Fern’s Fables… on Making Your Own Sprays Using Essential Oils

Here are a variety of sprays you can make at home with essential oils.

Here’s a refreshing face spray

You can make a nice face spray that is useful as a toner, or to set your makeup, using essential oils. They possess very active ingredients, with antibacterial qualities for those prone to zits, and also have toning, tightening and hydrating qualities.

You will need a glass oil dropper bottle (15 to 30 ml) to make your oil mixture. Optimum Health has glass bottles. Or you can even clean and boil one of those little squeeze-top dropper bottles if you may have an empty one, from another product.

Drop these oils into your mix bottle:

  • 20 drops Rosemary
  • 16 drops Lavender
  • 10 drops Geranium
  • 2 drops Cyprus
  • 2 drops Thyme

Shake it up and you have your basic essential oil mix for the face spray. An option is to add four drops of Frankincense and four drops of Ylang Ylang, to your basic mix, which will make it a bit more hydrating.

Once you’ve made your basic mix, you will need:

  • A 100 ml glass spray bottle, which you can get at Optimum Health
  • A bottle of Witch Hazel, available at any drug store
  • Distilled water used for diluting the oils

Fill your spray bottle 1/4 full with Witch Hazel. Then add about 30 drops of your essential oil mixture. Fill the rest of the spray bottle with distilled water, being careful not to overfill. If this happens, you lose the oils, which will be on top. Put the lid on securely and shake well before each use.

Note: The Witch Hazel acts as an emulsifier for a few minutes while you are using it. You can add more Witch Hazel if you want a more astringent effect.

You may also make other sprays using the same principals, and just changing the essential oil mix that you are adding.

You can make a handy bug spray

Your essential oil mix would definitely need some Citrus oils; such as Lemon, Lemongrass, Citronella or Bergamot. Then Lavender is a good “bug out” oil. And the Mint oils (Peppermint, Spearmint or Eucalyptus) deter bugs.

Note: You do not need all of these oils. Just see what you have on hand and make your own mix.

Other oils that I may add might be: Rosemary, Tea Tree, Geranium, Thyme, Sage, Cedar, Juniper or Basil. Just play with what you have. Then you put 30 to 40 drops of this mix into your 100 ml glass spray bottle and add the Witch Hazel and distilled water. The Witch Hazel can be increased in a bug spray so you can even use it on a bite, since it has astringent properties.

Experiment with a nice body spray

For men you could use more woody tones, Cedar, Sage, Frankincense, Sandalwood, Patchouli, Juniper, or possibly some Orange, Thyme, Rosemary or Basil.

Women might like Geranium, Ylang Ylang, Lavender, Rose, Frankincense, Patchouli or Rosemary.

Just experiment with what you have and make your own oil mixes. Thirty to 40 drops of this oil mix is then added to the Witch Hazel and distilled water in your 100 ml spray bottle. Shake well to use.

You can even try a deodorant spray

Many oils are highly antibacterial, so they can be used for a deodorant spray mix. You can use the Witch Hazel and water to dilute for your spray bottle, or you can use a liquid transdermal magnesium oil instead. This gives you some magnesium as well. I get my mag oil at: www.magnascent.ca.

Some basic oils to mix are: Tea Tree, Lavender, Thyme, Sage, Basil, Eucalyptus, Lemon or Cedar. Again, you do not need all of these, and you can add other oils to get the fragrance you desire.

Happy May & have fun playing with your own mixes! Fern

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