relaxes and relieves, counteracts nervousness and anxiety, and promotes sleep.
- Cinnamon essential oil: Energizing, antibacterial and anti-moth, stimulates blood circulation and fights water retention and muscle pain.
- Lemongrass essential oil: We know it is the number one repellent against mosquitoes if massaged; it also relieves itching, antibacterial also fights moths from closets. Anti-inflammatory and vasodilator relieve muscle pain, and diffuse relieves nervous tension.
- Helichrysum essential oil: It has a powerful anti-inflammatory, healing, and toning action. Excellent in cases of skin problems such as dermatitis, acne, psoriasis. Also perfect for problems related to poor blood circulation or joint pain and trauma. In winter, ally against colds.
- Eucalyptus Essential Oil: Refreshes, purifies, and is perfect antibacterial against colds and also to stimulate the nervous system: it increases concentration and energizes. It also has anti-inflammatory qualities and circulatory reactivation.
- Jasmine essential oil: An excellent relaxant against anxiety and stress, antispasmodic, it is perfect for dermatitis and for sensitive and dry skin.
- Geranium essential oil: Contrasts the signs of aging on the skin and regulates the production of sebum in the case of oily skin or hair, stimulates circulation, and helps against joint pain or addiction to tobacco.
- Frankincense essential oil: Anti-inflammatory, healing, fights skin aging. Calming for anxiety and fears, it repels mosquitoes as well as being balsamic and expectorant, excellent in winter!
- Lavender essential: oil A perfect oil to perfume home and linen, put it in detergent or on pillows and sheets; it is super calming for states of anxiety and agitation and helps sleep. Soothing and decongestant for redness and irritation, it purifies the skin and has excellent analgesic qualities.
- Lemon essential oil: Its fresh and pleasant scent improves mood and concentration. Relieves tiredness—excellent ally for oily and acne-prone skin being astringent and antiseptic. Antioxidants are useful for counteracting skin aging. Strengthens brittle nails and helps. It fluidifies the blood and promotes blood circulation, therefore exceptional against cellulite, swollen and heavy legs, venous stasis, fragile capillaries, couperose. It fights nausea and aids digestion. Stimulating the nervous system has a tonic effect.
- Mandarin essential oil: Relaxing and calming helps the sleep of adults and children.
- Patchouli essential oil: Antidepressant and mental tonic fight anxiety and stress. Antibacterial and antifungal, it is also antiseptic and healing.
- Ravintsara: Expectorant essential oil is antibacterial as well as anti-inflammatory. Perfect for acne-prone skin. It supports the immune system and gives tone and energy against fatigue—drains and fights cellulite.
- Rose essential oil: Relaxing and balancing is also very aphrodisiac! It has anti-wrinkle, toning, and moisturizing properties and fights stretch marks. Soothing and anti-reddening of the skin, it fights dermatitis and skin irritations. Astringent, antiseptic, and bactericidal indicated for oily and acne-prone skin.
- Rosemary essential oil: It fights fatigue, and in case of a cold cough, has expectorant power. Relieves inflammation in case of muscle and joint pain. Purify oily skin and scalp. It has another anti-cellulite power because it helps against lymphatic stagnation.
- Thyme essential oil: Antibiotic and antiviral, as well as antifungal and expectorant perfect for colds, stimulating, and invigorating. Pain reliever for muscle pain
- Vanilla essential oil: Combats stress, anxiety, and depression. Antioxidant and anti-aging on our skin.
- Vetiver Essential Oil: Calms anxiety and agitation and promotes positivity. Antiseptic and sebum regulator perfect for oily skin and scalp, tissue regenerator excellent for dull skin, relieves joint and muscle pain. It stimulates blood circulation.
- Ylang Ylang essential oil: Antidepressant and antistress. Great antiseptic for oily skin with acne. Strengthens nails and hair.
