DIY Essential Oils Recipes to Make at Home

Essential Oils

Essential Oil Misters or Room Diffusers

Essential Oil Misters or Room Diffusers have become widely popular among the natural mama and holistic healing crowd during recent years. Some of the more well-known essential oil companies offer these as a complimentary gift with their starter packs for people who may wish to become essential oil distributors.

You can also purchase an essential oil room diffuser on Amazon or at any natural products type of website or store.

Essential oil diffusers are the quickest and easiest way to improve the air quality of your home using fresh herbal, floral and spice-based oil blends. They’re ideal for cold and flu season, purifying the air with immune-boosting essential oils and delivering moisture to ease breathing. they also provide cool-mist humidification, which is actually better than traditional, warm-mist humidifiers which increase mold spores in the atmosphere.

If you have a growing collection of essential oils, you can mix and match different ones to create scents and moods as well as for a variety of holistic purposes in your home. You may find that once you begin using one of these, the compulsion to continue enjoying this fragrant, cleansing air is strong. You may even decide to buy a few of them, one for each bedroom and one for the high traffic areas of your home such as the kitchen or living room. They can be used for a variety of purposes, such as:

Removing foul or stale odors from and detoxifying the air
Chasing away viruses, bacteria and mold spores
Changing the atmosphere of a room or floor of the house, i.e. lavender can be diffused in the evening to bring about a sense of relaxation, lemon can impart calm clarity, peppermint invigorates the senses, and rose causes loving and peaceful feelings to surface
Delivering gentle, cool humidity to help with breathing especially during cold and flu season

How to use an essential oil scent diffuser or cool mist humidifier:

Fill with purified water up to the designated maximum line. Add anywhere from 5 to 8 drops of your favorite oils. Plug in and allow the mist to purify and enhance the quality of the air in your home or office.

DIY Essential Oil Based Massage and Body Oil Mixes

Massage or body oil is comprised primarily of a carrier oil such as jojoba, olive oil or coconut oil, with essential oils added in. Coconut obviously is the most noticeable scent out of these three types of carrier oil. So if you really want your essential oils to shine through without having to compete with coconut’s distinctive aroma, then choose one of the other two.

A massage or body oil is perfect for an after-shower or bath, all-over-body moisturizer. You can use it pretty much anywhere on your body, including and especially the feet, the chest, the hands and the insides of the arms where it will absorb most readily. You may want to steer clear of oils such as lemon or cinnamon in your body oil mixes, as these may cause a burning sensation if used on the more sensitive areas, and may actually leave a temporary burn mark on the skin.

The skin is highly absorbent, so whatever your skin comes into contact with really does enter the body. If you’re planning on applying an essential oil for health and wellness purposes, a blended massage oil that you use all over your body will probably be your best bet for getting the most out of the oils’ healing properties.

Types of Body Oil or Massage Oil Mixes You Can Make at Home:

Love and Romance Blend Massage or Body Oil
Sensual Blend Massage or Body Oil
Hormone Balancing Massage or Body Oil
Energizing Blend Massage or Body Oil
Relaxation Blend Massage or Body Oil
Immune Boosting Massage or Body Oil

(See recipes below)

If you enjoy getting massaged by a licensed massage therapist, then you might talk to this person about bringing along a special, homemade blend of massage oil for her to incorporate during your next session. A massage therapist will probably be tuned into holistic cures, so he or she may really appreciate any newfound knowledge you can impart on using essential oils for health and wellness.

DIY Essential Oil Based Perfumes

Essential oil based perfumes are especially fun because they allow those of us who don’t care for the strong aroma of synthetic perfumes to indulge in our own, signature scents. They offer a more subtle option for those who like to smell good but don’t appreciate being overwhelmed by perfume from across the room. Indeed, if you’re into essential oil perfumes, only those with whom you come into close contact will be able to share in your enjoyment of these special floral, herbal and spicy mixes. If you get headaches from regular perfumes, you might try out essential oil based blends to see if you’re able to tolerate these any better.

Perfume is fun to mix, but it takes about a month to age a perfume blend that you concoct at home. Aging allows the scents to meld together and the alcohol to fade, so that the end result is a more blended mix, where, from a sensory perspective, you can’t really tell where one flavor (note) of the perfume ends and the next begins.

If you’d like to experiment a bit with essential oil based perfumes at home, you may want to do a few different mixes all in one session, as you won’t be able to put them to use for quite a while after you make them.

To make perfume from essential oils, you should probably have at least a small collection of a variety of oils – some base notes, some middle and some top (see list of examples, below.) Since it really doesn’t take more than a few drops of oil to create a perfume, you can gather together some of your friends who have their own essential oil collections, and host a “perfume making party” where you can share a little of this and that to add variety and make it fun.

Each perfume blend should ideally contain a woodsy base which adds depth; a middle note; and a top note which is typically very pungent. Of course, you can make up your own recipes that do not follow this suggestion, but you’ll probably find that they don’t seem balanced without this harmonious, three-note “chord” of scents.

