Essential Oil Diffuser Recipes
A popular way to enjoy the benefits of essential oils is to use them with a diffuser. Individual essential oils can be diffused but more often, people combine essential oils to gain specific benefits.
Some popular recipes for blending essential oils for diffusers are:
- Essential oils for psoriasis recipe
- Essential oils for snoring recipes
- Essential oils for wrinkles recipe
- Essential oil recipe for headaches
- Essential oil recipe for bug spray
- Essential oil recipe for vertigo
- Essential oil recipes for sleep
- Essential oil blend for eczema
- Arthritis essential oil blend
- Essential oil recipe for acne
- Essential oil blend for allergies
- Homemade ant spray
Essential Oil Combinations
While essential oils can be used on their own, combining essential oils can provide a more intriguing and complex aroma. Combining essential oils requires a little research on each oil. The important aspects to consider are:
- Benefit(s) to health or home
Discovering the best smelling essential oil combinations can require some trial and error, and will be unique for everyone. However, if you understand the fundamentals of essential oils aromas, you can easily create essential oil blends that harmonize together.
Every essential oil’s aroma can be classified as a top, middle, or base note. While there is no definite list, there are basic scent characteristics that can help determine an essential oil’s fragrance note.
Top note essential oils are the ones your nose detects first. They’re also the first to evaporate so their aroma is fleeting and commonly elicit light and uplifting feelings. Most citrus essential oils and those made from flowers are considered top notes.
The role of middle notes is to “connect” the top and base notes. They “balance” the aroma. They usually have a warm and gentle fragrance that you won’t notice right away. Essential oils derived from herbs and spices commonly have middle note fragrances. As the name suggests, middle note aromas will last longer than top notes but will dissipate before base notes.
Base note fragrances are “heavy” and are often described as earthy. These essential oils are slow to evaporate and help stabilize the blended fragrance. Generally, base note essential oils come from roots or bark and tend to elicit a sense of grounding. Aromatherapy blends for relaxation usually have a strong base note.
A few essential oils can be placed in two categories. Two examples of this are clove essential oil (middle/base) and tea tree essential oil (top/middle). When “dual category” essential oils are used in blends, they will act more like the lower note. For example, in blends with top note essential oils such as bergamot or lime, tea tree essential oil will act more as middle note.
Aromatherapy recipes don’t have to include essential oils with each kind of note. But blends that include a top, middle, and base note essential oil are commonly described as having a more “complex” aroma.
For those new to to creating essential oil blend recipes, a useful tip is to look at which essential oils are combined in professionally blended oils. These can act as a starting point to help you learn what essential oils go well together or what aromas appeal to you.
It’s common to blend essential oils to gain the benefits of each oil for one purpose. For example, there are essential oil recipes for skincare, digestive ailments, and sore throat, to name a few.
Before creating DIY essential oil blends, users are encouraged to research the unique properties and benefits of each essential oil, which can be easily found in our essential oil database. For example, citrus essential oil recipes are popular with people seeking energizing or detoxifying effects.
A simple guideline for essential oils blends is to include only one or two essential oils with that specific benefit. The other essential oils in recipe should be complementary or help enhance the aroma.
Essential oils purchased from reputable suppliers should include cautions and directions to ensure proper use. These may include suggestions on how to use and if the essential oil is safe for certain populations, such as children or pregnant women. Always read the labels of each essential oil before creating blends.
Essential Oil Spray Recipe
Certain combinations of essential oils are ideal for homemade air freshening sprays, and help naturally eliminate odors. For each of the following recipes, add the essential oils to 1 cup of room temperature water in a spray bottle.
To help promote focus and calm thinking, use 8-10 drops each of peppermint and rosemary essential oils.
Essential Oil Perfume Recipes
Combining essential oils for perfume is different from creating aromatherapy blends. Instead of focusing on the health benefits of the recipe, essential oil perfume recipes focus on fragrance type and sustainability.
As outlined in the section on essential oils combinations, each essential oil has a fragrance note. In perfume, the top note provides the aromatic first impression. This is followed by the middle note and base note.
When selecting essential oils for a DIY perfume, users should work in the reverse order by selecting the base note, then the middle, and then finally the top notes.
Once you’ve selected your essential oils, add them to a carrier oil. Once essential oils have been safely diluted, apply the aromatic blend on pulse points such as the neck, wrist, or inner elbow.
An example of a basic perfume is 3 drops each of jasmine essential oil, clove essential oil, and vanilla essential oil added to jojoba carrier oil.
Try different combinations until you find one that creates a pleasing effect with your skin’s natural chemistry and aroma.
Best Oils for Diffuser
The best essential oils for diffuser are those that tend to linger. Generally, these have aromas that are spicy (e.g. clove or cinnamon essential oil), woodsy (frankincense, patchouli or sandalwood essential oils), or herbal (eucalyptus, peppermint, or chamomile essential oils).
Essential oils that are citrusy (e.g. bergamot, orange, or neroli essential oil) or flowery (e.g. jasmine, geranium or rose essential oil) dissipate quickly and the effect is often short-lived.
When using a reed diffuser, balance citrus or flowery essential oils with longer-lasting spicy, woody, or herbal essential oils.
Try these simple essential oil reed diffuser recipes to start:
- Equal parts bergamot and patchouli essential oils in carrier oil
- Equal parts jasmine, sandalwood, and eucalyptus essential oils in carrier oil