The English Aromatherapist


Make Your Own Personal Inhaler

Make your own aromatherapy inhalers with essential oils

Personal aromatherapy inhalers seem to be really popular this year — and it’s easy to see why! These cute pocket-sized tubes of joy are:


  • Easy to use
  • Suitable for adults and children
  • Discreet for using in public places
  • Super-quick to make
  • Affordable
  • Easily personalised
  • Portable
  • FUN!


Personal inhaler sticks are also ideal for enjoying essential oils without disturbing others — such as in the workplace or where it’s unsuitable to use a diffuser that fills the whole room. Some essential oils shouldn’t be diffused around pets and children, so these personal inhalers are perfect for a localised aromatherapy boost.


I just made this adorable rainbow unicorn inhaler and it took less than 5 minutes! It makes a beautiful stocking filler gift for Christmas — perfect for children, neighbours or thank-you gifts for teachers!

Make your own aromatherapy inhaler


How to Make

It’s so simple to make your own aromatherapy inhalers. You’ll need to buy some empty plastic inhalers — these are easily available online or from craft stores. I bought a pack of 10 from Purple Flame Aromatherapy on eBay, which cost around £1.30 each (but they’re much cheaper if you buy in bulk).


The inhaler comes in four parts: a cotton stick, an inner shell, an outer shell and a seal cap.

Essential oil inhalers

All you need to do is saturate the cotton stick with 10-20 drops of your chosen essential oil(s). Then, insert the cotton stick into the inner shell and snap on the seal cap. Tightly screw on the outer shell to prevent the scent from drying out. And that’s it! SUPER EASY!


You can decorate the outer shell however you like — I used rainbow unicorn Duck Tape (£3 from Hobby Craft) but there are dozens of different designs to suit all tastes. You might prefer to use paper labels, so you can write which oils you used in the inhaler.


Some people find it easier to add the drops of essential oils directly into a small glass bowl, then add the cotton wick and let the oils completely absorb before inserting into the inhaler.


How To Use

To use the inhaler, simply unscrew the outer shell and inhale the beautiful scent, before replacing the cap. You might find it more effective to use one finger to close each nostril before inhaling, and vice versa.



The beauty of aromatherapy inhalers is that you can use them any time, anywhere! They’re the perfect size to pop in your pocket or handbag, for whenever you need an aromatherapy boost!



Your choice of essential oils will entirely depend on what you want to achieve — if you’re feeling anxious, you might want a stress-relieving blend. If you’re feeling tired, you might benefit from a fresh, uplifting scent. If you’re full of a cold, a decongestant blend can bring relief.


It’s really up to you and your own personal preferences. If you’re making inhalers for children, it’s important to make sure you’re using oils are that child-safe (use a good aromatherapy book for reference). Always check the safety data before using any essential oils.


If you’re new to blending essential oils, why not download my ebooks?


Here are a couple of inhaler blends to get you started:


Anxiety Relief

4 drops bergamot

4 drops frankincense

4 drops chamomile


Soothe & Calm

6 drops mandarin

6 drops lavender

3 drops chamomile


Have fun experimenting with different blends — you’ll find it’s quite addictive! I’d love to hear about your experiences, so let me know in the comments below.

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