Handy-Dandy Inhalers!

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Inhalers are a traveler’s best friend!  They are so easy to make, carry, and use.

These are the four I made for this trip, and I took a couple others that we use on a regular basis.

Would you like the recipes?  Of course you would!  But first, let me introduce you to inhalers in case you aren’t familiar with them.

Inhalers are super easy to make.  Inhalers come in 4 pieces: a lid, a body, a wick, and a cap.  Labels are handy, but they aren’t included.  I bought a bunch of them and use them any time I make something. These are my favorites and they include a pen!

To make an inhaler, get a small dish (ceramic, PET plastic, or glass only, please!).  Add 10-15 drops of your desired oils and then drop in your wick.  You can just let the wick absorb on its own, but I like to use tweezers to sit the wick upright and grab every single bit of the oils.  You can flip it around to get both ends filled.  Once you’ve gotten all the oil absorbed, drop the wick into the body of the inhaler and pop on the cap.  The lid usually screws on and off.

To use an inhaler, just unscrew the lid and take a deep whiff.  If I’m using it for something more systemic, like nausea or motion sickness, I just take a few very deep breaths while waving the inhaler under my nose.  If it’s something specific for sinuses or the respiratory system, I close one nostril and take a very slow, deep breath on one side.  Then I take a fresh breath or two, then repeat.  And then do the same thing on the other side.

I love these for travelling and on-the-go because there’s no chance of it spilling or creating oil stains.

Here are the ones I made for our trip.  I was mostly concerned for wellness, motion sickness, and various kinds of sniffles.

“Stop the Rocking” Inhaler (safe for kids over 5)
1 drop Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
1 drop Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile)
4 drops steam-distilled Lime (Citrus x aurantifolia)**
4 drops Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia)

“I will NOT get sick” Inhaler (safe for children over 2)
2 drops Cedarwood (Juniperus virginiana)
2 drops Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens)
4 drops Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)
2 drops Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia)

Immune Support Inhaler (safe for children over 2)
3 drops Lemon (Citrus limon)
3 drops Palmarosa (Cymbopogon martini var. motia)
2 drops Petitgrain (Citrus aurantium)
2 drops Copaiba (Copaifera officinalis)
2 drops Frankincense carteri (Boswillia carterii)

Sneezy Stop Inhaler (safe for children over 2)
10 drops Sneezy Stop Synergy

**Steam-distilled is not important for an inhaled-only recipe.  But if you’re going to purchase a citrus (lime)  for topical use as well, make sure and get the steam-distilled version to prevent any phototoxic (severe chemical burns when exposed to sunlight) reactions.  

Inhalers will last 1-2 months, depending on how often you use it.  You can refill the wick 2-3 times before replacing (though I suggest only refilling it with the same blend).  Replacement wicks are cheap.  I use the blunt side of a butter knife to pry off the cap and refill the wick.  Easy-peasy!

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