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How and Why to Use an Essential Oils Nebulizer

Essential oils carry many health benefits along with their amazing scent. With the use of an essential oil nebulizer you can receive the many health benefits as well as share them throughout your home with ease. A nebulizer will allow you to disperse your chosen natural fragrance throughout your home in an effort to create your desired atmosphere.

Need help concentrating on your work? Try adding the light scent of rosemary to your home encouraging your kids to focus on their homework. Or try incorporating lavender throughout your home at nighttime to promote a calm and relaxing atmosphere - perfect for after work.

Using essential oils into your daily routine is an easy and safe way to enrich your life holistically. When using a nebulizer you will find this becomes even easier as it takes less than a minute to set up many hours of benefits.

Top Nebulizer of 2017

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What is an Essential Oil Nebulizer?

An essential oil nebulizer atomizes essential oils that you put into it and disperses the fragrance of those oils into the air. No water or heat is used in this process causing nebulizers to deliver a much more concentrated scent. Nebulizers cover a much larger square footage than diffusers as the strong scent fills your home. With a short and potent running time, nebulizers become a much better option for those with open floor plans.

Essential oils for nebulizers

These devices are a great way to rid your home of unpleasant odors and germs. This is why nebulizers are heavily used by people hoping to disinfect the air in their home during cold and flu season. They typically come in a variety of different materials including porcelain, glass, plastic and wood.

Coming in a variety of different styles, shapes, colors you will have no issues finding a nebulizer that perfectly accents your individual style.

How Does it Work?

The nebulizer is composed of a few different pieces that start with the pump and end with the nebulizer or nebulizer cap.

Here’s a little overview of how a nebulizer works:
  • The air pump draws open air from the room that it is in, in your house
  • It pushes that condensed air through the the pump tube
  • That air is then pressed into the nozzle tube, which is made to control the direction that the oils are dispersed into the air
  • Air then blasts across the nozzle tube, which creates a vacuum
  • The vacuum then pulls up the oil from the unit’s lower feeding tube
  • Then, air blows across the surface of the feeding tube and pushes the contents toward the top of the main reservoir
  • The oil goes on to hit the inside glass of the top of the nebulizer
  • The oils will then be ejected from the small spray nozzle at the top of the nebulizer

We recommend sticking to the nebulizers that are not made of wood. If you can, get a glass nebulizer because it has one of the lowest flammability ratings, and since heating is part of the process, this will limit the risk of fire.

What Are the Health Benefits of an Essential Oil Nebulizer?

There is a lot to be said to the health benefits of incorporating essential oils in your life. A great alternative to many mainstream medications, essential oils can do everything from help kickstart your brain to combating insomnia. It has even been found that some essential oils have natural anti-depressant, anti-anxiety and even anti-inflammatory properties in them making their healing effects nearly endless.

These miracle workers have many benefits but using them through a nebulizer has three key benefits:

Woman relaxing with lavender
1) Stress Reduction and Relaxation

Using essential oils is an excellent, affordable and natural way to relax when you are at home. Stress is the source of many health problems that range from a weakened immune system, chronic aches and pain, and heart disease. Using essential oils with an oil nebulizer is a safe and natural way to create a pleasant, relaxing environment in your home.

2) Cleaning the Air

This is a great way to not just mask your air, but clean it as well. When using an essential oil nebulizer you can eliminate fungi, odors, bacteria, and viruses in your home. Essential oils have been shown to have the profound effect of targeting and eliminating surface and airborne fungi, bacteria, and viruses. This can be extremely helpful for anyone who has mold allergies or a family trying to combat the flu.

3) Clearing your Sinuses and Airways

Using essential oils in your nebulizer is also an excellent way to open up your airway and clear your sinuses. Using strong scented essential oils with a nebulizer is particularly helpful with seasonal allergies or general congestion. Inhaling the pleasant and refreshing scents of pine, peppermint, eucalyptus, and tea tree oil is sure to clear your nasal passages in no time.

How Does it Differ from Other Essential Oil Dispersion Methods?

An ultrasonic diffuser uses water to propel the essential oils into the air. This water combines with your essential oil to deliver a fragrant light mist into the air. This often carries an added benefit of being able to be used as a humidifier as well. This diffusion method operates using a significant amount of water and thus reduces the potency and effective radius of this diffuser.

Candle diffusers have become one of the most popular diffusion methods of essential oils in recent years. The most prominent downside of using a candle diffuser is that you run the risk of causing a fire due to the open flame. It is also important to note that when burning essential oils you drastically reduce the health properties of the oil. While this is an effective and affordable way of filling your home with an attractive scent, it is not ideal when hoping to obtain the health benefits of essential oils.

Why a Nebulizer Is So Effective

The biggest benefit of using a nebulizer is that it runs using a concentration of essential oil rather than a diluted solution of oil and water. This maximizes your health benefits and also reduces the runtime of the product. A larger square footage will fill with your chosen scent in much less time when using this concentrated method.

