Diffusing Essential Oils For Health

Diffusing pure, therapeutic essential oils helps promote harmony and well-being of the body, mind, and spirit. Learn how to do it correctly to get the maximum benefits!

A diffuser and essential oils work in harmony like a gentle breeze dispersing the perfumed fragrance of honeysuckle flowers from the vine into the air. If you’ve ever rubbed rosemary or lavender leaves between your thumb and forefinger, the aroma that lingers on your fingertips is from the volatile oils (essential oils) released from a gland in the plant.

Essential oils are the natural, aromatic extracts from botanicals.  Plants contain varying compounds; extracted essential oils may have anti-inflammatory, antiviral, anti-fungal or antiseptic properties.

Diffusing pure, therapeutic essential oils to promote harmony and well-being of the body, mind, and spirit through the senses is referred to as Aromatherapy.  As the scent reaches the smell receptors in the nose, it continues to travel along the nerves in the olfactory system to affect the limbic system in the brain, thus affecting the whole person. Diffusing essential oils can evoke a wide range of emotions, as varied as the fragrances emitted.  They can have a calming or stimulating effect, improve mental clarity or help clear congested nasal passages. Diffusing essential oils also removes odors in the air, instead of masking them, and can destroy airborne germs and bacteria.

Choosing a Diffuser and Essential Oil
Essential oils and diffusers can be purchased from local health food stores, essential oil distributors and online shops. Synthetic fragrances are not a good substitute for pure, therapeutic essential oils. Dispersing artificial fragrances into your home can lead to allergies and asthmatic reactions. Always use pure, therapeutic grade essential oils.

Diffusers are available in a variety of shapes.  Select a cool water diffuser for maximum health benefits. Heat can destroy the beneficial properties in essential oils. Ultrasonic, cool water diffusers use high frequency ultrasonic technology, instead of heat, to vibrate the water inside the unit, and release a fine, fragrant beneficial mist into the air.

Diffusers are easy to use. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions, which often include essential oil blend recipes.  Add water to the reservoir and several drops of one essential oil or a combination, and then plug the unit into a standard electrical outlet. Diffusers generally run about four hours.

DIY reed diffusers can be used with essential oils, although they emit very little fragrance. If buying a reed diffuser ensure that it contains no synthetic oils or artificial fragrances. Reed diffusers do not produce a therapeutic mist, like a cool water diffuser, but can be used in the home to add a touch of fragrance naturally.

Where to Use Essential Oil Diffusers
Depending on the essential oils selected, diffusers can be used indoors in every room occupied in the home for many purposes: to refresh and invigorate, to soothe and calm, to eliminate unpleasant odors and kill germs, to purify the air, ease a headache, and enhance concentration when studying or working at a computer.

Diffusing Essential Oil Blend Recipes
Consult the manufacturer’s suggested care and instructions to determine how much water and oils to use in your diffuser. Many essential oil companies include free recipes with their products. The following are provided by NOW Solutions:

Mental Focus Blend – Add the following oils to a diffuser with water and enjoy: 3 drops of eucalyptus oil, 2 drops each of peppermint oil and tangerine oil.

Energizing Blend – Add the following oils to a diffuser with water and enjoy: 1 drop each of peppermint oil, and rosemary oil and 2 drops of cinnamon oil.

Purifying Blend – Add the following oils to a diffuser with water and enjoy: 1 drop each of tea tree oil and grapefruit oil and 10 drops of lemon oil.

Relaxing Blend – Add the following oils to a diffuser with water and enjoy: 10 drops of lavender oil, and 6 drops of chamomile oil.

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Deborah Tukua

Deborah Tukua is a natural living, healthy lifestyle writer and author of 7 non-fiction books, including Pearls of Garden Wisdom: Time-Saving Tips and Techniques from a Country Home, Pearls of Country Wisdom: Hints from a Small Town on Keeping Garden and Home, and Naturally Sweet Blender Treats. Tukua has been a writer for the Farmers' Almanac since 2004.

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Oh and dōTERRA is NOT a branch off of YL and saying so is actually against YLs policy!


I agree, do your research. YL has a very jaded past and the CEO is a felon!! He has no standard of quality and he has been proven WRONG so many times!!!

Peggy Tipton

Becki Smith I will put a catalog in the Mail tomorrow for doTerra products. You can also go to my website at “mydoTerra.com/all4youoils”. You can also call me at 314-609-6690 any time with questions.


Do-Terra was branched off of Young Living, both are good companies, I don’t like the way they fight over each of their companies, even in law suits. I use them both. I also like Spark Natural and Garden Eden, they are no MLM companies either. These are all pure and natural oils and have healing capabilities. Go to http://www.diynatural.com for many ideas and recipes to make all your own products with oils as well.

Patty Hansen

I use doTerra essential oils and absolutely love them. They have changed my home and family!


Only Certi-5 oil on market for therapeutic and clinical grading standards.


Tammy R

Young Living Essential Oils are the best!!! The ONLY Essential Oils with a “Seed to Seal” guarantee!!


I personally only use doTERRA EOs. I am very much influenced by the co-impact sourcing and working directly with the growers in those poverish countries,being able to know that my purchases help build schools, put running water and flushing toilets to places that may bot otherwise get that. But I always encourage everyone to do their research and go with what they feel is the best fit for them.

Ms. Sandra Lee Nelson

[email protected] for all of your needs with Do Terra Essential Oils. My Daughter Rhonda Nelson takes this very seriously, she follows up with all of her customers. This is her career! 336-782-1541

Ms. Sandra Lee Nelson

My Daughter Rhonda Nelson is a Wellness Advocate for Do Terra Essential Oils. I love them, they are helping me get off of prescription medication.

Becki Smith

I would like a catalog please mailed to 18 Dartmouth Ln Falling Waters, Wv 25419 thanks you


love Young Living !


Only DoTERRA for me. Love my essential oils!


Thank you 🙂 I so appreciate your help 🙂 and will research a lil bit 🙂


Do your research. Young Living is the higher quality oil and is the only one who offers the seed to seal promise. Search insert Pinterest for essential oil companies and they have charts showing what YL and the others offer versus each other and while doterra is cheaper, it does not offer the sane quality.

Judy Moore

Spark Naturals are my favorite great oils….no MLM!


This is what I mean, there is so many good companies 🙂 love it !!

Sandra R

Do-Terra essential oils are the best.


Thank you so much Sarah!!


Young Living Essential oils are the best!


What is a good company for purchasing the oils? there is so many.

Evelyn Vincent

Wonderful article Deborah, you give the reader some great info to consider before purchasing a diffuser and oils. I’ve been using essential oils since 1990 and I love them, I would not want to be without them, they’re so versatile.


great article Deborah, I needed this reminder to keep those oils in the air and raise my vibration.


Love essentials oils! Every morning I spray my bed with diluted lavender oil in water.

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