If you’ve gotten into essential oils lately (or even if you are new to them), you probably know about diffusers that you add water to, plug into the wall, and which release the oil in tiny steam droplets into the air (we like this one for that method). However, there are lots of other ways to diffuse oils as well, and one of the more organic (and prettier!) methods is to use coarse Himalayan salt (or coarse sea salt) and a hollowed out citrus rind with your oils to create a diffuser that looks as good as it smells!
The salt acts in two ways by being both a little home for your essential oils and their fragrance, and by actually soaking up bad odors in the room as well! To prepare your rind, just cut your citrus in half and if your rind doesn’t have a flat bottom you can slice off a bit of the base to make it sit flat. Use a small knife to cut around the edge of the fruit between the flesh and the rind and then scoop out the middle with a spoon (these work really well!). Since each citrus has its own unique scent, here are four different combinations for grapefruit, lemon, lime, and orange:
Grapefruit + Rosemary:
Fill your grapefruit half with salt, add a few sprigs of chopped up rosemary, add 2-3 drops of rosemary essential oil and 2-3 drops of grapefruit essential oil, and stir to combine.
Lemon + Lavender:
Fill your lemon half with salt, add a small spoonful of dried lavender buds (optional), add 1-2 drops of lavender essential oil and 1-2 drops of lemon essential oil, and stir to combine.
Lime + Mint:
Fill your lime half with salt, add a few sprigs of chopped up mint leaves, add in 1-2 drops of bergamot mint essential oil and 1-2 drops of lime essential oil, and stir to combine.
Orange + Cinnamon:
Fill your orange half with salt, add a small spoonful of cloves (optional), along with 2-3 drops of cinnamon essential oil and stir to combine.
Oh man, these smell SO good! I would say there’s definitely a range of drop amounts to use in your diffuser based on your preference for how strong you like a scent to be and how close you are to the diffuser. So one that’s meant to diffuse throughout a room should have more drops (we suggest a total of 6-8 drops max) and one sitting right next to you on your desk will probably need much fewer. Start with a smaller amount and add more if needed. You may also want to place your rind on a small plate or bowl in case leveling off the bottom cut through to where some juice may leak out a bit. The scent should last a few days and you can keep refreshing with new oils and stirring the salt until the rind starts to shrivel and shrink. Once your rind has lived a full life, you can ether transfer the salt to a new rind or to a small bowl to keep using the salt as a diffuser. Play around with different scents and find a combination that you love! xo. Laura