You know that happy feeling you get when you get of whiff of something that smells really good?
Like when you walk into a home with cookies in the oven, or the scent on your pillow when you’ve just washed all the sheets?
Wouldn’t it be cool if we could bottle it up and sniff it anytime we wanted? Turns out, we can!
First off, a bit of a story.
A member in my family is going through medical treatment that is quite stressful. There isn’t much the rest of us can do, but I still wanted to do something. Something that would make her feel better, calm her nerves or at least take her mind off the icky for a little bit.
We’ve been using essential oils in our home for about a year now, and we really like the results because of them. We’ve made it through three colds, big headaches, cuts & scrapes, bug bites, acne, warts without using any other medicine at all.
I also survived a pretty serious allergy outbreak with taking just 3 doses of over-the-counter medicines over the course of a month – which is huge considering I’d normally have to take them every day!
Since essential oils are working for us in so many ways, I chose to create a pamper kit that used essential oils for my family member. I decided to center all of the items around lavender, since it promotes relaxation. I could have added frankincense and/or marjoram too (since they both compliment lavender VERY nicely), but those are still in the moving truck!
Really, you can choose whatever essential oil you want, it just depends on what you’re trying to achieve.
Energizing the Body: rosemary, peppermint, lemon, orange, grapefruit, tea tree
A spray with these oils would be great to help wake you up in the morning, to mentally prepare you for a workout or if you need a mid-afternoon pick-me-up.
Uplifting Mood & Spirit: bergamot, orange, grapefruit, ylang ylang
These oils can be used if you’re feeling down and out, are dealing with Winter blues or any other similar depressed emotional state.
Calming Nerves & Anxiety: lavender, chamomile, marjoram, geranium, frankincense
This is the spray I designed with lavender, but all of these oils would be great to help counteract anxiousness and nervousness from almost any situation. You could also use these to help relax before bed at night.
The first component of the pamper kit is a DIY Homemade Linen Spray. This would allow her to create a calm, peaceful atmosphere wherever she went. She could spray it on her pillow at bedtime, on her clothes during the day or on a blanket when she cuddled up with a book on the sofa.
To be honest, choosing the scent you want or the mood you want to create is the hardest decision. Making the actual room and linen spray is super easy!
DIY Linen Spray with Essential Oils
- 6-10 drops essential oil(s) of your choice (I prefer to buy my essential oils here.)
- 2 oz glass spray bottle or 4 oz glass spray bottle (those link to Amazon, but I also found some at Whole Foods)
- 2 Tbsp vodka or witch hazel
Carefully measure vodka or witch hazel into the glass spray bottle. Using a small measuring cup is easiest, but a small funnel works well if you already have one.
Add 6 drops of essential oil.
Add water to the bottle, not quite filling to the top. You want to leave enough room so that the liquid doesn’t overflow when you fit the top on.
Replace the top and shake well. Spray a bit on your hand or shirt or rag and smell. If you want the scent stronger, add up to 4 more drops of essential oil.
Shake well and spray on linens or other fabrics as desired.
Additional Recipe Notes
Oil and water don’t mix, and neither do oil and grain alcohol. However the alcohol helps the scent to linger longer. You could mix with water, but you’ll get better results with vodka or witch hazel. In either case, be sure to shake well before using.
You can mix/match essential oils of your choice, but it would be wise to smell each oil individually before adding to the spray bottle. Adding scents together is kinda like adding black and white paint. It only takes a few drops of black to turn white to grey. But it takes A LOT of white to turn black to grey, and you might never get there!
Start small with strongly scented oils, and remember that you can always add another drop if a scent isn’t strong enough.
If at all possible, use light colored oils if you’re spraying directly on fabric so you don’t stain them.
Essential oils, and anything made with essential oils, should be stored in a cool place and out of direct sunlight.
What would you use a linen spray for? What scent combination would you choose?
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