How to Make a Reed Diffuser

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 In the past I  have often made my own version of the typical bathroom reed diffuser. Reed Diffusers are easy to make, smell great and are very cost effective.  All you need are a few key ingredients.

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You will need:

A pretty jar or vase, not more than 32 oz. A small mason jar or jelly jar works well.

Wooden Skewers

Mineral Oil


Essential oils of your choice

Here’s my recipe:

1/2 cup Mineral Oil

1/4 cup Vodka

.25 oz. Essential oil or combination of essential oils

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I used the Bergamot Essential oil for this diffuser. The Bergamot word comes from “Bergamo” in Italian, it’s a small town in Italy. Bergamot essential oil is derived from the Citrus bergamia orange tree most commonly found in southern Italy and France. It has a lovely citrus scent, you can just imagine what the white blossoms of this tree must smell like in the orchards when they bloom in late winter. Bergamot essential oil is beneficial for anxiety, calming, depression and a sleep aid. I am keeping this diffuser in my kitchen, where I can see and smell it every day.

It takes me to Italy every time I smell it.

I love being transported!

Here’s the directions on how to make your own diffuser:

Fill a pretty jar with the above ingredients.

It may be hard to judge how much .25 oz. of essential oil really is. I used about 20 drops, and then added 5-6 drops of orange oil as well.

Cut the ends off of 5 wooden skewers and add them to the jar with the cut ends down for easy absorbtion.

The carrier oil (the mineral oil) will be absorbed by the wood along with the scent, travel upward,  and be released into the room.

I flip the wooden skewers over once in a while as they get older. The liquids will evaporate over time and then you can begin again and experiment with some new scents!

That’s it!

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I also added a bit of yellow food color to bring out the color of the Bergamot oil, it is naturally a beautiful pale yellow.

 A bit of ribbon and a vintage tie pin give the vessel some class, just for fun.

I have this compulsion to dress up and decorate glass vessels. I can’t help myself.

It’s just in my genetic makeup, I guess.

My next diffuser will be made with Frankincense, Myrrh and maybe even Lavender. I need all the help with concentration I can get!


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