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Essential Oil Recipes
Sweet bags are used to perfume items such as: gloves, linens, scarves, shawls
You will need: ~4 cups/1lb orris root powder ~Handful each of: dried lavender dried marjoram dried lemon peel dried orange peel dried rose petals ~5 cotton pads ~30 drops essential oils (10 each of: cypress, clove & nutmeg) ~5 purchased circular place mats or dressing table mats 8" diameter ~ribbon 3" wide
Crush the dried herbs to a rough-textured powder, using a pestle and mortar. Add the orris root. Put two drops each of the essential oils on to each cotton pad. Place these, together with the crushed herbs, into a tin or sealed jar to cure for one week.
Divide the herb mixture into five equal parts, including a cotton pad with each portion. Make the sweet bags. Fold each mat in half, then wrap into a cone shape. Sew the edges of the outer layer to secure. Fill the cone with herb mixture. Draw together the inner layers of the cone to enclose the mixture, and sew together. (Alternative bags are made from the ribbon -- folded into an envelope, stitched and stuffed with herb mixture.)
From the book: Heaven Scent by Julia Lawless (page 60)
A Lemon and Ylang Ylang scented mineral bath
is a delight for the senses. Not too relaxing, and not too energizing, this aroma awakens your senses with a clean, sweet fragrance. Mix together two tablespoons of sea salt, one tablespoon of baking soda and 1 1/2 teaspoons of borax. Add four drops ylang ylang and six drops lemon essential oils and mix well. Pour the mixture into the bath under running water. Make sure the salts are completely dissolved and the oils evenly dispersed throughout the water. Tip: A few drops of lavender will make this blend more balancing.
Aromatherapy Play Dough-Gluten Free
This is easy to make and fun for the kids!
Ingredients 1/4cup cornstarch 1/4cup brown rice flour 1/4cup salt 1 teaspoon cream of tartar 1/2cup water 1/2teaspoon essential oil 1/2- 1 teaspoon natural food coloring *(derived from vegetables and plants, and can be found at most Whole Foods and health food stores) 1/2- 1 teaspoon dried herbs or tea (optional)
In a small saucepan add the rice flour, salt, cream of tartar, and food coloring on low heat. Mix until ingredients form a ball. Immediately remove from heat and mix in essential oil. Knead in dried herbs or tea Repeat recipe using different colors and essential oil scents and herbs. Store in a plastic bag or airtight container.
This blend is for relaxation and stress relief. It will induce a deep relaxation of the tissues, muscles and joints, and re-establish a good energy balance.
Blend the following essential oils into one ounce of carrier oil of your choice; Massage as desired. May also be used as a bath oil.
3 drops Lavender 3 drops Tangerine 3 drops Marjoram 1 drop Chamomile
A Scented Bath
Relaxing in a warm scented bath induces alpha brain waves, which enhance concentration and are more likely to trigger intuition than the rapid beta waves we experience throughout our normal day. Researchers agree that intuitive thoughts come suddenly and ususally when we're relaxing. Enjoy!
Blend to Control Pet Odor
Try this natural and aromatic spray. Pour the essential oils into a 1-oz spray bottle filled with water. Shake very vigorously several times before each use. Spray directly onto your dog, holding the bottle about 10 inches from him. Avoid spraying on the head and eyes.
Sounds like a gooey mess, doesn't it? But it works wonders on your skin. It leaves the skin feeling soft and smooth. This is a blend made right before the bath. I guess it could be stored in the refrigerator for abut a week, but that sounds a little yucky to me. All measurements are approximate since I usually just "eyeball" it. You have to stir it well when you pour it into the bath water to make it disperse, but it's worth it.
Brace yourself This sense-stimulating mist is a superb post-shower, after you've toweled off but skin is still a bit damp. In spray bottle place 5 ounces distilled water, 1 tsp olive oil, 6 drops rosemary essential oil and 1 sprig fresh rosemary. Shake well to mix -- spritz on as desired.
An effective analgesic and often used to relieve muscle, nerve and joint pain. Apply a massage oil to the affected area before a warm bath,then massage the area again after your bath. I like a blend of Lavender and Eucalyptus for even better results. When massaging small areas like a shoulder you can double the amount of essential oils used. ex. 20-30 drops per 1 oz. carrier oil
Essential Oils for Cold and Flu
Here are the some of the best choices in anti viral oils.
Ravansara, Eucalyptus Radiata and Tea Tree
They help fight viral infections and support the immune system. Mix 10 drops in 1 Tablespoon carrier oil and massage upper chest and back. or Place 3 drops on a tissue and inhale, pause and inhale again.
