The 8 Best Essential Oil Diffusers For A Soothing At-Home Practice

One of the best ways to fast track the benefits of essential oils, or EOs as those who practice with them say, is to get one of the best essential oil diffusers. Inhalation therapy is commonly used to support emotional wellbeing, the respiratory system, and the nervous system. And if you’ve never tried aromatherapy, the science is in: Different essential oil scents can help you address issues including stress, anxiety, and even pain management. Plus, it’s just a pretty darn wonderful experience.

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Having a general understanding of the few different types of essential oil diffusers can help you sift through the options. First, nebulizing diffusers are best for those diffusing oils for internal support, such as issues with pain or skin irritation. These diffusers disperse molecules quickly without altering the chemical composition of the oil, therefore retaining the powerful benefits and potent aroma. They don’t require heat or water, but use up more oil than other types of diffusers. (You can also renew your skin with the heavenly grapefruit + neroli blossom oil in this dry brush kit from the Prevention Shop.)

Ultrasonic diffusers require water to disperse a concentrated oil that’s controlled in aroma and potency. They work wonderfully to support dry air, since they act as a humidifier and a diffuser—perfect for winter, or air-conditioned and windowless rooms, because they purify the air you breathe in while holding essential oils. These are great for those using oils that are diffused for emotional support, such as issues like insomnia, anxiety, and memory.

Evaporative diffusers use a filter or pad for essential oil distribution and a fan to circulate the essential oils. These aren’t the quietest of the bunch, but the fan allows the oil to evaporate more quickly and circulate the oils throughout the room.

Cost, portability, aesthetics, simplicity, and cleaning are all things to consider when buying an essential oil diffuser. If you’d like to save the research for the oil you want to support you, then this list of the best essential oil diffusers will certainly help to ground your practice and lift your spirits up.

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