If we haven’t already made a convert to aromatherapy out of you, we are hoping that, with the following article, we will be, at least, one step closer. Pages and pages have been written about the benefits of aromatherapy. This is one of those wellness gems that takes care of all three parts of you – mind, body and spirit. Essential oils used in aromatherapy stimulate your brain to reduce anxiety, depression and pain and increase relaxation. Chemical characteristics of essential oils will not only cleanse and improve your skin, but will purify the air that you breathe and alleviate the symptoms of respiratory diseases. Oils used in aromatherapy will enhance your good energy and revitalize your spirit. As somebody said: “If you believe in aromatherapy, it works! If you don’t believe in aromatherapy, it works!”
In order to make the best use out of essential oils and ensure that their therapeutic properties are fully utilized, you will need a gadget called diffusers. Now, not all aromatherapy diffusers are the same. There are four different kinds you can choose from depending on your needs:
- Heat Diffuser – This diffuser is ideal for diffusing pretty scents around your home. Not exactly to be used for therapeutic purposes since the heat these diffusers emit compromises the integrity and the chemistry of essential oils while eliminating therapeutic characteristics they possess. So, if your sole purpose for purchasing an aromatherapy diffuser is to have your home or office smell nice, this is the one to go for.
- Cold Air Diffuser – In a nutshell, cold air diffusers use room temperature to push essential oils into a nebulizer which is then vaporized into the air. Cold air diffusers are not really suited for thicker essential oils. Because they use cold air to diffuse the oil (unlike their heated counterparts), they do not destroy therapeutic properties of the oil. They are also a bit noisier than other diffusers since they are more powerful and vaporize essential oils into the air much quicker.
- Evaporative Diffuser – These are the basic diffusers and not so hi-tech as ultrasonic ones. They use a fan to blow air through a filter soaked with essential oils which in turn vaporizes them into air. Evaporative diffusers are ideal for softer / lighter oil (like citrus) as opposed to the heavier ones. They are the best diffusers to use in your car or when traveling.
- Ultrasonic Diffusers – These aromatherapy diffusers are the state of the art and, by far, the best diffusers for therapeutic essential oils. They use ultrasonic frequencies to create vibrations in water which, in turn, vaporize the oils that are on the surface, dispersing them into the air. Since they don’t use heat, therapeutic properties of essential oils are fully preserved. Also, ultrasonic diffusers are great for neutralizing odors and purifying the air.
Here’s our pick of the top ten essential oil diffusers in no particular order:
1 – VICTSING ELECTRIC DIFFUSER
Most of the diffusers that we are featuring in this article have either a plastic or PP shell. VicTsing Electric Diffuser is somewhat different since its shell is made from wood which makes it a bit more organic than its competitors. This is also a quite compact (5.1 x 3.7 inches or 130 x 95mm), beautifully shaped diffuser which emits a very fine aromatherapy mist. Its capacity is 140ml and it operates on 110-240V. VicTsing has eight different LED lights – from pale pink to navy blue – which you can change with the touch of a button. It also has three mist modes, and an automatic shut off feature when the diffuser runs out of water. VicTsing is a low power consumer which provides strong humidification. Because it is super quiet, it is perfect for bedrooms (won’t disturb your sleep) and offices (won’t disrupt work). Just add four drops of your favorite essential oil and a sweet smelling stem will envelop your room. VicTsing Electric Diffuser will go for hours on very little water and oil while not losing any of its efficiency. It effectively kills bacteria, humidifies, purifies and sterilizes the air, increases blood circulation, and neutralizes negative oxygen ions.