Essential Oils for Congestion
Eucalyptus Globulous, Eucalyptus Radiata,Rosemary, Lavender Spike and Tea Tree.
They loosen congestion, help fight viral and bacterial infections while lifting the spirits. Mix 10 drops in 1 Tablespoon carrier oil and massage upper chest and back. or Place 3 drops on a tissue and inhale, pause and inhale again.
Cold and Flu Fighter
Essential Oils for Headache
Peppermint, Lavender, Roman Chamomile
Put 1 drop of essential oil on each temple and at the nape of the neck. or mix 5 drops of Lavender and 1 drop of Peppermint into 1 Tablespoon carrier oil or lotion and massage neck and shoulders.
Essential Oils for Body Aches
Lavender, Roman Chamomile, Sweet Marjoram
Help to soothe aches and pains. Mix 10 drops of essential oil in 2 Tablespoons of carrier oil or lotion and massage areas of discomfort.
Why not try these for Valentines Day
Ylang Ylang Chocolates Essential oils can be infused into chocolates or any other sweets by placing the loose chocolates in a box then adding a piece of absorbent paper to which you have placed 1 drop of Ylang Ylang. Cover and let sit until absorbed, a few days should do it. Try other oils like Orange or Mandarin for a different twist.
This mixture stimulates circulation.
Holiday Bookmarks If you're giving a book as a holiday gift why not add a bookmark to which you've added a few drops of essential oils. Try to choose something that will appeal to most folks like Orange or maybe a blend of Lavender and Tangerine. The Orange is great for kids. Create a bookmark for students adding oils to help them study, Peppermint, Rosemary and Basil will help keep them alert. Add a bottle of the essential oil so they can refresh their bookmark. Maybe spice oils for a cookbook. The possibilities are endless.
Here's a great Holiday Bath Salt recipe.
Christmas Ginger Cookies
Add 3 drops of Ginger essential oil per batch of cookies. This tip from The Aromatherapy Book by Jeanne Rose
A homemade inhaler, that is very easy to stick in a pocket or purse
is made by simply saving an empty chap stick tube. Wash out with hot
soap and water to remove all traces of chap stick and let air dry.
Next put a piece of cotton in the inhaler and measure the drops of
essential oils for your blend directly on the cotton.
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Fall & Holiday Blends
Frankincense is a great essential oil to use this time of year however it is best used in a blend with other oils as it's scent will remind you of being in church! Use 1 drop of Frankincense with perhaps Orange (Clementine would be great!) and Spruce ( Pine or Fir). Add some spice oils, Cinnamon, Nutmeg or Clove. Experiment with other oils. Use in a diffuser or aroma lamp.
Essential Oils useful for cramps are:
Here's a recipe from Valerie Cooksley
5 drops Lavender 2 drops Cypress 2 drops Nutmeg 2 drops Peppermint add to bath salts, soak for 20 min. Rest afterwards, elevating your legs.
Fragrant Bath Fizzies
Fizzy Bath Kisses
from the book Aromatherapy Pocketbook
by Kendra Grace
Mix 2 parts Jojoba Oil with 1 part melted Cocoa Butter to make 1 ounce. Add, 3 drops Sandalwood and 1 drop Geranium. Stir while warm to an even mix. Allow to cool to solidify. Smooth the mixture with fingers over the tissue two times a day and before intercourse. You may use 1 drop of Neroli in place of Geranium. Completely Safe.
Aromatherapy Body Powder especially for the feet
These are easy to make just follow the guidelines below.
This is a spa treatment from the Arizona desert. Select a large, flat smooth stone, the size of your palm Heat stone in a low temperature oven until warm but not hot. Rub some scented massage oil into the stone and use this heated rock to give your partner a soothing massage. The heat from the stone relaxes and penetrates the muscles. Use up to 15 drops of essential oil per 1 oz. of unscented oil. Start with less drops, you can always add more. Try Sweet Almond, Grapeseed or Apricot Oil.
Scent a room with this decorative accent. Use a cookie cutter to cut a heart shape from a sheet of natural beeswax. Wrap the heart in cheesecloth and infuse it with a few drops of Rose Otto. Place the wrapped heart in a plastic bag for a week. Remove and discard the cloth and glue a ribbon hanger to the back of the heart. You can even decorate it with dried flowers and a bow. Hang it in the kitchen or even the bath!!
Did you know that Honey has a calming effect? Combined with pure essential oil of Lavender it's a yummy bath treatment. Why not try it tonight!
