A diffuser is used to dispense essential oils in your room.
A diffuser is used to dispense essential oils in your room.

A diffuser is used to dispense essential oils in your room. A diffuser with oil (an essential oil diffuser or an aromatherapy diffuser) can often freshen up your room and keep mosquitoes at bay. You need to mix essential oil and water in an appropriate ratio and put it in a diffuser. Check out the label for more instructions.

A diffuser helps you to relax after a tough day. It can help you sleep peacefully. The aroma of essential oils, such as chamomile, lavender, and clary sage, helps de-stress.

The aroma of essential oils, such as peppermint, lemongrass, eucalyptus, tea tree, sage, rosemary, grapefruit, lemon, and thyme, act as antimicrobial and keep cold and flu at bay.

An essential oil diffuser can be used to:

  • Boost immune system
  • Keep your airways moist, which make you less susceptible to microbes
  • Relieve headaches
  • Ease sore joints
  • Soothe overworked muscles
  • Boost your energy
  • Lift your mood

There is a mixed response about the effectiveness of essential oil diffuser against these diseases:

Some studies indicate that there is a benefit to using essential oils whereas others show no improvement in symptoms.

Which essential oils are best to use with an essential oil diffuser?

There are several oils with different fragrances and chemical constituents. Some of the most popular essential oils include:

  • Lavender oil: It helps to relieve stress and anxiety and improves sleep quality.
  • Tea tree oil: It is commonly effective against acne, athlete’s foot, and insect bites.
  • Peppermint oil: There is sufficient evidence that proves peppermint oil, when taken as an enteric-coated capsule, helps relieve symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Topical application of peppermint oil can relieve tension headaches.
  • Frankincense oil: It can help with inflammation, mood, and sleep.
  • Lemon oil: The citrusy scent of lemon oil elevates the mood immediately. It is often used in household cleaning products.
  • Eucalyptus oil: It helps to clear up congestion by opening the nasal passages.

What are the safety concerns associated with essential oil diffusers?

Essential oil diffusers can affect people differently. For example, a peppermint oil diffuser should not be used around a child who is less than 30 months old. Diffusing peppermint oil should also be avoided if you have a fast heartbeat. Some people react to essential oils. They may present with sneezing, nasal congestion, and dry cough.

Some alternative options for essential oil diffuser include:

  • Aromatherapy accessories: The accessories, such as necklaces, bracelets, and keychains, are filled with absorbent materials. You have to apply an essential oil and sniff it throughout the day.
  • Body oil: This involves a mixture of essential oils with a carrier oil, such as olive, jojoba, or coconut oil. It is massaged on the skin.
  • Aroma stick: This refers to a portable plastic stick with an absorbent wick that soaks up the essential oil. These sticks come with a cover to keep the scent under wraps.

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Medically Reviewed on 3/26/2021
References
Cleveland Clinic. Essential Oils 101: Do They Work + How Do You Use Them? https://health.clevelandclinic.org/essential-oils-101-do-they-work-how-do-you-use-them/

John Hopkins Medicine. Aromatherapy: Do Essential Oils Really Work? https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/wellness-and-prevention/aromatherapy-do-essential-oils-really-work