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This Post Has 43 Comments

  1. Sallie Wood

    I have a question. Years ago my sister had what I assume was an ultrasonic diffuser. It was very large and looked like a huge shallow bowl that was sitting on a stand. It didn’t spray the mist but the mist would form and then sort of spill out over the sides. I would love to get one but can’t find one. If you or anybody knows where I can find one, please let me know. Thanks in advance, Sallie

  2. Troy Rought

    I was wondering which was better, the QuOOZ Lull or the PureSpa Deluxe?

  3. Troy Rought

    Is the QUOOR Lull better than the PureSpa Deluxe for my bedroom. I am looking for relaxation and help sleeping. I am a teenager by the way.

    1. Melissa

      Hi Troy,

      Sorry to be so late in replying to your two messages on October 9. I cannot make a judgement on which diffuser is best. You can read the features and decide, or purchase one of each for different rooms, Mr. Teenager! Thanks for writing.

      Best regards,

  4. Sharon

    I’ve been looking for a 500 ml ultrasonic diffuser for under $50. What’s been difficult is that I would like an intermittent mode. I’ve found a couple on Amazon – one by LBS (they’re in China) and one by Techloinc (say they’re in CA). There are no reviews and no questions that have been answered. I can contact each seller but I’d me more comfortable if I buy from a company with whom people have more experience. Do you know of such an item? Thanks for your help!

    1. Melissa

      Hi Sharon,

      I do not know of the companies you speak. There are intermittent mode diffusers at this site and some are 500mL. Go here to read about them. The diffusers listed are reputable manufacturers being in business for some time and experienced. Hope this helps you decide.

      Best regards,

  5. Heather

    Hello! I just found your blog and I love it! I am new to essential oils and looking for the best product for my money. I was looking at Eden’s Garden, which appear to be reasonably priced. Are there products you would suggest starting with for a newbie?

    Thank you for all of your useful information!

    1. Melissa

      Hi Heather,
      Thanks for liking our site! Edens Garden™ is a great product line in diffusers and essential oils. It is difficult for me to say which are the best products, since it is such a personal preference in the appearance and function of the units. All of them are competitively priced. Have you seen these pages here, here, and here?

      Best of luck!

      1. Heather

        Thank you so much for your reply! I did see those pages and I think that is the brand I am going to try. I saw on the review page that they offer free samples. Do you know how I go about getting a sample?

        Thanks again!

        1. Melissa

          Hi Heather,

          You would need to send them an email or contact at their website for free samples. I do not know which one you speak of but you can type the name in your browser.

          Hope it works!

  6. Clyde Fogh

    Hi. Are you aware of Ameo essential oils from Zija? Contact me for more info.

    1. Melissa

      Hi Clyde,

      We are Amazon affiliates and work with those producers.

      Best regards,

  7. Sharron Brown

    Melissa, I have a son who has cancer… his first surgery was February 2016… another will be in April 2016. I am trying to research everything I can to help him. Your site is filled with the type of information I need. I am so stressed that I need your information in front of me. Do you have a booklet I can buy? Or can you send this whole thing to my email? I will gladly pay to copy the information. I am looking for a machine that will get the correct essential oils into his body the fastest best method. I’m sorry for bothering you… but he is my son! Thank you, Sharron

    1. Melissa


      I am so sorry about your son.

      We do not sell books. Amazon has many and aromatherapists can offer advice. You can search in your web browser.

      We cannot send our entire website in an email.

      Best regards,

    2. joanne

      Hello Sharron,

      Please go read and familiarize yourself with Verita Life. It’s a holitistic center in Thailand and they have helped many people with cancer. Their site is quite impressive . They reply and answer any question you have without almost any delay. The reason I know this is because I also have cancer. I was suppose to go to Thailand in March 2017 but the day my husband and I were travelling i had this huge headache and had to go to the hospital therefore our trip was cancelled and we were not allowed to fly. Anyway to make it short please read and listen to some of the testimonials. It might give you and your son hope. Best wishes

  8. Dorothy Copper

    Received the URPOWER 500ml Aromtheraply Essential Oil Diffuser … Today, order it on the 1 of April. 2016. Did not get any instructions or paper work inside. How can I get paper material? Sent Amazon a note in review. Just e-mail the information. I don’t want to have to send it back because of not knowing how to work it per instructions. Amazon’s add said to contact the Company. All I want is instructions and warranty application.

