This is a question we get asked frequently. And the answer, of course, is “it depends.” The best aromatherapy diffuser for you depends on your planned usage.
Nebulizing Diffusers – Zapping Germs
If you want to saturate the air of a room with your chosen essential oil or aromatherapy blend, the nebulizer is for you. When someone in my family feels like they are “coming down with something”, that viruses, achy feeling, I fill the glass nebulizer with our favorite anti-viral or anti-bacterial oils and let it run all night, filling my bedroom with really powerful oils. Odds are when I wake up in the morning; I’ll be over whatever big bad bug was trying to attack.
For strictly therapeutic/medicinal/germ killing effects, I use one of our Amrita nebulizers. There are many brands on the market. All have a convoluted glass attachment, powered by an air pump. The glass breaks the oils into microscopic droplets, capable of remaining suspended in the air for up to two hours. The advantage of the Nebulizer is obviously that it does the most effective job of filling the air with microscopic particles of your chosen oil.
COOL MIST – For Kids
If you have young children who are prone to colds, ear infections, etc. the odds are you’ve been told to run a humidifier in their bedroom. The Cool Mist (sometimes called an “ultrasonic diffuser” or “ultrasonic nebulizer”) functions both as an aromatherapy diffuser AND a humidifier. It holds a small amount of water that stays at room temperature just in case an active child manages to spill it – no danger of scalding. The essential oils and water are diffused by ultrasound waves, adding humidity to the air while filling the room with aromatics. Click here.
The AROMA STONE – Silent and Safe
One of these sits on my bed table. I love it because I can add my current favorite ‘go to sleep’ oil or blend, plug it in and forget it. I think it is one of the two lowest maintenance electric diffusers I’ve ever used, and the least obtrusive. Silent, and safe. Although it does warm the oils without any water added (although it is an option to add a spoonful of water with the oils) the unit heats only to “baby-bottle” temperature. The oils are not over-heated. The amount of heat is so low I seldom think to unplug it before I go to bed, and in all honesty, have left it turned on for two or three days. (I don’t recommend that!) The unit warms so gently that there is no danger of its overheating.
Inhalers (for privacy!) There are two types of personal aromatherapy inhalers that I am aware of. One is the very basic plastic one often sees over the counter inhalants packaged in; the other is a rather elegant purse accessory. Either will work well for immediate use, for relaxation, combatting a headache, or other physical or emotional effects.
There is one specific type of aromatherapy diffuser that I honestly don’t recommend. It is a small “ball” that plugs directly into the wall outlet. It contains a cellulose pad that you moisten with the selected oil. I have had these overheat and scorch the pad. I wonder if they might constitute a fire hazard. More details in site: http://www.organicaromas.com…