How to Make Your Own Aromatherapy Spritzers

A lot of my clients and customers have asked about making their own air fresheners. This happens to be one thing I do a lot it is one of my favorite ways to use aromatherapy.  The reason being is because (a) they’re SO very easy to make and (b) they can defiantly change the mood/aroma/of a room in minutes. (especially in the bathroom :O) ) They’re also very inexpensive and you get to choose your scent, since you only need just a few drops of essential oil per bottle of spritzer.

Here are Some Basic Principles:

When you make your own spritzers you can vary the concentration (that means the number of drops of essential oil you place in the bottle) based on what you want your outcome to be or what you are trying to achieve.  For example, if you are making a facial spray, be sure and keep the concentration low and close your eyes when spraying, at around 6-8 drops per 4-ounce bottle.  For body sprays, that amount can be increased to a 2% and can have up to 48 – 50 drops, and for aromatherapy room sprays, you can go as high as 4% up to 70 – 90 drops of essential oil per four ounces.   Although some sources recommend starting out at a lower concentration for room sprays.

Below you will find what you need to make a room spray:

  • 4 oz spritzer bottles (you can adjust accordingly if you have a larger bottle)
  • 3.5 ounces distilled water (leaving room for the essential oils and to place the sprayer back on without overflowing the bottle)
  • 3 tsp witch hazel to help disperse the essential oils and prolong the fragrance.
  • Essential Oils of your choice
  • A small notebook–I recommend you keep notes of what you do. I find when dabbling in making your own sprays you’ll fall in love with a certain one and want to make it again.   This is also a nice habit to get into whenever you work with essential oils and blends.

Now for Choosing your Essential Oils:

I always say the sky’s the limit on choosing essential oils you’d like to combine.  Go with the ones you like some may not seem like they will go together but you will never know unless you combine them :O) but you should decide, initially, on the purpose of the spray.  Is it going to be a room deodorizer?  Maybe a Linen spray?  Or Are you trying to create a specific mood? You could also make a face spritzer!

Below are some ideas to get you started:

Uplifting/Citrus Spray

(This is a great spritzer when you want to air out a musty, damp closed up space)

  • Lemon – 30 drops
  • Tangerine – 20 drops
  • Grapefruit – 14 drops
  • Bergamot – 14 drops

If you want to add a little spice to the citrus, add a few drops of Cardamom or Clove essential oil to the above.

Disinfectant Room/Toy/Counter Top Spray

  • Eucalyptus – 30 drops
  • Cedarwood – 25 drops
  • Tea Tree – 10 drops
  • Lemon – 15 drops
  • Pine – 4 drops

Soothing/Calming Spray

  • Ylang Ylang – 35 drops
  • Orange – 30 drops
  • Roman Chamomile – 15 drops
  • Lavender – 8 drops
  • Vetiver – 4 drops

Harmonizing Spray

  • Bergamot – 30 drops
  • Lavender – 25 drops
  • Clary Sage – 20 drops
  • Frankincense – 15 drops
  • Myrrh – 10 drops

Facial Spray

  • Geranium Rose – 4 drops
  • Lavender – 3 drops

How to Make the Aromatherapy Spray:

  1. Measure out the distilled water and add your witch hazel, if using.
  2. Then add your drops of essential oils and shake well to blend.
  3. Let your creations sit for at least 8-24 hours to allow the oils to deepen.
  4. Shake well each time before using.

These are just a few to get you started, enjoy experimenting with making these and your own wonderful aromatherapy spritzers.

Caution: The information provided on this page is not meant to take the place of diagnosis and/or treatment by a qualified medical practitioner. Since the use of this product by others is beyond our control, there is no expressed or implied guarantee as to the use or effects of their use can be given nor liability taken. Use at your own discretion. Any and all application of the recommendations is at the user’s risk. Grounded Owl Botanicals disclaims any liability arising directly or indirectly from the use of this information and assumes no responsibility for any actions taken. The FDA has not evaluated the statements on this website. No claims are made as to any medicinal value of any oil or healing modality.

