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What Is the Difference Between a Nebulizer and a Diffuser?

You’ve made the right decision if you’re considering essential oils to cure various ailments or to maintain your health in a holistic way, but you still need to select the right diffuser to maximize the benefits of essential oils. Most of them share many of the same characteristics, but the best option is a nebulizer.

What Is an Essential Oils Nebulizer?

Most diffusers use heat and water to disperse essential oils into the air. The problem with this is that heat ruins the therapeutic benefits of essential oils while the water and oils don’t mix, to begin with.

An essential oils nebulizer diffuser works completely different because it doesn’t use heat or water, but only essential oils. Our nebulizer uses nanotechnology to nebulize essential oils. It does this by taking in cold air to compress the oil molecules into a dry mist of nanoparticles. This allows the oils to spread across a large area without losing any scent, thus maximizing the health benefits. Furthermore, after the oil molecules are processed into nanoparticles, particles which are ultra lightweight, they stay in the air much longer than with diffusers which lack the nanotechnology component that allows the heavy oil molecules to be broken down into light nanoparticles. This is why most diffusers leave a film of oil residue around them after a while, which is the proof that most of the oil particles diffused with normal diffusers are falling down on furniture and the floor = aka being wasted instead of being inhaled from the air into a person’s lungs, skin, and brain where they belong.

A nebulizer also has additional features to improve its usability and provide a better experience. For instance, ours is made from iodized food grade Aluminum rather than plastic or glass, as most nebulizers and diffusers are, which means it is much more durable and stronger. Although it weighs about 3 pounds, it’s very minimalist in its design, making it suitable even for travelers. Another feature is the padding on the bottom to prevent vibrations and scratches to furniture.

Essential Oil Nebulizer Benefits

By now you may see why nebulizers are the best to use in order to maximize the full benefits of essential oils. However, not all nebulizers are the same, most of them are very noisy and esthetically very unpleasant which deter most people from taking advantage of their amazing benefits as almost all of them look like medical devices for asthma sufferers, unfortunately. To give you a better understanding, here are just some of the benefits of The Herba Terra nebulizer.


  1. It Leaves No Residue

Unlike cheap diffusers, none of the oil particles from our nebulizer end up on your furniture. This is thanks to the nanotechnology component installed in our device, which breaks down the heavy oil molecules into nanoparticles. These are ultra lightweight, and therefore they can stay in the air much longer than those emitted from typical diffusers which lack the nanotechnology component that allows the heavy oil molecules to be broken down into light nanoparticles.

  1. It Saves You Money Long Term

Our nebulizer uses only about 1 milliliter of oil per hour. You can increase or decrease this amount by changing the settings. This will save you a significant amount of money on oils in the long run.

Furthermore, nebulizers last longer than diffusers. Even if you use yours for eight hours a day, five times a week, it will keep running for many years without clogging or suffering from any other problems if cared for as instructed in the manual. All it requires is some basic maintenance — simply clean it by diffusing rubbing alcohol in it and let it run for 30 minutes, 1 hour once a week, which only takes 30 seconds to set up, no washing with water and soap or rinsing – this maintenance is as easier and quicker as you can get.

  1. It Comes with a Remote Control

You can change your nebulizer’s 9 different settings by using the small, user-friendly remote control. This allows you to turn your nebulizer on and off even from the comfort of your bed, without getting up. The vast majority of nebulizers don’t have remote control and if they have one, the control settings are very limited.

  1. It Has a Beautiful Sleek Design, and It’s Silent

In general, nebulizers are the best for therapeutic benefits, but most people don’t like them because they’re the noisiest of all diffusing devices. Our nebulizer is different – it’s quiet and light free. These two features make it perfect for use also at night. Its beautiful sleek design makes it a perfect décor accessory in any setting both at home, as well as in any professional environments such as offices, spas, yoga studios, health clinics, etc.

  1. 1-Year Warranty plus Post-Warranty Service Offered

Your nebulizer will come with a 1-year warranty, as well as a 30-day money-back guarantee. Once the warranty has expired, you can benefit from paid-service repairs. None of these perks are available with other diffusers. This means you can enjoy your nebulizer for years to come without ending in landfills as the cheaper diffusers which don’t last too long thus saving you money in the long run.

Diffusing Essential Oils in a Nebulizer

With a nebulizer, how you diffuse your essential oils is up to you. On the remote control, you’ll see that there are three categories of settings.

The black buttons are for aroma density — most diffusers lack this option. You can increase or decrease the volume of the oil being dispersed into the air depending on how much oil aroma you prefer.

The blue buttons are for interval diffusing. You can set the device for either of the following options:

  • 30 seconds on and 30 seconds off
  • 30 seconds on and 60 seconds off
  • 30 seconds on and 120 seconds off

This is perfect if you want to keep diffusing for several hours, or throughout the night. It will reduce how much oil you use while keeping the pump working optimally and increasing your nebulizer’s lifespan. This feature will also save you money on essential oils in the long run.

The red buttons are for a timer to allow for continuous diffusing. The timer allows you to have the device shut off automatically by itself. You can choose between one hour, four hours, and eight hours. This eliminates the risk of forgetting to turn off your nebulizer and running on empty, or also ending up diffusing too much oil — which can be an expensive cost over time.

You can combine the buttons from the three categories in any way you want to personalize your nebulizer to your individual needs.

Essential Oil Nebulizer vs Diffuser: The Verdict

A regular diffuser provides you with just some of the benefits of essentials oils, which is mostly a great smell because the use of heat destroys the therapeutic properties of essential oils, and therefore their health benefits.

Furthermore, diffusers lack all the extras that make a nebulizer great. For instance, with a regular diffuser, you will likely spend much more on oils to get the same health benefits or if any at all. Plastic or glass diffuser will have a shorter lifespan (another expense), and you may not be able to use your diffuser while you sleep unless it has a programmable timer.

When deciding between a regular essential oil diffuser or nebulizer, the right choice seems obvious.  So next time when you choose a diffusing device you may want to keep in mind that the old saying “you always get what you paid for” is true, and you deserve the best for your health because health is wealth and without it, nothing else matters.

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