- Find a container with a narrow opening.Begin assembling your reed diffuser by finding a suitable base container for the reeds. Look for a container that is about five to ten inches tall with a small opening made of ceramic, glass, stainless steel, earthenware or wood. Do not use a plastic container, as essential oils can react with plastic.
- A small opening at the top of the container ensures that minimal evaporation occurs. If too much water evaporates, the percentage of essential oil becomes higher, and the scent can become overpowering.
- If you have a jar with a cork top, you can also drill a hole in the cork. This is one of the best options for minimal evaporation.
- You can get creative by matching your diffuser container to the colors of your room or even decorating the outside of the container.
- Craft stores often have cheap glass bottles and vases in a variety of sizes.
Purchase reed sticks. Purchase rattan reeds meant for oil diffusal, either online or in specialty health stores. Use new reed diffusers, as old reeds lose their effectiveness once they are over-saturated with oil.
- The reeds must be tall enough to stand well above the vase or bottle you chose. The reeds should stick out several inches or centimeters from the top of the container. Increase the scenting ability of the diffuser by using reeds that are double the height of the bottle or more.
- Ready-made reeds are usually sold in 10-, 12- and 15-inch (25-, 30- and 38 cm) lengths.
- You can also use bamboo skewers, but rattan reed sticks tend to disperse scent more effectively.
Choose an essential oil. Pick your favorites. Make sure the oils are of a 100% concentration, or else they will not have a strong enough scent. You can use just one oil, or pair two or more oils whose scents complement one another.
- Some classic essential oil pairings are lavender and peppermint, orange and vanilla, spearmint and patchouli, and chamomile and lavender.
- Lavender, jasmine, neroli and geranium are calming scents.
- Peppermint, rosemary, tea tree, lemon, basil, and ginger are energizing scents.
- Chamomile, orange, sandalwood, lavender, and marjoram are great for combating anxiety.
Choose a carrier oil. A carrier oil is a neutral oil that combines with an essential oil to dilute it so that the scent of the essential oil isn’t overpowering. Safflower oil and almond oil are common carrier oils. If you don’t want to purchase a carrier oil, you can also use plain water mixed with a splash of alcohol that is at least 90% concentration.
- You can use rubbing alcohol, perfumer’s alcohol, or vodka to mix with water as a substitute for carrier oil.
Part 2. Assembling of reed diffuser
Measure out ¼ cup of carrier oil. Pour ¼ cup (59.14 ml) of your carrier oil into a measuring cup. If you are using water and alcohol, pour ¼ cup (59.14 ml) of water and add 1 teaspoon (4.92 ml) of the alcohol of your choice, then mix.
- You can slightly alter the amount of carrier oil if you are using a small container, but keep in mind that the ratio of carrier oil to essential oil should be about 85 to 15. For instance, for a small container you could reduce the ratio to 17:1. If you want a strongly scented reed diffuser, make the ratio around 75 to 25.
- Keep in mind that the water and vodka mixture evaporates at a faster rate than carrier oil, so you will have to refill it more.
- Add 25 to 30 drops of essential oil.Add 25-30 drops of the essential oil or oils of your choice into the measuring cup. If you are using two different oils, add 15 drops of one oil and 15 drops of the other.
Stir to combine the oil.Gently swirl the oil mixture within the measuring cup to blend the oils by moving the measuring cup in circles, or use a spoon to stir and blend the oils together.
Pour the oil mixture into the container.Carefully pour the oil mixture into the container with the narrow opening that you purchased. If your measuring cup does not have a spout, you may want to use a funnel to help transfer the liquid into the container.