For thousands of years, essential oils have been utilized for their many benefits–from cosmetics and dietary purposes to spiritual and religious uses. They can inspire, enhance your wellbeing, and purify your home. Topical application and aromatic diffusion are two of the most popular ways to utilize essential oils.
We’ve already touched on some of the ways you can easily use essential oils throughout your home–and trust us, there are countless ways to use them. Personally, I constantly use my diffuser to freshen up the house and unwind after a long day at the office. But instead of moving my diffuser around the house every time a room needs a little pick me up, I have a secret weapon: essential oil home spray.
This is seriously one of the quickest and easiest tutorials and you can make any time of the week. Not only can this spray bring some freshness into your life, it makes the perfect gift for someone you love! Hey, it’s never too early to start thinking about the holidays…
All you will need to start making this aromatherapy mist are a few simple ingredients:
Using glass or aluminum bottles are typically preferred because they help prolong the life of the essential oils. Pure essential oils can actually deteriorate plastics. However, plastic bottles can be used for diluted blends, such as this recipe. I used a 2oz cobalt bottle, but you can easily use a larger bottle and double or triple the recipe!
Fill half the bottle (approx. 1 oz) with distilled or purified water. Unlike typical tap water, contaminants have been removed, improving the shelf life of your spray. However, you can use tap water if you live on the wild side. Top off the bottle with your witch hazel or vodka (slightly less than 1 oz), leaving some room at the top for your oils. Both vodka and witch hazel help the essential oils and water to mix more thoroughly. They also help the air spray to dry faster. Personally, I prefer the results of alcohol-free witch hazel.
Next, comes the fun part—add your oils! You can get creative here and make a blend that fits your mood. 10-15 drops should suffice for a 2oz bottle, but the strengths of the oils used paired with your own individual preferences may mean you use more or less. For a fresh, clean, and invigorating summer scent, I used 6 drops of lavender, 4 drops of bergamot, 3 drops of lemon, and 2 drops of sandalwood.
Simply shake your bottle, spray, and enjoy!
One of my favorite things about this home spray is its versatility. You can use it as an air freshener, a linen spray*, and even a yoga mat cleaner!
When I make yoga mat cleaner, I typically opt for a 4oz aluminum bottle and use approximately 3 oz water and 1 oz witch hazel. My current blend of choice is an invigorating mix of peppermint, grapefruit, and lemon.
Lavender and tea tree is also a wonderful mix that calms the mind as well as cleans the mat. Tee tree is attributed as an antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antiseptic, making it the perfect addition to deodorizing sprays, as well!
It may take some time and experimentation to find your favorite essential oil blends for this DIY room spray, but that’s half the fun. If you’re looking for inspiration, you can buy preblended essential oils and use them to make sprays. You can also find inspiration from your favorite perfumes and body sprays for potential scent combinations. The possibilities are limitless!
Note: I found most of these supplies at my local health food store. If you can’t find essential oils or glass spray bottles near you, check out your favorite online retailer!
*Note: some essential oils may stain. Always spot test to make sure your blend doesn’t stain your fabric.
Sarah is a content writer and social media assistant with a BA in literature/creative writing from Wilkes University. When she’s not spending her days at work writing, reading, and drinking coffee, she’s usually at home reading, writing, and drinking coffee. She also devotes a fair amount of time to HGTV, drawing, and doting on her dog. As a creator, Sarah believes in emphasizing personality through design and DIY projects.