How To Use An Essential Oil Inhaler For Aromatherapy - DIY Recipes

How To Use An Essential Oil Inhaler For Aromatherapy - DIY Recipes

Aromatherapy inhalers are a great way to utilize essential oils for various health and wellness benefits. Studies have shown that inhaling essential oils can help on an emotional level, as well as a physical level. Learn how to use personal nasal inhalers for aromatherapy, plus enjoy DIY essential oil inhaler recipes.

Our sense of smell is connected to the region of the brain that controls memories, emotions, and hormones. That makes the method of inhaling aromatherapy oils very powerful.

Plus, aroma inhalers are simple and easy to use. You can use as a natural remedy for headaches, cravings, stress, energy, focus, etc.

An aromatherapy inhaler is super convenient. You can take it on the go or use it at home. Place in a purse, at your bedside, in a travel bag, on your commute, at work station...anywhere you may need an aromatherapy boost.

You can buy our nasal inhalers here.

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How To Make An Essential Oil Inhaler

Step 1: Label your inhaler prior to using oils to ensure good adhesion, I use this sticker paper (see below for our free printable guide with labels). You could also print on regular paper and apply it with packing tape.

How To Make An Essential Oil Inhaler by Loving Essential Oils

Step 2: Add 10-15 drops of oil onto the cotton wick, see inhaler recipes below (if making inhalers for kids, use 5-10 drops of oils).

20 DIY Aromatherapy Inhaler Recipes by Loving Essential Oils

Step 3: Grab the wick with the tweezers, soak up any leftover oil with the wick. Insert the cotton wick into the inhaler tube using tweezers.

DIY Essential Oil Inhaler Blends by Loving Essential Oils

Step 4: Assemble the inhaler stick by placing cap on the bottom and press on until it clicks in. Screw lid on the inhaler.

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How To Use An Aromatherapy Inhaler

To use, place the nasal inhaler near nostrils, then slowly inhale while waving inhaler stick back and forth under nostrils. Think 5-5-5 when using a nasal inhaler.

  • Count to 5 while inhaling in
  • Count to 5 while holding breath
  • Count to 5 while exhaling
  • May repeat 2-3 times as needed

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Tips for Nasal Inhaler Recipes

  • Nasal inhaler recipes are good for about 1-2 months, depending n how frequently it is used.
  • Keep the lid on inhaler unless in use. The more the inhaler is used and opened, the faster the oils will dissipate.
  • Refresh cotton wick with the same oil recipe when the aroma seems to have faded. This will depend on how often your inhaler stick is used.
  • You may want to keep the same oil blend in the inhaler if you want a new scent the previous scent may still linger. You can get a new inhaler to avoid past aromas.
  • Have a favorite aromatherapy diffuser blend? Try it as an inhaler recipe instead. Just figure the drops to come out to 10-15 drops total.
  • Best to keep nasal inhalers out of direct sunlight and heat so potency is not diminished.

10 Best Essential Oils For Inhalers

Here are 10 essential oils that offer great therapeutic benefits when used in an inhaler alone or in a blend.

    1. Lavender Essential Oil Lavandula angustifolia

    2. Peppermint Essential Oil Mentha piperita

    3. Eucalyptus Radiata Essential Oil Eucalyptus radiata

    4. Orange Essential Oil Citrus sinensis

    5. Rosemary Essential Oil Rosmarinus officinalis

    6. Frankincense Essential Oil Boswellia carterii

    7. Lemon Essential Oil Citrus limon

    8. Bergamot Essential Oil Citrus bergamia

    9. Tea Tree Oil Melaleuca alternifolia

    10. White Fir Essential Oil Abies alba

    10 Best Essential Oils For Inhalers by Loving Essential Oils


    20 DIY Essential Oil Inhaler Recipes

    Nasal inhalers are ideal for carrying your favorite aromatherapy oils with you. Try with oils for headaches, oils for anxiety, or oils for allergies. Here are 20 aromatherapy inhaler recipes and blends for personal inhalers.

