10 Must-Try Essential Oil Recipes for Your Diffuser

essential oil diffuser

I’ve officially broken-up with my candle collection.

I used to be a complete candle-addict, but my candles have collected a lot of dust since my first essential oil diffuser arrived last year.

Diffusing not only makes my home smell nice, but it also can provide other benefits as well. I have *cough* four *cough* different diffusers that I use on almost a daily basis. (Hey, I’m an addict… I’ll admit it…)

The Lotus Diffuser
The Lotus Diffuser

I keep my Lotus (available through doTERRA) in my living room, since it’s “pretty” to look at. (If you sign up with a Wholesale account, you can get them for a discounted rate!)

My SpaVapor diffuser- it changes colors as it runs.
My SpaVapor diffuser- it changes colors as it runs.

And I have a small Spa Vapor diffuser that I move around the house. The Spa Vapor diffusers are the most affordable option I’ve found, and Amazon sells them (affiliate link), which makes them easy to grab.

I always use cold-air diffusers, since anything that heats the oils can damage some of their beneficial properties.

If you are new to essential oils, there’s no better way to get to know them than through your diffuser. Try a few of my top favorite blends below to get you started!

(I use doTERRA essential oils exclusively and I LOVE them. Here’s why.)

10 Must-Try Essential Oil Recipes for your Diffuser

The following blends are meant to be used in a cold-air diffuser. The type of diffusers I use require a small amount of water to which the oils are added. I generally use 4-6 drops of oil per “batch.” If you don’t have one of the components, you can still try the recipe without it.

EO= Essential Oil

1. The Wake Up Blend

This is a much-loved combo, and for good reason! It’s perfect to increase alertness, or when you need a quick pick-me-up.

2 drops Wild Orange EO + 2 drops Peppermint EO

Or try: doTERRA’s Elevation blend

2. Fresh and Clean

This blend is wonderful for creating a welcoming atmosphere in your home. It’s bright and fresh:

2 drops Lavender EO + 2 drops Lemon EO + 2 drops Rosemary EO

3. Odor Eliminator

We are animal-people, and we’ve had our fair share of *cough* “incidences” in our house. Whenever this happens, I like to diffuse this blend. It freshens up the air in no time:

2 drops Lemon EO + 1 drop Melaleuca EO + 1 drop Lime EO + 1 drop White Fir EO + 1 drop of Cilantro EO

Or try: doTERRA’s Purify blend

4. Seasonal Support

These three oils together are spectacular for helping to maintain clear breathing and a healthy immune response. I use this blend especially during the spring and summer months.

2 drops Lavender EO + 2 drops Lemon EO + 2 drops Peppermint EO

5. Citrus Explosion

I love diffusing citrus blends when we have company coming over. It makes my house smell happy and clean.

1 drop Lemon EO + 1 drop Lime EO + 1 drop Wild Orange EO + 1 drop Grapefruit EO + 1 drop Bergamot EO

Or try: doTERRA’s Citrus Bliss blend

6. Take a Deep Breath Blend

I tend to be a very high-energy person. The good part of that? I get a lot done. The bad part? I have a hard time settling down sometimes…

I adore this blend for the evenings when I’m trying to slow my brain down, and I also like to diffuse it in the bedroom as I fall asleep:

1 drop Bergamot EO + 1 drop Lavender EO + 1 drop Patchouli EO + 1 drop Ylang Ylang EO

Or try: doTERRA’s Serenity blend

7. Respiratory Blend

Use this blend to boost respiratory function–especially during the winter months.

1 drop Lemon EO + 1 drop Lime EO + 1 drop Peppermint EO + 1 drop Rosemary EO + 1 drop Eucalyptus EO

Or try: doTERRA’s Breathe blend

8. Flower Garden Blend

Want your home to smell like a flower garden in full bloom? Try this one:

1 drop Clary Sage EO + 1 drop Geranium EO + 1 drop Lavender EO + 1 drop Roman Chamomile EO

9. The Man-Cave Blend

I think this combo smells very masculine and woodsy… Although I enjoy it too. 😉

2 drops White Fir EO + 2 drops Cypress EO + 2 drops Wintergreen EO

10. Bug Repellent Blend

This combo isn’t one that I’d necessarily wear as perfume, but it contains a collection of oils that most creepy-crawlies dislike:

1 drop Lemongrass EO + 1 drop Melaleuca EO + 1 drop Thyme EO + 1 drop Eucalyptus EO + 1 drop Rosemary EO

Or try: doTERRA’s Terrashield blend

Interested in more ideas? Here are 3 mood-boosting essential oil blends to try!

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*Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional. None of the information on this blog is intended to cure, treat, or heal any disease. Please use essential oils at your own risk with lots of common sense.*

Disclosure: I am a doTERRA Wellness Advocate, and this post contains Amazon Affiliate links.

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  1. says

    I love your doTerra info. I love how we can learn more about oils from others’ experiences. I’ve been inspired!! I too am an IPC.

  2. Amy says

    So, when you list those ingredients, and underneath have the doTerra blend name, is the “recipe” the one for the actual blend or is it just a similar one? I’m trying to find the “recipe” for both the balance and serenity blends.

