Essential Oils have been used for thousands of years in various cultures as a natural alternative to medicine (an ‘essential oil’ is made from separating the most powerful healing elements of a plant, like eucalyptus or sage, into a single oil that you inhale or rub on your skin).
They are one of the world’s most ancient methods for healing, boosting energy levels, reducing anxiety, and from Egypt to England, from China to the United States, aromatherapy has become the most popular way to treat yourself in a natural, safe and cost-effective way.
Nebulizing deffusers are used in people’s homes, in yoga studios, and in medical centers everyday. It’s a machine that disperses your chosen oil into the room so that you can breathe the healing properties into your blood stream.
Ever instantly felt calm at a luxury spa? Did your mother ever cure your cold with eucalyptus? That’s aromatherapy.
In the context of travel, just because you’re constantly on the move doesn’t mean you can’t benefit from aromatherapy. I’ve recently discovered the mobile-mini nebulizing diffuser from Organic Aromas … it’s compact, portable, wireless, and fabulous for traveling with.
How to Travel With Essential Oils
Why Aromatherapy Rocks for Travel
If you’ve never thought of traveling with a nebulizing diffuser I don’t blame you. It’s not something that tops most essential packing lists. But you are missing out on a massive range of benefits.
One of the key benefits of using essential oils is that they zap germs that are in the air. And whether you’re jumping between hotel rooms, or spending time in a rental car, filling the space with aromatic vapors boosts your immune system and keeps you healthy.
Essential oils often act as a stimulant to boost your energy levels, though unlike energy pills or coffee, they’re actually good for your body. And then there’s the bonus element of making a space smell lovely (ever entered a hotel room that just wreaks?!)
Pro Tip: For boosted energy on long days of travel use oils like clove, jasmine, rosemary or tea tree (these also increase your circulation).
For help with digesting foreign foods use oils like ginger, chamomile, or lavender (these have a great calming effect for dealing with gut issues).
Essential oils speed up healing and recovery if you injure yourself, they alleviate headaches (in a travel context this is most likely because you’re hungover!), and can improve your digestion if you’re worried about eating new foods.
Using oils like peppermint, tea tree, rosemary, or citronella in a diffuser is also really effective for repelling insects. This is especially helpful if you’re traveling in tropical countries where mosquitoes carry disease.
Mobile-Mini Nebulizing Diffuser Review
When it comes to a portable nebulizing diffuser for travel, Organic Aromas has an incredible unit called the ‘Mobile-Mini’. It gets 5 stars from customer reviews on Amazon, and gets 5 stars from me personally.
It’s quiet, powerful, sleek, and completely wireless, with rechargeable lithium batteries that last 16 – 18 hours at a time. And best of all, it diffuses a strong aroma of pure essential oil across a wide area very quickly.
I’m in love with mine!
The mobile-mini has been designed with sophistication in mind. It has an elegant dark grey aluminum body, a hand-made glass reservoir and a powerful miniature air pump. Design wise, it resembles a thermos.
Measuring in at 68 mm/ 2.67 inches wide at the base and 160mm/ 6.29 inches tall, it’s small and lightweight. It weighs approximately 440 grams or about 1 pound, and fits perfectly in the cupholder of a car for aromatherapy on the go.
Personal Note: While it’s lightweight, it’s also very sturdy, which means it doesn’t have that fragile, tipsy feel that many nebulizers do. There’s a top cover lid that locks everything in. You could bump it and not have to worry about anything breaking, or oil escaping.
One of the biggest features of the design on this unit is that it’s wireless. There’s a USB jack on the back of the unit, and the batteries charge in exactly the same way as your phone (it takes around 5 hours to charge for 18 hours of battery life).
The batteries are included (mine was fully charged when it arrived), and it comes with the Micro USB charging cable, which is exactly the same as my phone cord.
Perspective on Size
I actually didn’t need to read the instructions, operating the mobile-mini was that straight forward. Once you’ve placed your choice of oil into the glass reservoir, there’s a button on the unit to turn it on.
The diffuser has an operating cycle of 2 minutes ON and 1 minute OFF and is programmed to shut down automatically after two hours. This means that you don’t have to be close to the device to run it, and you can leave it on overnight without worry.
While the device operates on it’s own timer, you can/should turn it off when the scent in your environment reaches your desired level. It’s definitely a powerful unit, and emits a very strong, pure aroma across a wide area quite quickly.
Unlike Other Nebulizers …
Unlike other nebulizers, the mobile-mini has been designed to use no heat, no water, and no plastic.
The specialty glass reservoir means there is no waste, so no mess to clean up. It’s a totally clean experience which is one less thing to worry about when you travel.
There’s no real cleaning required either; if you want to change your essential oils without mixing them you can just use rubbing alcohol. Orangic Aromas recommends cleaning every 5-6 days, and provides dropper pipettes to squirt in cleaning alcohol.
While many nebulizers tend to emit a lot of light, the mobile-mini only has a small LED indicator on the power button, so it’s unlikely to interrupt your sleep or be distracting.
And it’s one of the quietest nebulizers on the market. The unit is not silent, it does emit a soft hum, but if you place it at least 6 feet away from you it’s unlikely you will be able to hear it.
Tips for Traveling with the Mobile-Mini
Picture: Using the mobile mini in Morocco
The mobile-mini is a fabulous to travel with; it’s quiet, clean, and safe. But there are a couple of tricks I’ve learned from traveling with it.
The diffuser is incredibly effective and may be too strong to be used in an enclosed space, so it’s important to use it appropriately. As much as it may be tempting to combat the body odor of other passengers, don’t be a horrible human being and use it on a plane.
While it’s 100% portable and lasts for 18 hours, be respectful of other people, and don’t whip it out in a public space. After checking out of your hotel it might be an idea to leave the window open so the aroma can dissipate.
Keep the box that the unit comes in; it comes with fitted foam for each of the parts, and this makes it really easy to travel with, without losing the charging cable, or potentially breaking the glass reservoir.
If you’re traveling with essential oils in your carry-on, make sure they’re in a bottle that is 3.4 ounces (100 ml) or less to meet airport liquid restrictions. It’s fine to use in humid destinations too; since it uses no heat or water, it doesn’t increase the humidity of the room.
My Favorite Essential Oils
The mobile-mini comes with a mini bottle of oil to start you off right away. Mine came with a signature blend that has a sweet scent and a calming sedative effect.
But there are a huge range of essential oils available via Organic Aromas, and to find my favorite I ordered the Discovery Collection, which is a comprehensive sampler set of 40 different organic blends (pictured above).
The Discovery Collection is a great way to go to sample the huge range of oils and find your favorite; each vial contains 2 milliliters of pure essential oil, and lasts up to 4 hours in the mobile-mini unit.
You get to experience virtually the entire spectrum of scents without wasting money, oil or time, and it’s a fabulous way to play around with your own custom blends.
My favorites are cinnamon (smells like grandma’s apple pie!), eucalyptus, lavender, lemon, sweet orange, and tea tree. The 40 oils are comprised of a range of 10 organic oils, 14 single essential oils, and 16 blends.
Giveaway Winner: Christopher Bloomfield
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