How to use an Essential Oil Inhaler {plus 5 everyday inhaler blends}

Essential oil inhalers are a great addition to your essential oil collection. They are great for on-the-go and for those times you can't use a diffuser. Learn all about how to use them and a few favorite essential oil inhaler recipe blends that you can use today.

Essential oil inhalers are a great addition to your essential oil collection. They are great for on-the-go and for those times you can't use a diffuser. Learn all about how to use them and a few favorite essential oil inhaler recipe blends that you can use today.

Essential Oil Inhalers

An essential oil inhaler is a small, portable device (about the size of a chapstick) that is meant to be used whenever you want to enjoy the aroma of your favorite essential oil blends.

There are plenty of benefits to using an aromatherapy inhaler. While you can’t take your essential oil diffuser with you when you’re out running errands or at work, you can take your inhaler instead. There aren't any bottles of oil spilling in your bag or messy hands because you've just applied some oils. They are perfect for kids going to school or for sharing your favorite blends with family and friends.

There are two common types of essential oil inhalers and each one is filled slightly differently but they all work the same. Simply remove the cover, hold the inhaler close to your nostril, and inhale deeply. When you’ve finished, replace the cap to hold the scent inside.

How to fill a cotton-wick essential oil inhaler

This type of inhaler has 4 different parts:

  1. Base - snaps into place to hold the wick inside the inhaler

  2. Wick - absorbs the essential oils and hold the aroma

  3. Inhaler - a slender tube that holds the wick in place

  4. Cover - slides over the inhaler tube to hold the aroma inside the inhaler when not in use

Start by placing the four parts on a table. Place the cotton wick in a small glass bowl. Drip the essential oil (10-15 drops is sufficient) you plan to use onto the wick. If you miss, simply use tweezers to move the wick around so it absorbs all the oil. Place the wick inside the inhaler, snapping on the base. Add the cover.

Tip: If the base gets stuck and is hard to remove, grab a paper clip and straighten one end of it. Push it through the nasal opening of the inhaler and push the base off using the end of the paper clip.

Essential oil inhalers are a great addition to your essential oil collection. They are great for on-the-go and for those times you can't use a diffuser. Learn all about how to use them and a few favorite essential oil inhaler recipe blends that you can use today.

How to fill a glass-vial essential oil inhaler

A glass-vial inhaler has slightly different parts but operates in basically the same manner as the cotton wick aromatherapy inhaler. There is usually a cover and base, a glass vial, a cotton wick, and the cap.

Remove the cap from the glass vial. Add the essential oils, insert the wick into the glass vial, leaving about 1/4" exposed. Screw the cap back onto the vial. Replace top and bottom pieces of the inhaler.

Depending on the type of inhaler, you can either carefully drip the essential oils directly into the glass vial, add the cotton wick, and assemble the inhaler. Or, like the cotton-wick inhaler, add the drops to the wick before placing it into the glass vial and assembling the inhaler. With both types, be sure not to push the wick down too far - keep about 1/4" out of the glass vial.



Aromatherapy Inhaler Blends

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How to use an essential oil inhaler

An essential oil inhaler can be used as often as you like (within reason, of course - there’s no need to inhale for more than a few minutes at a time). Just remove the cap, place the inhaler beneath your nostrils, and inhale deeply.

You can hold it beneath your nose, or for a stronger effect, place the tip on one nostril, inhaling deeply. Then repeat with the other nostril.

Essential Oil Inhaler Recipes

These five essential oil inhaler recipes are versatile and can be used in many situations. Best of all, inhalers are small and easy to transport in a bag or backpack wherever you go.

If the inhaler is for children under ten, reduce the total number of drops to ten.

Focus Inhaler Blend - 10 drops Sweet Orange & 5 drops Cedarwood

Relaxation Inhaler Blend - 5 drops Lavender, 3 drops Cedarwood, 2 drops Vetiver

Energizing Inhaler Blend - 5 drops Spearmint, 5 drops Lime, 5 drops Sweet Orange

Nausea Inhaler Blend - 5 drops Ginger, 3 drops Fennel, 2 drops Peppermint

Congestion Inhaler Blend - 5 drops Fir Needle, 5 drops Rosalina, 5 drops Cypress

Where to buy your essential oil inhalers

Essential oil inhalers come in a variety of materials - from plastic to metal. You can purchase them at many different places. Here are my favorite sources:

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Essential Oil Inhaler Blends

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Tonia L

Hey! I'm the owner of Happy Homeschool Nest - a website devoted to helping homeschool moms balance the needs of homeschooling with managing a healthy and happy home.