A Natural Approach: Inhalers for Sleep, Sinus Infection, Anxiety

by Andrea Butje on March 31, 2014

Multicolored aromatherapy inhalersI love inhalers!

Aromatherapy inhalers are easy to make, inexpensive, and simple to carry around. I’ve come up with a few recipes over the years that I make over and over again. I’ve found that having these on hand gives me a wonderful feeling of being supported in my life, especially when things get a little stressful.

Sleep: Use this one before bed. Leave the inhaler on your nightstand or bedside table, so if you wake up you can use it again.

5 drops Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
5 drops Balsam Copaiba (Copaifera officinalis)
5 drops Cedarwood (Juniperus virginiana)

Sinus Infection Relief: You can use this inhaler several times a day to help heal a sinus infection.

6 drops Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis)
4 drops Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)
5 drops Ravintsara (Cinnamomum camphora ct. 1,8 cineole)

Anxiety: Try using this inhaler when you feel anxious. Inhale a few times slowly and let the aroma calm you.

7 drops Yuzu (Citrus junos)
1 drop Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata)
7 drops Frankincense (Boswellia carterii)

You can get aromatherapy inhalers in a variety of colors. I like to pair up the “emotion” of the color with the purpose I’m blending for. If I’m making an inhaler for sleep or anxiety, I’ll use something calming like blue or purple. If I’m making one for a sinus infection, I’ll choose a color that feels bright and opening to me, like yellow. You can find them online. I buy my inhalers from Aromatics International.

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Janet Klock April 1, 2014 at 7:28 am

I love the idea of matching the color of the inhaler to the use of the oil. I hadn’t thought of that, but once I read this I thought “Brilliant”!! Thank you for all you do for those of us out here…


Hope Mylroie April 1, 2014 at 10:55 am

Where can I buy the inhalers?


Lorena April 1, 2014 at 4:35 pm

I have my own recipes for inhalators, these are very effective!


Kim Gehring April 1, 2014 at 5:31 pm

I get mine from Aromatics International. Inhalers are such an easy and convenient way to use essential oils! I love them! Andrea has a link to Aromatics International at the very end of the post.


Christina June 5, 2014 at 2:32 am

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Shondell July 9, 2014 at 4:11 am

What is used as the solid part?


toni July 29, 2014 at 8:53 pm

What do you use to contain the oils? Do you use a base or just add drops to the container and that’s all. Surly you use some sort of base?


marli August 13, 2014 at 1:08 am

In answer to toni and Shondell:
There are 4 parts to each inhaler: Inside, outside, cotton wick, and cap.
If you go to the website she’s linked at the end, you’ll see pictures of inhalers. The wick is inside and is what absorbs and holds the oils. No base needed :)
Hope that helps explain it.
Smiles, marli


christy August 16, 2014 at 9:41 pm

what are the wicks made out of and where do you find them and the inhalers?


Andrea Butje August 18, 2014 at 10:49 am

Christy- the wicks are made of cotton. I buy them here: http://www.aromaticsinternational.com/Blank_Inhalers


Andrea Butje August 18, 2014 at 10:49 am

Great Marli- thank you!! :)


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