Now that you’ve bought your essential oil starter kit and assembled a basic list of supplies as I discussed in my previous article 15 Things To Get You Started With Essential Oils, we’re going to learn how to make seven practical and awesome products at home.
1) General Purpose Spray (replacement for Febreze and Lysol)
This is a 4-ounce cobalt blue glass sprayer bottle with atomizer, sold online through companies like Specialty Bottle. You can also buy these on Amazon or Sunburst Bottle. Do a Google search to find the best prices.
To make a spray solution, simply add the following ingredients to the bottle:
- 3 ounces of filtered or distilled water
- 1 ounce of Vodka or Everclear
- A total of 40 drops of essential oils
The essential oils you choose depend obviously on the scent desired and where you intend to apply the spray. If you want a good Febreze replacement, I would recommend using essential oils of lavender, ylang-ylang and orange or lemon. A replacement for Lysol could consist of lemon, tea tree and/or eucalyptus and optionally, pine or fir needle. Feel free to experiment until you find a blend you like. Add the essential oils to the one ounce of alcohol first, in a shot glass, and I would recommend letting the oils commingle with the alcohol for a moment before adding the essential oils and alcohol mixture to the spray bottle. You could pour the water into the spray bottle first, or after you’ve already added the essential oils and alcohol to the bottle.
2) Head On – Apply Directly to the Forehead
Remember those cheesy ads from 10 or 15 years ago? Here I will show you how to make an equivalent product minus the annoying commercial.
Pictured above are a pair of 8.5 ml glass roller bottles, in amber and clear, the clear bottle having a plastic applicator ball, and the amber bottle having a steel ball. You can also buy these through Specialty Bottle or Amazon in various sizes. I prefer the steel roller balls over the plastic ones. They just work better.
First, add a total of five or six drops of a single essential oil or oil blend. This will yield a dilution of approximately 2.75 percent (in the 8.5-ml bottle), which is appropriate for local use on the skin. Then top off the bottle with a carrier oil, such as sweet almond, avocado or sunflower. There are more to choose from, but these are three great choices for the majority of skin types.
If your goal is a relaxing blend, I would recommend one drop of vetiver and four drops of lavender. Or you could try three drops each of lavender and ylang ylang for a more feminine, exotic scent. I’ve read that lavender and peppermint are effective for headache relief. Feel free to experiment with the oils in your starter kit or purchase small bottles online at one of the vendors I recommended in my 15 Things blog article.
3) Liquid Soap With a Kick
One great thing you can do with essential oils is enhance liquid soap. As I discussed in a previous blog article, you can buy unscented liquid Castile soap from Bulk Apothecary or purchase the well known Dr. Bronner’s variety via Amazon or even at a grocery store. Just make sure it’s the unscented kind. Read the label carefully.
The next step is to add the essential oils to the soap, depending on the quantity of soap that you plan to use. For example, let’s say you have an 8-fluid-ounce pump. You could add, for example, 25 drops each of eucalyptus and spearmint to the soap. This would yield a dilution of one percent. For a two-percent dilution that would be a total of 100 drops. You probably don’t need more than this. With essential oils, less is always more. You’ll save money while minimizing the risk of skin irritation and sensitization. You are far better off starting with a low dilution and adding more essential oil later rather than adding too much to start.
4) Therapeutic Lotion
As winter approaches, our skin tends to get drier. As a result, we stock up on lotion. Bulk Apothecary is a great source of unscented lotion. As with liquid soap, you would add essential oils according to the quantity of lotion you want to use. For a good skin-friendly lotion you can try a blend of lavender, frankincense and tea tree. Of course, there are many more blends you can make. I would suggest blending your essential oils in a separate container at first, before adding them to your lotion.
5) LLTTB Cleaning Fluid
I wrote about this one in my Average Joe blog article. To prepare this general-purpose cleaning fluid, assemble the following ingredients and supplies:
- 4-ounce cobalt blue glass sprayer bottle with atomizer
- Filtered or distilled water
- Vodka (plain) or Everclear
- Liquid (unscented) Castile soap
- Essential oils of: lemon, lime, tea tree and basil
First, add one (1) ounce of the alcohol to the empty spray bottle. Then add 5-10 drops each of the essential oils, for a total of 20 to 40 drops. If you want a milder cleaning solution, then you’ll want to have a total of 20 drops. For a more powerful solution, 40 drops would be the way to go. Make sure the oils are fully incorporated into the alcohol. The next step is to add a 1/2-ounce (1 tbsp.) of the unscented liquid Castile soap and fully mix the ingredients. Finally, top off the bottle with the filtered or distilled water. Your cleaning solution is ready to go.
6) Aromatherapy Massage Oil
Aromatherapy combined with massage is highly therapeutic. You get the combined effects of essential oil absorption and soft tissue massage.
To make an aromatherapy massage oil, combine the following ingredients in a plastic or glass bottle:
- Two ounces (60 ml) of a carrier oil such as apricot kernel, sweet almond, avocado, coconut, hazelnut, olive, sunflower, etc. These are only a few examples. For a more comprehensive listing of carrier oils with further detailed information, click on this link to Aromaweb.
- You will then add an approximate total of 25 drops of one or more essential oils to the carrier oil. This will yield a dilution of two percent, which is appropriate for general adult aromatherapy and full-body massage.
- For relaxation, I would recommend lavender, ylang ylang, frankincense, roman chamomile, vetiver, etc. These are just a few examples. The oils you choose depend on the type of therapy desired. Relaxation is a common goal of massage.
7) Refreshing Bath Salts/Exfoliation
You can make bathtime more enjoyable by incorporating essential oils into bath salts and baking soda. This is more for the ladies, but it would behoove a gent to take a refreshing bath once in a while.
Once you’ve filled your tub with lukewarm water, add about five drops of essential oil or a blend into about a tablespoon of liquid Castile soap or unscented liquid shampoo, and then add the liquid soap or shampoo into a handful of epsom salt, sea salt or baking soda, mix the ingredients, and then add into the tub.
Because oil and water do not mix, you should not add essential oils directly into the water. This is why I recommend using liquid soap or shampoo – they act as a dispersant.
Another great use for salts is in exfoliation. I talk about this in my article Cure The Agony of D’Feet. A combination of carrier oil, essential oil and epsom or sea salt make for a good hand or foot scrub.
For women, lavender and/or ylang ylang are great choices for a relaxing bath. For the gents, I would suggest cedarwood, pine, fir needle, spruce, etc. Extra caution should be exercised with woody essential oils, because they have a higher potential for skin irritation as compared with floral oils. On the other hand, men tend to have less sensitive skin than women.
As with the other examples in this article, less is more. Start with just a few drops of the essential oil(s) of your choice. Add more if necessary. And if you experience any skin irritation, get out of the tub immediately. Dilute the essential oil(s) with carrier oil in order to remove them from your skin.
To recap, you now have seven examples of versatile and effective products you can make at home with inexpensive ingredients. The essential oils will be the costliest ingredients, but you can stretch your dollar by always diluting them and never using more than you need. In the case of skin irritation, discontinue use immediately.
What products have you prepared using essential oils? Do you have any recipes or tips you’d like to share? Feel free to comment in the form below. To get a copy of my FREE e-book “Essential Oils Made Easy”, visit www.boldaromatherapy.com and subscribe.
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