Further research has supported this, showing that essential oils can interact with the brain and nervous system to positively impact your health and mood. That said, Jo Kellet – essential oils expert at Tisserand – added that essential oils should not be applied directly to the skin, even with their numerous benefits. Indeed, Jo explained, “Essential oils need to be diluted before being applied to the skin in either a base oil, lotion, or cream for example. They are concentrated essences that can, if used neat, cause a severe skin reaction, or over time build up a sensitivity to that essential oil.” Enter the essential oil aroma diffuser…
When essential oils are concentrated in an essential oil diffuser – and subsequently inhaled – they can easily stimulate the olfactory system in the brain. Thus, running an ultrasonic diffuser can effectively reduce feelings of anxiety and stress – and help you nod off to sleep.
Are essential oil diffusers bad for you? Is it safe to breathe essential oils in a diffuser?
Essential oil diffusers are safe and their risk of harm is minimal. In fact, inhalation is arguably the safest means of administering essential oils like eucalyptus or tea tree.
To be extra safe, when shopping for your essential oil blend, be sure that it specifically says on the bottle or website that it’s considered safe for internal consumption. This means the essential oil is safe to diffuse indoors and of high quality.
Jo explains one of the ways she ensures her oils are still safe for use, if you’ve owned them for a long time: “Essential oils may change odour or colour and more importantly may cause skin sensitivity if used beyond their best before date. We therefore recommend that you use your essential oils within one year of opening them to minimise this risk.”
She continues, “A good way to keep a check on this is to place a sticker on your bottle with the date of opening.” Takes note
What are the best essential oils for diffusers?
One of the best things about investing in an essential oil diffuser is that you can switch up the oils you’re using depending on your needs at that time. Lavender is good to help you relax before bed (we recommend the Tisserand Lavender Essential Oil), while rosemary will help you stay focused when you’re working from home.
Cedarwood, lemon, bergamot, vanilla, lemongrass, orange and valerian are good for stress and anxiety, while peppermint is good for a mood boost.
Here are some of our favourite essential oil blends to drop into your essential oil diffuser:
Which essential oil diffuser is best?
There are tonnes of aromatherapy essential oil diffusers on the market, from the best essential oil diffusers for small spaces to the Asakuki diffuser and the best diffuser for large rooms. But not every essential oil diffuser is made equal.
The main features to look for when shopping for an electronic oil diffuser are automatic shut-off, varying mist modes and run time. You might also consider light options, as some essential oil diffusers come with additional features like LED lights for creating ambience. Case in point: the Beurer LA 40 essential oil diffuser has an LED light with six different colour options. You can also get an essential oil diffuser with built-in Bluetooth speakers for playing your guided meditation through, like the MadebyZen Olly Ultrasonic Aroma Diffuser.