Natural deodorant

Natural deodorantMany commercial deodorants on the market contain ingredients that can cause allergic reactions when applied to the sensitive underarm skin. Not only that, many of these ingredients can be harmful when used regularly which deodorant usually is.

A common ingredient in commercial deodorants and antiperspirants is aluminum chlorohydrate and this is believed to cause Alzheimer’s disease. The aluminium compounds may disrupt the normal activity of acetylcholine which is deficient in the brains of Alzheimer’s sufferers.

For these reasons, it makes much more sense to avoid these commercial products and either buy natural deodorants or make your own. Below is a simple recipe to make a lovely natural deodorant spray choosing your favorite essential oils.

The ingredients are natural antiseptics and astringents that will help to combat the bacteria that is formed when the by-products of perspiration break down and are exposed to the air.

Natural deodorant recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons witch hazel
  • 8 drops of essential oils

Method

Mix all the ingredients together and store in a jar with a spray lid. Shake well before each use.

Deodorizing essential oils

Bergamot, Clary Sage, Cypress, Grapefruit, Eucalyptus, Juniper, Lemon, Lavender, Patchouli, Pine, Rosemary, Tangerine, Tea Tree, Thyme.

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.

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.

Want to make your own natural eye cream?

Reduce wrinkles eye creamIf you’re looking for a natural eye cream recipe you can make yourself here it is! This wonderfully nourishing eye cream is easy to make and very effective in helping to deal with those fine lines that often appear around the eye area.

This eye cream will not only reduce the signs of aging it will protect this delicate eye area and help your eyes to look refreshed.

Check out the recipe for Reduce wrinkles eye cream here.

5 best essential oils for your skin type

Coconut body scrub

Using essential oils for natural skin care is a great way to enhance your beauty regime. The tiny molecules in essential oils can penetrate the layers of your skin, acting quickly to improve circulation, eliminate signs of aging and improve the overall condition of your skin.

There are many different skin types and for each one there are specific essential oils recommended. Below is a list of the most common skin types with a selection of five of the best essential oils for each one.

Aging skin: Carrot seed, Fennel, Neroli, Rose, Yarrow

Combination skin: Chamomile, Geranium, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang

Dry skin: Carrot seed, German chamomile, Myrrh, Palmarosa, Rosewood

Oily skin: Bergamot, Cypress, Juniper, Lemon, Tea Tree

Sensitive skin: Jasmine, Lavender, Neroli, Rose, Yarrow

Acne: Clary Sage, Eucalyptus, Grapefruit, Thyme, Tea Tree

Now you know the best essential oils for your skin type, check out some of these natural skin care recipes and experiment by mixing and matching the essential oils for your skin type with your favorite skin care recipe. Remember, just as important as choosing the best essentials oils for your skin type is to choose the essential oils that you love the smell of too!

Coconut body scrub

Coconut body scrub
This coconut body scrub recipe combines the healing, soothing properties of Epsom salts along with coconut oil which is conditioning and wonderfully moisturizing to the skin. The aroma of coconut oil is somewhat reminiscent of seaside holidays and the addition of Ylang Ylang and Lime essential oils give it an exotic finish.

You can find the recipe for Coconut body scrub here.

Easy Shower Gel

Easy Shower Gel

Making your own shower gel is as easy as adding your favorite essential oils to a good quality shower gel base. This recipe recommended a blend of uplifting essential oils making it a suitable recipe for your morning shower but you can easily substitute other aromatherapy oils making it your own.

Click here to go to the recipe – Easy Shower Gel

Headaches and Aromatherapy

Headaches and Aromatherapy

If you constantly suffer from headaches you know how debilitating they can sometimes be.

Often the cause can be unknown but there are common triggers such as stress, lack of sleep, sinus problems, stomach upsets or excessive alcohol to name a few. Other causes could be spinal issues, eyestrain, dental problems, depression, PMT and some medications such as the contraceptive pill or HRT (hormonal treatment therapy).

Headaches are the result of the membranes and blood vessels around the brain and the scalp muscles tightening or stretching.

Aromatherapy and essential oils can help to ease the pain caused by headaches by aiding in relaxing these tight muscles. Blend the mixture below and gently massage into your temples, scalp and back of your neck. Find a quiet place where you can lay down and relax with your eyes closed, preferably with an eye bag placed over your eyes. Breath deeply and enjoy the aroma of the essential oils and feel them relaxing all your tightness leaving you feeling calm and releasing any pain.

Aromatherapy Headache Blend

30ml sweet almond or apricot oil
15 drops Lavender essential oil
10 drops Peppermint essential oil
10 drops Rosemary essential oil

Usually headaches are not linked to any serious disorder however if you suffer chronic headaches or you constantly wake up with an extremely painful headache or if they interrupt your sleep you should seek medical advice.

Natural Laundry Soap

This Natural Laundry Soap recipe is kind on your clothes as well as being much kinder on the environment than many of the chemical laundry products found in many laundry cupboards.

As well as being biodegradable, this natural laundry soap is easy to make and inexpensive – not to mention it smells fabulous!Natural Laundry Soap

Click here to go to the recipe – Natural Laundry Soap