In what situations should wet, dry or slow diffusion be used?

by Liliana Santos

Diffusions are techniques used in aromatherapy to spread essential oils into the air to inhale or set the mood.

Diffusions can be classified into wet, dry or slow diffusions, depending on the technique used to disperse the essential oil.

The choice of diffusion to be used will depend on the therapeutic objective and the environment in which it will be used. Below are some general guidelines for each type of broadcast:

  • Wet Diffusion : This technique uses water to disperse the essential oil into the air, creating a fine mist. It is useful for hydrating the environment and can be beneficial for the respiratory system, especially in dry climates or during flu season. It can also be used to help improve mood or reduce stress. It is important to use a diffuser that is safe for water and essential oil use such as ultrasonic diffusers.

  • Dry Diffusion : This technique uses air to disperse the essential oil into the environment. It can be used to aromatize the environment or for therapeutic purposes such as relieving headaches, improving focus or increasing energy. It is important to select a diffuser that is suitable for dry diffusion, such as nebulizers , as not all diffusers can be used for this purpose.

  • Slow Diffusion: This technique involves using a heat source to slowly evaporate the essential oil. It is especially useful for promoting a relaxing and calming environment and may be useful for improving sleep or reducing anxiety. It is important to use a gentle heat diffuser specifically for this technique to ensure the essential oil is heated safely and effectively.

In summary, the choice of diffusion will depend on the desired therapeutic objective and the environment in which it will be used. It is important to select the correct diffuser to ensure safe and effective use of essential oils.