Every holiday season, I make a little something something for Bailey’s veterinary staff and groomer, as well as my hairdresser and his coordinator. This year, my family benefited from some leftovers. While the holidays are over, these DIY recipes are so versatile, you can treat yourself or give them as gifts year round. Swap up the scent and aromatherapy benefit by changing the oils used. The essential oil-infused body wash and lotion and inhalers are super easy to make. The shower steamers are a bit more fra-gil-ee.
EO Body Wash & Lotion
4 drops of essential oil(s) per bottle
I made Candy Cane Body Wash & Lotion using 2 drops each of peppermint and lemon essential oils per bottle. I half-filled a 2-ounce plastic bottle with either the unscented body wash or unscented body lotion, added the essential oils, stirred with a little wooden stick from my candle-making supplies, filled the bottle the rest of the way with the body wash or lotion, stirred again, put the cap on, and shook it like I meant it to make sure it was mixed well. I got the recipe from Jen O’Sullivan’s The Recipe Book. I used Avery 22804 Labels and a template from the Avery website to create the labels in the feature photo. The thought occurred to me that the possibilities for different kinds of body wash and lotion are endless – lavender, neroli, jasmine, lavender and orange, etc.
6 drops each of peppermint and eucalyptus radiata essential oils per inhaler
I’ve previously posted a Make and Break on inhalers. Here’s how to make them. Generally, you want to use a total of 12 drops of essential oil(s) per inhaler. Peppermint and eucalyptus are great for opening nasal passages and airways.
I love, love, love Young Living Essential Oils Easy Breeze Awakening Shower Steamers and Citrus Fresh Energizing Shower Steamers. So, I searched for some DIY shower steamer recipes and used this one from ONEEssentialCOMMUNITY.com. I chose it because the ingredients consisted of only 1 cup of baking soda, 1/4 cup distilled water, and 25 drops of essential oil(s). I did an equal mix of peppermint and eucalyptus radiata, trying to simulate the Young Living Essential Oils Easy Breeze Awakening Shower Steamers. They really help clear my sinuses during my morning shower.
I made two batches of shower steamers. With the first batch, I gradually mixed in 1/4 cup of distilled water with the baking soda and added a little more to get the right consistency. I almost filled a silicon mold of 10 hearts. With the next batch, I poured 1/3 cup of distilled water into the baking soda and ended up with an almost-too-wet consistency. For both batches, it took a while to put the mixture into the silicon soap molds, and it took the almost-too-wet steamers longer to dry. All the resulting shower steamers were fragile, and I am using the ones that broke when removing them from the molds. While I’m fine with that, I gave the intact shower steamers to my family and let them know they were a bit fragile. Once you get them in the shower, it really doesn’t matter, as they dissolve. Place them on a shelf in the shower where some water hits them, but not on the shower floor where being in a direct stream of water will cause them to dissolve faster. The steam of the shower provides the perfect diffuser for the shower steamers.
Make or Break?
I would say the EO Body Wash & Lotion and Breathe Inhalers were a Make, and the Shower Steamers were a Break for me. I just don’t have the patience to make the Shower Steamers, but I do like how few and inexpensive ingredients it takes to make them.
Until next time, Go Crazy making your own EO Body Wash & Lotion, Inhalers, and Shower Steamers, using your own single essential oils and blends.
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