• How to make your own essential oil inhalers {Gypsy Magpie}

    How to Make Essential Oil Inhalers

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    My husband makes fun of me for my hippie-ness, but after 14 years I’d like to think he’s sorta getting used to it. Well, he loves me and that’s all that matters, right? {Thanks for putting up with me, babe!} One of the “hippie” things I dig is a good essential oil. My hubby would much rather just pop a pill but my body has a negative reaction to a lot of medications, so essential oils have become a go-to remedy for me.

    Before I start, I’m going to say something that might make people mad, so hold on to your autoship! When it comes to essential oils I am not brand loyal. *Gasp!* Sorry, MLMers, love me anyway ok?
    I have done a ton of study over the years and I feel that, eek,  there isn’t one perfect company. But, there are several great ones to purchase E.O.’s from, so I’m going to leave that debate up to everybody else and tell you to use whatever brand makes your heart sing.
    That being said, it’s always a good idea to look into 3rd party testing and see what oils rate the highest. As you can see HERE, many companies have the occasional issue with an oil or two. Like I said, no company is perfect so do what is best for you, peeps.


    Now that we’ve got that out of the way, I want to show you how easy it is to make your own essential oil inhalers!

    How to make your own essential oil inhalers {Gypsy Magpie}

    What is an aromatherapy/essential oil inhaler and why would you want to use one?

    • An aromatherapy inhaler is basically a small tube with a piece of cotton inside that essential oils can be added to. Once put together, the tube can be held under the nose and the essential oils can be inhaled. Honestly, the same can be done by smelling directly from the bottle, putting on your hands then inhaling, or even by simply dropping on a cotton ball but I like this way better. So, there you go.
    • An aromatherapy inhaler is portable, small, and easy to handle. They can be tucked into pockets and purses and won’t leave a mess.
    • They are great for headaches, sinus problems, congestion, allergies, anxiety, focus, and a host of other ailments.
    • They are inexpensive and easy to put together yourself

    Before you start you will need:

    1. Essential Oils
    2. Cotton Blanks
    3. Inhaler Tubes
    4. Tweezers or gloves, if making for someone else
    5. A marker, washi tape, a label maker or whatever else you would like to use to label your inhalers

    Here’s what I do…

    How to make an essential oil inhaler {Gypsy Magpie}How to make an essential oil inhaler {Gypsy Magpie}How to make an essential oil inhaler {Gypsy Magpie}

    Yep, that’s it!
    In just a matter of minutes you can make an essential oil inhaler that is specific to your own personal needs.

    If the pictures didn’t explain enough and you still have questions, check out this video tutorial by Andrea Butje from Aromahead.
    She’s an absolute wealth of information!
    I love her blog, youtube channel, and all her great essential oil recipes, blends, and ideas.

     I love using inhalers with my essential oils.
    My favorite is probably one I make for congestion because eucalyptus is the bomb.


    • You will generally get about a month of usage out of one inhaler. The awesome thing is, you can then refresh your inhaler 2-3 times before you’ll need a new piece of cotton, which makes them last a long time. I love that!
    • When adding essential oils, I generally add 10-15 total drops of oils per inhaler. You can blend your oils to your hearts content. If you are making a blend with a very strong oil, you’d want to use less drops of the strong oil compared to the other oils.
    • You don’t have to make blends. Straight lavender is wonderful, restful, calming, and is used for a bunch of ailments. If you are scared of essential oils, using lavender is a great place to start.

    Now grab some blanks and try it out!

    Have you ever used an aromatherapy inhaler?
    If so, what is your favorite blend?


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  • Kaylynn
    21 September 2015

    What a FABULOUS idea! No mess too – that’s my biggest problem with oils. I smear it all over and then I’m a big oily mess. Love this idea!
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  • Aliza B
    21 September 2015

    I think I will be making these soon. Lavender and chamomile are our favorite combo.
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  • Meagan
    21 September 2015

    What a great idea! We use essential oils all the time with our students. They would really benefit from an inhaler. I’ll have to share this with our parents and students so they can create their own at home. Wonderful information!

    • Missy
      21 September 2015

      Inhalers are great for kids because the oils are not directly on the skin which can cause allergic reaction or hypersensitivity. Good luck with your students, I’d love to hear if any families find them helpful!