How To Use An Essential Oil Inhaler For Aromatherapy

How To Use An Essential Oil Inhaler For Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy inhalers are a great way to utilize essential oils for various 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, plus enjoy 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 at home. Place in purse, at your bedside, in travel bag, on your commute, at work station...anywhere you may need an aromatherapy boost.

You can buy our nasal inhalers here.

How To Use 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 with packing tape.

      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).

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

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

      Nasal Inhaler Tips

      • Keep lid on inhaler unless in use. The more the inhaler is used and opened, the faster the oils will dissipate.
      • Refresh cotton wick with same oil recipe when the aroma seems to have faded. This will depend on how frequently your inhaler stick is used. Best to keep the same oil blend, if you want a new scent, it is recommend to get a new inhaler.
      • 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.

      Top 10 Essential Oils For Aromatherapy 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

        Top 10  Essential Oils For  Aromatherapy Inhalers

        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 recipes and blends for personal inhalers.

        20 Aromatherapy Inhaler Blend Recipes

          #1 Morning Sunshine

          Enjoy this eye opening blend of energizing oils

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

          #2 Clear Mind

          Sharpen your sense and mind with this inhaler blend

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

          #3 Calming

          These two powerhouse oils are perfectly calming

          • 8 drops Lavender
          • 4 drops Roman Chamomile

          #4 Energy Boost

          Get energized and ready for whatever comes your way

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

          #5 Anxiety Help

          Kick your anxiety to the curb with this blend

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

          #6 Stress Relief

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

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

          #7 Focus

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

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

          #8 Nausea

          This oil blend is great for when nausea hits

          • 6 drops Peppermint
          • 6 drops Ginger

          #9 Sleep Time

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

          #10 Breathe

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

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

          #11 Relaxation

          Time to relax and enjoy your evening

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

          #12 Inspire Me

          Inspiration lacking? Inhale this blend and let the magic happen

          • 5 drops Sweet orange
          • 4 drops Frankincense
          • 3 drops Lime

          #13 Headache Helper

          Let these oils assist you in your time of discomfort

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

          #14 Mood Boost

          Enhance your mood and boost your day

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

          #15 Seasonal Relief

          This trio is perfect for seasonal allergies

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

          #16 Restful Sleep

          Get some good rest with this beautiful blend

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

          #17 Creativity

          Lacking inspiration and creativity? Try this inhaler blend

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

          #18 Let Love In

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

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

          #19 Motivation

          Time to get things done, let these motivating oils assist

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

          #20 Fatigue Fighter

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

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

          40 Free Printable Labels & Oil Recipes

          Like these recipes? Get these PLUS 20 more inhaler recipes & labels, just fill in form below:

          How To Use An Essential Oil Inhaler For Aromatherapy by Loving Essential Oils

          Here is a quick video tutorial by Aromahead Institute:

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          Another favorite way to use oils for aromatherapy is by using roller bottles and carrier oils, click here for our blog post on roller bottle recipes.

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          Jennifer Lane

          BIO: Owner and founder of Loving Essential Oils. I am a Certified Aromatherapist that loves to look toward essential oils and aromatherapy for all natural physical, emotional and spiritual support. I specialize in formulating customized essential oil blends for those that are wanting natural options for health and wellness. Click the world button below to learn more about working with me! Any questions? Feel free to email me. Thank you so much for your support!

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