DIY Essential Oil Inhaler Recipes to Ease Anxiety + Promote Health

With these easy to make essential oil inhalers the soothing effects of aromatherapy are just one deep breath away. These little nasal inhalers are perfect for your pocket, purse or backpack, safe and convenient for kids, and an easy, low-cost way to share your essential oils with friends and family.

When you’re feeling anxious or stressed, inhalation is the fastest way to experience the calming effect of essential oils. Essential oils don’t just smell good, they cause a measurable biological reaction in the body. The tiny molecules of essential oil travel up the nose to the olfactory bulb. From there, biochemical signals are sent to regions of the brain responsible for emotions, learning and memory, and regulation of many bodily functions. In response, the brain sends messages throughout the body that may impact mood, muscles, breathe, hormones, organ function and more, depending on the essential oil you’ve inhaled.

Here, I’ve put together three essential oil inhaler recipes for relief from stress and anxiety, support for focus & concentration, and an immune booster to help you fight off common cold and flu bugs.

How to Make an Essential Oil Inhaler

Making the inhalers is simple. If you can’t find the “blank” inhalers at a small, local business where you live, you can buy them here at Nectar.

In addition to the inhaler, you’ll also need a small glass bowl and a pair of tweezers. Your blank inhaler should have four parts:

  1. large outer cover
  2. small inner cylinder
  3. absorbent pad
  4. small plug

Place the absorbent pad in the small bowl and add 10-20 drops of your favorite essential oils, or use one of the essential oil inhaler recipes below. Using the tweezers, roll the absorbent pad in the essential oils until the oils are fully absorbed. You can also add a few drops of carrier oil (like jojoba or grapeseed oil) at this point, which will help the inhaler hold the scent longer. Place the large outer cylinder over the small inner cylinder and screw in tightly. Using the tweezers, insert the absorbent pad into the small inner cylinder. Insert the small plug in the end of the small inner cylinder and press firmly to achieve a tight fit. Be sure to label your inhaler. The therapeutic scent of your inhaler should last 3-6 months, depending on how often it is used.

When it comes to labeling your inhaler, in addition to listing the essential oils, consider including a positive affirmation on the label that will remind you why you are using the inhaler. Keep your inhaler in a convenient place and when you need it, simply unscrew the small cylinder and hold the tip of the inhaler close to your nose. Close your eyes, remember your affirmation and breathe slowly and deeply for 2-3 minutes or until you begin to feel the desired effects.

Essential Oil Inhaler Recipes

I Am Relaxed and Peaceful | To Ease Anxiety + Stress

9 drops Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia)
5 drops Mandarin (Citrus reticulate)
4 drops Frankincense (Boswellia carterii)
2 drops Marjoram (Origanum maiorana)

My Mind is Clear & Focused | For Work, Study, Focus + Concentration

10 drops Rosemary (Rosmarnius officialis)
5 drops Scotch Pine (Pinus sylvestris)
3 drops Holy Basil (Ocimum sanctum)
2 drops Cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica)

My Body is Healthy & Strong | For Immune Support

8 drops Ravintsara (Cinnamomum camphora ct. cineole)
6 drops Thyme (Thymus officinalis ct. linalool)
4 drops Rosewood (Aniba roseodora)
2 drops Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia)

These easy to make nasal inhalers also make thoughtful, inexpensive gifts. And because they are so easy to use, they are a simple and safe way to introduce your friends and loved ones to the many health benefits of essential oils.

If you have friends or family who are interested in exploring essential oils, this would be a fun introductory DIY project to do together! Share a picture of what you create and tag it #nectarherbandtea on Instagram. I’d love to see the positive health affirmations you come up with!

with love,



Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art, Green, Mindy and Keville, 2008.

Clinical Aromatherapy, Essential Oils in Healthcare, 3d Edition, Buckle, Jane, PhD, RN, 2015

Encyclopedia of Essential Oils, The Complete Guide to the Use of Aromatic Oils in Aromatherapy, Herbalism Health & Well-Being, Lawless, Julia, 2013.

DIY Natural Essential Oil Reed Diffuser

This DIY Essential Oil Diffuser is simple to make and will please anyone on your gift list! You can use an up-cycled glass bottle, foraged twigs, and any carrier oil/essential oil you have on hand. They add an incredible aroma and decorative touch to any room in the house.



About ¼ cup of carrier oil (Sweet Almond, Olive, Jojoba)
½ - 1 tsp (50-100 drops) of Essential Oil of your choice
Dried Weed Stalks or Bamboo Skewers
Small Bottle

Once you have all of your supplies assembled, carefully drop the essential oils into the small bottle using an eyedropper. Pour in the carrier oil and stir to blend with one of the reeds. Place the remaining reeds in the bottle and allow to steep in the oil mixture. After a short while, flip the stalks over in the bottle to allow the oils to diffuse more rapidly.

So easy! The stalks can be flipped over in the bottle occasionally to increase diffusion of the essential oil aroma. Add more essential oils as needed, 1-2 times per month.

Supply Notes:
I found these old bottles at a local antique store. The brown bottles actually say “Lysol” which I found amusing. However, any small bottle with a relatively large opening will work. I collected the weed stalks in an open field near my house. They were already quite dry–I just stripped off the dried leaves and cut them to the right length. If there’s nothing to harvest near you, bamboo skewers used for barbecuing will also work well. They can usually be found at any store that sells kitchen supplies.

If you are giving this as a gift, package the carrier oil/essential oil blend in a bottle with a cap and include instructions for assembly.

Essential Oils:
As for what essential oils to use, it’s personal. Choose essentials oils with the fragrance and/or therapeutic properties you want in your home or to offer as a gift. In class we used clove and cinnamon essential oils for a warming holiday scent.

Clove essential oil has a warming, sweet-spicy scent with delicate vanilla floral top notes. It is strengthening, warming, and promotes sensuality. It is used for weakness, both physically and emotionally. Clove bud oil may be used to promote self-confidence, courage, motivation and grounding. Topical use of this skin-irritant oil should be avoided.

Cinnamon essential oil is also warming and sensuous. It is useful in cases of emotional and physical coldness and withdrawal, weakness, and burnout. Cinnamon oil promotes vitality and increased self-esteem. Of course, together these two oils smell like pumpkin pie that’s just come out of the oven.

Have fun making these beautiful diffusers. Let me know if you have questions.

Well Wishes,

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