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How and Why to Use an Essential Oils Nebulizer

Written by Myles Nystrom and updated on December 7, 2016
Essential Oils Nebulizer

Essential oil diffusers are devices that disperse essential oils into the atmosphere so they can be absorbed. A nebulizing diffuser does not need heat or water but uses an air pump instead to atomize the essential oils. Heat can affect the chemical composition of the oils and when water is used, oils are diluted. By using a nebulizing oil diffuser you will be able to enjoy 100% of the benefits of your essential oils.

Nebulizers consist of three basic components – the base, the nebulizer and a pump. The pump is the source of compressed air, needed for the nebulizing process. They are made of a number of different materials such as metal, wood, plastic, aluminum, ceramic, porcelain and glass.

Nebulizer

Sq Ft Coverage

Best for...

800

Simplicity

800

Minimalist, modern design

1,000

Nanotechnology, coverage

800

Touch sensor

900

Classic design

How Does a Nebulizer Work?

Essential oils for nebulizers

When the nebulizer is turned on, the air pump blows a stream of air across the tube of the nozzle, creating a vacuum. The high velocity stream of pressured air breaks down the oils and the atomized particles are pumped into small tubes and pulled to the surface because of the vacuum. They are then-propelled out as a fine mist into the air.

These particles are very fine so they remain in the air for a long time and they don’t affect the moisture levels in a room. A quality nebulizer has a tiny nozzle with minute holes for spraying the oil. The glass part of the nebulizer includes the nozzle, and is where the essential oil goes. It’s important to have a glass nebulizer because essential oils are combustible to a certain extent and other material may be flammable.

What to Consider When Choosing a Nebulizing Diffuser

Here are some of the major factors to bear in mind before making a choice:

  • Timer – a timer allows you control over how much mist is dispersed.
  • Capacity – most nebulizers run for approximately 4 hours before they need to be refilled but the best ones will run for about 10 hours.
  • Automatic shut-off – this is important because it increases its lifespan and reduces power consumption. 
  • LED lights – some circulate through a range of colors and offer the option of staying on one color. Others offer only one color.
  • Easy to use and clean.
  • Materials used.
  • Noise level.
  • Manufacturer’s warranty.

Reading reviews can also play a part in giving you an idea of what other people have experienced when using certain units.

Choosing the Best Nebulizing Essential Oil Diffuser

To fully realize the benefits of pure organic essential oils, using one of the best nebulizing diffusers is essential. Here are some of the top ones on the market today:

Nebulizer

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Best for...

800

Simplicity

800