Diffusers for Essential Oils

(Last Updated On: October 23, 2018)

Aromatherapy Diffusers

aromatherapy diffusersSo here’s an introduction to the different aromatherapy diffusers that I know of, readily available in the Malaysian market.  Not all diffusers are created equal, and different diffusers should be considered for different needs. I wish that I’d read a write up like this before deciding which to purchase so I hope my description will be helpful to you.

I still keep and continue to use my tea light oil burner around the house but have also evolved to having an aromatherapy diffuser in my bedroom and living room.  Oil burners look great and serene, but it is important to note that overheating the oils can render them less beneficial thereby minimizing their therapeutic effects

The big difference between an oil burner and a diffuser (apart from the enhancement of the therapeutic properties of the oil) is that it works by forcing the oils through a pinhole with high pressure air. You end up with a micro-fine vapor of energized essential oils that stays in the air for some time. This is a great way to clean and purify the air in a room. In our humid Malaysian climate, you just need to be careful that you aren’t in an environment that suffers with mold and mildew.  Mold and mildew can be exacerbated by the presence of water molecules in the air from an aromatherapy diffuser that uses water.  In this case, a diffuser that utilizes air would be preferable.

There are several different types of Aromatherapy diffusers, but I will focus on two types:

  • The Atomizing or Nebulizing Diffuser
  • The Ultrasonic or Humidifying Diffuser

Atomizing/Nebulizing Diffusers

The word atomizing or nebulizing appears to be used interchangeably with this group of Diffusers.  Atomising diffusers are often considered the most powerful type of aromatherapy diffusers and with good reason. They do not need water or heat to get the essential oil in to the air and they work by using an atomizer to create fine, airborne particles of essential oils and blowing them in to the air. Atomising diffusers are my favorite type and we use them especially if anyone gets sick since they keep a near-continuous stream of essential oils in the air.

The atomising/nebulising diffusers available from Young Living in Malaysia are the Aromalux, Ceramic or the Dewdrop diffuser.  All of them are extremely easy to use and have their own unique features.

The Aromalux diffuser would be the best choice for a very large room.

The Ceramic diffuser would be the ideal choice for germs, bacteria, viruses, odors and mold spores in a medium room, as it disperses upwards and works without water thereby keeping the actual essential oil suspended in the air for a longer time.

The Dewdrop Diffuser is my favorite as it functions as both a humidifier and atomizer for a medium room.  I have the option of turning the ambient light off while it continues to work in my air-conditioned bedroom at night and have it automatically shut off after about 4 hours.

Ultrasonic Diffusers

Ultrasonic diffusers work in a similar way to atomizing/nebulizing diffusers by creating a fine mist. The difference is that ultrasonic diffusers use water and essential oils to create a cool mist of water/oils that releases in to the air. They double as a humidifier, so they are beneficial in an air-conditioned room, but they don’t put out as strong a concentration of essential oils since they also use water.

The ultrasonic/humidifying diffusers available from Young Living in Malaysia are the  Desert Mist Ultrasonic Diffuser (newest addition as of December 2017),  Rainstone Diffuser  and the Aria Ultrasonic Diffuser.  Both are elegant and décor-friendly designed for a medium sized room, have LED light features, remote control.  The Aria has an added feature that allows you to play your own music by plugging in your own MP3 player

Desert Mist Ultrasonic Diffuser


Aria Ultrasonic Diffuser

Rainstone Diffuser

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  • If you are new to diffusing essential oils, it is advisable that you only diffuse the oils for about 15-20 minutes a day. Once you are used to the oils and their effects, you can increase the duration.
  • Placing the diffuser high in the room resourcefully allows the oil mists to remove the odor causing substances as they fall through the air.
  • Connecting the diffuser to a timer can assist in controlling the length and duration of diffusing.
  • Follow the manufacturer specific instructions when cleaning the diffuser. It is recommended to wash the diffuser before using another blend or oil.
  • Be sure to only use pure and unadulterated therapeutic grade essential oils.
  • When buying an Aromatherapy diffuser, always check the specifications, requirements and safety comments supplied with the particular product you are interested to confirm that it is suitable for your needs and expectations

According to research, diffusing certain oils may have these benefits:

  • Destress and relax
  • Better sleep
  • Helps with weight management
  • Reduces bacteria, mold, fungus, and odors
  • Enhances concentration, mental clarity and memory
  • Stimulates secretion of endorphins (our ‘Happy Hormone’)
  • Improves digestive functions
  • Improves hormonal balance
  • Increases immunity and respiratory health
  • Relieves headache.
Last but not least, some ideas on what essential oils to use to get you started:

Diffusion Recipes* Lemon. Purifying and Cleansing. Try it after a party, especially if you’ve had people smoking in the room.
* Melaleuca alternifolia (Tea tree) or Eucalyptus Globulus. Purifies and rids airborne bacteria. Provides respiratory relief.
* Lavender. Calming and relaxing.
* Peppermint. Try this if you are studying for a course.
* Frankincense (Boswellia Carterii or Boswellia Sacra). Spiritual. Try diffusing this in a room just before you meditate or do yoga.

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About Ying

Hello and thank you for visiting my blog. I am on a journey to discovering the benefits of Essential Oils and sharing it along the way. I have a background in health hence, exploring alternatives towards a more natural lifestyle for myself and my family. Come join me on my journey.


  1. Richard

    Thanks for the article. Helpful. I didn’t know they have a non water diffuser. All the 5 shops and stalls i visited had water diffusers. I’ll need to investigate more.

    • Thanks for reading. Yup, the atomizing diffusers (no water) are definitely harder to come across and pricier too. I like the convenience of not having to worry about the water and the stronger scent that it emits is great for a larger room 🙂 Happy shopping!

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