  9. Dorothy Copper

    I need instructions for use and warranty application, which was not put into my package box.

  10. Michael

    Hi Melissa,
    We live in Sydney, Australia, and our son is allergic to dust mites. As part of minimizing his exposure to allergens, I would like to buy something that will best diffuse essential oils. I’m a bit confused as to which unit to buy, as dust mites thrive in humidity, yet the vaporizers appear to be the best way to diffuse oils…
    Thank you

    1. Melissa

      Hi Michael

      Any essential oil diffuser will work for dispersing oils. See many of them here. Be sure to purchase the most important part: the specific oil(s) for eliminating dust mites.

      Use Lysol® for wiping down hard surfaces, and replace mattresses if over 8-years old. Read ideas here for oils to use for dust mites.


  11. Cheryl

    Hi Melissa,

    Thank you for your fabulous website, I learnt so much. My question – I notice there are new advanced nebelizers out there, which are waterless and some are also ‘wireless’. Edens Garden, Smiley Daisy, Verelily, and possibly others make this version. The vial of essential oil is loaded straight into the unit. Do you have any comparisons of these versions. I notice on youtube videos, they make a noise. Are all of them ‘noisy’ ? Does the whisper quiet technology apply to these type of units ?

    Second question – When changing between oils, do you need to clean & dry the atomizer straw between oil changes ( so not to affect the second bottle of oil). Do you purchase extra straws and atomizer heads ?

    Finally, does this method use up the bottle of oil much faster ?
    Do these units accommodate any regular Essential oil bottle heads, or just certain bottle neck sizes?

    Thanks so much Melissa, I would love your thoughts on the newer waterless systems.
    Kind appreciation,

  12. Melissa

    Hi Cheryl,

    Whisper quiet means “quiet as a whisper”—you can hear a whisper, right? They are not totally without sound; put your ear to it and you can hear the fan. I like hearing it—then I know it’s on.

    “Wireless” means the units run on batteries without the “wire” that is the cord that plugs into the wall outlet.

    Some units come with an empty bottle that you fill. I have found that the bottles of oil with the dropper inside will not fit the thin plastic tube. Maybe the hole in the bottle is too small. That’s not a problem for me, and these nebulizers really put out the fragrance well using no water!

    The thin tub (you call “straw”): I used to run the unit with plain water to clean the tube for about 15 minutes. However, I found adding new oil will push through and the previous oil smell goes away. I don’t purchase anything extra (extra straws and atomizer heads)—and not sure those are available anyway. That would be a lot of trouble to put on and take off. It works great the way I do it. If I use ‘Sooth’ oil blend, I put it into the empty bottle that had sweet orange. The smell is actually quite nice—my own new ‘blend.’ Try it!

    Using a nebulizer for me with the oil bottle—does not use much oil. I fill the bottle half-full and it runs 2 weeks for me all day (10 hours). The ultrasonic units use water with drops of oils added. My favorite diffuser for the house is the Verelily NOVA shown here. I use the cord and plug it in. When it is fully charged (red light out), you can put it in your car and let it run on its own battery power. It does not plug into the cigarette lighter port! I have nothing to gain by telling you my favorite brand, so I’m just letting you know that I make no money telling you. I do not sell these. A nebulizer diffuser has a more powerful fragrance. I find the sweet orange oil has therapeutic benefits helping my sinus problems. However, an ultrasonic unit, for me, has less fragrance unless I use 20 drops.

    The bottle top must align its threads with the threads in the nebulizer at the inside top. That’s why I use the bottle that came with it and buy extra empty bottles of the same mL size. I always put oils from the purchased bottles of oils into the bottle that came with the unit.

    Hope this helps to answer your questions. You can read more here about the nebulizers: https://wellnessappliances.com/nebulizer-essential-oil-diffuser/

    Stay in touch and let me know what you think.

