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31 Essential Oil Diffuser Recipes

People often fall in love with the use of essential oils after they first begin to diffuse it. Since most oils are safe to diffuse and provide a subtle scent to the room they are used in, aromatherapeutic use is often their most popular application. It also provides some surprising benefits other than freshening up the environment.

Certain oils and oil blend combinations allow for a plethora of influential sides to help with everything from allergies to energy. The following essential oil diffuser recipes are tried and true scent combos that you can use to help alleviate a wide variety of ailments, as well as provide a more inviting atmosphere.

Aromatherapy and Grieving

A deep excruciating pain, deep in the pit of your stomach.

A void deep inside that nothing can seem to fill up.

A general sense of lethargy and apathy.

Going to sleep hoping that when we wake up, this would have just been a really bad dream.

Yes, losing someone dear to us can conjure all these emotions and much, much more. Text books tell us that grieving is a process. What is sure about all this is that the grieving process is a very personal thing and no one will go through the process in the same way. There is no time frame for grieving and it won’t ever be over in my opinion. Emotions may change but it will never be over.

I lost my dad 18 years ago. I might be ok most days, but I might hear a song, smell something and I am suddenly transported to that awful day, and the feelings are raw, still very strong and no amount of years has or will ever changed that.

The death of someone close to us imposes change. Change in itself instills a kind of fear. Being imposed on us the fear sometimes feels insurmountable.

I am deeply sorry. I do not have a magic wand to remove all this and bring things to the way they were before. And believe me I have searched and searched for ways and means and short cuts to numb the pain and fear. They do not exist.

But throughout the years I have learned of ways to deal with the situation and manage my pain and fear.

Here are some things that I have found helpful through this journey.

First couple of days – Shock and Denial

You are still numb with shock and nothing seems real. You feel as though you are on a still point and the world is revolving around you, going about its usual stuff, buzzing with excitement when all you want to do is sleep, sleep and sleep.

Do not expect too much of yourself. It is ok to feel anything you are feeling. Get rid of your pride and accept all the help that you are offered.

Try to take care of yourself as much as you can or else let somebody take care of you. That includes eating , not forgetting to take any usual medications that you have to take daily, keeping yourself hydrated and if possible have an aromatherapy bath using the following blend:

In a teaspoon vegetable oil add:

Add to your bath water. Disperse well before entering.
You can also add these oils to an aromatherapy diffuser.

For any of you who are visiting friends who have just lost a loved one a huge hug is a must. It’s something that they will never forget. Sometimes less is said the better. We may have all the good intentions in the world but your friend or relative is very fragile at the moment, so some words might do more harm than good.

2 nd Phase – Guilt and Anger

When the shock and numbness go away the pain feels sometimes unbearable and we may sometimes also start to feel guilty about something related to the person we lost. I used to feel guilty that I had not taken a First Aid course and so I could not administer proper CPR to my Dad. I would also feel guilty that I did not say I love you often enough. I would also feel guilty and selfish that one of the first things that I thought about when I realized that Daddy was no more was think about what would happen to our family structure that included my mum, 15 year old me and my nine year old sister. Would mum manage to take care of us on her own?, would we have to sell the house?, would the income my mum had be enough to support all of us.

I would also feel very angry at times with Dad for giving up on us and leaving us so soon.

Everything you are feeling is ok. I apologize for repeating this. But I know I needed this reassurance loads of times.

Talk about what you are feeling. If you do not feel comfortable to talk to other family members or friends seek help. One thing that really helped me during this stage was writing down a journal of what I was feeling. I could write anything and I really and truly poured my heart down in the book. It took me quite a long time to write and it was painful but necessary. I kept it for a long time in my bedside drawer until I felt ready to let it go. When I was ready I took it out, went out to the garden and burnt it. It was hugely therapeutic.

An essential oil blend that can help during this stage is:

Can be used in a bath, in a diffuser or in a personal aromatherapy inhaler.

3 rd Phase – Depression

When the anger seems to subside a feeling of apathy, depression and helplessness emerges. This was the most difficult time for me. By now I had realized that my Papi will not be coming back. I realized that I had to start living life without him and I did not like the picture. But rebelling was of no use so depression seeped in.

I had to seek professional help at this stage and my physiologist helped me put things in perspective and also helped me to deal with these overwhelming feelings. Never be ashamed to ask for help. You are not weak when you seek help. It takes a strong individual to accept that he needs help.

Try to make sure that you are taking care of your physical health, Take stock of your nutrition and try to exercise more, preferably outside. Long walks used to be part of my daily routine and they really helped.

Wear bright colored clothes were possible. I had the tendency to wear black clothes which reflected my mood and state of mind. This was actually the first tip my psychologist gave me and although it may seem trivial it really makes a difference.

Pamper yourself once in a while. It’s ok, you deserve it.

An essential oil blend that can help during this stage is:

3 drops Mandarin essential oil

2 drops Lavender essential oil

2 drops clary sage essential oil

Can be used in a bath, in a diffuser or in a personal aromatherapy inhaler.

4th Phase- Acceptance

This is the stage I had been striving and hoping to reach all along. It might come after a couple of months, it might take years. After 18 years I sometimes feel that I have not reached this stage at all.

I try to remember all that I have been through and what helped me overcome certain thoughts and feelings, how I dealt with it all throughout the years and apply them as needed.

An essential oil blend that can help during this stage is:

3 drops Lavender essential oil

2 drops Marjoram essential oil

2 drops Jatamansi/Spikenard essential oil

Can be used in a bath, in a diffuser or in a personal aromatherapy inhaler.

Each day is different, I am still learning and I will continue to learn till the day I die. The most precious lesson I have learned throughout this process is that you can never say I love You often enough to your loved ones. Tomorrow might be too late.


These thick-cut rice cereal treats oozing with sticky sweetness will be the star of the party. The secret to the recipe is, of course, the marshmallow fluff. It keeps the treats moist and, along with mini marshmallows, really amps up that toasty, buttery flavor that some treats lack.

During spring and summer, you can bet on an abundance of fresh fruit. Instead of letting extra stone fruits and berries go to waste, put them to use in this delicious tart. The flavors will blend together seamlessly and guests will definitely be impressed.

Ever heard of a blueberry buckle? Dylan hadn't until she met her husband. Like a moist blueberry-packed crumb cake with hints of warm spice from the cinnamon and ginger, it's a lovely summer treat.

We still want rich and creamy desserts in the warmer months, and this one is so incredibly easy to make without ever turning on the oven. The combination of toasted almonds in the crust, the richness of the cream cheese filling and fresh raspberries always hits the spot.

S'mores are, of course, best when you roast your own marshmallows over a campfire, but these mini sweets are ideal for parties and can be thrown together in minutes (without the sticky mess).

This no-bake recipe is juicy and delicious and screams summer fun. Top it with yogurt, dark chocolate chips, your favorite fiber-filled berries (raspberries and blueberries are pretty, but anything goes) and then just slice it up!

Again, no need for the oven on this one. Featuring fresh fruits, golden Oreo cookies and homemade coconut whipped cream, this almost-vegan, no-bake icebox cake is the perfect dessert for spring and summer. And it's great for parties because you can make it the day before.

Cobblers are always a summer hit. Use a mix of your favorite berries, get creative with some wild berries or just use whatever is available and in season. It's super easy to prepare and you can keep extra streusel in the freezer for future use. Trust us — it'll definitely be gobbled up quickly at your next potluck.

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Frozen Cocktails

Frozen Gin and Tonic

The only thing better than a cool gin and tonic on a hot day is an icy one. To make this fabulous frozen version, we blend together gin, concentrated tonic syrup, simple syrup, tangy lime juice, and a dash of aromatic orange bitters. The secret to blending this drink (and most of our frozen cocktails) without over-diluting it is to chill all the ingredients in the freezer—the mixture won't freeze, thanks to the alcohol and sugar content, but will drop considerably in temperature—before blitzing them up with ice cubes.

Frozen Jungle Bird

Any talk of warm-weather cocktails inevitably leads to talk of tiki drinks. The Jungle Bird is one such cocktail, dating back to the '70s and consisting of rum, pineapple, lime, and Campari, for a drink that's fruity with hints of bittersweetness. For our slushy frozen version, you'll use both bold, dark blackstrap rum and funky Navy-strength rum, plus a little maple syrup to underscore the blackstrap's richness.