    • says

      My recipes are different that what you would get in the doTERRA blend. My “relaxation” blend and the Serenity relaxation blend have different ingredients. Hope that makes sense. :)

  3. says

    Great list! We love the Ultrasonic Classic diffuser at our house–have you tried that one? I do love the Whisper, but our Ultrasonics are more affordable for placing in multiple locations throughout the house.

  4. doris brown says

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  5. Lisa says

    Can I just drop these individual essential oils into my diffuser or must I first blend them together in an amber bottle and then put a few drops of that blend into my diffuser? Thanks for your help!

  6. says

    Okay, so I am clearly late to the game on this post, but I am so glad I found it! Jill, I have been researching essential oils, diffusers, oil blends, etc. – and my gosh!, there is a lot of information out there. It is overwhelming. Thank you for this very helpful, easy to follow post on using essential oils in a diffuser. I signed up to receive your emails and got your book for FREE. Thank you! My family of four has been so sick this past month. My friends keep telling me that I need to be using essential oils. Your blog is fantastic. I know I will be coming back to visit often. Blessings, Jana

  7. Lori says

    thank you for breaking down the doTerra blends. Let me know please where I can get more recipes I’m new to essential oils but I’m sold after had sick kids, eucalyptus, lavender, and tea tree oils worked great especially for the 3 year old, who’s to young for other meds.

  8. Roxann says

    Would your bug repellent blend work as a fly/mosquito spray for horses? If so, what would i mix it with? Water? What would the ratio be?thanks so much!
    Also, to use your respritory blend,would the reed diffuser be strong enough to work or would it need to be an actual cold air diffuser if my asthma child had a cold,etc.?

    • says

      Hi Roxann,

      There are many essential oils that work to repel bugs–sometimes you just have to play around with what is most effective in your area. I have lots of bug spray recipes in my latest ebook: http://theprairiehomestead.com/natural-homestead

      As far as the respiratory blend, I doubt it’d be very effective if you used it in the reed diffuser. A cold air diffuser would be better.

  9. says

    Glad I found you on pinterest, always looking for guidance in this area, love using oils in my Lotus Deffuser 😉 and with the information you provide, am now experimenting, thank you so much and will be following you closely
    Regards Bill

  10. Debbie says

    I was wondering what you would recommend for a doctors waiting room. My friend is opening her practice in her home and I suggested she use essential oils to mask home odors like cooking, etc. What would be safe and not so overpowering for all patients?

    Thank you.


  11. June Geisler says

    Hi Jill! I love your website! I’m a 58 yr old widowed teacher, but I love following your site! Do you know of a diffuser that doesn’t have a light or glow? The light keeps me up at night, yet I need my essential oils!

  12. says

    We just had a few days of ridiculous hot wind (by the beach..ahem* SAND). First thing this morning I put lemongrass in my diffuser. HUGE difference. The wind storm seems to have stopped so today is going to be the day to wipe everything down. I’m making a spray with the lemongrass to wipe down the surfaces.

  13. Gini a West says

    Love your site and information! Had quit using my cold air diffuser and pulled it out a few days ago while sick with a case of bronchitis. So much better after enjoying peppermint and eucalyptus. Making my shopping list now!

  14. Camille says

    Hi, I have an oil burner and find no matter what scent I use it ends up smelling like the very first oil I ever put in it and it’s Def not my fav. Do you find this issue with your diffuser or any other? Maybe I need a different one?

    • says

      Hi Camille,

      I don’t have any experience with oil burners, but my diffusers don’t have that problem– I switch scents on a daily basis. :)

  15. Betty Mauer says

    Hi Jill,
    I didn’t receive your essential oil e-book. I would like to know how I can obtain a copy? Thanks

  16. Cheryl in France says

    Weird question- how can you switch from mix to mix in the same diffuser without having crossover? Is cleaning it out very complicated? And how to inhibit mold growth in the cold air diffuser- is it just a bonus that the EOs are anti bacterial/biotic/fungal or do you have to add some other ingredient? (I did read the article, I just didn’t see it, but it’s almost 1 am, so that may be why, lol)

    • says

      Switching mixes is very easy– I simply let one run out, and then add in another. If there is any crossover, it’s usually only noticeable for a few seconds. And I’ve never had any mold growth– many EOs are antifungal, which I’m sure has a lot to do with that. :)

  17. says

    I love the combinations that you’ve shared, but I have a question . . . I thought that you shouldn’t use citrus oils in your diffuser. I guess it must depend on the diffuser?

  18. Kay says

    Problem with the doTerra Aroma Lite with Citrus Bliss eating away the plastic spout after two weeks of usage, 4-5 drops every other day on full cycle. Any suggestions?

    • Kat says

      Any essential oils will eat through plastic. The only things that should come in contact with EOs are glass & stainless steel.

  19. Julie says

    I’m new to the EO world – just bought a few oils and the ultrasonic diffuser (LOVE IT!) Question for the bug repellant – is there a way to mix the oils and spray it on you? or can you mix the oils into come coconut oil and rub it on your arms and legs? Thanks! Jules