Using an essential oil diffuser is one of my favorite ways to use essential oils. It is gentle and may even be safe for children. Although there are plenty of pre-made essential oil blends out there, sometimes I like to create my own scents, too. These essential oil recipes are great for the winter and fall seasons!
Essential Oil Diffuser Recipe
Aromatherapy is one of the best ways to get the health benefits of essential oils. Unlike topical application, you don’t have to worry about dilution or skin irritation with a carrier oil. And some essential oils that are not safe to apply to young children’s skin are safe to diffuse.
I often diffuse peppermint, lemon, or another essential oil alone. While these certainly have their benefits, making your own DIY essential oil diffuser blend is another great option. This way you can customize the aroma and health benefits to your needs. Diffusing is also a great way to make a room smell amazing, without the fake air fresheners.
An important safety note
I’ve seen some recipes online that offer lots of different diffuser recipes, without much information. Some essential oils are not safe for small children, while others are not safe for pets. A good rule of thumb is to not keep your pet confined in the room where you are spaying.
I have included all the safety precautions for children in each recipe, but the diffuser should still not be placed right next to their face. I won’t spread it to them for long. Information comes from IFRA standards and Robert Tisserand’s Essential Oil Safety.
Where to get the best essential oils
There are many good brands out there, but I find myself using a few over and over again. My favorite essential oil brands include Plant Therapy and Vibrant Blue Oil. I also sometimes use Mountain Rose Herbs, but I prefer other brands.
You want something that’s been grown without pesticides, doesn’t contain any added ingredients, and is grown in its native environment. I also look for oils that are produced and harvested ethically.
And if you don’t feel like putting together your own diffuser recipes, Plant Therapy has plenty of great pre-made blends. I also like that they label which ones are safe for kids.
How to make diffuser essential oil recipe
Like perfume, essential oil blends typically follow certain guidelines. You want to choose oils that have a good scent as well as a good fragrance. Diffusing thyme and oregano are great for sickness, but they may not have the best smell. And other oils, like Roman chamomile, rose, and sandalwood, work great in diffusers, but they tend to be expensive.
Blend recipes also (usually) contain base, middle, and top notes. Base notes are heavy oils like vetiver and cedarwood that linger in the air for a long time. The top notes are light and evaporate quickly, like the essential oils of lemon and lime. Middle notes, such as lavender essential oil, fall somewhere in between.
You don’t need to use all three at once, but the synergy can create something that smells really good.
How much essential oil you use depends on your diffuser type. My favorite is a nebulizing diffuser that quickly pumps out a concentrated amount, so it doesn’t need to be on for long. An ultrasonic diffuser uses a cold water mist and is not as strong. For a smaller room, you will need to use less essential oil (about 3-4 drops total in a water-based diffuser).
Winter diffuser blends
Some smells remind us of certain memories, like baking molasses cookies around Christmas. I like to keep some potpourri on the stove or in the diffuser during the holidays. Many of these recipes also have immune supporting properties, which is great for cold and flu season.
Energizing and helps with memory and breathing. Safe for ages 3 and up (3 drops total) or ages 6 and up (6 drops total) when used responsibly.
It smells like a walk in the woods. Helps calm emotions and supports the respiratory and immune systems. Safe for ages 6 months and up.
This warming blend reminds me of tea or baking cookies. It is also very good for the immune system. Safe for ages 6 months and up if cloves are omitted.
Energizing and a great pick-me-up mix. Safe for ages 6 months and up without wintergreen.
grounding forest mix
Frankincense, vetiver, and cedar wood help soothe and calm emotions, while orange helps lift spirits. Vetiver may have adverse effects on some people, so skip it if you feel its prevalence is making you nervous or anxious. Safe for ages 6 months and up.
Freshen the air with this vibrant blend. It helps lift spirits (good for any holiday stress!) and it’s good for the immune system. Safe for ages 6 months and up.
More diffuser essential oil recipes
These mixes aren’t exactly specific to the holidays, but they’re great for any time of year. I love helping clear the air before guests arrive.
You can also dilute essential oils in recipes, add water, and use them in room sprays like this one. I use about 10 drops per ounce of water. Great for refreshing bathroom areas!
This mixture helps in relieving stress, fatigue and anxiety. It helps to calm emotions and refresh the soul. Patchouli and ylang ylang are scents you either love or hate, so depending on preference either one will work here. Safe for ages 6 months and up.
Lemon is invigorating and helps reduce headache congestion. Lavender is calming, and geranium is emotionally uplifting. This blend is also great for seasonal allergies and is safe for 6 months and up.
What are some of your favorite oils to put in a diffuser? Leave a comment and let us know!
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