Botanical Herb Fragrance Diffuser

August 24, 2023

Use garden herbs and flowers, essential oil, water, and rubbing alcohol to create this Botanical Herb Fragrance Diffuser. It’s a natural – and pretty – way to fill your home with calming scents.

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Botanical Herb Fragrance Diffuser in center of photo with fresh lavender sprigs and tiny white flower stems around it. A bottle of lavender essential oil sits in the background.

Years ago, my cousin gave me a really pretty, herb filled fragrance bottle from one of her trips to Lancaster, Pennsylvania.  It was basically a diffuser without the reeds filled with sprigs of lavender.  You opened the bottle and left it as is to release fragrance into the air.  It not only smelled nice, but looked nice, too.

I’ve grown so many aromatic herbs this summer.  Most I’ve used to cook with or make my own tea blends.  But I have quite a lot of lavender growing in our garden this year – two different varieties!  So I decided to make my own herb diffuser filled with sprigs of fresh lavender.

Top view of Botanical Herb Fragrance Diffuser looking into herb, flower, and water filled glass bottle.

All you need to make this fragrance diffuser is a glass bottle, water, rubbing alcohol, essential oils, and a few sprigs of fresh herbs.  I used a 6 inch glass bottle and a combination of English and Spanish lavender.

I even threw in some small white flowers from my garden.  Their dainty petals look pretty in floral crafts.  They also smell sweet.

If you have eucalyptus, rosemary, or mint in your garden, they would also work well in an herbal diffuser.

Botanical Herb Fragrance Diffuser

As summer winds down, this fragrance diffuser is an attractive and simple way to use up some of your garden herbs.  This fragrance bottle would also make a really lovely homemade gift.

Horizontal photo of water filled glass bottle, bottle of rubbing alcohol, bamboo skewer, fresh herbs, and lavender essential oil.

To start, make sure your bottle is clean.  Then, add the water, filling the bottle just about 3/4 of the way.  Add about a tablespoon of rubbing alcohol.  Next, add drops of essential oil (I used lavender) and use a bamboo skewer or popsicle stick to stir.

Close up of fresh lavender sprigs and tiny white flowers inside Botanical Herb Fragrance Diffuser.

Carefully drop fresh sprigs of lavender, or other herbs, into the bottle.  If necessary, use a bamboo skewer or popsicle stick to position the herbs.  Then, add more water to cover herbs and flowers, if necessary.

Botanical Herb Fragrance Diffuser in center of photo with sprigs of fresh lavender and tiny white flower stems sitting around it.

If gifting, place the bottle top back on and tie with ribbon.  If using at home, place the bottle in any room.  Just keep it out of direct sunlight.

Horizontal photo of Botanical Herb Fragrance Diffuser with fresh lavender, lavender essential oil, and bamboo skewer also in photo.


  • Glass bottle
  • Water
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Pure lavender essential oil
  • Fresh herbs
    • Lavender
    • Eucalyptus
    • Mint
    • Small flowers
  • Bamboo skewer or popsicle stick


  1. Pour water into the bottle, filling it about 3/4 of the way up.
  2. Add rubbing alcohol and essential oil.  Use a bamboo skewer or popsicle stick to stir.
  3. Trim herbs and flowers to fit and carefully place them into the bottle. If desired, use a bamboo skewer or popsicle stick to position herbs.
  4. Fill bottle the rest of the way with water to cover herbs/flowers, if necessary.
  5. Then, place bottle on a flat surface in your home.  If gifting, close bottle and tie with ribbon.

Close up of Botanical Herb Fragrance Diffuser filled with fresh lavender, essential oil, water, and tiny white flowers.

Note that the water may change color over time due to the plants.  You can change out the water/alcohol/essential oil mixture and start again, if you wish.

Did you make this Botanical Herb Fragrance Diffuser project? Share it on social media using the hashtag #livinglavidadiy. Don’t forget to tag me @lavidaholoka!


Botanical Herb Fragrance Diffuser pinnable image.

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