Diffuser Oil Alternatives – What to Use Instead of Essential Oils?

Diffuser Oil Alternatives

There are many other products that you can use in your essential oil diffuser. Some of these products include vanilla extract, natural herbs and spices, fresh citrus juice, perfumes or colognes, and vape juice or E-liquid.

While these products are mostly safe to use in diffusers, it is important to properly prepare them before diffusing them. This includes diluting the products with water or carrier oil, as well as knowing the right proportions to use.

Diffusing these products properly can help you enjoy their benefits without putting your health at risk.

There are many other products that you can use in your essential oil diffuser. Some of these products include vanilla extract, fabuloso, natural herbs and spices, fresh citrus juice, perfumes or colognes, and nicotine-free vape juice or E-liquid.

While these products are mostly safe to use in diffusers, it is important to properly prepare them before diffusing them. This includes diluting the products with water or carrier oil, as well as knowing the right proportions to use.

Diffusing these products properly can help you enjoy their benefits without risking your health.

What to Consider Before You Put These Things in a Diffuser?

An oil diffuser is designed primarily for water-based solutions and essential oils. If you want to use other products, it is best to research first and maybe ask the opinion of the diffuser manufacturer.

Here are a few general things to consider before using things other than essential oils in a diffuser:

  • Research the safety of the product.
  • Properly prepare the product by diluting it with water or carrier oil.
  • Be familiar with the product, its properties, and the right proportions to use.
  • Ask the opinion of the diffuser manufacturer or check the instructions copy.
  • Check with the guidelines whether putting something else would void the warranty of the machine.
  • Start with a small amount to see how you react.
  • Always clean the diffuser after using it.

Not following the guidelines can easily damage your diffuser when you are using alternative products other than essential oils.

So, better be safe than sorry and take the necessary precautions.

If you do not have a diffuser and want to try a DIY aromatherapy diffuser, you can try a few diffuser hacks. These will allow you to use essential oils without a diffuser.

10 Exciting Ways to Diffuse Essential Oils without A Diffuser Machine

Just in case you are interested in knowing other ways – how to diffuse essential oils without a diffuser – here are a few additional exciting options for you.

The best thing when trying these DIY essential oil diffusers at home is that you need not invest in those expensive electrically operated nebulizing diffusers or ultrasonic diffusers.

As the techniques mentioned here (to make an essential oil diffuser) are straightforward and affordable, these can be tried any time you want at home.

1- Scented Votive Candles

Using a scented votive candle is one of the best ways by which you can enjoy the therapeutic benefits of essential oils without using an ultrasonic diffuser.

Making a DIY homemade diffuser with these candles can be done in two ways:

✓ In the first method, lit a candle on a flat surface. Allow it to remain in lighted condition for about five minutes.

Now blow out the candle, and then drop a single drop of essential oil into the melted wax of the candle.

Just relight the candle once again. The oil mixed with melted wax will diffuse the oil’s fragrance throughout the room in which the candle is lit up.

✓ In the second method, the essential oil is taken in a small bowl, which is warmed up using candlelight placed just below it.

A candle diffuser or bowl used may be made up of metal or ceramic with a small opening.

2- Cotton Ball or Tissue

Using cotton balls to diffuse essential oils is one of the cheapest methods you can try at home.

To make this work, just follow these steps:

  • Sprinkle a few drops of your favorite essential oils onto a piece of cotton ball
  • Now place this cotton ball (dripped in oil) on your floorboard, registers, or a fan vent in your car
  • The air flowing through the vent will automatically diffuse the scent into the air making your room or a car scented

If you want, you can also use tissue paper, a hand towel, a washcloth, etc., instead of a cotton ball. Keep it beside your work table and feel how it makes the environment soothing within a few minutes.

I love sprinkling my lavender oil on my pillowcase before going to bed at night 🙂

3- Pot On The Stove

You may be wondering about – how can you diffuse essential oils on the stove.

But let me tell you, with this simple method of making a natural homemade diffuser, you can easily make your home or kitchen smell great within a few seconds.

  • Take a pot in your kitchen and fill it partly with fresh tap water
  • Sprinkle 1-2 drops of your favorite essential oil in a pot and put on a stove or induction
  • Keep the flame of your stove low and allow the scented water to evaporate slowly into the air

This is one of the best ways by which you can not only get rid of cooking smells quickly but also can humidify the dry air naturally without using a humidifier.

Make sure that you do not boil the water rapidly. Just allow it to steam slowly so that it will fill your kitchen with a lovely scented aroma feeling refreshed.

4- Ornaments Diffuser

Designing a piece of DIY aromatherapy jewelry (like necklaces and bracelets) is another great way to quickly make your own aroma diffuser at home.

