So I made up a recipe a couple of weeks ago for an essential oil spray. I recently replaced my perfumed body spray with one scented with essential oils, but I was about to board a plane for a 2-week trip to Florida and wanted something that would serve more purposes than just a body spray. I really didn’t want to pack 3 or 4 different bottles with me.
I am amazed at all of the different uses I ended up getting from this essential oil spray (some expected and some not), and I was not the only person happy that I had this little bottle in my purse. I think this is THE essential oil spray every mom needs in her purse!
Here’s the simple recipe:
Into a 4 oz spray bottle (like these), add the following:
1 ounce organic aloe vera gel (I prefer this brand)
2.5 ounces witch hazel (this one is my favorite)
25 drops lavender essential oil
25 drops peppermint essential oil
25 drops rosemary essential oil
Directions: Shake to mix well and before each use.
The main reason I mixed this particular formula was two-fold. I wanted a pleasant scent to just spray on me to smell good and that I could use on my face as a quick toner. This is my favorite combination of essential oils for the scent, plus it’s very uplifting. I also wanted a spray that would work as an insect repellent (because I was going to Florida in June, where mosquitoes are huge!). So, I guess that’s really a three-fold reason. My spray worked very well for all of my intended purposes.
Surprisingly, I also used it in a few other instances:
On our first day out on the beach with friends, after a week of rain, we all got sunburned. It was a cloudy day, we weren’t planning to stay long, and none of us thought to bring sunscreen. I was burned on my lower legs and arms, Ben was burned on his back, and my friend was also burned on her back. Since I had added aloe vera to the spray, I began using it right away on all of us, and literally after 24-hours, we were all fine. I am very fair and usually a burn bothers me for many days. I didn’t even peel. The peppermint was very soothing and cooling, and the lavender and aloe vera are both known to be healing for sunburn.
The next night, we spend the evening at an open-air restaurant, and just as I expected, the mosquitoes came out to enjoy the sunset with us. A quick spritz on my ankles, behind my knees, around my wrists and elbows, and on my neck, and they never bothered me again. Normally, I would have added lemon eucalyptus to my insect repellent, but I didn’t really want to smell like lemon all week. I think the addition of the rosemary really helped repel the bugs.
A few nights later, Ben and I moved to a resort hotel in Orlando. The night-time view was beautiful, so I went out on the balcony for a few minutes. Well, I must have let in a couple of rogue mosquitoes because when I woke up the next day, my legs were covered with bites (yes, the resort sent the exterminator over to check for bed bugs). The only relief I received from the intense itching was my spray. It was very soothing, relieving the itching right away, every time I needed it.
This is a little embarrassing, but at dinner one evening, I went into a single-person restroom right after someone else and it did not smell good at all, if you know what I mean. So I whipped out my spray and spritzed some into the air. It deodorized the bathroom quickly, making my time in there much more tolerable.
On another evening I was having trouble sleeping. It was the day of the Orlando shootings (we were in Orlando), and my mind was really racing that night. I wasn’t sure the lavender in the spray would help since I usually find peppermint and rosemary to be a bit invigorating. But I decided to give it a shot and used it as a linen spray anyway, spritzing my sheets and pillows. Soon I was fast asleep. Some research later revealed that rosemary is actually a great oil for insomnia and the stress-relieving properties of peppermint can calm the anxiety that might be interfering with your sleep.
Lastly, there were many times (on the airplane, at the beach, by the pool) when we were about to have something to eat and didn’t have an easy way to clean our hands. So I whipped out my spray and used it as hand sanitizer. I generally like citrus oils in my hand sanitizer, but I felt perfectly comfortable with the antiseptic properties of the lavender, peppermint, and rosemary.
Essential oils are so versatile!
So ladies (especially you moms), make this spray and keep it in your purse. You’ll be ready for most anything! I will never be without it, traveling or not.
What must-have item do you have in your purse?
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