Essential oils are so versatile in our daily lives that it makes sense to want to bring a small vial of it around with you. These multi-purpose oils do not have to be limited to expensive aromatherapy or spa sessions. With a quick and easy DIY job, you can create your own essential oil spray to carry on the go!
To get started, here’s what you need:
- A glass bottle (plastics can react with the essential oils to produce harmful chemicals)
- Essential oil of choice
- Purified/distilled water
Now, follow these steps:
1. Determine purpose and choose benefits.
Decide what you want to use the essential oil spray for. Some common uses include:
- Emotional wellness (the oil helps to balance hormones and relieve depression)
- Scent purposes
- Practical uses, such as improving sleep or detangling hair
Following this, determine the type of essential oil to use by researching the benefits and uses of different types of essential oil. For example, bergamot is often used as a mental health aid and helps relieve stress, while eucalyptus helps with more physical ailments like muscle aches and migraines.
This is the fun part. Everyone has unique preferences for scents so take your time to explore the variety of scents available. Some well-loved scents include rose, jasmine and lavender.
Once you’re done with selecting scents, fix the ratios of the different oils. For beginners, don’t go beyond two oils for your first spray. An easy way to start would be to mix the oils in equal proportions initially, and then slowly increase the proportion of the oil that has preferred benefits/a preferred scent. No need to be too precise with the amounts; trust your nose!
3. The physical assembly
The volume of water to use as your base is highly customisable. A general guideline is using 60ml of water with 15-25 drops of essential oil for a stronger scent, or 120ml of water with 20 drops of oil for a milder scent. Don’t forget to take a note of your formula, so that you can concoct the same one in the future if need be.
Making essential oil sprays is not only simple, but also fun and highly customisable, giving you the freedom to make a better and more bespoke version than any store can hope to offer. A final tip for usage is to shake the spray well before you use it as oils and water don’t mix. When it comes to storage, remember to keep it in a dark and dry space to maximise its longevity.