How to Make a Reed Diffuser for Your Home
A reed diffuser is a wonderful way to fill your indoor space with alluring scents and aromas, without the risk that open flames pose. Many reed diffusers available on the market come with a hefty price tag. However, there is a simple way to make a good quality homemade reed diffuser that works just as well as any store-bought one. Here is our guide to making your own homemade reed diffuser.
To make your own reed diffuser, you will need the following:
- A bottle with a narrow opening to slow down evaporation, such as our Cubic Diffuser Bottle with Silver Lid.
- Mineral oil such as almond oil or safflower oil. This will form the base fluid for your diffuser.
- Essential oils for fragrance. Make sure your oils are pet safe before usage.
- Diffuser reeds are made from bamboo or rattan.
Making Your Homemade Reed Diffuser
- Pour the mineral oil into your decorative glass bottle in half-cup increments.
- Add between 30 and 50 drops of essential oils for each half cup of mineral oil into the glass.
- Stir the oils to mix them in thoroughly.
- Insert between five and eight diffuser reeds in the bottle. Flip each stick after an hour once the end is half saturated.
- To increase the scent, keep flipping the reeds at least once a week and replace the oil mixture monthly.
Benefits of Reed Diffusers
- Unlike scented candles, there is no flame or heat involved with reed diffusers. This makes them a much safer alternative in the home.
- Incense and candles require you to keep lighting them whenever you need to use them. Reed diffusers last all day and night, and only need changing around once a week.
- Incense burners create smoke which can be unpleasant and unhealthy. Reed diffusers achieve the same purpose without creating any smoky by-products.
- Both candles and incense burners make a mess, whether it be wax or ash. Reed diffusers are a much cleaner alternative to both.
- Sprayed scents carry unwanted and sometimes harmful chemicals. Reed diffusers are free of all such aerosols.
- Unlike electric or battery-powered diffusers, reed diffusers can be used anywhere and at any time without the need for external power.
- Plugin fragrance diffusers often heat the ingredients, which can damage the oil inside. Reed diffusers require no heating, so the ingredients are protected.
Ideas for Seasonal Diffuser Blends
- Autumn – As the weather gets cooler, use juniper berry, balsam, cardamom, cedarwood, and cinnamon essential oils for a cosy atmosphere.
- Winter – Warm up the home with a mix of juniper berry, spruce, patchouli, douglas fir, and cedarwood essential oils.
- Spring – Create a fresh floral mix of lavender, citrus, geranium, jasmine, and cedarwood essential oils.
- Summer – Give your home a sense of life and warmth with a combination of lavender, bergamot, magnolia, and lemon essential oils.
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