How Do Diffusers Work?
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Depending on their type, aroma diffusers will not work the same way, so it’s important to determine which diffuser is right for you. For example, a mist diffuser will not necessarily function in the same way as a heat diffuser. It is therefore advisable to find out about the correct operation of each one in order to use them safely and maintain them.
Diffusers are usually paired with essential oils for aromatherapy purposes. Depending on which oil you use, the mist can have a relaxing and soothing effect. Diffusers can also use essential oils to help purify the air. This reduces the number of bacteria and fungus in the room, which aids in the prevention of potential health issues, all the while reducing any unwanted odors. Take note that you’ll only benefit from diffusers if you use the right essential oil recipes for you.
But whatever your choice, make sure you follow the packaging instructions and do not exceed the recommended water capacity.
There are four different types of diffusers, including nebulizing, heat, evaporative, and ultrasonic diffusers. Let's take a look at the different types of essential oil diffusers and how they work.
1. Nebulizing Diffuser
Nebulizing diffusers represent the most advanced means of technological diffusion and are the best way to help you deliver specific medication to your lungs. They are designed for vaporizing a fine mist using pure essential oils with a cold effect to aromatize the room. Diffusing essential oils completely cold allows the oil particles to separate from each other when they are projected into the air. Thanks to this process, the diffused aromatherapy oil particles become lighter and remain longer in the atmosphere.
To use the Nebulizer, pour a few drops of the essential oil of your choice into the tank once the device is connected, but not powered on. Make sure to monitor the minimum and maximum water levels. Be careful not to spill any essential oil outside the container, as this could damage the o-ring (toric joint) and alter its attachment. Once you’ve added the essential oil and water, plug the diffuser in with the supplied adapter to power it on. Also, be careful when replacing the reducer on the receptacle when the diffuser is in operation.
For an ideal diffusion, clean your tank about every 15 days. If you do not use your diffuser regularly, remember to empty and clean it because the oils can solidify and modify the operation of your device.
To change essential oils, remove the reducer. Turn the diffuser over by holding its base firmly and empty the contents of the tank. Then clean the inside and refill it with a new aroma blend.
2. Heat Diffuser
The heat diffusers are pretty easy to use and produce no noise. Just plug in the diffuser’s connection and switch it on. Generally, these units are equipped with an auto shut off timer that automatically stops when the water tank is empty. To restart the timer, just turn the unit back on by pressing the switch again after refilling the tank.
To enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy, pour 20 to 25 drops of essential oils of your choice into the central part of the diffuser. Ten minutes will be enough for the device to reach its full diffusion power. These diffusers are equipped with a thermal regulation system that provides a constant temperature without overheating. The vapors from this diffuser are a perfect way to relieve headaches with aroma oils.
3. Evaporative Diffuser
Evaporative Diffusers are straightforward and quiet. These aromatherapy diffusers are mostly transportable, and therefore, efficient diffusers. To take full advantage of an excellent aromatic atmosphere, simply place a few drops of the essential oil of your choice on the filter cartridge and replace it in the unit by turning it clockwise. Then, plug in the appliance, which will blow cold air while vaporizing the essential oils. As the aromatherapy essential oils evaporate, you’re able to enjoy the benefits of the evaporative diffuser in any space.
The filter cartridge is composed of several compartments, which allows you to use different oils with the same refill. This is very practical if you wish to use it for an extended period of time or if you like to mix different fragrances of natural essential oils. When you have fully used up the cartridge, you can easily replace it with a new one.
This type of air diffuser is exceptionally hygienic, as they filter dust and diffuse the essential oils without heating. Used alongside essential oils that are natural disinfectants, it relieves the air from bacteria and fungus in the room. Except for replacing the cartridge, these devices do not require any special maintenance.
4. Ultrasonic Diffuser
Ultrasonic aroma diffusers produce an aesthetically pleasing effect thanks to the mist they emit. They are also humidifying diffusers. It diffuses particles of essential oils into the air accompanied by water particles. These devices, using the misting technique, are equipped with an ultrasonic probe that generates a light mist while propagating the essential oils in the air.
This probe consists of a ceramic membrane located in its center. This membrane is the central part of the oil diffuser and is also the most sensitive element of the unit. This disc has a limited life span since it is subject to wear and tear due to the number of times the diffuser is used, the quality of the water, and the type of essential oils used. Therefore, it will be necessary to change this membrane after a certain period in order to continue to use your appliance. Still, it is required to clean the probe and change the water regularly.
To use your essence diffuser, all you have to do is fill the basin with water and then add a few drops of aroma oils that you like. French Lotus also recommends that you to use a mixture of tap water and demineralized water to make the probe work properly. Mixing the two types of water is beneficial, as tap water alone would contain too much limescale, which eventually clogs your probe and prevents the mist from coming out.
The ideal water level should be 1 - 3 cm higher than the water level sensor on the probe. If the water level is too low, the mist will stop flowing out. On the contrary, if the basin is too full, it will be a problem to get enough power to project the fog.
5. Our Aroma Diffusers Recommendations
We recommend any of our selection of French Lotus aromatherapy diffusers, composed of multi-function devices. You will find, among others, many devices with ultrasonic technology that generate a cool mist, which allows the preservation of all the beneficial properties of your chosen essential oil.
Composed of durable ecological materials, these mist diffusers work best with our organic essential oils, offering safety and hygiene, while also providing 2 modes of duration: a continuous mode or an interval mode, to fully satisfy your needs. Be sure that the unit is working correctly with the buttons located on the side, along with indicator lights.
These autonomous aroma diffusers can operate from 5 to 22 hours (for some), and most of them have LED lights with up to 7 different colors, which can be adjusted according to your preferences. The color-changing attribute can be used in combination with the scent of certain essential oils in order to achieve your desired effect.
These decorative objects not only provide a pleasant look but also allow you to enjoy all the benefits of aromatherapy and light therapy while humidifying your atmosphere.
Now that you have the answer to your question: "How aroma diffusers work?" it's time for you to make your choice and enjoy all their daily benefits.