Common Essential Oils and Their Uses forum: Using Essential Oils Everyday

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Imageforestmaiden
May 2, 2010 6:13 PM CST
Name: Sylvia
Ontario, Canada
We all love the smells and scents of our flower gardens and now we can bring them right inside by easily making our own! Get a simple glass bottle with sprayer and fill with distilled water and add approx. 40 drops of essential oil of your choice. For example, if you love lavender you can simply add 40 drops of lavender to a 50 ml bottle and presto! You have a wonderful smelling spray that will freshen the air plus kill germs at the same time! It will also make you feel good and help you to relax Smiling Another suggestion would be that when it is laundry day and you are changing the sheets on your bed .....go ahead and first spray the mattress with the lavender scent and then put on your fresh sheets and repeat. Not only will you have lovely smelling linen but it will also help you to sleep and you won't ever have any type of bugs etc. because it is a natural repellant. There are soooo many different beneficial uses using pure EO's and they boost our immune system at the same time. Always remember to sterilize our bottles and to shake to dispense oils before each use
ImageTrish
May 3, 2010 11:14 AM CST
Name: Trish Whitinger
Jacksonville, TX
Helper and Wife of the Cubit Master
I've wondered about this- do you not need a carrier oil?

Just the EO plus water?
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Imageforestmaiden
May 4, 2010 9:12 AM CST
Name: Sylvia
Ontario, Canada
Hi Trish! When you are making a simple air spray you do not add any carrier oil, but if you wanted to make a simple oil to rub onto your skin after a shower or bath, then you would use a carrier oil instead of the water.
ImageTrish
May 4, 2010 9:50 AM CST
Name: Trish Whitinger
Jacksonville, TX
Helper and Wife of the Cubit Master
Thanks, Sylvia.

Also, when making a spray- what temp should the water be?

Too hot, and I would assume that the EO would evaporate, but would it blend at room temp?
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Imageforestmaiden
May 4, 2010 5:41 PM CST
Name: Sylvia
Ontario, Canada
Oh yes Trish, room temperature water is absolutely fine. Just always remember to shake before each use to mix the oils with the water.
Imagesunfarm
May 4, 2010 6:08 PM CST
Name: Sally
East Central Kentucky
I have heard of putting some alcohol (even vodka!) in to make the oil more miscible in the water. The alcohol would evaporate as it was spritzed. What do you think?
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ImageTrish
May 5, 2010 6:40 AM CST
Name: Trish Whitinger
Jacksonville, TX
Helper and Wife of the Cubit Master
Very good!!

Thanks a bunch!
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Imageforestmaiden
May 5, 2010 10:53 AM CST
Name: Sylvia
Ontario, Canada
When you are making a room spray you certainly can add the same amount of high proof vodka or grain alcohol (as EO)to basically dissolve the EO first and then add distilled water for the rest. The product will be exactly the same but you just wouldn't have to shake quite as often as the essential oil is predissolved.
Imagesunfarm
May 5, 2010 7:24 PM CST
Name: Sally
East Central Kentucky
That's what I do with lavender spritz for my bed linens to keep them from getting so wet (alcohol evaporates).
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Jun 12, 2011 7:44 AM CST
Name: Lori Morrow
Enid, OK
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I just stumbled on this thread. I have been studying essential oils and their uses through a medical aromatherapist in the UK. He wrote the course I am about to finish and has written tons of articles and a couple of books on the subject.

For air fresheners I use pure vodka as the base for my essential oils. You can dilute with distilled water instead or distilled water and vodka combined. The difference I have found is that the pure vodka/essential oil mix does not get rancid as quickly. I also store the unused mix in the fridge to prolong it's life.

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