Learning how to relax naturally
Learning how to relax naturally is the topic of my website, because this is the one action we can do for ourselves that will always pay off.
We all have our favorite ways to chill out when we arrive home after work, on the way home from work or when we need to deal with trying times in our lives.
Having more options for dealing with stress however, can only make us better people to be around. After all, we all love to spend time with people who can naturally kick back, chill out and just let all of the day’s worries flow away.
The problem is that most of us don’t know how to relax effectively and we go from one crisis to the next, in a constant state of flux. Headaches, anger, negative thoughts, mild depression, insomnia and a host of other issues can all be caused by our inability to let go and relax.
So let’s take a look at aromatherapy, essential oil diffusers and essential oil recipes first, because these are a very simple and affordable way to learn how to relax very quickly. Then we will take a look at Alternate Therapies that help to relieve our stress, and encourage us to relax, sleep well and enjoy life.
What type of essential oil diffuser do you want?
There is nothing quite like a beautiful soft fragrance floating through the air from your essential oil diffuser to help you chill out, loosen up and wind down after a busy day.
So when you want to learn how to relax and you are looking for an essential oil diffuser, you might not realize that there is more than one type of oil diffuser on the market. In fact, there are four different types of diffusers for essential oils that you can purchase, and understanding the differences between diffusers helps you to avoid making a costly mistake.
So let’s take a look at the four types of aromatherapy diffusers, so you can decide which one is going to be best for helping you learn how to relax.
- Ultrasonic aromatherapy diffusers.
- Nebulizing essential oil diffusers.
- Evaporative scent diffusers.
- Heat oil diffusers.
An ultrasonic aromatherapy diffuser
An ultrasonic diffuser is by far the most popular of the aromatherapy diffusers, because you just plug it in to the power outlet and relax as a fine mist of fragrant water particles drifts throughout your room.
These ultrasonic diffusers have a water reservoir, which you fill with water and a few drops of your favorite relaxing essential oils. It actually works by using something called cold mist technology.
This is where high frequency sound is fed into the water, creating very small bubbles of air in the water that rise to the surface of the reservoir and burst releasing an ultra-fine mist of water particles into the air.
Each of the water molecules is coated in essential oil and so as these tiny water droplets drift through the air, your room is pleasantly filled with the perfume of your favorite essential oils. This is one of the best relaxation techniques on the market and makes your home smell wonderful as well.
As you can imagine, ultrasonic aromatherapy diffusers also act as effective humidifiers, which is ideal for dry environments or for people who need more humidity in the air. As they don’t heat the water and create a hot steam to dissipate the essential oils, ultrasonic diffusers are safe around children and pets.
Cold mist technology is also an ideal way to diffuse aromatherapy oils into the air, because heat will reduce the effectiveness of essential oils (they need to be stored in a cool place to maintain their potency).
PROS: Good points of ultrasonic aromatherapy diffusers
Ultrasonic diffusers come in a range of sizes, so there will be one that looks beautiful and which will easily fit into your budget. They don’t heat the water to create steam, but use ultrasonic technology to create a fine mist of water particles coated in essential oils, so they are safe to use and there is no heat to reduce the effectiveness of the essential oil.
They also make pretty effective humidifiers, even if you don’t add essential oil to the water. Many people purchase an ultrasonic aromatherapy diffuser, because they find that the beautiful perfumes of the essential oils help the to relieve stress and mellow out at the end of the day.
CONS: Issues with ultrasonic aromatherapy diffusers
There are two potential negatives with ultrasonic diffusers, with the first being that if you don’t want to add humidity to the air, then an ultrasonic oil diffuser isn’t your best option. Instead you will find that the nebulizing aromatherapy diffusers will suit you much better.
Second, is that if you want to use essential oils therapeutically, then you will most probably find that the ultrasonic essential oil diffuser will dilute the oils too much for you and they won’t achieve the concentrations you might be expecting.
In this case, you might also prefer a nebulizing oil diffuser. FYI: You must use 100% essential oils in nebulizing diffusers – no carrier oils.
Conclusion: Buy an ultrasonic diffuser if you want your home to smell beautiful all day long, but not if humidity is a problem or if you want to use the oils therapeutically.
Nebulizing essential oil diffuser
A nebulizing oil diffuser is the best aromatherapy diffuser for delivering therapeutic doses of essential oils into the air. They are perfect for using oils that help you to relax and recharge, and even to relive a headache or the symptoms of a cold or flu.
Nebulizing diffusers are very simple to use, as you don’t need to add water to these diffusers. Instead, you simply plug the diffuser into the power and add the essential oil, either by attaching the essential oil bottle directly to the diffuser or by adding the undiluted essential oils to the glass reservoir of the diffuser.
The minute particles of essential oil are distributed into the air via an atomizer spray. These are the aromatherapy diffusers used by professional aromatherapists, because they don’t use any water to dilute the therapeutic effects of the oils.
They will easily diffuse the essential oils over 600 square feet or even more, but you don’t want to use them all day long as they will use up your supply of essential oils very quickly. For therapeutic uses anyway, you will most probably only want to run the diffuser for 5, 10 or 15 minutes each hour and many come with a timer for this very reason.
PROS: Good points of nebulizing aromatherapy diffusers
Nebulizing essential oil diffusers are perfect for delivering a therapeutic dose of essential oils into the ambient air, because they don’t dilute the essential oils, and instead maintain their therapeutic concentration.
This makes them ideal to use with your essential oils to reduce stress and take it easy at home. They also don’t use heat to diffuse the oil particles into the air, which can reduce the beneficial effects of the essential oils.