- Ginger essential oil: Stimulant of the nervous system against fatigue, anxiety, and worries. Analgesic for rheumatism, muscle, and joint pain, cervical, arthritis. Excellent antiseptic against colds or flu. Anti-nausea. It fights water retention and helps circulation. It counteracts hair loss and stimulates its regrowth.
What are the most common essential oils, and what are their qualities?
When derived from the plants themselves, the types of essential oils have the characteristic of a great variety. Therefore, we are going to list some of the most common types on the market. One of them is lavender, which stands out for its characteristic aroma, but also for its moisturizing properties, in the same way as rosemary, which has a powerful calming effect.
Bergamot oil is another great aid to combat odors; as a plus, it is also indicated to promote sleep. Tea tree essential oil is an excellent mosquito repellent, as is eucalyptus. The latter is also ideal for freshening the breath, while the properties of lemon oil make it the perfect air freshener.
How does aromatherapy relate to essential oils?
You may have already realized that the world of aromatherapy often appears hand in hand with essential oils, but do you know why? Aromatherapy is a therapeutic technique aimed at obtaining benefits from both the physical and emotional point of view. To achieve this, use essential oils.
Aromatherapy is recognized for its ability to promote relaxation in its user while stimulating senses such as smell and touch. It is a discipline that also reaches the emotions; hence it is indicated to help pathologies such as anxiety, stress, or insomnia. Essential oils, thus, are the protagonists of these therapies.
How to preserve essential oils so that they are kept in optimal condition?
The properties of essential oils are not eternal, which means that you have to follow some guidelines so that they are preserved for as long as possible. You may have noticed that most of the jars are opaque or dark. The reason is that these isolate them much better from light and protect them from changes in temperature.
We must ensure that the containers are kept in the cold. For this reason, it is recommended to keep them away from light and heat sources. Similarly, it is convenient to keep them in a place without humidity and protected from oxygen. In this last aspect, the quality of the cap plays a fundamental role, as it must be closed well.
What are the precautions to take when you want to diffuse essential oils at home?
Ambient diffusion is, in general, harmless if you follow a few basic safety rules! Reasonable use is essential: essential oils, even in diffusion, remain active substances whose quantities must be respected.
Here are some tips for enjoying the therapeutic benefits of essential oils in diffusion without putting yourself in danger:
- ventilate the space daily to avoid an overconcentration of essential oils in your interior
- turn off your diffuser before falling asleep (or use a programmable diffuser) so as to allow discontinuous diffusion with diffusion cycles and pauses
- diffusion times should not exceed 15 minutes continuously per hour, 3 to 4 times per day. However, if you use an oil cut with water, the diffusion time may be longer (up to 30 minutes)
Please note, the use of essential oils is contraindicated or, at least, requires the prior opinion of an expert for all of the following cases:
- Pregnant or breastfeeding women: indeed, the active ingredients of essential oils penetrate directly into the mother’s blood and can therefore reach the baby.
- Children under 7 (but it all depends on the oils used). Essential oils should never be diffused in a baby’s room
- People with epilepsy or with neurological disorders
- Asthma subjects
- Allergic subjects
- Animals; cats, in particular, are very sensitive to essential oils
Once these basic principles are respected, you will see that it is very simple and very pleasant to enhance your daily life by diffusing your favorite essential oils in your interior.
Diffusing essential oils at home greatly contributes to creating an atmosphere and an environment conducive to inner calm, so you can pleasantly accompany your meditation session. Finding harmony between body and mind is an everyday discipline that requires patience, gentleness, and, above all, self-indulgence! We take to heart to accompany you in this quest by making you discover the power and the benefits of aromatherapy.
The world of essential oils is just getting popular, and it’s exciting to discover. The reality is that they are products with which, who more or who less, we have all had some contact throughout our lives. Even so, did you know what they can do for you? Behind its intense aroma, they hide a series of properties for health and well-being.
These are articles that, as you may have noticed, cannot be selected lightly. It is recommended that you first assess what your needs are and then make the decision based on them. Surely you would never have imagined that the key to relaxation was inside such a small jar.