Make a Travel Inhaler for Immune Support and Sleep

by Andrea Butje on June 19, 2017

How to make an Aromatherapy travel inhaler to support you on your journeys!


I love to travel!

My favorite trips involve going to meet small-scale farmers and essential oil distillers—the people who grow the plants and make the essential oils I use and love every day.

I adore experiencing new places, meeting new friends face to face (some of whom I’ve known online for many years), trying new foods, and seeing the ways that the farmers and distillers put their whole hearts into their work.

These small farms and distilleries are often located in distant parts of the world, meaning I get to go on long trips that take me through multiple time zones. While I deeply love it, all this travel can sometimes put stress on my body and disrupt my sleep schedule.

I’ll bet you can guess how I support myself through this . . . I use essential oils!

I have a few favorite blends I like to use for travel. This is a recipe for an inhaler that accomplishes two things at once—it supports immunity and relaxation. You can use it to help yourself stay healthy while you’re surrounded by a lot of people on a plane, and to help yourself get some quality rest to avoid too much “jet lag.”

Ready for Travel Inhaler

  • 5 drops Orange essential oil (Citrus sinensis)
  • 3 drops Bergamot essential oil (Citrus bergamia)
  • 3 drops Cedarwood essential oil (Juniperus virginiana)
  • 4 drops Frankincense essential oil (Boswellia carterii)

Aromatherapy inhalers look a little like lip balm tubes. There’s a plastic sleeve with a cotton insert. All you have to do is soak the cotton insert in the essential oils, and put it into the plastic sleeve. You can use a little bowl to soak the cotton in the essential oils, or you can slip the insert right into the plastic sleeve, and drop the essential oils onto it. Once you’re ready, snap the bottom of the inhaler into place. It should last about two months.

You can watch me make an inhaler in this YouTube video.

I hope you have fun going on adventures and using essential oil to support your health!


Lavender is one of the most all-around nurturing essential oils.

I have been working with Lavender for many years—growing it in my garden, making blends with the essential oil, and experiencing its wonderful therapeutic effects. Lavender feels like a long-time friend . . . one who always knows exactly what I need.

Have you spent time getting to know Lavender? One way to do it is to add about 8 drops of Lavender essential oil to a blank inhaler, and keep that with you. You can use your inhaler throughout the day to experience how Lavender can support you in different situations. As you become familiar with Lavender, you can try adding a few other essential oils—just a few drops at a time.

This is a simple yet profound exercise that can deepen your knowledge and your relationship with the oils.

I know I’m not the only one who loves Lavender. I get so much beautiful feedback and questions about Lavender’s Essential Oil Spotlight (right here on The Aromahead Blog!), that I had a fun idea . . . one that would help you get to know Lavender really well, and introduce you to a few other oils that complement it in blends.

I created an Aromahead webinar class that’s all about Lavender essential oil!

The class is called the Lavender Spotlight Webinar. It’s a two-hour webinar that I’ll teach live on Thursday, June 22 at 4 PM Eastern, and it’s $35. The class features the recipes from Lavender’s Essential Oil Spotlight, exploring each recipe to learn the role that Lavender plays, and discussing why each of the other oils in the blend is included.

If you love Lavender and want to learn more about how it works and how to use it effectively, this is the webinar for you!

The five recipes we’ll explore are:

  • Breathe and Be Calm (an anxiety inhaler for kids)
  • A version of the Breathe and Be Calm inhaler for adults
  • Sweet Bathroom Lavender Spray
  • Lavender Sore Muscle Rub
  • Exotic Cocoa Lavender Body Butter

As a fun bonus . . . Lavender essential oil itself will be “hosting” the webinar! It’s like we’re going to Lavender’s house to learn its favorite recipes and meet its friends!

The other eight essential oils in the recipes that you will “meet” are Cedarwood, Tangerine, Cypress, Juniper, distilled Lime, Ho Wood, Bergamot Mint, and Coriander. After the webinar, you’ll understand what they have in common with Lavender, and you’ll feel more confident blending with them.

Click here to register!

Lavender always takes others’ needs into consideration and values their time. So I made sure to fill this Aromahead class with value for you!

The class itself will last two hours, and will be followed by a live Q&A session.

I’ve also created a class worksheet so you can take notes, a beautiful PDF of the recipes, and a PDF version of all the webinar slides for you to download.

If you want to take the class but can’t be there on Thursday, June 22 at 4 PM Eastern, don’t worry—feel free to sign up, because I will record the webinar for you and store it in your Aromahead account, where you’ll have lifetime access to it.

The Q&A will be recorded separately, and you’ll be able to jump to any question you like (or you can watch the whole thing to get answers to questions you didn’t know you had!).

And since Lavender loves caring for skin, I included an extra educational topic—how carrier oils and butters are produced! We’ll talk about the production of beeswax, cocoa butter, marula oil, avocado oil, baobab oil, and Trauma Oil.

Click here to register for the webinar.

I’m so excited that Aromahead can now offer a class all about Lavender essential oil! This will be a wonderful way to spend a few hours of your time, whether you can attend the live class with me, or want to study a bit at a time from the recordings in your Aromahead account.

I hope you can join me!


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