When it comes to fragrances, nothing beats what Mother Nature has to offer: the essence of plants–a.k.a. essential oils.
From medieval apothecaries to modern-day spa consultants, people have been finding these oils the perfect natural solutions for various ailments. And while their health benefits vary from one essential oil to another, one thing’s for sure, all of them offer irresistible aromas.
Today, most aromatherapy enthusiasts prefer to use these oils with diffusers. But for avid crafters, essential oils are, well, essential for different household items.
If you’ve just gotten a set of these oils, try making your own household products with the recipes below.
Not a fan of commercial cleaning products? Luckily, you can create a healthy alternative to chemical-ridden cleaners–use either of the two best antibacterial essential oils: lemon or tea tree. (This is not one that could be used on natural stone as it could cause etching. It is always a good idea to test in an inconspicuous area first to ensure no harm will come to the surface.)
Grab a spray bottle and mix these ingredients:
- 1 1/2 cup white vinegar
- 1 1/2 cup distilled water
- 5 drops lemon or tea tree essential oil
If you’re allergic to traditional shampoos, you might want to make the switch to an all-natural one.
There are several essential oils that work great for shampoos, and they offer different benefits to your hair health. But in this recipe, we’ll use the best one for combating dandruff, conditioning your hair, and making it smell divine: lavender.
Combine the following ingredients in a shampoo dispenser:
- 1/4 cup castile soap
- 1/2 cup coconut milk
- 1/2 teaspoon almond oil
- 10-15 drops lavender essential oil
Making soap with essential oils isn’t just a fun hobby–it’s also a great way to lather up with your favorite fragrances.
There are different methods to make soap, like cold process and hot process soap making. In this recipe, we’ll use the easiest one: melt and pour.
- 1 pound goat milk soap base
- 2 teaspoons honey
- 1/2 teaspoon vitamin E oil
- 5 drops patchouli essential oil
- 5 drops lavender essential oil
- 5 drops orange essential oil
- Silicone soap mold
- Cut the goat milk soap base into cubes.
- Place the cubes in a microwave-safe bowl.
- Melt them in a microwave in 10-second intervals until they reach a smooth consistency.
- Mix honey, vitamin E oil, and essential oils in the melted soap base and stir well.
- Pour the mixture into your soap mold.
- Let it cool and completely harden overnight. Then, pop each soap out.
Note: You can use 15 drops of any of your preferred essential oils. Try different blends to achieve the soap fragrance you’ll love!
What’s great about essential oil room sprays is that you get to create a blend that suits your needs.
If you need to eliminate odors, you can use eucalyptus or lemon essential oils. Or if you want to have a good night’s sleep, you can make a room spray using relaxing oils, like lavender and chamomile.
Use a spray bottle to mix these ingredients:
- 1/2 cup distilled water
- 2 tablespoons vodka
- 20 drops essential oil of your choice
For some people, moisturizing lotion isn’t enough to hydrate dry skin.
This is where body butter comes in handy. Thicker than lotion, it’s ideal for those with eczema or extremely dry skin.
If you want to moisturize and nourish your skin for longer, try making body butter using all-natural, aromatic goodness.
- 1/2 cup shea butter
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon sweet almond oil
- 1 drop vitamin E oil
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch or arrowroot powder
- 10 to 20 drops essential oil of your choice
- Airtight jar
- Melt shea butter in a double boiler over low heat.
- Remove from heat and mix in the coconut oil and sweet almond oil. Stir well.
- Let the mixture cool for a few minutes and place it in the fridge for an hour until crust forms on top.
- Whip the mixture with a hand mixer until fluffy.
- Add cornstarch or arrowroot powder, vitamin E oil, and essential oil and whip for another minute or so.
- Place it in a jar, secure the lid, and store it in a cool, dry place.
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