I’ve always known there are practically limitless ways to use essential oils, like adding a few drops of lavender to your bed linens to help you sleep and rubbing peppermint in your palms to keep you alert. While doing research for our newest magazine launch, Willow and Sage, I became even more fascinated with them. They can easily be incorporated into a number of homemade bath and body products, and they work great in household products too!
1) Easy DIY Linen Spray
Pour 3 ounces of rubbing alcohol into a bowl. Add 30 drops of essential oil (I used Sweet Orange). Mix these thoroughly. Add 1½ cups of distilled water and stir. It is important to mix the oil and alcohol first, as the oil will not mix with the water. Use a funnel to transfer mixture to a bottle with an atomizer. Create a label for it using paper scraps and adhere to bottle with washi tape.
2) DIY Scented Room Spray
If you’re feeling adventurous, add 15 drops each of two different essential oils to a bottle with an atomizer. You can also use just one oil and add 20 drops of it to the bottle. Fill the bottle with distilled water. Create a label for it using paper scraps and adhere to bottle with washi tape. I like to use this every time I need a refreshing burst, or right before company arrives … a pleasant aroma can mask any number of unwanted scents.
3) Super Simple Bath Salts
At the end of a long day it’s nice to have a long soak in the tub. Bath salts are a simple addition that helps to relax you even more. Add 16 ounces of Epsom salt to a jar. Mix in 15 drops of lavender essential oil. Store in an airtight container. When ready to use, add 1/3 cup of the mixture to your bath water. To give as a gift, package in a test tube, and then wrap with a strip of text and jute or twine.
About the Artist:
Christen Hammons is the director of publishing for Stampington & Company and editor-in-chief
of Somerset Studio, Bella Grace, Field Guide to Everyday Magic, and Artists’ Café.
Interests: art, slow food, writing, books, yarn, authentic living