August 28, 2018

Diffusing is one of the easiest ways to reap the benefits of essential oils. However, if you are new to the process and have just started discovering all they can do for you, you may be wondering how much essential oil to add to the diffuser. There are a few different types of diffusers but using EOs with them is pretty standard. There are several basic tips that can ensure you get the most benefit out of diffusing oils.

Can Essential Oils be Overused?

Once you start seeing all the benefits you and your family can gain from using oils, asking if it’s possible they can be overused is a likely question. Is it possible to get too much of a good thing? It is certain that you don’t want to overwhelm a small area with too much fragrance and getting to the point of saturation is possible since EOs are highly concentrated. For most people, the amount of the oils used is personal preference and totally safe if you are not saturating the air with them. Remember they are being diffused into the room’s air and you are breathing that air in and the oils. That is one of the primary ways to benefit from them. You can limit the oils to 5-6 drops per every 100 ml of water, which is what the typical diffuser holds. Another option is once the diffuser shuts off, don’t diffuse immediately. Let it sit for an hour or so before diffusing again. This gives the air time to get rid of the previous oils before adding more.

Are there signs you are diffusing too much oil?

If you are just starting out, begin with the general rule, “less is more.” This can guide you to finding the right amount for you. There are some symptoms associated with over saturation of essential oils. They include:

  • Headaches/migraines
  • Vertigo or dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

Start with the smallest amount and work up to a level that meets your personal taste.


Learning How to Use a Diffuser

Knowing how much essential oil to add to a diffuser starts with knowing how to use one. They are very simple to use, even though there are different models. In general, they should be placed up high to allow maximum dispersal. Even though each model may have some differences, they are simple to set up. Take the diffuser out of the box and remove any packaging materials. Set the bottom portion on a shelf or table. Plug the cord into an outlet and place the top on snugly. Here are the simple steps when you are ready to use it for the first time.

  • Remove the lid or the top portion of the diffuser.
  • Fill the bottom portion with water up to the fill line.
  • Add the recommended drops of the oil you want to diffuse.
  • Put the top back in place.
  • Turn the diffuser on.

You will also want to clean the diffuser occasionally. To clean it, unplug it and dump any leftover water out of the reservoir. Use a small brush or soft cloth to wipe the inside out. Rinse it off and dry it off. Most reservoirs have an ultrasonic chip that needs to be wiped off with alcohol occasionally too. Let it completely air dry before using again.

How much essential oils do I add to the diffuser?

Most diffusers hold 100 ml of water, but there are larger varieties that hold 200 to 500 ml of liquid. As a general rule, you only want to put between three and ten drops of EOs per 100 ml of water. Remember oils are highly concentrated and you want to guard against using too much. Start with a little and add more according to your preference. You’ll also want to take the size of the room into consideration with larger rooms needing more oils. Most of the diffuser recipes are going to call for five to ten drops max even if you’re blending several oils. 

How long should I run the diffuser?

The length of time you should run the diffuser may vary depending on the type you have. Most of them have settings designed to help you get the most out of a session. Most of them are designed to shut off after a predetermined set of time. Usually, they can be set to run for an hour, two or three. More expensive models have an interval feature. This feature diffuses in 30-second intervals. Recent research has shown that diffusing oils is most effective from 30 to 45 minutes, then it decreases. Your body may actually stop responding to the essential oils therapeutic values after this amount of time.

Which oils are best to add to the diffuser?

Each of the oils has its own unique set of benefits, so you’ll want to choose oils to diffuse based on the desired effect you want to achieve. There are some all-around good oils that you will likely see on nearly every list. You can also create recipes with oils to address specific needs you have. Here are our top five EOs we just can’t live without.

  1. Lavender Essential Oil. You will probably see this oil a lot as it’s good for nearly everything. It can help you relax, calm you down, as well as ease anxiety and restlessness.
  2. Peppermint Essential Oil. Here’s another EO that makes most lists. Diffuse it if you need to improve your concentration and focus, it offers respiratory support, relieves mental fatigue and can be beneficial for battling seasonal allergies and headaches.
  3. Lemon Essential Oil. If you want to feel super energized or need uplifting, lemon EO is the diffuser choice for you. It also purifies the air and is good for detox.
  4. Frankincense Essential Oil. If you need to find a new balance, uplift your spirit, or raise your spiritual awareness, frankincense EO is a good choice.
  5. Grapefruit Essential Oil. Want to reduce your food cravings and find balance? Try grapefruit EO. It can also enhance your mood, relieve stress, anxiety, and tension and it’s very uplifting.


Where do I start?

Armed with this useful information you still may feel a bit overwhelmed. First, order a diffuser and start with just an oil or two. If you deal with anxiety a lot, start with lavender or grapefruit essential oil. If you are looking to become more balanced, begin with frankincense. Do you want to focus better? Try diffusing peppermint. Knowing how much essential oils to add to the diffuser and which oil you want to start with is all you need to know to take a step toward better moods and a healthier life.

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