I’m leaving for the Alliance of International Aromatherapist’s Conference in Denver tomorrow and I have already packed my nasal inhaler for the airplane.

What is an Essential Oil Nasal Inhaler? 

An essential oil nasal inhaler is a small tube that has a cotton wick inside that is soaked with 12-15 drops of essential oils.  It is a quick, efficient and non-messy delivery system of essential oils into your respiratory and nervous system.  Nasal Inhalers are inexpensive, a super easy DIY project and have a ton of therapeutic applications!  You simply place the inhaler in your nostril and inhale the essential oil molecules, giving fast relief to such problems as congestion, headache, anxiety and stress.

They can be carried in your pocket, backpack, purse and whipped out for a quick sniff.  These are one of my favorite tools to keep in my aromatherapy arsenal.  

They come in a variety of fun colors, too, and I like to match the color with the purpose of the inhaler, like blue for calming or yellow for uplifting your mood.


How to Make an Essential Oil Nasal Inhaler

What you will need: 

  • A small bowl
  • Blank inhaler tube
  • *Cotton Wick
  • Essential Oils (one cotton wick will be saturated with about 15-18 drops of essential oil)

*NOTE: Cotton is a crop that can be heavily sprayed with pesticides. If you would prefer not to use the cotton wick that comes with your inhaler tube, I suggest you buy certified organic cotton pads and cut them to fit inside the inhaler.

There is no limit to the kinds of inhaler blends you can create!

Here is one that I’ve had a lot of success with for seasonal allergies:

Sinus/Allergy Relief Inhaler
8 drops Laurel Leaf – Laurus nobilis
3 drops German Chamomile – Matricaria chamomila
3 drops Peppermint – Mentha x piperia
2 drops Lemon – Citrus limon

And this is the blend I’ll be sniffing on the plane with me to keep my immunity boosted while breathing recycled air:

Healthy Travel Inhaler
10 Spike Lavender – Lavendula latifolia
5 drops Orange – Citrus sinensis
2 drops Eucalyptus- Eucalyptus globulus

You can purchase inhalers from your favorite essential oil supplier or check out these cute inhalers with labels! (affiliate link)

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