Tag Archives: aromatherapy

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!

Advertisements

My Rosemary Hair Conditioner and Muscle Rub

6 Jul

After four days of camping, swimming, walking and being in the hot sun, my hair was in need of a good moisturizing treatment and my achy legs needed a soothing massage.

Homemade Hair Conditioner

My Rosemary Hair Conditioner

This hair treatment makes my hair so soft and smooth that I can’t stop touching it.   It’s a welcomed change from the curly frizz I had to live with the last few days!   Rosemary essential oil is known to be beneficial to the health of your hair and its scent is uplifting and energetic.

Here’s what you’ll need: 

1 teaspoon Olive Oil

5 drops of Rosemary Essential Oil

Hand Towel

Small plastic trash bag 

  • Place Olive oil and Rosemary oil in a small bowl.
  • Wet your hair and apply the oil mixture onto your hair with your fingers.   Work the oils into your hair, especially the ends.
  • Wet the hand towel with hot water, wring out and wrap around your hair.
  • Place the small trash bag over the towel and secure
  • Leave on for 20 – 30 minutes
  • Remove the bag and towel and shampoo your hair thoroughly…you might have to wash it twice…leave out the conditioner, you won’t need it.

 

My Muscle Rub

Both my husband and I use this muscle rub all the time. My husband calls it “my miracle stuff”. He’s a paint contractor and does a lot of climbing up and down ladders, bending and reaching every day. He’s pretty tuckered and sore when he gets home. In addition, he had back surgery several years ago and is susceptible to backaches from time to time. 

With all the walking we did on our vacation, my legs were soooo stiff. I couldn’t wait to give them a good massage with my muscle rub. I keep one bottle of it upstairs in our bathroom closet and another one downstairs in a kitchen cabinet, so I can grab it whenever we need it.

Homemade muscle rub

Here’s what you’ll need: 

1 Tablespoon Olive oil

5 drops Wintergreen essential oil

2 drops Lemongrass essential oil

Amber glass bottle 

  • Pour the Olive oil into the glass bottle and add the essential oils. Cap and turn bottle several times to mix. 

TO USE:

Turn bottle a couple of times to mix. Open and apply several drops to the area and massage towards the heart. Wash hands thoroughly. Store in a cool, dark place. 

Note:   I use a 15ml (1 tablespoon) amber glass bottle with a dispensing orifice reducer (built-in dropper).   You can find amber bottles at a health food store or online.  There are also bottles that come with a squeeze dropper (pictured above) that you could use also. 

Benefits

Wintergreen essential oil contains 85% – 99% methyl salicylate which is the same component of aspirin for relieving pain. It is also known to have a cortisone-like affect that relieves pain quickly. Wintergreen and Lemongrass essential oils have analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic and anti-rheumatic properties. Olive oil is useful for dehydrated, sore or inflamed skin. Aromatherapist have been using it for centuries to alleviate rheumatic pain. 

Emotionally, Wintergreen is calming and soothing which can be beneficial when coping with pain. 

We all get aches and pains from time to time…it’s apart of being alive. You can however, help your body recoup more quickly by using this natural muscle rub.  Try it, and like me, you’ll want to make several bottles around so it’s available when you need it.

My Lavender Shampoo and Lavender and Rosemary Leave In Conditioner Sprays

5 Jun

I started making my Lavender Herbal Shampoo and Lavender & Rosemary Leave In Conditioner Sprays two years ago while studying about Aromatherapy. Both are easy to make and don’t contain any unusual or hard to find ingredients. The results are shiny, soft and clean hair without the chemicals found in store bought products.

Lavender Herbal Shampoo Spray

This Lavender Herbal Shampoo Spray is so easy to make and thoroughly cleans my hair. I also use it to shave my legs and underarms while I’m showering.  

The main ingredient is Dr. Bronner’s Lavender Castile Soap. Itis organic and highly concentrated.  The consistency is like water because it doesn’t contain thickeners (which is one reason why I used spray bottles).   It comes in 2 oz bottles up to a gallon jug and costs between $3.00 and $60.00  I get mine at a local health food store, but I’ve also seen it in the health food section at our Kroger store.

I didn’t have any Lavender soap at the time of this posting, so I added a picture of it with the other ingredients so you can see what it looks like.

Here’s what you’ll need to make 1 – 2 oz bottle   (These small bottles are easy to use, don’t take up a lot of room in the shower and the perfect size to take with you traveling or camping)

2 1/2 Tablespoons Dr. Bonner Lavender Castile Soap

2 Tablespoons Herbal Tea (below) or distilled water (tap water doesn’t keep well and spring water harbors bacteria)

3 Drops Lavender essential oil

2 oz spray bottle washed out with hot soapy water (you can get these at Walmart for 97cents)

  1. Add herbal tea (or distilled water) and essential oil to bottle. Shake to mix.
  2. Add Castile soap and turn bottle several times to mix.

To use:   Wet hair, shake bottle and spray all over hair.   Work thoroughly into hair.   I leave it in until I’m done with my shower and then I rinse it out.

Herbal Tea:

The herbs used in this tea are known to be beneficial for the hair.