Sweet Peach Frozen Daiquiri With White Pepper and Green Tea

Just the mention of a "frozen Daiquiri" is usually enough to send cocktail nerds running. But when the drink comes from your blender at home, not from a rotating slushie machine, it's easy to make a Daiquiri with actual depth. In this recipe, we blend white rum with lime juice and fresh peaches, then sweeten the mix lightly with a white pepper and green tea syrup.

Savory Cucumber and Green Chartreuse Frozen Daiquiri

Want a drink that's even further removed from the typically over-sugary, fruit-punch-style Daiquiri? Try this vibrantly green version, made with cucumber juice, white rum, and lime juice, plus herbal Green Chartreuse. The cucumber flavor is mild enough that the cocktail feels refreshing and naturally sweet, instead of aggressively savory.

Frozen Negroni

The slightly bitter Negroni, made with equal parts gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth, is one of my go-to summer cocktails. But its signature flavors work just as well, and taste even more satisfying, in a frozen drink. We do change the ratios a bit, easing up on the vermouth and Campari and letting a floral, botanical-heavy gin take the lead.

Watermelon White Negroni Slushie

This drink adds a summery twist to a typical White Negroni—a variation made with Cocchi Americano and dry vermouth—by using watermelon. To avoid over-dilution, we stay away from watermelon juice or fresh fruit and instead use a homemade watermelon-infused gin.

Scholar Bowls by @thejosephabell

I’m not sure if this is something Joseph made up, but it’s essentially a bowl filled with quinoa and mixed with baked sweet potatoes and veggies. I almost overcooked the quinoa though or I used too little water (I feel like I always cook it differently every time), but the result is still a healthy and amazingly tasty Scholar Bowl. Yum!

One thing that I would highly recommend for this recipe is have a dressing or sauce for additional flavour. I made a super easy vegan creamy honey mustard dressing for this one, and boy, did it not disappoint. Highly recommended (recipe is also down below).

Ingredients (makes around 5 servings):


  • 1 lb Brussels sprouts
  • 4 cups cauliflower
  • 2 bell peppers
  • 1 lb broccoli
  • 3 tbsp avocado or olive oil
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • Salt & pepper

Roasted sweet potato:

  • 800g sweet potato
  • 2 tbsp avocado oil
  • Cajun seasoning or paprika
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Chop vegetables and sweet potatoes into small pieces.
  3. Place vegetables in one large bowl and the sweet potatoes in a separate bowl.
  4. Pour avocado oil into the sweet potatoes, along with cajun seasoning, salt, and pepper. Mix well.
  5. Into the veggie bowl, mix in avocado oil, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper.
  6. Transfer veggies onto a baking sheet, and the sweet potatoes onto another.
  7. Bake veggies for 20 minutes and the sweet potatoes for 35 minutes, or until cooked to your liking.
  8. Prepare quinoa according to package instructions.
  9. After everything is done, put the cooked quinoa into a big mixing bowl, followed by the roasted veggies and sweet potatoes. Mix everything up.
  10. Portion into around 5 separate containers and store in the fridge to eat for later.

If you’re planning to eat a serving right away, I highly recommend eating it with this dressing.

3. Kale, hummus, chickpeas

We always like to say that healthy eating isn’t all about kale and quinoa. But that doesn’t mean that a good kale salad can’t hit the spot from time to time. My favorite part about eating raw kale is the chewing. There’s something utterly satisfying about masticating all that fiber manually. (Just me?) For this recipe, wash and chop the kale, then massage it with a bit of salt and olive oil. Next, mix the greens with the hummus and chickpeas, and then add your favorite seasoning (I like chili powder). If you are having trouble coating the kale with hummus, put it in Tupperware and shake until it looks like a Caesar salad. I want to point out that if you are really hungry, it’s okay if you need to have this with something else. For example, we ate it with the cashew pasta mentioned above. It would also pair well with a piece of buttered french bread or half of a turkey sandwich.

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