I have been using essential oils for a few years now to make my own perfume. There is nothing better than having your own unique, difficult-to-replicate scent. I use them to make my own deodorant that I adore, and they have also been used in my home to treat a couple of minor health issues.
Lately, as I’ve become more of an apothecary and added more and more to my essential oil “pharmacy”, I have come to learn of more uses for them, both household and medicinally. These are a few of my favorite ways to use them, along with recipes.
Mr. Right has a beard for several months out of the year. Last year for Christmas I bought him a boutique beard oil that he loved and ran out of quickly. Since then, he has been asking me to make him one myself. This year for Christmas, I made him two. The following recipe is for my favorite one. I chose the carrier oils based on their ability to cleanse, moisturize, be anti-inflammatory, fight acne and get rid of eczema. The essential oils I chose were based on scent and anti-bacterial/microbial properties (eww beards can be germy!). This oil makes his fuzz nice and smooth and smell so fresh and so clean clean. I used a 2 ounce glass amber bottle.
Tall & Woodsy
1 part sweet almond oil
1 part jojoba oil
1 part apricot kernel oil
12 drops of cedarwood essential oil
5 drops of lavender essential oil
4 drops of tea tree essential oil
2 drops of rosemary essential oil
2 drops of lime essential oil
~ shake for 30 seconds ~
Finish with 2 more drops of cedarwood.
~ shake 30 seconds ~
I love my deodorant. I love it because it works and I love it because it smells better than any commercial-bought deodorant and I love it because I don’t want to get breast cancer. Not that I have any proof that regular deodorants for sure cause breast cancer, but if I can do something that could make a difference, I will. I also breastfeed my babies an insanely long time. Anyway, here you go:
6 tblsp of coconut oil
1/4 cup of baking soda
1/4 cup of tapioca starch or corn starch (I prefer tapioca)
10 drops of essential oil (my fave blend is 8 drops patchouli 2 drops lavender)
Mix it up.
That’s it. So easy. So much better for you. Smells good. The only two cons I can think of are that during the summer you may have to put it in the fridge, because coconut oil has such a low melting point, and that once you put it on you should let it dry before putting clothes on to avoid stains.
Ohhhhh I love my diffuser. I haven’t had it long, but I’ve made good use of it every day I’ve had it. I can’t make any health claims, but I will say that when Mr. Right had the flu last week at the same time that my kids both had colds, they all got better once I started using it non-stop with some medicinal blends. I’m not going to give you those though. I’m going to give you my current fave blend. It’s beautiful. Soothing and sexy at the same time. Use it for yoga, meditation or getting frisky. Or just cause it’s amazing.
6 drops of sweet orange essential oil
4 drops of ylang ylang essential oil
4 drops of patchouli essential oil
2 drops of lavender
I just stumbled upon this idea based on necessity. I’m sure I’m not the first to come up with it, but let me tell you, I was pleased as punch when I thought of it, made it, and it turned out wonderful. My dog was sick a couple of days ago, and as such was letting off the most foul odor you can think of. I have a large area rug in the playroom and my basement is carpeted. They are her favorite spots to lay down. As you can imagine, those places stunk no matter how much I vacuumed. I remembered as a kid, my mom used a scented carpet powder to make ours smell nice. It did smell nice but was far too heavy on artificial scents, and I remember the headache the smell gave me. Mr. Right suggested I use plain baking soda and just sprinkle it everywhere. I took that idea and added some oils, and Voila! Odor-zapping, disinfecting, magic powder!
3/4 cup baking soda
15 drops of lavender essential oil
5 drops of peppermint essential oil
I filled a big red cup with the above ingredients, slapped some Press N’ Seal plastic wrap and shake, shake, shake. Then I punched holes on the top of the plastic wrap with a fork and sprinkled that shit everywhere. It worked like a charm. Left it in an hour and then vacuumed 🙂 I used lavender and peppermint because I love the fresh scent of that combo. I often use that combo for my deodorants as well. But you can use any scent you want. Either of those alone would work, any pine would be nice and woodsy, or a combo of 15 drops of orange and 5 drops of lemon or lime would be a lovely citrus scent. You know what else I can use this for that will rock my world? Peed-on mattresses. Huzzah.
Let me know if you try any of these and what you think! I’d love to hear from you! xo