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Diffusing and Diffusers: A Primer to Help Get You Started


Why diffuse essential oils?


Our sense of smell is one of our most powerful connections to our environment and how we gather information about our surroundings and how we should feel. Within 20 seconds of inhaling anything, your brain chemistry is affected and within 20 minutes, particles of the substance you inhaled can be found in almost every cell of your body. It's miraculous! What you smell Your body contains over 1,000 receptors for smell—more receptors than for any other sense so you can put it to work for your overall health benefit easily and quickly.

Because of the intricate and fast communication from our nose to our brain, our sense of smell is highly linked to memory and emotions. You've probably smelled apple pie or the perfume of a partner and been instantly transported back into the memory and emotion of that experience.


Diffusing is an easy, convenient, and mess-free way to enjoy the aromatic benefits of pure essential oils. Diffusing adds moisture and negative ions to the air we're breathing in addition to the health benefits of the essential oils you select so it's a very simple way to change the quality of your air. The benefits of #diffusing can linger in the air for up to 7 hrs after you stop diffusing so it's a powerful and efficient way to shift energy in the home.


Let's look at a few of the doTERRA diffusers, features, and reviews to help you make the best choice for your diffusing needs.


What are some different types of diffusers?

Each diffuser has its own unique method for getting essential oils into the air so you can utilize their therapeutic benefits.

Ultrasonic Diffuser

This popular type of diffuser uses water and electronic frequencies to create a fine mist from the essential oil and water. Ultrasonic vibrations are created by a small disk under the surface of the water which causes the essential oil and water to break up into tiny particles to float in the air.

  • Pros: Use small amount of essential oil. No heat. Little noise

  • Considerations: Only a small fraction of the mist is essential oil

Evaporative or Passive Diffusers and Jewelry

Evaporative diffusion uses air flow to spread the scent of the essential oils into the area

A fan blows air through a filter or oil is placed on a lava beads or a stone surface to passively evaporate.

  • Pros: Quiet, usually smaller foot-print, very portable, aroma can be very discreet, and use not limited by the need to be plugged in

  • Considerations: Less therapeutic and less intense aroma because the lighter essential oil components evaporate first, while the heavier components evaporate last.

Types of diffusers sold by doTERRA

doTERRA sells a variety of diffusers that can delivery the full aromatic and therapeutic benefits of the essential oils.

  • Ultrasonic Diffusers

  • Humidifiers

  • Limited time offers of jewelry, stone diffuser disks, and clip with filter


doTERRA Essential Oil Diffuser Features & Reviews

doTERRA sells high quality ultrasonic diffusers. Great for the home, bedroom, office and even on the go. Depending upon the country you live in, you may have access to more or fewer of the following diffusers. Let's take a peak at the features and help you make your best decision for your needs.

Pilot Diffuser

Features: Portable, rechargeable and made from eco-friendly materials

Coverage: 250 sq. ft. Run Time: 4 hours continuous; 8 hours intermittent

Includes: Dual-port USB 2A car adapter and carrying case. Comes in light or charcoal gray.

Retail Price: $64.00 CA Customer Reviews: 4.5 out of 5 Comments: Portable and light weight, easy to carry around in the provide bag which also includes extra space for your oils. Does not perform as well with very bumpy rides in moving cars/ATVs, can spill. Needs to be on a non-moving surface.


This is the diffuser I personally have at my desk beside me during the day and I appreciate how small it is, how easy it is to clean, and that I can simply recharge and move it if I need more desk space to work.


Petal 2.0 Diffuser

Features: