How to make a good diffuser blend

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Most people get started on their essential oils journey by diffusing oils. Not only is the aromatic use of essential oils extremely convenient and simple, but it also offers immediate benefits such as promoting a calm, stable environment, purifying the air, managing mood and emotions, and more. 

Choosing oils for the diffusers we have in every room of our house, always feels like a beautiful act of selfcare - but how do you make a good diffuser blend?

Set your intention

What effect do you want from your diffuser blend? Are you looking to create a calming environment or improve your focus as you work? Determine the desired effect so that you can choose appropriate oils.

Choose a group of oils

Next, choose a group of oils that will fit the description you want to achieve. For example, if you want a relaxing diffuser blend, choose oils that are known to elicit calming feelings. To help you choose a group of oils I suggest referring to doTERRA’s chemistry wheel - it’s a neat little tool that categorises oils based on their main therapeutic properties. I also lean on my intuition a lot when choosing oils, so listen in to what your body is telling you.


Start pairing oils

Once you’ve selected oils that achieve the desired effect, it’s time to start pairing a few together to create your perfect blend.

Pairing oils from the same groupings works well, for example, Citrus oils like Lemon, Bergamot and Grapefruit fall within the same category so they pair well together. You can also create variety by pairing oils from different categories.

Mint oils

Blend well with woody, herbaceous and citrus oils.

Floral oils

Blend well with woody, spicy and citrus oils.

Herbaceous oils

Blend well with woody and mint oils.

Spicy oils

Blend well with woody, floral and citrus oils.

Citrus oils

Blend well with woody, spicy, floral and mint oils.


Have fun exploring different combinations and finding your favourites!