If you’re the type of person who likes to invest in the latest and greatest health and beauty products, then it might be time to acquaint yourself with nebulizers. The devices have been used for decades to help people cope with asthma and other respiratory issues, but for spring 2015 they’re the “it” accessory to have in your home.
“Nebulizers diffuse essential oils for a variety of purposes,” says Jean-Pierre LeBlanc, co-founder and chief wellness officer of Vancouver-based Saje Natural Wellness. “You can improve your sleep, the quality of your breathing, reduce allergies and likelihood of colds and flus, and improve your productivity through the enhancement of brain function. You can also use them to clear the air of uncomfortable smells from cooking or animals.”
We wouldn't be surprised to hear that celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow and new-mom Blake Lively relax they've with a diffuser by their side. “The popularity [of the nebulizer] has risen in keeping with the growing interest consumers have in improving their overall well-being,” he says.
So how exactly do these contraptions work? According to Jean-Pierre, a disk vibrating at ultrasonic speed breaks up water molecules to generate a cold mist of water, essential oil molecules and negative ions, each providing a different therapeutic benefit.
Outside of improving one’s sleep and mental state, the devices also increase the humidity of the air, which can prevent dry, itchy, flaky and rough skin.
If you’re interested in looking for a nebulizer for your home, have a think on what you want from the device. If you're looking to use it daily, or fill a larger room, you'll want to opt for a larger model with a longer run time. Also consider when you're using it - if you're thinking bedtime, a nebulizer with a timer is your best bet. Certain models also have an illumination function and double as a night light.
To aid you in your shopping adventure, we’ve rounded up a few of the best-in-class models for you to peruse.
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