Made of unique stones or beads (like lava stone), these DIY essential oil diffuser necklaces are quite popular these days and can also be a perfect gift to your loved ones.

Items you will need to make one at your home may include:

  • Essential oils
  • Jewelry clasp and jump rings
  • Needle nose pliers and bead wire
  • Lava stone beads or wooden beads

With a few simple steps, you can easily design stylish pieces of jewelry in such a way that they can serve your purpose to the utmost level.

Get the help of your spouse or kids in making them. You will love having a great time while making these lovely pieces at home.

5- DIY Reed Diffuser

No matter your main concern is to enjoy aromatherapy, OR you just want to get a fresh aromatic environment – nothing can work better than a DIY reed diffuser.

Although there are many reed diffusers available on the market, making one for your home can be much more calming and satisfying.

Making one at home is not rocket science, so you can prepare your own homemade diffuser by investing significantly less time and effort.

To prepare it you just need:

  • Essential oils
  • Freshwater
  • A bottle and
  • Some rattan reeds

The complete process for making it can be checked here.

6- Reusable Spray Bottle

Can you ever believe that your old reusable spray bottles can be used to heal your body through aromatherapy?

I am sure most of you haven’t thought of it yet!

  • Pick your old spray bottle and fill it with water
  • Add a few drops of your favorite EO into it
  • Mix it well and use it as an air freshener to freshen up your room

You can use a single essential oil of your choice or even try a popular air freshener recipe that uses vinegar (to neutralize the odor).

Believe me; this affordable method can help you eliminate those musty and moldy smells in your home within a few minutes without using any expensive ultrasonic diffuser.

✓ Tip: If you do not want to reuse old spray bottles, you can also find some cheap ones online made up of glass that are best for using essential oils.

7- Lamp Ring Diffuser

If you are in search of the simplest, most effective, and inexpensive way to create an aromatic environment in your room naturally, then the lamp ring type of diffuser is best to use.

  • Take a specialized ceramic ring, add a few drops of essential oil to it and place it on a lighted bulb.
  • As the bulb heats up, the ring produces aromatic oil vapors within a few minutes, which spreads up all over the space.

These aromatherapy lamp ring diffusers work perfectly on low voltage bulbs. Lesser the voltage of the bulb, the longer the aroma spreads into your room and stays for hours and days.

Care that you do not use the rings with halogens as they get boiling quickly and may lead to the burning of essential oils.

8- Rice Essential Oil Air Freshener

Using a bowl of easy rice & essential oil air freshener diffuser recipe is one of the quickest ways to add aromatic fragrance to your room/home without any hassle.

This DIY diffuser recipe requires only two minutes to brighten up your mood with a great scent all around.

  • Start by taking a small dish or a cup
  • Add about half a cup of aromatic rice (I like jasmine rice that has a sweet smell of its own) into a dish.
  • Add 10-15 drops of your favorite essential oil (lemon, peppermint, pine, lavender, or anything you like) into the dish filled with rice.
  • Now mix this mixture evenly so that the aroma oils get stirred up throughout the rice. Depending on the essential oil you use, you can add 4-5 drops more into it to make the mixture bit stronger.
  • Upon mixing it evenly, you can now place this mixture in a tray or a dish and keep it at a place where you want to disperse the aroma in the air.

9- Use Essential Oil Directly on Skin

Using essential oils directly on your body or skin can help in healing the body naturally by enhancing the immune system and by avoiding many illnesses caused due to pollution in the air.

However, care has to be taken that you do it in the right way and choose the right essential oil; a few of them can irritate your skin if not used correctly.

  • If the oil you are using is safe for the skin, you can just sprinkle 2-3 drops of it on your palm
  • Rub it on your palm, and by holding the hand below your face, try to breathe it deeply.

Depending on what type of EO you are using or how strong it is, you can also add a bit of carrier oil like coconut oil.

No problem if you are not sure whether you can use the oil on your skin! You can then simply try this method by opening a bottle of oil and breathing it directly from its opening.

10- Using Essential Oils In The Bath

Putting essential oils in your bath is one of the simplest and most effective ways of enjoying essential oil aromatherapy without a diffuser.

  • To a warm bath, you just need to add a few drops of relaxing aromatic oils
  • As the warmth of the water and oil touches your skin, it gets absorbed rapidly

These essential oils for bath water not only get absorbed quickly into your skin but also the fragrance around is inhaled slowly into your lungs, making you feel relaxed and stress-free.

The Conclusion

Essential oils are not the only thing you can diffuse, but they should be your first choice.

If you want to use other products in your diffuser machine, make sure to do your research first and always start with a small amount.

Proper preparation, knowledge of the product, and diffuser maintenance are also key to diffusing alternative products safely.