After you mix your perfume blend, you should add it to a dark colored bottle (you can start a collection of empty ones from essential oils that you purchase and eventually run out of). Store it in a cool, dark place for about 30 days before using.

Base notes of essential oil perfumes:

Common essential oil bases for perfumes include sandalwood, ginger, jasmine, patchouli, vetiver, vanilla, cedar, and ylang ylang. The base note of your homemade perfume blend will contain the greatest amount of essential oil as compared to the middle and top notes. The top notes will consist of the smallest amount of essential oil.

Middle notes of essential oil perfumes:

Middle notes of essential oil perfumes carry through the mid-range, sort of like the melody in a song. Common middle-note scents are rose, geranium, lavender, rose geranium, melissa, nutmeg, rosemary, pine, chamomile, clove, clary sage, honeysuckle,

Top notes of essential oil perfumes:

Top notes take front and center in the order of which aromas hit your olfactory nerves in which order. They’re sharper to the nose, and they require a smaller amount in comparison to base and middle notes of essential oil perfumes. Some examples: bergamot, neroli, basil, coriander, cinnamon, lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, lemongrass, lemon verbena, peppermint

Essential Oil Spritzers

Most people have a spray bottle or two hidden somewhere in a cabinet at home. Why not take yours out and fill it with a wonderfully fragranced, all natural product that will rid your table tops, counters and cabinets of dirt, odors and germs?

If you’ve always wanted to clean and freshen your home using nontoxic ingredients, an essential oil blend is the way to go. Once you start cleaning with an essential oil solution, you’ll quickly find yourself inspired to clean more. The truth is that every essential oil seems to have anti-bacterial, antimicrobial and antifungal properties. Insect pests don’t seem to care for the scent of essential oils, either. However, certain oils just seem to be especially suited for this purpose, such as lemon, peppermint, geranium, tea tree and cinnamon. Thyme oil is one of the most powerful germ fighters, and is said to be effective against staph and strep. So DO add a bit of thyme to your cleaning mix along with other oils that you enjoy the scent of.

Essential Oil Blends – Recipes to Use in Misters, Body and Massage Oils, Perfumes (where applicable), and Spritzers

Love and Romance Blend

Rose is clean, fresh and mild. It relaxes and clears the mind while delivering clarity and optimism. Mix with calming lavender and sensual, sweet jasmine for an ultra romantic, fresh and feminine scent. The following recipes will allow the rose to predominate. However, if you’re more of a jasmine gal or you’d prefer relaxing lavender to take front and center, then feel free to adjust the amounts accordingly.

Mister – Love and Romance Blend

20 drops rose essential oil
10 drops lavender oil
10 drops jasmine essential oil
1/4 teaspoon witch hazel

Fill an 18 oz. spray bottle 3/4 of the way with distilled water. Drop in the above listed oils. Add the witch hazel and shake well. Use as a room freshener, surface cleaning spray or even as a body spritz on a hot summer day.

Massage or Body Oil – Love and Romance Blend

30 drops rose oil
20 drops jasmine oil
20 drops lavender oil
Carrier oil of your choice

Fill a 4 oz. stainless steel squirt bottle 3/4 of the way with a carrier oil such as olive or jojoba. Drop in each essential oil listed in the above recipe. Shake well. Massage all over after a bath or massage, or incorporate into a massage for you and your partner.

Perfume – Love and Romance Blend

4 drops rose oil
6 drops jasmine oil
10 drops lavender oil
4 tsp. jojoba oil
1/4 tsp. distilled alcohol such as rum or vodka

Use a clean dropper to dispense the above designated amount of each essential oil into a dark colored bottle. Store it in a cool, dark place for about 30 days before using.

Sensual Blend

Certain combinations of essential oils enhance your overall sensory experience. This jasmine and sandalwood mix puts out an exotic, intoxicating and sensual vibe. Known as a mottia attar, it’s perfect for date night on a summer evening.

Mister – Sensual Blend

20 drops jasmine essential oil
10 drops sandalwood oil
5 drops neroli oil
1/4 teaspoon witch hazel

Fill an 18 oz. spray bottle 3/4 of the way with distilled water. Drop in the above listed oils. Add the witch hazel and shake well. Use as a room freshener, surface cleaning spray or as a body spritz on a warm summer night.

Massage or Body Oil – Sensual Blend

30 drops jasmine
20 drops sandalwood
10 drops neroli
Jojoba or olive carrier oil

Dispense essential oils into a 4 oz. aluminum squirt bottle and then fill 3/4 of the way with the carrier oil. Shake or roll until blended, then apply all over, massing thoroughly into skin.