As they are waterless diffusers, they are suitable for people who live in damp environments or for people who for whatever reasons, do not want to add any more moisture or humidity into the air.
CONS: Issues nebulizing aromatherapy diffusers
Generally, you can expect to pay more for a nebulizing oil diffuser than for the other three types of diffusers, but even so, they are still very affordable. There is also the problem of having to buy more essential oils than for the ultrasonic diffusers, because the oil is not diluted in the nebulizing diffusers and is used more quickly.
This means that nebulizing diffusers are best used for short periods of time, maybe for 1 or 2 hours, rather than all day long.
Lastly, some of the atomizers tend to make a bubbling noise, some more than others, and then again the more expensive of these nebulizing diffusers are pretty much whisper quiet.
Conclusion: Buy a nebulizing diffuser if you want the therapeutic effects of the essential oils, rather than an all-day fragrance.
Evaporative scent diffuser
This is another waterless essential oil diffuser that instead of an atomizer to diffuse the essential oil particles into the air, it uses a simple fan.
These are usually quieter than nebulizing diffusers and quite often are battery driven for easy portability. If you are looking for ways on how to relax at home, then an evaporative diffuser might be a good option for you, as their main purpose is to add a beautiful fragrance to your room, helping you to relax and de-stress naturally.
All you need to do is to add a few drops of the essential oil to the pad or filter that comes with the diffuser, close the unit and then switch it on.As the oil evaporates into the air, the fan will dissipate the fragrance around your room.
PROS: Good points of evaporative essential oil diffusers
Many of these are portable, so you can take them on holiday overseas or camping with you. They are also waterless, so if you are use it in the car then you don’t have to worry about spilling water or topping it up.
Evaporative diffusers are also very simple to use, and are great for spreading your favorite fragrances around your room quickly and can be fairly cheap – although not always. Another great point is that you can use both thick and thin oils (like jojoba oil) in evaporative diffusers (these can be a problem in nebulizing diffusers).
CONS: Issues with evaporative essential oil diffusers
The big problem with evaporative diffusers is due to fractioning of the essential oils as they evaporate into the air.
This means that the lighter molecules evaporate first and the heavier molecules later, breaking up or ‘fractioning’ the therapeutic components of the essential oil.
This is fine if you only want to use the essential oil because of their beautiful fragrances, but if you want to use them for their therapeutic values then you need to use a nebulizing diffuser.
Conclusion: Buy an evaporative diffuser if you want a waterless diffuser that doesn’t use heat, releases no humidity and also works with thicker oils (nebulizing diffusers need thin oils).
Heat oil diffuser
These are generally your electric oil warmers or burners, as well as tea light holders and can be made of glass, wood, stone or ceramics. Essentially, they use heat to evaporate the essential oils into the air.
Tealight holders and electric oil warmers are popular at parties and when you want to add the ambience of candle light or a flickering light to your room with the beauty of a fabulous fragrance.
Tea light holders are the simplest of all four diffusers, because all you need to do is to insert a lit tea light into the bottom part of the diffuser and a few drops of your essential oil into the top part. You can also add a mix of water and essential oils (just a teaspoon of water) to make the fragrance last longer.
The electric oil warmers and burners usually have a halogen light that provides the heat and a plate where the essential oils or a tart are positioned, ready to be dispersed into the air when the unit is switched on.
Heat oil diffusers are ideal for adding ambience to a room and when you only want the fragrance and not the therapeutic effects of the essential oils. Tea lights are perfect for winding down outside in your garden during the evening with friends and the electric oil warmers are ideal for just about anywhere in your home.
PROS: Good points of heat oil diffusers
They are usually fairly cheap and very simple to use, giving a wonderful ambience to any room. Tea lights can also be used outside or where you don’t have access to electrical power.
CONS: Issues with heat oil diffusers
As with evaporative diffusers, the essential oils undergo fractioning, because of the evaporative process, but they can also lose their potency quickly due to the heat.
Conclusion: Buy heat oil diffusers if you want a very low budget diffuser that fills your room with beautiful scents all day long.
Overview of aromatherapy diffusers
When you want to learn how to relax at home, essential oil diffusers are a good place to start. The ultrasonic and nebulizing diffusers both release a mist of fine particles into the air. The difference is that the ultrasonic diffuser uses sound frequencies to create a mist of water and essential oils, whilst the nebulizer uses air to release concentrated essential oil particles into the air.
In general, ultrasonic oil diffusers are cheaper to buy and also cheaper to operate (because they use less essential oils) than the nebulizing diffusers. However, for therapeutic doses of essential oils, you need to use the nebulizing oil diffuser.
The cheapest oil diffusers are usually the heat oil diffusers that uses tea lights or the electric oil burners that uses a halogen bulb to evaporate the essential oils into the air, but this doesn’t always hold true. Evaporative diffusers are mainly used to add ambience and fragrance to a room, rather than for any therapeutic value of the essential oil.
Whichever essential oil diffuser you choose, you will soon learn how to relax at home, giving you a new lease on life!
Take home message for how to relax with essential oil diffusers
If you want to use essential oils for their therapeutic value then you need to use a nebulizing diffuser. If you don’t care about the therapeutic value of the oils, but just want a nice fragrance in your room, then you can choose from the ultrasonic (adds humidity to the air), evaporative ( no humidity) or heat oil diffusers (cheapest), depending on your taste.
I hope you enjoy exploring my website and I will keep adding new products as I find them for you.