Aromatherapy is based on the properties of essential oils which are used to produce a calming, refreshing or uplifting mood.
In addition, these oils have many therapeutic effects and can help cure many common ailments. Some of the common methods of administering these oils are by inhalation, diffusion, massage or bathing. In this article, we shall discuss the administration of essential oils by the use of aromatherapy nebulizers and diffusers.
What is a Nebulizer?
The best way to absorb the properties of a plant’s oil is through direct inhalation and the Nebulizer does just that.
This device literally "spits" out a barely visible stream of atomized particles from the essential oils of your choice. It basically consists of a standard pump with a glass receptacle for oil attached to it. The pump forces air into the oil in the receptacle and propels it through several channels, twists, and intricate canals to atomize the oil.
This atomized oil is then released into the atmosphere where it is inhaled by the user. Aromatherapy Nebulizers are safe, effective, quiet, and economical. They are good for both home and office environments.
What is a Diffuser?
Aromatherapy diffusers disperse fragrant and therapeutic essential oils into the air by heating them.
As the molecules of the essential oils are diffused into the atmosphere, they're inhaled into the lungs and absorbed into the bloodstream. There are different types of diffusers in the market such as steam, candle and electric diffusers. The difference between them lies in the method by which the essential oils are heated.
Nebulizer or Diffuser - Which one is better for me?
Whether to choose a nebulizer or diffuser will depend on your requirements.
A nebulizer dispenses essential oils by physically breaking them up into tiny droplets. This course naturally suspends and ionizes the oil into extremely fine molecules, causing them to remain suspended in the air for longer periods. Since there is a continuous mist emitted it should not be used for more than a few minutes at a time.
A diffuser on the other hand, usually involves the evaporation of essential oils due to heat. The aroma is not as concentrated as that from nebulizers but because it is in vapor form it will cover a larger area.
To sum it up, nebulizers deliver a more concentrated dose of essential oils and are good for small areas whereas diffusers deliver a less concentrated dosage and should be used if you wish to cover a larger area. The choice is yours.