Refresh Your Home Naturally | DIY Reed Diffuser with Essential Oils


If you’re anything like me, you too are addicted to diffusers and candles. I use them to freshen the air in the summer, comfort me in the winter, and lift my mood every day in between.

This has been an especially hot summer in Southern California – it’s currently 105 degrees where I live – and opening the windows just isn’t an option. It’s too hot to light a candle, so I generally rely on my plug-in diffuser for our common rooms and a reed diffuser in  hallways, bathrooms, and my walk-in closet.

As I’ve transitioned to natural and organic home products, I realized how many unknown chemicals can be found in store-bought reed diffusers. (You should also be aware of which candles you purchase as well. Many are cheaply made from harmful chemicals.)

However, I recently discovered that you can make them at home in about 2 minutes with items you already have in your home. Using a homemade Essential Oil Reed diffuser is a cheap and easy way to bring beautiful aromas int your home without exposing your family to toxic chemicals & smoke.  Additionally you get all the benefits of essential oil aromatherapy in your home!

essential oils

I love using essential oils ton my body and in the diffuser to reflect my mood or the season. Here are a few of my favorite combinations:

• Citrus: grapefruit, lavender, wild orange
• Fresh Air: tea tree, lemon, lime
• Meditation: cedarwood, patchouli, lavender
• Uplifting: orange, lemongrass, wintergreen

If you’d rather use oils that are already mixed, I enjoy the oil blends from Saje Wellness. For this diffuser I used their Gratitude blend. My favorite blend that I also like to wear is the Goddess blend. I also used White Tea fragrance oil from Rx Los Angeles.

carrier oil

If you use essential oils you’ll most likely already have a carrier oil. Common ones used are almond, fractured coconut, jojoba, and safflower oil. These are available at most natural food stores and online.

glass container

I look for narrow glass bottles at thrift stores, Dollar Tree, Michael’s (always bring a coupon or hit up or their sales), and home stores like Home Goods or Tuesday Morning.

DIY reed diffuser

You’ll need:

• A glass container
• Reed diffuser sticks (I purchased mine at Michael’s. You can also use bamboo skewers.)
• 1/4 cup carrier oil (such as almond, jojoba, or fractured coconut oil)
• 20-25 drops of essential oils per 1/4 cup of carrier oil


Pour your carrier oil into the container. Then add your essential oils. Place your diffuser sticks in next and gently stir the oils together. Let the sticks sit for about 2 hours, then flip them to help carry the oil through the entire stick. When you notice the sticks are dry or the fragrance has diminished, flip your sticks.

*Note: Keep these out of the reach of children. 

Try more of our DIYs here: DIY Healing Gemstone Elixir, DIY Flower Cleansing Stick, and DIY Sore Muscle Soak