    Best regards,

  13. AMS

    Hello. I’m somewhat of an EO newbie and am looking for comparable products to doterra of which have worked for my family. That said, doterra lists indigestible oils that other EO sellers do not recommend. Specifically, I would like to buy the digestzen regularly but can’t afford it regularly and another seller has the exact same blend but says not to ingest. I can’t imagine something meant to heal the gut would work through diffusing. Could you clarify what why and how on indigestible oils, please??

    1. Melissa

      Hi AMS,

      When you inhale essential oil mist, your body through the lungs carries it through the bloodstream. No, do not ingest essential oils.

      DigestZen is known as doTERRA’s “tummy tamer” blend due to its ability to aid in digestion, soothe occasional stomach upset, and maintain overall digestive health. This unique blend contains Ginger, Fennel, and Coriander to help ease occasional stomach discomfort, including motion sickness and indigestion, while Peppermint, Tarragon, Anise, and Caraway aid with digestion, and help maintain a healthy gastrointestinal tract. DigestZen is great to have on hand when stomach upset occurs and is safe and effective. DigestZen is a healthy, natural, and gentle way to soothe an upset stomach or maintain a healthy digestive system. Add a few drops to water to take internally or rub on the stomach before flying or taking a road trip for a calming aroma. Add to water or tea to maintain a healthy gastrointestinal tract.
      You can buy ginger tea and peppermint tea, all the herbs above in spices to put in foods. They will do the same healthy thing for your gut. Yes, DigestZen is expensive. Try the alternatives of tea and spices to your food.

  14. Bonnie

    Have you heard of Miracle Essential Oils? I did not see them listed on your web site?

    They say they are theraputic grade. They seem to specialize in blends

    1. Melissa

      Hi Bonnie,

      Yes, I have heard of Miracle Essential Oils, and no, they are not listed on our website. You can read more about the brand here.
      They also make essential oil diffusers. Hope this helps.


  15. Terry

    I am confused about your statement, “never take oils internally”. Wow. I am a newbie and was about to go full steam ahead with do Terra. Now in researching more, and coming across your blog, I am a bit unsure of do Terra. The rep’s for do Terra that I have been involved with say you can and they do take internally. Well not all of them. But many. Can you please elaborate on why not to take internally.

    Thanks in advance.

    1. Melissa

      Hi Terry,

      DoTERRA® makes a blend of oils, DigestZen that you can ingest at about $37 for a small bottle. See note above to AMS. You can always do your own research online about “ingesting essential oils” to eliminate your confusion. Read this to understand it better http://empoweredsustenance.com/ingesting-essential-oils/

      I would never ingest essential oils. I will however drink tea from peppermint, ginger, and what’s available at the market.


  16. Julie

    Do you know anything about the PURE brand essential oil by Melaleuca ?

    1. Melissa

      Hi Julie,

      I am not familiar with this brand by Melaleuca, the brand name. The name PURE is their trademark for a type.
      Maybe other readers at this site can provide you with more information.

      Best regards,

  17. melina

    Good Afternoon Melissa,
    Please advise if I can nebulize litsea cueba (may chang) using a regular nebulizer for asthma.
    Thank you

    1. Melissa

      Hi Melina,

      Yes, you can use the oil in your nebulizer. It’s a great fragrance and rather strong, so you don’t need many drops in the water tank. Read my review here.

      Best regards,

  18. DN

    Hi there,

    I would love to run sometime of essential oil diffuser but am wondering how much it would up my electricity bill per month? Do they use a lot of electricity? I know it might depend on the unit and how much I run it. I was thinking of using at least overnight. Any thoughts on how much on average it may cost to run overnight for a month? love your site and passion.

    1. Melissa

      Hi DN,

      Oh, my gosh; no, diffusers use very little electricity. About the same amount as a 20-Watt light bulb and that’s about 10 cents a month. Plug it in, use it all day and all night. You will not notice any price hike on your electric bill. It uses less power than an electric coffee pot. An electric toaster for 2 slices of bread uses more power than running a diffuser all day!

      Just plug it in and enjoy!

      Best regards,

  19. Adolfo


    I have a lung infection for which I was suggested a nebulizer, to be used for colloidal silver. I wonder if a diffuser intended for aromatherapy will and work for colloidal silver and allow me to do aromatherapy also.

