Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Three Essential Oil Recipes

 It is very possible that I am addicted to my essential oils. I love that gentle, natural, herbal smell in the air. I mentioned making fresh ironing water on facebook this morning and a few people wanted to know how, so I decided to put my favorite recipes (if you can really call them that) here for all. They are Bath Soak, Ironing water, and Natural Air Freshener.

Bath Soak

You will need:
an empty container with a lid, a bowl, a fork, essential oils (my favorites are lavender, rosemary, and peppermint) Optional: dried herbs, Epsom salt

My favorite combinations are rosemary and peppermint, lavender and peppermint, or rosemary and lavender. You really just can't go wrong with these three. :) I put a couple of cups of baking soda (and Epsom salt too if I have it on hand) and add in 3-4 drops of essential oils for every cup. I mix it in well using a fork to smash any little clumps and store it in a sealed container.

It's wonderful for sore bottoms (diaper rash), bug bites, sore muscles, tired feet, or just relaxing. I've also used it with just peppermint oil to open up stuffy heads. Sometimes I wash my hair with it too if I feel like it's looking dull. I use it before or mixed with my normal shampoo. I love this stuff! My kids call it "soft bath" because it makes their skin feel soft.
 Ironing Water

You will need:
water, essential oil, and an empty container with a lid

I use hot tap water, fill my container, and add in about 15 drops of essential oil. I then let it sit for a day or so before I use it. 

A lot of people boil their water for several minutes first, some use only distilled water, and some only use it in a spray bottle and never put it in their iron because they are afraid it may gunk up the iron. I, being the outlaw that I am, have always put it in my iron with straight up tap water and have never had any trouble. That said, I do use my iron A LOT, and it is probably used and changed so often that it doesn't have time to cause any gunkage.

Another thing, my FAVORITE container is an old detergent bottle. The spouts on them are perfect for pouring into the iron and they are a good size to handle when they are full. Oh, and sometimes I make a little extra, put it in a spray bottle and spray the furniture to freshen it up.
Natural Air Freshener

You will need:
essential oil, pine cones or cotton balls

This one is as easy as it gets, I just add a few drops of oil to a pine cone and let it smell up the place! I also use cotton balls and hide them away under or behind things in my house, in drawers, closets. purses, near or in vents, just any place that is especially stinky. :)

I hope you enjoy these! xo, Sam


cheftracilyn said...

I love this! Where do you get essential oils? I have seen a lot of things on Pinterest that call for the oils.......Thanks for the blog!

Bethany said...

I love essential oils...my favorites are peppermint and eucalyptus:) Thank you for the recipes; I'll have to try them! Hope you and your family are doing well!

God bless.

Samantha Caffee said...

I get mine at the health food store in Bessemer. I get my dried herbs for sachets there too and they have great prices!

Samantha Caffee said...

Bethany, yes we are well! How about you guys?

jem said...

Thanks for the tips Samantha. If you have time please post more.

Nathadale said...

Hi! can we used the oil as pain reliever by means of massaging?

Simply Essential UK said...

Love the pine cone idea for a room fragrance