How to make an Aromatherapy Inhaler

Aromatherapy Inhalers

cotton into eos

I love inhaler tubes. Easy to make and easy to use.  Since its Autumn (vata season), I focused on creating an inhaler for anxiety but it is an equally awesome time to create one to support the respiratory system and immunity as well.  Sample blends are below.


To make an inhaler, you will need:

  • Blank inhaler tube

Inhaler tube copy

  • Choice of essential oils: each tube can have anywhere from 25-35 drops of essential oil or an eo synergy
  • A small bowl
  • Tweezers to place cotton pad into bowl and move pad around then to place pad into tube
  • Certified Organic Cotton Pads (either square or circle pads, cut down to size for tube)*

(*Note: I have a thing about cotton. It is considered a ‘dirty’ crop as it is heavily sprayed with pesticides hence I don’t recommend using the cotton pad that comes with inhaler tubes. Why use something with a possible pesticide residue to put up your nose? You can purchase certified organic cotton pads to replace them. Simply cut down to size and it works just as well.)

Steps to Make:

Adding drops to bowl

Adding drops to bowl

Step 1:  Place drops of each essential oils into bowl. For the Soothe Anxiety Inhaler, I used:

  • 10 drops Roman chamomile
  • 14 drops Ylang ylang
  • 4 drops Neroli
  • 1 drop Vetiver

Step 2: Swirl the bowl around to combine essential oils.


Step 3: Place cotton pad into bowl (either with fingers or tweezers). Move cotton pad around until ‘saturated’ with the essential oil synergy.

Cotton pad in bowl absorbing e/o synergy

Cotton pad in bowl absorbing e/o synergy

Step 4: Place ‘saturated’ cotton pad into inhaler tube.

Placing cotton pad into inhaler tube

Placing cotton pad into inhaler tube

Step 5: Place bottom cap (sometimes called the ‘butt’) onto the tube.

Placing bottom cap onto tube.

Placing bottom cap onto tube.

Step 6: Place cap/lid onto top of tube to enclose inhaler.

placing lid on

Step 7: Be sure to label aromatherapy inhaler with ingredients and name of product.

Step 8: Inhaler tube is now ready for use. Can be used as needed or desired throughout the day. Simply remove top lid/cap and hold approx. 1 inch away from nose (can be closer or farther depending on sense of smell) and inhale deeply. For anxiety inhaler, it is wonderful to close ones eyes while smelling and imagine a calmness soothing ones spirit and mind.

smelling inhaler 2

Other Ideas for Aromatherapy Inhalers for the Autumn Months

Breathing Space

  • 12 drops Eucalyptus radiata
  • 10 drops Rosemary ct. cineole (Rosmarinus officinalis ct. cineole)
  • 7 drops Bay Laurel (Laurus nobilis)

Keeping Sinusitis Away

  • 5 drops Niaouli.MQV  (Melaleuca quinquenervia)
  • 10 drops Lemon (Citrus limon)
  • 10 drops Rosemary ct. cineole  (Rosmarinus officinalis ct. cineole)
  • 3 drops Tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)

Flu season

  • 7 drops Scotch Pine (Pinus sylvestris)
  • 10 drops Douglas Fir (Pseudotsuga menzies)
  • 12 drops Eucalyptus radiata





  1. Mary Trillich says:

    Hi and thank you for this post…my question is this: where do we purchase the inhaler tubes to use to make the inhalers……i have no idea where to find them….thank you kindly!~

  2. Thank you very much for posting this, and raising the point about the cotton inserts, it was really useful

  3. Jeanie Ortiz says:

    Thank you for your helpful information and recipes. You are very appreciated.

  4. Thanks for the information…how long will the inhalers keep without drying out?

    • Hello April, I would keep an inhaler for approx 3 months or less. You will know when it is no longer strong enough.
      Warm regards, Jade

  5. Dinesh Yadav says:

    Best demonstration

  6. Mary Ann Testa says:

    These ideas are wonderful.
    Thank you for sharing.

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