3 Reasons Why Your Room Diffuser Isn’t Giving You What You Need

room diffuser Isn't Giving You What You Need

There are many ways in which people use aromatherapy. A few of the more popular methods are direct inhalation, topical application, and diffusion.

You’ve probably seen many varieties of room diffusers on the market, and there are many companies that sell bottled essential oils. This has become a very popular aromatherapy practice recently, but did you know it is not actually the most effective? Alternatively, try using a personal, portable diffuser like ForestHappy, or Healthy MONQ. When using MONQ, breathe gently into the mouth and out through the nose without inhaling MONQ into the lungs.


There are three main disadvantages to diffusing essential oils throughout a room that could be limiting the benefits you get from aromatherapy. The first of these is due to the simple principle of dilution. The essential oils, when dropped into the water in a diffuser and spread throughout a large space, are extremely diluted. In addition, out of all the air in the room, you are only breathing in a small fraction. This means most of the (likely expensive) oil you drop into your diffuser is probably going to waste.


The second downside to diffusers is due to the way we breathe. In normal room air, we breathe into our lungs. However, there are no olfactory receptors (smelling cells) in our lungs. The essential oil molecules we are inhaling have to pass through our entire bloodstream before they can reach your brain. The brain is where the aromatherapy compounds actually have their effect, so wouldn’t you want them to get there as quickly as possible?

Sensory Adaptation

The third disadvantage to your room diffuser has to do with the evolution of the human physiology and something called sensory adaptation. Evolutionarily, it is much more important for organisms to be able to detect changes in their environment than it is for them to observe static states. For example, a movement in the tall grass could mean there is a lion about to run at you. This immediate threat is more important to detect than a lion resting peacefully a mile away.

People detect changes not only kinetically, but also in light brightness, sound volume, touch pressure, and fragrance intensity. After you have experienced a new stimulus, your senses adapt to that level of the stimulus and adjust to that new baseline. You may even stop noticing the stimulus unless it changes again. This is what happens when you go “nose blind” to a smell. With a room diffuser, essential oil vapors are released at a constant level for an extended period of time. Your body adjusts fairly quickly; your olfactory receptors essentially go “blind” to the aromatherapy molecules. This means you may stop getting their benefits after as little as a few minutes.

A Better Alternative: MONQ Diffusers

Are you questioning your use of a room diffuser yet? Don’t worry, they are still a reasonably effective aromatherapy tool, and are safer than other methods (like ingestion).

If you are, however, looking for a more efficient and effective way to use essential oils, MONQ® essential oil diffusers solve all of the above problems.

First, breathing from our diffusers allows you to get a high concentration of essential oil vapor so none of our ingredients go to waste. We take great pride in searching the globe for the best quality, sustainably grown organic and wildcrafted plant material available. Breathing directly from a diffuser makes sure that you get as much of our custom blended liquids as possible.

Second, when you use MONQ® diffusers correctly (a slow, gentle breath into the mouth and out through the nose, also known as retronasal olfaction), the essential oil vapor passes directly over the olfactory receptors at the bridge of your nose and this is a much more direct path to the brain.

Finally, with our diffusers, you do not go “nose blind”. Before you use a MONQ diffuser you are breathing regular air, and when you do use the diffuser, you experience a short-term increase in fragrance. What you may not notice right away is that your brain is also experiencing a short-term boost of vaporized essential oils and the effects thereof. After repeated short bursts, you will likely start to notice the positive impact MONQ Therapeutic Air® can have on your mood. This is a much more effective method of aromatherapy delivery than prolonged, passive exposure.

Want to learn more? Check out our 11 unique aromatherapy blends here.

Rachel Donovan

By Rachel Donovan

Rachel is a freelance writer who enjoys writing and researching interesting and new topics. As a California native, she can be found spending her time on the beach with a good book.

Favorite MONQ blend: Ocean

Show Comments Hide Comments

The above information relates to studies of specific individual essential oil ingredients, some of which are used in the essential oil blends for various MONQ diffusers. Please note, however, that while individual ingredients may have been shown to exhibit certain independent effects when used alone, the specific blends of ingredients contained in MONQ diffusers have not been tested. No specific claims are being made that use of any MONQ diffusers will lead to any of the effects discussed above.  Additionally, please note that MONQ diffusers have not been reviewed or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. MONQ diffusers are not intended to be used in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, prevention, or treatment of any disease or medical condition. If you have a health condition or concern, please consult a physician or your alternative health care provider prior to using MONQ diffusers. MONQ blends should not be inhaled into the lungs.

Jul 28, 2020MONQ


Today’s the day: it’s MONQ’s sixth birthday! That means six years of bringing you portable, easy-to-use, and high-quality essential oil blends. This year, we’ve continued our mission of helping you feel the way you want® by bringing you the products you’ve loved for years and introducing products that have become new favorites.  As we begin […]

Read More

Jun 26, 2020CBD

MONQ Adds to New CBD Line with Relieve+ and Sleepy+ Original Diffusers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Emily McKinley Director of Content Development 844-ZEN-MONQ (844-936-6667) emckinley@monq.com MONQ adds to new CBD line with Relieve+ and Sleepy+ Original diffusers The leader and originator of the personal aromatherapy diffuser industry is expanding its new CBD line, offering Relieve+ and Sleepy+ Original diffusers Goodlettsville, Tenn. (June 26, 2020) – MONQ Aromatherapy […]

Read More

Sign Up and Breathe Better!

MONQ helps you choose the way you feel – and Feel the Way you want!


Thanks to your MONQ Ambassador,
you now have a 10% discount automatically added to your cart 🎉.

Auto-Ship is convenient and fast.