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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

[AlternativeAnswers] Essential Oil Diffusers for Aromatherapy


If you go shopping to an aromatherapy vendor, you are sure to find some pretty looking clay, terracotta, candle and electric diffusers. With the change in lifestyles and increased consciousness in the mind of the buyer, each of the diffusers available cover a wide range of sizes, shapes and colors.

Some of the kinds of essential oil diffusers available in the market are:

Reed Diffusers

Aromatherapy is gaining increasing popularity in our lives. The therapy uses fragrance as a tool to heal the soul and calm the senses. Unlike candles and incense sticks, which come with the possible hazards of causing burns and creating irritating smoke, the reed diffuser is a safe and healthy way to fill any room with fragrance. The display of reeds inside the scent diffuser looks elegant and enhances the d¨¦cor of the room, along with working on the body and mind to mitigate stress. Many people find it an effective way to provide long-lasting scent in an attractive way.

Electric Heat Diffusers

This essential oil diffuser is not only economical and practical but also has the elements of modern design. The electric heat diffuser works by a slow warming of the filtered plates where you apply the oil of your choice. As the plate slowly heats, the oil is released into the air creating a relaxing and gentle atmosphere. The electric heat diffuser diffuses fragrances in larger areas.

Clay Pot Diffusers

Also known by a host of other names, clay pot diffusers resemble terracotta pots. Found in a variety of shapes, a clay pot diffuser contains an opening for adding essential oils. In most cases the opening is closed using a cork. As the oil permeates through the pot it diffuses into the room. This diffuser is easy to use, inexpensive and does not require electricity.

Lamp Rings

Terracotta rings that set directly onto a light bulb are called lamp rings. The grooved lip that goes all the way around it is used to hold the essential oil, which is heated from the light bulb. Lamp rings are not expensive but the only problem with using them is that if the essential oil gets on to the light bulb there are chances of the bulb breaking.

Candle Diffusers

A candle diffuser is usually ceramic or metal. This kind of diffuser utilizes a tea light or any other candle to gently spread out the aroma around the room. The candle diffuser has an opening or space for a candle and a small bowl or tray that is used for storing a tiny quantity of essential oil. These diffusers come in many shapes and sizes and are usually inexpensive. The only drawback is that the aroma diffused using candle diffusers is very light.

Fan Diffusers

Like the name suggests, a fan diffuser uses a fan to blow the essential oils into the air. To make this possible, essential oils are placed onto a disposable tray or absorbent pad. Once this is done the fan blows air across the pad and fills the room with the aroma. These fans come in a variety of sizes, so they can be purchased after taking the size of the room into consideration.


A nebulizer is a small device that consists of two parts. One is the plastic base that contains the motor and the other is a very unusual clear brown-glass looking device that holds and nebulizes the oils. What this device does, is that, it takes the essential oils and breaks them into separate molecules before dispersing the smaller molecules into the room. A nebulizer is said to supply greater therapeutic benefits compared to other diffusers because it breaks down the oils into smaller molecules.

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