Aromatherapy Reed Diffusers

Easy essential oil diffusers... treats for your nose AND eyes!

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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.

How to Make a Reed Diffuser

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


  1. Decorate the vase. Place your rocks or beads inside.

  2. In a small, clean bottle, mix the jojoba oil with the essential oil blend. Cap and shake.

  3. Pour the oil mixture into the vase.

  4. Arrange the aromatherapy diffuser reeds in the vase, making sure the bottom ends are immersed in the oil.

  5. Add any additional decorative sticks or grasses.

Et voila! Beauty and function in one fabulous package!

How to Strengthen the Scent

It takes a day or two for the scent to travel up the aromatherapy diffuser reeds and start scenting the room.

Also, the aroma is fairly subtle, so if you cook fish or do anything else that creates a strong smell, the scent of the aromatherapy reed diffusers will be masked.

I recommend turning the aromatherapy reed diffusers over every few days to strengthen the scent by causing the oil to travel up and down the length of the reed.

Essential Oil Blends

Here's some yummy, tried-and-tested essential oil blends perfect for aromatherapy reed diffusers...

Relaxing Lavender Reed Diffuser Oil Blend

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

Sweet Citrus Sunshine Reed Diffuser Oil Blend

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

Sensual Sandalwood Essential Oil Diffuser Blend

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

Lemongrass Lift Essential Oil Diffuser Blend

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

Exotic Patchouli Essential Oil Diffuser Blend

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

Where to Buy Aromatherapy Reed Diffuser Supplies

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.

Update: 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!

Second Update: My sister uses bamboo skewers from the dollar store (also found in your local supermarket) in her reed diffusers. Not as pretty, but great for cost savings!

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