Have you ever wondered How Much Essential Oil to use In Your Diffuser? In this post, I’m going to teach you how to properly use your aromatherapy diffuser.
How Many Drops Of Essential Oils Should I Put In My Diffuser?
Here is a brief chart on how to make smaller or bigger batches of premade diffuser solutions, which you can store in a cool dry dark place.
Water capacity of a diffuser
Number of Drops to use
3 to 5
6 to 8
9 to 11
12 to 14
15 to 17
18 to 20
Essential oils are magical weapons against physical ailments, mental disorders, bad odors, dirty surfaces and annoying pests. They can bring peace and order back into your life in countless ways. I use essential oils daily for health purposes and housekeeping ones too.
What is one of the best ways to use essential oils?
One of my absolute favorite ways to use and enjoy the benefits of essentials oils is with my diffuser. Now you're probably asking, “what is a diffuser?” A diffuser is a device you use to place essential oils into along with a bit of water to help distribute the aromas and benefits of the oils into the air in your environment.
How much essential oil can you use in a diffuser?
Now you are probably asking, “Well How Much Essential Oil to Put In Your Diffuser?”
When it comes to figuring out the proper amount to use in a diffuser the answer is unclear. Sometimes a bottle of essential oil will say only a few drops, and others can say up to 20 to 30 drops. The proper amount is actually the amount you can withstand breathing in for enjoyable pleasure to bring the benefits you need for relief.
For example, I love using lavender oil, but I find if I want to use it for relaxation in the morning that only 5 drops are best. It is less potent and doesn’t make me drowsy.
As you may know, lavender essential oil acts as a natural sedative, which is amazing for relieving anxiety attacks, panic attacks, depression, restlessness, physical and mental stressors and exhaustion.
However, if I am feeling under the weather at nighttime, I will use 10 to 15 drops for a potent aroma that works well with aiding in deep calmness for a restful night sleep.
In reality, it all depends on what kind of essential oils you want to use and for what purpose is how you determine how many drops to use in your diffuser.
With that said, there is a guide within this content as we read on to help those of you who don’t trust your senses. For those of you who do trust your sense this next part is for you.
How do you know if you have used too much essential oil in a diffuser?
Now, if your not good with following your sense to determine how much essential oil is best for you or to your liking, always go with the lesser amount, which is 3 to 5 drops of essential oil. The way you will know you have used too much essential oil in a diffuser is by symptoms you will experience. Some of those symptoms might be:
- A Headache
- Constant Sneezing
- Itchy or Burning Eyes
- Overpowering Smell
- Difficulty Breathing
The only way to relieve those symptoms is to dump the diffuser out, rinse it out and wait a while until your symptoms are gone to try putting in the right amount of essential oil that is pleasing to you.
Rule of thumb is, always start small and work your way up to amounts of oil you love the aroma to achieve the relief you need.
Even though essential oils contain a lot of health benefits and environmental benefits such as killing bad odors in the air.
Using too much can cause side effects as well, which is why I have provide a brief guide below to help those of you who don't trust your senses.
how to dilute essential oils with water for first-time users?
If you want to properly dilute your essential oils with water to create a mixer that is perfect for adding into your diffuser because you don’t always trust your senses, the measurements are about 3 to 5 drops of essential oil per ¼ cup of water.
So, when I want to make a diffuser mix I usually place 3 to 5 drops of essential oil into a large mason jar and add in ¼ cup of water.
After, I put the lid on the jar, shake the jar up to combine the ingredients together and pour the solution into my diffuser until it has the right amount it needs. All diffusers are different and require different amounts of liquid.
The one I have only holds about ¼ cup, and that is the amount of solution I make. You can find out the exact amount your diffuser holds by checking out the box or packaging it comes in when you get it.
What essential oils can you use in a diffuser to uplift moods?
There are countless essential oils that come to mind for providing an uplifting atmosphere. Ones that are potent and you want to use only amounts you can tolerate are:
- Tea Tree Oil
When I say amounts you can tolerate, I mean add one drop at a time to the diffuser until you reach a level of aroma you are comfortable with breathing in to help provide an uplifting environment.
