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Homemade Reed Diffuser

In my search for something that makes my home smell nice without setting off my asthma, I came across this recipe for a homemade reed diffuser and decided to try it out. I consulted a friend who is an aromatherapist, on the best essential oils for asthma, and she suggested Frankincense which is good for the lungs and Bergamot which gives a gentle citrus scent, but the choice of oils is up to you, although I wouldn’t add too many different scents, 2-3 seems to work well for me. Add a drop of each oil you want to use to a tissue or some cotton wool first to make sure the scent is pleasing before making up your diffuser.

You could also add different scents to attract a particular magical intent to your home.

I’ve added some suggestions below to give you an idea, but let your intuition guide you (and your nose!)

Calming: Benzion, Chamomile, Jasmine, Lavender, Lemon Balm,

Cleansing/ Purification: Geranium, Ginger, Grapefruit, Mint, Neroli Lemon, Peppermint, Rosemary

Happiness: Coriander, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Lemon, Lemongrass, Marjoram, Orange, Myrrh

Healing: Cedarwood, Cinnamon, Clove, Chamomile, Eucalyptus, Lemon Balm, Geranium, Ginger, Grapefruit, Sandalwood

Protection: Angelica, Basil, Bay, Black Pepper, Cedarwood, Clove, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Geranium, Grapefruit, Lavender, Lemongrass, Myrrh, Neroli

Once you have decided on your oil blend it is really quick and easy to make. The scent isn’t as overpowering as commercial diffusers, but that’s actually a good thing for me. Use caution if you have pets, don’t place the diffuser next to your pets cage or crate and keep the room well ventilated.


5-6 this bamboo skewers with the sharp ends removed.

50 ml light oil (grape seed, sweet almond, light olive oil)

50ml surgical spirit

Narrow necked, small vase of bottle

30-50 drops essential oil

Remove the pointed ends on the skewers with sharp scissors.

Pour the surgical spirit and oil into the vase or bottle and swirl around well to mix.

Add the essential oils and swirl again.

Place as many skewers into the bottle as will fit, but don’t overfill.

Leave for several hours, swirling now and again, then flip skewers upside down so that the dry ends are now in the liquid.

Repeat the previous step until the wood is saturated.

Flip the skewers every couple of days.

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