BUY | $35
2 – AROMASOFT ESSENTIAL OIL DIFFUSER
This is, by far, one of the quietest diffusers on the market thanks to the so-called whisper quiet technology. You don’t need to use any special water since the one from your faucet will do the job just as well. Aromasoft Essential Oil Diffuser has seven soft lights that change as the diffuser does its job. You get to set the light (just press a button) that best suits your mood. This is a 24V, high capacity, 120ml diffuser that you can easily move from room to room. It has an automatic shut off feature when it runs out of water. It is also suitable for your child’s room. Aromasoft Essential Oil Diffuser will provide you with long-lasting mist for up to sixteen hours without having to change the water. This is a sleek and lightweight little unit which also doubles as a night light.
BUY | $49.97
3 – FLYMEI ULTRASONIC DIFFUSER
Just as its name suggests, the Flymei Ultrasonic Diffuser uses ultrasonic waves to spray essential oils in the tank which will humidify and purify the air in your room. The tank’s capacity is 100ml and the diffuser automatically shuts off when it runs out of water. It’s best suited for rooms that span between 10 and 15 square feet in size. Owing to the latest ultrasonic technology, Flymei is very quiet with noise levels under 35 dB(A). It also features seven LED lights with independent light control. The benefits of having an ultrasonic diffuser in your home are numerous – the essential oil mist will soften your skin, it neutralizes the static in the room, and humidifies and refreshes the room air in winter and summer. The Flymei Ultrasonic Diffuser has two settings – green, which releases intermittent mist (in 30-second-intervals) and red, which signals that the diffuser is constantly emitting mist. You can use this diffuser just about anywhere – in children’s rooms, bedrooms, living rooms, offices, beauty salons, toilets, hospitals, hotels…
BUY | $31.99
4 – ZAQ NOOR MULTI COLOR LITEMIST DIFFUSER
Zaq Noor Multicolor Litemist Diffuser promises to „transform any environment into a sanctuary of tranquility”. Designed like ancient Egyptian pyramids, this diffuser is compact and energy efficient (power consumption of only 12 W). Its tank holds up to 80ml (2.7 oz) of water and takes between three and five drops of essential oil. It also comes with multi-color LED lights to compliment your current mood – white, denoting purity and wholeness, green, representing balance and development and pink for empathy and intuition. You can regulate the light with the simple touch of a button. The Zaq Noor Diffuser can operate up to four hours without the need to refill and without condensation. This is a mid-size diffuser, measuring 5.9 x 5.0 inches. Just like most of the diffusers we are showing you today, Zaq Noor also has an automatic shut off when it runs out of water. It emits a generous amount of mist owing to the Advanced LiteMist Aromatherapy Technology.
BUY | $39.99
5 – BRITELEAFS 2-IN-1 ULTRASONIC DIFFUSER AND HUMIDIFIER
Briteleafs 2-in-1 Ultrasonic Diffuser and Humidifier is highly recommended for people suffering from respiratory disorders like dry cough and asthma, as well as those with sinus irritation and dry skin. This is both an essential oil diffuser and humidifier with an incredible 2.4 million ultrasonic vibrations per second which is the second highest ultrasonic vibration frequency currently available on the market after the Casa Aroma Genie Aromatherapy Diffuser. What this means in practice is that Briteleafs emits an ultra-fine mist that creates instant relaxing aromatherapy. It even comes with a 10ml bottle of lavender essential oil. Briteleafs is also surprisingly quiet and has a rather large water tank (100ml capacity). There are four timer settings – 3 hours, 2 hours, 1 hour and 30 minutes. It incorporates auto-shut off technology which means that the diffuser automatically shuts down when the water level becomes too low. Briteleafs has six soothing colors and is perfect for rooms of up to 200 sq. ft.
BUY | $36.99
6 – LULL BY QUOOZ
Lull by Quooz is much more than a conventional mister. Lull uses the latest ultrasonic technology to diffuse essential oils. It does not use heat since heat can severely damage the integrity of essential oils. This diffuser needs only two to four drops of your favorite essential oil to make your home smell delicious. Just fill it with water, add essential oil and that’s it. Its operating time is up to ten hours. Lull also emits a soft light that has several levels of brightness, including a level called the breathing mode where the light fades gradually and then brightens again. This changing light is set at a frequency that simulates deep breathing which has a therapeutic effect on the central nervous system. Apart from creating a soothing and relaxing atmosphere, Lull is also a very elegant addition to your home. Its stylish design resembles a spring flower bud before bloom. It is also low on energy use and easy to clean.
