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

Aromatherapy inhalers are an easy way to use essential oils in your everyday life. They're small and portable, so you can take them with you wherever you go. This blog post will tell you what they are, how to use them properly, and some of the best essential oils for inhalation that I recommend. You'll also find a free printable recipe guide!
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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.

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Aromatherapy Inhaler Benefits

Aromatherapy inhalers are a fabulous way to get all the benefits of essential oils without the mess. These easy-to-use inhaler blends allow you to reap all the essential oil benefits with no risk of spilling or getting your hands dirty.

Essential oil inhalers provide a number of benefits, including:

  • Relief from nasal congestion
  • Ease headaches and migraines
  • Improve mood and balance emotions
  • Increase energy
  • Improve breathing and chest congestion
  • Relief from sinus pressure
  • Improve concentration and focus
  • Relief from stress and anxiety

Types of Essential Oil Inhalers

An essential oil inhaler is a valuable tool that can help you obtain the benefits of aromatherapy. Many companies offer these handy devices, and they come in various shapes and sizes. You can find aromatherapy inhaler that are disposable or reusable.

They're basically a tube with a hole/holes where you can inhale the scent of eucalyptus, lavender, or any other type of essential oils.

They can be used in any setting, at home or on-the-go. Inhalers come in a variety of sizes and colors. You can get plastic or metal ones, depending on what you prefer.

How To Make An Essential Oil Inhaler

Aromatherapy is a popular type of alternative medicine that uses safe and natural plant oils.Whether it be for relaxation purposes or to help combat allergies, these inhalers can provide benefits that are otherwise impossible to achieve when on the go.

Basic Essential Oil Inhaler Ingredients

  • 10-15 drops of Essential Oil
  • Blank Aromatherapy Inhaler

Step by Step Tutorial

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 or contact paper.

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

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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. Alternatively you can skip the bowl and place the inhaler wick inside the tube, then apply the drops directly to the wick.

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Step 4: Assemble the inhaler stick by placing cap on the bottom and press on until it clicks in. Screw lid on the inhaler to lock in the scent until you are ready to use it.

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How To Use An Aromatherapy Inhaler

Take deep breaths in through your nose when you use your inhaler - this will allow the aroma to penetrate deep into your lungs where it can best do its work.

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

If you're looking for a simple, easy way to enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy, an essential oil inhaler is a great option. Inhalers are small and portable, making them perfect for taking with you on the go.

  • 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 add a new scent to the inhaler, the previous scent may still linger. You can get a new inhaler to avoid mixing with 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

Use a beneficial eucalyptus inhaler when respiratory aliments come up, or a lavender inhaler when your are getting ready for bed. Here are 10 best essential oils for nasal inhalers that offer great therapeutic benefits when used in an inhaler alone or in a blend of oils.

    1. Lavender Essential Oil - Lavandula angustifolia

    There are many benefits to inhaling lavender essential oil, including easing anxiety and tension, promoting restful sleep, and relieving pain. The scent of lavender is known to be calming and relaxing, making it an ideal oil to use when you're feeling stressed or anxious.

    Inhaling the oil before bed can help promote restful sleep, and lavender has also been shown to be effective in treating headaches and migraines. If you're dealing with pain, lavender can also help to ease discomfort. Simply add a few drops of the oil to an inhaler and breathe in deeply to experience the benefits.

    2. Peppermint Essential Oil - Mentha piperita

    Peppermint essential oil is derived from the peppermint plant. It has a refreshing, cooling, and numbing effect when inhaled. This makes it a popular choice for alleviating congestion and sinus headaches.

    Peppermint oil also has antibacterial and antifungal properties. This means that it can help to fight respiratory infections and improve breathing. In addition, peppermint essential oil is an excellent choice for inhaling when you are feeling under the weather.

    3. Eucalyptus Essential Oil - Eucalyptus radiata

    Eucalyptus essential oil has long been used for its medicinal properties. The oil is derived from the eucalyptus tree, and it has a fresh, camphoraceous scent. Eucalyptus oil is thought to have anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, antibacterial, and expectorant properties.

    It has traditionally been used to treat respiratory conditions like colds, coughs, bronchitis, and asthma. Inhaling eucalyptus oil is thought to help clear congestion and improve breathing. The oil can be inhaled from an inhaler or diffused using a diffuser. It can also be added to a hot bath or shower.

    When using eucalyptus essential oil, it is important to start with a low concentration and increase slowly as needed. Eucalyptus oil should not be used by pregnant women or children under the age of 10.

    4. Orange Essential Oil - Citrus sinensis

    Orange Essential Oil has a variety of benefits, one of which is its ability to improve your mood and emotions. When you inhale orange oil it can reduce stress and uplift your mood.

    Additionally, Orange Essential Oil helps to reduce inflammation in the respiratory tract, making it easier to breathe. It also has antibacterial and antiviral properties, which can help to prevent colds and other respiratory infections.

    5. Rosemary Essential Oil - Rosmarinus officinalis

    Rosemary essential oil has a potent, herbaceous scent that has been shown to improve mood, cognitive function, and even reduce stress levels. Rosemary oil is also thought to have numerous benefits when inhaled. For instance, it is said to help clear sinuses, relieve congestion, and boost energy levels.

    Rosemary essential oil is also thought to be helpful for respiratory disorders such as asthma and bronchitis. Inhaling rosemary oil can also help to soothe headaches and migraines. Whether you are looking to improve your mood or boost your energy levels, rosemary is worth trying.

    6. Frankincense Essential Oil - Boswellia carterii

    Frankincense Essential Oil is distilled from the resin of the Frankincense tree. It has a fresh, clean, and resinous aroma that is invigorating and refreshing. Frankincense is known for its ability to promote feelings of calmness and well-being and can be used in a diffuser or in a personal inhaler.

