How to Diffuse Essential Oil With or Without a Diffuser

What is more soothing than walking into a room and you’re welcomed by a cozy aroma of essential oil? Essential oils are usually organic and provide a safer alternative to scented candles, which in some instances, can be hazardous to our health. These oils smell incredible and offer an array of therapeutic benefits. 

Nila’s informative blog is here to help! Keep reading to find out more about how to diffuse essential oil to ‘freshen up’ a room.

What is 'Diffuse' Anyway? 

To diffuse means to pour apart and refers to the act of spreading something across an area. When it comes to diffusing essential oils, essential oil diffusers do just that – they spread out the concentrated oils into the air. 

Diffusers come in many shapes and sizes, and they all get the job done. The two common types of diffusers that may be used to infuse the air with the aromatic molecules of the essential oil blends.

Reed Diffusers

These feature a glass essential oil bottle with a narrow neck into which some reeds or sticks are inserted, and part of them are left sticking out of the bottle. Inside the bottle is the liquid made from an essential oil and a base solution mixed together. The reed diffuser keeps releasing the scent throughout the lifespan of the liquid in the bottle. These diffusers don’t require any heat, fan, or electricity, which makes them very low maintenance. 

What is a Reed Diffuser? - LAFCO New York
Reed diffusers. Source: Lafco

Nebulizing Diffusers 

These diffusers are powered by electricity and work by using pressurized air to diffuse a mist with the essential oil aroma. The oil is diffused in its purest form since no dilution is done. Most importantly, nebulizers allow you to control the intensity of the aroma being released.

Nebulizing diffusers. Source: Country Living
Nebulizing diffusers. Source: Country Living

How to Diffuse Essential Oil 

Diffusing essential oil may sound like an overly complex concept, but we promise you that it’s pretty simple. So, you need not worry if you don’t know how to diffuse essential oil. Here are the steps to follow when diffusing essential oil using an aromatherapy ultrasonic diffuser (which works with water and can also function as a humidifier):

  1. Identify the specific essential oil you want to use.
  2. Add about a cupful of water, usually to the fill line.
  3. Add about 5-10 drops of the oil, depending on the size of the room in which the diffuser is placed. If you’re using essential oil synergy blends, add 2-3 drops per oil. 
  4. Lastly, place the lid back and turn on the diffuser.

How to Diffuse Essential Oils Without a Diffuser 

You don’t need to have a diffuser in your house, office, or car to enjoy the benefits of essential oils. A lot of people don’t know if it’s possible to diffuse essential oil without an essential oil diffuser. 

What would you do if you found yourself in a situation where using a diffuser isn’t feasible or when you simply don’t have access to one? See below a list of methods that offer quick solutions to diffusing your favorite essential oil without a diffuser:

  1. Room Spray – Add 2 or 3 drops of the essential oil into a spray bottle and spritz the mixture into the air.
  2. Cotton Ball – Tap a few drops of the essential oil onto a cotton ball and leave it in the room you want to freshen.
  3. Tissue Paper Roll – Another simple way of leaving a space smelling fresh is adding a couple of drops of the essential oil on absorbent material like tissue on the cardboard tube inside a roll of toilet paper. Doing this leaves a whiff of deliciousness in the air.
  4. Topical Application – Dab a drop or two of the essential oil, preferably mixed with carrier oils, on your hands and wave them around to enjoy the therapeutic benefits of inhaling essential oils.

Benefits of Using Essential Oil Diffusers 

Now that we have an idea of what diffusing essential oils is and how to do it with or without a diffuser, let’s look at why the practice is beneficial. Here are some of the benefits of using essential oil diffusers:

I. Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy courses advocate for the use of essential oils to promote relaxation and treat symptoms of anxiety and depression. 

For centuries, and as part of aromatherapy, essential oil blends for sleep have been proven to stimulate the release of hormones that lead to peaceful and uninterrupted sleep patterns. 

II. Air Purification

The mist arising from using essential oil diffusers helps remove bacteria and other impurities from the air, thus purifying it. This ultimately creates a positive environment where your focus and concentration are at their optimum levels.

