Diffusers are a must-have tool for any oil user, but there are many models out there and it can be overwhelming. No worries, here you will learn how to use a ultrasonic ceramic essential oil diffuser with step by step instructions, as well as gain better insight into diffusing oils to improve your health and wellness.
Diffusing essential oils has become something of a trend in the natural living community, but the truth is that inhaling scented vapors has been used for thousands of years. In fact, the ancient Greeks were using the practice to enhance the health and well-being of their athletes. Today Aromatherapy is used for a wide variety of ailments.
Many therapeutic benefits can be gained when diffused essential oil molecules in the air are inhaled. Benefits range from opening airways to offering self-care remedies. Your diffuser can be used in a variety of creative ways that will not only enhance your health but will also boost the mood in your home. Read more about essential oil diffuser benefits.
What is a Ceramic Diffuser?
Aromatherapy diffusers can be found in a variety of shapes and sizes. They are a popular way to scent the home, but most people don't know the different types of essential oil diffusers that exist. In this blog post I will be going over how to use an ultrasonic diffuser, more specifically a ceramic ultrasonic diffuser.
A ceramic diffuser is really NOT a complete ceramic diffuser, so this alone may be a little confusing. Ceramic diffusers (sometimes called stone diffusers) are ultrasonic diffusers that have the outer cover made of a stone ceramic. The inside of a ceramic diffuser is still made of plastic like many other all plastic ultrasonic diffuser available on the market.
Types of Essential Oil Diffusers
Here are the three most popular types of essential oil diffusers:
1. Ultrasonic Diffuser
This is the diffuser this blog post is focused on. Ultrasonic diffusers act as cool air humidifiers, they are the most popular type of diffuser currently used in the EO world. They are able to release essential oil molecules into the air using ultrasonic waves. The waves vaporize the water and oils in the tank to produce a cool, aromatic mist into the air.
2. Nebulizing Diffuser
This type is also called an Essential Oil Nebulizer. These are waterless diffusers that use pressurized air streams from specially designed jet nozzles. This causes the breakdown of essential oils into very tiny particles. Many nebulizing models are made of glass. Read more about Nebulizer Diffusers.
3. Passive Diffuser
Passive diffusers may also be called evaporative diffusers. This type of diffuser uses air flow to diffuse the oils. When air comes in contact with essential oils they evaporate and the aroma is released in the air.
Here are items that fall into this category:
- Diffuser necklaces
- Lava bead bracelets
- Scent pad diffusers (with or without a fan)
- Car Vent Diffusers
- Aromatherapy inhalers
- Bowl of absorbent bead or pinecones
- Terracotta stones with essential oils
- Plant Therapy Lotus Passive Diffuser
How to Use a Ceramic Essential Oil Diffuser
Here are the steps to using an ultrasonic diffuser:
Step 1: Remove outer ceramic cover and tank cap.
Step 2: Pour in room temperature water using a measuring cup, the machine I am using in the tutorial takes 100 ml but this will vary according to your machine so add the amount that YOUR diffuser requires. Most tanks have a fill line on them as a guide, or come with a measuring cup.
Step 3: Add essential oils of choice. I personally like to use 5-10 drops in my diffuser but you can check the user manual for your machine to see what they recommend. If you are a new user, start on the lower end and adjust to your liking. You can always add more if the scent is not strong enough, but if you put in too much you can't adjust it.
Step 4: Replace the tank cap and ceramic cover.
Step 5: Make sure the diffuser is plugged in. Turn on either continuous or intermittent mode as desired. Turn on light if preferred, again the setting option will vary from machine to machine.
Where to Buy a Ceramic Ultrasonic Diffuser?
This post features a ceramic diffuser from Edens Garden. It is a favorite diffuser in my collection but unfortunately they discontinued this model. Here are a few other options to try. These are all 100 ml capacity tanks which are the perfect size for aromatherapy. They are compact enough to fit in small spaces and powerful enough to use in larger rooms.
Do's & Don'ts of Diffusing Essential Oils
Here are some tips when using an ultrasonic essential oil diffuser:
- Always use on a stable, uncluttered surface that is level.
