Aromatherapy Diffusers: Benefits and How to Use

Every home and office space could be improved by the inclusion of an essential oil diffuser. You’ve probably seen them in the homes or offices of friends and family; they’re often quietly operating in the background, noticeable only because of the delicious scents they’re sending all around them or because of the delicate puffs of steam some of them emit. Diffusers don’t just emit a pretty smell though. They help to purify air, increase health and even help to cure and prevent common colds and flus. They can help to put your mind at ease, alleviate stress, and create a pleasant environment for your family.

Let a diffuser help to create the mood you’d like in your home. Some oils lend themselves well to helping eliminate stress and relaxation, while others are best used to increase energy and mood. Any of the citrus oils are wonderful in establishing a feeling of happiness and content, so if this is your goal, try bergamot, sweet orange, lemon, lime, or lemongrass. These scents can help alleviate the signs of depression as well as lift a sad mood.

For health purposes, a diffuser and essential oils can be a great way to arm your home or office against attack by the common cold or flu. Some essential oils are anti-microbial and will seek out and destroy pathogens in the air before they come into contact with your lungs or body. Essential oils can also be a friend to your immune system, giving it the boost it needs. If you’re having trouble with breathing, some diffusers also act as humidifiers for your environment, helping to keep your airways moist. Some super suggestions for essential oils that help boost health are rosemary, thyme, tea tree and sage.

Oils that will specifically target your sinuses and airways can help you to breathe when you’re suffering from congestion or inflammation due to allergies. Use the diffuser in the room or rooms where you spend most of your time so that you can get the maximum benefit. For allergy sufferers, try rosemary, eucalyptus, and peppermint.

Soothe yourself at the end of a particularly hard day by relaxing next to a diffuser which sends aromas like lavender or chamomile into the air. When placed next to your bed, a diffuser can help to make you sleepy and to get a good night’s rest. Some have found great success using a diffuser in their office during their lunch breaks, alongside a meditation or yoga session.

Headaches, overworked or strained muscles, and sore joints can also be soothed a great deal by the use of your diffuser. Try one of or a combination of ginger, lavender, bergamot or chamomile to ease your body and help release tension.

Even if you simply a certain smell in your home, a diffuser can offer a safe way of making your home smell welcoming and inviting to visiting guests. Candles can be forgotten and provide a very dangerous risk to having your entire home burn down. They are also unsafe to use around small children, who may not understand the burn risks associated with a flame. A diffuser is safe to use around all members of the family; even the furry four legged kind.

If you’re being driven crazy by mosquitoes or other annoying insects, use your diffuser as a bug repellent by sending out the scent of lemongrass, rosemary, cedar wood or clove. You can place your diffuser just inside your door to repel unwanted little guests, or even take it outside that you can enjoy your evening without being eaten alive.

Believe it or not, using a diffuser can help you keep cool on those hot days without ever having to touch your thermostat. By diffusing certain minty scents, your body is tricked into thinking that it’s cooler in that particular room. Try winter mint, peppermint or spearmint and see if this works for you!

To enjoy all of the wonderful benefits of your diffuser, it might be best to have one for every floor of your home. Try different scents in different rooms depending on their use. Take advantage of the physical and mental well being that a diffuser and essential oils can bring to you and your family.

This article was written by Sam Socorro from Clearwells. She has over 10 years’ experience in writing health related topics and specializes in the health benefits of saunas and hydrotherapy.