Essential Oils and Travel

Essential oils for Traveling

If you are like me, you love to take your oils with you everywhere! Some people ask me if you can take essential oils on air planes, the answer is yes!! I do all the time. When going on a plane it is not always a great experience. There is a fear of heights, nausea and headache for a lot of people.

The flying experience starts at the beginning when you are getting your ticket, getting through security finding your gate (are the two worst things when flying for me just saying :O) ) and then the wait for the flight.  While doing all that you have a lot of other people to deal with and some can be not so nice to be around. Can you say STRESS!!!!

If you are like me, getting through this kind of travel would be especially awful if you forget your essential oils. Essential oils can help you keep calm when the world around you is in caous.

When taking your essential oils with you it is also important to be considerate of everyone else. Other people may be sensitive to certain smells, or oils could affect a medical condition you don’t know someone has, so I usually use take my Foojin with me. You may ask what is a Foojin? Well it is a personal diffuser that I love to use just for me!! You can find it on my website at www.groundedowlbotanicals.com another way is to use a roll on when you are in the airport or on the plane.

Below you will find some blends that will aid with issues that most people deal with when they travel. Please feel free to also play with what oils you have to get the relief you need.

Anxiety:

2 ml Lavender essential oil, 2 ml Lemongrass essential oil and 1 ml Cedarwood essential oil

Motion sickness:

3 ml Ginger essential oil, 2 ml peppermint

Jet Lag:

2 ml Grapefruit essential oil, 2 ml Lavender essential oil and 1 ml geranium essential oil

Stomach upset:

2 ml Lemon essential oil, 2 ml Fennel essential oil and 1 ml Peppermint essential oil

Sleep:

2 ml Marjoram essential oil, 2 ml Bergamot essential oil and 1 ml of Valerian essential oil

Place essential oils in a 5 ml bottle and blend them together.  To use the Foojin just add 1 drop of the blend to each side on the wick and follow instructions on placement in nose. TO use in a roll on add 10 to 12 drops of the blend to a roller bottle then fill with your favorite carrier oil.

 

Caution: The information provided on this page is not meant to take the place of diagnosis and/or treatment by a qualified medical practitioner. Since the use of this product by others is beyond our control, there is no expressed or implied guarantee as to the use or effects of their use can be given nor liability taken. Use at your own discretion. Any and all application of the recommendations is at the user’s risk. Grounded Owl Botanicals disclaims any liability arising directly or indirectly from the use of this information and assumes no responsibility for any actions taken. The FDA has not evaluated the statements on this website. No claims are made as to any medicinal value of any oil or healing modality.

Having trouble sleeping!


free pic bath

 

Hi there everyone!!!

Recently I have been asked a lot about how to help people get some sleep!!  Seems to be a real problem these days with all the electronics and long work days, People cannot seem to shut off the brain or they get so overtired they cannot get to sleep.

With that being said, I myself get situational insomnia and hate it when it happens. So, what do I do?  Well, I do one of 2 things: 1) I either place one of my favorite sleep oils on my pillow (Cedar Leaf or my Zonked sleep blend) and inhale it all night long or 2) if I am out of these oils, I take a good bath before bed!! (using salts with some lavender added)

Below I will give you a great way to use the oils in a bath so that you can either get some rest or use to wake up in the morning if you are a slow mover (like I am)

 

Gather these ingredients and give it a shot  :O)

Let’s Get Some Sleep bubble bath

3 drops Cedarwood

5 drops Lavender

3 drops Patchouli

1 drop Vetiver

4oz castile soap

What to do next:

Start running your bath

Place all drops of essential oils into the castile soap

After placing all drops and stirring essential oils into soap slowly pour soap into the bath with water still running.

When reached the desired amount of bath water stop water and climb in.

May want to have soft music playing and candles for lighting to calm the nerves

When the bath is over dry off and climb into bed.

Some variations of this can also be:

Wake me up am bath: 7 drops Orange essential oil,  4 drops Lemon and 3 drops Lime essential oil.

