Tips for Making Essential Oil at Home
Essential oils continue to make our lives better. They are natural oils that when inhaled, do wonders to the body. They have the ability to heal, to make a person feel relaxed, and to ward off anxiety and other conditions. To better make use of them, it’s always better to resort to an essential oil diffuser. Also known as an aromatherapy diffuser, it is a device that facilitates the process known as diffusion.
Diffusion is a process of dispersing an essential oil to better distribute its smell and aroma to the room. Through an oil diffuser, things get a lot better. Gone are the days when you just have to extract the essential oils’ extractions yourself and manually smell them, but these days, you could benefit a lot from an essential oil diffuser.
You can buy an essential oil diffuser anywhere—even online, but sometimes they cost you a fortune especially if you opt for a state of the art brand. Good thing is, you can make your own oil diffuser. Yes, you’ve read it right. You do not have to wound your bank account because you can make use of your creativity enjoy the essential oils’ aroma.
Take the instructions below:
1. Use jars
To be able to make your own diffuser oil, you need jars. Make sure that the jars that you choose are smaller in sizes and with a narrow opening at the top. This is because, the smaller the opening, it will also be slower for your essential oils to be diffused.
Now, if your jars have larger or wider openings, just look for cork tops and drill at least 1-inch hole on them so you can cover the jars’ opening nicely. Some examples of ideal jars that you can use are empty and used perfume bottles, small oil bottles, shakers, spice jars, and several others.
2. Include reeds
Add to the things that you need are reeds or sticks. You technically need to resort to reeds that are made from rattan. These reeds have small channels on them and these channels assist faster oil travelling up the stick, which in return, makes the room a lot more aromatic.
Some people prefer to use bamboo skewers, instead, but these don’t really work fine so better choose reeds because they work much better. You can buy them online. Just remember to choose reeds that are much taller than your jars so the aroma of the essential oils will be distributed fairly well.
Choose a carrier oil for a base
Ideally, you need to choose better oils to act as carrier oils. It is known that a sweet almond oil and a safflower oil are the best oils for this, so if you can find them somewhere, choose them. Safflower oil and sweet almond oil have lighter oils, therefore, they have the ability to make it easier for them to travel up the reeds.
For each diffuser, use about a ¼ cup. Of course, this also depends on the size of your jar. So it’s good to opt for a less expensive oil. This kind of oil can be found online. However, if you couldn’t find this oil anywhere, you may want to resort to plain water and use it as a base. Just take note that this will evaporate much quickly, though, and you might definitely need to have additional alcohol so as to make your essential oils well-combined to the water.
4. Make use of your essential oils of choice
This is probably the most interesting step because you get to enjoy experimenting with your essential oils and discovering combinations. To make it a lot more fun, you can mix two or more essential oils. Blending different kinds of oils create aromatic concoctions. Here are few blending tips that we can share:
• Begin with a small amount of essential oil when mixing a new blend. Start with a total number of drops of either 5, 10, 20, or 25. This is an important step so you do not have to waste a lot of oil.
• Make your own blend by just resorting to essential oils, carbon dioxides, or absolutes. Once done, dilute it by incorporating carrier oils or alcohol. This is important so that if you think you don’t like the blend that you have come up with, then you did not waste any carrier oils.
Use about 25 to 30 drops of essential oil. That is if you are using a ¼ cup of carrier oil. You can mix two oils for each of your diffusers such as lavender and cinnamon blend. This blend is especially great if you’ll be using it for your living room. For the bathroom, you can opt for a rosemary and spearmint blend.
1. Add alcohol
A splash of alcohol should also be added to the oil mixture so the oils can travel up the reeds more efficiently. Aim for at least 90% of alcohol because ideally, it should be a high concentration. Best recommended for you to use are either rubbing alcohol, vodka, or perfumer’s alcohol.
2. Fill the diffuser oil bottles to at least 75% to 85% capacity
Once your blend is ready to use, pour them into your bottles with narrowed necks. Make sure not fill your bottle to its full capacity with the reed diffuser oil because chances are, it may overflow and you will waste a lot of oil.
3. Place the reeds into the oil, let it stir, and wait for an hour
You may ask how many reeds you are going to put, but it actually depends on the strength of the oil’s fragrance, how big or small your room is, and the size of the container that you are using. This is the time when you have to use your judgment accordingly. To allow more aroma, you can increase the number of your reeds. After an hour, you will see how the sticks take up the oil slowly. Make sure to flip the reeds every after one hour to make the top parts saturated. Then, voila, you can place your newly made oil diffuser any suitable corner you want.
Making your own essential oil diffuser is fun. You’re not only saving a lot of money, but you get to unleash your inner creativity.