Hey folks! About a year ago I started to use essential oils for body & home. There is just so much you can do with them! Combine them with other simple ingredients like vinegar, baking soda, water and you can make about any cleaner for your home. Dilute it with carrier oils – coconut, olive, grapeseed, calendula etc. and you have fancy natural body care products or even medicine!
I won’t do the Wikipedia article style post and skip all the science and wide explanations about what essential oils are, how they are produced etc. For the most basic and reduced explanation covering all the main points I recommend this post from Crunchy Betty blog. To put it boldly essential oils are 100% natural concentrated essences taken from plants. They have been known and used for centuries because of their healing and spiritual properties. And they smell amazing!
But I bet you’ve already heard about essential oils if you ever scrolled trough Pinterest searching for DIY beauty recipes. Maybe even tried something. I know I did. And I know I was overwhelmed first. There are so many different kinds of oils and some recipes require like ten different kinds to make one batch of body lotion! I don’t like to blaspheme, but in my personal opinion these complicated recipes usually come from sites that are promoting some specific brand. That simply means that the more ingredients in the recipe, the more different products you will have to buy.
However, in my own one year personal experience I came to understanding that you only really need no more than 5 really “essential” essential oils to make about anything you can think of. Others are totally optional and might come handy if you like some specific smell for example. OK, enough babbling and let’s get to the point!
5 essential oils I couldn’t live without are:
Lavender. My all time favorite and works just in about any situation. Not only it smells nice and relaxing, but also has antibacterial properties to keep your body and surroundings on guard. I think Ashley from MindBodyGreen is absolutely right by saying that if you only use one essential oil it should be Lavender.
Tea Tree (also known as melaleuca). While the smell might not be the most pleasant it is packed with super antiseptic anti-fungal, infection-reducing and antibiotic powers. That means it will help with almost any skin condition and keep your home like REALLY clean.
Mint (This goes for Spearmint, Peppermint, Wild Mint etc.). Another versatile and amazingly aromatic essential oil. Leaves you with nice cooling and refreshing effect, makes wonders to tummy, cures headaches, also packed with all those anti- properties mentioned above.
Citrus (This goes for lemon, orange, lime, grapefruit etc.). What can be more uplifting than a smell of fresh oranges? Also has amazing cleaning and stink absorbing properties. Any Citrus essential oil = energy.
Rosemary. Last but not least. Rosemary essential oil has subtle smell but very strong properties. Improves blood circulation and brain functions, so basically keeps you on alert. A must addition to any hair care product as it promotes strong and healthy hair. Reduces pain and inflammations.
How to use essential oils for body & home?
And now comes the best part. I would like to share 20 easy recipes I personally tried using only these five kinds of essential oils + other easily accessible natural ingredients. I gathered those during year from different blogs and kept them in my notebook. Would love to credit all the original sources, but they are lost forever unfortunately. If you notice something you recognize please contact me and I will be happy to credit original creator. However most of the recipes are like common heritage and others modified by me personally. Again, enough talk Sarune, bring us the goodies! So here it goes.
- All- purpose surface cleaner: 1 cup water, 1 cup white vinegar 10 drops each of Tea Tree, Mint, and Citrus EO, 1 tsp Borax (optional). Mix together in a glass spray bottle.
- Carpet & Mattress cleaner: 1 cup of soda, 5 drops of each Citrus and Lavender. Combine and keep in airtight container. Sprinkle on carpet or mattress, let sit for 10 minutes and vacuum it up.
- Spray Air Freshener: put 3 drops of your favorite essential oil (consider Lavender for bedroom, Citrus & Mint for bathroom, Rosemary for office) into 60 ml spray bottle. Add 1 tsp. of rubbing alcohol or vodka and fill up with distilled water.
- Fabric stain remover: apply 2 drops of Citrus EO on stain affected area. Rub it into the fabric and allow to sit for a few minutes before regular wash in machine.
- Mirrors & Windows cleaner: mix together 1 cup of distilled water, 2 tbsp. white vinegar and 6 drops of Citrus EO in a spray bottle.
- Mold Remover: mix 15 drops of Tea Tree EO in 1/2 cup of water in a spray bottle. Spritz the affected areas and let dry. Do not wipe off.
- Sweat Guard: add Tea Tree and Lemon EOs to your shoes and sports gear to keep them smelling fresh.
- Plant Repellent: place 2 drops of Rosemary essential oil on plant pot to keep away any pests. Rosemary is also a butterfly attractor.
- Wardrobe Freshener: put few drops of Lavender EO on few cotton balls and place them in your wardrobe for fresh aroma.
- Car Freshener: clip a cotton ball in front of an air vent and add a few drops of your favorite essential oil.
- Hair Conditioner: mix 3 tbsp. of coconut oil, 1 tbsp. olive oil, 2 drops Lavender, 2 drops Rosemary EOs. Leave on hair for 20-30 mins and wash away with shampoo.
- Beard Oil: mix 5 drops of Mint, 2 drops of Rosemary and Citrus EOs in a 30 ml glass bottle. Fill up with two different kinds of carrier oils. Massage few drops into beard after shower and leave it there.
- Mouthwash: mix 1/2 cup of distilled water, 2 tsp of soda and 2 drops of Mint and Tea Tree oil in a glass bottle. Use as regular mouthwash (that includes not swallowing).
- Sugar scrub: mix together 1 cup of brown sugar, ¼ cup of olive oil and 8 drops of essential oils (Lavender, Mint, Citrus or mix). Use as body scrub.
- Deodorant: mix together ¼ cup of coconut oil, 3 tbsp of corn starch, 4 tsp, 20-25 drops of Lavender essential oil to make natural deodorant. Store in glass jar.
- Face Cream: whip up 1/2 cup of coconut oil, 1 tsp. of vitamin E oil and 3 drops of each Lavender and Tea Tree EOs. Use as face moisturizer.
- Split Ends Serum: mix together 60 ml of castor oil, 10 drops of Lavender and 10 drops of Rosemary EOs. Put few drops an your fingers and massage into damp hair ends. Don’t wash away.
- Migraine & Headache Reliever: mix 5 drops each of Lavender, Mint and Rosemary with carrier oil in 5 ml roll-on bottle. Apply to temples and inner wrists to relief headaches or migraines.
- Sore Muscle & Joints Reliever: massage Rosemary and Lavender EOs diluted in carrier oil on affected areas to relieve muscle and joint pain. You can use same proportions as for migraine & headache reliever and store it in 5 ml roller bottle.
- Anti-Inflammatory: put one drop each of Rosemary, Lavender and Tea Tree EOs into one tsp of carrier oil. Rub your feet before going to bed to get rid of flue or cold faster.
Nice printable version is also available!
If you’d like to have these recipes on hand always – I have good news for you! Nice printable version of these and few other recipes which I didn’t mentioned in this post can be downloaded and printed from my Etsy shop. You will also get a sheet to put your own recipes for homemade body & home products as well as Notes page with all the main points about using essential oils for body & home. Check it out! And don’t forget that by subscribing to Polka Crafts Newsletter you will get a special 50% off code to use in my Etsy shop!
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