Relaxing Epsom Salt Bath with Chamomile & Lavender

After a tough day, you can look forward to relaxing in a warm bath that smells softly of sweet chamomile and lavender. Both of these essential oils deliver a mildly sedative effect.

To make this you will need:

4 cups Epsom salts
20 drops lavender oil
20 drops chamomile oil
Dark colored glass container with lid
4 Tablespoons crushed lavender seeds

Begin by crushing the lavender in a mortar and pestle to release the plant’s healing oil. Mix all ingredients. Scoop into glass container and label. Store in bathroom vanity or tie on a pretty ribbon and display on shelf.

To use: Begin by showering or bathing as you normally would. If you plan to shave, take care of this chore first. Now it’s time to relax. Scoop out about a half-cup of Relaxing Lavender and Chamomile bath salts. Pour into your warm bath, lean back and enjoy the soothing calm that takes over your body.

“Restful Rose” Homemade Foaming Hand Soap Recipe

Rose oil is long cherished for its gift of lifting the mood as it clears the mind. Unmistakably floral, rose pairs well with earthy lavender which imparts calm and slows down the body systems for a relaxing repose. Geranium delivers a mild,  lemony botanical scent along with cleansing properties, and it is also known to repel insects – making it a pleasant and useful aroma to linger upon your skin in the springtime.

What you will need:

Foaming soap pump
2 Tbs. castile soap
1 cup distilled water
3 teaspoons vegetable glycerin
8 drops rose oil
12 drops geranium oil
10 drops lavender oil

To make: combine all ingredients. Pour into foaming pump bottle and securely screw the cap into place. Shake or swirl gently before each use. To clean hands, simply squirt a few pumps of your delicious, homemade, all-natural soap into hands. Rub hands all over and rinse well.

Natural Hand Sanitizer Spray Recipe – in Rain Song Blend

It’s nice to have a handy bottle of homemade hand sanitizer for those messy moments when you’re out and about. Even better when it’s free of chemicals and unwanted ingredients like alcohol and Triclosan. Make a batch of this ahead of time to store in your purse for on-the-go cleanups.

What you will need:

1 ounce spray bottle with cap
3 Tablespoons witch hazel
4 drops peppermint oil
2 drops vetiver oil
2 drops eucalyptus oil
4 drops lemon oil

Use an essential oils funnel to add each ingredient to the spray bottle. Add lid and label as hand sanitizer. Spray onto palms of hands and rub in thoroughly.

Natural Antibacterial Hand Gel Recipe

If antibacterial gel is your favorite way to clean up quick when out and about, then you’ll love this homemade version that incorporates moisturizing and soothing aloe vera gel as a base.

What you will need:

3/4 cup aloe vera gel
1 Tablespoon witch hazel
25 drops tea tree oil
7 drops chamomile oil
10 drops geranium oil

Use a very small funnel to carefully add each ingredient to an 8-oz. pump bottle. Screw on cap and shake to mix. To disinfect hands, squeeze a dime-sized amount into palms and rub hands together well using a scrubbing motion. Be sure to shake the bottle well prior to each use.

Bug Off! Natural Insect Repellent Bracelet Recipe – Peppermint, Clove and Citronella

Don’t throw away those used natural bug repellent stretchy bracelets whose scent has faded! They can be reused again and again by making your own insect repellent using essential oils.

The coiled stretchy bracelet is showing up in stores as an easy way to keep a citronella scent close to you to ward off ticks, fleas and mosquitoes. Prepare your own pre-soaked bracelets to store in a dark colored glass jar with lid. Pop these onto wrists and ankles before heading out for a hike in the wilderness.

What you need:

Package of stretchy, coiled bracelets
Mason jar with lid
3 Tablespoons jojoba oil
20 drops lemongrass or citronella oil
20 drops clove oil
20 drops peppermint oil

To make, mix the carrier and essential oils together in a wide-mouth jar with lid. Set the bracelets into the oil mix. Cap the jar and allow to soak. Use a fork or spoon to remove the bracelets when ready for use.

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