trying to grow aromatic lavender to cut and bring indoors for a dose of aromatherapy. Since that plan didn't exactly work out, I decided to look for a reed diffuser to use, since those plug-in types of air fresheners are full of chemicals (and draw electricity)... The problem is that many of the nicer reed diffusers are pretty pricey. Paying $20 or $30 for an air freshener seems rather silly when many of us have the raw materials around the house.
What You NeedMaterials
- Glass or ceramic container (glazed inside, so it doesn't leak) with a narrow opening at the top. I decided to try this beautiful vase a friend bought for me, since it's already in my bedroom and it has been deemed completely uninteresting to the felines.
- Essential oils of your choice. I have lavender and eucalyptus.
- I've heard of using mineral oil as your "base," but I wanted to avoid petroleum-based products. Sweet almond oil or safflower oil are other options. But I was intrigued when I read about using vodka and water, mostly because I have some in the freezer, it's not my favorite libation, and it won't leave a greasy mess if it does get knocked over. Though I've also read that vodka will evaporate more quickly than something totally oil-based. It's your call.
- Reeds or bamboo skewers. You can find replacement reeds online pretty inexpensively, but if you have bamboo skewers in the kitchen or craft room, just trim off the pointy ends before use.