One of my most favorite tools to give my friends and fellow essential oil fans is an inhaler. These incredibly simple to make tools are super effective, portable and require no electricity or water. They are a real win win.
First here’s a bit of aromatherapy education to get everyone on the same page. Essential oils are aromatic compounds that are extracted from plants. They can be used three ways: aromatic, topical and internally. Topical use involves application of the essential oil in some fashion to the skin. Internal use of essential oils is the taking of them inside the body normally through the mouth in some fashion. However, we’re going to focus on aromatic use with this recipe. Aromatic use is when you inhale through the nose the essential oil. Aromatic use can be done using a diffuser, aromatherapy jewelry, placing a drop in your palm and inhaling and many other ways. In other words: you inhale through your nose and smell the oils.
A super simple way to make use of the essential oils you have on hand is to create an inhaler. These lip balm-sized containers have a cotton insert that absorbs one or multiple oils. You then simply hold the inhaler an inch away from your nose and breathe in the aroma of the essential oil(s) it holds. You do not stick the inhaler up your nose, simply near it. That’s it, no electricity or water required.
So how do you make an essential oil diffuser? Here’s what you’ll need:
1 inhaler container and organic cotton insert
1-4 essential oils of your choice
1 bowl or container to mix the essential oil synergy (blend) together
Let’s break down each of these components involved in this recipe and where to get them.
a.) inhaler container/insert: These can be purchased so many places. I have some from Amazon that have organic cotton inserts. Please choose organic cotton inserts and if you cannot find those you can use organic cotton squares instead of the supplied insert.
b.) essential oils: I only recommend certified pure 100% essential oils. The combination of oils you choose depends upon the reason you wish to make the inhaler. Do you want it for mood? Wellness? Some specific need? Choose oils specific to these desires. (feel free to message me for help with this topic or specific oils) Once you’ve figured out your oils, open the bottles and hold them at the same level near your nose to give the synergy/blend a test run. Do you like it? Do it have the effect you need? Figure out what oil you smell most and take it away. Then do that one more or two more times to figure out which oils are the strongest/most dominant. This will determine how much you use: generally, the stronger the oil the less oil you will add. However, you can modify your recipe based upon your desired aroma.
c.) bowl for mixing: It’s important if you are combining oils in a synergy for your inhaler to mix them together FIRST before you use the inhaler to absorb the essential oils. You can modify and adjust your blend this way.
Steps to making your inhaler:
First, figure out what is the reason you want the inhaler and select oils that are perfect for this need.
Second, open all the oils you have chosen and hold them at the same level an inch away from your nose. Decide the order of intensity/smell you notice, write this down.
Third, add your essential oils to bowl in the range of 20-40 drops total. Adjust as you need to reach the perfect aromatic synergy before using the inhaler insert. Hold the bowl with all the oils close to your nose and smell. How do you like it?
**wash your hands**
Finally, once you have placed the oils in the bowl and have found the perfect combination, take the inhaler insert and place it in the pool of essential oils in your bowl. Allow it to uptake and absorb the essential oils completely. Take the inhaler insert in your clean hands or if you have a tweezers you can use that, and place the cotton insert into the outer plastic holder. Put the plug in the bottom and make sure it’s completely in and will not fall out easily.
Once you have your inhaler made, you can take it with you, and use it as you need. Hold the inhaler 1″ away from your nose and take ten deep breaths.
Here’s one of my favorite blends for you to start with that is for uplift and ease:
10 Wild Orange
Let me know what you think.