I love my oils and diffusers, but I must confess that I am not an avid in-home diffuser in the "traditional" sense - by which I mean the largely errant assumption I made of those who used them before I did. My errant first impression of EO users whom I knew - before I explored them for myself - was that they had found a natural, less hazardous option to those yummy, smelly candles that everyone seems to love. I love candles, but after having three little ones running around the house for so many years I gave up on the idea of ever being one of those women... my boys were too rambunctious for me to feel comfortable having aromatic candles lit in various rooms. When they grew past the age of impending hazard, I found that the strength of the chemical scents in the candles I used to love so much inevitably triggered horrible headaches!
Of course, now, I realize that there are so many health and lifestyle benefits to using essential oils! We have a diffuser by ever bedside in my house. Depending on the time of year, my favorite oils to diffuse depend on the seasonal "bugs" that linger in my & my sons' classrooms. So, nightly, we either run Thieves, RC, or an equal parts blend of Lemon, Lavender & Peppermint. If I am particularly stressed by work or life scenarios, then I will diffuse Cedarwood, Sacred Mountain, Aroma Life, Hope or Forgiveness while I sleep.
Additionally, because I never developed the habit of becoming a daily candle-burner when the boys were little, it rarely occurs to me to diffuse oils throughout the house "just because"! Therefore, throughout the year I typically diffuse during the day time for one of two reasons:
1) The house is a little stale from the 4 boys/men, two birds and dog that live here with me, OR
2) We are fighting off a particular season of illness.
Now that we have been using essential oils for nearly 2 years and have built the collection of diffusers in each room / for each bedside, I am getting a little creative with my stock of oils, and I'm so excited to experiment with this fall and its holiday seasons!