How to Diffuse Essential Oils Without a Diffuser


As an opening nugget of interest, your olfactory system is one of the oldest sensory realms in the evolutionary history of us humans (and mammals) and is otherwise known as the ‘sense of smell’.  This amazing sensory arena (made up primarily of the nose, nostrils, nasal cavity and turbinates) draws in smells and aromas, then checks, ensures, regulates, transmits, determines and informs your brain.  You will then behave, react and articulate in your very individualistic stylized way to the bouquet of information you received.  It is upon these basic principles whereby Essential Oil can play such a beneficial role in your overall general health and well-being. Within this article, we will look at how to diffuse essential oils without a diffuser.

Benefits of Essential Oils

Natural diffusion of essential oils can play a positive role in maintaining a healthy balanced lifestyle, and the continuum of positive effect which can be produced from that. For instance, if you regularly use certain essential oils (such as Lemon, Valor, and Lavender) you can improve your immune system functions and thereby fend off such irritable nuances like the common cold. That means you won’t require the annoyance of having to visit a doctor to administer pharmaceutical medication (which can produce negative side-effects). Even if you do succumb to the sniffles, in your wisdom you will reach for nature’s produce to assist with relieving the effects of the common cold (like inhaling pine oil to clear the sinuses).  These are all the first small steps to becoming self-reliant and responsible for administering your own healing medicinal tinctures.

Aromas of Essential Oils

If ever you’ve roamed through a rose garden and enjoyed the scents therein, you’ve unwittingly experienced the aromatic qualities of essential oils.  The perfume of every part of nature be it bush, tree, flower or shrub is naturally occurring – it’s a volatile aromatic compound found in bark, seeds, roots, stems, flowers, petals and more and all are exquisitely and powerfully odorous. Just as our blood gives us essential life-giving nutrients and oxygen so too do essential oils give the same to plants.  They are known as ‘volatile’ compounds because they have the ability to rapidly change state. The oils give protection, play a role in pollination and emit distinctive and potent smells and these are just some of the reasons they carry such fundamental benefits to us.

Where Essential Oils are Used

For centuries, essential oils have been used in health and beauty preparations as well as food provision and health-care treatments. It is the underlying physical and chemical compound volatile properties of which essential oils are comprised - that enables them to move through the air and directly intermingle with our olfactory system.  Such unique qualities are indicative of bringing us balance, serenity, tranquility, mood boosting, immune building, skin soothing, muscle toning, digestion easing, and relaxing, mental and emotional well-being.

There are more than 3,000 varieties of volatile aromatic compounds, with the nature of an essential oil varying from plant to plant, species to species, season to season, location to location and of course the way it is distilled and the duration thereof.

So How to Diffuse Essential Oils Without a Diffuser

Here are some of the methods you could use to achieve exactly that!

diffusing essential oils without a diffuser

Use the Pillow

To aid a deep relaxing nights’ sleep place 3-5 drops of Lavender or Roman Chamomile (or a mixture of both) essential oil onto your pillow. These wonderfully potent aromas promote relaxation by informing the brain of a reduction in stress thereby restoring balance to the nervous system and relieving the body of restlessness (Lavender is safe to use on babies and children too).

Read More: Other Diffusing Methods that Use Diffusers

Use the Bath

Bath time can be one of the best ways to ease away the stresses and strains of the day and what better way to increase the liberation than to use essential oils – they have multiple beneficial values and by adding a few drops you can cure many minor ailments. Adding them to a hot water bath enables them to shapeshift into the steam and permeate the air for instant interaction via your olfactory and indeed for transmittance through your skin in general.

Here are some of the essential oils that may prove to be useful:

Vetiver Oil

A tranquil, grounding and reassuring energy oil, often used in trauma – helps with self-awareness, calmness, and stabilization. A nervous system tonic, it aids reduction of hypersensitivity and is also useful in panic attacks and shock.

Ylang Ylang

Due to its calming and uplifting effects, it can be used to treat anxiety and depression. Promotes cheerfulness, courage, optimism and soothes apprehension. It is a moderate to strong sedative which can help with insomnia.

Marjoram Oil

Diminishes pain associated with colds, fevers, inflammation, muscle overexertion, toothache, and headache. Marjoram has no adverse side effects.

