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FAQs about Ultrasonic Essential Oil Diffusers: Everything You Need to Know

If you're looking for information about ultrasonic essential oil diffusers, you've come to the right place!

In this blog post, we will answer your most asked questions about these devices. We'll cover everything from how they work, the benefits of using them and even how to clean them!

Plus, we'll provide some tips on choosing the best diffuser for your needs. So whether you're a first-time buyer or just curious about ultrasonic diffusers available in NZ, check out this comprehensive FAQ post to those nagging questions!

What is an ultrasonic essential oil diffuser?

An ultrasonic diffuser is a type of aromatherapy device that uses ultrasonic waves to create vibrations in water. This unique process breaks down the oils into tiny particles that are then released into the air through a fine mist. You place a few drops of essential oils into the water and then turn on your diffuser. The ultrasonic wave vibrations cause the essential oils to be released into the air, where they can be inhaled.

The essential oils are then able to enter the bloodstream and provide a variety of health benefits. Ultrasonic diffusers are one of the most popular types of essential oil diffusers on the market in NZ.

What are the benefits of using an ultrasonic essential oil diffuser?

Ultrasonic diffusers offer several benefits, including:

- improved respiratory health
- reduced stress and anxiety
- increased concentration and focus
- better sleep quality
- enhanced mood and well-being

The health benefits of using an ultrasonic diffuser are numerous but the other great thing about them is that they are safe and simple to use. There are no wicks or pads in ultrasonic diffusers,  so there is far less risk of them getting dirty or damaged.

Ultrasonic diffusers let you enjoy the benefits of essential oils without having to apply them directly to your skin. This is especially beneficial for people who have sensitive skin or are allergic to certain essential oils.

What's the difference between an ultrasonic oil diffuser and other types of diffusers?

The main difference between an ultrasonic diffuser and other types of diffusers is that ultrasonic diffusers use ultrasonic waves to create mist, while other diffusers use heat or fans. 

Ultrasonic diffusers are more efficient because they do not rely on heat to produce mist, which can damage essential oils. For example, heat diffusers use heat to evaporate essential oils which can change the chemical composition of the oil and produce less potent aromatherapy  benefits. 

Additionally, ultrasonic diffusers often have built-in timers and adjustable mist settings, so you can customise your aromatherapy experience. 

If you're looking for an essential oil diffuser with different settings, check out our collection of ultrasonic diffusers

How do I choose the right ultrasonic essential oil diffuser?

There are many ultrasonic diffusers on the market in NZ, but they mostly work in the same way except for maybe a few features. The main difference between them is their appearance and size. It is up to personal preference which one you choose.

Some factors you can consider when choosing the right diffuser for you could be:

  • The size of the room where it will be used. The diffuser should be able to cover the entire room so that you can enjoy a full range of benefits from your favourite essential oils.
  • The style, shape and appearance of the diffuser. You might want your ultrasonic diffuser for a more decorative purpose so that it matches your furniture at home.
  • The settings on the diffuser. Some people may prefer to have a diffuser with multiple options for adjusting things like the amount of essential oil being released into the air, a timer, or the LED lights on the diffuser. 

How do I optimise the benefits of using an ultrasonic essential oil diffuser?

There are several things you can do to optimise the benefits of using an ultrasonic diffuser. One of the most important things is to make sure that the essential oils you are using are high quality. This means that they should be 100% pure and free of any synthetic ingredients. It's also important to clean your diffuser regularly to prevent the build-up of essential oil residue.

How do I clean an essential oil diffuser?

Ultrasonic diffusers are much easier to clean than other diffusers. They don’t require much disassembly. There are no pads or wicks to replace which can become too saturated or begin to smell bad from conflicting aromas of all the different essential oils that go in there.

To clean your ultrasonic diffuser,  you can use a soft cloth like a microfibre cloth dipped in warm water to remove any essential oil residue from the inside of the diffuser. Try to run clean water through the diffuser regularly to keep it free of essential oil build-up.

For a thorough, monthly deep cleaning method, check out our blog post on how to clean and maintain your ultrasonic diffuser. 

