It's not exactly hard to freshen your home with all sorts of smells around these days, everywhere you look there are scented candles, scented sprays, oil diffusers, incense and plug-in room deodorisers. But instead of forking out for smells that contain all sorts of potentially harmful toxins and chemicals, I decided to start making my own diffusers, it's super easy and will take you less than 10 minutes.
What you will need:
Small vase or glass bottle
Essential oil - I used Lemongrass
I get my essential oil, mineral oil and reeds online from Candle Creations.
Any container will work, the best have a wider base and a small opening at the top of discourage evaporation. Mineral oil can be found in pharmacies, health shops or supermarkets. Bamboo skewers can be used instead of reeds, but these are not as efficient at diffusing and will need replacing more often.
Mineral oil is used as a non-evaporating base to hold the essential oils. Start by pouring a 1/4 cup of oil into a measuring cup. Then, add 2-3 tablespoon of vodka. This won't mix naturally, so stir thoroughly to emulsify them. The vodka thins the oils to get it to the right consistency to move up the reeds.
Next, add the essential oil to the mixture. You should need about 15-20 drops, depending on the strength of the essential oil used.
Once all mixed together, pour the concoction into your bottle and insert 5-6 reeds. After a few hours, flip the reeds over and continue to flip every few days. Easy as that!
Below are a few of my personal favourite essential oils to use in diffusers.
- Lavender - improves sleep quality and calms the nervous system. Great for the bedroom!
- Basil - helps relieve headaches
- Rosemary - stimulates the mind and improves memory
- Peppermint and Eucalyptus - great for clearing sinuses when feeling blocked up
- Lemongrass - acts as a natural anti-depressant and calms anxiety, plus it makes everything smell so clean and fresh!
- Orange - refreshing and relaxing
This blog was written by Office Manager Heather, who as you may have already noticed, is always down for a little DIY!