In order to enjoy the aromatic benefits of an essential oil, you could obviously take a few drops from the bottle into the palm of your hands, cup your hands around your mouth and nose, and inhale deeply for as long as needed…
…or simply hold the bottle of essential oil a few inches from your nose and breathe in the aroma…
or…add a drop or two of the essential oil to your pillowcase or pajama shirt, I guess…
But a much easier and smarter method would be through diffusion.
Diffusion is one of the simplest and most effective methods for using essential oils aromatically.
Simply putting two to eight drops of an essential oil that has been found especially beneficial for sleeping, (see next post), along with whatever water quantity is specified in the instructions for your particular diffuser, may be the perfect answer for your questionable sleep.
…and if you find using only one essential oil to become quite boring, you can also combine several essential oils in your diffuser. There are many such “sleep blend recipes” to be found on the internet or in books about essential oils. For example, try combining three drops of lavender, three drops of cedarwood, and two drops of frankincense.
So how does a diffuser work? All diffusers work by breaking the essential oil(s) down into tiny molecules and dispersing them throughout the air, allowing you to enjoy the benefits of the oil as it circulates in the air for several hours while you sleep.
What should I look for when shopping for a diffuser?
Factors to consider when purchasing an essential oil diffuser include…
ease of use
estimated operating time
material that the diffuser is made from (cheap plastic or polypropylene?)
size of the actual diffuser
size of the room you want your diffuser to effectively cover
“special” features, such as a timer and ambient lighting
Some of the most popular diffusers on the market today include…
1. DoTerra AromaLite Diffuser
Estimated operating time…up to eight hours
Size area diffuser effectively covers…up to 1000 feet
“Special” features…optional night light
Type of diffuser…cool mist humidifier
2. Noor Litemist Aromatherapy Diffuser
Estimated operating time...four hours
Material diffuser is made from…plastic
Size of actual diffuser…5.9″x5″
Size area diffuser effectively covers…300 square feet
“Special” features…multicolor LED lights, automatic shut-off
3. Lagute Apple Shaped Diffuser
Estimated operating time…five hours
Material diffuser is made from…wood-grain BPA-free plastic
Noise…less than 36dB
4. Plant Therapy AromaFuse Diffuser
Estimated operating time…up to ten hours
Material diffuser is made from…BPA-free plastic
Noise level…very quiet
Size of the actual diffuser…8″x8″x5.2″
Size of area diffuser can effectively cover…at least 500 square feet
“Special” features...five different timer settings, LED light