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Not only is inhalation the oldest form of essential oil use, it is also arguably the safest. Here are some of our favorite diffuser blends.

I'm not sure about you, but my wife and I utilize aromatherapy all day long and we love our essential oil diffuser recipes! They enhances our mood, health and virtually every aspect of our lives! We have a steam diffuser in nearly every room in our home, and once we gave all those toxic plug-ins and aerosols the boot, we started to notice some pretty cool changes in our health and the health of our children.

In this article you will learn:

  1. Aromatherapy techniques
  2. Special note on steam and reed diffusers
  3. Dr. Z's favorite essential oil diffuser recipes

* Be sure to scroll down to the end of this post to view beautiful essential oil diffuser recipes that you can print and share with your friends! * 

Aromatherapy Techniques

Not only is inhalation the oldest form of essential oil use, it is also arguably the safest. Most essential oil diffuser recipes are relatively safe for most people in most cases due to the high level of dispersion. More direct effects can be obtained by breathing in a steam directly or inhaling right from the bottle, or from a few drops on a cloth. This carries the aromatic benefits from your favorite healing plants directly into your respiratory system and mucous membranes, dispersed throughout the steam or air molecules.

For inhaled oils, you only need a small amount to create a big impact. Diffusers will use a bit more, but direct inhalation is up close and personal and only requires a couple of drops. Here are some of the methods you might use to use your favorite essential oil diffuser recipes.

  • Diffusion – Good for blends intended to affect the entire room. Place as few as 2-3 and as many as 6-10 total drops in the diffuser or in a pot of simmering water and let it disperse throughout the room. The benefits should be lasting after the diffusion has ended; there is no need to run it continuously. Ideally for oils that are energizing, antimicrobial, promoting memory and focus, relaxing. Ex: citrus, lavender, rosemary.
  • Personal inhalation – Good for portable, direct inhalation for specific benefits to an individual. Fewer drops are needed due to the close proximity of use. Place 1-2 drops of a single oil or a pre-prepared blend of oils on the inhaler, then hold it close to the nose and breathe in periodically. Inhalers can be a piece of porous jewelry, a piece of cloth or handkerchief, or inhalers made of a wick of sorts placed in a glass tube. Ideally for personal benefit such as clear breathing, focus, anxiety, headaches, and stress relief. Ex: eucalyptus, bergamot, peppermint.
  • Steam inhalation – Technically also personal inhalation, “tenting” is more intensive and not very portable. When the oils need to be inhaled in greater concentration and affect the respiratory system more directly, 2-3 drops of a single oil or pre-prepared blend can be placed in a bowl of boiling water – usually warmed in and poured from a tea kettle. Place a towel over your head and drape it over the bowl (forming a tent, of sorts), close your eyes, and breathe deeply. Ideally for clearing the nasal passages and respiratory system. Ex: eucalyptus, citrus, tea tree.
  • Sprays – Aromatic sprays have benefits of both inhalation and, in the case of antimicrobial oils, surface cleaning benefits. Combine 10-20 drops of a combination of oils to ½ oz alcohol or witch hazel, then add ½ oz distilled water and shake to combine. Spritz in the air, on linens, or on clothes as desired. Ideally for air freshening, cleaning, antimicrobial purposes, body sprays, and even topical anti-inflammatory benefits and healing. Ex: tea tree, lemon, thyme.

Steam Diffusers

Mama Z and I love the diffusers in my Abundant Life Store. Our USB ultrasonic diffuser is just about the coolest thing I have ever used, and all of our products are designed in Belgium. This gives our products a sophisticated “Euro” look and you’re going to fall in love with our diffusers, wraps, cases and more!

*** Click HERE to check out the awesome products in my shop! ***

By far, the most effective and most popular way to utilize aromatherapy is through steam diffusion. You can easily find diffusers online (this is my favorite one). Simply:

  1. Fill your diffuser with tap water up to the “fill line” or fill marker.
  2. Add 4-6 drops of your favorite oil or blends, see below for LOTS of great DIY recipes.
  3. And enjoy. Voila!

Mama Z and I love the in my shop. All of our products are designed in Belgium. This gives our products a sophisticated “Euro” look and you’re going to fall in love with our diffusers, wraps, cases and necklaces! 

