What is an Ultrasonic diffuser and why use one?
If you have read a little about me and what changed my career path, well our life really, you will have read that I say investing in a Young Living diffuser was the start of a new way of living for our family. It was a necessity I feel, not even really a choice given our situation. I am hoping you have a choice and that is why I want to give you some advice and tips on the why´s and wherefore´s.
The diffuser is not just a means to dissipate a scent, give off a nice light or create an ambience in a space, although it will do all of these things.
There are many types of diffusers out there in the market place, and if you are wanting more than just a scent or light, you need to invest in an ultrasonic diffuser.
An ultrasonic diffuser is an electronic diffuser which disperses essential oils into the air. Diffusers work by breaking the essential oil particles down into micro-molecules & then diffusing them into the air as negative ions. Negatively charged ions will attach themselves to harmful positively charged particles in the air and help to purify your space.
Diffusing negative ions and tiny molecules of therapeutic grade essential oils into the air you breathe will trigger a healing and emotional response.
Ultrasonic diffusers are filled with water and a few drops of essential oils ( dependant on the size of your diffuser) are then added to the water where they remain on the water’s surface.
Ultrasonic diffusers work by using ultrasonic vibrations. Ultrasonic vibrations are sound waves which vibrate at an ultrasonic frequency, which is a frequency the human ear cannot typically detect. These ultrasonic sound waves agitate the water causing the separation of the water particles. When the water particles are separated, they become negatively charged particles which are light enough to be dispersed into the air and create that beautiful visible “mist” you see when you use a diffuser.
Essential oils are released into the air with these negative ions. Once released into the air, the essential oils work to purify the air thanks to their anti-bacterial, anti-fungal or antiseptic properties and improve your health and state of mind as you inhale their healing aroma. Meanwhile, the negative ions bond with positively charged free radicals and work to clean your space while adding a small amount of moisture along with the fresh scent of the essential oil/s you’ve chosen.
Here is a link to the essential oil recipes I use most frequently and the main reason why I chose those combinations.
Now you will hear me say, “ you get what you pay for ” probably more than once on here. In the world of essential oils this holds true more than ever. Just one adulterated element in the growing, harvesting, distilling or bottling can cause you to lose valuable health and healing properties. My analogy is to eggs. You can see in the shops “organic” “free range” or “barn eggs” but you know nothing about what some of these labels constitutes. Is it a barn with caged birds? Does free range mean the barn door is left open or are they allowed out to wander in 1 metre or 1 acre? Is the feed they eat organic or is it the bird itself that is organic and not injected with hormones? The same with essential oils and their products. So back to diffusers, make sure they are from a reputable oil producing company, non-BPA ( BPA stands for bisphenol A. BPA is an industrial chemical that has been used to make certain plastics and resins since the 1960s)and that it is the right size for your space and can give you a variety of time options. I like to give three price points and only products I have used or seen in use myself.
The two types I use in my home and at hospital are:
Young Living Dew Drop Diffuser:
We love this one and have used it constantly, I mean day and night for years…that is how long it will keep going for . Yes it is probably the best value for money if you have this in your budget otherwise I´d go for the Amazon one.
Amazon one I have in the photo:
We have 2 of these ( one 300ml and one 500ml) and have used them almost daily for 3 years. Around 25 GBP
The Young Living Aria Diffuser:
I have seen in use at all my training and course days at YL European HQ in London. Looks great! Wood and glass no plastic involved, thus the price point of almost 300GBP
Other models from the companies I trust, I have not tried, so I feel confident in recommending these three essential oil diffusers and you can chose the price range and style that works best for you.
To ensure your diffuser lasts for a long, long time it is best to clean it regularly. Regular cleaning will not only prevent build-up in the diffusers vibration mechanism, it will also ensure each time you diffuse essential oils in your home, you’re diffusing the pure aroma of the oils your added without diluting them with residual odour from previously diffused oils.
To clean your diffuser mix equal parts water and rubbing alcohol into a spray bottle. Spritz the inside of your diffuser with the mixture and wipe it clean with a soft cloth. Use a cotton bud to gently clean around the diffuser’s vibration mechanism.