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.

*scan down to the end of this article for diffuser recipes*

How many drops of essential oils should you add to your diffuser

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.

You can’t mess it up unless you add oil you simply don’t like.

If that happens simply pour out the water and start over.

Related: The Amazing Power Of Essential Oils For Weight Loss

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. 

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

Related: 25 Essential Oil FAQs  

Essential Oils may be used as powerful antibacterial agents

Where I Get My Essential Oils?

I have a drawer full of essential oils but there are a few main companies I purchase from.

Each company has its unique qualities and products at affordable prices with great customer service.

They both provide pure essential oils without toxins or fillers plus are 3rd party tested.

Simply Earth Essential Oils

Simply Earth is known for its fantastic Subscription Box and is awesome for anyone new to essential oils.

Read my Simply Earth review here


Amazon has a wide range of essential oils. If you research a little you will find some safe essential oils you can buy easily especially if you have Amazon Prime.

Isagenix Essential Oils

Isagenix has a basic set of 10 essential oils. The reason I like their lemon, peppermint, and frankincense oils is that they are food grade. 

Meaning they are free of toxins and can be taken internally. 

Read more about Isagenix essential oils here

Please note: Before you read on I must tell you that the information about essential oils has not been evaluated by the FDA. The information and products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. It is in no way intended to replace proper medical help. These are simply things that have worked for me personally or my friends.

Essential Oil Recipes Blends

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.

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

These combinations of essential oils work 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.

Note: Use a carrier oil such as coconut oil when applying essential oils to your skin until you know how your body reacts to them.

Immune Boosting Blend #1

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

Immune Boosting Blend #2

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

Immune Boosting 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


Immune Boosting 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 Eucalyptus Oil
1 Drop Tea Tree Oil

Immune Boosting Blend #5

5 Drops Isagenix Defense Shield (get it here)

Refreshing Blend

3 Drops Frankincense Oil
3 Drops Orange Oil
1 Drop Fennel Oil

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

Fall Diffuser Blends

Diffuser Blends For Fall That Smell Great

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Halloween Diffuser Blends

Halloween Diffuser Blends

Halloween Candle

Ok, so this isn’t a diffuser recipe but it gives you a good idea on how to use these oils if you want to make your own candles. 

You may have to experiment a little on the number of drops you add.

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.

How Many Drops of Essential Oils Should You Add To Your Diffuser?

Reader Comments

  1. Laura says:

    Great information. Have you made made candles with essential oils and if so how many drops of oil would you recommend in a typical 8 ounce candle?

    1. Stacy Russell says:

      Hi, I haven’t made candles but when I’ve looked up the recipes for them the number drops vary so I guess you may have to experiment. I’ll add a video to this page of a Halloween Candle recipe.

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