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Essential Oil Diffuser – For a Healthy Family Home

Firstly I have to apologise for the gap in my posts. We’ve had a sickly household this 10 days and looking after a poorly toddler whilst 7 months pregnant and living on a building site is hard work! My little saving grace this week has been my essential oil diffuser, gently trickling away in the one decent room in the house whilst we lounge around coughing, sniffling and generally feeling sorry for ourselves!  Now that I’m feeling better, I’m here to tell you a little more about the benefits of using essential oil diffusers for aromatherapy purposes,  and why I think every family home should have one.


Does Aromatherapy Work?

Many people think of aromatherapy as being a bit “hippy”, since it is a type of alternative medicine. There are also people who think that it cannot possibly work, since you are only taking in the essential oils by inhaling or absorbing through the skin. I’ll admit, I was probably one of these people until I became an independent consultant for Neal’s Yard Remedies Organic, and started to use a diffuser and essential oils in our every day lives.

There is increasing scientific evidence to support the benefits of aromatherapy. In particular, there are many studies to confirm that aromatherapy has a positive impact on moods and emotions. This is probably because sense of smell is the closest linked to your memory and emotions, so by inhaling essential oils you are likely to feel the effects of a particular memory or emotion that your brain has linked to that smell. The olfactory system within your brain actually has direct pathways to the limbic system, which retrieves your memories and controls emotion, so it all makes perfect sense really.

Certain essential oils can also be applied topically to the skin, for example to act as an antiseptic or anti-inflammatory, and these essential oils have been found to cure certain diseases by inhibiting the growth of bacteria and fungi. However, I’m focussing here on the inhalation of essential oils by using a diffuser.


What is an Essential Oil Diffuser?

Essential oil diffusers are humidifiers that you can add essential oils to. The essential oils along with a mixture of water vapour will then be diffused into the air around it, making them a great way to release the essential oils into a room.

When many people think of essential oils, they think of traditional oil “burners”, whereby you sit the drops of oil in some water on a special holder above a candle. The heat from the candle then evaporates the water and oil to transfer the aroma into the room.

The benefit of using a diffuser rather than a burner, is that because no heat is applied to the oil, you don’t degrade the oil in any way. All that the diffuser is doing is diluting the essential oil with some water, ready for you to inhale it from the surrounding environment.


What are the Benefits of Diffusing Essential Oils?

Using a diffuser to release your essential oils into your environment means that the oils are inhaled in their purest form, since they have not been heated. The water vapour that is used to diffuse the oil also acts as a humidifier, so during those cold, winter months when using your central heating, you can really feel the benefit of adding a touch of moisture to your air.

Sufferers of asthma have found that breathing in humidified air can help them to breathe more easily, especially if they are suffering from a respiratory infection such as a cold. In our household, the main time we really make use of the diffuser is when we are ill. A few drops of lemon oil with it’s antiseptic properties can help to boost your immunity. Mixed with a few drops of eucalyptus and you have your very own home-made cold and flu vapouriser remedy.

We also frequently diffuse a blend of peppermint and lemon to clear the air after cooking a particularly fragrant meal such as curry or garlic bread.

Finally, as I already mentioned above, aromatherapy can have a huge impact on your mood. I like nothing more than to come home from a stressful day at work, add a few drops of Neal’s Yard Remedies Women’s Balance blend of essential oils, and diffuse for the evening. The geranium and rose help to calm hormones, and begin to relax me ready for bedtime.


My Favourite Essential Oil Diffusers

1. Lumie Bodyclock Iris 500 (RRP £160.00)

The Lumie is the ultimate diffuser, in fact it’s much more than just a diffuser.  The Lumie has been used by the NHS to treat Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) since it also acts a natural sunrise / sunset alarm clock. It comes jam packed with all of the following features:Lumie Iris 500 Diffuser

  • Two aromatherapy water chambers so you can diffuse a different essential oil at wake-up to what you choose to diffuse at bedtime. I recommend something with lavender and chamomile at bedtime, and something citrusy for your morning wake-up.
  • Choice of continuous or intermittent diffusion
  • 7 day programming
  • Sunrise light up alarm clock with snooze feature
  • Dimming bedtime wind down light
  • Nightlight
  • Remote control

I’m an independent consultant for Neal’s Yard Remedies and can offer you £25 worth of free essential oils if you contact me and order the Lumie directly. Please email caroline@babyandtoddlergadgets.com for further info. Alternatively, there is always a good price for the Lumie on Amazon.com.

