I love the natural scent of essential oils. I have numerous allergies and try to avoid manufactured scents and cleaners as much as possible.
I do have a diffuser, received as a gift a few years ago and use it all the time. But I just discovered a way to make your own natural diffuser. There are many ideas if you do a search but I started with the post from Garden Therapy, a Canadian site run by Stephanie and then looked at lots of other ideas.
I began collecting containers from my shelves at home. I’m a saver of all sorts of things, jars being something I particularly like. These are medicine, essential oil and an old one that I think had a gravy mixture in it a long time ago.
The best part was getting out into the garden in mid January and snipping off stems of different lengths.
I learned the best stems are the hollow ones as they will transport the oil mixture much better. My stems are from echinacea, obedient plant, feverfew, day lily, or any flower that has a hollow center. I found that other sites recommended bamboo skewers with the pointy ends cut off, and I just happened to have some of those in the cupboard too.
On lots of sites it called for a carrier oil (many types listed) but I didn’t have any, and as we under a stay at home order it didn’t seem like an essential purchase even if I could find a store that had it and offered curb side pick up. I can order some for delivery but have to wait for it to arrive. So until then I’m using distilled water, rubbing alcohol and essential oil.
- 1/3 cup distilled water
- 2 tsp of rubbing alcohol, preferable 90%
- 20 drops of essential oil
I had enough to share between the three smallest bottles and have placed them in different places – the craft room, the bathroom and the dining room. I can certainly smell the scent from the one by the computer as I compose this post.
My diffuser that I plug in can change colours or you can choose one colour as it disperses the scent through the room. My choice of essential oils is Now, which is sold at two local stores I prefer to shop at. It is so important to support local business especially during the pandemic when so many local independent business are forced to close. There are many other brands of essential oil you can purchase, and the choice is up to you.
Once I receive the carrier oil I will be making another natural diffuser and comparing the results. Until then I’ll be enjoying the natural scent from my homemade natural diffuser.
- I’m sharing with:
- The Really Crafty Link Party
- Handmade Monday
- Creatively Crafty
- Funky Junk
- Creative Crafts
These are some more homemade cleaners that I use to avoid chemicals and scents.