What is an electric scented oil diffuser and how does it work

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If you’re looking for a new, sustainable way to scent your home, or if you’re simply looking to venture into aromatherapy at home, you might think about trying out an electric scented oil diffuser.

By diffusing custom blends of essential oils, a diffuser allows you to access a wide range of aromatherapy benefits, from reduced stress to improved brain function and concentration.

But how does an electric scented oil diffuser work? In this quick guide, we’re going to go over absolutely everything you need to know about oil diffusers: what they are, how they work, and how to use one at home - even if you’re a beginner. Let’s take a look!

What is an electric scented oil diffuser?

An electric scented oil diffuser is a device that produces a continual mist of essential oils, usually in the service of aromatherapy practices. Oil diffusers can also be used to scent your home and provide a soothing, aromatic ambiance perfect for relaxing or meditating.

How does an electronic diffuser work?

An electronic diffuser works via the use of water and ultrasonic vibrations, which break up the essential oil molecules into tiny droplets and disperse them into the air. Unlike a nebuliser, water is the key component for any electronic diffuser: you’ll create a blend of essential oils (usually around 8-12 drops in total) before blending with water, and selecting your desired diffusion settings.

The electric diffuser will continue to disperse a mist of essential oil until either your diffusion setting timer stops, or the tank runs out of water.

Are electronic diffusers good for you?

Yes! Aside from helping you scent your home and feel more relaxed and chilled at home, electric diffusers offer amazing health and wellness benefits.

Better air quality

Electronic diffusers improve and filter the air in your home, helping those with allergies, and helping clear the air of any bacteria and germs. While a diffuser doesn’t offer the same air purifying benefits of a HEPA-filter air purifier, they can still kill airborne bacteria and pollutants within your home, preventing you from catching common colds and other pesky viruses.

Improved sleep

Studies have shown that inhaling lavender oil can contribute to improved sleep quality; if you find it difficult to get some decent shut-eye, having a diffuser in your home can be an easy - and natural - way to ensure you’re getting enough rest. You don’t need to leave your diffuser on overnight to get a better sleep - you can inhale a blend of sleep-inducing oils (such as lavender and jasmine) just before bedtime, which will offer a light sedative effect and help you nod off.

Better brain function and concentration

While electric diffusers are typically used in the home, there’s no reason why you can’t take advantage of some aromatherapy benefits in the office. In fact, certain essential oils - such as peppermint - can actually improve your concentration, making it easier for you to carry out your day-to-day professional activities.

One thing to note about using an electric diffuser at work: you might want to run the idea by your colleagues first, before diffusing any essential oils in your office. Some people are allergy-prone and might have a negative reaction to certain stronger essential oils.

How to use an electric scented oil diffuser

So, how do you use an electric diffuser? Here are just a few ways you can get the most out of your essential oils:

Calm anxiety

If you’re prone to stress and anxiety, you’ll already know how difficult it can be to obtain control over spiralling emotions or thoughts. This is where you can use a diffuser to help you out! Adding a few drops of essential oils such as chamomile, lavender, and bergamot to your diffuser, set your timer for around 20 minutes and inhale your blend of essential oils in a quiet, private space. You should find that you feel soothed, relaxed, and calmer afterwards, and better equipped to take on the day.

Remove odours

Love cooking but hate the odours that linger for hours or even days afterwards? If you’re cooking something particularly pungent, start running your electric diffuser once you’ve finished eating and cleared up any dishes and plates. The diffuser will help to mask and eventually get rid of any persistent, pungent odours.


Meditation is increasingly popular, and can offer a wide range of health and wellbeing benefits to those who practice it. If you want to give your meditation a boost, diffuse a blend of relaxing essential oils during your next session. You’ll enhance the effects of your meditation, and feel relaxed, soothed, and centred afterwards.