Can I use fragrance oils in an essential oil diffuser?

No, you should not use fragrance oils in an ultrasonic diffuser. Fragrance oils are synthetic and can contain harmful chemicals. When these chemicals are released into the air, they can have adverse effects on your health. 100% pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils are the only type of oil that should be used in an ultrasonic diffuser. 

If you’re keen to check out some essential oils, we supply premium quality essential oils in NZ which meet the international standards for 100% pure and therapeutic-grade oils. 

How can I get rid of the previous essential oil smell in my diffuser?

If you want to remove the essential oil smell from your diffuser, you can empty it and give it a rinse and wipe down before adding a few drops of lemon essential oil and running it as normal. Lemon essential oil is known for its ability to neutralise odours. 

White vinegar is also an excellent choice and a common household item that can take away the previous essential oil smell in your diffuser. Simply add a teaspoon of white vinegar to a diffuser filled with water at least to the halfway point in your diffuser. Let the diffuser run for 10 minutes, then rinse and dry. 

Where should I put a diffuser in my bedroom?

When placing a diffuser in your bedroom, it is important to find a spot that is away from any direct sunlight. Sunlight can cause essential oils to degrade and lose their therapeutic properties.

Additionally, you should place the diffuser on a level surface  so that it does not tip over. A good spot to place your diffuser is on a nightstand or dresser.

How long should you run a diffuser for?

There is no set answer to this question as it will depend on a number of factors, including the size of your diffuser, the essential oils you are using, and the desired effect. 

Some essential oils evaporate quickly, so they may only need to be diffused for a short period of time. Others have a slower evaporation rate, so they can be diffused for longer periods.

Fast evaporating essential oils include: lavender, bergamot, lemon and peppermint. They typically take one to two hours to evaporate. 

Slower evaporating essential oils take two - four hours to evaporate and include: geranium, ylang ylang, clary sage and black pepper

And the slowest evaporating essential oils are usually used as base notes in a blend and include: cedarwood, frankincense, ginger and patchouli

If the desired effect is for sleep,  relaxation, or concentration, then you would want to run the diffuser for a longer period of time. If you are using the diffuser for energy or invigoration, a shorter duration may be all that is needed.

However, a general rule of thumb is to run your diffuser for 15-30 minutes at a time. You can also simply let it run until the water runs out. Our diffusers come with an in-built timer which will automatically turn the diffuser on and off at specific time intervals. All of our models also have an automatic shut-off safety feature so they will turn themselves off when there is no water left - giving you peace of mind!

How much essential oil should I put in my diffuser?

The amount of essential oil you should put in your diffuser really depends on the size of your diffuser and the essential oil you're using. A general rule of thumb is 3 drops of essential oil per 100mL of water. 

If you're using a larger diffuser, you can increase the amount of essential oil accordingly.

Just remember, it's always better to underdo it rather than overdo it. If you're unsure, start with a small amount and increase as needed. You can always add more oil if you want a stronger scent, but you can't take it out once it's in there!

What essential oils are best for diffusing?

Again, this is a personal preference. Essential oils have many different health benefits, so saying which ones are the best for diffusing will depend on what effect or purpose you'd like to experience with your aromatherapy diffuser.

You may just like to neutralise odours in the house or you may want to specifically target stress or sleep problems.

Therefore you might diffuse citrus oils for a refreshing scent, or a soothing lavender and frankincense blend for relaxation. The fun part is you can experiment with different essential oils to see what you like best. You can also find ready-made blend sets that are designed to be diffused for a specific purpose such as sleep aid, improved focus or stress relief.

Whether you're a regular to diffusing or just starting out, we hope you found this article helpful in answering your questions about ultrasonic essential oil diffusers. Now that you know a bit more about them, you can be better equipped with the knowledge you need when buying your first diffuser in NZ! 

Feel free to experiment with different essential oils and find what works best for you. 

And if you have any additional questions about ultrasonic essential oil diffusers, get in touch with us at D:FUSE Aromatherapy by email or on our Instagram & Facebook. 


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