21 Simple Essential Oil Diffuser Blends


By Alison Angold | Qualified Aromatherapist | CIDESCO ITEC

A diffuser or a burner is an ideal way to use and benefit from essential oils. The oils will fill your space with wonderful aromas and allow you to inhale the therapeutic properties. Studies have shown that the aromas of the oils can have a positive effect when inhaled through the nose and the olfactory system.

An essential oil diffuser with oils sitting on a table.  Essential oil diffuser blends

There are a million different combinations of essential oils that you can use for your diffuser – and I have posted on many more of them – but sometimes you just want a simple go-to guide of blends for your needs at that particular time.

So here are 21 of my favourite, simple essential oil diffuser blends.

  1. Sleep – Lavender & Vetiver
  2. Uplift – Clary sage, Orange & Grapefruit
  3. De-stress – Frankincense, Cedarwood & Mandarin
  4. Colds & Flu – Tea tree, Lavender & Lemon
  5. Happiness – Mandarin, Grapefruit & Lavender
  6. Focus & Clarity – Basil, Lime & Rosemary
  7. Detoxifying – Fennel, Cypress & Grapefruit
  8. Anti-viral – Lavender, Rosemary & Bergamot
  9. Clean & pure – Lemon, Mandarin & Peppermint
  10. Spring vibes – Mandarin, Lemon & Jasmine
  11. Summer sunshine – Ylang ylang, Jasmine & Mandarin
  12. Cosy Fall – Fennel, Orange & Cypress
  13. Winter spice – Orange, Ginger & Cinnamon
  14. Nausea – Peppermint & Petitgrain
  15. Hormonal balance – Clary sage, Bergamot & Jasmine
  16. Odour eliminator – Lemon, Lime, Pine & Tea tree
  17. Bug repellent – Citronella, Lavender & Eucalyptus
  18. Immune booster – Tea tree, Bergamot & Rosemary
  19. Energise – Peppermint, Lemon & Grapefruit
  20. Headache relief – Lavender & Chamomile
  21. Male blend – Cedarwood, Cypress & Orange

21 simple essential oil diffuser blends

Let us look at each blend in more detail, so you can see how you can benefit from the oils.


Vetiver & Lavender

This relaxing blend is a good one to diffuse in the bedroom before bedtime. Both oils have relaxing properties, which calm and soothe the systems of the body to prepare for sleep. There are many more diffuser blends for sleep that are also effective.


Clary sage, Orange & Grapefruit

A wonderfully energising and uplifting blend. Clary sage promotes a feeling of well-being and euphoria, while the citrus oils instantly revive and uplift.


Frankincense, Cedarwood & Mandarin

We all have times of stress, and this soothing and balancing blend is ideal to diffuse to keep calm throughout the house during these times.

Colds and flu

Tea tree, Lavender & Lemon

A great antiseptic and antibacterial blend to diffuse to keep away colds, coughs, and flu.


Mandarin, Grapefruit & Lavender

We all want to feel happy, don’t we?! This wonderful blend of revitalising citrus oils and balancing, uplifting lavender will keep the happy vibes alive! Find more happy diffuser blends and oils.

Focus & clarity

Basil, Lime & Rosemary

Either to clear brain fog or to use for studying, this blend will help with focus, concentration, and memory.


Fennel, Cypress & Grapefruit

Whether you are on a healthy diet or recovering from a hangover, this detoxifying blend will help clear your head and your system.


Lavender, Rosemary & Bergamot

A beautiful smelling essential oil diffuser blend, that helps to kill and prevent viruses. A great blend to use all the time to keep your home fresh, and viruses at bay.

Clean and pure

Lemon, Mandarin & Peppermint

A really refreshing and uplifting scent that helps to keep your home’s aroma fresh and clean.

Spring vibes

Mandarin, Lemon & Jasmine

Bring the freshness of spring into your home with this lovely floral and citrus scent. More spring diffuser blends.

Summer sunshine

Ylang ylang, Jasmine & Mandarin

Make the sun shine all year round with this wonderful tropical-inspired aroma. If sunshine vibes are your thing, you may like tropical diffuser blends.

