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Aromatherapy Diffusers

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Updated May 28, 2012

Definition:

Aromatherapy diffusers are small devices that are used in aromatherapy to disperse essential oils so that the scent enters the surrounding air.

The main types of diffusers are:

  • Passive diffusers - a diffuser that allows essential oils to be exposed to air so that the oils naturally evaporate and are dispersed into the air. Placing several drops of oil onto a tissue is one of the most simple methods of passive diffusion. Some of the more common commercial passive diffusers include terra cotta and ceramic diffusers.

  • Fan diffusers - devices that use a small fan which creates airflow over a pad or wick with the essential oils to disperse oils into the air.

  • Heat diffusers - heat diffusers, such as lamp rings, candle diffusers and electric heat diffusers, heat the essential oil to promote diffusion into the room.

  • Mist diffusers - mix water and essential oils together which then enter the surrounding air.

  • Nebulizers - nebulizers break the essential oils into tiny droplets.
Also Known As: Diffusers

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