      1. Morning Sunshine Inhaler

      Enjoy this eye-opening blend of energizing essential oils

      • 4 drops Sweet Orange
      • 4 drops Peppermint
      • 4 drops Lime


      2. Clear Mind Inhaler

      Sharpen your sense and mind with this nasal inhaler blend

      • 6 drops Lemon
      • 2 drops Basil
      • 2 drops Rosemary
      • 2 drops Frankincense


      3. Calming Lavender Inhaler

      These two powerhouse essential oils are perfectly calming

      • 8 drops Lavender Oil
      • 4 drops Roman Chamomile Oil


      4. Energy Boost Peppermint Inhaler

      Get energized and ready for whatever comes your way

      • 5 drops Peppermint
      • 3 drops Rosemary
      • 4 drops Grapefruit


      5. Anxiety Help Inhaler

      Kick your anxiety to the curb with this blend

      • 6 drops Lavender
      • 3 drops Lemon
      • 3 drops Ylang Ylang


      6. Stress Relief Inhaler Blend

      Don't let stress wreck your health, get some stress relief

      • 6 drops Sweet Orange
      • 5 drops Frankincense
      • 4 drops Clary Sage


      7. Focus Inhaler Recipe

      Promote focus whether at work or at home, this blend can help

      • 5 drops Juniper Berry
      • 4 drops Bergamot
      • 3 drops Frankincense


      8. Nausea Inhaler Blend

      This oil blend is great for when nausea hits

      • 6 drops Peppermint
      • 6 drops Ginger


      9. Sleep Time Inhaler

      Enjoy some sleep time with the assistance of these bedtime friendly oils
      • 4 drops Lavender
      • 4 drops Sweet Orange
      • 4 drops Cedarwood


      10. Breathe Eucalyptus Inhaler

      Let this blend help you open your airways so you can breathe

      • 4 drops Eucalyptus
      • 4 drops Siberian Fir
      • 4 drops Peppermint


      11. Relaxation Inhaler Recipe

      Time to relax and enjoy your evening

      • 8 drops Lavender
      • 4 drops Sweet Marjoram
      • 2 drops Sweet Orange


      12. Inspire Me Aroma Inhaler

      Inspiration lacking? Inhale this blend and let the magic happen

      • 5 drops Sweet Orange
      • 4 drops Frankincense
      • 3 drops Clary Sage


      13. Headache Helper Inhaler Blend

      Let these oils assist you in your time of discomfort

      • 4 drops Lavender
      • 4 drops Frankincense
      • 4 drops Peppermint


      14. Mood Boost Inhaler

      Enhance your mood and boost your day

      • 5 drops Lavender
      • 5 drops Peppermint
      • 5 drops Bergamot


      15. Seasonal Relief Inhaler

      This trio is perfect for seasonal allergies

      • 5 drops Lavender
      • 5 drops Peppermint
      • 5 drops Lemon


      16. Restful Sleep Inhaler

      Get some good rest with this beautiful blend

      • 5 drops Lavender
      • 4 drops Bergamot
      • 3 drops Vetiver


      17. Creativity Inhaler

      Lacking inspiration and creativity? Try this creative essential oil blend

      • 6 drops Tangerine
      • 4 drops Juniper Berry
      • 2 drops Clary Sage


      18. Let Love In Blend

      Let this blend of oils open your heart so love can come in

      • 6 drops Lavender
      • 4 drops Geranium
      • 2 drops Ylang Ylang


      19. Motivation Inhaler Recipe

      Time to get things done, let these motivating oils assist

      • 6 drops Lime
      • 4 drops Sweet Orange
      • 4 drops Frankincense


      20. Fatigue Fighter Inhaler

      Need a jump start? This oil blend will kick fatigues butt

      • 6 drops Lemon
      • 4 drops Grapefruit
      • 4 drops White Fir


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      Jennifer Lane - Certified Aromatherapist

      BIO: Owner and founder of Loving Essential Oils. I am a Registered Nurse and Certified Aromatherapist that loves to look toward essential oils and aromatherapy for all natural physical, emotional and spiritual support. I love creating and sharing DIY Essential Oil Recipes & Blends. Thank you so much for allowing me to be part of your essential oil journey!

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