Essential Oil Recipes for Diffusing

30+ Essential Oil Recipes for Diffusing

Looking for solid essential oil recipes for diffusing?

The sky’s the limit when it comes to possible combinations, but I’m sharing a few ideas to get you started.

Remember that essential oils diffused into the air provide so much more than a wonderful scent.  Those tiny particles of oil actually cleanse the air, open airways, and affect mood.  Inhaled essential oils are readily absorbed by the body, first affecting the olfactory system, then the respiratory system, bloodstream and cells.

To receive maximum benefit, be sure to use a cold air, nebulizing diffuser designed specifically for essential oils.  And of course, you’ll want to be sure to diffuse pure, therapeutic grade oils.

If you’ve ever wondered “Can I use essential oils in my humidifier?” you’ll want to read this: Essential Oils: Humidifier vs Diffuser.

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Essential Oil Recipes for Diffusing

In general, you’ll want to use about 5-8 drops of essential oil each time you diffuse.  The numbers below indicate how many drops of each oil you should use.  Consider this list a loose guide and feel free to change it up to meet your needs.

1. Immune Support

  • 7 On Guard
  • 4 Lemon + 2 Melaleuca
  • 4 On Guard + 3 Wild Orange

2. Respiratory Support

  • 7 Breathe Respiratory Blend
  • 4 Breathe Respiratory Blend + 2 Lime
  • 1 Rosemary + 2 Eucalyptus + 2 Lime + 1 Peppermint + 1 Frankincense
  • 5 Marjoram + 3 Thyme

3. Spring Survival

  • 2 Lavender + 2 Lemon + 2 Peppermint (+ 2 Melaleuca, optional)

4. Calming / Relaxation / Stress Reliever

  • 4 Wild Orange + 2 Frankincense
  • 2 Frankincense + 4 Balance
  • 4 Citrus Bliss + 2 Frankincense
  • 4 Serenity Calming Blend + 2 Wild Orange
  • 3 Marjoram + 2 Wild Orange + 2 Frankincense

5. Sleep

  • 3 Lavender + 3 Roman Chamomile
  • 3 Balance + 3 Serenity
  • 2 Patchouli + 4 Lavender + 3 Marjoram
  • 7 Serenity Calming Blend
  • 3 Lavender + 2 Vetiver
  • 7 Breathe Respiratory Blend
  • 4 Adaptiv + 2 Frank + 1 Roman Chamomile

6. Invigorating / Energy / Blues Buster

  • 4 Wild Orange + 2 Peppermint
  • 3 Bergamot + 3 Frankincense
  • 3 Grapefruit + 2 Wild Orange + 2 Lime
  • 2 Frankincense + 2 Grapefruit + 2 Douglas Fir
  • 3 Motivate + 2 Coriander + 2 Lime
  • 3 Breathe + 3 Lime + 2 Wild Orange

7. Concentration / Focus

  • 3 Wild Orange + 3 Peppermint
  • 3 Rosemary + 3 Peppermint
  • 2 Frankincense + 2 Wild Orange + 2 Rosemary
  • 7 In Tune Focus Blend

More great blends for memory & concentration here.

8. Deodorizer

  • 2 Purify Cleansing Blend + 4 Lemon
  • 2 Lemon + 2 Lime + 1 Melaleuca

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What are your favorite essential oil recipes for diffusing?

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11 Comments

  1. Avatar Joanne Stevens on 12/10/2014 at 12:46 pm

    I love the smell of forest, so I can’t help but feel extatic when I load the diffuser with pine branches essential oil. During winter it also helps me find the Christmas spirit faster!

  2. Avatar cheryl on 12/25/2014 at 12:24 am

    Thank you for sharing so generously throughout your site, which is a treasure!

    I am new-ish user (WA) of doTERRA, and I’ve been diffusing: 5-6 drops On Guard, 4 drops Lemongrass; 5-6 drops On Guard, 4 drops lavendar, at night. — Soon I will have a difusser at work, and look forward to uplifting the environment.

    • Kathleen Kathleen on 12/25/2014 at 2:51 am

      Cheryl–You can’t go wrong with diffusing On Guard, especially during the winter! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

      • Avatar Betty on 05/11/2016 at 3:17 am

        What is On Guard? I do not see it in the list of oils……

        • Avatar Shaunette on 10/15/2016 at 2:55 pm

          On guard is protective blend.

    • Kathleen Kathleen on 12/25/2014 at 2:52 am

      Joanne–Have you tried doTERRA’s Holiday Joy blend? It combines pine with other Christmasy scents–a great non-toxic way to make your house smell like Christmas. 🙂

  3. Avatar Liz Lane on 10/30/2015 at 4:06 pm

    We also love the Respiratory Blend at night when we go to sleep! I love diffusing On Guard and sometimes add a little lemon to that. Also love peppermint & wild orange. I can’t wait to get the Holiday Joy! So glad you are back on your blog, although I think it is GREAT you took a break!! liz in PA

  4. Avatar Kathy on 01/28/2016 at 9:01 pm

    Hi. I am new to diffusing and gave purchased two diffusers that have been quite quarky in their operation. I would so love a recommendation. I have been looking on line but way confusing. Can you please point me in the right direction.

    • Avatar Forrest on 05/14/2016 at 6:48 am

      Hey I bought 2 diffusers from walmart. I believe they only sell one kind. It lights up in different colors and they run around $20 but I love them I keep one in my girls room and one in my own. I have been very satisfied with them.
      You can keep one color or let it flow through all or even leave the light off!
      I know this is a late response but I hope it helps!

  5. Avatar Autumn Hamilton on 10/17/2016 at 1:32 am

    Hey Kathleen — I just recently bought an air purifier that also allows has a diffuser on top for water-soluble oils. Can you recommend any water-soluble essential oil brands? I’m having a hard time finding any. Thanks!

    • Kathleen Kathleen on 10/20/2016 at 12:05 pm

      Autumn–I have no idea, sorry! I’m pretty sure all pure essential oils are not water soluble.

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