Essential Oil Recipes for Diffusers

Today I want to share with you some essential oil recipes for diffusers. But first let’s talk about why you should use a diffuser or essential oils in the first place.

essential oil recipes for diffusers

I used to have a candle addiction. Like, not the non-toxic candles, but the paraffin waxed, heavily scented, expensive candles. I get it, this is a frugal living blog, but candles were my weakness. I mean, I have three kids, a dog, and a carpenter husband and we live on a homestead. There are a lot of smells we don’t want floating around this house.

But you know what? One day I got lung problems. Now, I’m not saying I got them from the candles, but the problems I developed had me take a closer look at the things I was breathing in.

Long story short, the doctors found spots on my lungs and had to monitor them for a year to make sure they didn’t grow to rule out cancer.

It scared me to the core.

Thankfully, there was no growth and they were deemed non-cancerous. But it was enough to make me start thinking about what I was breathing in, and was in my home.

I’d love to say it was an overnight change. That I went to the doctor and that was the wake up call I needed. Unfortunately, it was not. It still took time for me to make big changes.

The reason it took me so long was because it felt overwhelming. And, let’s be honest here – it felt expensive.

Well, I’ve learned a few things since then. First is, it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. There are people who have “been there, done that” that can help you figure out some awesome blends to diffuse and how to use essential oils in the first place.

Secondly, let’s talk about expense. First, it’s not as expensive as I originally thought. The bottles of essential oils go a long way, only requiring a few drops at a time in a diffuser.

But, can we talk about how it is sometimes important to pay a little more to protect our health? The lung cancer scare is not worth it to me. Of course, I will never know what definitely caused the spots on my lungs (though I have my suspicions) but why wouldn’t I want to try and decrease those types of problems if I could?

And, not having something that smells nice in my home is just not an option. 🙂 Like I said, there’s a lot of smells we DON’T want to be smelling here that I need to fight off.

So, today I want to share with you some essential oil recipes for your diffuser because I LOVE diffusing essential oils recipes.  Blending various oils can make your home smell so good! Essential oil diffuser recipes are a must try because who wants their house to smell like…well, the opposite of amazing.

First, let’s talk about diffusers. I use a cool mist diffuser and it works great.

I have a couple diffusers and I prefer the one I own with a timer. I can run it at bedtime and it will turn off on it’s own so I don’t have to worry about it running all night as a sleep.  I can set it for one, two, and 4 hours.  It’s perfect to enjoy my diffuser blend of choice each night without needing to manually shut it off.

Okay, let’s get into the fun part – the recipes!



This is a great blend to put in your diffuser when you’ve had enough of winter and are longing for the floral and fresh scent of spring. If you avoid looking out the window at the snow, you might even convince your brain, if only for a minute, that it really is spring.

4 drops bergamot

3 drops lavender

2 drops geranium


Sometimes we just want our home to smell like fresh linen, but we haven’t got to the laundry yet. This is the blend for those kinds of days.

2 drops of lavender

2 drops of eucalyptus

2 drops of lemon

2 drops of tea tree oil


I have struggled with sleep problems on and off for years. I use this blend in my diffuser and it has done wonders for my sleeping habits.

3 drops of Balance

3 drops of Serenity


Anybody else need help waking up in the mornings, especially Mondays? If that’s you, then this is the blend you want to try.

3 drops orange

2 drops peppermint

3 drops rosemary


this blend reminds me of vapor rub. I love to use it when I’m feeling under the weather and am stuffed up.

3 drops  Eucalyptus

3 drops tea tree

1 drops rosemary

1 drops peppermint


While these blends to use in the diffuser smell amazing, you don’t NEED to use a blend in your diffuser. If you just feel like smelling lemon, just put a few drops of lemon essential oil in your diffuser. If you just feel like smelling peppermint, use peppermint. Or you can use a blend that is already made, like Serenity or Balance (those ones are exclusively sold by DoTerra.)

I just recommend you start out slow. When you are new to essential oils you may discover certain essential oils are stronger than others. Use only a few drops in the diffuser and if you desire more, you can always add more

These five different blends should help you get started with essential oils. Once I started diffusing oils, I couldn’t stop! I love discovering different blends and being able to change the scent depending on my mood.

When I used to burn candles I usually only had one or two in the house at a time and so I didn’t have a whole line of scents to choose from depending on how I felt that day. With essential oils I have a full shelf with a variety of options that I get to change out day in and day out. It’s pretty awesome.

Personally I buy all my essential oils from DoTerra. I have been so happy with the quality and the company as a whole is great, focusing on co-impact sourcing and humanitarian efforts. If you are considering trying out essential oils I can help you get started. Just click on over here to read a little more, or if you have personal questions regarding the process, feel free to hit the “contact” button IN THE MENU LIST at the top of the blog and send me a message. I always love to hear from my readers. 🙂



While diffusing essential oils are perfect for making your house smell nice without the toxic chemicals, what is so awesome about essential oils that they offer many health benefits. That means that just by diffusing some of the oils you can benefit from their health properties. You can’t get that in a paraffin wax candle!

Essential oils can be used in many other ways too, not just in diffusers, though diffusing essential oils is my favorite way to use them. I’ve also used them in homemade cleaners, homemade vapor rub, and applied directly to the skin with some carrier oil like coconut oil for a variety of uses.

Even my kids are enjoying essential oils now. My daughter loves to diffuse lavender at bedtime to help her have a good night’s sleep.

I hope you enjoy these essential oil recipes for diffusers and try a few of them yourself. If you have a favorite recipe you always use, I’d love to hear about it.

Related post: Lemon Essential Oil Benefits

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Essential Oil Recipes for Diffusers
Recipes of essential oil blends that you can use in your diffuser.
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Simple Life of a Frugal Wife

3 thoughts on “Essential Oil Recipes for Diffusers”

  1. I am also very new to oils, like in the ‘haven’t even bought them yet, but I want too’ kind. I have been wondering though, how the diffusing part works. Do you put it in with water? Also, I am wondering how it works when you want to switch to a new kind….do you run it dry and do you have to clean it out before putting in a new kind? Or if there was some left and you wanted something very different, do you take it back out so as to not mix it? thanks in advance…

    1. Yes, you put a few drops of essential oils in the water. if you want to switch it before you run it dry you will want to empty it out. If it’s a super strong oil you may want to clean it out before uses, but I generally just add new water and new oil because i’m too lazy to do a complete clean between uses. lol. If you did add oils to the last mixture it just might blend with the other oil to something that doesn’t smell pleasant – or you may luck out and it will be a nice combination!

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