How to Make an Inhaler Stick with Essential Oils

Disclaimer: I am not an aromatherapist, nor do I play one on TV. This is not a sponsored post. I do not sell essential oils. I’ve just become really passionate about the benefits of using them. This post does however, contain affiliate links. Meaning that if you make a purchase from these links, I receive a commission.

Remaining Fabulous by Remaining Sane

I’ve struggled with stress/anxiety for most of my adult life. But since becoming a parent, I’ve discovered that parent stress is a whole other level of intense. When your stressors change, sometimes you need to change the way that you respond to them. When I’m feeling stressed now, I can’t just jump in my car and go for a drive or run to the gym (because ya know, kids). I have to actually plan these things. But you can’t plan when you’re going to feel like a stressed-out mess or when you’ll need a break.

So, when I’m feeling stressed and I can’t get my jazzercise on to get those endorphins moving, I turn to my essential oils. Through sitting down with a licensed aromatherapist, I have learned a lot about essential oils and have incorporated them into my everyday life to help me cope with these stressors.

She has taught me:

  • General safety guidelines / How to use essential oils properly
  • The type of oils to buy
  • The benefit of using specific oils
  • Which scents I prefer / which ones I should be using based on my needs
  • How to make inhaler sticks

Making inhaler sticks with essential oils is super easy and doesn’t require a lot of materials.

The inhaler sticks come with blank wicks that will absorb the oil and 3 parts – the tube, bottom cap and top.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  1. Blank Inhaler Sticks –  I buy these for under $10/pack on Amazon
  2. Your preferred oils (Bergamot, Lavender, and Grapefruit are a few of my favorites)
  3. Small glass bowl

These are quick, easy and fun to make. Here are the simple steps to follow:

  1. Choose 1-3 oils that you’d like to use, based on your needs. (Feeling stressed? Try my favorites Bergamot and Lavender. Clary Sage and Ylang Ylang are also good choices).
  2. Place the wick in a glass bowl
  3. Place up to 15 drops of oil in the bowl using any combo of your favorites. Swirl wick around bowl allowing it to absorb all of the oil. If you use more than 15 drops of oil, the wick may not absorb it all
  4. Place the wick inside of the tube, attach the bottom cap and twist on the top
  5. Voilà! When you’re feeling stressed, pull this out and take 5-7 deep breathes

These little sticks are so handy because they’re small, portable, and allow you to carry your essential oils with you, without making a mess. Carry it in your purse or in your pocket throughout the day. I use mine before bed, when I’m driving, and any other time throughout the day when I’m feeling like I need to chill out a little.

Discovering Your Oils

If you’re interested in learning more about essential oils, I recommend visiting an aromatherpist! Oils are not cheap and sitting down with someone to learn about the benefits, see which oils you prefer, and how to use them can be very beneficial. The Aromatics International website is also an amazing resource.

Choosing the Right Essential Oils

My aromatherpaist recommends using Aromatics Internatinal or NOW Essential Oils. Why? Because they are organic and have undergone GC/MS testing. This is a super scientific process which ensures that these oils are purer and safer than something simply labeled as “therapeutic grade” (which really doesn’t mean anything at all in terms of the quality). Because they are purer, there is less of a likelihood that oils that have undergone this testing will cause any kind of allergic reaction, headaches, etc.

***Always follow appropriate safety guidelines when using essential oils! I NEVER apply oils directly to my body or ingest them!***

Want to try Aromatics International’s Essential Oils? Order using this link and we BOTH receive a $10 credit, winning! (Credit will be applied upon completion of your first order. Credit can be redeemed for future orders)

Need more tips on how to remain sane? Learn How to Have a Spa Experience in Your Own Bathroom.

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Want to know which self-care strategies work for me? Find out here.


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15 thoughts on “How to Make an Inhaler Stick with Essential Oils

  1. Such a great idea. I also deal with anxiety, so this would be another great way to help. I didn’t know you could buy the sticks on Amazon…great price too!

  2. I love these! I still use the Vicks sticks but these seem so much better. I will definitely be purchasing the sticks to make my own. I want to make one with Grapefruit oil which helps with nausea and motion sickness. I usually just rub it on my wrist when I have a plane flight, but I love this idea so much more. Thanks for sharing.

  3. I love your clear step by step instructions and the fact that you learned this from an expert. As a physician, I would caution people to speak with an expert before inhaling any combination of oils. I see a lot of allergy and asthma people who are triggered by certain chemicals and your personal history should be discussed with the therapist before using. But this sounds like an awesome stress reliever.

    1. Ashley, I know what you mean. If you’re interested in getting started definitely sit down with an aromatherapist to learn the ins and outs and safety guidelines.

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