How to Use Your Personal Aromatherapy Inhaler

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How to Use Your Personal Aromatherapy Inhaler

Personal Inhaler Tips and Tricks Essential Oils Plant Therapy

What is a Personal Aromatherapy Inhaler?

This little device goes by a few different names.

Personal Inhaler, Aromastick, Aromatherapy Inhaler, and many others. Often times we recommend making a personal inhaler. What does this mean? This is a way to take your aromatherapy with you when you travel, head to work or school, or anytime you’re not at home near your diffuser.

Since inhalation is such an effective method of use for essential oils, it’s a perfect solution.

How to use your personal aromatherapy inhaler

Personal Inhaler Tips and Tricks Essential Oils Plant TherapyLet’s explore how to use them properly and then check out some good blends for use in them!

As you can see from the image, there are several parts to the inhaler:Personal Inhaler Tips and Tricks Essential Oils Plant Therapy

  • The wick: Where you drop 10-15 drops of essential oil or an essential oil blend
  • The inhaler: The part that you sniff from
  • The lid: The cover that keeps the scent from dissipating too quickly
  • The base:  Keeps everything sealed up tight

Need a more in-depth tutorial? Check out this YouTube Video on exactly  how to prepare an inhaler for use!!


What to put in your personal aromatherapy inhaler:

Personal Inhaler Tips and Tricks Essential Oils Plant TherapyNow let’s get onto the good stuff – the recipes! There are endless possibilities – so please don’t let this list limit your imagination.

However, here are some general ideas for certain circumstances. Remember that for the most part, it only take 10-15 drops TOTAL essential oil!

Be sure to let me know how these work out for you! If you have questions or concerns regarding any of this information, please emails one of our Aromatherapists at [email protected] or join our Facebook page Safe Essential Oil Recipes and share your favorite inhaler recipes with us! See you soon!


120 thoughts on “How to Use Your Personal Aromatherapy Inhaler”

  • I keep an inhaler within arm’s reach of my bed for times when I need a little help falling asleep. A mix of lavender and cedarwood often does the trick!

  • I absolutely love my inhalers. I have one for sleep and one for allergies to open up my airways.

  • How often should you sniff an inhaler? Can you overdo it/what is the limit? And, should you switch off; can you become immune to them if used too frequently? If so, what is too frequent? Thanks!

    1. Erin, we often say you can use an inhaler throughout the day as needed. Since you’re not being constantly exposed to the smell, like when you diffuse, you don’t really run the risk of becoming immune to a certain essential oil. Now, if you took the inhaler and put it in your nostril all day to get non-stop exposure to your oil, then you would become sensitized to it over time. Taking out your inhaler for a few minutes at a time and taking some good, deep inhales is really all that is necessary, and then of course you can repeat that if you don’t feel like the oil has done its job. I hope this helps! And remember, you can always reach out to our team of aromatherapists at [email protected] for more information!

  • One thing I love about plant therapy is just like there’s an oil for that, there’s a blog to walk you thru it!!

  • I am a diabetic and we usually “hit the wall” at about 2:00 PM most days, thought of using an inhaler with a nice stimulating blend to see if it can get me over the hump. Just ordered inhalers and wicks and have got some good info in this post to get me on my way.

    1. 3 to 4 months is a good amount of time to refresh your inhaler, but honestly, a lot of it has to do with how often you use it. If you use a certain inhaler constantly and are therefore always exposing that oil to oxygen, it will probably need to be replaced more often than an inhaler you don’t open much. Whenever you feel like the scent has changed or become to faint, you can either add more drops if you are keeping it the same oil/blend, or use a nice new fresh wick for a new oil. Hope that helps! 🙂

    2. Hi! I’m wondering what is the advantage of using an inhaler vs. smelling directly from the bottler? Is that bad? Sorry for the silly question 🙂

      1. Definitely not a silly question! One of the main things that can shorten the shelf life is oxygen. So keeping your bottle tightly capped when you’re not using it will help extend the life of your oils. Aromatherapy inhalers allow you to inhale your oils or blends when you need it while your essential bottles stay safely sealed.

  • I have these but can’t quite seem to get into a groove using them yet. How do you label them? I have no idea how to tell them apart and when I’ve tried to label them, nothing works. I want to use them, but just still trying to ease into them I guess.

    1. The quickest and easiest way is to cut out the name of the blend on a piece of paper, then use packaging tape to label the inhaler 🙂

  • Thanks for this. I received a free sample of these with one of my orders and I wasn’t sure how to use them. About how long do the oils last in the inhalers before they need to be replaced/refreshed?

    1. The scent on the wicks can last between 2-3 months, then you can just add a few drops when needed to strengthen the scent.

  • I am so happy I found this post. I didn’t know about inhalers and I really needed something for on the go, for anxiety.

  • Love, love, love these inhalers! I have several and like many others use Rosemary, but one I am never without is Clove Bud, I use it before going out in public and when I return back home, to boost my immune system and in hopes of keeping countless diseases at bay.

