How Do I Diffuse Essential Oils Without Using a Diffuser?

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Last Updated on June 12, 2022

Essential oils are increasingly gaining popularity because of their therapeutic, calming, and healing effects. Essential oils smell incredible and are a great alternative to scented candles that can be toxic to human health. I personally love them because they rejuvenate my mind, body, and spirit.

Diffusers help release molecules of essential oils into the air so that the user can enjoy the numerous benefits it has to offer. However, they are an expensive option and not a lot of people can afford them.

Luckily, there are methods on how to burn essential oils without a diffuser. They’re as follows: 

Direct from the Bottle

One of the basic ways to receive the benefits of essential oils aromatically when you don’t have a diffuser at hand is by inhaling it directly from the bottle. To do this, just remove the cap of the bottle and inhale the vapor nasally for a couple of seconds. If you want to enjoy the benefits of a cap, just inhale the bottle of oils at the same time. 

How Do I Diffuse Essential Oils Without Using a Diffuser

Direct Skin Contact

This is probably the easiest way to enjoy the benefits that essential oils have to offer. Place one or two drops of essential oil on your palm, massage your hands, and inhale the oil. You can also massage the oil on parts of the body like neck and wrist. For this method, it is vital to dilute the essential oil with carrier oils like jojoba almond and olive in order to prevent burns.

Diffuser Necklace

A diffuser necklace is a convenient way to enjoy your favorite essential oil everywhere you go. This one emits a scent that you can breathe in without putting it on your skin. Simply add a few drops of the oil to your pendant and inhale as the oil evaporates.  

If you don’t have a diffuser, you can follow the instructions of this video on how to make a diffuser necklace. Alternatively, you can purchase inexpensive essential oil diffuser necklaces like this piece from Amazon

Use a Cotton Ball

If you just need a few drops of essential oils, you can put a couple of drops on a cotton ball and you are good to go. Diffusing your favorite essential oil on a cotton ball is inexpensive and can be done anywhere. You can place the cotton ball in your floor vent, car vent, or on the blade on your fan. For the latter, just make sure that you unplug the fan first before placing the cotton ball. 

Use a Pillow

Another way to use essential oils is to sprinkle a few drops of the oil on your pillow as you go to sleep. There are numerous essential oils for sleep that can promote sleep and a restful night. Alternatively, you can put a few drops of the oil on a cloth and towel and place it near the pillow.

In the Bathtub

Bath diffusion is an easy way for your body to receive the beneficial properties of essential oils and unwind. As the oils combine with steam, they are released into the air, leaving you with a wonderful smell that you can breathe in. These oils will also leave your skin nourished. However, for this method, you need to choose oils that are ideal for skin contact.

Spray Bottle

With any type of spray bottle, you can enjoy essential oils without needing to plug in a diffuser. Add a few drops of water and the oil to the spray bottle and use it as a room spray to bliss your home. This air freshening spray is an incredibly inexpensive way to eliminate odor. To eliminate odor in your house, you can use this recipe to make an essential oil room spray. 

How Do I Diffuse Essential Oils Without Using a Diffuser?

Toilet Paper Roll

Believe or not, your toilet paper roll can act as a great homemade diffuser. Add a few drops of essential oils inside the toilet paper roll. This way, the oil will be released into the air each time someone pulls off the toilet paper.  You can also combine different essential oils to create blended scents. 

Here are ideas for great blends that you can make for your bathroom:

  • Orange + grapefruit
  • Lemon + rosemary + lavender
  • Lavender + lemon
  • Eucalyptus + spearmint

Furnace Filters

If you lack a diffuser, just add a few drops of your chosen oils or a combination to the furnace filter for a thrilling aroma. This method is ideal for giving fresh fragrance to your entire room or office. It also works great for diffusing oils that have a great smell but lack therapeutic properties. 

Use a Pine Cone

This is another amazing diffuser for essential oils due to its high absorbency for fragrant oils. After a few drops of the oil to the pine cone, it will slowly release the fragrance to the room. What’s more, a scented pine cone can be used for Christmas and winter decorating. Just be sure to refresh every few days.

On the Stove

Diffusing your essential oil on a stove is a quick way to benefit from aromatherapy. Simply put water in a pot and add a few drops of your favorite oil before placing it on the stove. Just allow it to steam – this will get the fragrance around your kitchen. 

Make a Reed Diffuser

A homemade reed diffuser is a cheap and easy option for small spaces like bathrooms and closets. Making a reed diffuser only requires a few ingredients and is ideal for adding a modern touch to any room. 


Essential oils come with many benefits like boosting one’s health and mood. As seen above, it is still possible to enjoy the fragrance of essential oils without using an expensive diffuser. The above methods can be used to distribute and disperse the wonderful scent of essential oils into any room or space. You might want to try any of them for a quick fix to a relaxing and natural scent environment. 

If you have any questions regarding how to burn essential oils without a diffuser, please leave a comment below and I’ll make sure to respond as soon as possible.

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