How to Make an Essential Oil Reed Diffuser

Diffusing is such a great way to get started with essential oils. It's easy to do and not as overwhelming as the other options if you're new to using essential oils. But, if you're not ready to splurge on an ultrasonic or nebulizing diffuser, you can make a simple homemade essential oil diffuser with just a few items. Keep reading to learn how to make an essential oil reed diffuser.

Diffusing is such a great way to get started with essential oils. It's easy to do and not as overwhelming as the other options if you're new to using essential oils. But, if you're not ready to splurge on an ultrasonic or nebulizing diffuser, you can make a simple homemade essential oil diffuser with just a few items. Keep reading to learn how to make an essential oil reed diffuser.

How to make an essential oil reed diffuser

Making your own essential oil diffuser is very simple and you'll only need a few items (these are affiliate links):

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Combine about 1/4-1/3 cup carrier oil with 20-25 drops of essential oil and pour into the glass jar. Place the diffuser sticks in the jar and wait for the scent to 'travel' up the reeds.

To refresh the scent, flip the sticks over - every few days is sufficient. After awhile the sticks will become saturated with oils and won't be as effective so you'll want to replace them with fresh sticks. Also, the more sticks you use the more often you'll have to replace them.

One last note - make sure to keep it up and away from kids and pets so the jar doesn't get knocked over & spilled.

Reed Diffuser Essential Oil Recipes

Now that you've learned how to make an essential oil reed diffuser, you can enjoy the aromatic benefits of your essential oils. Here are a few reed diffuser essential oil recipes to get you started (20-25 drops is sufficient; use equal amounts of the oils in each recipe below):

  • lavender, lemon & peppermint
  • lemon & orange
  • bergamot, lavender & frankincense 
  • peppermint & orange
  • clove, cinnamon & orange

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While reed diffusers aren't as effective as the other types, they are a great way to start diffusing. You'll want to toss all your scented candles in the trash after you start using a reed diffuser!

Tonia L

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