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.

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

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A typical amount of water a diffuser holds is 100ml and typically 3-8 drops of essential oil per 100 ml of water is recommended.

You can use more oils with a diffuser that holds more water.

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.

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Why Should You 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 daily.

If we are sick we run them at night, too since they are ideal for purifying the air with immune-boosting essential oils and delivering moisture to ease breathing during cold and flu season.

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 (we own a website design company) 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 a diffuser experimenting with new blends is addicting. 🙂

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.

Diffusers 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

Where To Buy Your 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 6 years ago.

Since then I’ve purchased several diffusers on Amazon  since it’s nice having a diffuser for each member of the family.

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.

Grab that diffuser if you see it under $20 because they make great gifts, too. 

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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.

DIY Essential Oil Recipe 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 fewer drops when diffusing for children until you know how your child will react to the oils.

Note: Adjust the number of drops to the size of your diffuser.

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 Essential Oil Diffuser 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 or spray it on surfaces and wipe down (test to be sure it doesn’t hurt the surface you spray it on).

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 Essential Oil
  • 4 Drops Frankincense Essential Oil
  • 4 Drops Cedarwood Essential Oil

Immune Boosting Blend #2

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

Immune Boosting Blend #3

5 Drops Isagenix Defense Shield (get it here)

More Diffuser Blends

Here are different blends to use in your home to make it smell good, relieve headaches, help you deal with stress, or boost your memory.

Refreshing Blend

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

Congestion Blend

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

Asthma Relief Blend

  • 2 Drops Bergamot Essential Oil
  • 3 Drops Peppermint Essential Oil
  • 2 Drops Rosemary Essential Oil

Happy Home Diffuser Blend

  • 2 Drops Lemongrass Essential Oil
  • 2 Drops Peppermint Essential Oil
  • 2 Drops Clean & Fresh Essential Oil

Memory Boosting Blend

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Anxiety Blend

  • 2 Drops Lavender Essential Oil
  • 2 Drops Lime Essential Oil
  • 2 Drops Mandarin Essential Oil

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Allergy Relief Blend

  • 3 Drops Lavender Essential Oil
  • 3 Drops Lemon Essential Oil
  • 3 Drops Peppermint Essential Oil

Spring And Summer Diffuser Blends

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DIY Candles With Essential Oils

Ok, so this isn’t a diffuser recipe but my daughter used this recipe recently to make her candles. You may have to experiment a little on the number of drops you add for the scent you want.

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Bottom Line About Essential Oils And 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.

Note: None of the blends or information on this page should be considered medical advice.

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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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