Blend one half cup baking soda and one fourth cup each cornstarch and citric acid in a glass bow. Add one teaspoon each melted cocoa butter and Vanilla essential oil and one half teaspoon Rose Otto oil. Mix well. Slowly blend in one teaspoon rose water. Pack mixture into molds, turn out on waxed paper to dry for 24 hours, then store in airtight container. Add one fizz to a warm bath and Enjoy!
Melt one pound of paraffin in a double boiler. Cut a milk carton to height
desired, center a taper candle inside, then fill with crushed ice. Add six
drops Spearmint essential oil and a sprinkling of glitter to the cooling
paraffin.....pour the paraffin into the carton. Let cool, then pour off
the water and tear away the carton to reveal a candle that glistens like ice
Lemons have been used for hand and nail care for centuries. Lemon Juice and the essential oil of Lemon whitens nails while stimulating healthy growth. Try this Refreshing Citrus Soak
When making Holiday logs use 1 drop of essential oil per log and only one log per fire. After applying the essential oil to the log be sure to let it sit for enough time that the essential oil soaks through the log. Some choices are Sandalwood, Frankincense, Myrrh, Cypress, and Cedarwood.
Homemade Surface & Glass Cleaner
1 cup white vinegar
1 cup water
1/4 cup rubbing alcohol
10 drops lemon eo
10 drops rosemary eo
5 drops peppermint eo
Mx all ingredients together in a spray bottle, shake well, and spritz!
From: April 2006 issue of Alternative Medicine -- The Art & Science of Healthy Living, page 95
Orange Glass Shiner
Use Orange Glass Shiner to polish any glass or mirror to a lovely finish and shine Enjoy the pleasant aroma too -- which makes it seem like you're not cleaning at all. (Well almost!)
Yield: 8 ounces Shelf Life: Indefinite
4 ounces water
4 ounces apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon borax
1 tablespoon orange essential oil
1 teaspoon lemon essential oil
Combine all ingredients in a heavy duty plastic spray bottle and shake well before each use. Spray on glass or mirror and wipe immediately with a clean cloth. Watch the shiny surface emerge. Note that stubborn stains like old toothpaste glop and chewing gum come off with ease, plus the aroma is pleasant and uplifting. It's best to use gloves with this cleaner and remember to shake before using the evenly incorporate the essential oils. As with all household cleaners, keep this one out of the reach of children.
Lift your spirits while washing the dishes. Not suited for automatic dishwashers.
Fill a 32oz. squirt bottle with liquid soap and add the oils. Shake well.
This recipe helps to remove and prevent mold and mildew buildup.
From the book The Naturally Scented Home by Julia Bird
~add a few drops of cedar or rosemary oil to cotton balls and enclose them in a pillowcase, which can then be laid among your clothes. This will help keep unwanted pests from enjoying your clothes. (page 55)
~perfumed drawer lining paper: Choose any kind of paper, cut it to size
and roll the sheets together. Then seal the roll in a plastic bag with
a sheet of blotting paper on which you have dropped your essential oil
combinations. Leave it for about a week to allow the scent to permeate
the papers. These can also be customized with anti-insect oils. (pg 55)
Essential Oils can be incorporated into many facial products.A facial scrub to try includes:
Christmas Spice Potpourri
Grate the soap with a fine cheese grater. Place the soap in the bain-marie with the water. Gently heat over a low least. Gradually the mixture will form a thick and fairly sticky paste. When the soap has melted, add the honey, oatmeal, oil and dried herbs(optional) and mix in well. Transfer to a clean bowl and then add in the essential oils. Mix very thoroughly! Have a bowl of water on hand to wet your hands. Then take a small handful of the mixture and mold into round balls. You will be able to make approximately 2 large balls or 5 or so of the smaller ones. Place on a sheet of grease-proof paper and leave it to harden for a week or so. Or.......you can put the mixture in a shaped mold!
A blend of Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary oils.
Developed according to the legend about the four thieves in 15th century England who used these and other aromatics to protect themselves while robbing plague victims.
~ Do not eat these!
2 Cups Rock Salt ½ Cup Baking Soda ½ Cup Cornstarch 2 Tablespoons Almond Oil 1 Teaspoon Vitamin E Oil 1-2 Eggs 6 Drops Essential Oil Mix together and then cut out with cookie cutters in the shape you want. Bake at 350 degree 10 - 12 minutes Allow to cool. Use 1-2 per bath keep in an air tight container. These are perishable because of the eggs so use them up or give as gifts. From: firstname.lastname@example.org
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