    7. Lemon Essential Oil - Citrus limon

    Inhaling lemon essential oil can provide a number of benefits. The citrusy aroma is refreshing and uplifting, helping to improve mood and energy levels. Lemon oil also has antiseptic and antibacterial properties. Inhaling the aroma from lemon oil can also help to clear congestion and relieve respiratory ailments. When used in an aromatherapy inhaler, it can help to promote relaxation and stress relief.

    8. Bergamot Essential Oil - Citrus bergamia

    Bergamot essential oil has a rich citrusy scents which can boost your mood and create a refreshing environment. It can also help to relieve stress and tension, making it the perfect way to promote relaxation. Inhaling bergamot essential oil can be an excellent way to promote overall health and wellbeing.

    9. Tea Tree Oil - Melaleuca alternifolia

    Tea tree oil, also known as melaleuca oil, is an essential oil with a wide range of uses. When inhaled, it can help to clear the sinuses and promote feelings of well-being. Tea tree oil can also be used to support respiratory health and soothe congestion and coughing.

    Tea tree oil has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, making it an effective treatment for acne, dandruff, and other skin conditions.  

    10. White Fir Essential Oil - Abies alba

    White Fir oil has a fresh, woodsy scent that is energizing and renewing. It is known for its ability to support respiratory health. Inhaling the oil can help to open up the airways and clear congestion.

    White Fir Essential Oil can also help to boost the immune system. Inhaling the oil can help to fight off infections and promote overall health. It's also known for its anti-inflammatory properties, which helps to reduce inflammation in the respiratory system.

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    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 Oil
      • 4 drops Peppermint Oil
      • 4 drops Lime Oil


      2. Clear Mind Inhaler

      Sharpen your sense and mind with this nasal inhaler blend of stimulating essential oils.

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


      3. Calming Lavender Inhaler

      These two powerhouse essential oils, lavender and chamomile are perfectly calming and just right for bedtime.

      • 8 drops Lavender Oil
      • 4 drops Roman Chamomile Oil


      4. Energy Boost Peppermint Inhaler

      Get energized and ready for whatever comes your way today when you are armed with this oil blend!

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


      5. Anxiety Help Inhaler

      Kick your anxiety to the curb with this sweet oil blend for inhalers.

      • 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 fast. Just inhale the aroma inhaler and feel the stress fade away.

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


      7. Focus Inhaler Recipe

      Promote focus whether at work or at home with this inhaler blend so you can get stuff done.

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


      8. Nausea Inhaler Blend

      This ginger and peppermint oil blend is great for when nausea or an upset stomach hits.

      • 6 drops Peppermint
      • 6 drops Ginger


      9. Sleep Time Inhaler

      Enjoy some sleep time with the assistance of these bedtime friendly oils and drift off to dream land.
      • 4 drops Lavender
      • 4 drops Sweet Orange
      • 4 drops Cedarwood


      10. Breathe Eucalyptus Inhaler

      Let this respiratory essential oil blend help you open your airways so you can breathe.

      • 4 drops Eucalyptus essential oil
      • 4 drops Siberian Fir essential oil
      • 4 drops Peppermint essential oil


      11. Relaxation Inhaler Recipe

      Time to relax and enjoy your evening after a long day.

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


      12. Inspire Me Aroma Inhaler

      Inspiration lacking? Inhale this creative oil blend and let the magic happen!

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


      13. Headache Helper Inhaler Blend

      Let these tension reducing oils assist you in your time of discomfort.

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


      14. Mood Boost Inhaler

      Inhale this happy oil blend to enhance your mood and boost your day.

      • 5 drops Lavender essential oil
      • 5 drops Peppermint essential oil
      • 5 drops Bergamot essential oil


      15. Seasonal Relief Inhaler

      This trio is perfect for seasonal allergies and a favorite for boosting immunity.

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


      16. Restful Sleep Inhaler

      Get some good rest with this beautiful blend of essential oils.

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


      17. Creativity Inhaler

      Lacking inspiration and creativity? Try this creative essential oil blend assist you!

      • 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 inspire you.

      • 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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      If you are looking to buy essential oils to use in your inhaler blends, be sure to buy only 100% pure essential oils. Check out some of our favorite essential oil companies:

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      Here is a quick video tutorial by Aromahead Institute:

      With this easy-to-follow aromatherapy inhaler video, you'll be able to make your own personal inhaler in no time. Not only is this a great way to keep your favorite essential oils with you on the go, but it's also a great way to help clear congestion and breathe easier when you're feeling under the weather. So watch the video below and get started crafting your very own aromatherapy inhaler!

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      To get the most benefit from aromatherapy oils, add a few drops of your chosen oil to a diffuser or inhale it directly from the bottle. You can also combine essential oils with a carrier oil and apply them topically to the chest or back. Here are more aromatherapy ideas and uses:

      Lavender and Peppermint Blends and Benefits

      Inhaling lavender and peppermint essential oils can provide a number of benefits. Both oils are relaxing and can help to ease anxiety and stress. 

      Lavender oil is also thought to promote restful sleep, while peppermint oil can help to improve concentration and mental alertness. These inhaling benefits of lavender and peppermint essential oils are just a few of the many reasons to keep a bottle of each on hand.

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      Another favorite way to use oils for aromatherapy is by using roller bottles and carrier oils. If you are an essential oil user, you know how important they are. Roller bottles make topical application of oils super simple, plus they can save you time and money. There are an endless amount of recipes for essential oil roller bottles, visit our blog post on roller bottle recipes to gain access.

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