    1. Melissa

      Hi Adolfo,

      I am sorry about your lung infection. I would suggest you first see your doctor for antibiotics. Colloidal silver is used for immune support, not a healing solution.

      There are no tests to prove it works and the silver can have harmful effects on other soft tissues. Personally, I would not use it. Yes, it can be put in a nebulizer. Read this article for pros and cons and be sure to see your doctor first.

      Read the “Not so Fast” part halfway down the page here.

      Best of luck to you and don’t fall for not approved products. Frankincense is good as aromatherapy with therapeutic benefits. Read about it here.

      Best regards,

  20. Jackline Mina

    Hi Melissa. I have a question, which brand of essential oils is used to make perfumes? Bought some locally and they did not mix with alcohol. Which one would you recommend i use?

    Regards ,

  21. Lane Wallace

    On your site you say that doTerra doesn’t distill, you need to do more research before you make a comment on this: When you choose doTERRA, you are choosing essential oils gently and carefully distilled from plants that have been patiently harvested at the perfect moment by experienced growers from around the world for ideal extract composition and efficacy.

    Each doTERRA essential oil is also carefully and thoroughly tested using the strict CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® quality protocol. Experienced essential oil users will immediately recognize the superior quality standard for naturally safe, purely effective therapeutic-grade doTERRA essential oils.

    While there is a science to the distillation of essential oils, it is also an art. Distillers not only rely on years of experience, they also employ modern technologies and techniques.

    The most common method of extracting essential oils is a low-heat steam distillation process. In this process, pressurized steam is circulated through plant material. The essential oils are liberated from the plant and carried away by the steam. When the steam cools, the water and oils naturally separate and the oil is collected. To ensure the highest quality oil extract with the correct chemical composition, the temperature and pressure must be closely monitored. Too little heat or pressure and the oil will not release; too much, and the oil’s composition and potency will be affected.

    1. Melissa

      Hi Lane,

      Yes, “doTERRA does not distill” is written under “cons” at my site because it’s true. Read the screenshot here: https://sourcetoyou.com/

      Yes, the oils are “carefully distilled from plants” but not by doTERRA! Their business partners do it. All the rest of what you wrote is true and summarized by me.

      The sentence you quote: “carefully distilled from plants” is done by others. Where do you find, “distilled by doTERRA?” Nowhere!

      You need to understand business “partners” and what they do together to be profitable. Don’t criticize me until you thoroughly check yourself. You seem to want to find fault and you need to do more research.

      Bottom line: doTERRA does NOT distill their oils.


  22. Carol Walsh

    I’m wondering whether a humidifier cool- or warm-mist would work? Or would a diffuser be best for a sinus infection? On antibiotics also and trying to avoid surgery? What essential oils are good for a sinus infection?

    1. Melissa

      Hi Carol,

      A humidifier is better than a diffuser because it puts out more humid mist. Warm- or cool-mist doesn’t matter; it will be cool when it hits your face anyway. Do not put essential oils into a humidifier unless it is specifically made for oils with an oil tray shown here. Also see the Vicks® warm-mist humidifier with tray for oils here.

      Some 100% essential oils that can help are cinnamon, ginger, clove, nutmeg, marjoram, peppermint, eucalyptus, camphor, and sage.

      My advice is to see a doctor for sinusitis since the infection is usually caused by bacteria requiring antibiotics. Keep using the antibiotics and it takes time until the pills are gone for improvement. See the doctor again if the oils do not offer you relief, using in conjunction with antibiotics. You do not need surgery for a sinus infection! Expensive, can cause other problems, and just makes doctors rich.

      Feel better soon,

  23. Çarol Walsh

    Thank you so much for your quick response! I will purchase one of the humifiers you suggested! Been on antibiotics for 3 months ! I guess the wrong one up to two weeks ago now on new one . It’s helped a little he repeating 2 more weeks on this one. Did acupuncture also and going to infectious Dr tom to get her take. Eating no sugar or dairy! ( not easy?)
    Way other suggestions to try ? Seems like this green crud doesn’t want to totally go away!!!! C

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