A nebulizer is the only diffusion method that works without the use of heat This allows them to deliver the most pure and effective substance.

While nebulizers typically run more expensive for both initial cost as well as use more essential oils and thus long term costs are higher, the benefits are so great it is well worth the cost. Nebulizers only use pure oils which deliver the maximum effectiveness when it comes to serving as an antiviral, anti-fungal, or antibacterial agent. That also makes the oils stronger for reducing nasal and airway congestion, along with shutting down air and surface bacteria, viruses, and allergens.

Recommended Nebulizers

There are many nebulizers on the market today so sifting through them is a bit of a chore, particularly if you're new to using these devices. To help with this, we've rounded up some of our favorites and summarized their pros and cons below. 

Nebulizing Pure Essential Oil Aromatherapy Diffuser by Organic Aromas

Weight: 1.3 lbs
Materials: Sustainable plantation hardwood and hand-blown glass
Features: One year warranty, covers up to 800 sq ft, whisper quiet, touch sensor allows you to turn it on/off with a swipe of your finger

This nebulizer is great for meditation rooms, while bathing, or for professional uses like practicing yoga. It boasts a unique design that is mesmerizing and relaxing. This nebulizer is whisper quiet as it operates. A gentle LED light illuminates this nebulizer and a power switch that operates with the swipe of a finger allows you to control it with ease.

This concentrated diffusion method will fill roughly 800 square feet of your home with the pleasant aroma of your favorite essential oil. This nebulizer works in a unique cycle of two minutes off, one minute off for two hours. After this, the nebulizer will shut off. This is the result of extensive research that determined this is the best method of delivery to produce the optimal concentration throughout your home.

Raindrop 2.0 Nebulizing Essential Oil Diffuser by Organic Aromas

Weight: 1.3 lbs
Materials: Solid plantation hardwood and hand blown glass
Features: Timed cycle, auto shut off, whisper quiet noise

This attractive nebulizer has an 800 sq ft range. Delivering an incredibly potent scent with an automatic shut off valve, we recommend using this nebulizer in an area with open square footage. You are given a one year parts and service warranty which guarantees you will love your nebulizer.

A whisper quiet noise makes this nebulizer an excellent option for yoga or meditation practices. Its automatic cycle with self shut off makes it so that you can safely use this nebulizer throughout the night to deliver a calm scent to your home.

Aromis Wood and Glass Aromatherapy Diffuser

Weight: 11.2 oz
Materials: All natural wood and glass
Features: Adjustable intensity, covers up to 900 sq ft of space, timer function, auto shut off

This is a very classic looking diffuser spreads the essential oil in a nebulizer fashion, using only air pressure. It is constructed of wood and glass so that no plastics come into contact with your essential oils. It's relatively powerful, covering up to 900 square feet of indoor space, which is quite a lot and probably more than most people require.

Other features include a timer function that allows it to operate for ten minutes on and ten minutes off. It also has an auto shut off function that will disable the diffuser after 4 hours of use, saving precious essential oil if you happen to forget about it. 

Thera Lux Nebulizer by Edens Garden

Weight: 8 oz
Materials: Plastic
Features: Fits most bottles, customizable settings, long lasting

This is a great option for those who regularly use their nebulizer or for those who prefer to keep theirs on for long periods of time. If you're already one of the many customers of Eden's Garden essential oils, this unit may be a no-brainer for you. Skip the pouring of your essential oil with this system. It allows you to simply attach your 5 or 10 ml bottle of essential oils to your machine and program. This is great for those who like to change scents often as you will not need to clean your machine between scents.

This nebulizing machine produces a non-diluted, pure essential oil scent to your home. Four timers with 16 interval settings allows you to completely personalize your experience. Compatible with most brands of essential oils, this nebulizer will have you enjoying the therapeutic properties of your favorite scent with ease.

Final Thoughts

When incorporating the natural health benefits of essential oils into your everyday life, the use of a nebulizer is among the safest and most effective ways of doing so. Many mainstream air fresheners have harmful chemicals that produce the scent. These chemicals aren't healthy to inhale, especially for prolonged periods of time.

Delivering the purest form of oils, nebulizers work without the use of water or heat as to not dilute the many positive effects of these natural healers. A nebulizer is a great way to increase your quality of life by achieving the near endless health benefits of essential oils.

Have you ever tried using a nebulizer to distribute your essential oil? Let us know how you liked it in the comment section below.

About the author

Myles Nystrom

This adventure-seeking Canadian spends his time traveling the world full-time. A trip through Europe gave him a desire to experience the world. His Volkswagen van allows him to go anywhere its wheels will take him. Currently adventuring through North America he is always tethered to the internet which allows him to write from anywhere. His passion for writing sparked his need to document his trip which can be seen on www.gurtthewesty.com.

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