Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Calming and Deodorizing Sprays with Essential Oils

Many years ago, I used essential oils more frequently than I have in past couple of years. I even took an Aromatherapy class as part of my Massage Therapy training back in the early- 2000s.

At any rate, I was browsing through Pinterest and came across a pin that led to A Delightful Home. The post included a couple blends for a calming and deodorizing spray using essential oils.

I have been wanting to try to make room sprays since the commercial air deodorizers are filled with chemicals. During the winter time, the air can sometimes feel rather "stale" in the house. It's a bit too chilly to open the windows - especially on these days that are well below zero.

So, A Delightful Home provided recipes for two air freshening room sprays. Both can be adapted to use other essential oils, or more or less of a particular essential oil.

Calming Room Spray

Fill a small spray bottle (2–4 ounce capacity) with distilled water and add 80 to 100 drops of essential oil.

Lavender, chamomile, and rosemary essential oils.

For a calming effect use approximately 10-20 drops chamomile essential oil, 50 drops lavender essential oil, and 10 drops rosemary essential oil.

The essential oils are sitting on top of the water.

It's better to start with fewer drops and have to add more than to try to recover a blend when there's an essential oil that's overpowering the other ones.

After shaking the bottle, the oils mix with the water.

This spray smells so nice. Everyone who smelled it liked it. Even though there are three essential oils in the spray, not one of them overpowers the other. It's a wonderful scent.

Simply Delightful Air-Freshening Spray

This recipe is an adaptation of the "Nursery Spray" in Herbal Crafts by Jessie Hawkins.

Lavender, lemon and orange essential oils.

It's a delightful blend of oils and boosts one's mood because of the combination of orange and lemon.

¾ teaspoon lavender essential oil
1 teaspoon sweet orange essential oil
½ teaspoon lemon essential oil

There is quite a bit more essential oils in comparison 
to the other spray mixture.

Fill bottle with water and add the essential oils. Tighten lid and shake to blend.

The deodorizing spray has a nice, rich citrus color.

This spray is definitely has a predominant citrus scent to it. It reminds me of spring and warmer weather. Just like the other spray, this one was equally well received.

With both recipes, make sure to shake the container before each use, since the oils separate from the water. (This can be counteracted by adding 1/2 teaspoon vodka or even parts vodka and water to the mix to bind together the essential oils and make them not separate from the water.)

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