DIY Reed Diffuser

While cleaning I rediscovered a small bud vase I received from a friend (I believe it was from Crate and Barrel, but it was years ago, and a gift). Instead of getting rid of it, I decided to repurpose it. I wanted to start us with a project that was easy, healthy and anyone could do it right now, either with things you have around, or things that would be easy to get: A reed diffuser. There’s so many options and all are easy, so let’s do this!

Recipe 1: Essential Oil in Carrier Oil and Alcohol

Gather your ingredients.

This is my preferred method: Use ¼ cup oil (I like sweet almond oil, but you could also use safflower as neither are petroleum based nor have a scent) with 2-3 tbsp alcohol and a generous quantity of essential oil until you achieve a ratio of 70% carrier oil and alcohol and 30% essential oil). Swirl to mix.

The oils and alcohol mixed and ready…

Recipe 2: Essential Oil in Alcohol and Water

Pour ¼ cup of hot tap water into your container. Add ¼ cup alcohol (rubbing alcohol or Vodka) and approximately 20 drops of whichever essential oil you choose. Swirl to mix.

Recipe 3: Essential Oil in Carrier Oil

Start with your carrier oil (see above for recommendations). Add essential oil and swirl to mix. Try for a ratio of 30% essential oil to 70% carrier oil.

For the reeds, you can buy specific diffuser reeds, but you can also use bamboo skewers. More reeds will diffuse the oil faster.

Boom! Reeds in and you’re done.

A gentle reminder: some essential oils can be toxic to pets. Please make sure keep your diffuser out of reach, and avoid Clove, Thyme, Wintergreen for both cats and dogs. Anise, Yarrow, and Juniper are also toxic to dogs, while Basil, Birch, Juniper, Cinnamon, Fennel, Tea Tree, Oregano, Peppermint, Citrus, and Eucalyptus Oils can harm cats. Watch any premade mixes, as they might contain any of the previously mentioned oils.

The final product

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New Year New Blog

Many of the things we do unconsciously are not great; not for our mental wellbeing, and not for our planet. Being mindful of our consumption, habits and attitudes can have a positive effect on our environment, and I for one, want to start the new year doing just that. I started 2019 on a major cleaning frenzy – putting away gifts and decorations, sweeping, dusting, organzing. You name it, I cleaned it. And I was doing so with my mind on reducing the things I was bringing into my home, and focusing on things that brought me joy.

One of the reasons I started this blog was that I noticed that over the years I accumulated a lot of crafting materials. But I wasn’t crafting. I’ve been in love with arts and crafts since I was a child. I used to hide coloring books under my pillow and color by flashlight under the covers. But somewhere along the way, I lost focus. I forgot the thing that brought me so much joy that I would risk the wrath of my mother. So now, with the pressure of an audience, it’s time to get crafting.

This year let’s ask ourselves:

If we can’t make it, do we need it?

If we don’t love it, can we change it so we will?

If we do love it, can we share it so others can too?