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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at SFU chapter.

Despite my total lack of knowledge on when essential oils diffusers were actually invented, I’m pretty sure it’s been a minute. Even though some people might consider them the ultimate trademark of the millennial HomeSense-hunter-gatherer, diffusers are actually not as boring as they sound… you might be surprised to know that they can be extremely beneficial and not give your room nursing-home vibes! 

Here are some easy ways to make the most out of your essential oils diffuser.

Use it as a noise machine

Before going to bed, add some water and a few drops of lavender, sage or rose essential oil and leave it on until it runs out of water (a few hours, depending on which setting you pick). The subtle noise your diffuser makes (unless you bought it off of one of Craigslist’s ‘for free’ ads) combined with the sleepy and calming scent of essential oils such as lavender will skyrocket you to dreamland in no time!

Use it with tea tree oil to purify your room

Even though tea tree oil does have a rather strong scent, adding a drop or two (more and you’ll probably pass out) is likely to get rid of any smells in your room, ‘cause let’s face it…we’ve all woken up to the ferocious post-random-nightly-hot-flash odour stuck to our poor nostrils!

Use it as a lamp

Most essential oil diffusers have a light setting… even if the light is very subtle, it can still decorate your bedroom or kitchen and zhuzh up your environment! 

Use it to relax

(aromatherapy anyone?) Even though the idea of being completely and utterly relaxed feels like the distant but somewhat realistic prospect of growing potatoes on Mars, we all need some time to let go and relax. I love using peppermint oil combined with eucalyptus or sweet orange to wind down after a long day. 

Ally is majoring in Linguistics and minoring in International Studies. She loves to do yoga, pilates and take long walks down the beach. When she’s not studying, she’s probably baking a chocolate cake!