Cosy Fall

Fennel, Orange & Cypress

As the weather turns cooler, this warming citrus scent is an ideal essential oil diffuser blend, as you cosy up indoors. Want more cosy, crisp, and warming blends, then get a full list of Fall diffuser blends.

Winter spice

Orange, Ginger & Cinnamon

Reminiscent of warm and spicy Christmas baking, this is a lovely blend to diffuse during the winter months.


Peppermint & Petitgrain

Soothe an upset stomach, nausea, or sickness with this blend ideal for relieving these symptoms.

Hormonal balance

Clary sage, Bergamot & Jasmine

Clary sage and jasmine are well known for relieving hormonal imbalance symptoms, so this is an ideal blend to diffuse to keep calm and balanced.

Odour eliminator

Lemon, Lime, Pine & Tea tree

A power-house blend to get rid of bad odours that can linger around the home; cooking smells from the kitchen, bad odours from the bathroom, or pet smells.

Bug repellent

Citronella, Lavender & Eucalyptus

Flies, mosquitos, and other bugs can be kept away with this refreshing blend. Citronella masks the odours that mosquitoes are attracted to.

Immune booster

Tea tree, Bergamot & Rosemary

Feeling a bit run down? Recovering from illness? This blend is ideal to give your immune system a boost and help to prevent further illness.


Peppermint, Lemon & Grapefruit

When you have a full day ahead of you, or just need a boost to get you through the afternoon, then this blend is ideal for you. Energising peppermint and uplifting citrus oils will give you the motivation you need. Need help getting going in the morning? Then check out Morning Diffuser blends, for a full list of wonderful blends.

Headache relief

Lavender & Chamomile

A soothing, analgesic blend that can help to relieve the pain of headaches and migraines.

Male blend

Cedarwood, Cypress & Orange

For a more masculine aroma, this diffuser blend is ideal. Cedarwood and Cypress are often used in male colognes, and the orange adds a lighter, fresher note.

If you’ve loved these diffuser blends then you may also like;

Why use a diffuser?

A diffuser allows you to use different essential oil combinations to emit wonderful fragrances. They are easy to use and come in a variety of different forms and shapes. Generally speaking, they are safe and easy to use.

How to use a diffuser

Each diffuser will come with its own instructions so these must be followed. However, in general, you will use 5-10 drops of each oil, along with the recommended amount of water. There are some exceptions to this;

  • If you have young children or pets around, then reduce the number of oils used – 5 drops of each oil
  • If you suffer from respiratory issues, then reduce the number of drops of stronger oils; peppermint, ylang ylang, eucalyptus
  • Judge your space – for a small room/space, then reduce the number of drops, for a larger room, increase them

You can’t really go wrong with using the oils in a diffuser. If you don’t like a combination, then cross it off the list and don’t use it again.

Can I use a burner instead of a diffuser?

Yes, absolutely! In fact, I love a burner, as I always feel you get a purer aroma from the oils, as they are gently warmed by the heat from the candle. Again a range of burners are available to suit your home, and you simply add your oils to the burner in a small amount of water and light a tea light beneath it. Just remember not to leave the candle burning if you leave the room or the house. There are also other ways of burning oils without a diffuser such as a candle ring, radiator, or aroma-stone.

what are essential oils?

Essential oils are the pure oils that are extracted from flowers, fruit, herbs, and trees. Each oil has its own chemical composition which gives it its own therapeutic actions. When applied topically the oils penetrate through the skin and are absorbed into the bloodstream, where they travel around the body to have the desired effect.

When inhaled – from your diffuser blends – the molecules from the essential oils, travel up the nose and via the olfactory system, and have an effect on the brain and the nervous system, to have the desired effects.

About the Author
Alison Angold is a fully qualified (certified) beauty therapist, massage therapist and aromatherapist from the UK. She has over 25 years experience in this industry and has worked in a variety of beauty salons, spa’s as well as running her own successful beauty and massage business. Her career has allowed her to treat many, many clients, with skincare concerns, medical conditions, and a whole variety of other ailments and issues, that has enabled her to work closely with essential oils, prescribing specific blends for these clients to help with these conditions. Her qualifications in the use of essential oils and aromatherapy, allow her to share this knowledge with others, in a safe, reliable way.


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