Diffusing essential oils is not only a way to make your space smell nice. Various oils can also have health and therapeutic benefits, such as promoting relaxation and stress relief. And although diffusing oils is pretty simple at its core, there are a few tips you can benefit from when you're new to the practice.
1. Use a nebulizing diffuser.
Some diffusers heat the oil, which can break down vital components within the oil and negate its benefits. Steer clear of these types of diffusers and instead use a nebulizing diffuser, which is a device that puts the oil out into the air without heating it past the temperature at which it is destroyed. If you're having trouble finding a nebulizing diffuser, reach out to the company you're buying your essential oils from; they generally sell them.
2. Try individual oils first.
There are plenty of oil blends that are advertised for various purposes, such as stress relief and pain relief. Before you try these blends, experiment with individual oils, such as lemon oil and lavender oil. This way, you will start to get an idea of how your body reacts to certain oils, and you can then choose blends with oils you know work well for you. If you were to go straight to the blends and find one that did not work for you, then you would be left wondering which oil in the blend was bothering you.
3. Diffuse a few drops at a time.
When you try a new oil or a new oil blend, just diffuse a few drops at first. See how your body and mind react to that small amount of oil. If it reacts well, you can diffuse some more. If you have a negative reaction (which is rare), such as itching or stuffiness, then you can discontinue use of that oil.
4. Stay back from the diffuser.
Do not stand directly over or next to the diffuser while it is working. Stay back a few feet so that you are inhaling a less concentrated solution of the diffused oil. If you plan to use the diffuser while you sleep, place it across the room from you.
With the tips above, you'll be prepared to have a good experience as you begin diffusing essential oils. Start experimenting with oils like lavender, lemon, and chamomile, which are widely known for their therapeutic benefits.