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DIY Essential Oil Aromatherapy Recipes

Aromatherapy isn’t just a great candle replacement in your home. Diffusing essential oils has shown to have mood-boosting properties. Using aromatherapy recipes can reduce anxiety, promote focus, and even help ease respiratory symptoms! Essential oils are great for aromatherapy massage, too. While some essential oil brands have pre-mixed blends, you can also use the individual oils to make your own. Follow these easy DIY aromatherapy recipes for diffusers and rollerballs.

The Basics of Essential Oil Blending 

To create your own essential oil blends for aromatherapy, you’ll need a few simple materials. First, start with high-quality essential oils. Use single-scent essential oils, rather than pre-mixed oils. Choose oils from reputable companies, made form 100% pure essential oils with no fillers or added ingredients. 

If you plan on using your DIY aromatherapy recipes in a diffuser, you can add the essential oil drops directly to your diffuser. Want to have your essential oil blends easily on hand? Mix large batches of aromatherapy recipes in refillable glass dropper bottles. For topical aromatherapy, you’ll need a carrier oil to dilute the essential oils, as they are too strong for direct application. Some recommended carrier oils include fractionated coconut oil, jojoba oil, rosehip seed oil, and sweet almond oil. If you’re feeling crafty, you can also create label stickers for your aromatherapy blends.

DIY Diffuser Aromatherapy Recipes

Great for adding ambience to your home, DIY aromatherapy recipes for your diffuser are simple and easy to create. You can drop the essential oils directly into your diffuser device with water, or create blends in a separate dropper bottle. That way, you can have the mix on-hand whenever you want it! 

Calm, clean home — This simple essential oil recipe is an everyday favorite. Calming lavender, refreshing lemon, and grounding rosemary give your home a spa-like feel. 
2 parts lemon essential oil
2 parts lavender essential oil
2 parts rosemary essential oil

Breathe better — Blended with oils that naturally open your airways, this essential oil recipe is great for relieving congestion. Eucalyptus and peppermint have a cooling effect, while rosemary relieves throat congestion. Lemon adds a bright, refreshing finish. 
1 part lemon essential oil
1 part eucalyptus essential oil
2 parts peppermint essential oil
1 part rosemary essential oil

Deep sleep — Need help falling asleep at night? This easy DIY essential oil recipe is the perfect bedtime blend. Diffusing lavender essential oil is a powerful sleep aid, and paired with calming chamomile and grounding vetiver, you’ll be dreaming in no time.
2 parts lavender essential oil
2 parts chamomile essential oil
2 parts vetiver essential oil

Get more diffuser recipes here.

DIY Rollerball Recipes

DIY aromatherapy reecipes are also great for massage, and for applying topically when you can’t use a diffuser. Because pure essential oils are very potent, these aromatherapy blends feature a carrier oil to dilute, making them safer for topical application. Test these oil blends in a small area first to make sure you don’t have a reaction. 

Roll and relax — This recipe can be used in a roller bottle, or mixed in a dropper bottle and used as a body oil. Featuring earthy and woody vetiver, which helps improve focus and alertness, plus soothing sweet orange and relaxing lavender, this blend is a great stress-reliever. Roll some in your palms and breathe deeply for instant relief at work. 
1 oz sweet almond oil
5 drops vetiver
4 drops sweet orange
3 drops lavender

Headache relief — Get pill-free relief from minor headaches. This rollerball recipe features relaxing lavender, plus cooling peppermint, eucalyptus, rosemary, and a few drops of woody, grounding patchouli essential oils. Apply a small amount of this oil to the base of your neck, or at your temples and gently massage. 
8 drops lavender
2 drops peppermint
4 drops rosemary
4 drops eucalyptus
4 drops patchouli
10 mL (or 0.3 oz) carrier oil (olive oil or coconut oil recommended)