DIY Natural Oil Reed Diffuser


This very simple three ingredient oil diffuser is super easy to make, smells wonderful, and looks just like a bought one!  To make your own, all you need is a carrier oil like sweet almond or jojoba and then choose essential oils according to your preference of scent and the properties they contain. As a general rule, the mix needs to be 20% essential oils to 80% carrier oil. The strength will depend on how much and which essential oils you use. Keep in mind this will not be as strongly scented as a store bought diffuser that uses fragranced oil and a chemical based carrier. We also now have lovely glass diffusers for sale, click here for more info.

Here’s how I made mine: 

¼ Cup Sweet Almond Oil

6 ml Neroli Essential Oil – helps clear your head and reduces stress

6 ml Sweet Orange Essential Oil – boosts immunity and helps with depression, is calming

Combine really well by shaking in a glass jar then pour into a small glass or ceramic vase, the smaller the top of your vessel – the slower the evaporation. I couldn’t find reeds for sale anywhere, so we decided to source them for you – click here.  The other option is to cut the ends off bamboo skewers or use dried rosemary stalks; they won’t work quite as well as they don’t have the channels inside that the reeds do.

Once you’ve put the reeds into your diffuser, let them soak for a couple of hours and then flip them over to promote the scent travelling along the channels. It’s a good idea to do this every so often and to add more essential oils when necessary. If you’d like to help decided what blends to make take a read of this article

And check out this article for how essential oils can help to combat stress and anxiety


Comments 5

  1. That sounds wonderful- I’ve never been able to find out what the main solvent is in commercially sold Diffusers, but assume its a petrochemical or alcohol and probably not great for you. I’ll definitely try this out! Thanks 🙂

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  2. I discovered that the dead stalks of mini agapanthus flowers are hollow and have little channels in the walls, when I was tidying up my plants. So I decided to try them out in my diffuser mix (which has a little bit of vodka in it) and they work very well. And they’re free!

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