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The 5 Best DIY Nasal Inhalers For Quick, Portable Relief

woman using a diy nasal inhaler with essential oils

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.

Related: Relieve Sinus Congestion By Making Your Own “Breathe Jar”

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.

putting together a diy nasal inhaler with essential oils

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!

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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!)

woman holding up a diy nasal inhaler essential oils for allergies

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.

Related: Allergies Acting Up? This Is Helping Others Breathe Easy

woman holding up a diy nasal inhaler essential oils for sleep

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.

Related: The Best Way To Sleep Better Without The Morning Fatigue

woman holding up a diy nasal inhaler essential oils for stress

3. For Stress

To the wick, add 3 drops of Calm Mind.

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.

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4. For Headaches

Complete Relief blend 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.

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

Related: The Simple Fix Giving Sweet Relief To Headache Sufferers

woman holding up a diy nasal inhaler essential oils for Resiliency/Immunity

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.

Related: The Best Easy Ways To Support Your Immune System

woman using an essential oil inhaler

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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  • Thank you for the link to buy the inhaler kits. The allergy and sinus essential oil trios worked like a charm. Thank you, as this was extremely timely with the August allergens swirling around in northeast Ohio!
    Charlette

  • Love this post Jillee! I had no idea you could get the inhaler sticks online. I checked on Ebay and you can get 12 of them for $3.79 US. They come in 6 colors (2 each of Purple, Pink, Blue, Black, Yellow, & Green), or 12 white ones. The shipping is free, but can take 14 to 38 days to arrive. Just putting that out there.

    I think the colored ones would be neat for “coding” the different blends that you listed!

  • What would the different uses be for the Sinus/Respire vs Allergy/LLP ? I just got them, and need to know how better use either of them and when. Thanks! Kim

  • I also tried it for a long time, but then I returned to the usual evaporators.
    But this method is good, for example,
    At the university before the exam to calm down and relax.

  • I made the breathe jar, and it smells wonderful, but it did nothing for my sinus problems. Eating foods with garlic in them did help, though!

  • Great timing. My allergies have been bad and with ragweed season coming can be hard on my sinuses. I did do the lavender, peppermint and lemon in the capsules for my allergies.

  • What essential oils can be used for Asma. My friend suffers really with it and I would like to be able to help her with this problem.

  • I spoke with an aromatherapist, she told me that the standard number of drops to use in an inhaler is a total of 15 drops spread evenly between oils. I just thought I should throw that out there. Thanks for the info.

  • I don’t get it, if the Melaleuca Oil is the same as Tea Tree why can’t Tea Tree be used? I get stuffy a lot and can’t breathe. Also been getting clear thick gel mucus out of my nose and when some comes out my headaches are much better. Do not know what the clear thick Mucus means?

    • Kathleen, you can use tea tree oil. As for the clear mucous you could have a sinus infection or chronic sinusitis. For some relief you should use steam. Electric steam inhalers are not that expensive. If you use a steamer do NOT use any oils in it. You can buy one at your local pharmacy, Walmart or Amazon. If the condition persists see an ENT doctor. He/she might suggest a CT scan to ascertain the cause.

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