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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!


Treatment For Lice

17 Aug

My niece, Lisa, emailed me to tell me her daughter’s friend had lice, and if I would make a shampoo for her daughter and a spray for their car.  She read in my Shoo Bugs, Don’t Bother Me post that Lavender and Lemongrass were good for lice… and, she knew I had some! 

I emailed her back telling her that I had just bought some Tea Tree Castile Soap that I could use with some Lavender soap I had to make her a spray shampoo.  I also told her I would make a spray she could use in her car…the friend had been riding in their car. 

Wanting to see what else I could do, I looked up headlice in The Encyclopedia of Aromatherapy book and found the following treatment for headlice.  In addition to treating headlice this treatment will leave your hair very soft and shiny. That’s what My Rosemary Hair Conditioner does for my hair. 

Hair Oil Treatment For Headlice

75ml (about 3 oz) vegetable oil (i.e., olive,sunflower)

25 drops eucalyptus essential oil

25 drops lavender essential oil

25 rosemary essential oil

 Put the essential oils into a dark glass bottle, add the vegetable oil and shake well. 

Apply (about 1 tablespoon) to wet hair by massaging well into the scalp to reach the hair roots.   Pay particular attention to the areas around the ears and nape of the neck where lice breed. 

Leave on for at least one hour, then shampoo out thoroughly. 

Remove the eggs (nits) with a regulation fine-toothed comb. 

It is essential to repeat this treatment twice more at three-day intervals to ensure that the infestation has completely cleared. 

NOTE: I suggest that you don’t use this treatment close to bedtime, as the aroma of rosemary (peppermint and lemongrass, see below) is uplifting and energizing, which could possibly keep you from falling asleep. 

Other Essential Oils That Prevent and Destroy Parasites (fleas and lice)

These essential oils can also be used in the hair oil treatment above.





Nutritional Supplements

The book also suggests the following supplements be taken:

500mg vitamin C (two times a day)

Multivitamin and mineral supplement

1 or 2 garlic tablets/capsules (like mosquitoes, lice don’t like the taste of garlic either) 

This is just another reason why Lavender, Tea Tree, Lemongrass and Rosemary are my favorite…they’re good for soooo many things!

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. 


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. 


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.

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!


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


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