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Essential Oil Diffusers: Are They Really Safe To Use?


Generally essential oil diffusers are safe, especially when used according to the instructions in their manual.

The majority of people’s concerns are not about the oil diffusers themselves, but about what you put in them and how you keep them in good condition.

I have two essential oil diffusers, and some of the concerns raised are valid, while others are exaggerated.

In this article we’re going to talk about what makes a diffuser safe and what makes a diffuser unsafe or harmful.

First, What are Essential Oil Diffusers?  

Essential oil diffusers are devices that release scents from natural oils.

They are frequently used in homes to create a relaxing and tranquil atmosphere. 

The diffusers function in a variety of ways, with ultrasonic diffusers and heat diffusers being the most popular.

1. Ultrasonic diffusers

How does it work? Ultrasonic Diffusers produce high-frequency sound waves. These waves break down the oil in the diffuser into smaller molecules.

As a result, the smell is dispersed more evenly throughout the room.

2. Heat diffusers

How does it work? Heat diffusers work by heating the essential oil, which in turn releases the fragrance or smell of the oils. These diffusers are often small, and can be placed on a desk or nightstand.

You might want to check out an article I wrote about using ceramic diffusers.

Since we’re talking about ultrasonic and heat diffusion, here is where we are going to ask ourselves is it safe to use?

Essential oil diffusers are they safe?

While diffusers are generally considered safe, there are a few things you should keep in mind.

When it comes to this type of equipment at home, pregnant women or breastfeeding mothers should ask or consult their doctors. The reason for this is that they or their children may have allergies or an undesirable reaction to the oil diffusions.

Also, keep an eye on your children under the age of three, as they will be drawn to the diffuser’s fun color changing and mists. I had this experience with my one-year-old son, who took the oil diffusers while they were still turned on and poured them on the floor…

When you have small children at home, you must be extra vigilant.

Besides that, there are three things you should always look out for:

  • First, be sure to read the instructions carefully before using the diffuser. This will help you understand how to use the device safely. For example how to set timers, what is the voltage and the right current rating etc.
  • Second, make sure the diffuser is properly cleaned after each use. Diffusers should be clean since you are most likely going to breathe in the smell of the oils inside your home. There are times that you will be neglecting to clean your diffuser, and that’s not a safe thing to do.
  • Third, be aware that some scents can be more overpowering than others. If you are sensitive to strong smells, it may be best to avoid diffusers with strong scents.

You might also want to check the strongest smelling essential oils available today!

What to keep in mind when using or buying an essential oil diffusers at home?

You should have an idea of what to expect when using an essential oil diffuser at home if you are thinking about purchasing one.

Consider some of the ideas below when using or buying oil diffusers:

  1. Make sure that the diffuser you choose is appropriate for your room and your needs. Some diffusers work best in smaller areas, while others work better in larger rooms. I also wrote an article about the best diffusers for small and large spaces.
  2. Next, it is important to be aware of the diffuser’s safety features. Some may include filters that help to reduce harmful particles and gases and must be changed on a weekly or monthly basis. You can inquire about filter usage from the manufacturer or the person selling the diffuser.
  3. Next, be aware of your surroundings when using a diffuser at home. If you are using one near other people or electronic devices, be sure to check if that electronic equipment is not going to be affected by the mist of your diffuser.
  4. Lastly, ensure that the noise level of your diffuser will not irritate you or others in your home. If you want to enjoy a peaceful and relaxing experience with your oil diffusers, you must consider the noise level.

If you are considering breathing essential oils directly then you should continue reading below…

Is it safe to breathe essential oils?

When we see vapor emitting from a piece of equipment, we cover our nose and attempt a breath hold. In theory, any device that gives off vapor could be harmful for our health, but there is no solid proof that essential oil diffusers pose a serious health risk.

However, if you have asthma or another respiratory condition, you should talk to your doctor before using essential oils at home.

And I’ve read that essential oils, especially potent ones, should not be inhaled directly, which is why we use oil diffusers to diffuse them. It’s best to stick to the instructions that came with your diffuser as well as the essential oils.

Is it safe to use essential oil diffusers near electronic devices?

Many people assume that diffusers are safe to use near electronics, but this is not always the case.

If you have sensitive skin or are pregnant, it is important to be aware of the potential dangers of using diffusers near electronics. Some says that diffusers can increase radiation in your room, you might need to have a radiation detector for that.

Some people may experience negative health effects from exposure to EMFs, while others may not experience any negative effects.

It is best to consult with a health professional if you are concerned about the potential health effects of EMFs.

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