Diffusers have been used for hundreds of years to spread the wonderful and healthful fragrances of essential oils throughout people’s homes. Nowadays there are a number of different types of diffuser available. Here is a rundown on each of them.
Reed diffusers are becoming increasingly popular throughout the United States. They are very simple and work by placing a number of reeds into the opening of the oil container. The reeds transfer the scent of the oil up to the surrounding air by means of capillary action. Using a reed diffuser is a safe way to disperse fragrances in every room. They will burn quite safely for hours without any risk of flames. As well as adding their wonderful aroma to your rooms they are also attractive and make interesting additions to your décor. They are simple to maintain and can last for several months. Because they do not present a fire risk they are safe to use in bedrooms, dormitories and office buildings.
Clay Pot Diffusers
This type of diffuser is a small pot made from terracotta clay. The pots are available in a wide range of shapes, colors and sizes. The pots usually have a small spout or lip that is sealed with a cork. This is where the oil is added. The oils blend gradually disperses through the terracotta and is released into the surrounding air. Clay pot diffusers are inexpensive and pose no fire hazard. Their biggest disadvantage is that the scent is strongest when you fill the pot and often fades quite quickly.
They come in an array of shapes and contain an opening for adding oil which is usually sealed with a cork. The oils gradually permeate the pot and the fragrance is dispersed throughout the room. The intensity of the aroma depends on how concentrated the oil in the pot is. Clay pot diffusers are very inexpensive and do not require electricity or pose a fire risk. The disadvantage is that the aroma is strongest when the oil is first added to the pot and gradually dissipates over time.
Candle diffusers are usually made of clay and they work by using a tea light which gently heats the essential oil to diffuse the fragrance. The diffuser has an opening at the back for the candle and a shallow dish on top for the oil. Candle diffusers come in a wide array of shapes and colors so they can double as a piece of décor. They vary in price range and style. Because of the necessity of a candle, this type of diffuser could pose a fire risk.
Lamp rings are terracotta rings that sit directly on top of the light bulb in a lamp or around the light bulb in a light suspended from the ceiling. It has a shallow lip to hold the essential oil. When the light is on, the heat from the bulb warms the oil and as it evaporates it diffuses its aroma. They are very inexpensive. If the oil gets onto the light bulb it may cause it to shatter. The heat may also alter the constituents of some essential oils.