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The 5 Best DIY Nasal Inhalers For Quick, Portable Relief

Not only are they quick and easy to make, but they're the perfect size to keep in your purse or at your desk too.

Jill Nystul • January 25, 2023

Jill Nystul • December 20, 2023

Jill Nystul • December 20, 2023

Jill Nystul • December 20, 2023

Essential Oil Inhalers For Aromatherapy On The Go

Essential oils are so powerful that you can experience some therapeutic effects just from smelling them. This can be especially effective for conditions related to your sinuses, as well as mood conditions and sleep problems. I’ve touched on this idea a few times here on my blog, like a few years ago when I shared how to make your own aromatherapy jar to treat sinus problems.

But I recently came across a simple and inexpensive product that can make this process even easier. I found these nifty little inhaler sticks on Amazon, and I was immediately intrigued.

They have a wick inside them that is made to hold essential oils, which is covered by a slender cap that makes it easy to put up into your nose. You simply put the essential oil inhaler into your nostril and breathe deeply (like a nasal spray, but without the spray). It’s like having aromatherapy in your pocket!

I still love my original aromatherapy-in-a-jar idea for home use, but these little inhaler sticks turned out to be a great option to keep in your purse or at your desk. Plus the inhaler sticks are fairly inexpensive — I bought a pack of 24 of them for about $12 on Amazon!

Here are a few different kinds of aromatherapy inhalers you can make to treat different kinds of symptoms:

5 DIY Aromatherapy Nasal Inhalers With Essential Oils

Note: I’ve stuck to essential oil blends here because they’re simpler to use than combining several individual oils on your own (not to mention less expensive too!)

1. For Allergies

To the wick, add 3 drops of All Clear essential oil blend.

All Clear is a blend of eucalyptus, lemon, orange, lime, tea tree, peppermint, marjoram, and rosemary essential oils that can help relieve congestion, irritation, and other unpleasant allergy symptoms, and they’re great essential oils for sinuses.

2. For Sleep

To the wick, add 3 drops of Slumber blend.

Slumber is a blend of lavender, cedarwood, lime, bergamot, marjoram, and vetiver essential oils, all blended together in fractionated coconut oil. These oils can help relieve stress, promote peaceful feelings, and restore your sense of wellness.

3. For Stress

Calm Mind is only available as a roll-on, but it’s ideal for soothing headaches and you can still use it to make an inhaler! Instead of adding drops of oil to the wick, just swipe the roller top along the wick a few times.

Calm Mind is a blend of sweet orange, coriander, cedarwood, lime, and balsam of Peru essential oils, which helps restore balance to troubled thoughts and uneasy feelings.

4. For Headaches

Complete Relief blend is also only available as a roll-on, but it’s ideal for soothing headaches and you can still use it to make an inhaler! Instead of adding drops of oil to the wick, just swipe the roller top along the wick a few times.

Complete Relief is a blend of marjoram, black pepper, basil, spike lavender, and copaiba essential oils.

5. For Resiliency/Immunity

To the wick, add 3 drops of Defend essential oil blend.

Defend is a blend of cinnamon, lemon, clove bud, lime, eucalyptus, rosemary, peppermint, spearmint, and oregano essential oils. These oils can help increase your resiliency, while guarding against environmental threats that can slow you down.

How To Use Your Aromatherapy Inhaler

Simply remove the cap, put the inhaler into your nostril, and breathe deeply. The scent of the essential oils will fade over time, but you can refresh it instantly by reapplying the oils.

What’s your favorite essential oil blend?

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