Nowadays, essential oils are everywhere; to the point where they’re in nearly every lotion, candle, and bath soap you can find. Likewise, essential oil diffusers have also become increasingly popular, for more reasons than you’d think. Along with being an impactful form of aromatherapy, there are a ton of amazing essential oil diffuser benefits; a few of which most people who own them don’t even know!
1. Pain Relief
If you’re no stranger to annoying aches and pains, you may benefit from this kind of aromatherapy. Essential oil diffusers work wonders for headaches, sore joints, and overworked muscles. There are a few different oils that promote pain relief, such as ginger, bergamot, clary sage, rosemary, lavender, eucalyptus, and chamomile. Pop your choice of these into your diffuser, and let it work its magic!
Disclaimer: Please never apply undiluted essential oils directly to your skin.
2. Better Sleep & Relaxation
Unwinding at the end of a long, hard day with a glass of wine is hard to beat, we know. But, if you’re ever tempted to try something different, an essential oil diffuser can be just as relaxing. Not only that, but it will help you sleep better, too. We recommend clary sage, chamomile, and lavender oils for relaxation and more peaceful sleep.
3. Alternative to Candles & Incense
Diffusers are much safer to leave unattended in your home; especially if you have children or pets running around. There’s no risk of excited little hands (or tails) accidentally starting a fire by knocking it over. Unlike with candles or incense, essential oils carry no chemicals or unnatural scents. Another benefit of a diffuser is that the oils are interchangeable, which means there is no mess to clean up! Swapping oils is simple and easy.
4. Prevents Illness & Boosts Immunity
Essential oil diffusers can also be used to prevent flus and colds, even ones as severe as pneumonia, by boosting your immune system and confronting airborne pathogens before they can invade your body. Essential oils are powerfully anti-microbial, so when they’re introduced into the air in vapor form, the organic compounds within the oils come into contact with those pathogens first, like an invisible first line of defense. Pretty cool, right?
Lemon, rosemary, sage, grapefruit, tea tree, cinnamon, thyme, and Ravensara are all powerful antimicrobial essential oils.
5. Increased Respiratory Health & Easier Breathing
Purifying the air is another major benefit of using an essential oil diffuser, especially if you suffer from things like asthma, allergies, or sinus congestions. Using oils like basil, lemon, rosemary, peppermint, and eucalyptus can help reduce allergens in the air, as well as reducing inflammation and congestion in clogged airways. Think of the essential oil vapor as good-smelling, natural disinfectant.
6. Counteracts Pollution
Because certain essential oil vapors purify the air, they also help fight pollution in it. It’s important to minimize your exposure to pollution as much as possible because any potential damage to your body from those toxins can last for up to ten years! Tea tree and basil are especially known for their purifying qualities. Pine and red thyme vapors counteract bacteria like mold and yeast, too.
7. Removes Odors
Using an essential oil diffuser will make any room smell infinitely better. It can hold up against strong cooking odors from foods like broccoli, cauliflower, onions, and cabbage. It’s up to personal preference to really determine what the best smelling essential oils for a diffuser are, but a few of the most popular ones include cinnamon, grapefruit, bergamot, lavender, jasmine, sandalwood, and patchouli.
8. Emotional Health & Mood
Different essential oils have different properties, depending on what you need at the moment. Using something like a sweet orange or any other citrus oil will help give you a boost of much-needed energy on sluggish mornings, and when you’re feeling sad or depressed.
Essential oil diffusers are also great for holidays and social events. Vanilla is especially nice to use during the holidays, and it makes the whole house smell like freshly baked goodies! Scents like jasmine and sandalwood can help you set a professional, serene atmosphere for business meetings. And, if you’re planning a romantic date, rose oil is the perfect matchmaker.
9. Increased Focus & Cognitive Function
Diffusers can also be helpful with increasing alertness and concentration during work, studying, and so on. They can also help with regulating moods, balancing hormones, and soothing your mind during stressful times. The best essential oils for this are peppermint, cypress, lemon, sandalwood, eucalyptus, frankincense, and pine.
10. Curbs Hunger & Cravings for Weight Management
Believe it or not, essential oil diffusers can actually help you lose weight. Scent alone is enough to make you hungry, especially if you find yourself passing by a busy bakery or food truck. According to a National Institute of Health 2016 study, a woman who inhaled a ‘fresh’ scent reported having fewer chocolate cravings, while being exposed to ‘sweet’ scents increased her cravings. Oddly enough, cinnamon oil, though often used to make all kinds of sweets as a spice, can actually help reduce your cravings!
11. Alleviates Nausea
Essential oils like ginger, lavender, chamomile, nutmeg, and peppermint are all great to use in a diffuser to fight nausea, no matter the cause. Ginger can ease vomiting and motion sickness, peppermint works as a digestive aid, lavender and chamomile for soothing, and nutmeg is a fantastic anti-inflammatory.
12. Repels Bugs
Let’s be honest, nobody likes bugs except entomologists (people who study insects). Essential oil diffusers can serve as a reliable bug repellent to keep all of the pesky little mosquitos, house flies, fruit flies, and moths away. Using oils like cedarwood, rosemary, clove, and lemongrass will help keep insects out of your business, and no bug lives are lost. Everybody wins!
13. Helps Keep You Cool
Using an essential oil diffuser with a fresh scent like peppermint, wintergreen, spearmint, or eucalyptus can actually cool you down, helping you save on air conditioning bills!
Compared to other forms of aromatherapy, diffusers are pretty convenient to use. No bottles necessary, no sprays, no need to boil anything on the stove. You can simply set it and forget it, which makes your life that much easier. This way you can spend more time enjoying the benefits of essential oils and less time fighting with a faulty nozzle.
15. Saves You Money
Taking advantage of all the benefits an essential oil diffuser can bring to your life means spending less money on supplements, fewer trips to the doctor, higher levels of productivity, lower electric bills, and fewer cups of coffee (or any other stimulants).
Here are a few diffusers we recommend:
The Anjou’s simple layout and fun LED design make it a perfect choice for beginners. This little diffuser can last for up to 12 hours, depending on the settings.
The URPOWER’s elegant wood design blends perfectly in any office or room, and its ultrasonic technology ensures extra quiet functionality while you’re working and trying to nap.
The VicTsing has the largest capacity of the three at 300ml. It also uses ultrasonic technology for perfect quiet, along with a ton of other fun features including different timer settings, LED lights, and multifunctionality.
While a few of these essential oil diffuser benefits might be surprising to you, they only add to the convenience and advantages of using one. If you need a simple way to boost your health, peace of mind to get through the workday, or just love existing in rooms that smell like heaven, getting your own essential oil diffuser might be worth looking into.