A diffuser is a very worthwhile investment that allows you to, well, diffuse, or disseminate, the essential oil(s) of your choice into the air. This is helpful for a number of reasons including air purity, emotional and physical health benefits, and aroma.

Before going into more detail about diffusers, let’s take a moment to consider the scented candles that are used in so many homes around the world.

The Secret Dangers of Candles

It hurts me to say it, but most candles are actually breeding grounds of toxicity that you don’t want in your home. I love autumn pumpkin-scented candles as much as the next person, but the truth is that candles are a major source of indoor pollution with dangerous chemicals.

Most candles sold in stores are made of paraffin wax, which is a petroleum waste product deodorized and chemically bleached to form candle wax. When burned, paraffin wax releases benzene and toluene, both of which are known carcinogens that are also found in diesel fuel fumes. It sounds scary, and to be honest, it is.

If the carcinogens weren’t enough, some candle wicks even contain heavy metals that clog the body and make it harder for the liver to filter toxins. Not to mention the artificial scents and dyes that contain chemicals as well.

Fortunately for true candle lovers, beeswax candles make an excellent alternative that are completely safe and even purify the air as they burn. Many are even scented naturally with essential oils! But there’s an alternative to candles altogether that can purify the air while also providing a host of health benefits: an essential oil diffuser.

Diffusers are used in aromatherapy to disperse essential oils into the air and help the oils’ aroma fill a room with natural, safe fragrance.  There are two different types of efficient diffusers, but they both maintain the same benefits: they make the room smell great, purify the air, and allow the body to inhale the oil molecules in order to reap the emotional and physical benefits of the oil.


Ultrasonic/Humidifying Diffusers

Ultrasonic diffusers double as small humidifiers since they emit a fine cold mist to spread essential oils into the air. They tend to be more affordable than nebulizing diffusers and come in a variety of styles, designs, and sizes. Just five or ten drops of oil can last six to eight hours depending on the diffuser, but the concentration of oils is weaker since water serves as the base. The only major caveat is that ultrasonic diffusers can’t handle citrus oils, since they can erode the parts.


Nebulizer Diffusers

You will find that nebulizer diffusers come with a higher price tag, but it’s for a good reason. These diffusers use an atomizer to generate very fine particles of essential oils that are sent airborne in a continuous stream of goodness. No water or heat required! Some even have a space to attach a bottle of essential oil so that you can keep it running all day and night if you want to.

Since nebulizers don’t use water to dilute the oil, the concentration is stronger for the aroma and health benefits. This does have a downside however, since more oil is required without the water serving as a filler.


The Bottom Line

Every home should have at least one essential oil diffuser. Simply put, they work miracles. Depending on the blend you choose, your essential oil diffuser can help you sleep, elevate your mood, ward off illness, ease respiratory issues, relieve pain, stimulate your mind, and save you and your family from the toxins found in most candles.


Try These Recipes!

The first time I ordered a diffuser online, I waited for the mailman at the door like a puppy dog. When it finally arrived, I ripped open the packaging and plugged it in at lightning speed. I now use it every single day for just about any purpose imaginable. We diffuse for headaches, anxiety, fatigue, and simply just to smell something nice. Here are a few essential oil diffuser recipes to help you utilize your diffuser with that same excitement.


Enhance Your Focus and Brain Power

3 drops Rosemary

3 drops Frankincense

3 drops Peppermint


Regain Your Energy

2 drops Grapefruit

3 drops Peppermint

3 drops Rosemary



3 drops Bergamot

2 drops Geranium

3 drops Lavender


Immunity Booster

2 drops Rosemary

2 drops Clove

2 drops Eucalyptus

2 drops Cinnamon

2 drops Wild Orange


Get to Bed

4 drops Cedarwood

3 drops Lavender