  • What might you recommend for an inhaler blend for COPD please? I understand the medical disclaimer, I just want to help someone breathe easier. Thanks.

  • Has anyone tried putting Himalayan salt in inhaler? I want to try this but unsure how to go about it. I only have plastic inhalers. Would love your thoughts :)) Thank you much!

    1. Alanna, If using the same essential oil/synergy, you can continue to use the same wick for 2-3 months and just add a few drops of essential oil when needed to strengthen the scent.

  • I only have calming the child roll on. Can I just rub it on the cotton wick for inhaler? Or the scent will easily fade away because it is already a diluted oil?

    1. Dixie, generally we would recommend an undiluted oil, however, I think you could try this you may just need to saturate the wick more than you would with undiluted oils.

  • Going to make an inhaler to help my kindergartner going back to school next week. Thanks for the blend suggestions!

  • I’m so glad I found this! I ordered the three pack of personal inhalers and the tutorial is perfect. Thank you.

  • I just got some inhalers and I’m now keen to give them a go. I’ve been using the necklaces for ages and I love them so hopefully these ideas will help me to utilise them.

  • Thanks for the recipes! I only recently started using inhalers and don’t know why I waited so long! I find them very effective, especially for emotional issues. They also make great gifts!

  • I started using inhalers just this year and it is now my favorite way to use my oils. That way I don’t worry about being unsafe with those around me. It has been super effective, too especially when I feel anxious. I also made some for my mother and father but it has become mine and well as my co-workers new obsession. I’m excited to get the metal ones!

  • Since receiving my inhalers from PT, I have found I use them far more than I thought I would! Now I need more 🙂 I might order the metal ones next, they are So pretty! I am quite ‘addicted’ to marjoram for relaxation, so I have several places I keep a Marijoram inhaler.

  • I received 2 sets of the inhalers when it was a free gift with purchase. I am glad I ran across this because I was not sure how to actually use them. I am now ready to start making mixtures for the kids for school.

  • Using an inhaler is my favorite method to use Sniffle Stopper when my daughter has a cold. Since she is little I don’t like diffusing around her much, but she can still get the benefit of the oil by smelling the inhaler occasionally.

    1. Thank you for sharing, Megan; inhalers are wonderful ways to use essential oils. So glad it helps your daughter!

  • This is a really great post! My younger brother works as a chef and also suffers from anxiety. I showed him this post and he’s been using the inhaler at work and says its helping him 🙂 His favorite is the “Energizing” blend which keeps him calm and focused when it gets busy. I made him a few with “Let it Go” which I also love!

  • I work with little kids, so I love that my inhalers let me use my oils safely around them. Thanks for the new blend ideas!

    1. Kristen, that is so great you are using your inhalers instead of diffusing around the little ones you work with. That is such a safe and responsible way to use your oils! Thank you for sharing 🙂

  • Personal inhalers are sometimes saving grace at work!! I have anxiety, and when I start to feel it flair up, I use my inhaler with my favorite mix at the time to help soothe my racing nerves!! Best invention EVER!! I personally like the plastic inhalers, since they have the air holes at the bottom to pull the air up as I inhale. But the metal ones are gorgeous!

  • I’ve been a little hesitant on using inhalers because I wasn’t sure on how or when to use them. This is a great article with great tips. I can wait to try a focus “recipe” in an inhaler at work to help me get some work done.

  • I absolutely love using personal inhalers. I have an energy one for the mid afternoon slump and one for stuffy nose, sinus headache. Carry them with me always. Than you for this article

  • Thanks for this post! I just ordered my PT inhalers and then hopped over here to the blog and saw this post! I have a question…to save on the amount of essential oils used, would it be OK to just use 5 or so drops of EOs and then soak the rest of the wick with a carrier oil? I know that the carrier oil would not evaporate like the EOs will, so I wasn’t sure how this might work, or not.

  • Thank You so much I finally got my personal inhalers and had questions about how to use them. Thank you for the extra recipes and tips.

  • I always seem to forget about inhalers. This has inspired me to try them for different situations. My question is how do I know when to refresh the wick and when to replace it?

    1. When the smell begins to fade, that’s when you refresh it. After refreshing a few times, I’d replace.

  • Thanks for the info and for the recipes. I have just purchased this inhaler set and am very excited to use them. First time ever using inhalers!!

    1. That’s great, Kathy! Inhalers are so wonderful, you’ll fall in love! Thank you for commenting ~ 🙂

  • I really enjoyed this article. I am new to essential oils and have been curious about inhalers. I actually thought you puffed in the oils like asthma inhalers…so, you just sniff them right? lol Like a to-go way of keeping the benefits of the oils with you?

    1. That’s absolutely right, Erika! Sniff – don’t puff!! I am really glad you found this article and it helped straighten this confusion out!

  • I love my personal inhalers! I’m just curious if you have any recommendations on storage! I keep my essential oils stored in the fridge in their original bottles; should my personal inhalers be stored in the fridge also when not used? Or is room temperature fine?

