Fill your home with the perfect scent for a fraction of the price by making your own homemade reed diffuser. This article will help you to get positive experiences with the reed diffusers we discussed. For those of you who are new to reed diffusers, there are some instructions & helpful hints and keep reading.
I really dislike artificial fragrances, especially those plug-in types of air fresheners that are full of chemicals. Give me essential oils any day. However, many of the nicer reed diffusers are also pretty pricey. Paying $20 or $30 for a store-bought one seems rather silly when many of us have the raw materials to make our own lying around the house. Here’s how to DIY a reed diffuser for a hit of natural aromatherapy at home.
What You Need
Glass or ceramic container (glazed inside, so it doesn’t leak) with a narrow opening at the top. I decided to try this beautiful vase a friend bought for me, since it’s already in my bedroom and it has been deemed completely uninteresting to the felines.
Essential oils of your choice. I have lavender and eucalyptus.
I’ve heard of using mineral oil as your “base,” but I wanted to avoid petroleum-based products. Sweet almond oil or safflower oil are other options. But I was intrigued when I read about using vodka and water, mostly because I have some in the freezer, it’s not my favorite libation, and it won’t leave a greasy mess if it does get knocked over. Though I’ve also read that vodka will evaporate more quickly than something totally oil-based. It’s your call.
Reeds or bamboo skewers. You can find reed diffuser sticks online pretty inexpensively, but if you have bamboo skewers in the kitchen or craft room, just trim off the pointy ends before use.
Reed diffusers are easy and inexpensive to make, you can customize them to your decor. Once you’ve selected your base oil and essential oils, mix them and you’re done. For details, take a time with the rest of this article.
Whether you are practicing aromatherapy or simply trying to freshen up your home, using a reed diffuser is a great way to enjoy your favorite scents. Reed diffusers are quite easy to make at home by putting reed sticks within a jar containing an essential oils mix. The oils are effectively “sucked” up the channels in the reeds, and when they reach the top of the reeds, the scent is dispersed throughout the room. As long as you have your essential oils and base oils, all you need are reed sticks as well as a long vase or similar container with a narrow opening.
Find a container with a narrow opening. Begin assembling your reed diffuser by finding a suitable base container for the reeds. Look for a container that is about five to ten inches tall with a small opening made of ceramic, glass, stainless steel, earthenware or wood. Do not use a plastic container, as essential oils can react with plastic.
A small opening at the top of the container ensures that minimal evaporation occurs. If too much water evaporates, the percentage of essential oil becomes higher, and the scent can become overpowering.
If you have a jar with a cork top, you can also drill a hole in the cork. This is one of the best options for minimal evaporation.
You can get creative by matching your diffuser container to the colors of your room or even decorating the outside of the container.
Craft stores often have cheap glass bottles and vases in a variety of sizes.