What Is An Essential Oil Diffuser?

doTERRA diffuser
photo by Emily Michelle Jones

Unless you’re living under a rock, by now you’ve probably heard of or at least seen an essential oil diffuser and wondered what it was or how it worked. At the very least, you’ve likely heard of someone diffusing oils for aromatic purposes and wondered how they did it. With a diffuser, of course! Now you are probably wondering how to use an essential oil diffuser. Well, here goes.

How an essential oil diffuser works: In short, an essential oil diffuser diffuses, or disperses, essential oil, carried by cold steam, into the air to make it available for breathing. The oil is broken into tiny particles, carried up into the air through the steam, and suspended in the air for several hours, all the while disinfecting the air and providing a wonderful aromatic experience. There are different types of diffusers, but basically, the idea is the same–they are a vehicle for dispersing essential oil into the air for the purposes of inhaling the oil.

Where to buy an essential oil diffuser: If you are interested in purchasing an essential oil diffuser, you are probably looking them up online and getting overwhelmed right about now. And if you’re a budget-savvy mama like me, you’re probably thinking the $17.99 ones on Amazon are looking pretty good right now. Well, think again. Just like anything else in this world, a diffuser should be thought of as an investment, and you should go with a top rated essential oil diffuser. If you have purchased or been gifted some high quality essential oils, though, and you are dying to start diffusing them and you absolutely can’t afford to spend more than $17.99 at the moment, then go for that cheapy Amazon one, but just know I will be saying “I told you so” in 3 months when it’s whizzing and whirring and breaking down like the crappy product it is. I should know–this exact thing is happening to me right now with the diffuser I bought back in December (it’s now March) online–it is starting to break. Of course there’s no warranty to speak of or course of action for me to get my $17.99 back; it’s just gone forever. HOWEVER, let me tell you about my NEW favorite diffuser. The doTERRA Petal Diffuser! This thing is a small wonder–at $47 wholesale ($62.67 retail), it is a steal of a deal. A gorgeous, simple, easy-to-use and easy-to-clean design with a large water reservoir. With only two pieces, there is virtually no setup–you just pop it out of the box, lift the top off, fill to the red marker with water, drop a couple drops of your preferred doTERRA oil in, replace top, plug it in and hit the “MIST” button on the front and BAM! You are instantly receiving the benefits of that oil aromatically (you start smelling the aroma much fast than with other brand diffusers I’ve tried). Love it. What I also love about this is that doTERRA stands behind their products–the Petal Diffuser has a 90-day limited warranty (they will replace it for you if it breaks in the first 3 months), and if for some reason you decide you don’t like it, you can return it for a refund in the first 30 days. The only drawback I’ve found with this diffuser is that it will only run continuously for 4 hours, where I’ve seen others run for a max of 8, which, to me, makes this the perfect diffuser for your living room or office. If you’re looking for one that will run all night long for your bedroom, I’d suggest the doTERRA Aroma Lite Diffuser. That mamma jamma holds a LOT of water but is still compact enough to travel with. Win-win!

The moral of the story is, if you are looking for a great essential oil diffuser, look no further than doTERRA. They’ve got you covered. Bonus: if you’re a wholesale member, you get loyalty points for the Petal Diffuser and the Aroma Lite Diffuser, which you can turn around and use to get free doTERRA product. So awesome. Sorry/not sorry this turned into an advertisement for doTERRA, but I just love them as a company, and they sell wonderful diffusers!

Have you tried a doTERRA diffuser? What did you think? Feel free to leave your comments below.

Until next time–your sister in essential oils,

Emily

Essential Oils for Bladder Infections

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Since I was little, my mom has struggled with bladder infections and UTI’s. Being a natural remedy kind of person to begin with, she has spent a lot of time trying the basics–cranberry juice, extra water, cranberry supplements, and eventually she landed on her most recent recommendations, which were taking D-Mannose (a simple sugar found in many fruits) and cinnamon every day. The reasons these things have not worked for her were they were either a. cost-prohibitive, b. inconvenient, c. unpleasant d. the amount required was insane or all of the above. Most recently she had been prescribed some low-grade antibiotics for the infection and had been taking those, and while they do help, the infection would come RIGHT BACK when she stopped taking them. So frustrating.

ENTER ESSENTIAL OILS. :] I started using essential oils consistently a few months ago for everything from sinus infections to calming a restless baby, and I have noticed some marked results. As I started reading all the things they could be used for, my mind ran wild with the possibilities. The first and most immediate thing I wanted to start improving was the lives of my family members, so I bought my mom some doTERRA OnGuard softgels to take once a day.
OnGuard soft gel ingredients: Wild Orange Peel: protects the body against seasonal threats*, Clove Bud: supports a healthy immune system*, Black Pepper Seed: supports healthy circulation*, Cinnamon Bark/Leaf: promotes healthy immune function*, Eucalyptus Leaf: purifying and cleansing properties*, Oregano Leaf: helps maintain a healthy immune system*, Rosemary Flower/Leaf: may help support the digestive system*, Melissa Leaf: may help support healthy immune system*

I also made her a roll-on (for topical application to her bladder area) with a combination of doTERRAOnGuard essential oil blend (same ingredients as above, minus the Black Pepper and Oregano)(20 drops), Frankincense essential oil–otherwise known as the King of Oils because it’s good for everything–(10 drops), doTERRA DigestZen essential oil blend (ingredients: Ginger Rhizome/Root, Peppermint Plant, Caraway Seed, Coriander Seed, Anise Seed, Tarragon Plant, and Fennel Seed essential oils)(5 drops) and doTERRA Oregano essential oil (2 drops), topped off with doTERRA fractionated coconut oil.

The reason I picked these oils were that I had asked around to my oil-using gurus and found out what oils they had experience with and what had worked for them or others they knew. Then I used what I had to make her a combination. She has only just started using the new protocol but I’ll check in with her in a few weeks and see how it’s going. The next day after applying the roller on her bladder area, she did say she woke up feeling “better.” I know that’s not exceptionally detailed, so I’ll continue to follow up with her and post my results here.

Two other things I’d like to try if what she’s using now isn’t enough: Lemongrass essential oil and Juniper Berry essential oil. These two were mentioned over and over in my research, I just didn’t have them on hand so I decided to go with what was readily available first. If this works for her, she will be spending $15 (for the OnGuard beadlets) per month and some change (when you figure in the cost of the roller and ingredients–though the one I made her maybe cost $10 to make and should last her probably 3 months with constant use). Not bad, all things considered! Cost-effective, convenient, and taken in small amounts, all while supporting her body naturally.

Have you used essential oils for bladder infections and UTI’s? What worked? I’d love to know so please leave a comment. :]

Until next time,

Emily

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.