Reed diffuser a simple project

The Orange County Register

Who knew that reed diffusers are incredibly easy to make? And there is a good chance you already have on hand what you need to create one:

• A narrow-neck bottle

• Reed sticks, chopsticks or bamboo skewers

• Base oil such as safflower, almond or mineral oil

• Essential oils in scents you like

The reeds are key to drawing the oils up from the jar and diffusing the scents.

Traditional reed sticks work best because they are made out of rattan, with naturally occurring channels that draw the oils up. Look for them at craft stores. In a pinch, chopsticks and skewers work too.

Any narrow-neck bottle, bud vase or jar will work. The narrow neck isn’t essential, but it prevents the oils from evaporating too fast.

You’ll want to use lightweight base oils because they draw up the reed more easily. Safflower and almond oils are examples of lightweight oils. I used unscented mineral oil (heavy) and thinned it with a little vodka. Add essential oils to your base, but be aware that too much can be overpowering.

Use a small whisk to mix your base oil and essential oil. Then decant into your decorative jar with a funnel, add your reeds and you’re done. Flip the reeds once a week to distribute the scent.

A wide variety of essential oils can be found at


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