Lavandin Essential Oil

LavandinLavandin is a hybrid plant produced from true lavender and spike lavender. It produces a much higher yield, making it a less expensive essential oil than the other two.

It can be very effective for healing skin conditions such as dermatitis and can help with scarring. Great for stuffy noses and coughs due to its expectorant properties.

To find out more about Lavandin essential oil see the full profile here.

Body Moisturizer

Body MoisturizerThis all over body moisturizer is perfect for dry skin especially that which has been exposed to the effects of air conditioning or over-exposure of the sun.

Keep a jar handy in the bathroom to massage into your skin after each shower or bath and just before bed. This will keep your skin feeling wonderfully soft and supple.

You can find the recipe for Body Moisturizer here.

Natural shoe deodorizer

Natural shoe deodorizerThese gorgeous aromatic bags are great to pop into smelly shoes to act as a natural shoe deodorizer. You can make the bags yourself or buy them from a store such as a craft store. I usually buy the muslin bags from Mountain Rose Herbs who sell them at a great price in packs of 10.

Simply fill each bag with dried leaves such as lavender and rosemary. You can also add some dried lemon or orange peel. Next add a few drops of essential oils. Some great deodorizing essential oils are lemon, lavender, thyme and sage. Just use whatever you have in stock and whatever appeals to you most.

Pop the bags into any shoes that need refreshing and leave in there until the next use!

Anise-Star Essential Oil

Anise StarAnise-Star Essential Oil has a rather penetrating and pungent aroma, similar to liquorice. It should be used sparingly as it is a very potent essential oil and not often used in the practice of Aromatherapy.

It has great carminative properties so is useful for all sorts of digestive problems including feelings of nausea, flatulence and constipation.

It is generally best to avoid using Anise-Star essential oil in any natural skin care recipes due to its potency.

You can find more information about Anise-Star here.

Garbage bin deodorizer

Garbage bin deodorizerTo keep your garbage bin smelling fresh and clean, use this simple and cheap natural homemade recipe. All you need is baking soda, also known as bicarbonate of soda or sodium bicarbonate. It’s a natural ingredient, commonly used in baking so most kitchen cupboards will have this in stock.

Simply sprinkle the baking soda into your garbage bins then add a few drops of your favorite essential oil. This not only deodorizes the bin but gives it a wonderful aroma of the essential oil you add.

If you have old essential oils that are past their use by date, this is a perfect use for them.

You can find more aromatherapy home recipes here.

Autumn Potpourri

Autumn potpourriHomemade potpourris are so much nicer than the shop-bought versions. They are more natural and don’t contain any chemical or synthetic ingredients and the aroma of the natural essential oils is much more pleasant and long-lasting.

This recipe makes an excellent aromatherapy gift but it’s also nice to keep for yourself. Or why not double the recipe and keep one and give one away?

Ingredients

  • 2 cups dried golden mushrooms
  • 1 cup star anise
  • 1 cup dried wood shavings
  • 1 cup dried orange peel
  • ½ cup juniper berries
  • ¼ cup coriander seeds
  • 1 cup walnut shells
  • 2 tablespoons orris root powder
  • 8 drops coriander essential oil
  • 8 drops juniper essential oil
  • 8 drops orange essential oil

Method

  • Place all the dried ingredients along with the orris root powder into a clean polythene bag and gently shake to mix.
  • Add the drops of essential oils, gently shake again to mix then seal the bag tightly and leave it to sit for 2 weeks to cure.
  • Shake the bag again after 2 weeks then pour all the ingredients into a pretty gift basket, bowl or box.
  • If you’re giving this as a gift, cover with colored cellophane and wrap with a bow. Attach a gift card with the name, key ingredients and the essential oil mix.

This aromatherapy recipe is taken from the popular Aromatherapy Gifts ebook. For many more wonderful recipes and gift ideas, find out more about the Aromatherapy Gifts ebook here.

Aromatherapy Home Recipes

Aromatherapy Home RecipesUsing aromatherapy around your home in cleaning recipes is not only a healthy decision you can make for you and your family, it fills your house with the beautiful aroma of essential oils.

If you have any old essential oils that have lost their therapeutic qualities, it’s also a great way to use them up and avoid having to waste them.

A very simple thing you can do is fill a bucket with hot water then add several drops of your chosen essential oil and use the water to mop your floors, clean your windows or even throw down your toilet to keep it smelling fresh.

A useful way to keep moths and weevils at bay is to wipe the inside of your cupboards with lavender oil. This also acts as a natural disinfectant. Alternatively, pour some drops of any of the citrus oils onto some cotton wool balls and tuck these into the corners of cupboards and drawers.

To make a natural air freshener, fill a spray bottle with water then add essential oils. It’s much more pleasant to spray this sort of mixture around your home than the commercial products full of chemicals.

If you have any ideas you’d like to share please leave a comment below.

Check out this page for more ideas on Aromatherapy Home Recipes.

Jojoba

JojobaJojoba is used in many essential oil recipes and is known to be very balancing. Because of this it’s great to use on all skin types including acne, inflamed skins as well as dry skin.

Jojoba has anti-inflammatory properties making it a useful addition to blends for arthritis and rheumatism. It is very stable giving it good keeping properties, therefore a good base to use for making aromatherapy perfume recipes and also for reed diffuser refill recipes.

You can find more information about Jojoba here.

Guide to Essential Oil Notes O-Y

The final guide for essential oil notes is available today and covers the essential oil notes from O-Y. The previous guides can be found at guide to essential oil notes A-E and guide to essential oil notes F-N.

These guides can help when blending many essential oil recipes including for natural skin care, aromatherapy body scrub recipes and bath and body recipes.


Guide to Essential Oil Notes O-Y

Guide to Essential Oil Notes F-N

Following on from yesterday’s guide to essential oil notes A-E, today we have the guide to essential oil notes F-N.

You can use these guides to help with blending your essential oil recipes. Not only for aromatherapy diffuser blends but it’s also handy for making aromatherapy perfume recipes.

Don’t forget, you can find out more about blending essential oils here.

Guide to Essential Oil Notes F-N