Itch Relieving Balm
Treat the discomfort of insect bites, poison ivy and allergic reactions with this balm. Because this recipe calls for lip balm tubes, it is highly portable and easy to use. This recipe makes enough balm to fill 6 lip balm tubes.
- ½ cup Calendula Flowers, dried
- 2 cups of Olive Oil
- 1 tbsp Beeswax Pellets
- 5 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil
- 3 drops of Lavender Essential Oil
- To prepare the lip balm tubes, remove their lids and use a rubber band to secure them together. Place them on a hard surface in an upright position.
- Make calendula infused oil by placing the dried calendula flowers in a glass jar. Fill the jar with olive oil, leaving two inches at the top to allow for expansion. Fill a small saucepan with a couple inches of water. Place the uncovered jar in the saucepan and heat it over medium-low heat for 2 hours. Watch the water of the pan to ensure that it stays below a simmer and does not evaporate completely. After two hours, remove the jar from the water and allow it to cool completely at room temperature. Strain the oil from the flowers, and discard the flowers. Any oil left over from the recipe can be stored in a cool, dark place for up to 1 year.
- Using the double broiler method, melt the infused oil and beeswax pellets together.
- Remove the mixture from heat and allow it to cool slightly at room temperature. Gently stir in the essential oils.
- Pour the mixture into the prepared tubes and allow them to cool completely at room temperature before capping.
Aromatherapy Playing Dough
Calm your kids’ nerves while keeping them busy with this fun and unique playing dough recipe. Easy and frugal to make, this dough is sure to provide hours of enjoyment while providing you and your children with the many health benefits of lavender essential oil.
- 1 cup of All-Purpose Flour
- ½ cup Table Salt
- 2 tsp Cream of Tartar
- 1 cup of Water, room temperature
- 1 ½ tsp Vegetable Oil
- 8 drops of Lavender Essential Oil
- Food Coloring (optional)
- In a large saucepan, stir together the all-purpose flour, salt and cream of tartar
- Slowly add the water, vegetable oil and food coloring, stirring gently until the ingredients are well combined
- Heating over medium-low heat, stir the mixture until it begins to form into a ball
- Once the mixture has reached the desired consistency, remove it from heat and allow it to cool for 5 minutes
- Knead the lavender essential oil into the playing dough mixture
- Store the dough in the refrigerator in an airtight container
Not only do soy candles burn more cleanly than their paraffin counterparts, they are very simple to make at home. Because soy wax has a relatively low melting point, it easily washes out of pots, pans and most fabrics with soap and hot water. With a subtle scent that can be customized to suit your preferences, soy candles provide an easy way to enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy in any room.
- 4 cups of Soy Wax Flakes
- 10 drops of Lavender Essential Oil
- 5 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil
- Wash the glass container(s) for the candle(s) in hot, soapy water and set them on a dish towel to dry
- Cut a piece of candle wick for each container, ensuring that the wick is at least 4 inches longer than the container. Secure the wick to the bottle of the jar using a metal candle wick tab and all-purpose glue. Allow the free end of the wick to hang over the side of the container.
- Melt the soy wax flakes by placing them in a saucepan and cook them over low heat, stirring constantly until the wax has completely melted and become pourable
- Remove the wax from heat and allow it to cool at room temperature for 5 minutes
- Stir in the essential oils
- Pour the wax mixture into the container(s), leaving 1 inch of space at the top of the container
- Center the free end of the wick and twist it around a wooden skewer or pencil
- Allow the wax to dry for at least one hour. Cut the excess wick so that 1 inch remains visible.
Most traditional flea treatments contain a high concentration of toxins, such as pesticides and orthophosphates, which are responsible for thousands of pet deaths and illnesses each year. If your dog or cat has fleas, these two essential oils provide an effective and gentle treatment. Simply add this essential oil blend to their shampoo whenever they are experiencing a problem, or administer it on a regular basis to prevent infestations.
Note that some essential oils are highly toxic for cats. While the oils advised in this recipe are safe for both dogs and cats, do research before substituting or adding any additional essential oils.
- 1 tbsp Cedarwood Essential Oil
- 1 tbsp Lavender Essential Oil
- In a small lidded glass container, add both of the essential oils. Tightly close the container and roll it between your hands to mix the oils.
- To use: Add 1-2 drops of the oil blend to your pet’s shampoo to treat for fleas or to prevent an infestation. Alternately, the blend can be diluted and used as a spray. Simply place ½ a cup of distilled water in a spray bottle with 12 drops of the essential oil blend and 1 drop of castile soap, and administer the spray as needed.
Most store-bought mosquito repellents are packed with harsh ingredients and toxins, and cannot be used on babies and young children. Fortunately, this DIY mosquito repellent provides a safe and effective alternative, without the offensive scent generally found with its traditional counterpart. Using all-natural ingredients, this mosquito repellent is safe on even the youngest adventurers.
- 15 oz Witch Hazel
- 13 drops of Lavender Essential Oil
- 17 drops of Citronella Essential Oil
- 15 drops of Lemongrass Essential Oil
- Combine all of the ingredients in a glass spray bottle and shake well to combine
- To use: Shake well before each use to ensure the oils are fully incorporated. Spray the mosquito repellent as necessary to prevent mosquito bites.