When it comes to managing stress, some swear by the ancient benefits of aromatherapy. A holistic treatment first practised by the Egyptians, aromatherapy has become a popular natural remedy for managing the stress and anxiety of everyday life.
While some prefer to apply essential oils to the skin, the best way to access the benefits of aromatherapy is by using an aromatherapy oil diffuser.
But what do aromatherapy oil diffusers do, and how do they help with stress? Let’s take a look.
What is aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy is an ancient, holistic treatment that uses essential oils to treat physical wounds and ailments, as well as helping to treat emotional distress, stress, and anxiety.
Aromatherapy works by either absorbing or inhaling essential oils. When looking to reduce stress, it’s best to use an aromatherapy oil diffuser.
What is an aromatherapy oil diffuser?
An aromatherapy oil diffuser is an electronic machine that mists or sprays essential oils into the air, where they can be easily inhaled. You can place an aromatherapy oil diffuser in your home, office, or any other environment where you’d like to reap the benefits of your chosen essential oils.
How do aromatherapy oil diffusers help with stress?
An aromatherapy oil diffuser helps stress by making it easier for you to inhale the essential oils. Inhaling the essential oils is the most effective way to access their benefits.
When you inhale essential oils, you’re able to activate your body’s limbic system, which can respond to the oils by producing happy hormones (such as Serotonin) while also soothing anxiety.
The best way to combat stress is by using or combining the following essential oils:
- Lavender has been proven in studies to help produce an anxiolytic effect when inhaled, meaning that it reduces anxiety.
- Chamomile has known anti-anxiety properties and can help improve your quality of sleep (a lack of which can contribute enormously to stress.)
- Clary sage is a Mediterranean herb known for its stress-busting properties. Studies have shown that clary sage can help reduce cortisol levels (cortisol = the stress hormone).
- Bergamot is great for de-stressing as it contains many anxiolytic properties. It also has a light, citrus scent ideal for diffusing.
Benefits of using an aromatherapy oil diffuser
So, why is it best to use an aromatherapy oil diffuser? If you’re looking to manage stress, diffusing your essential oils is much better than applying them to the skin. Here are just a few reasons why:
- They’re easy to use. Aromatherapy oil diffusers are incredibly simple to use. You just need to add some drops of your favourite go-to essential oils and the diffuser does the rest of the work.
- They’re convenient. Being slathered in essential oils might make it difficult for you to go about your day-to-day duties at home. Using a diffuser simplifies the process, while enhancing the benefits (and won’t leave you with greasy hands!)
- They allow you to mix oils. Another great benefit of using an oil diffuser is that you can mix various essential oils together at the same time. This way, you can create customised oil blends to suit your tastes and needs.
- They provide lasting benefits. With our oil diffusers, you can mist essential oils for up to 8 hours, making it ideal for use during sleep.
- They’re inexpensive. In comparison to an aromatherapy session in a spa, aromatherapy oil diffusers are highly affordable. Plus, you can use them whenever you want, rather than having to wait for an appointment.
- Time-saving. If you’re stressed out due to a fast-paced lifestyle, spending an hour going to an aromatherapy appointment (or slathering on essential oils!) might simply end up adding to your stress. What’s great about oil diffusers is that they work passively; you can get on with your day while your diffuser mists away.
Best aromatherapy diffuser UK: top picks
When it comes to finding the best aromatherapy diffuser, it all depends on your particular needs.
If you’re looking to reduce stress by improving your sleep quality, we’d recommend our Nimbus 2.0 Aroma Diffuser. This aromatherapy oil diffuser keeps misting for 8 hours (at 3-minute intervals) so you can get a good night’s sleep without worrying that you’re wasting your essential oils.
If you’re looking for an oil diffuser to use in a room that is on the larger size, our Serenity Diffuser is your top pick. With a capacity of up to 500ml, it’s perfect for large sitting rooms, or for diffusing aromas throughout a small to medium-sized flat.
For those interested in creating a holistic, natural aesthetic with their oil diffuser, our Unity Diffuser in ‘Light Wood’ and ‘Dark Wood’ is your ideal option. Crafted with wood and built to last, these diffusers have a capacity of up to 400ml, and make for a gorgeous centrepiece in any room.
How to use an essential oils diffuser to reduce stress
If you want to reduce your stress levels, here’s how you can do so by using one of our aromatherapy oil diffusers:
- Let your oil diffuser run during the night; the essential oils will improve your sleep quality, and you’ll wake up in a better mood.
- Choose stress-busting essential oils. As we explained above, certain essential oils are better than others when it comes to reducing symptoms of stress and anxiety. Pick essential oils that contain anxiolytic properties, such as Lavender and Bergamot.
- Leave your oil diffuser running while you’re out. This way, if you return home from a stressful day, you won’t need to be kept waiting for the essential oils to work their magic.
Is it safe to inhale essential oils from a diffuser?
It is 100% safe to inhale essential oils from a diffuser, so long as you’re inhaling 100% essential oils with nothing else added in. You might want to run an allergy test before inhaling any new oils; you can do so by applying a small amount to your skin.
Are diffusers safe in bedroom?
It’s 100% safe to use an oil diffuser in your bedroom. We’d recommend using one of our diffusers with an intermittent misting feature if you’re going to be using your diffuser for sleep purposes.