Are you confused about which method is best for diffusing essential oils into your room spaces?
Are you attracted to the ultrasonic oil diffusers but find that there is just too much choice out there?
Do you know what to look for in a candle powered oil burner?
Leonie, Moon Haven’s aromatherapist has put together this video to help your through the oil diffuser maze.
Oil Burners vs Diffusers
There are two main methods of dispersing essential oils into the air:
- using heat
- ultrasonically (kinetic energy)
Most of us have come across the heat method – we call these devices Oil Burners
You place the essential oils into a bowl or plate (sometimes with water) and use a heat source to evaporate the volatile oils into the air.
The heat can be created by a candle (often a tealight) or an electrical source.
Tea Light Oil Burners
The best thing about these gorgeous little numbers is that they are the easiest and most cost effective way to get into delivering essential oils into your room spaces.
Just fill the burner bowl with water, add a few drops of essential oils, light the tea light candle and you are away.
You can grab a good quality oil burner for under $25.
What to look for in a Tea Light Oil Burner:
- Large water bowl – so you aren’t always running to the tap to refill the water bowl
- Good distance (at least 6 cms more is better) between the candle and the base of the water bowl – you dont want to over heat the water as this means that your oils will be dispensed faster and you’ll have to replenish them more often
- Good glazing in the water bowl – this helps with cleaning off the oily residue
- Separate water bowl as this assists with cleaning
- Fire- Wherever there is a flame source there is a risk of fire. Always keep your tealight burners away from curtains, flammable materials and furnishings. Never, ever leave a tealight oil burner unattended.
- Risks of burns – Where there is a hot heat source there is always a risk of burns.
- Oily residue buildup – This can build up in the base of the water bowl. It can erode the glaze and seep into the pottery of the bowl. This in turn can become a fuel source and cause a fire when heated enough.
- Because of the open flame Tealight oil burners cannot be used in public spaces such as schools, hospitals and aged care homes.
Electrical Oil Burners
These oil burners have become very popular over the years as they have a significant safety advantage over Tealight powered burners. Without the open flame the risk of fire is significantly reduced.
Most Electrical Oil Burners can be powered for only a few cents each day, making them economical to use. They usually keep the bowl at a low temperature ensuring an even and longer lasting dispersal of the essential oils into the air.
The only concern with these types of burners is that thy are still heating the essential oils and so potentially changing their nature and properties. (See the discussion below on hot versus cool)
What to look for in a Tea Light Oil Burner:
- Good glazing in the bowl to allow for easy cleaning
- Ensure that the burner meets Australian Electrical Safety Standards
Ultrasonic Mist Essential Oil Diffuser
These are becoming increasingly popular -with very good reason. They use ultrasonic or movement to disperse the essential oils into the air. To all intents and purposes the oils are not heated.
Hot vs Cool Diffusion
You see when heat is applied to essential oils the properties of that oil may change.
Heating an oil with a candle is still an effective delivery method.
Yet as a purist I prefer my oils to be dispersed as close to room temperature as possible – and an Ultrasonic Diffuser does just that.
What does an Ultrasonic Diffuser do?
You see the ultrasonic Diffuser has a small flexible membrane at the base of the unit which vibrates ultrasonically. This passes energy to the water which in turn breaks up the water turning it from a liquid into water vapour. The water vapour is propelled into the air carrying the volatile components (the scent) of the essential oils with it.
What to look for in an Ultrasonic Oil Diffuser?
- Meets Australian Electrical Safety Standards
- diffusion times for at least 7 hours (on intermittent) or 4 hours continuous
- safety cut off when the water level gets too low
- options for intermittent or continuous operation
- Isn’t too big ad fits in with your decor
- Easy to clean, refill
- look for a bonus night light
At Moon haven we carry each of these essential oil burners/diffusers. So if you have any questions about any aspect of aromatherapy and oil diffusion techniques please email us or call on FREECALL 1800 005 059. We’d love to hear from you.
This article was written by Moon Haven’s aromatherapist and founder Leonie Gully
and as such represents her personal opinion on the given subject.
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