Benefits of an essential oil diffuser | 9 reasons you should absolutely have one!

By Lace / November 22, 2017


Diffusing is bang on trend at the moment. Not that I’m one to follow the crowd, mind you. However, I’m totally on board this sweet-smelling bandwagon! The benefits of an essential oil diffuser are numerous –  from warding off sickness to a restful night sleep and repelling biting critters. Oh, did I mention they’re these scents are non-toxic and diffusers rather beautiful too? Oh yes, there are some really pretty diffusers out there. Big ones, small ones, travel ones, ones with built-in digital alarm clocks and all. Piqued your interest? Here are 9 reasons why you should absolutely have an essential oil diffuser (or two!) in your home.

#1 Ward off illness

Winter is coming. (Game of Thrones anyone?). Rather, winter is here so warding off illness seems an apt place to start. Although it’s not just winter that illness happens, it does seem like there’s more of it this time of the year. If you could do something to prevent it, would you? I’m not going to suggest you pop any paracetamol or stock up on brandy – although you could (stock up on brandy that is). I am suggesting you could benefit from a diffuser instead. Essential oils can be used to keep pathogens in check and keep sickness at bay. That’s a pretty good reason to have one in your home I’d say.


  • Lemon
  • Lavender
  • Lemongrass
  • Tea Tree / Melanuca
  • Eucalyptus
  • Organic Defense blend

These oils have antimicrobial, antibacterial, antiviral properties. Being pretty much anti-everything they’ll help you stay on top form all year round. Prevention is better than cure after all.

#2 Help relieve cold and flu

Cold and flu

Perhaps winter came and you’ve already been struck with a cold? Or worse, flu. Your diffuser is now your friend. Diffuse essential oils to help relieve symptoms of a cold from stuffy nose to coughs and sinus congestion. We’ve all been stuck with a cold recently and my two diffusers are helping us breathe easy.


  • Peppermint
  • Eucalyptus
  • Black Pepper
  • Lemon
  • Frankincense
  • Organic Defence Blend

These are my go-to oils for cold and flu situations. These will have you feeling human again in no time.

#3 Aphrodisiacs – Love your libido!


You’ve got wine, the lights dimmed.  Beeswax candles dance shadows on the walls and the sounds of Kenny G’s saxophone fills the room. The children are with grandma (I should be so lucky!) and you’re all set for a cosy night in with your significant other. Why not ramp things up with an olfactory aphrodisiac? Add another dimension with the soft glow of a diffuser and the scent of jasmine absolute for added sensuality. Satisfaction guaranteed!

Diffuse these for sensuality:

  • Jasmine Absolute
  • Rose
  • Ylang Ylang
  • Neroli
  • Patchouli

#4 Restful sleep

Restful sleep essential oils

Are you getting enough quality restful sleep? Chances are you’re not. Modern life is hectic and full of distractions. As a result, many of us do not get adequate sleep. Or perhaps you are settling down after reason #3… Ah, hem!

Sleep disturbances and sleep quality can be greatly improved by diffusing essential oils in your bedroom. Studies have shown that inhalation of lavender has positive effects on sleep.

Diffuse for a restful nights sleep:

  • Lavender
  • Bergamot
  • Vetiver
  • Night time blend

Most nights we diffuse a nighttime blend that contains lavender and we all sleep well. Alternatively, add a few drops to your pillow instead and drift away into a peaceful slumber. Perfect!

#5 Balance Hormones

Our endocrine systems are regularly exposed to endocrine disrupting chemicals. Creams, lotions, shampoos, home fragrance, plastic… Endocrine disruptors are seemingly everywhere. Reducing our exposure is key but what about balancing ourselves thereafter? That’s where, you guessed it, a diffuser comes in.

Balance hormones

Inhaling essential oils has the potential to balance our hormones naturally. A recent study found inhalation of Clary Sage could reduce cortisol (stress hormone) by 36% while improving thyroid hormone levels (TSH). It also has the ability to balance estrogen production. Ladies, it’s a natural remedy for cramping and other period-related problems. Clary sage is definitely one to add to your essential oil collection for diffusing.