Perfume – Sensual Blend

5 drops jasmine oil
5 drops sandalwood oil
3 drops neroli oil
4 tsp. jojoba oil
1/4 tsp. distilled alcohol such as rum or vodka (vanilla extract works too)

Dispense above listed amounts of essential oil into an amber bottle. Add the alcohol component. Shake well, cap tightly and store for 30 days until the oils have fully melded.

Invigorating Blend

This combination of energizing essential oils stimulates the senses, invigorates the body systems, and helps to improve mental clarity. Use at a time of day when you feel particularly sluggish. The combination of lemon and peppermint is surprisingly effective. Also makes a wonderful cleaning spray.

Mister – Invigorating Blend

30 drops lemon oil
10 drops peppermint oil
10 drops rosemary oil
10 drops geranium oil
1/4 teaspoon witch hazel

Fill an 18 oz. spray bottle 3/4 of the way with distilled water. Drop in the above listed oils. Add the witch hazel and shake well. Use as a room freshener, surface cleaning spray or as a body spritz cool-down.

Massage or Body Oil – Invigorating Blend

30 drops lemon oil
10 drops peppermint oil
10 drops rosemary oil
10 drops geranium oil
Jojoba or olive carrier oil

Dispense essential oils into a 4 oz. aluminum squirt bottle and then fill 3/4 of the way with the carrier oil. Shake or roll until blended, then apply all over, massing thoroughly into skin.

Balancing Blend

If you suffer from irregular menstrual cycles, have perimenopausal or menopausal symptoms, experience PMS or want to improve your fertility, the balancing blend of essential oils may help.

Mister – Balancing Blend

30 drops geranium oil
20 drops lavender oil
20 drops clary sage
10 drops jasmine oil
1/4 teaspoon witch hazel

Fill an 18 oz. spray bottle 3/4 of the way with distilled water. Drop in the above listed oils. Add the witch hazel and shake well. Use as a room freshener, surface cleaning spray or as refreshing cool-down spray for your face and neck.

Massage or Body Oil – Balancing Blend

30 drops geranium oil
20 drops lavender oil
20 drops clary sage
10 drops jasmine oil
Jojoba or olive carrier oil

Dispense essential oils into a 4 oz. aluminum squirt bottle and then fill 3/4 of the way with the carrier oil. Shake or roll until blended, then apply all over, massing thoroughly into skin.

Mister – Relaxation Blend

30 drops geranium oil
20 drops lavender oil
10 drops thyme oil
10 drops rose oil
1/4 teaspoon witch hazel

Fill an 18 oz. spray bottle 3/4 of the way with distilled water. Drop in the above listed oils. Add the witch hazel and shake well. Use as a room freshener or surface cleaning spray. The relaxation blend is a nice fragrance to fill your home at the end of a stressful day. Plug it for an extra enjoyable wind-down during your evening yoga.

Massage or Body Oil – Relaxation Blend

30 drops geranium oil
20 drops lavender oil
10 drops thyme oil
10 drops rose oil
Jojoba or olive carrier oil

Dispense essential oils into a 4 oz. aluminum squirt bottle and then fill 3/4 of the way with the carrier oil. Shake or roll until blended, then apply all over, massing thoroughly into skin.

Immune Boosting Blends (Cold and Flu 1 and 2)

This combination of essential oils works especially well for warding off cold and flu viruses and bacteria. Use the Mister recipe to cleanse the air of your home, either in a cold mist humidifier, or if you don’t have one of these, a simple spray bottle solution will do. Spray it on surfaces and wipe down, for a clean, fresh home that’s also free of germs and bacteria. You can also use it on the bottoms of the feet, chest and neck area if you feel a cough or cold developing, or even if you’re already full-blown sick.

Mister – Immune Boosting Blend 1 (For Colds and Flu – Similar to Thieves mix)

10 drops lavender oil
10 drops thyme oil
10 drops lemon oil
10 drops rosemary oil
5 drops cinnamon oil
5 drops clove oil
1/4 teaspoon witch hazel

Fill an 18 oz. spray bottle 3/4 of the way with distilled water. Drop in the above listed oils. Add the witch hazel and shake well. Use as a room freshener, surface cleaning spray or as refreshing cool-down spray for your face and neck.

Massage or Body Oil – Immune Boosting Blend 2 For Colds and Flu, OK on Sensitive Skin)

20 drops lavender oil
20 drops thyme oil
10 drops geranium oil
Jojoba or olive carrier oil

Dispense essential oils into a 4 oz. aluminum squirt bottle and then fill 3/4 of the way with the carrier oil. Shake or roll until blended, then apply all over, massing thoroughly into skin. This blend does not contain lemon, clove or cinnamon, as they tend to burn the skin and may be especially uncomfortable if you’re using this on children. You can certainly add them if you’re more daring, don’t mind mild discomfort or a slight, temporary skin burn, and want to feel better fast.

When it comes to essential oils, don’t be afraid to experiment. The above recipes are merely suggestions based on the potency of certain oils and how they combine with other oils. If you’re new to essential oils, keep an open mind and see what happens.