How Does an Ultrasonic Diffuser Work?

Inhaling Essential Oils is the most effective way to experience their therapeutic benefits. With this mind, if you're looking for a way to add the healing benefits of Essential Oils to your life, we highly recommend investing in an aromatherapy diffuser. 

Everything You Need to Know About Aromatherapy Diffusers

What is an Ultrasonic Aromatherapy Diffuser?

An ultrasonic diffuser is an electronic diffuser which disperses Essential Oils into the air. Diffusers work by breaking the Essential Oil particles down into micro-molecules & then diffusing them into the air as negative ions. Negatively charged ions will attach themselves to harmful positively charged particles in the air & help to purify your home.

This article does an excellent job of explaining the benefit negatively charged ions have with regards to our health.

How Does an Ultrasonic Diffuser Work?

How your diffuser works will ultimately depend upon which diffuser you choose. Typically, ultrasonic diffusers are filled with water & Essential Oils are then added to the water where they remain on the water's surface. It's important to note, the amount of Essential Oils you add to your diffuser will depend upon the size of your diffuser. Please read the instructions that come with your diffuser carefully.

Ultrasonic diffusers work by using ultrasonic vibrations. Ultrasonic vibrations are sound waves which vibrate at an ultrasonic frequency, which is a frequency the human ear cannot typically detect. These ultrasonic sound waves agitate the water causing the separation of the water particles. When the water particles are separated, they become negatively charged particles which are lighter than the air. This is the visible "mist" that you see when you use a diffuser.  

Essential Oils are released into the air with these negative ions. Once released into the air, the Essential Oils work to purify the air thanks to their antibacterial properties & improve your health & state of mind as you inhale their healing aroma. Meanwhile, the negative ions bond with positively charged free radicals in the air & clean your space while adding a small amount of moisture along with the fresh scent of whichever Essential Oil you've chosen..

When using Essential Oils in your Ultrasonic Diffuser, the oil's particles are dispersed into the air along with the water leaving your space smelling fresh. This is also how you will benefit from the Essential Oil's therapeutic properties.

Why Use an Ultrasonic Diffuser

Ultrasonics are a great way to use Essential Oils in your space without doing what we experts call denaturing the Essential Oils. Denaturing basically means that you are applying some outside element to the oil & changing its chemical composition. An example of what we mean is a candle diffuser. Candle diffusers apply heat to your Essential Oil which essentially cooks the oil. When an Essential Oil is cooked, the aroma changes & the therapeutic benefits of the oil is lost.

Maintaining your Aromatherapy Diffuser

To ensure your diffuser lasts for a long, long time you're going to want to clean it regularly. Here at The Essential Life, we recommend cleaning your diffuser between each use. Regular cleaning will not only prevent buildup in the diffusers vibration mechanism, it will also ensure that each time you diffuse Essential Oils in your home, you're diffusing the pure aroma of the oils your added without diluting them with residual odour from previously diffused oils.

To clean your diffuser, we recommend mixing one equal parts water & rubbing alcohol into spray bottle. Once you've mixed these two ingredients together, spritz the inside of your diffuser with the mixture & wipe it clean with a soft cloth. Use a q-tip to gentle clean around the diffuser's mechanism. As you clean the inside of your diffuser, be careful to be very gentle. It is possible to crack the bowl of your diffuser & this will render it useless as the water will leak out & damage the diffuser as well as whatever surface you have your diffuser sitting on.

Choosing the Best Aromatherapy Diffuser For Your Space

The ultrasonic diffuser that is best for you will depend upon the space you'd like to use it in. When it comes to purchasing a diffuser, ask the retailer about how much space the diffuser will scent. Another feature to carefully consider is the diffuser's running time. Do you want your diffuser to run for 12 hours? Or just 2? This is a completely personal preference & will depend upon how you want to use your diffuser.

Other features you will want to consider when choosing the diffuser that is right for you include: sound, lights, & materials used in the diffuser. Some diffusers will play music, or beep when they turn off. If you're using your diffuser in a bedroom, diffusers which make noise might not be desirable. Other diffusers have built in lights. All of the diffusers that I have in my home have a light-up option. In choosing the diffusers I have in my home, I was careful to ensure that each one had the option to turn off ALL lights. One of the things I would advise you to be careful of is, if you are using the diffuser in the bedroom of someone who is sensitive to light while they're sleeping, a diffuser with an on/off light will not be ideal.

Lastly, most diffusers are made from high-quality & durable plastic. Some are made from a thinner plastic which does not stand-up to the power of Essential Oils. I've purchased many diffusers from international retailers on eBay, having been swayed by their lower price point, & have learned the lesson that cheaper isn't always better as the Essential Oils literally ate through the plastic. 

Where to Buy Your Aromatherapy Diffuser

When it comes to purchasing an Essential Oil diffuser, there are many high-quality options available on the market. Here at The Essential Life, we've tested diffusers from a number of top-retailers & we've found a number of diffusers that we love for their appearance, their quality & functionality. We've also found quite a few diffusers that we DON'T love. As I mentioned earlier in the post, I purchased several diffusers from off-shore retailers through eBay & Amazon. While I thought these diffusers would save me money, I found that I was sorely mistaken. In my mission to save money on diffusers, I went through 6 different diffuser which cost me $25 USD each. All of these diffusers broke within the FIRST WEEK of using them. 

I finally settled on two different diffusers that I use in my home daily & one diffuser that I use when I am travelling. This bamboo diffuser is, hands down, my favourite diffuser. I would say it is the best diffuser I have ever owned. I've had it for three years now & it still works beautifully. The other diffuser I use in my home is this super colourful one. I've been using the colourful "jellyfish" diffuser for two years now & I still love it. My favourite thing to do is curl up next to it with a book, start diffusing some Lavender Essential Oil & enjoy the atmosphere the lights create as they shift & change colour.

When I'm on the go, both Sean & I like this portable little guy. We've experimented with a bunch of different diffusers which tout themselves as being perfect for travel & every single one we've tried has come up short. We've been using this diffuser for the last 6-months & we love it's durability. It's also great as a nightlight when we're staying in a hotel. Leaving the diffuser's light on throughout the evening makes it possible to navigate the foreign space of the hotel room if we need to get up in the middle of the night.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR - BRITTEN THOMPSON

Who is Britten? She's a reticent little beast born in the wilds of Northern Alberta to a foul-mouthed, French-Canadian father & an angry, stiff-upper-lipped mother. Britten is, almost always, wild-haired & poorly dressed. She recently left the beautiful & untamed chill of Canada for the blistering & somewhat oppressive heat of Australia. Her list of pastimes is short & includes reading, writing, petting cats, overeating & alphabetizing things. She's a fan of Windex on Facebook because who doesn't want a streak free shine? She dreams of one day writing a super-awesome novel that affords her & her partner a comfortable lifestyle, a large property, a few horses & the means with which to foster children in need...or just becoming a red panda.

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