Use a Vacuum

there’s no better time to boost your mood than when there are chores to do – so next time you have to change the filter in your vacuum cleaner remember to add a few drops of your favorite lifting essential oil – hoovering will never have been so sweet smelling.

Here are a few essential oil suggestions:

Wild Orange

If you’re feeling low or blue, try refreshing and invigorating wild orange. It’s hard to feel down in the dumps with this essential oil permeating your room - it’s been shown to increase positivity.


This releases an earthy and uplifting scent and thus can promote concentration, relieves tiredness and even have antidepressant-like properties.

Clary Sage Oil

A self-esteem, confidence boosting, hope and mental strength inducer, efficient fighter of depression, this is a great oil to promote a happier mind balance (do not use around alcohol).

Read More: How to Use a Diffuser?

Use Spritzer Bottle

Better than using supermarket shelf products. You can easily create your own mind elevating, room cleaning spray with a little tepid water and a creative combination mix of your favorite essential oils.  Re-cycle an old refillable plastic spray bottle by filling it with tepid water out of the kettle and then add some drops of essential oil. This can be used over drapes, pillows, quilts, carpets, rugs or simply sprayed into the atmosphere.

The oils you might want to try:

Tea Tree

Fights germs, bacteria, and viruses deter lice and other pests.


A clean smelling powerful germicide.


can effectively kill yeast spores, E.coli, and other household germs and is faultless for ridding the bathroom of mold and mildew - leaves a naturally fresh scent.

Use a Napkin

You don’t really need to think about how to diffuse essential oils without a diffuser to come up with this method yourself. You can always add a few drops of your favorite essential oil and breathe it in. That’s especially useful if you’re in public places or when you go traveling. Another great way to use napkins – put one in the car air vent and enjoy the aroma. It will last during the journey and calm you down. Also, you can get more creative and make your own decorations that would look better than a napkin in your car. Anything that can absorb some oil will work.

Use Your Stove

In case you’ve been searching for a facial steamer on Amazon, forget it. Get some water, add essential oils to it, pour it into a saucepan and put it on a stove. If you want to enjoy the steam and get a small facial at home, let the water boil and make sure that steam is directed towards your face. Otherwise, just let it simmer and enjoy the aroma that will spread throughout your whole room.

Buy a Diffuser Necklace

Diffuser necklaces are getting more and more popular. You can find them anywhere really. The idea behind having one is the fact that you’ll both inhale the aroma but also smell of it. Just add a few drops to the pad and keep it inside the necklace. Warning! It won’t last long so you’ll need to constantly change those pads.

Use Bath Bombs

It’s so fun to make your own bath bombs. You can always add a bit of essential oil to each of them and enjoy your bath with the aroma of your choice.

Use Toilet Paper

Not sure how to diffuse essential oils without a diffuser in your toilet? Well, you could simply add a few drops of it to your toilet paper and enjoy the aroma. Just make sure not to add to much so it wouldn’t irritate your skin.

Make Your Own Reed Diffuser

Get a glass container with a narrow opening, a few reed sticks, add ¼ cup of safflower or apricot kernel oil to the glass and 20 drops of chosen essential oil. Don’t forget to finish with 2 tablespoons of alcohol as it will help the oils to go up the sticks. Pour the mixture into the glass, put the sticks in and enjoy the aroma all around the room. It’s a simple way to diffuse oils and yet beautifully magical! Looks nice too, you can use it for decorative purposes.

Use a Cotton Ball

You can use a cotton ball for the same purpose you could use a tissue. Not everyone has tissues at home!

Use Stuffed Animals

Now that’s for mamas and papas who want to make sure that their babies get to experience the aromas too. Add a few drops of essential oil to the stuffed animals and let your babies enjoy the smell. Don’t overdo it though. Baby’s lungs and skin are much more fragile than an adult’s.

Use Decorative Lava Stones

Add a few drops to those and you’ll notice how well your room smells. They are also known as aroma stones too. Anyway, just google lava stones and you should be able to get them for a few bucks. They look lovely too!

General Tips

Ass you’ve already realized, you don’t need to know how to diffuse essential oils without a diffuser to come up with your own ways to do that. There are no rules and you can be as creative as you want!


Now that you’ve learned all the ways to use essential oils without a diffuser, which one will you choose? Comment below with your answers. Also, if you have any ideas or would love to share a few new diffusing methods, let us know in the comment section!


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