How Many Drops Of Essential Oils Should You Use In Your Diffuser?

I use my essential oil diffuser several times a week. I typically just add a few drops of whatever oil I’m using but if you are just getting started with diffusing oils there are a few things to remember.

Oils are typically highly concentrated, meaning that a small amount of essential oil can release a significant amount of fragrance so err on the side of fewer drops rather than more.

A typical amount of water a diffuser holds is 100ml and typically 3-5 drops of essential oil per 100 ml of water is recommended.

Of course, the amount you choose to add will vary according to personal preference, as well as the size of the room.  Larger rooms will benefit from slightly more oil.

Where To Buy An Essential Oil Diffuser

Lots of companies offer a diffuser when you purchase their oils. I got a Young Living diffuser when I was first introduced to essential oils 4 years ago.

Since then I’ve purchased several diffusers on Amazon. Honestly, I think my less expensive diffusers work better than the one I got with my kit.

I like having more than one diffuser, especially at night.

I especially like this one because it diffuses almost all night long. I got the one in the photo for my sister and she loves it.

You should really grab that diffuser if you see it under $20. 

Related: Essential Oils For Beginners 

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Why Even Use An Essential Oil Diffuser?

Diffusers are the quickest and easiest way to improve the air quality of your home which is why I use mine weekly.

Sometimes I use it every day if we are sick since they are ideal for cold and flu season because they purify the air with immune-boosting essential oils and deliver moisture to ease breathing.

They also provide cool-mist humidification, which is actually better than traditional, warm-mist humidifiers which increase mold spores in the atmosphere.

I always have the diffuser going before we have a client coming over because I like them to enter into a sense of relaxation and calmness.

If you have a growing collection of essential oils like me, you can mix and match different ones to create scents and moods as well as for a variety of holistic purposes in your home.

You may find that once you begin using one of these, the compulsion to continue enjoying this fragrant, cleansing air is strong.

You may even decide to buy a few diffusers, one for each bedroom and one for the high traffic areas of your home such as the kitchen or living room.

They can be used for a variety of purposes, such as:

  • Removing foul or stale odors and detoxifying the air
  • Chasing away viruses, bacteria, and mold spores
  • Changing the atmosphere of a room or floor of the house, i.e. lavender can be diffused in the evening to bring about a sense of relaxation, lemon can impart calm clarity, peppermint invigorates the senses, and rose causes loving and peaceful feelings to surface
  • Delivering gentle, cool humidity to help with breathing especially during cold and flu season


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How To Use Your Essential Oil Diffuser

Using an essential oil diffuser is really simple. If you have one, you know you can’t mess it up.

If you don’t, here are the directions.

  • Fill your diffuser with purified water up to the designated maximum line.
  • Add anywhere from 5 to 8 drops of your favorite oils.
  • Plug in and allow the mist to purify and enhance the quality of the air in your home or office.

Where I Get My Essential Oils?

I have a drawer full of oils. All sorts of brands and scents.

I am not in a network marketing company that sells oils however I do love several of the Young Living and Doterra oil blends.

It’s hard to narrow down just one company to purchase from when there are several companies that offer pure, toxic free oils.

Here are my top favorite oil companies but not listed in any special order.

Each company has their unique qualities and products at affordable prices with great customer services.

Be sure to check them all out.

Simply Earth Essential Oils Subscription Box

Simply Earth has some great oils but what makes them special is their Essential Oils Subscription Box.

Each month Simply Earth puts together a different  “recipe box” to help you make your life more natural. Each box contains 4 Essential Oils,  recipe cards, and all the accessories needed. Plus, free shipping!

Read my Simply Earth review here.

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To get the free oil, choose the oils you want then use code STACYRUSSELLFREE to get $10 off.

Plant Therapy Essential Oils

Plant Therapy is available on Amazon or directly at their website.

They have just about every oil you need to get started, plus some wonderful blends.

They always have FREE Shipping and weekly specials so be sure to check out their website before you purchase on Amazon.

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 Essential Oil Blends To Use In Your Diffuser

When it comes to essential oils, don’t be afraid to experiment. The recipes below are merely suggestions based on the potency of certain oils and how they combine with other oils.

If you’re new to essential oils, try a few different combinations to find your favorite.

Most blends are safe for kids, however, always use less when diffusing for children until you know how your child will react to the oils.

For children try this KidSafe Wellness Sampler Set .

The number of drops you use in your diffuser is really up to you. I found out the standard amount and add according to smell. Check out these blends.

Immune Boosting Blends

This combination of essential oils works especially well for warding off cold and flu viruses and bacteria.  

You can also put these oils in a spray bottle and spray all over the house.  Spray it on surfaces and wipe down.

You can also use these blends on the bottoms of the feet, chest and neck area if you feel a cough or cold developing, or even if you’re already full-blown sick.

Blend #1

4 drops Tea Tree Oil
4 Drops Frankincense Oil
4 Drops Cedarwood Oil

Blend #2

5 Drops Eucalytpus Oil
5 Drops Peppermint Oil
4 Drops Tea Tree Oil
2 Drops Lemon Oil

Blend #3

4 Drops Lavender Oil
4 Drops Thyme Oil
4 Drops Lemon Oil
4 Drops Rosemary Oil
2 Drops Cinnamon Oil
2 Drops Clove Oil

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Blend #4

4 Drops Lavender Oil
3 Drops Frankincense Oil
4 Drops Lemon Oil
2 Drops Peppermint Oil
2 Drops Chamomile Oil
2 Drops Clove Oil
1 Drop Eucaluptus Oil
1 Drop Tea Tree Oil

Blend #5

5 Drops Plant Therapy Germ Destroyer
(safe for kids)

Congestion Blend

3 Drops Peppermint Oil
2 Drops Eucalyptus Oil
2 Drops Tea Tree Oil

Asthma Relief Blend

2 Drops Bergamot Oil
3 Drops Peppermint Oil
2 Drops Rosemary Oil

Memory Boosting Blend

1 Drop Basil Oil
1 Drop Rosemary Oil
2 Drops Lemon Oil
2 Drops Peppermint Oil
1 Drop Grapefruit Oil
1 Drop Lavender Oil

Anxiety Blend

5 Drops Lavender Oil
5 Drops Lime Oil
5 Drops Mandarin Oil

Allergy Relief Blend

3 Drops Lavender Oil
3 Drops Lemon Oil
3 Drops Peppermint Oil

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Bottom Line About Diffuser Blends

There are many different blends you can use in your diffuser. Just remember to add just a few drops of oil until you determine the best combination for your family.

Oils are very versatile and you can get benefits of essential oils with small amounts of inhalation and topical use.

What essential oils do you like to diffuse?

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