|When I first discovered essential oils a few years ago I quickly learned that there are so many different uses for these aromatherapy powerhouses that can ultimately help aid in rest and relaxation, which is right up my alley as a therapist and mental health blogger! So when I found out there was a way to increase the potency of essential oils, I was immediately intrigued.
To be honest, until recently I had never heard of a nebulizing diffuser before, and similar to my perspective, I can imagine that if you're reading this article, you might have a lot of questions. You have probably used water-based device or similar methods of diffusing essential oils before ~ a nebulizing diffuser does not require water or any other liquid other than essential oils to operate.
Curious to find out more? Keep reading as I share my own experience and walk you through a guide to using a nebulizing diffuser for essential oils!
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A Guide to Using a Nebulizing Diffuser for Essential Oils
Before we discuss how to use a nebulizing diffuser, let me explain what this type of diffuser is and how it differs from other devices you might be used to.
Organic Aromas explains here:
"A nebulizing diffuser works like a perfume atomizer. A small air pump blows air across a small tube creating a powerful vacuum that pulls the essential oil from the bottom of the tube to the top in a fine spray. This type of diffusion does not rely on any other elements to diffuse the essential oil, so the mist is entirely composed of the essential oil. Nebulizing diffusers also have air flow controls that allow you to determine the amount of essential oil being released into the air."
Essentially, the difference is that the aromatherapy benefits you are receiving are of pure essential oils, rather than adding water or manipulating the oils in other ways like by using heat. The nebulizing diffuser does require plugging in but is very easy to set up and comes with easy-to-follow instructions, as well.
The design of a nebulizing diffuser is also very unique, since it does not require a large water tank, it can be sleeker and even custom designed to suit your space. I am trying out the Opulence Nebulizing Diffuser in blue vine design with an elegant ceramic base and glass reservoir. Even when I'm not using it for aromatherapy, the design fits nicely with the style in my living room as an art piece.
Now that we have explored what a nebulizing diffuser is, let's go more in-depth with how to use this type of diffuser with essential oils to maximize the aromatherapy benefits.
Step 1 | Setting up your Nebulizing Diffuser
As you unpack your diffuser from the box, you should notice that there is an operating guide booklet, as well. Since the top section of your diffuser is glass, be sure to handle this gently when taking it out of the box.
There are three main sections of the nebulizing diffuser for essential oils, the bottom ceramic piece, the glass reservoir and the glass 'cap'. To assemble, insert the glass reservoir into the rubber grommet on the base. Be sure to gently push into the rubber grommet but make sure not to twist in a circular motion.
Step 2 | Adding Essential Oils
You can now add your favourite, pure essential oils into the bottom of the reservoir - approximately 20-25 drops. I used lavender essential oil - one of my favourite aromas to help me relax and unwind. Even just adding the essential oil to the reservoir, I already started to feel calm from the scent. Place the glass cap on to the reservoir.
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Be sure not to dilute the essential oil - no water necessary! For more information about this (or other questions you might have) check out the FAQ.
Step 3 | Operating your Diffuser
It's now time to plug in your nebulizing diffuser! This is when all the magic happens. :) First, connect the power supply to the base of your diffuser and plug the power supply into a wall socket (110/220 volt).
Turn the switch on the base clockwise to the low or high setting (depending on the strength of the aromatherapy you prefer). You can also touch the sensor (the small silver button) to turn on the LED light which is especially pretty at night!
There is an internal timer within your diffuser. The usage cycle runs for 2 minutes and stops for 1 minute for 2 hours, as long as your diffuser is plugged in and turned on. After 2 hours your diffuser will automatically turn off (the LED light will remain on). You can restart the diffuser by turning the switch to the left (off) and right again (on) and the usage cycle will restart.
Step 4 | Maintaining your Diffuser
In order to maintain your diffuser, be sure to clean the glass diffuser about once a week if you use it often. Remove the glass cap, add rubbing alcohol using the dropper that came with your diffuser. Turn your diffuser on for 5-10 minutes, turn off diffuser and discard any access rubbing alcohol. Wait until your diffuser is dry to add new essential oils.
And that's it! Only a few simple steps to using your new nebulizing diffuser. It really is that easy to start accessing the potent benefits of essential oils in your home or office.
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