People who love essential oils sometimes make mistakes when spreading them. One of the most common is the frequency with which they diffuse their essential oils. If you’re here, it’s because you don’t want to make that mistake. Well, today we are going to solve the question of the frequency of use of diffusers.

To begin with, you should know that the therapeutic effects of essential oils only need 30 minutes to permeate a room. In that sense, the ideal frequency with which you should diffuse oils in a place is 3 times a day for 30 minutes.

This is the recommended time, and you might ask yourself, if the oils are healthy, why only diffuse them for 30 minutes? Well, actually that’s the recommended time, you can take it up to an hour. Because remember that despite their goodness if you expose yourself to something for a long time it will end up being risky for your health.

So, if you are one of those who has an essential oil diffuser in every corner of your house, you know the right times to diffuse it. Another important thing is that you don’t use the diffusers all night. It is true that essential oils help you get a better rest, but it is better to use them 30 minutes before going to bed.

What are the risks of long term exposure to essential oils?

How long you should diffuse essential oils is already clear. However, if you don’t follow the recommendations, you can take health risks by overexposing yourself. Remember that essential oils are highly concentrated products.

The main risk here is irritation to the nostrils, which will be uncomfortable for you. Not to mention that due to prolonged exposure your nose will no longer be able to perceive the rich aromas of your oils.

Studies in Taiwan confirmed that exposure to essential oils for 15 minutes to an hour resulted in a relaxation of the test subjects. However, people who stayed longer experienced an increase in blood pressure and heart rate.

For this reason, you should not be exposed to more than one hour of essential oil diffusion. Put your best blends on and diffuse them about 3 times a day for periods of 30-60 minutes. You will receive the therapeutic benefits without any risk.

Keep in mind that the purpose of diffusing oils is for relaxation, health and rich aroma. Do not make common mistakes by spreading more time than you should.

Is it safe to sleep with an essential oil diffuser?

The answer to this question should be clear to you by now. But let’s tackle it and give you some arguments. We know that essential oils are used for sleep, even to combat insomnia. All that is very true, the problem is to know how to diffuse your oils to have those benefits.

Don’t use your diffuser all night, that doesn’t help your rest at all. The brain is unable to detect odors when you sleep, so when you are asleep you do not receive any therapeutic benefits from your essential oils.

The correct way to use them is to diffuse them in your room for about 30 minutes before you go to sleep. That way your body receives the micro-particles that help it relax and get a truly restful sleep.

Tips for diffusing essential oils

Using an oil diffuser is very simple these days. There are diffusers that come with on and off settings, giving you the opportunity to schedule a proper diffusion session.

A first option is to diffuse oils for 10 to 15 minutes, that time is ideal for small places. It can be your office or during a bath. This is enough time to have the ideal aroma and the necessary benefits.

For larger places like a living room or a bedroom, sessions between 30 and 60 minutes are recommended. It is important not to exceed that time so that olfactory fatigue is not generated. Then after a while you can re-diffuse essential oils in your space for the same amount of time.

That way you will enjoy its smell more, and most importantly you will not miss any of its therapeutic properties.

Taking care of your health is important, one way to take care of it is by properly diffusing your essential oils. Take into account the places and their dimension, the aromas you are going to spread and the benefits you want to achieve. Following our recommendations you will have all the good things about the oils.

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.