How to Make an Essential Oil Diffuser

By Krissi Maarx

Scenting your home with essential oils benefits health by reducing chemical exposure from commercial air fresheners and increasing exposure to the healing properties of essential oils. With so many available options, you can personalize scents according to your needs and preferences. For example, if you suffer from sinus congestion, the scent of eucalyptus oil will help open your nasal passages. You can purchase a wide variety of essential oil diffusers, or you can use homemade methods.

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Make an Essential Oil Diffuser

Step 1

Pour vegetable oil into a container with a groove for precise pouring, such as a measuring cup.

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Step 2

Add essential oils of your choice to the vegetable oil. Use 20 to 30 drops of essential oil per 1/2 cup of vegetable oil.

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Step 3

Add 10 drops of your choice of food coloring to the blend for decoration.

Step 4

Stir thoroughly with a reed to disperse the coloring throughout the oil.

Step 5

Pour the mixture into a glass bottle.

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Step 6

Insert the reeds through the opening of the bottle. Use as many reeds as will fit. The essential oil blend will creep up the reeds and disperse the scent.

Step 7

Boil a pot of water.

Step 8

Add 20 drops of essential oil to the boiling water.

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Step 9

Increase the scent by adding spices, such as cinnamon, and citrus peels.

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Step 10

Reduce the heat to low and simmer.

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Step 11

Aside from the stove, add water and essential oil to a teapot and set on hot radiators or a woodstove. The scent will carry through the home and reduce dry air from heat.

Step 12

Add a few drops of essential oil to hot running bathwater.

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Step 13

Drip 5 drops of essential oil into the opening of your disposable paper vacuum bag. As you vacuum, the scent will disperse.

Step 14

Add 5 drops of essential oil to the inner cardboard tube of toilet paper. The scent will disperse as toilet paper unrolls.

Step 15

Soak a cotton ball in essential oils or vanilla extract and set in a dish in any room.

Step 16

Pour 2 cups of distilled water into a reusable spray bottle.

Step 17

Add two mini-bottles---100 mL---of high-proof vodka, preferably 100 proof.

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Step 18

Add 50 drops of essential oil and shake.

Step 19

Let the mixture sit for 1 to 2 weeks, occasionally shaking the bottle. The scent will strengthen with time.

Step 20

Spray the mixture. If you want a stronger scent, add more essential oil.

Step 21

Spray the mixture throughout the home as you would with any spray air freshener. You can also use this on fabrics, but test first for colorfastness.