For some people, it's only 5 drops and others they can tolerate and love the aroma and sensation of 25 drops in their diffuser. Don’t be afraid to combine essential oils either for creating an unforgettable uplifting aroma with your diffuser.
Some pleasant combinations of essential oils are:
- Peppermint and Rosemary
- Sage and Lemongrass
- Geranium and Citrus
- Eucalyptus and Spearmint
- Tea Tree Oil and Peppermint
When you combine these oils go with whatever your senses are telling you to use. For example, you may like a peppermint and rosemary aroma to have more of a minty scent so you would use say 5 drops of peppermint and 2 drops of rosemary.
If you prefer a more rosemary aroma you would use 5 drops of rosemary and 2 drops of peppermint. Just go with whatever is pleasing to your senses. Your senses are your best guide to creating an aroma that is healing to the body, mind, and environment.
What essential oils help create a calming atmosphere?
Anytime you want a calming atmosphere you want to use essential oils in your diffuser that promote peacefulness. Some of my favorites to use are:
- Ylang Ylang
- Clary Sage
- Roman or German Chamomile
The correct amount is any amount of drops that provides the right aroma and strength for you to promote the right sense of peacefulness and stress relief. Start off with a few drops in your diffuser and see how that aroma fills the air in your environment.
If the aroma isn’t strong enough, it is time to add a few more drops until you achieve the right strength of aroma for you. Again, don't be afraid to use combinations of calming essential oils together. Some of my favorite blends are:
- Neroli and Patchouli
- Lavender and Sandalwood
- Sandalwood and Bergamot
- Clary Sage and Lavender
- Chamomile and Lavender
- Jasmine and Ylang Ylang
Which essential oils are best to use in a diffuser to promote clarity?
Brain fogginess happens to everyone at some point or another for one reason or another. When it does occur, some of the best essential oils to use in the diffuser for clearing the mind and promoting balance in your life again are:
- Clary Sage
- RoseHoly Basil
Some of the best combinations of oils to use for promoting clarity if you don’t like just the smell of one essential are:
- Peppermint and Clary Sage
- Peppermint and Rosemary
- Rosemary and Clary Sage
- Lemongrass and Rose
- Rose and Citrus
- Holy Basil and Lemon
- Frankincense and Rose
What are the best essential oils to use to boost the immune system?
Being an asthmatic, my immune system is always compromised. I have to be extra careful during cold and flu season not to catch an illness or it could worsen my asthma.
One of the ways I make sure I stay healthy is by using particular essential oils in my diffuser that help support immune function. Some of those are:
- Tea Tree Oil
When it comes to combinations I honestly love putting equal amounts of each one into my diffuser. I typically do 2 drops of each.
However, if I have a sinus headache or a migraine I love adding in double the amount of peppermint oil because it helps with natural pain relief.
Sometimes though, when I suffer from a sinus infection I will just use 5 drops of peppermint oil and 5 drops of eucalyptus and that’s it for the diffuser, and it does the trick for opening up my airways. For you, you may like more or less.
What are some essential thoughts to keep in mind?
- Remember, always use essential oils with care and never use them directly on yourself, on kiddos, or on pets.
- Keep essential oils in a cool dry place up out of reach of some children and pets.
- Essential oil drops always need to be diluted with a carrier such as water. Water is the most common diluter used in diffusers.
- If essential oils do come in contact with your skin or eyes rinse them off immediately.
- If you have an allergic reaction to any essential oil stop use immediately and contact a doctor for medical help in severe cases.
With all that said, when essential oils are used properly they provide countless benefits to the body, mind, soul, and environment.
An avid naturalist and organic gardener. Kim has studied permaculture, herbalism, and horticulture, abandoning the latter in favor of sustainable farming and off-the-grid living. Her interests and expertise lie in the field of health, nutrition, and organic food production. Her passion is to educate people on the benefits of getting back to natural ways of living. Her motto: Trust the process