If you want to try aromatherapy, you don’t need to spend a lot of money up front. You can make your own essential oil diffuser to start. We’ll give you instructions in a moment.
Or you can check our article for the best portable aromatherapy diffusers. They are less expensive than diffusers for large rooms.
Okay, let’s make a simple diffuser. If you have a glass jar and bamboo skewers, you have half of what you need to start diffusing essential oil. You’ll also want your favorite scented oil and rubbing alcohol.
Pour a quarter-cup of hot water into a glass container. Then add a quart cup of alcohol. Finally, stir in 25 drops of essential oil. Once you insert the skewers, they will soak up the mixture to perfume the air.
You can slow down the evaporation rate, too. Instead of alcohol and water, use 70 percent sweet almond oil to 30 percent essential oil. Also, experiment with a glass vase that has a narrow neck to reduce air exposure.
Although you might be tempted to diffuse essential oils by heating them, the heat could break them down. If you’re still intent on trying that method, check with the top brands to see which of their oils tolerate heat.
Once you’ve tried a homemade diffuser, you may decide to upgrade to something more powerful. In that case, we reviewed the top essential oil diffusers to help you shop for one. It’s surprising to see what extra features some models have, from soothing nightlights to smart home connectivity.
There are ultrasonic diffusers that emit a refreshing cool mist. And there are nebulizing diffusers that release pure essential oil fragrance into the room. Both help you enjoy a therapeutic experience and can meet different needs.