BUY | $59.95
7 – TRILLIA MINA II
Trillia Mina II is different from most modern aromatherapy oil diffusers in several things. The first one being that it is entirely handmade by highly skilled carpenters and glassblowers. Secondly, this diffuser is equipped with a state of the art, low-noise air pump which will help diffuse your favorite essential oil all over your house. Mina II is extremely efficient at saturating the air with pleasant aromas due to the combination of a nebulizer and high performing air pump called Euros III. This pump performs at a very low noise level of 50 dB when working on its own, which goes down to 5 dB when placed in the wooden base of Mina II. A rather small nebulizer is also handmade but its size doesn’t affect its atomizing performance.
BUY | $230
8 – CASA AROMA GENIE AROMATHERAPY DIFFUSER
Casa Aroma’s Genie Aromatherapy Diffuser, produced by Toast Living, is a state-of-the-art high vibration aromatherapy diffuser. This little gadget emits 2.5 million ultrasonic vibrations per second while releasing the wonderful scent of refreshing essential oils into the air. Using Casa Aroma Genie Diffuser is almost effortless. Just add water and a few drops of your favorite essential oil, and just relax and enjoy. We’ve mentioned 2.5 million ultrasonic vibrations per second earlier, but did you know that this is the highest ultrasonic vibration frequency currently available on the market? While vibrating at such a high frequency, this diffuser ionizes the molecules of essential oils into the air via heat-free diffusion method. At the same time, it boosts the oil’s biological benefits, improves the atmosphere in your home or office and purifies the air you breathe. The device is absolutely safe and poses no hazard to your health whatsoever. It automatically turns off when it runs out of water or when the time is up. It makes no noise at all, it is discreet and stylish, it is a vast improvement from your ordinary candle diffuser and it can go on for up to seven hours.
BUY | $111.50
9 – SHA AROMA DIFFUSER BY PUZHEN
Sha Aroma Diffuser from the Five Senses series will engage all of your senses once you get this diffuser going. Equipped with a built-in ionizer which generates negative ions, this diffuser is capable of purifying the air in your room more effectively than other diffusers. It also has 3 different, soft LED lights which you can change using its infrared remote control to further enhance your environment. Of course, you are able to control other features with the remote control. Additionally, you can set the auto shutdown timer according to your preferences – from 1 to 8 hours. As the Sha Aroma Diffuser is available in three different sizes (small, medium and large), the features for each size slightly differ. Depending on the size, the area which it covers varies. The smallest can cover an area of 323 sq ft (30m2), while the large one can cover up to 646 sq ft (60m2). Another great feature is the water reservoir capacity of the diffuser; the bigger it is, the more aromatherapy oils you can use.
BUY | $279
10 – USB DIFFUSER BY GREEN AIR
Green Air has launched several different essential oil diffusers but this one is the favorite of aromatherapy experts. It has a lovely, egg-shaped design and it is sealed which prevents leakage or spillage even when it falls down. This is a portable diffuser that you can use in your office cubicle, bathroom, living room, bedroom… Its running time is five hours and it is very easy to operate. If you set it to the blue light, the spraying interval is three seconds, and if the diffuser is set to the green light, it mists continuously. Just add waver (it is recommended that you use distilled), add five drops of your favorite essential oil into the tank and plug the diffuser’s USB cord into your laptop’s USB port. This feature makes USB Diffuser ideally suitable for travel. USB Diffuser measures 4 x 4 x 4.5 inches and its water base can take up to 100ml of water. The mist that this diffuser emits is micro-fine and will efficiently remove odors while, at the same time, purifying the air.
BUY | $39.95
See also our Men’s guide to aromatherapy here
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