DIY Lights Out Reed Diffuser to Cozy up Your Room

Sometimes sleep evades us. And when it does, we need to level up our sleeping routine to make us more comfortable and relaxed. What’s your go-to sleep secret?

For me, it’s this essential oil reed diffuser that spreads a calming, fresh scent in my room to improve the coziness of my sleep environment and help encourage deep relaxation. Simply Earth aromatherapists specifically chose essential oils with peace-inducing aromas to make a calming blend you will surely love.

No need to stand up to light a candle or plug in an electric diffuser. This no-fuss reed diffuser takes no effort to set up, and it constantly provides your room with lovely and comforting aromas throughout the day.

What I Love About This Reed Diffuser Recipe

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I always appreciate how low-maintenance reed diffusers are. For this recipe, I love the combinations of the aromas of the essential oils. They all blend well together and form a very soothing scent that never ceases to give me that sense of peace.

What’s in This Lights Out Reed Diffuser Recipe

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Balsam Fir Essential Oil

Balsam Fir Essential Oil has a very calming, fresh, softly balsamic aroma. No wonder Native Americans used to stuff their pillows with dried fir needles. Balsam Fir has been used to promote sleep throughout history for a reason.

Copaiba Essential Oil

The warm and rich honey-like aroma of Copaiba Essential Oil is very calming and soothing. It is especially helpful for someone with night terrors as it helps ease feelings of nervousness and worry.

Juniper Berry Essential Oil

Juniper Berry Essential Oil has a sweet aromatic pine scent that adds freshness to your room to make it more conducive for rest. Like Copaiba, it also helps calm nervous tensions so you’ll feel more rested and relaxed before sleep.


Since water is more easily absorbed by the reed than the essential oils, we used water as the main base of this recipe to help carry the oil up through the reeds and diffuse its subtle aroma.


The solubilizer allows the essential oils to mix with the water so that they can be pushed up through the reeds. Naturally, oils and water don’t mix. Thanks to solubilizers, oils can be evenly dispersed through the water mixture.


The reeds soak up the water and oil mixture and act as a natural diffuser. No flames, plugs, or batteries. This is a zero-effort diffusing technique.

Small Jar or Vase

To hold the recipe, use a small jar or vase. Make sure that the neck of your container is narrow enough so the fragrance of the essential oils will be dispersed through the reed and not be evaporated into the air.

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Things to Remember When Using This Reed Diffuser

This recipe is generally safe to use if you are pregnant. Consult your doctor prior to use. 

This recipe is safe to use with kids age 2+.

This recipe is generally safe to diffuse around cats. But keep this recipe in a place where a cat is unlikely to knock it over. They may be irritated if the oils get on their fur and it can be dangerous if a pet ingests an oil. For more information on using essential oils with cats, check out this blog post

This recipe is generally safe to diffuse around dogs. But keep this recipe in a place where a dog is unlikely to knock it over. They may be irritated if the oils get on their fur and it can be dangerous if a pet ingests an oil. For more information on using essential oils with dogs, check out this blog post.   

We don’t recommend ingesting essential oils unless under the direction of a doctor certified in aromatherapy. For more information on why we don’t ingest essential oils check out this blog post

*Please note: This post is a compilation of suggestions made by those that have extensively used essential oils and have not been verified scientifically with clinical tests nor reviewed by medical experts. It is anecdotal information and should be treated as such. For serious medical concerns, please consult your doctor. The statements given in this blog post have not been verified by the FDA

Lights Out Reed Diffuser Recipe

DIY Lights Out Reed Diffuser to Cozy up Your Room

Time: ~ 5 minutes
Est. Shelf Life: 5-7 days
Yield: varies


  • Water

  • 2 drops Copaiba Essential Oil

  • 5 drops Balsam Fir Essential Oil

  • 3 drops Juniper Berry Essential Oil

  • 30 drops solubilizer

  • 6 diffuser reeds

  • Small vase or jar with a narrow neck


  • In a small bowl, add essential oils. Add the solubilizer, pausing every 10 drops to stir thoroughly. This is called a premix.
  • To measure the amount of water you’ll need, fill your vase 3/4 of the way with water.
  • Slowly pour the water into your premix, stirring constantly.
  • Pour the mixture into your vase.
  • Add the reeds to your vase. Allow them to soak for a few hours, then flip the reeds to help release the aroma into the air.
  • To use, flip the reeds as needed to diffuse the aroma. Replace the water and oil mixture every 5-7 days or as needed. The diffuser reeds should be replaced about every 6 months or as needed.

Natural Low Maintenance Diffusers 

You can also customize and style your reed diffuser by choosing stylish containers. Hit two birds with one stone by making this recipe as decor for your room. Let us know how you displayed your reed diffuser! We’d love to hear about it on social media with @fromsimplyearth and in the comments below!

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