Are you an essential oil newbie and not ready to invest in an essential oil diffuser yet? Or, maybe you’ve been using oils for awhile, but can’t afford to buy a diffuser yet? Don’t worry: today I’m going to share how to diffuse essential oils without a diffuser.
While essential oil diffusers have come down in price a lot in the past year (some are well under $20), there are situations when a diffuser just isn’t possible. Maybe you’re on a mountain hike, or a trip in the jungle. Or, maybe you just had to leave in a hurry and didn’t have time to plan taking your diffuser. Diffusing essential oils without diffuser is possible and sometimes fun 😉
How To Diffuse Essential Oils Without a Diffuser
- Add a couple drops of oil to a tissue and keep it by your side. Add a drop or two every hour to keep it fresh.
- Smell the oils directly from the bottle, as needed (just be careful, as some oils are strong and you want to be safe) .
- Use your hands: add a drop of the oil and cup your hands over your nose. Inhale deeply and enjoy.
- Add oils to your wrists and smell throughout the day.
- Use 2 or 3 drops of your favorite oil on a cotton ball. You can tuck it in your pillowcase, keep it on your desk, or put it in a bowl next to you.
- Make a room spray: in a 4 oz glass bottle, add 20-30 drops of oil (my favorite combination is 10 drops of peppermint oil and 20 drops of lemongrass oil), then fill with tap water. Spray as often as you wish.
- Use a wooden clothespin to diffuse oils in your car: add a few drops of oil to the clothespin and clip it to the air vent.
- You can add a couple drops to your home filters. As the air blows, it will diffuse the oils (might only last a few hours, but it only takes a couple drops).
- Heat up some water on the stove and use a few drops of oil. Don’t boil the water: just heat it up and turn the stove off. I LOVE using clove and orange oils this time of the year!
- Similar to the method above, you can use a small ceramic container filled with water and heated by a tea lite candle. Add a few drops of oil and enjoy the pleasant aroma.
- Wear a terracotta necklace: it’s an affordable alternative to a diffuser. Apply your oils to the necklace and you’ll have your own personal diffuser throughout the day.
- You can also wear a clay bracelet with the same results as wearing a necklace (boys and men might like this better than a clay pendant).
- If you wear earrings, you can wear leather earrings and add a drop of oil on each earring.
- Soaking in a warm bath with homemade bath salts scented with your favorite oils is another way to enjoy the effects of aromatherapy.
- Add bath bombs to your evening routine and enjoy the added benefit of aromatherapy.
- Add a few drops of oil to a bowl of hot water and drape a towel over your head. This works great in the winter months when the sickies are going around.
- Make a reed diffuser and dip the tips into the oil: it will slowly diffuse the aroma.
- Add baking soda in a glass jar and 10 to 15 drops of your favorite oil blend. Cover with tulle (you can even decorate it nicely). This works for small spaces. If you want to refresh the scent, every time you walk by, give the jar a quick shake 😉
- Make a personal inhaler. You can buy the empty inhalers on Amazon, and just add the oils to the wick. Keep it in your purse to use as needed. I have 2 of them one with peppermint oil for when I feel a headache coming on, or need a pick me up, and one with lavender and orange when I need to calm down or relax.
- Add a few drops of oil to a warm pillow (it’s really easy to make and will become your friends in the winter months). If you’re not crafty, just fill an old sock with some rice or wheat, and tie the end.
- If you have little ones, add some lavender to their special fuzzy friends, and they’ll relax into slumber.
- Make your own natural potpourri from citrus peels and dried flowers from your garden (lavender, mint, lemongrass, rosemary, etc.), and add a few drops of oil to enhance the scent.
- Use wood chips in a bowl and add some oils: as the oil dries up, it will diffuse slowly.
- Another great idea is to use pine-cones as your diffuser.
- Scent your potholder with essential oils, and every time you put your hot pots on them, you’ll feel the oils aroma
- Make wooden or ceramic ornaments that you can hand on doorknobs, and add oils to
- Add a leather brooch to your clothing (this works great on a scarf, or turtleneck) and use it to add your favorite oils
- Add a couple flower pens to a jar on your desk, and use them to diffuse your favorite oils.
- Wear a headband and use it as your diffuser 😉
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