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How to Use Your Essential Oil Diffuser

So, your friend has finally sold you on the idea of an essential oil diffuser. You went ahead and purchased one online and maybe a few random oils, too. But you’re new here. You’re not entirely sure what to do. And you don’t really want to call up your diffuser friend and ask “hey, how does this thing even work?” Because that would be awkward, and they might laugh at you (probably not, but it’s always nice to be independent and figure out how to problem-solve on your own).

If you have taken the first step and bought one, and now you’re looking at your essential oil diffuser with a deep confusion, and you’re wondering “okay, what now?” you’ve come to the right place, friend. Here’s exactly how to use that brand new essential oil diffuser.

Benefits of Diffusing Essential Oils

If you’re wondering what all the hype is about, you’ve got a few different answers, here. There are actually more facets to these things than you may think. Here are just a few.

A Cleaner Fragrance

One of the most popular reasons to use an essential oil diffuser is just for the scent. There are all sorts of different essential oil blends that can suit every “pallette,” so it’s easy to find one that smells great to you.

Since essential oils are natural, you don’t have to worry about those heavy scents that give some of us a headache (holiday cinnamon candles, we’re looking at you). An essential oil diffuser provides you with a light, fresh scent that won’t bother even the most sensitive noses.


A lot of us have a love for candles since they can smell awesome and can burn for some time. But for those of us with housemates who have asthma, a sensitive smoke alarm, or just looking to avoid smoke for any reason, essential oil diffusers won’t hurt anyone’s lungs. It can be better for all of us to avoid any unnecessary smoke in general.

How Does it Work?

An essential oil diffuser works by mixing a highly concentrated oil extracted from various fruits and herbs with water. This mixture is then heated slightly, and the small particles of moisture are dispersed into the air.

The water helps make the essential oil particles lighter and a bit less intense, making them easier to disperse.

You know that your essential oil diffuser is working when you can see a little cloud of vapor coming out from the top, and when you start to smell the refreshing scent of whatever oil you have used.

How to Use One

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to get your own essential oil diffuser up and running.

Step One: Fill the Water Chamber: Using either a separate container or filling the water chamber directly from the sink, add water up to the maximum-water line indicated on the side. Be careful not to overfill, and this could lead to a malfunction of your diffuser.

Step Two: Plug it In: If your diffuser is electric and not battery-operated, plug it into an outlet. Make sure it’s not stuck too close to any electronic devices, and the water droplets could cause damage. It should have ample room to diffuse the scent throughout the space.

Step Three: Add Your Oil: Pick out a scent that you want your whole room to smell like, and add it to the water chamber. You only need 3 or 4 drops to create a strong scent for your room.

Step Four: Turn it on and Enjoy: Now all you have to do is press a button, sit back, and relax as the fresh scent of your essential oil drifts around the room.