The fancy new ultrasonic diffusers are pretty awesome but can be expensive and a pain in the butt to refill. I had a friend ask me if they could use good old reed diffusers. I had no clue so off to land of the internet I went. I researched High and low and came up with this recipe!
They are simple, most of the ingredients can be found at home, and they last longer than a refillable diffuser.
Essential Oil Reed Diffusers
Simple, easy, and inexpensive homemade version of commercial reed diffusers.
- Small jar with small opening
- 1/4 cup carrier oil (sweet almond oil Or you can use distilled water.)
- 5-6 reed sticks (if using oil). Or bamboo skewers (if using water).
- 25-30 drops essential oils
- 1-2 tablespoons rubbing alcohol, or vodka just make sure it’s at least 90-95% alcohol
- In a glass measuring cup, add 1/4 cup of your carrier oil or 1/3 cup distilled water.
- Add about 25-30 drops of essential oils
- Add the alcohol and stir thoroughly to help it bind with the oils. Be sure to keep stirring until it’s all incorporated well.
- Add the mixture to your jar.
- Insert the sticks into the jar.
- After a few hours, flip the sticks over and insert the dry end into the jar to saturate the other end.
- Continue to swirl the jar and flip the sticks over about every week or so until the scent has diminished. Then, you can just add some more essential oils to the mix, swirl, and start again!
- Once the sticks become completely saturated with oil, they lose the ability to diffuse and will need to be replaced.
- If your liquid starts to look or smell “off”, dump it out, wash the jar, and make a new batch.