Essential oils work wonderfully at helping us unwind after a hard day, they are one of the best and most well- known methods you can use in order to elevate your and your loved ones’ mood levels since they create an energizing environment. Moreover, it is said that essential oil diffusers in homes or offices are great ideas to keep cold, flu or other awful illnesses away; for these reasons and many others, I have decided to share with you these very simple steps that will help you create DIY essential oil diffusers, which will absolutely refresh every space of your home.
Supplies you will need
Glass bottle (avoid plastic containers)
90% rubbing alcohol or vodka
Rattan reed sticks
Carrier oil (sweet almond oil is a great option)
Step #1: assembling your diffuser
To start your DIY project, measure out ¼ cup of almond oil with one tablespoon of vodka, then pour two teaspoons of essential oil. To better understand how this step works, I may explain you that the sweet almond oil you have chosen will travel up the reed, and thus the essential oil is carried along with it; this is why it is also called “carrier oil”. Just to give you some more ideas: safflower oil, mineral oil or jojoba oil will perfectly work as well.
Now, add 25 to 30 drops of your favorite essential oil or oils into the measuring cup. Keep in mind that if you are using two different oils, you rather add 15 drops of one oil and 15 drops more of the other one. The next step is to gently swirl the oil mixture within the measuring cup in order to blend both of the oils; be sure you move the measuring cup in circles, or you could also use a spoon to stir and blend the oils together.
Once you have blended the oils properly, pour the mixture into one of the glass container you have selected for your diffuser. Remember that containers with the narrow opening are the best alternative you can purchase; in case your measuring cup does not have a spout, then you may need to use a funnel which assist you while transferring the liquid into the container. In addition, add about 4-8 reed sticks into your glass container; and in order to make them work more effectively, strive to fan the reed sticks out instead of leaning them all to one side of the rim. Allow the oil soaks into the reeds for a couple of minutes, and then you can flip them over; you can totally flip reeds every week or as frequent as you consider, the idea is to keep your essential oil diffuser refreshing your home.
Step #2: decorating your essential oil diffuser
Wrap baker’s twine around your glass bottle, be sure to use clear glue every inch and thus you will secure the twine in place. After a while, inspect that the glue has properly dried and peel off any extra residue; that extra residue should come off easily, however you can use a toothpick for any persistent bits. Now, let your creativity flows by including different decorative accents, use washi tape.
Step #3: using efficiently your diffuser
After you have flip the sticks for the first time, you will need to get in the habit of flipping them every few days; by flipping your reed sticks, you will be preventing them from drying out. The idea is to have the scent of your oil continuously spreading. On the other hand, you will probably notice that even though you regularly flip the sticks, the scent of the essential oils seems to be diminishing; you have to add more oil when this occurs, which should be after a month or so. It will be a nice idea to replace any of the oil mixture that has evaporated, strive to always remember that it is advisable to replace the mixture to a 75-85/15-25 ratio of carrier oil to essential oil. Another common replacement you might need to do is related to the reed sticks, after a month or so they will look completely saturated in oil; so at that point it will be necessary to replace them, otherwise they won’t diffuse the oil scent anymore.
Tips to successful DIY essential oil diffusers
Make sure to be diligent regarding flipping the reed sticks and swirling the oil. Otherwise your diffuser may not work as good as you want.
In case you have developed these essential oil diffusers for aromatherapy purposes, strive to carefully choose all of the attributes in you’re the essential oils you have opted for; for instance, oils like lavender or jasmine are relaxing so they can perfectly be used for aromatherapy purposes, however essential oils such peppermint or lemon are energizing.