Not feeling well bath: 7 drops Eucalyptus essential oil, 4 drops Peppermint and 2 drops Tea Tree essential oil

Always remember to add the essential oils to a carrier such as a bath salt or castile soap.

 

Caution: The information provided on this page is not meant to take the place of diagnosis and/or treatment by a qualified medical practitioner. Since the use of this product by others is beyond our control, there is no expressed or implied guarantee as to the use or effects of their use can be given nor liability taken. Use at your own discretion. Any and all application of the recommendations is at the user’s risk. Grounded Owl Botanicals disclaims any liability arising directly or indirectly from the use of this information and assumes no responsibility for any actions taken. The FDA has not evaluated the statements on this website. No claims are made as to any medicinal value of any oil or healing modality.

 

 

Carrier Oils (also known as fixed or base oils)

carrier oil pic

Essential oil with an except for a few, should never ever be used undiluted on the skin, and needs to be blended with a carrier oil. To dilute the essential oils and their constituents and to help spread them over the surface of the skin.

These oils are normally obtained by cold pressing the plant material and is inert – and not volatile as essential oils. They are from vegetable origin extracted from either nuts or seeds.

The dilution ratio of essential oil used with in a carrier oil depends on various factors, some of which are the age of the person it is to be used with as well as condition it is used for.

Smell of carrier oils 

Some individuals look for carrier oils with an exact smell – for example, individuals sometimes look for “almond oil” that smells like almonds.

If you come across an almond oil, that smells of almonds, you may have a highly toxic oil (bitter almond oil) for example.

Our carrier oils are 100% pure base oils – no preservatives, no fragrances or other compounds -they are as good as it gets!

Most carrier oils are extracted using a “cold pressed method”, with this method there is no external heat applied to help force the oil from its oil containing cells, this is the type of carrier oil you should buy.

People with nut allergies should do a patch test before using a nut based oil to be sure they have no issues with its use. Most people do not have allergic reactions to these type of base carrier oils, but better safe than sorry :O).

When the carrier oil has been extracted, it sometimes can be refined through numerous processes to attain certain desirable (and some undesirable) effects. (Hence the patch test is always good idea).

Carrier oils also posess their own therapeutic properties which also may assist the absorption of the essential oils through the skin.

Most carrier oils are additionally rich in fatty acids as well as other great nutrients.

 

List of different carrier oils and what they are good for:

  • Almond oil: Acts as a natural moisturizer, it is suitable for young children and babies, helps to lubricate massage blends as well as a great makeup remover.
  • Olive Oil: Deeply conditions your skin, has antiaging effects, this oil can be used as a hair tonic as well as a makeup remover.
  • Apricot kernel oil: Helps to restore moisture to skin, it is suitable for sensitive skin, Acts as a massage base as well as conditions your hair.
  • Avocado oil: This Base oil conditions and soothes your skin as well as repairs and protects your skin, acts as an anti-aging oil and is a natural SPF.
  • Evening primrose oil: This base oil also has anti-aging effects conditions skin and can be added to any cosmetic.
  • Grape seed oil: This base oil is suitable for allergenic and sensitive skin, treats acne and is also a great antiaging choice it will also make a good massage base.
  • Jojoba oil: This oil conditions skin and hair is a great antiaging skin condition treatment as well as a makeup remover.
  • Coconut oil: Conditions hair, cares for teeth and gums, heals rough irritated skin great hair conditioner and makeup remove.
  • Rose-hip oil: This base oil eases itching, treats acne, prevents scaring and has anti-aging benefits.
  • Trauma Oil: This base oil is made by macerated herbs of St. John’s Wort, Calendula and Arnica. This base oil is great for any type of mind body spirit trauma. It can be used for a healing massage in a first aid kit and aids in repairing skin.

The above is by no means a complete list of carrier oils, they are some of the ones I carry here in the shop.

As you can see from the provided list above there is a good diversity to choose from, although carrier oils are used for diluting the essential oils in aromatherapy (by applying to skin), the carrier oils can also add vary valuable properties to the process, since they all have one or more of their own characteristics to offer.