Hey folks. Looking for some natural remedies for my chronic migraine I recently discovered the vast universe of aromatherapy. My number one tool for using essential oils at home is trough ultrasonic diffuser which generates really relaxing cool mist (got this cheapoo and it works just fine). But there are special places like bathroom or pantry which require constant odor control rather than occasional avalanche of concentrated scent. This is where reed diffuser come to play. While buying them premade is quite costly it can be assembled at home really easy and quick once you gather all the materials. So I looked upon some blog posts about making reed diffuser and came up with my own mini version using empty nail polish bottles.
Just in case you have no idea which essential oils to use I am also sharing few of my favorite blends as a free printable. So what are you waiting for? Let’s go.(psst.. I included some affiliate links to help you find required products and by purchasing you are keeping this blog alive)
Gather your materials:
- Empty nail polish bottle ( I used standard 10 ml/0.3 oz)
- Ratan reed sticks, 4 inches/10 cm long (got mine from ebay, amazon has them too)
- Carrier oil – grapeseed, almod, apricot kernel etc. look for thin consistence. Can be found at every supermarket.
- Essential oils, 20-25 drops (see below for free printable with my favorite blends)
So you have everything you need at hand. Start by adding at least 20 drops of your favorite essential oil to your clean and dry nail polish bottle. You can add more later if you feel that the smell is too weak. I use lavender and mint mostly because of the pleasant smell and relaxing atmosphere it creates. For bathroom I also add something citrus like lemon, orange or grapefruit to bring freshness and sense of cleanness. Clove and cinnamon are great for reed diffuser placed in pantry.
Next fill your soon to be reed diffuser up with carrier oil. Just in case you are not familiar with term – it means any base (vegetable) oil to dilute essential oils. You probably already have some extra virgin olive oil in your kitchen but it is a little bit too thick for this project. I used grapeseed oil which had a discount at my local drugstore that day. Yes, I’m a discount addict. Another totally optional ingredient would be few drops of rubbing alcohol or vodka. It supposedly helps with absorbing oils to sticks but frankly I haven’t felt any difference with or without it.
Final step. Put four reeds (you couldn’t fit more even if you wanted) to your bottle and wait for the magic to happen. Flip them over after an hour or so and start smelling this very subtle aroma. To refresh the scent flip reeds at least once a week and replace them entirely after one month. The liquid should last for few months.
Do you want to pack your handmade reed diffuser for giving away or taking with you while traveling? Just use the original nail polish cap. I removed brush very easily by pulling it out with simple pliers.
Have I mentioned that reed diffuser look absolutely beautiful in any interior? Just think about all those different containers – glass, ceramic, vintage or new… Also there are different options for reeds – black, white, shaped as twigs or weeds. I’m getting exciting just thinking about them!
Are you also a fan of essential oils? How do you like to use them? Share your experience in comments section, I would love to know!
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