10 Best Essential Oil Diffusers For Aromatherapy

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Essential oil diffusers are an excellent way to freshen the air in a room while creating a welcoming atmosphere — without the use of any artificial chemicals.

Here are a wide variety of diffusers for use in Aromatherapy

There are lots of ways to disperse the scent from Essential Oils throughout the room. These are the most common:

#1 – Candle Oil Burners

Candle oil burners are commonly used in aromatherapy. A few drops of pure Essential Oil is diluted in a small bowl of water and then heated above a tea light. Aromatherapy candle burners can be made of glass, terra cotta, stone, or clay.

Glass candle oil burner.
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Terra cotta candle burner.
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Ceramic candle diffuser.
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Ceramic candle burner.
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Aromatherapy diffuser fan.
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#2 – Fan Diffusers

There are a wide variety of fan diffusers available. These are powered by either batteries or electricity and they work by blowing air over a tray or pad of oil.

#3 – Nebulizers

This is the most common method that professionals use to disperse Essential Oils into their home or office. Nebulizers break down the oil into separate tiny molecules without the use of heat or water — making it easier for the lungs to inhale them. You simply attach a bottle filled with your favorite Essential Oil (or blend of oils) to a nozzle inside the nebulizer. This one is my favorite — here’s why.

#4 – Clay Scent Drops & Terra Cotta Discs

For an inexpensive (and portable!) way to enjoy Aromatherapy oils, try clay & terra cotta discs. They use the sun’s natural energy to diffuse the scent. Add a few drops of Essential Oil to the disc and the scent will be dispersed through the porous surface to freshen the air in a room, or in the car. There’s no need for a flame, batteries, or electricity because the scent simply permeates through the porous material.

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Terra cotta discs come in many shapes and sizes!
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Scent ball diffuser and refill pads.
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#5 – Plug-In Scent Balls

Scent Balls use electricity to disperse the scent throughout a room. Simply place a drop or two of Essential Oils onto the scent pad (these can be replaced). The aroma lasts for hours.

#6 – Inhaler Sticks

These pocket-sized Essential Oil inhaler sticks are specially-made to safely fit inside your nose for the most direct application of Aromatherapy scents. (Of course, you could go the less fashionable route and just carry around a tissue, or a couple of cotton balls in a plastic baggie or an old Altoids tin to achieve the same effect.)

Diffuser reeds in a glass vase.
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#7 – Diffuser Reeds

Bamboo reeds are placed into a slender neck vase that contains Essential Oils for a natural way to diffuse scent into a room. The reed sticks soak in the essence of the Essential Oil mixture. For a more intense scent, turn over some of all of the reeds to release the fragrance quicker.

#8 – Steam Inhalers

With steam inhalers, you can add a few drops of Essential Oils directly to the water, then inhale the Aromatherapy. (Or, you could also place 6 to 8 drops of Essential Oil in a bowl of steaming hot water, then place a towel over your head, lean over the bowl and inhale deeply for several minutes.)

#9 – Lightbulb Rings

A diffuser lightbulb ring sets directly on top of a light bulb, and you place a drop or two of Essential Oil onto the ring itself. When the light is switched on, the scent from the Essential Oil begins to fill the room. Lightbulb diffuser rings can be made of ceramic, terra cotta, or other natural stones.

Terra cotta lightbulb ring.
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Ceramic light ring diffuser.
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#10 – Car Aromatherapy Diffusers

An auto aromatherapy diffuser can stay plugged into the cigarette lighter inside your car at all times. It’s a dashboard accessory that never has to be unplugged. You can easily change the scent by changing the scent pad that’s inside. You can keep adding drops of Essential Oil to the same pad, or replace the pad for an entirely different scent each time.

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