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How to Make a Himalayan Salt Diffuser

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Learn how to make an easy DIY Himalayan Salt Diffuser for essential oils in this easy home décor craft tutorial.

Pink Himalayan Sea Salt in a small wood bowl on a dark wood table next to an Amethyst cluster

Using essential oils is my favorite way to scent my home. I love my ultrasonic diffuser, but electronic devices can be noisy and it’s easy to forget to fill (and regularly clean) them.

Several years ago, a friend recommended I put eucalyptus oil and sea salt in a bowl by my bedside. I really liked how it worked, so I kept doing it.

Then I decided to turn that little trick into a pretty piece of functional home décor. By filling a decorative bowl with real pink Himalayan salt crystals and adding essential oils, you get the perfect aroma diffuser that requires no electricity.

Put one of these cute little diffusers in every room. People love them and for good reason, so they make a perfect gift too.

Supplies and Tools

  • Small bowl
  • Coarse Himalayan sea salt
  • Your favorite essential oils
  • Small mixing bowl
  • Spoon
  • Whisk

By the Numbers: How to Make a Himalayan Salt Diffuser

Follow these simple steps to make a quick essential oil diffuser using Himalayan pink salt.

Step 1: Combine Salt with Essential Oils.

The first thing you want to do is measure out how much salt you’ll need for your chosen bowl. Then add that salt to a small mixing bowl and add several drops of essential oil to the salt and stir to evenly coat the salt crystals.

Pink coarse sea salt in a glass mixing bowl with a small whisk and 3 essential oil bottles to the left of it on a wood table

Step 2: Add Scented Salt Crystals to Decorative Bowl.

After you feel like you have a strong enough scent coming from your salt, transfer the mixture to your decorative bowl. Display your salt diffuser in the area of your choice and stir the salts daily to keep the scent fresh. Every few days, add a few more drops of your favorite essential oils.

Small salt diffuser made out of coarse salt and a wood bowl.

Tips for Making Himalayan Salt Diffusers

Answers to all of your questions about making a Himalayan Salt Diffuser to scent your home with essential oils, including tips and substitution ideas.

1. Best type of salt to use?

I typically use coarse Himalayan sea salt for my simple salt diffusers, which is the type of salt that only comes from the mountains of Pakistan. It’s what we use in our salt grinder and I use it in DIY beauty products, which is why I buy in bulk, so I always have it on hand.

I also love the pretty pink color! You can use other types of sea salt as well like rock salt or coarse salt.

2. Best essential oil combinations?

The Himalayan Salt Diffuser pictured has lavender and frankincense from Rocky Mountain Oils in it. You can use whatever scent combination you like, though.

If you need help choosing an essential oil blend, here are a few we like:

Any one of these blends would make a powerful combo. Choose one that will put you in a good mood!

I recommend only going with high quality oils and avoiding cheap filler oils like you find at big box stores. I get mine from Rocky Mountain because the scent is strong and they are high quality.

Side note: I know a lot of people like putting oils directly on their Himalayan salt rock lamp too since they gently warm and radiate the scent. I love staring at the warm glow coming from mine!

If you do decide to use your Himalayan salt lamp as a diffuser, don’t forget to clean your salt lamp regularly.

3. Try a wax warmer instead of a bowl.

If you use a wax warmer, you can put the salts on there as well. The heat will break down some of the properties of the oils, but it’s better than using synthetic candles or warmer tarts.

If you love wax warmers, I have a great tutorial for making DIY Wax Melts if you haven’t tried that!

4. What to do with leftover salt?

Once you’re done with the scent combination, you can dispose of the salts. Instead of tossing them, I like to re-use them in my fizzy bath salts recipe when I’m done with that scent. However, I only re-use them if they haven’t been out for such a long time that they’re dusty or that they have a lot of sun degradation.

5. Other ways to use essential oils to scent a home?

There are so many ways to use essential oils to scent your home besides these simple little diffusers! Here are a few of my favorite ways:

Close up of Himalayan Salt Diffuser on dark wood table

Easy DIY Himalayan Salt Diffuser

Learn one of the simplest ways to make an essential oil diffuser using Himalayan salt.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Makes: 1

Supplies

  • Small bowl
  • Coarse Himalayan sea salt - fine ground would work too
  • Essential oils - of your choice

Tools

  • Small mixing bowl
  • Spoon
  • Whisk

Instructions

  • Add Himalayan sea salt to a small mixing bowl and add several drops of essential oil to the salt and stir to evenly coat the pink salt crystals.
    Pink coarse sea salt in a glass mixing bowl with a small whisk and 3 essential oil bottles to the left of it on a wood table
  • Transfer the mixture to your decorative bowl and display in the area of your choice. Freshen by adding more oils and stirring, as needed.
    Small salt diffuser made out of coarse salt and a wood bowl.

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