- DIY Recipes
DescriptionDetails: PET, 60 ml, white lid
Best For: Exfoliant, bath salts, body butter, body powder, carpet deodorizer, facial mask, lotion, balm
This is the fun part! Take home your Aromatherapist products and - along with a few other easy-to-find ingredients - make your own natural perfumes, body and facial products, household cleaners ... the list goes on! It's the difference between eating a prepackaged, microwaveable dinner or going to the grocery store & buying fresh, organic ingredients to make your own beautiful, nutritious meal.
Some simple measurement tips to get you started...
1 ml = approximately 40 drops of most essential oils
15 ml liquid = one tablespoon or 0.5 oz
15 grams solid = approximately one tablespoon or 0.5 oz
In a hurry? Place a squirt of your chosen base (about the size a Looney) in the palm of your hand and add a couple drops of essential oil.
After Bite: 30 drops of essential oil in a 10 ml roll-on bottle of Aloe Gel or Witch Hazel
After Sun: 20 drops of essential oil into a 30 ml lotion bottle of Aloe Vera Gel.
After Shave: 10-15 drops of essential oil into a 100 ml bottle of Hydrosol.
Bath: 10 - 20 drops per 25 mls of honey, milk, buttermilk or any carrier oil
Bath Salts: 5 drops to 30 grams (2 tablespoons) of epson salts, sea salt or baking soda
Balm: melt 10 grams of shea butter and 5 grams of beeswax in 125 mls of carrier oil, then add 20 drops of essential oil
Beard Oil: 10 drops of essential oil into a 30 ml bottle of Rosa Rubiginosa. Shake well and apply daily to beard and skin beneath it.
Body Butter: Combine natural, unscented lotion with cocoa butter at a ratio of approx. 3 parts lotion to 2 parts cocoa butter. Melt the cocoa butter into the lotion. Let the mixture cool and set to gauge the thickness, continue adding cocoa butter until you've reached a desired consistency. Add essential oils to scent.
Body Powder: Combine 50 grams of white clay powder & a little baking soda with 8-10 drops of essential oils in a mortar and pestle.
Carpet Deodorizer: 5 drops of essential oil mixed into 3 tablespoons of baking soda. Sprinkle across your carpet and allow it to sit for as long as possible before vacuuming.
Clay/Facial Mask: 2 drops of essential oil per 5 mls of clay, honey, yogurt or smashed avocado
Cleaning Spray: 80-100 drops of essential oil in 100 mls of water (with a squirt of natural dish soap) or vinegar, sprayed on surfaces to clean and disinfect
Compress: 10 drops of essential oil in 1 teaspoon of honey - add to very hot water, soak towel, wring out and apply over area
Deodorant: Simply include a very small amount of essential oil (1 drop) with your daily natural deodorant routine. Skin test and be very aware of irritation as this is a sensitive area of the body.
Dry Brush: 5 drops of essentiall oil on natural bristle brush or loofah. Brush extremities in direction of the heart. For hair, brush from scalp to ends.
Environmental Fragrance: there are hundreds of simple ways to add scent to your home. A few drops of essential oil...
- on a stone, placed on windowsill with regular sunlight
- on a cotton ball in drawers or closets, inside a pillow case or couch cushions
- in a small bowl of water placed on a radiator or fire place
- in your vacuum bag
- in your dish water
- inside smelly shoes
- in window cleaning water, when the sun warms the window panes the smell will be diffused
Exfoliant: 2-3 drops of essential oil into 2 tablespoons of a 'Raw Skincare' powder, mixed with Honey or natural, unscented Shower Gel, to create a paste that can be gently massaged onto the skin.
Facial Cleanser: 5-7 drops of essential oil into 30 ml of honey, unscented lotion or unscented gel cleanser.
Facial Serum: 5-7 drops of essential oil into 30 ml of carrier oil or aloe vera gel.
Foot Bath: 5 - 10 drops of essential oil per 15 mls of honey, milk, buttermilk, or any carrier oil - then put into 2 litres of water for a foot bath
Hair or Scalp Oil: 5 - 10 drops of essential oil in 15 mls jojoba - wrap hair in a hot towel for 20 minutes or more
Hand Sanitizer: 10 drops of essential oil into a 30 ml Lotion Bottle of Aloe Vera Gel or Natural Unscented Lotion.
Inhalant: take several deep breaths of 1 drop of essential oil on a kleenex or cotton ball
Lotion: 15 drops of essential oil in 30 ml of lotion, aloe vera gel or oil.
Massage: 15 drops of essential oil in 30 ml of carrier oil
Mouthwash or Gargle: 3 drops of essential oil in a teaspoon of honey; stirred into one cup of warm water
Multi-purpose Cleaner: 10 drops of essential oil into a small bowl of white vinegar and a tablespoon of baking soda. Use with a scour brush for tough soap scum or with a rag to disinfect surfaces.
Outdoor Spray: 20 drops of essential oil with a little bit of natural dish soap in a 50 ml spritzer bottle of water, floral water or vinegar
- perfume - blend essential oils at a dilution of 10 - 15% in jojoba oil
- attar or balm - blend essential oils at a dilution of 10 - 15% in balm (recipe above)
- cologne - blend 5% essential oils in grain alcohol (vodka) and floral water or distilled water
Room Diffuser: use micro diffuser, according to instructions
Sauna: 3 drops per ladle of water thrown on rocks. Body spritzer is also wonderful to use in a sauna (recipe below)
Shampoo or Shower Gel: 10 drops in 30 ml of shampoo or gel
Sitz Bath: 10 drops essential oil into 1/2 cup of dead sea salt, use a small scoop in each bath.
Spot Treatment: 1 drop essential oil into one tablespoon of Aloe Vera for daytime use or Pink Clay for overnight use. Apply directly to pimple and leave on through the day/night.
Spritzer: Floral waters make a wonderful, natural base for these spritzers. An emulsifier is needed to combine essential oils with water. A small amount of unscented liquid soap or alcohol will act as a natural emulsifier in your spritzer.
- Face = 8-10 drops essential oil per 100 ml water or floral water
- Body = 30-40 drops essential oil per 100 ml water or floral water
- Room = 80-100 drops essential oil per 100 ml water or floral water
Steam Inhalant: Steam is a great way to bring the active elements of essential oils into your respiratory system. There are many simple ways to do this...
- place a drop of essential oil beneath your nose while drinking a hot cup of tea
- place a drop of essential oil beneath your nose just before getting into the shower
- place a drop of essential oil beneath your nose before going into a steam room
- take a hot, relaxing aromatherapy bath, inhaling deeply throughout
- place a few drops of essential oil into a steaming hot bowl of water, create a tent over your head with a towel and breathe deeply
Yoga Mat Spray: Combine 60-80 drops essential oil into a 100 ml bottle of Rose Bulgarian Hydrosol. Shake before use.
Remember, essential oils are volatile, to benefit from their healing properties all you really need to do is breathe them in!