How to Use Nebulizing Diffusers with Essential Oils

How to Use Nebulizing Diffusers with Essential Oils

Diffusing essential oils is one of the most popular ways to enjoy aromatherapy. Many benefits can be gained when they are diffused into the air. Here I share my experience with nebulizing diffusers for essential oils.

Diffusion simply means "the state of being spread out". This can be accomplished by different methods. Nebulizing diffusers are just one of four types of diffusers you may choose to use for aromatherapy.

Types of Essential Oil Diffusers

Here are four basic types of essential oils diffusers.

1. Ultrasonic Diffusers

This is by far the most popular type of diffuser, it uses water to run. It is able to release essential oil molecules into the air using ultrasonic waves. The waves instantly vaporize the water and oils in the tank to produce a cool, aromatic mist. Read about my favorite ultrasonic diffuser, click here.

2. Nebulizing Diffusers (aka Essential Oil Nebulizer)

These are waterless diffusers that use pressurized air streams from specially designed jet nozzles. This causes the breakdown of essential oils into very tiny particles. 

3. Evaporative Diffusers

This type uses air flow to diffuse the oils. It can include a fan or be diffuser jewelry. When air comes in contact with essential oils they evaporate and the aroma is released in the air.

Diffuser necklaces, lava bead bracelets, scent pad diffusers, or aromatherapy inhalers all fall into this category. Even a bowl of absorbent bead, pinecones, or terracotta stones with essential oils utilize this method of diffusion.

4. Heat Diffusers

Not the best option. This method doesn't involve any water. The heat applied to the oils can damage and lower the effectiveness of essential oils.

Benefits of Nebulizing Diffusers

-Works Fast: Quickly fills the air with a larger amount of oils

-Waterless: Doesn't require water to diffuse oils

-No Heat: Doesn't use heat, it uses air flow to diffuse oils

-Plastic Free: Majority of essential oil nebulizers are made of glass

-No Humidification: This is especially helpful if you live in a humid area

Cons of Nebulizing Diffusers

-Needs More Oil: They tend to use oils at a higher rate than other diffusers

-May Be Noisy: Some nebulizer units can be noisier than ultrasonic diffusers

-Cleaning: Requires cleaning to prevent clogs

-No Humidification: If wanting to add moisture to the air, this won't work

-Breakable: Glass essential oil diffusers are more delicate than plastic ones

-Costly: In general, this type of diffuser is more expensive to purchase

How Nebulizing Diffusers Work

This type of diffuser uses the process of nebulization to achieve evaporation. A pressurized air stream from a specially designed jet nozzle forces the breakdown of essential oils into very tiny particles. These tiny particles are small enough for the lungs and body to absorb quickly.

Many aromatherapists feel that nebulizing is the best choice when it comes to diffusing essential oils because it doesn't alter the chemical composition of the oils.

Carrier oils should never be used in a diffuser. Be sure that any premade blends you plan to use are not diluted with carrier oils. Carrier oils do not evaporate.

How to Use Nebulizing Diffusers

In my search to find a plastic free essential oil diffuser, I found the pictured nebulizing diffuser from Organic Aromas. They even include a free bottle of their signature blend in the box. It consists of Elemi, Clary sage, Cajeput, Bergamot, and Chamomile Morocco and smells wonderful.

Organic Aromas also carries essential oils, here is their Discovery Collection, a great starter set for diffusing, especially if just starting out because you get lots to try (40 sample vials of oil!) at a great price:

How to Use Nebulizing Diffusers with Essential Oils by Loving Essential Oils

One of my favorite place to use my nebulizer diffuser is in the bathroom. The reason is simple, it quickly gets essential oils in the air and eliminates odors. I have also enjoyed running it in the bathroom while I am showering. The diffused oil mixes beautifully with the shower steam.

Here is how to use:

Step 1: Assemble your glass diffuser

How to Use Nebulizing Diffusers with Essential Oils by Loving Essential Oils

Step 2: Add essential oils into reservoir, approximately 20-25 drops

How to Use Nebulizing Diffusers with Essential Oils by Loving Essential Oils

Step 3: Add glass spout to top and turn on

It is best to set a timer so that the diffuser only runs for about 15 minutes at a time. This helps to conserve oils and it allows the olfactory system time to process the diffused oils.

How to Use Nebulizing Diffusers with Essential Oils by Loving Essential Oils

How to Clean - 3 Simple Steps

Once a week you should clean your nebulizer to keep it running well. Consult your diffuser manual for complete instruction for your model (if different type). Here is how to clean a glass essential oil diffuser:

  1. Use a dropper to add a few mls of rubbing alcohol to the glass reservoir.
  2. Turn diffuser on and let run 5-10 minutes to clean the glass tubes.
  3. Dispose of any remaining alcohol and let the glass diffuser air dry.

6 Favorite Essential Oils to Diffuse

I love trying all sorts of essential oils and oil combinations in my diffusers. You can use just about any essential oils with a few exceptions.

Some oils are too thick and heavy to function properly in a glass nebulizing diffusers. Resin oils like myrrh, vetiver, and benzoin are not good options. If you tip your oil bottle over and it takes a super long time for one oil drop to come out...it is too thick.

Since this type of diffuser uses more oil than an ultrasonic diffuser, I like to use affordable essential oils. I do not use my costly oils like frankincense, helichrysum, rose for this diffuser, unless they are in an oil blend. Here are a few:

Eucalyptus Dives - Eucalyptus Dives, Buy Here 

Lavender - Lavandula angustifolia, Buy Here

Lemon - Citrus limon, Buy Here

Grapefruit - Citrus paradisi, Buy Here

Rosemary - Rosmarinus officinalis, Buy Here

Juniper Berry - Juniperus communis, Buy Here

How to Use Nebulizing Diffusers with Essential Oils by Loving Essential Oils

Here is the exact nebulizing diffuser model I have, click picture to learn more:

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Jennifer Lane

Hello, I'm Jennifer, Founder of Loving Essential Oils. I have a passion for natural health and aromatherapy. I love making DIY products to replace store bought items and strive for a chemical and toxin free home. I enjoy using aromatherapy and essential oils every day to keep my family and myself healthy and happy. My hope is to help you do the same.

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