What happens when two rocket scientists tire of playing at being Dr. Strangelove and turn to creating peaceful, easy feelings? You get The Herbalizer, (aka “Herbie”), a high-tech aromatherapy essential oil diffuser and vaporizer that is leaving their closest competitor, The Volcano, in a cloud of lavender vapor.
Creating Herbie wasn’t a huge leap for two NASA alumni turned entrepreneurs. NASA technology is responsible for many earthly innovations from the LED’s in your phone to memory foam mattresses.
An Introduction to Aromatherapy
The aromatherapy market has taken off like a rocket over the past few years, but the use of essential oils has a very long history. Six-thousand years ago, the Chinese, Indians, Egyptians, Greeks and Romans were using essential oils in for cosmetics, drugs, and religious rituals. The Bible often refers to Frankincense and Myrrh and the tome refers to over 76 references of anointing with oil.
“And he made the holy anointing oil and the pure, fragrant incense of spices, the work of a perfumer.” – Exodus 30:25
Aromatherapy caught on in the U.S in the 1980’s, growing with public curiosity and the appearance of several major online retailers. Ladies are now hosting aromatherapy parties in their homes. The global essential oil market exceeded 6 billion USD in 2015, and a research group expects it to exceed 11.67 billion by 2022.
As the aromatherapy market continues to grow, dispensing device manufacturers naturally follow. A confusing array of dispenser functionality is available, many with LED lighting and odd shapes. Your choices include:
Ultrasonic (can be used for aromatherapy)
Heat/Vaporization and Aromatherapy
The semantics of aromatherapy tech with the multiple techniques for dispensing vapor – ultrasonic, nebulizing, humidifying, heat – make purchasing confusing. Which is best? Why are they shaped like that? Herbie utilizes both aromatherapy and vaporization via user controlled heating. As far as shape, Herbie is pleasing to the eye and can fit in with any environment.
Connection Magazine staffers have tested Herbie and concur that it’s an excellent piece, both functionally and aesthetically.
The Development of the Most Technologically Advanced Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser
Josh Young and Bob Pratt decided they’d had enough of designing rockets, quit their jobs and put all their efforts into Herbie, the little vape that could. They decided to build the most technologically advanced device known to man, and they had the CV’s up for the challenge.
After four years of research, market analysis, and development, Herbie evolved into a combination aromatherapy and vaporization unit. Josh had three parameters he felt were musts for their device:
Instantaneous heating (where other vapes fail)
Josh and Bob consulted with a renowned aromatherapist in San Diego and learned all they could about aromatherapy, including optimum heating temperatures. Precision temperature control is a major feature of Herbie as few products of this type allow you to be in control of the proper temperature.
Herbalizer – A Look Under the Hood
Herbie has a clam shell design – sleek and sophisticated enough for the most upscale home, yet small enough for your desktop; the unit incorporates quietly to any environment. The sleek design makes Herbie look a bit on the fragile side but it more than stood up to repeated usage.
Three temperature zones are available to tailor you relief to your changing moods. From the Herbalizer website –
Airborne delivery of oils and herbs is safer than smoking as Herbie doesn’t allow for combustion thus the creation of noxious gasses such as C0 and CO2 does not occur. Zero combustion also allows for the purest release of herbs and oils. Neither aromatherapy nor vaporization creates smoke. What you see streaming from the device is water vapor from the vaporization process.
Why does Herbie have temperature control? Each plant releases it’s essential oils at different temperatures. An intensity of oil release also occurs. Precise control allows the user to experience personalized oils or herbs temperature control with lightening precision. Most people seem to prefer the mid-range, steady temperature but, if you had a particularly bad day, you might feel like cranking Herbie up to “full blast.” Most vaporizing devices have only one setting. As far as speed, “The Herbalizer heats your favorite herbs and oils to within +/- 5°F (+/- 3°C), instantly.” A built-in halogen heating unit combined with a 32-bit microprocessor maintains temperatures at the desired setting.
Patented Smartvape Technology™ is built in such as LCD auto-dimming, a 3-axis accelerometer tilt sensor, usage sensing with auto-off, and an incredibly intuitive user interface to name a few.
According to Brandon, Herbalizer Marketing Manager, “We created the Herbalizer to (be) clean, discreet, efficient, accurate, and repeatable. Many…devices on the market can be inaccurate, take a long time to heat up, lack repeatable experiences, and burn through too much herb. We were inspired to create the device so that user could get the most…herbal medicine (via) vaporization. We believe the world is ready for this change and know that…vaporization will be at the forefront of consumption for health benefits. …accuracy preserves the quality and flavor of the herbs through precise extraction. The combination of technology and planning we feel we have achieved this goal!”
Herbie is a bit more expensive than most vaporization units on the market, but you get more herb with Herbie than any other unit – period. Space-age technology is literally at your fingertips and precise control of your experience helps you enjoy more with less waste (and we all know how expensive products can be). These features alone make Herbie well worth spending a bit more money.