There’s a wealth of information out there about the benefits of essential oils. If you’re hoping to whip up some fabulous recipes, first ensure that the oil you’re using is an essential oil and not an oil infusion; there is a difference. Essential oils are extracted using equipment that the bulk of homeowners don’t have on hand, and the extraction process is susceptible to explosions if it’s not carried out safely and with know-how. Infusions, on the other hand, can be done by the average Joe, but don’t have the same quality or concentration that essential oil will give.
Because everyone has individual tastes when it comes to the scents they love, I’ll list some of my favorite recipes that are flexible enough to accommodate a variety of oils depending on your personal choice.
Sugar Body Scrub
For a great body scrub, combine 2 cups of sugar with 1 cup of coconut oil, and add a few drops of essential oil. Scoop the mixture into a glass jar for storage and keep it handy on a shower shelf. This is a fabulous way to slough off dead skin and add a little aromatherapy treatment to your morning routine.
Melt together 7 ounces of coconut oil, coconut butter, and shea butter. Once blended, add 7 ounces of liquid coconut oil, jojoba oil, or almond oil, depending on your preference. Cool in the fridge for about an hour, and then whip this mixture with beaters about 10 minutes, or until it becomes fluffy. Add your favorite essential oils and store this beautiful butter in a glass jar.
Using a plastic spray bottle, blend ½ C of white vinegar with 2 tablespoons of baking soda. Add a few drops of essential oil (lemon, tea tree, and wild orange are great options with antiseptic power) and shake. Spray on surfaces, let sit a moment and wipe clean!
Laundry Soap Booster
Use scentless liquid laundry soap, and add 12 – 15 drops of essential oil, blending thoroughly. Lavender, wild orange and lemon are great options here as they each fight grease, remove stains, and help reduce unwanted odor. Launder as you would normally.
An all-purpose cleaner is great for the majority of the house but mirrors tend to streak if you attempt to use it on them. Try this recipe for streak-free, sparkling mirrors. Into a spray bottle mix 3 Cups of water with ¼ C of vodka (hold on to your hats, ladies) or rubbing alcohol, ¼ C of white vinegar, and about 20 drops of either peppermint or spearmint essential oil. Shake well and use on all mirrors or glass in your home, rubbing with a paper towel for a shiny finish.
Carpet Freshener with Essential Oils
In a large bowl, blend 1 Cup of baking soda with about 25 drops of lemon oil. Spoon the mixture into a glass jar with a lid, and shake well. You’ll need to let this sit for a day before sprinkling onto your carpet. Leave the mixture overnight and vacuum off in the morning!
This article was written by Sam Socorro from Steam Shower Store. Sam has been writing articles for over 10 years and is a commanding voice in the health and fitness community with his articles high in demand.
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