  • It is so wonderful to have inhalers with me all time round as I have kid and pets around and many a times I may need EOs that are not suitable for them.

  • I love the inhalers! I use 3 different ones. Rosemary for memory, Clove Bud to fight any germs I may come in contact with while out in the public and my Awaken blend of Orange & Peppermint. Love all these tips.

  • Are there any oils you shouldn’t inhale in a personal inhaler? Or can I inhale whatever I would normally roll on or diffuse? EX: Germ fighter, mood enhancers, headache blends,

    1. Great question Molly! Some essential oils that are known irritants may not be the best choice to use in an inhaler. Some of these oils include Cinnamon, Clove Bud, and Oregano. This doesn’t mean that you can’t use them in an inhaler. We just suggest using caution and monitoring how they impact your mucous membranes when used in an inhaler. I hope this helps!

  • I researched essentials oils with analgesic properties. Just make sure that which ever you choose they don’t interact neg. with any meds you are currently taking. And, dont use this blend over a few weeks before switching to a different one to avoid sensitizing. My master blend had the following: 35d Lavender,10d Eucalyptus, 15d Peppermint, 15d Thyme, 50d Clary Sage and 60d Rosemary. I inhale 5-6 times really deeply the effect is almost immediate and last about 30-45 mins.I hope this helps. It has gotten me through some of my worst pain. And also this combination has been the most effective recipe to date for me. All of my other MB for pain have been less effective. Hang in there!

    1. Sondra, it is possible, in inhalation (diffusion and personal inhalers) as it does enter your brain and bloodstream and can help with discomfort. If possible, I prefer to dilute to the recommended amounts and apply directly to area for a stronger impact..

      1. UPDATE on inhaler for pain: Oh. My. Word. The inhaler works! I had to share. I’ve been struggling for months using the essential oils topically. This is a delivery route you should explore if you suffer with chronic pain. I chose 6 oil that have analgesic properties and made a master blend to drop on the inhaler cotton swab. Thank you, for reaching out to me. IT WORKS!

  • When we have a blend of a few eoils , do we make the blend first, then store the blend in a bottle ( well mixed) and pour out drop by drop on the wick?

    1. Esther it is best to make a master blend so the oils are well mixed before dropping them onto the cotton wick. Also, if it’s a blend you really like then you have it bottled, blended and ready to go when you need to refresh your inhaler or just want to diffuse it.

  • The very best thing I’ve learned from Plant Therapy is using inhalers. They have been exceptionally helpful for me on the go and at home. For myself, they have been better for me than applying topically. Actually, aromatherapy is better than topical in most cases. This is with exception to conditions like soreness, arthritis, pain, etc.

  • Can the inhalers be reused? I’m thinking in terms of when they stop smelling? Do you just pop off the bottom and add more oil? Thanks

    1. Yes absolutely! You can also purchase replacement wicks and use a new blend in the same inhaler casing.

      1. How do you “pop off the bottom”. I am totally confused as to how you get the bottom off the inhaler.

        1. Different people do it different ways. I stick a tooth pick down the hole on the top and pop it off that way. You can take a pair of pliers and squeeze the bottom and it pops right off as well.

    1. Asthma can be very tricky, since triggers are everywhere. You may use an essential oil and inadvertently cause an issue. I would suggest seeing a physician, if you haven’t already! I think that is best. Typically Rosalina essential oil can be helpful for general respiratory supporybreathing. It’s very gentle. You can consider using it in a personal inhaler to sniff when breathing support is necessary. Be mindful, however, this is NOT A REPLACEMENT for prescription medication(s).

    1. The itchy eyes, runny nose and scratchy throat is something many of us dread at certain times of year or in certain environments. To best help you understand the mechanisms in play here, Sue Pace wrote this amazing series all about seasonal health concerns. In her 3rd part of the series she gets to the nitty gritty and gives some practical ways to deal with the symptoms associated with seasonal threats.

      This is an older blog post from several springs ago that I had written and is a much more basic introduction to seasonal discomforts:

  • Do you have any suggestions on a recipe for those afternoon doldrums? I always get sleepy around 2-3 pm, and would love to avoid that afternoon cup of coffee to get me through the day, Thanks!

    1. Oh yes, something with a bit of zip!! I prefer a combination of mint and citrus for a quick pick-me-up. Lime & spearmint or orange & peppermint both come to mind…

    1. Since Alzheimer’s is a diagnosed medical condition, the US Food and Drug Administration regulations forbid us from specifically addressing your concerns. However, if you would like to discuss this further, please email us at [email protected]

      1. I have the same question. I do use rosemary in food. I use lavender EO for aromatherapy for a family member with dementia. I’d like more information on what else I can use.

        1. Since dementia is a diagnosed medical condition, the US Food and Drug Administration regulations forbid us from specifically addressing your concerns. However, if you would like to discuss this further, please email us at [email protected]

          1. Ok. What oils or blend of oils help with this disease? When I use rosemary it seems to clarify his memory. Also anything for PTSD? Thanks for your help.

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