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When you buy an oil diffuser you want to know how long it lasts and if you can leave it on all night. Another common question is how long should essential oils be diffused? To answer this and other questions related to the duration of diffusing, we have prepared this article.

It is very important to know the correct time to diffuse your oils. By doing so you will avoid making common mistakes that will keep you from being able to enjoy the proper benefits of essential oils. Aromatherapy is very effective in relaxing and helping you to breathe better. But you can only achieve this by using the diffuser correctly.

Recommended time to diffuse essential oils?

There is no right or wrong answer to this question. That is to say, there is no standard, regulatory time that you must comply with. What there is is expert advice on how long to diffuse essential oils for best results.

That time ranges from 15 to 20 minutes. It is considered sufficient to diffuse oils during this time for a room to be impregnated with the micro-particles of the oils. With this you will have an air with good aroma and best of all, healthy. Do it by periods, that is, diffuse 15 minutes every 30 minutes.

It is also recommended that you use about 5 drops per 100 ml of water in a diffuser. In case you use a nebulizer the recommended amount is 10 to 15 drops of essential oil. If you are not sure, it is best to follow the recommendations of the device. In the same way, you can make your own combinations and arrive at your ideal mixture.

On the other hand, you should take into account the duration of the essential oils in the air. Stronger fragrances like mint or eucalyptus evaporate in a couple of hours. Other fragrances, like chamomile, last about 4 hours in the air and ginger can last 5 hours or more.

So, to know how long you should diffuse essential oils you should take into account the fragrance and the size of the room. You can use the timer on the diffuser, which gives you better control. Use the automatic shut-off, so you don’t forget to do it.

Can I leave my diffuser on all night?

There are diffusers that can work up to 10 hours. If the one you have works that long of course you can leave it on all night. Now that you can do that, it doesn’t mean it’s recommended.

We already know that there are essential oils like lavender that help you sleep. But it’s not entirely beneficial to use it all night. As a recommendation it is better to use those fragrances before you go to bed. Use them in the afternoon until night, and they will help you get a good night’s sleep. But why not use them while you sleep?

Simple, when you sleep your brain largely stops perceiving stimuli from the outside world. So receiving the benefits of essential oil molecules is not a priority for it. Therefore, you will not be able to receive the desired benefit.

The answer to can I leave my diffuser on all night? It is yes, but it is not recommended. Always use it before sleeping and receive all the benefits of aromatherapy, you sleep better and you don’t wear out your diffuser.

Why can’t I smell my essential oil diffuser?

Another very recurrent question regarding diffusers is how long the smell lasts in the air. Many people do not manage to smell the aroma of their essential oils after a few minutes of diffusing them. This can be due to several factors.

One may be that there was not much oil in your diffuser and the mixture used was not very strong. Those two things together cause the aroma to last very little in the air. It can also be due to the amount of oil used. If you use light fragrances and mix just a few drops, this will happen to you.

The second reason you can’t smell your essential oil diffuser is because you use a very small one for a large room. Also, if the room or room where the diffuser is located is outdoors, the aroma will last less there. That’s why it’s important to know where to place the diffuser and that it’s appropriate to the size of the room.

Take care of those reasons and you will be able to enjoy smells for much longer. The duration of the diffusers will depend only on the use you give them. Although it is estimated that its lifetime is about 4 thousand hours.

A Young Living Essential Oil diffuser is a device that allows you to combine water with a minimal amount of  YL essential oils, for the purpose of dispersing a mist into the air, offering many aromatherapy benefits.

To learn more about essential oils, visit our essential oil uses and benefits page with over 100 different ways you can use essential oils to maintain a healthy lifestyle.