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!
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
Your local thrift shop or dollar store has a wide variety of jars and vases perfect for decorating.
Amazon has an amazing variety of rattan reeds. Choose black, brown, natural - you name it!
You can get your essential oils from Amazon too. Just remember, you get what you pay for. Please, please don't buy the cheapest oils - I promise you they'll be diluted with synthetic ick you don't want. Who wants a headache when they were expecting a pleasing aroma?
Finding essential oils is easy. I recommend Mountain Rose Herbs for essential oils and other aromatherapy recipe ingredients like jojoba oil. Their prices are excellent if you're on a tight budget and their quality is good.
Another supplier I really like is doTerra. They only supply oils though, not the base ingredients like carrier oils.
I switched to doTerra's oils a while ago when I tested them against the other brands in my stockpile. I found I got better results, and I never got headaches or skin irritation, which sometimes happened with other brands.
I was pretty resistant to trying them because their prices are higher than a lot of other brands, but when I saw and felt the difference, I was won over.
I find that because they're so effective, I can get away with using fewer drops per recipe, which helps even out the cost. So if you want high quality, ultra-effective oils, these guys are for you.
You can buy doTerra's oils at retail prices by clicking the Shop button at the top. Or click Join & Save to become a wholesale customer and get a store-wide 25% discount. Message me if you want more details on the wholesale deal - it's well worth it.
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. For fun, check out personal scents with perfume or how easy it is to make soy candles to also scent your room!