Aromatherapy reed diffusers are awesome. They look great, you don't have to worry about candle safety, and they last for months.
Plus, they're fun to make because you can really unleash your creativity on decorating them. You can fill your vase with pretties like river rocks, beads or beach glass, sticks or grasses, etc.
And you can embellish the outside of your jar with ribbon, raffia, beads and charms, paint - whatever suits your fancy.
Your local thrift shop is a fun place to hunt for unique glass or ceramic containers for this project, and a nature walk will net you some great twigs, rocks and other goodies to play with.
To make your own aromatherapy reed diffusers, you need:
10 to 15 rattan reeds, about 10 inches (25cm) long
Small glass vase or jar
3 tablespoons (45 ml) jojoba oil -- do not substitute! Buy Jojoba oil
Decorative items for the vase
250 drops of your favorite essential oil or one of the blends below
Et voila! Beauty and function in one fabulous package!
Here's some yummy, tried-and-tested essential oil blends perfect for aromatherapy reed diffusers...
This is an excellent blend for the bedroom. This floral, fruity lavender blend calms, uplifts and soothes away stress, perfect for helping you slide into a deep, restorative sleep after a long day.
150 drops Lavender essential oil
40 drops Lemon essential oil
40 drops Palmarosa essential oil
10 drops Geranium essential oil
10 drops Marjoram OR Chamomile essential oil
I just love this blend. It lifts your mood and soothes your nerves at the same time. Who doesn't need that at the end of a hectic day?
115 drops Bergamot essential oil
115 drops Sweet Orange essential oil
20 drops Geranium essential oil
Sweet and rich, this warming, sensual blend is perfect for the bedroom. Sandalwood essential oil is a little more expensive, but well worth the indulgence.
150 drops Sandalwood essential oil
50 drops Cinnamon Bark essential oil
50 drops Ylang Ylang essential oil
I have this blend on my bathroom windowsill because it's light, refreshing and a little less subtle than other blends.
120 drops Bergamot OR Peppermint essential oil
120 drops Lemongrass essential oil
10 drops Vetiver essential oil
Deep, spicy and exotic, this blend is a perfect winter warm-up for your living room or office. Keep it out of the bedroom,though, because these essential oils stimulate your nervous system.
120 drops Patchouli essential oil
100 drops Orange essential oil
30 drops Cinnamon OR Clove essential oil
On finding reeds for making your aromatherapy reed diffusers, I got an email from Eve, who wrote...
"Found you while looking for info about diffuser oil, thanks so much for the tips! Returning the favor - this weekend I found that Pier 1 sells the reeds separately, a box of 10 for $2. Thanks again, and enjoy!"
Thanks for the great tip, Eve!
Why not check out these related pages with some more yummy essential oil diffuser blends and some interesting information on other types of aromatherapy diffusers...