Peaceful DIY: Oil Diffuser

Jun 24, 2020 | Nest News

Diffusers are a handy well-being product used to disperse essential oils into the air for a pleasant or calming effect (depending on the oil used).

They are different from your typical air freshener, which may contain harmful chemicals, while diffusers are made up of natural ingredients. Diffusers can also make your home feel more tranquil while giving you some much-needed aromatherapy.

Join us at Peace Naturals Project® for a DIY session and make your very own oil diffuser at home!

Materials Needed

  • Small bottle or vase (coloured to protect your oils from light, which can deteriorate the quality)
  • 20-25 drops of your favourite essential oil (lavender, tea tree, peppermint, lemon etc.)
  • 3 tbsps of rubbing alcohol or vodka (or carrier oil)
  • Bamboo skewers or diffuser reeds
  • Measuring cup
  • Small Funnel


  1. Begin your reed diffuser assembly with the perfect base container, preferably 5 to 10 inches tall, with a small opening to limit water evaporation
  2. Purchase rattan reed sticks meant for oil diffusion, either online or at your local specialty health store (Use reeds that are twice the height of the bottle or more for maximum efficiency)
  3. Choose your essential oil, making sure it’s a 100% concentration or pair two or more oils with scents that complement each other
  4. Choose a common carrier oil such as safflower or almond or substitute with plain water mixed with a splash of rubbing alcohol or vodka
  5. Measure ¼ cup of carrier oil or water with alcohol, then add 25-30 drops of essential oil(s) of your choice into the measuring cup
  6. Stir together and pour into your glass container, a funnel may be needed
  7. Add 4-8 reed sticks and fan them out so they work more effectively
  8. Allow the reed sticks to sit in the oil for an hour and then flip them over so that the dry ends are in the mixture. You should start to notice the scent after a day or so.


Make sure you gently swirl the oil in the diffuser every week to keep it adequately mixed and flip the sticks every three or four days. You can flip them after swirling or at a different time.

As the scent diminishes, add more of your mixture to the glass container, replacing any that has evaporated.

You should also change your reed sticks once per month for best results.

Choosing A Location

Now that you’ve built your diffuser, it’s time to select the best place for it in your home. You can keep it in the living room if you wish to provide fresh scents for house guests, the bedroom if you chose an oil to help with sleep, the bathroom to help mask unpleasant odours, or in your office, if you work from home to help with mood and productivity.

Give your house a new fresh scent without having to buy a plug-in. With this homemade 
technique, you can revamp your space with the tranquillity you need.

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