Steep 2 teaspoons of dry Rosemary, Lavender, Nettle and Sage in 1/2 cup of boiling distilled water.   Cover and let set overnight.   Strain through a wet coffee filter.  

Note:  You don’t have to use all of these herbs if you don’t want to go buy such a small amount.  Of all of them,  I would recommend using dried Rosemary because it’s great for hair and because I’m planning on sharing a tasty Grilled Potato Recipe that uses Rosemary.

Lavender & Rosemary Leave In Conditioner Spray

I don’t like the hair conditioners on the market. They’re too slicky…yuck!   This conditioner leaves my hair soft and shiny after blow drying.

Here’s what you’ll need to make 1 – 2 oz bottle

2 Tablespoons Aloe Vera Gel (it’s the clear cosmetic gel, not the aftersun gel or gel you drink. You can find it at Walmart and health food stores. Mine cost $6.00)

3 Tablespoons Distilled Water

1/4 Teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar

1 Vitamin E capsule

7 drops Lavender essential oil

3 drops Rosemary essential oil…oops, I left it out of the picture…my bad

2 oz spray bottle washed out with hot soapy water

  1. Mix all ingredients together and pour into the bottle.

To use: Shake and spray all over wet hair. Comb through and style as usual.

I like to put labels on the products I make and yes,  I get to do something creative using my computer too!

Labels help reduce the effects of light exposure on the oils.  They also cover up the sticky glue left from removing the product label and they look good too.   I like to put the labels on with 2″ packing tape.   It helps make them water proof.

Below are the labels I created for the shampoo and conditioner in a PDF format.  Feel free to use them.

Lavender Shampoo and Lavender and Rosemary Conditioner LABELS


Upcoming POSTS:  My skin care recipes:  Lavender Facial Cleanser Spray, Aloe Face Mask and Aloe & Jojoba Moisturizer

Special POST coming…

I’ve been working on a post draft about my Lavender First Aid Ointment I think you’ll find interesting…I need a couple more days or so before I can finalize and post it.  STAY TUNED!

Well, Peg’s Gotta Do something creative  for desert tonight…hmm, what’s it going to be?

Lavender First Aid Ointment

4 Jun

I just love Lavender essential oil! I enjoy the calming aroma and its ability to heal the skin is amazing.

It seems I am always burning myself either with my clothes iron when I’m sewing or from the oven when I’m baking.  The first thing I do is reach for my Lavender First Aid Ointment.  It helps relieve the pain and when applied several times a day, the burn scabs over and heals in a few days.  I keep a container in the kitchen cabinet and in my purse…I use it all the time. I also like to give it as a “homemade gift”.

Last year my husband and I went camping with our daughter, her husband, and our two grandchildren.  My daughter’s husband cut his finger and I had him put the ointment on it.  Then, my husband got a bug bite on his foot which started itching really bad.  I applied this ointment and within seconds he said the itching stopped.

Here are some FACT SHEETS I put together about Aromatherapy and four (4) of my favorite essential oils: Lavender, Tea Tree, Lemongrass and Rosemary.  They are very informative and explains why Lavender is considered a must have for everyone’s medicine cabinet!

LAVENDER FIRST AID OINTMENT

Makes 2 small containers

Here’s what you’ll need:

2 Tablespoons Olive oil (doesn’t go rancid and is wonderful for the skin)

1 Tablespoon beeswax (in the candle making section at Hobby Lobby for $14.99 for a block…check for their 40% off coupon and Joann’s has 4 oz. Pellets for $4.99 online)…the block will last you forever!

1 Vitamin E capsule

20 drops Lavender essential oil

5 drops Tea Tree essential oil

Small pan and measuring spoons

Small containers, washed in hot soapy water (you can get a 2 – pack of the blue containers (pictured) at Walmart for 97 cents) and the white ones online…I can’t remember where I got mine.

  1. If using beeswax in a block, shred or cut into small pieces, then measure it,
  2. Place Olive oil and beeswax into a double boiler (set the pan in another pan that’s filled with a few inches of water, pictured above).
  3. Heat the oil just until the wax melts. Remove from heat.
  4. Pierce and stir in the contents of 1 Vitamin E capsule.
  5. Allow the wax to cool a little and then stir in the Lavender and Tea Tree oils. If the wax starts to cloud up and harden, place the pan back into pan of hot water.
  6. Pour mixture into containers. Allow to cool completely before adding the lids.

Store container out of reach of children.

Note: Beeswax has a low melting point, so you may notice that the ointment softens after awhile. That’s OK, it will still work.

When I give this ointment as gifts I like to include a card letting the recipients know what it’s good for and what’s in it…if you’re interested in making and giving this ointment, here’s the cards I use.   Lavender First Aid INFO CARDS

I’ll be posting these essential oil recipes in future posts: Lavender Herbal Shampoo Spray, Lavender & Rosemary Leave-In Hair Conditioner and Lavender & Lemongrass Air and Bug Spray…so start reading up about these essential oils in my FACT SHEETS  above, so you’ll know why I use and LOVE them.

UPDATE:  I tested this ointment on a cut I got…the very day I was drafting this post.  You can read about it here:

Special Update…to My Lavender First Aid Ointment

 

%d bloggers like this: