Essential oils have been around for centuries, and for those of us using them, essential oil recipes are very handy. These natural oils are obtained from the leaves, roots, bark, flowers and stems of certain types of plants. The extraction process is delicate and includes one of the following three methods: steam distillation, enfleurage or expressed oils.
These oils are used in a variety of ways to enhance your physical, spiritual and emotional state. You can also use them to make beauty products and as a way to purify your home. However, mishandling these oils can be dangerous. Essential oils are highly concentrated, so it’s important to exercise caution when using them. Be sure to follow the directions precisely. Here are some essential oils recipe ideas to get you started.
Essential Oil Beauty Recipes
Essential oil skin care recipes are very popular today because these homemade products can give users a natural way to keep their skin looking young and beautiful. Applying undiluted oils directly to your skin can cause allergies and other problems, but essential oil recipes explain how to mix the oils correctly to make them safe to use.
Tea Tree Essential Oil – Big 4 oz – 100% Pure & Natural Melaleuca Therapeutic Grade – PREMIUM QUALITY from Australia for acne and skin tag removalTea Tree, Rose, Lavender, Patchouli , Lemongrass and Geranium are some of the most popular oils used in skin care recipes but there are many others available. Here’s an easy beginners recipe for maintaining beautiful skin:
- 10 drops lavender essential oil
- 5 drops tea tree oil
- 7 drops frankincense oil
- 1 oz argan oil
Mix in a dark bottle and use daily before bed for gorgeous looking skin. Works great for both face and hands, and absorbs easily, without leaving skin greasy. The perfect way to dip your toes into using natural beauty products you make yourself!
Essential Oil Recipes For Cleaning
Essential oils are extremely versatile. Depending on which oils you choose and what you mix them with, you can clean anything, keeping your home sparkling, without the harsh chemicals found in commercial cleaners.
doTERRA Lemon Essential Oil 15 mlSome essential oil newbies might want to start by adding some oils to their existing cleaning products to give them a boost and start slowly. Whichever way you go (all the way or gradually), I promise you’ll never look back.
If you want to start with an easy to make all purpose cleaner, this this mixture:
- 1 cup of white vinegar
- 1 cup of water
- 30 to 40 drops of essential oils (use your favorite oil or combination of oils)
Mix the water, vinegar and essential oils and shake well before every use. This easy to make, inexpensive mixture, works as well as any store bought cleaner. My favorite oils for cleaning are lemon oil, peppermint, and tea tree oil. But you can always try new combinations to see what YOU enjoy the most.
Essential Oil Recipes For Sleep
If you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep all night, you can try some lavender essential oil recipes in your diffuser: lavender is an excellent choice for helping you relax so you can fall asleep faster. Other essential oils that are great for helping you relax and sleep include Roman Chamomile, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang and Cedarwood.
My favorite sleep blend is made with only 3 ingredients and it works wonders!
- 20 drops of lavender essential oil
- 10 drops of vetiver essential oil
- 5 ml FCO (fractionated coconut oil)
Mix all the above in a roller bottle and use on the bottom of your feet before bed: you’ll sleep like a baby!
Essential Oil Diffuser Recipes
Diffusing essential oils is, in my opinion, one of the best ways to introduce someone new to essential oils. When I started using oils, my husband wasn’t convinced of their effectiveness, and I didn’t want to force my views on him: I wanted him to realize on his own that the oils are good for him.
I set out my difuser and every day I tried different essential oil blend recipes: one day I used peppermint (and oh, how he loved it!), the next day I added lavender, and the third day I tried cinnamon oil. And by then, he was more willing to give the oils a chance.
Make your own essential oil recipes for diffuser, by trying different combinations. Soon, you’ll know what your family loves the most.
If you don’t have a diffuser, you might want to know a bit before choosing your essential oil diffuser. Here’s some information about essential oils diffusers.
Essential Oil Diffusers
There are many different styles of diffusers to choose from, making it easy to find something that suits your taste and décor perfectly. However, they all fall into one of four categories which determine how the essential oils are dispersed into the air.
The four categories are:
- Nebulizing diffusers – Use an atomizer that pulls the oil from the bottom of the dispenser through a tube and then sprays a fine mist of the oil in its pure form into the air
- Humidifying diffusers – Use electronic frequencies to break down the essential oil into tiny particles that are dispersed into the air along with the water as a fine mist
- Evaporative diffusers – Use a fan to evaporate the drops of oil placed on a filter while blowing the oil into the room as it evaporates
- Heat diffusers – Use heat to make the essential oils evaporate and disperse into the air
Diffusing essential oils freshen and purifies the air much in the same way that air fresheners do but without the chemicals. The oils are natural and offer therapeutic advantages such as boosting energy and improving both your mood and concentration. There are many essential oil diffuser recipes to choose from depending on what you want to accomplish.
For example, placing 2 drops of wild orange and 2 drops of peppermint essential oils in your diffuser will give you a quick boost of energy and make you more alert. If you’re a pet lover then you’ll appreciate essential oil recipes for diffuser that help to eliminate odors such as this one.
Diffuser recipe for eliminating odors
- NOW Foods Essential Oils Lime — 1 fl oz2 drops lemon essential oil
- 1 drop melaleuca essential oil
- 1 drop cilantro essential oil
- 2 drops lime essential oil
Place this mixture in your diffuser and your home will smell fresh and clean.
If you’ve never used essential oils before, don’t worry. You don’t have to be an expert to enjoy the benefits. There are many easy essential oil recipes available for beginners. Once you get the hang of it, you can move on to essential oil blend recipes that offer aromatherapy or medicinal benefits.
A Word of Caution
Essential oils do have many health benefits when used correctly. However, when used improperly they can pose a health risk. In their undiluted form, essential oils are highly concentrated and can cause skin irritation and allergies when applied to the skin without being diluted first. That’s why using a recipe that explains how to mix the oils with other ingredients correctly is so important. Be sure to follow the directions carefully and never use more of the essential oils than the recipe calls for.
You should also be careful using Young Living essential oils recipes or doTERRA essential oils recipes that call for using these oils as part of food ingredients. Ingesting essential oils can be very dangerous since they are so potent. It would be very easy to overdose, which could lead to poisoning or even be fatal. This is why many professional aromatherapists, herbalists and traditional health care providers advise against it.
Essential oils can help lift your spirits and give you more energy. The beauty recipes can help make your skin and hair healthier. The cleaning recipes can help you keep your home clean without using products that contain harsh chemical that are bad for both you and the environment. When used correctly, essential oil recipes can have a huge impact on your life in a positive way.