Essential oils to diffuse:

  • Clary Sage – balances estrogen
  • Thyme – balances progesterone
  • Sandalwood – balances testosterone
  • Women’s Balance Blend

#6 Alleviate Depression and Anxiety

Free from depression

Depression and anxiety are common problems we all seem to suffer within varying degrees. Modern life doesn’t always serve us but the causes can be numerous. Don’t worry, there’s plenty we can do to help ourselves along without defaulting to synthetic drugs. One of these things is diffuse. There really is no end to the benefits of these devices it seems.

The inhalation of lavender and bergamot essential oils have been found to prevent stress, anxiety and depression. Women were found to suffer fewer incidences of postnatal depression when inhaling these essential oils regularly.

If you suffer from anxiety or depression diffusing is well worth trying with these essential oils:

  • Lavender
  • Chamomile
  • Bergamot
  • Ylang-ylang

#7 Beautiful (non-toxic) home fragrance

If you’ve read my post about air fresheners you’ll know why I’m not a fan. Rather than fill your home with toxic chemicals and dumb down your sense of smell in the process – diffuse essential oils. It’s better for your health and the environment. Plus you’ll never buy chemical home fragrance products again!

Home fragrance

Fresh clean scent with benefits. That’s a match made in a diffuser. Plus, you don’t get stuck with the same boring smell as in those over-excited automatic spray thingies. Use whatever scent suits your mood or needs at the time. Boredom will not be an option. Delight your nasal receptors every day with something that isn’t destroying them. Why not switch it up and create your own custom blends?

Festive season scents to diffuse:

  • Cinnamon
  • Clove
  • Sweet Orange
  • Pine
  • Nutmeg

#8 Repel Biting Critters

Insect repellent the natural way. After all, who wants to drown in the noxious vapours of DEET? Really? Not me, that’s for sure. Using essential oils instead has by far been the best non-toxic mosquito solution for me. I’m magnetic for those buggers but essential oils have kept me relatively bite free for years now.

Essential oils repel bugs

A few drops can deter mosquitoes and other tiny winged vampires. No one need ever suffocate in DEET again! Yay!

For bug protection diffuse:

  • Eucalyptus
  • Geranium
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Citronella
  • Peppermint

For additional protection dilute with a carrier oil and apply to pulse points on the skin. Slathering yourself and the children in homemade Geranium body butter is another great defence against biting bugs.

#9 Keep Cool

Diffuse to keep cool

In warmer weather (no chance of that in the UK this side of Christmas!) a diffuser can help keep you feeling cool. Add a few drops of peppermint or camphor. These oils have cooling effects on the skin. Perfect for hot days. What’s more is you’ll reduce the need to run the fan or a skin drying air conditioning unit. A diffuser will use less energy than either of the latter, saving you money on your energy bills. Happy days!

Summing It All Up

There you have it; 9 fantastic benefits to using an essential oil diffuser. Ward off sickness while adding scent to your home and balancing the old hormones it’s likely to save you bundles elsewhere. These handy little devices do it all. Personally, I have two at home but that’s likely to increase. Shh! Don’t tell hubby. If you are going invest just make sure you use quality essential oils for the best results. A diffuser can be used all year round come rain or shine! You and your home deserve one. So if you’re thinking about what to put on your wishlist this winter, pop a diffuser (or two) on it. Come to the dark side, we have diffusers.

If you already have a diffuser I’d love to hear how it’s benefiting you? If you’re new to diffusing essential oils and have a question or comment pop it below and I’ll get back to you.

Stay blessed.


About the author


Wife, mother and natural health and wellness enthusiast. When I'm not dabbling in natural stuff, I like to eat brie with onion chutney and mull over a good "coincidence" theory. Cooking up a nutritious storm, books with real pages and being barefoot are a few of my favourite things.

  • K says:

    I didn’t know that essential oils had the potential to balance hormones. I’ll have to check out Clary Sage.

  • Christina says:

    I love natural herbal remedies and really enjoyed reading this article and reading the comments. I have not used a diffuser yet myself and am very interested in trying it. I have done the candle method in the past looking for something a bit more concentrated.
    Have you used the bug blend? Wondering does it smell anywhere close to a bug repellent and would it deter spiders?