Reed Diffusers

Reed diffusers are more “old school” and are the more traditional way to utilize aromatherapy. What did people do before electricity, right? 😉

Not as simple as steam diffusers, but still very easy to do. Once you get a small glass container with a narrow opening (you can usually find some good one at thrift stores). Simply add in:

  • Several reed diffuser sticks (these are the ones I bought) OR bamboo skewers (4-6 should do)
  • 1/8 cup – 1/4 cup carrier oil (depending on the size of your bottle)
  • 15-25 drops of essential oils (as low as 15 drops for 1/8 cup carrier oil and as much as 25 drops for 1/4 cup)

The best carrier oils I have found are: fractionated coconut oil, jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, and safflower oil.

Dr. Z's Favorite Essential Oil Diffuser Recipes

Here are some of my favorite essential oil diffuser recipes!

Tip: Mix and match and have fun! Find your “personalized diffuser blends” that fit YOU. Then leave a comment or two below so we can share our favorite essential oil diffuser recipes!

Safety & Contraindications

Are you sure you're using essential oils safely and effectively? Are you confused by dilutions and conversions?

 Let me help take out the guesswork and download my FREE roller bottle guide HERE.

Essential Oil Roller Bottle Dilution Guide

When it comes to drug interactions and contraindications, there are literally textbooks devoted to the study of essential oil safety and, as a trained researcher and doctor, I think it’s important to note that there is virtually no research out there discussing how essential oils interact with drugs in human clinical trials. This means that essential oil safety is still a wild frontier in the science community and no one really knows (for certain) how essential oils will interact with drugs or your body.

Nonetheless, properly diluting your essential oils is fundamental to safety and effectiveness because they are highly concentrated plant compounds. To help you along your journey, I have a created an easy-to-use dilution guide that you can download for FREE to make sure that all of your topical applications are safe and effective for the entire family. 

CLICK HERE to download my free EO Roller Bottle Dilution Chart! 

As with as medicine and natural therapies, this is only a guide and be sure to discontinue use if any adverse reactions occur and consult your physician immediately.

This post currently has 14 comments.

  1. Linda Stout
    February 1, 2017

    If you also mix the Holy Anointing Diffuser blend with a carrier oil could you use it as an Anointing Oil for Anointing?

    Thank you.

  2. Wenche
    December 12, 2016

    Love your DiY recipies. Looking forw a r d to l e a r n Ing more.

  3. Robin
    October 13, 2016

    Hi Dr. Z. I’m new to your site. What can I use to shrink my thyroid goiter?

    • Customer Support
      November 28, 2016

      My apologies, but Dr. Z is legally prohibited from giving medical advice over email. He has, however, created a special Facebook group that can help as we have hundreds of members that are actively engaged in sharing testimonies of how they have overcome similar illnesses as yours. You can be part of it by joining his essential oil’s club here –> http://essentialoilsclub.info

  4. Lida
    September 27, 2016

    Love your work, it feels honest, no bla,bla,bla.
    I learn by the day, live in Holland, internet is great,
    Thank you so much and please continue,
    Kind regards,

    • Customer Support
      October 19, 2016

      Thank you for the compliment. We’re always blessed to know people are finding the content useful. 🙂

  5. Stephanie
    June 29, 2016

    What is the safety of using these around children under 5? I’ve read several post to not use some of these around children.

    • Dr. Z
      July 18, 2016

      Hi Stephanie, that’s the million dollar question. I’m in the process of writing an article on this, but it’s going to take me a while because there’s really no research either way. We cannot extrapolate data from research trials about single compounds when EOs contain a cornucopia of chemical compounds. It’s not logical…

      We have used most of these on or in the midst of our children and we have no adverse effects to report.

      Here’s a thought: most authorities agree that you can use Vicks vapor rub on kids over 2. Why wait till they’re 5 to use menthol-based products?!?

  6. Beth E PageBethBeth
    April 20, 2016

    These are so great!! Thank you! I diffuse all the time and am looking for new blends. Also I will putting a couple of these blends in roller bottles or inhalers to carry with me.

    • Dr. Z
      April 20, 2016

      Awesome! Keep us posted and let us know how the roller bottles work! 🙂

  7. Sue
    April 17, 2016

    What a Wonderful Group of blends to work with. I have been researching different blends to use for us to help in our everyday life. Thank You So Much for Sharing these.

    • Dr. Z
      April 17, 2016

      You’re welcome. Have fun and happy oiling! 😉

      • LYNN
        December 6, 2016


        • Customer Support
          December 9, 2016

          DR. Z has created a special Facebook group that can help as we have hundreds of members that are actively engaged in sharing testimonies of how they have overcome similar questions as yours. You can be part of it by joining his essential oil’s club here –> http://essentialoilsclub.info


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