There are many natural health benefits of aromatherapy, including numerous research studies showing how aromatherapy supports a stronger immune system, more mental clarity, and reduced anxiety and depression. It’s a holistic approach, but where to begin? Understanding how to effectively utilize essential oils is foundational to harnessing their therapeutic benefits for your body and mind. Whether you’re seeking relaxation after a long day or relief from a stubborn headache, incorporate aromatherapy into your daily routine with these simple and rewarding make-your-own aromatherapy tools.

Homemade Aromatherapy Tools: Energizing Room Spray

We kick off this list of make-your-own aromatherapy tools with this energizing room spray. This energizing citrus burst room spray combines the refreshing scents of citrus fruits with the coolness of peppermint, creating a revitalizing atmosphere to help boost your energy and mood.

It’s the ideal way to jumpstart your morning. Not only does it naturally cleanse and purify the air in your home, but it also helps wake you up, boosts your mental energy and clarity, and gets you ready for your day and whatever that day may bring. Think of it as a sensory jolt of caffeine — without the caffeine!

2 ounces (60 ml) distilled water
1 tablespoon (15 ml) witch hazel or vodka (acts as an emulsifier)
10 drops of sweet orange essential oil
5 drops of lemon essential oil
5 drops of grapefruit essential oil
3 drops of peppermint essential oil

In a small glass spray bottle, combine the distilled water and witch hazel or vodka. Shake well to mix.

Add the drops of sweet orange, lemon, grapefruit, and peppermint essential oils to the bottle.

Close the bottle tightly and shake vigorously for about 20-30 seconds to thoroughly blend the oils with the liquid.

Label the bottle with the name of the room spray and the date of creation.

To use, shake the bottle gently, then spritz the room spray into the air in any room you want to energize. Enjoy the uplifting and invigorating aroma!


Make-at-Home Aromatherapy Tools: Stress-Busting Aromatherapy Sachet

Get through your day with less stress and anxiety with a homemade aromatherapy sachet. For make-your-own aromatherapy tools, most people focus on diffusers. But that’s not always feasible to use when you need it most (i.e., you can’t easily run an essential oils diffuser in your car when you’re sitting in traffic and feeling the rush hour stress). Herbal sachets are just what you need!

This calming lavender and chamomile sachet is perfect for relieving stress and promoting relaxation. Lavender is well-known for its soothing properties, while chamomile adds a gentle, calming effect. Together, they create a delightful aroma that can help you unwind and de-stress after a long day.

Tuck it into your car’s glovebox, place it next to you in your office cubicle, or put it anywhere else you may need a little stress-busting pick-me-up.

1/4 cup dried lavender buds
1/4 cup dried chamomile flowers
1 tablespoon dried rose petals (optional, for added fragrance)
5-10 drops lavender essential oil
3-5 drops chamomile essential oil
Small muslin or organza sachet bag

In a small bowl, combine the dried lavender buds, chamomile flowers, and dried rose petals (if using). Mix well to distribute the ingredients evenly.

Add 5-10 drops of lavender essential oil and 3-5 drops of chamomile essential oil to the dried herb mixture. Stir gently to allow the essential oils to coat the herbs evenly.

Carefully spoon the scented herb mixture into a small muslin or organza sachet bag. Fill the bag about three-quarters full, leaving enough room for the herbs to move around freely.

Once filled, tightly tie the sachet bag closed with a ribbon or string.

Optionally, you can add a few extra drops of essential oil to the outside of the sachet bag for a stronger scent.

Place the sachet in your bedroom, closet, car, or any other space where you’d like to enjoy the calming aroma. Squeeze the sachet occasionally to release more fragrance.

Refresh the sachet with additional essential oil drops as needed to maintain its scent potency.


Easy Aromatherapy Tools: Sleepytime Bath Bomb

We wrap up this list of creative make-your-own aromatherapy tools with the best way to wrap your evening — a soothing, calming bath.

1 cup baking soda
1/2 cup citric acid
1/2 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup Epsom salt
2 tablespoons dried lavender buds
10 drops lavender essential oil
5 drops chamomile essential oil
1-2 tablespoons carrier oil (such as sweet almond oil or coconut oil)
Witch hazel (in a spray bottle)

In a large mixing bowl, combine the baking soda, citric acid, cornstarch, and Epsom salt. Mix well until thoroughly combined.

Add the dried lavender buds to the dry mixture and stir to distribute evenly.

In a small bowl, mix together the lavender and chamomile essential oils with the carrier oil of your choice.

Slowly drizzle the essential oil mixture into the dry ingredients while stirring continuously. This helps distribute the oils evenly throughout the mixture.

The mixture should hold together when squeezed in your hand. If it’s too dry, add a little more carrier oil, a teaspoon at a time, until you reach the right consistency.

Once the mixture is well combined and holds its shape, it’s time to mold the bath bombs. Fill each half of a bath bomb mold with the mixture, packing it tightly.

Press the halves of the mold together firmly to compact the mixture and create a spherical bath bomb.

Let the bath bombs dry and harden in the molds for at least 24 hours. You can speed up the process by placing them in the refrigerator.

Once fully dry, carefully remove the bath bombs from the molds.

If desired, lightly spritz the bath bombs with witch hazel to help them hold their shape and add a bit of extra firmness.

Store the bath bombs in an airtight container until ready to use.

To use, simply drop one bath bomb into a warm bath and let it fizz and dissolve, releasing the calming aroma of lavender and chamomile. Enjoy a relaxing soak to unwind and ease stress and tension.