    • Lace says:

      Great to have another herbal enthusiast enjoying hanging out here, Christina.

      If you pop peppermint, citronella, lavender or cinnamon in your diffuser (once you get one, you’ll love it I’m sure) that’ll keep eight legged creatures away.

      Alternatively, make a blend. No blend of EOs should smell like bug repellant. But it will deter critters while delighting your senses.

      Hope that helps,


  • Stefanie says:

    Hi Lace, what a wonderful post. I absolutely love essential oils and it is simply mindblowing the amount of uses they have. I work in a herbal shop and I am surrounded by them every day. We always have an oil burning and they really do banish depression, anxiety and lift you up (well these are the ones we use for the shop). My personal favourite is Geranium. It’s gorgeous. The smell of heaven.

    • Lace says:

      Hey Stephanie,

      Geranium is beautiful isn’t it. Love that one too. Could I suggest a diffuser for your shop? That way you’ll experience enhanced benefit of the essential oils as they will be unchanged by heat. Where is your shop? Perhaps I’ll pop in one day!

  • Deborah says:

    This is the best and easiest to follow website on essential oils. We use diffusers at work, there is no better way to calm the spirit and invigorate the soul!

  • Motheo says:

    This is the first time I’m hearing about this and with such good benefits I am sure to get one myself

  • Colleen says:

    Lace I adore this post! My sister is really into essential oils and she keeps telling me I need to get an oil diffuser, I had no idea there were so many amazing benefits!
    I will definitely be putting an oil diffuser on my Santa list, are there any you would recommend that would ship to the UK and Ireland?

  • Cobus vdM says:

    Thanks for the great information you have shared.
    I never realized all the benefits that there is from using an essential oil diffuser. Amazing what the influence of smell is on our feelings and emotions.
    Thanks for sharing.

    • Lace says:

      You’re very welcome Cobus.

      It’s great to connect and share this with you. Essential oils are amazing indeed. Everyone should embrace them as part of their life.

      Bright blessings

  • Jennifer says:

    Hi:) Loved this post. I have a diffuser and most times you will find my filled with lavender. Thank you for listing so many other options that I now want to try. Ylang ylang is multipurpose since it can ward off depression and get things rolling in the bedroom as well. haha. I wrote all your suggestions down. Thanks again!

    • Lace says:

      Thank you Jennifer. It’s great to hear you’re diffusing. Lavender is so very powerful and versatile. One oil can serve many purposes like Ylang Ylang as you’ve noted. A meaningful intimate relationship will help keep depression at bay in any case!

      I’d love feedback on how you enjoy the other oil suggestions you’ve jotted down. Enjoy!

  • Penelope says:

    I’m right there with you about essential oils fitting into the preventative medicine camp, and in that sense, I can totally see why you’d recommend them on a frugality-themed blog. They can COMPLETELY change the tone and feel of a room, probably because our brains actually formed from an overabundance of olfactory (smell) cells. I use my diffuser every day!

    • Lace says:

      Absolutely Penelope! Essential oils are amazing and diffusing is a great way to reap the many benefits they have to offer.

      May your diffuser serve you well for a long time to come!

  • Alex says:

    Even though I am young, I value my health a lot. I am a vegetarian and exercise on a regular basis. Essential oils sound like an excellent addition to what I do to stay healthy. I just have one question though. For a beginner such as myself, what would you recommend? Thank you in advance and I hope you make it a great day!

    • Lace says:

      Health is wealth Alex, keep it up! Essential oils are a fantastic addition to your natural health cabinet.

      Are you wanting to combat anything in particular?

      For men, sandalwood is great. It balances testosterone. You could start with that. Or just go for scents you enjoy.

      Stay blessed,


  • CANDICE says:

    Great postidea. I love young living essential oils. I was introduced to them by my acupuncturist. The health benefits are well worth the price. I hate air freshener and cleaning chemicals too. Do you have your oil kit.?

  • brad says:

    Actually burning some bitter orange right now!
    I have been using a candle burner, but would rather have a diffuser for a cleaner aroma.
    Can you direct me to anyone who may be having a Black Friday sale on a great diffuser?

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