The Best Diffuser Oils for Mood, Season & Purpose

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Introduction: What are the Best Diffuser Oils for Different Reasons?

There are many different types of diffuser oils on the market, but in my opinion they fall into two basic categories: essential oils and carrier oils. Essential oils are made from the flowers, leaves and stems of a plant. They are distilled, usually with steam heat which destroys any toxins that might otherwise be in the oil. Also, they are pure and concentrated; pure essential oils smell amazing, but they can be quite expensive and hard to come by. Carrier oils are also available in many different forms. Carrier oils are also distilled, but some of them have been through a special process that removes some of the natural impurities that come with extracting pure essential oils.
The two types of oil I will be focusing on here are: carrier oils and essential oils. I will be talking about both kinds in this article, but first it is important to know a bit about the oils themselves so that you can choose the type that is best for your particular situation or needs.
Types of Diffuser Oils

bed bath and beyond diffuser oil
bed bath and beyond diffuser oil

The Best Diffusers on the Market

The best diffusers on the market, in my opinion, are the ones that aren’t “on the market.” Anybody who wants to sell you a diffuser is trying to sell you something. Don’t buy into it. Instead, google “best essential oils for aromatherapy” or “best aromatherapy diffuser. “You’ll get a lot of opinions, but at least you won’t be getting sold.
I’ve written elsewhere about the diffuser, and why its appeal to me is that it doesn’t take up a lot of room, which is important when you have small children living in your house. Plus it’s relatively cheap to purchase. This article is partly a re-cap of that previous post, but I also wanted to include some new details as well.
One thing I’ve learned over the years is that there’s not one kind of diffuser. There are probably a hundred different kinds of diffusers. I’m going to draw on my experience with three different kinds (and I’ll also discuss a fourth kind, which is sort of in between).

bed bath and beyond diffuser oil
bed bath and beyond diffuser oil

Best Essential Oil Diffuser Oils

Lavender : Lavender is an essential oil, not a carrier oil. It is incredibly versatile; you can use it in good-smelling candles, bath salts or even soaps or lotions. I’ve also heard of people using lavender in homemade cleaning products like window cleaner or floor polisher, but I haven’t tried to do that myself. It does, however, make for a great oil to add to your spray bottle for cleaning the kitchen and bathroom.
Epsom salts : As with lavender, epsom salt is not a carrier oil, but it fortunately isn’t expensive. Epsom salt is great in bath bombs and bath salts as well. It also makes a great base for homemade soaps.
Citrus oils : Orange and lemon essential oils both have strong scents, but they work well in cleaning products. You can use them in your spray bottle, or use them to make homemade cleaner. Lemon essential oil also works well in soaps, but be sure to use a small amount for fragrance purposes alone.
Frankincense : Frankincense is a resin from trees. It is not a true essential oil, but it is a very strong and distinct scent. You can use frankincense to help boost your homemade cleaners, and it can also be helpful for people with colds or respiratory issues. It is also great in soaps.

bed bath and beyond diffuser oil
bed bath and beyond diffuser oil

How to Properly Use a Diffuser For the Best Results

The people who sell these diffuser oils (I’m looking at you, Bed Bath and Beyond) recommend heating the oil until it turns into an oil vapor. That’s not what I do. Instead, I drop a few drops of essential oil in the water, let it sit for about 10 minutes and then turn on my diffuser. The oil will settle to the bottom of the container and become part of your “solution. “
People who use a diffuser typically don’t use oils that would stain the fabric of their sheets or couch. They might also not use a lot of oil unless they are going for maximum results, something I would never do. If your room is 100% cotton, or you don’t get sweaty during the night, then you might want to invest in pure 100% organic essential oil vapor and try using a higher ratio of oil to water. I just don’t know the ratio of oil to water I use, since I use my diffuser for another purpose.

bed bath and beyond diffuser oil
bed bath and beyond diffuser oil