Which Essential Oil Diffuser is Best for Your Home?

One of the best ways to ensure the health of your entire family is to diffuse essential oils in your home. 

During this time of year – when the weather is colder and there are pesky germs everywhere – I like to have a diffuser going when the kids (and their germs!) get home from school. 

Here are some immune boosting essential oil diffuser blend recipes my daughter created and we are enjoying.

So when it comes to essential oil diffusers, there are many options. Here are the different type of diffusers and which ones I recommend:

Ultrasonic Diffuser

These are the most common essential oil diffusers you’ll find. They use water to distribute your favorite oils into the air by using electronic frequencies. It creates vibrations in water which produces a fine mist of water and essential oils that is released into the air.

Nebulizing Diffuser

These diffusers are more expensive, so they’re not as popular. A nebulizing diffuser does not use water, so the only thing released into the air is the oil and there is nothing added to change its composition. This provides optimal therapeutic benefits.


Heat Diffuser

As the name suggests, these diffusers use heat elements to release the oils into the air. Sometimes the oil is mixed with water. The issue with heat diffusers is that the heat – depending on the strength – can change the properties of the oil at the molecular level.

Evaporative Diffuser

This type of diffuser uses air flow to spread the oils around the room. There is a fan that will release the lighter components of the essential oils first, then the heavier components last. This may not be as therapeutic because you’re not always getting the benefits of the oils. 

Reed Diffuser

The cheapest option is a reed diffuser. Reed diffusers use a glass bottle to contain the oil and rattan sticks, which have small channels that allow the oil to travel up the stick and scent the room. It’s best to use lighter essential oils in reed diffusers, like lemon or grapefruit. 


Leann Forst, MBA, CHC, CEOC — Holistic Health Practitioner

Leann is a Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner and Certified Essential Oils Coach, holding a Master’s degree from Drake University and a Bachelor of Science from Upper Iowa University. Leann is accredited by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. And she is an award winning author of 2 books How to Get Your Kids to Beg for Veggies and 100 Ways to Lose Weight”.

Born and raised as an Iowa farm girl, she moved to Texas in 1998 where she lives with her husband and 2 kids.

As a wife of a brain cancer survivor, Leann has a special interest in anti-cancer nutrition and detoxification. She works with individuals and groups, and speaks regularly at hospitals, schools and organizations to teach people how to attain optimal health by getting to the root cause of chronic and inflammatory conditions, while using healing modalities such as essential oils. Click here to get Leann’s free report, “37 Cancer Facts You Should Know…But Probably Don’t

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