2. Zen Soto Aroma Diffuser (RRP £50.00)

If you’re looking for a no fuss, stylishly designed and compact diffuser, look no further than the Soto. This is our diffuser of choice at home as it’s so easy to use and as it takes up hardly any space and is easy to move around, it can be your one diffuser for around the home. Features of the Soto:Zen Soto Diffuser

  • One button operation – on (cycling colour changing light) -> on (static coloured light) -> on (nightlight) -> off
  • Auto shut-off when water tank is empty
  • Low energy consumption (12W)
  • Quiet and soothing dripping water droplet noise

Again, a great price can often be found on Amazon.com, but if you live in the UK and you’re interested in finding out how you can get the diffuser plus other fantastic Neal’s Yard Remedies products for free, please email me at caroline@babyandtoddlergadgets.com.

3. Zen Niko Aroma Diffuser (RRP £40.00)

Finally, a travel sized diffuser!!! I’ve been making my own essential oil air fresheners for my car for over a year now, but this diffuser (which I’ve just ordered for myself!) has solved this problem for me. It’s been built to be the perfect size for a cup holder, and comes with a car power adapter as well as a standard plus adapter, so you can use it when you’re on the move. Calm down your road rage by diffusing some balancing geranium oil whilst on the move. Features of the Niko:Zen Niko Diffuser

  • Auto shut-off when water tank is empty
  • Travel sized (diameter 67.5mm x height 151.5mm)
  • Male friendly, sleek, black design
  • Car power adapter and standard plug adapter included

Another one that can be yours for free, contact me at caroline@babyandtoddlergadgets.com to find out how.



I’m now a firm believer in the benefits of diffusing essential oils around the home. I would love to hear your thoughts on whether you think it’s all a hype or whether you’ve seen any specific improvements in the health of your household since using essential oils. Also, let me know your favourite diffusers, I’m always open to finding out about new products!

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6 responses to “Essential Oil Diffuser – For a Healthy Family Home

  1. Heather Montgomery

    These are all super cool diffusers! I didn’t know that about smell being linked to memories, but I do remember a particularly strong smell from my childhood that I associate a memory with so it really does make sense!

    I love the fact that the first diffuser is like an alarm clock and has the little digital clock and everything. How smart of them to incorporate two chambers like that. I wish I could have thought of that!

    The portable one is just what I need! My car smells to high heaven after my lovely fiance spilled half an order of buffalo wings in the seat (and floorboard and down the side of my passenger door… -sigh-)

    I wish I lived in the UK so I could take you up on your offer!

    1. Caroline Post author

      Hi Heather,

      Buffalo wings sauce… eurgh! I am loving my portable diffuser, I’ve only been using it for a few weeks but I definitely think my rush hour road rage has calmed down a little, so the roads are probably safer 🙂

      The Lumie is really the Rolls Royce of diffusers, I still don’t own one as my hubby goes mad about my essential oil usage already, but as soon as one of my other diffusers breaks, I’ll be sure to upgrade!


  2. Cerulean

    I recall the first time I went for a meditation meetup. That was the first time I was exposed to aromatherapy too.

    It was quite surreal how the music and smells blended together to create an experience that was, suffice to say, amazing.

    These oil diffusers look like a great bargain and I’d certainly remember this site if I ever feel that need to get one for my own home!

    1. Caroline Post author

      Hi there,

      Yes aromatherapy + meditation go hand in hand, with the correct blend of oils you will find it much easier to relax the mind and body. Every person is different as to which oils are the best for them, so it can take some time to figure this out.

      Buying a diffuser for your own home may seem fairly extravagant, which is why I always suggest to people to host one of my Neal’s Yard Remedies parties, as there is the chance to earn the diffusers for free or half price, no need to feel guilty about buying a non-essential item then 😉


  3. Rina

    Sorry to hear your child is sick! I love essential oils and I know how much it can help when you are sick. Currently I have a small diffuser and I have been looking to upgrade to a better, big one. I am so glad I found this post! Personally I like how the Zen Soto Diffuser looks the best. And it is great that it is not too expensive. I am going to look into this! May I ask what you think the best essential oil blend is when having a cold? Thank You

    1. Caroline Post author

      Hi Rina,

      Well we’ve been sick again, but I’m feeling better today and have the diffuser blasting away to get the smell of illness out of the house!

      When you have a cold I would recommend a blend of lemon, peppermint and eucalyptus. All of these oils have cleansing and antiseptic properties, and the peppermint and eucalyptus will have a menthol effect on your airways. The lemon will also help to lighten your mood, which can be much needed when you’re ill! Hope that helps 🙂

      Caroline x


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