The Benefits of an Aromatherapy Diffuser

by Joel Rubin July 09, 2015

An aromatherapy diffuser allows you to disperse essential oils for many different benefits; not just for pleasing aromas, but for common complaints and problems. In short, aromatherapy diffusers can create a better atmosphere for many conditions and occasions. Here are a few recommendations for getting the best use of your aromatherapy diffuser.

Types of Aromatherapy Diffusers

As mentioned in a previous post, there are different types of aromatherapy diffusers. You need to choose an aromatherapy diffuser that is best suited for your purpose. For example, a nebulizing diffuser might work best for respiratory problems whereas a traditional candle-lit diffuser might help to create a romantic atmosphere for a special occasion.

Aromatherapy Diffusers for Clinical Settings

Some health practices and settings may use an aromatherapy diffuser in their reception or waiting area to ensure a better atmosphere for patients, clear of germs and bacteria. In addition, a therapist may choose to use an essential oil diffuser with a client during a therapy session. The choice of aromatherapy blend will depend upon the business practice and/or personal choice.

One important point to consider when diffusing essential oils within such a setting is if there are any ethical or legal reasons for dispersing a scent into the atmosphere; one such consideration is possible allergic reactions to a particular scent for some people.

Suggestions for essential oils to disperse in these settings include lemon (Citrus limon), tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia), or eucalyptus (Eucalyptus smithii).

Aromatherapy Diffusers to Create an Atmosphere

Essential oil diffusers can also be used to create a particular atmosphere for an occasion; such occasions include a party, a social gathering, a wedding, or a celebration. Suitable essential oils for these types of occasions include:

• rose (Rosa damascena), neroli (Citrus aurantium var amara), and sandalwood (Santalum album) – for weddings and romantic occasions
• lemon (Citrus limon), sweet orange (Citrus sinensis), and peppermint (Mentha piperita) – for social gatherings and parties in order to encourage mingling
• cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica) and vetiver (Vetiveria zizaniodes) – for meditation.

Aromatherapy Diffusers for Common Health Problems

You ca use aromatherapy diffusers in your home to combat the symptoms of viruses and bacteria, such as colds and flu. An electric diffuser is probably the best type of aromatherapy diffuser for this purpose. Suitable essential oils include:

• fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)
• rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
• eucalyptus (Eucalyptus smithii).

Cautions for Using an Aromatherapy Diffuser

If you intend to use an essential oil diffuser in a shared space always ask before doing so. Some people may have an aversion to certain scents or they might be pregnant, elderly, have a certain health condition, or be children and babies. In addition, don't diffuse in the vicinity of pets. Finally, make sure that there is enough ventilation for the aroma to disperse naturally.


Question: How do you use an aromatherapy diffuser?

• Falsetto, Sharon, 2014, Authentic Aromatherapy, US: Skyhorse Publishing
• Worwood, Valerie, 1991, The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, US: New World Library

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