The first thing you notice about the Orbis Nox Merus by ArOmis (pictured here) is its physical beauty. Form and function come together very nicely in this small nebulizing diffuser.
Dimensions vary slightly depending on the model, but the glass bottle on this this model is approximately 7 inches in height, the base diameter 3 ½ inches, and base height is one inch.
As beautiful as the glass bottle is, there are 2 other styles to choose from – the Telum and the Vitis as well as a model for your car, the Vecto.
Before spending money on a diffuser, do your research so there’s no buyer’s remorse. You should have a list of desired features. My advice is to stay away from diffusers made with plastic or cheap parts that would hinder the effectiveness of the machine. Since glass is inert, the bottle on this model won’t cause any chemical interactions.
Guide to Essential Oil Diffusers
Professional aromatherapists use nebulizing diffusers because these type of machines do not use water or heat. In this model, pressure is generated by the motorized air compressor, so there is no dilution of the oil’s strength. Air forces droplets of oil upwards, and they are blown into the glass chamber. From there, the droplets are diffused further, dispersing into the air.
Area of Diffusion
This diffuser is surprisingly efficient. A 20′ by 20′ master suite will be filled with scent after less than five minutes. You have a variety of motor speeds to choose from, although there is no reason to run it any higher than 50 percent. Because it doesn’t use a heating element, it’s more effective than candles and considerably safer. The unit is cool to the touch, but keep the hand-blown glass bottle out of reach of small hands.
If there is an accident, a replacement bottle can be ordered from the manufacturer. One reason to use a nebulizing diffuser is because they require much less oil to achieve the same effect. When water is used to diffuse the oil in a vapor diffuser the scent is, in effect, watered down. Likewise, heat can affect the stability of the oil. In comparison to other types of diffusers, this model requires less oil to fill the room with scent and its therapeutic effects. This means your supply of oil lasts much longer, and you save money in the long run. Many people discover aromatherapy because of its ability diffuse scent throughout the home. While this model will certainly do that, there are added benefits.
For centuries, people have relied on these oils to help soothe and treat a number of physical and emotional ailments. Today, it has been scientifically proven that essential oils can kill more than 99 percent of airborne bacteria, so why not add it to your arsenal of organic cleaning products? It will help improve indoor air quality. Many people find it reduces the symptoms of asthma and sinusitis as well as colds and upper respiratory problems.
Aromatherapy is probably most well-known for its ability to relieve stress and encourage relaxation. If this is a reason you’re looking to purchase a diffuser, this model won’t disappoint. The only caveat is that you must use pure essential oils. I personally recommend Mountain Rose. They are a well-respected company, and their web site is a font of information about natural health. Here are other pertinent features about this ArOmis diffuser:
- Timer options
Some units come with an internal timer that can be set to turn on for ten minutes and off at either 10 or 30 minutes contingent on the timer you purchased. This cycle continues for 90 minutes and will then turn itself off.
- Air flow
The metal knob on the unit makes it simple to adjust the power settings. A good place to start is about 15 drops of oil in the bottle and running the motor at about 35 percent. I’m sure this is different for everyone, and you’ll find your own preferences. However, that would be a good place to start.
- Cleaning the Diffuser
Cleaning the diffuser isn’t difficult, but it needs to be done regularly. The glass bottle lifts from the base, and can be soaked in rubbing alcohol to release clogs and prevent oil build up. Soak it as needed for clogs, and just swish a little alcohol around in the bottle when you want to change scents.
If you’ve never used an essential oil diffuser before, you may be unsure how to use it properly. This unit is fairly simple to operate. The base has a rubber hole where the small blown glass bottle sits. Gently seat the bottle into the hole, and plug in the adapter. Add the oil, turn it on, and in minutes your space smells great. It does make a low hum, which gets slightly louder as the power level is increased.
Most users say it’s not noticeable during the daytime among all of the other typical ambient noise in a household. At night, it’s no louder than a ceiling fan. If the noise does bother you, it shouldn’t be an issue because it is very effective when run for only 20 minutes. In fact, the instructions warn against running it for extended time periods because the motor can overheat.
Using an essential oil diffuser is one of those items you think you don’t need until you have one. Then you discover you can’t live without it because it improves your quality of life in so many ways. While you may be considering the purchase for improving your indoor air quality, you will find many other practical uses for this unit will earn its keep.
In warm weather, use it to repel insects. There are several essential oil blends created specifically for that. Or, it can purify a sick room. Remember, plants need protection from disease too and essential oils have antimicrobial and antibacterial properties. Yet another use is as a natural sleep aid. Try an essential oil blend made specifically to help you sleep. Uses are only limited by your imagination.
If you’re looking for quality in a diffuser, take a look at the Orbis Nox Merus by ArOmis. The company has an online presence on Youtube and Facebook, and in 2013 they began to use sustainably harvested beech hard wood from New Zealand as part of their sustainability goals. In comparison to other professional grade essential oil diffusers, you’ll find it is reasonably priced, has many positive reviews, and is produced by a reputable company.