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DIY Holiday Scented Air Fresheners

16 Nov

DIY holiday-scented-air-fresheners

A couple of years back I gave away four sets of these 1 ounce bottles of air fresheners.   With the holidays fast approaching I thought I would share the recipes for these wonderful smelling room sprays so you can make some for yourself to enjoy or give as gifts.   The recipe makes 1 ounce, but you can easily adjust the Oils to make more.

I am also including the labels I used which can be printed on paper and taped on or printed on a 8 ½” X 11” label sheet.

Pomander Air Freshener

Pomander Air Freshener Recipe

The aroma is sweet and warming like orange and clove pomanders.   It’s perfect for fall and Thanksgiving.

20 drops Orange Essential Oil

4 drops Clove Essential Oil

2 drops Pine Essential Oil

1 drop peach/orange coloring

Place the Essential Oils and coloring into a spray bottle and fill with distilled water. Turn the bottle several times to mix. Turn the bottle several times before using.

Candy Cane Air Freshener

Candy Cane Air Freshener Recipe

This smells just like candy canes, nice and pepperminty!   It’s uplifting and rejuvenating…perfect for getting through all the holiday shopping, baking and decorating.

18 drops Peppermint Essential Oils

4 drops Wintergreen Essential Oils

3 drops Rosemary Essential Oils

1 drop red food coloring

Place the Essential Oils and coloring into a spray bottle and fill with distilled water.  Turn the bottle several times to mix. Turn the bottle several times before using.

Oh Christmas Tree Air Freshener

Oh, Christmas Tree Air Freshener Recipe

Smells like freshly cut pine trees!   Spray the room before decorating the Christmas Tree or any time during the Christmas season.

23 drops Pine Needle Essential Oil

2 drops Clove Essential Oil

1 drop green food coloring

Place the Essential Oils and coloring into a spray bottle and fill with distilled water. Turn the bottle several times to mix. Turn the bottle several times before using.

Here’s the HOLIDAY AIR FRESHENER paper labels (pdf), that also includes my Sweet Dreams label…here’s the recipe:

DIY Sweet Dreams Air Freshener Recipe

This is perfect when you need to relax after a hectic day of shopping or when you need to fall asleep.  Spray it on your pillows and bedding.  You can also spray into a tissue and inhale deeply.

18 drops Lavender Essential Oil

  2 drops Clove Essential Oil

  3 drops Patchouli Essential Oil

  1 drop purple or any color of food coloring

Place the Essential Oils and coloring into a spray bottle and fill with distilled water.  Turn the bottle several times to mix. Turn the bottle several times before using.

Happy Holidays!

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Shoo Bugs, Don’t Bother Me

13 Aug

A couple of years ago, my husband and I went camping with our daughter, her husband and our grandson. Prior to our trip, I did some research on natural, homemade insect repellents. I found that Lavender (my favorite) and Lemongrass essential oils were known to repel insects. This is due to their insecticidal (repels insects) and parasitical (destroys parasites like fleas and lice) properties. At that time I had never tried Lemongrass, so I went and bought some. I really liked how it smelled…like squeezed lemon rinds, only a lot stronger.

Lemongrass Soap

I decided that I would make some soap bars with the Lemongrass to take camping. It was really easy. You simply buy some melt and pour glycerin soap (a pound costs about $11.00), melt it in the microwave or double boiler, let it cool slightly, stir in coloring (if desired) and a few drops of essential oil, and then pour the mixture into molds. If you don’t have soap bar molds you can use cupcake pans lined with plastic wrap. Let them harden and you’ve got homemade soap that repels insects and smells good too!

I also made some Lemongrass scented candles but they melted…it was really hot when we went…best to stick to Citronella candles.

I made sure I took my Lavender and Rosemary Shampoo Spray and Leave In Conditioner…the conditioner contains vinegar, which bugs don’t like either.

Homemade Insect Repellent Sprays

I made a couple of insect repellent sprays for our skin and camping area.

CIDER VINEGAR and WATER

Bugs don’t like the smell of vinegar…I found out my son-in-law doesn’t either. We sprayed it around our tents, camping area, and ourselves.

LAVENDER,  LEMONGRASS and WATER

This is not only an insect repellent, it’s also an air freshener spray. I use it in my home mixed with Lavender, of course, to clean the air.  I also used it to help remove the musty smell from the foam in the camper cushions I recovered. For our camping trip we sprayed it inside our tents and on our skin when we didn’t want to smell like vinegar…the vinegar smell does go away after a while.

Lavender First Aid Ointment

Of course, I took my Lavender First Air Ointment just in case we got bit or stung, which my husband did, and it immediately stopped the itching. My son-in-law used it also on a cut he got setting up the tent.

Aside from my husband getting bit once…it’s because he’s so sweet, we didn’t experience any problems with annoying bugs.

Other Insect Repellent Oils

Here are the essential oils I found that are known to repel insects.

CEDARWOOD – lice, moths

CINNAMON – ants

CITRONELLA – mosquitoes

CLOVE – mosquitoes

EUCALYPTUS – mosquitoes

GERANIUM – flies, mosquitoes

LAVENDER – mosquitoes, ticks, chiggers, fleas, flies. lice

LEMONGRASS – mosquitoes, ticks, chiggers, fleas, flies, lice

PATCHOULI – gnats

PEPPERMINT – lice, spiders, ants…it’s also a good deterrent for rodents

ROSEMARY – fleas, ticks

TEA TREE – mosquitoes, lice, ants

I’m thinking for our next camping trip I’ll add peppermint oil to my Lavender and Lemongrass Spray to help keep ants and spiders away too.

If you’re planning any outside activities and don’t want to be bothered by these pesky bugs, try some of these natural repellents. Just remember to use them often as they don’t have the same staying power as the chemical repellents.

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