- Do not pour water directly in the tank from a faucet, it could overflow and damage diffuser parts. Best to use a measuring cup.
- Don't place anything over the diffuser spout.
- Only use room temperature water.
- Avoid putting in direct sunlight or in front of a fan.
- Don't move or tilt while the diffuser is running.
- Always keep out of reach of children and pets.
- Don't fill the diffuser while the unit is running.
- Remove all liquid from the water tank after use.
- Do not immerse the diffuser in water.
- Never run diffuser without water.
- Don't use pre-diluted essential oils or carrier oils, they may damage the diffuser.
- If the diffuser gets knocked over, turn off immediately and unplug. Pour out any remaining water, shake to get it all out. Let air dry for 24 hours.
- The amount and intensity of mist produced will vary, this is normal depending on the oils and the machine.
Ceramic Essential Oil Diffuser Blends
Ceramic essential oil diffusers are an easy way to create a calming atmosphere in any room of your home with soothing scents like lavender or eucalyptus. If you're looking for ways to support wellness at work, these can be great too - they're perfect for reducing stress levels during stressful times. Try one of these ceramic diffuser blends.
Chill in the Woods
Essential oils are great for diffusing into the air to create a peaceful, uplifting environment, as well as for easier breathing. This diffuser blend can deliver vitalizing, stress-reducing, and energizing essential oils into your home or office.
Directions: Follow the tutorial above.
Lemon Ice Diffuser Recipe
Diffuse this oil blend in your space to dispel mood-killing odors and bring a fresh, natural scent to your home.
5 drops Lemon
3 drops Spearmint
Directions: Follow the tutorial above.
Nurture by Nature
Let’s face it, we live in a stressful world! If you’re trying to find a way to unwind, an aromatherapy diffuser is a great way to do it. It can easily help you unwind at the end of a stressful day. Create a nurturing atmosphere that will freshen up your home with this oil blend.
Directions: Follow the tutorial above.
Diffuse 30 minutes to 1 hour at a time, read more about how long to diffuse oils.
It is best not to apply undiluted essential oils onto the skin. When using essential oils topically on the skin, be sure to dilute with a carrier oil like jojoba oil or sweet almond oil.
Using essential oils can improve a person’s emotional, physical, and mental state. For best results, make sure you use pure essential oils and learn how to use them properly.
People can have different responses to essential oils, you may find what works for one person, doesn't work for you. You can learn more here about what to do when essential oils don't work.
Essential Oil Combinations for Ceramic Diffusers
Essential oils can be used for a variety of purposes, including relaxation, stress relief, and mood enhancement. When diffused into the air, they can also help to purify the air and eliminate odors.
However, creating the perfect essential oil blend for your diffuser can be tricky. If you're looking for some guidance, here are four essential oil combinations that are perfect for use in ceramic diffusers.
For a refreshing and invigorating blend, try combining 3 drops of peppermint oil with 3 drops of lemon oil. This combination is excellent for boosting energy levels and promoting concentration.
If you're looking to create a calming and relaxing atmosphere, try diffusing 4 drops of lavender oil with 2 drops of chamomile oil. This blend is perfect for unwinding at the end of the day or promoting a restful night's sleep.
For an uplifting and joyful blend, combine 4 drops of grapefruit oil with 3 drops of orange oil. This cheerful combination is great for countering negative emotions and increasing feelings of happiness and well-being.
Finally, if you're wanting to purify the air and eliminate unwanted odors, try diffusing 3 drops each of eucalyptus oil and tea tree oil. This potent blend will leave your home feeling clean and fresh.
Where to Buy Essential Oil?
I am frequently asked what essential oil brand we use at Loving Essential Oils. We are not exclusive to one company and actually enjoy trying a variety of brands and essential oils. When buying oils it is important to buy only 100% pure essential oils from a reputable company. Don't just buy on price alone, research the company if you are not familiar with them.
Here are several reputable brands we use:
Essential Oil Diffusers Guide
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Learn More About Diffusing Essential Oils
Diffusing essential oils is a wonderful way to get aromatherapy into your life and environment so you can enjoy the health and wellness benefits, here are some other posts we wrote to help you learn more about diffusing.