III. Humidification

Using essential oil diffusers adds moisture to the air which helps relieve dry skin and nasal passages. Essential oils for flu work faster and more effectively than oral remedies, especially if you have an inflammation in your respiratory tract. They go a long way in promoting clear breathing and improving overall respiratory health.

Diffusers You Can Get From Nila Singapore 

Here are some top-tier diffusers that you can purchase at Nila’s shop. We offer a wide range of diffusers that can work seamlessly with your space. 

1. Premium Diffuser

This premium diffuser has modern nebulizer technology, which means that it doesn’t require water to function. It allows the user to customize the desired diffusing period and intensity, adding to its convenience.

This diffuser comes in black and gold. If you wish, you can get the Premium Diffuser Set that comes with a 10ml anti-flu essential oil blend.

Key Benefits:

  • Rechargeable and portable.
  • Has a sleek minimalist design.
  • Boasts intelligence controls, automatically shutting off according to your timer setting. 
Nila Premium Diffuser - How to Diffuse Essential Oil - Nila.
Nila Premium Diffuser.

2. Aroma Pot Diffuser

This aromatherapy diffuser produces a cool, pure, and eco-friendly ultrasonic mist through vibration. The vibrations convert the essential oil molecules into a fine-scented mist without the use of heat and disperse them into the air.

Key Benefits:

  • Efficient and cost-saving.
  • Has an automatic safety shut-off feature.
  • Its stylish design compliments the aesthetics of any space.
Nila Aroma Pot Diffuser - How to Diffuse Essential Oil - Nila.
Nila Aroma Pot Diffuser.

3. Tulip Diffuser

This stylish and effective tulip diffuser will fill your home with a calming aroma. It uses the vibration of water molecules to disperse essential oils into the air while adding a touch of elegance to your home or office space with its dark wood appearance.

Key Benefits:

  • Works efficiently.
  • Automatically shuts off when water runs out.
  • It’s an elegant and functional home accessory.
Nila Tulip Diffuser - How to Diffuse Essential Oil - Nila.
Nila Tulip Diffuser.

4. USB Diffuser

If you’re looking for that one essential oil diffuser you can carry everywhere, then this is it! This little guy plugs into your USB outlets, making it easy to move from one place to another. This USB-powered diffuser is the perfect addition to a workspace, study desk, or bedside table. You can also bring it into your car to continue enjoying the benefits of essential oils no matter where you go.

Key Benefits:

  • Comes with 7 different colour lighting options.
  • Small and lightweight making it very portable.
  • Goes off automatically when the water runs out.
Nila USB Diffuser - How to Diffuse Essential Oil - Nila.
Nila USB Diffuser.

5. Scented Reed Diffuser

This all-natural scented reed diffuser is a popular home product that acts as a decor and aroma diffuser. The fresh aroma comprises bright, refreshing notes of citrus blended with a sweet floral scent. This blend is grounding and comforting. 

The diffuser may be used in bedrooms, bathrooms, offices, or any other areas you'd like to add a scented ambiance to.

Key Benefits:

  • Convenient and hassle-free to use
  • Features a minimalist reed diffuser design.
  • The uplifting scent lingers for a long time throughout the room.
Nila Scented Reed Diffuser - How to Diffuse Essential Oil - Nila.
Nila Scented Reed Diffuser.

6. Unscented Reed Diffuser

This colorless, unscented reed diffuser is a great base for mixing with your favourite essential oils to customize a unique scent for your home. It thins the concentrated oils, enabling them to flow up the reeds more easily, providing a bigger scent payoff.

Key Benefits:

  • Helps maintain a fresh environment.
  • Minimalist design that can blend with any type of theme.
  • Ideal for people who prefer experimenting with reed diffuser oils. 
Nila Unscented Reed Diffuser - How to Diffuse Essential Oil - Nila.
Nila Unscented Reed Diffuser.


And there you have it – hacks to diffuse essential oil with or without a diffuser and leave your house smelling wonderful. Find any of these 6 diffusers at our shop.

Or head to Nila to purchase any number of naturally formulated essential oils for your space.

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