Choosing the Right Diffuser

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on January 14, 2016

So you’re ready to take advantage of your Young Living therapeutic grade essential oils with a home diffuser? Nice! But if you’re like many, when you browse the diffuser options, it can be a little daunting. Atomizing, ultrasonic, USB… are you kidding me? Don’t worry, this blog post will help clear the fog.

The Two Basic Types

Before we dive into diffuser details, understand that there are two main types of diffusers: Those that dispense undiluted essential oils into the air (atomizing also called nebulizing), and those that use water as part of the process (ultrasonic or wick based).

Ultrasonic (Water) Diffusers

These are less expensive, but don’t pack the therapeutic punch the atomizing versions do. An ultrasonic diffuser (such as the Home Diffuser) sends a cool mist into the air. The water droplets in the mist are coated with essential oil. No heat is used in the process, so the essential oils are protected. However, due to minor dilution, the therapeutic impact of the oils are affected. Ultrasonic diffusers are also nice for dry climates. Even though they technically aren’t humidifiers, moisture is still being added into the air.

Atomizing Diffusers

These are also called nebulizing diffusers. The atomizing technology transforms essential oils into a vapor of millions of microparticles, dispersing them into the air and releasing the powerful plant constituents found in Young Living essential oils. This is the best diffusion method for reaping the therapeutic benefits of an oil. The downside of these models is that they go through oils much faster. You typically will not run one as long as you would an ultrasonic model.

The Young Living AromaLux™

This is an atomizing diffuser designed by Gary Young, so it’s completely unique to Young Living. The AromaLux™ diffuser features various timers and diffusion modes. If you want to diffuse your own combinations of oils, this one is more difficult as it works by placing the Young Living oil jar directly into the diffuser. It accepts both 5-ml and 15-ml jars.

The Young Living Rainstone™

This is an ultrasonic diffuser, but it also features a negative ionizer, which helps removes pollutants in the air and increase oxygen flow to the brain. Created with a rare purple clay found only in a small region of China, the Rainstone has a robust feature set, including continuous ultrasonic diffusion at 1.7 million waves per second; 1, 2, 3, 6, and 8 hour settings with automatic shutoff; five soft LED light settings (including off) and a remote control.

Young Living Dewdrop™

The Young living Dewdrop™ diffuser is unique. It takes the humidifying, water based feature of ultrasonic diffusers, and combines that with atomizing. The result is a highly therapeutic diffuser that also adds moisture into the air.

Young Living Aria™

The Aria™ diffuser is a unique, stylish way to bring the benefits of essential oils into your home. It features a solid American maple base and remote, glass dome to direct the essential oil vapor, relaxing multicolored LED lights and a selection of soothing, built-in sounds.

Young Living Desert Mist Diffuser

Young Living’s Desert Mist Ultrasonic Diffuser functions as a humidifier, atomizer, and aroma diffuser in one simple-to-use product. Inspired by the design of a stylish Moroccan trellis, the Desert Mist Diffuser brings an exotic and modern look to any space. It also helps support a natural environment by replacing harmful household fragrance chemicals with naturally derived essential oils.

Using ultrasonic frequency technology, the Desert Mist Diffuser generates waves at 1.7 million per second, breaking down essential oils and water into millions of microparticles, dispersing them into the air, and releasing the oils’ unique constituents. This diffuser is custom designed to diffuse continuously for 5–6 hours on High mode, 8 hours on Low mode, and 10 hours on Intermittent mode.* It also offers 11 individual light settings, including a candle-like flicker mode.

The Desert Mist Diffuser comes with free 5-ml bottles of Tangerine and Peppermint essential oils.

*Run time may vary based on essential oil type and number of drops used.

There Are Many More!

Are there other diffusers available through Young Living? You bet. From the beautiful Aria Ultrasonic Diffuser with wood accents, to other therapeutic models like the TheraPro. Each has minor differences or cosmetic features that make them unique. I’ve listed some of my favorites above, and I hope that this blog post will help you understand the core differences in the models. If you have questions about diffusers, I’d be happy to help you! Simply contact me and I’ll be in touch shortly!

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