Using an electric oil diffuser is the easiest way to scent your home in an economical, natural fashion. When used with natural essential oils, an electric diffuser can improve the air in your home, offer a wide range of health and wellbeing benefits, and even prevent rot and mould from developing in your house. But is an electric oil diffuser right for a room?
In this article, we’re going to take a look at where best to place an electric diffuser for optimal results, and teach you how to optimise your diffuser to access the full spectrum of benefits aromatherapy has to offer. So, let’s get started!
What is an electric oil diffuser?
An electric oil diffuser is a home device used to diffuse essential oils, either for aromatherapy purposes or to simply scent your home with natural fragrances.
Why should you use an electric oil diffuser?
Electric oil diffusers offer a wide range of benefits not just for your home, but for the health and wellness of you and your family. Here are just a number of reasons why you should incorporate a diffuser into your home:
They kill germs and bacteria
As we all lived through the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re by now aware of the dangers of inhaling air particles that are contaminated with viral infections. As we approach winter, seasonal colds and flus are going to be making a comeback, and using an electric aroma diffuser in your home or workplace can be a great way to minimise your chances of falling ill.
This is because certain essential oils - when diffused - are able to kill germs and bacteria floating in the air. Essential oils such as clove, tea tree oil, lemongrass oil and eucalyptus are all known to contain potent antibacterial properties, so diffusing a blend of these oils can help protect you during the colder months.
Ward off insects
If you’re not a fan of creepy crawlies in your home, diffusing certain essential oils can ward them off and keep them from coming into your home or room. By diffusing oils such as lavender and peppermint, you can keep flies, spiders, and other pesky bugs at bay.
Are electric oil diffusers right for a bedroom?
When it comes to choosing where to diffuse essential oils in your home, many wonder if their bedroom is the optimal place. While an aroma diffuser can easily be placed in almost any room, you should place your aroma diffuser in your bedroom if any of the following applies to you:
You struggle with sleep
Sleep is the key to our emotional wellbeing, and not getting enough of it can tamper hugely with our moods, concentration levels, and emotional regulation. If you struggle with sleep, placing an oil diffuser in your room can help you get better shut-eye, as certain essential oils are known for their sleep-inchding, sedative properties.
If you want to enjoy improved sleep quality, diffuse lavender, chamomile, and jasmine essential oils. You don’t need to diffuse oils for the whole night; you can set up an interval timer, or simply inhale the oils for 20-40 minutes before bed. You also shouldn’t leave your aroma diffuser on overnight, unless you’ve set up a timer for intermittent diffusion.
You work in your bedroom
Whether you’re a student in halls or simply work remotely from home, it’s not uncommon these days to work from your bedroom. If you want a quick concentration boost while working, place your oil diffuser in your room and diffuse known energy-boosting oils, such as wild orange and lemon. You’ll enjoy enhanced concentration and your room will always be smelling sweet!
You’re living in shared accommodation
One thing to note about essential oils is that they can be incredibly strong and - to some - overpowering. If you live in shared accommodation - such as a HMO flat or student halls - you might want to diffuse your essential oils in your room, rather than in communal areas. Some people might have allergies to certain essential oils, so we’d also recommend informing your flatmates beforehand if you’re going to be using essential oils in shared accommodation.
You’re prone to anxiety and stress
Inhaling essential oils is known to offer anti-anxiety effects and help soothe panic attacks - and the best way to inhale essential oils is via an oil diffuser. It can be a good idea to keep your diffuser in your own personal bedroom, so you’re able to use your diffuser privately if you ever feel an anxiety attack or wave of stress coming on.