Essential Oil Sprays for Your Wellness and a Happy Home

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One our family’s favorite ways to use essential oils is in homemade spray remedies and tonics. We use them as a part of our morning routines when getting ready, in the kitchen after bringing home fresh produce from the market, before bedtime to calm and relax, and in a handful of other practical everyday situations that call for a balance or boost. Making sprays is not only a very cost effective way to help stretch the life of your essential oils, but also gives you a tool for simple application. When on their own in tiny amber bottles, oils can be somewhat intimidating. I get this. But sprays help take the grunt work out of this wellness process and give you a remedy that you can pop in your purse or store on your nightstand.

It’s important to know that essential oils are much more than simple fragrances that can freshen up a room or make our skin smell better. The University of Maryland Medical Center does a wonderful job of explaining how powerful smelling essential oils can be:

“The ‘smell’ receptors in your nose communicate with parts of your brain (the amygdala and hippocampus) that serve as storehouses for emotions and memories. When you breathe in essential oil molecules, some researchers believe they stimulate these parts of your brain and influence physical, emotional, and mental health. For example, scientists believe lavender stimulates the activity of brain cells in the amygdala similar to the way some sedative medications work.”*

With this in mind, know that you too can create personal blends with your oils that best suit your wellness and home needs. These are our favorite recipes and I am happy to share them with you!

Pantry Items:

  • 2 oz. Glass Amber Bottles – I purchase mine in bulk here.
  • Witch Hazel – This ingredient acts as an emulsifier so the oil evenly distributes throughout the blend. You could substitute a pinch of salt or even replace witch hazel for vodka in these recipes if you’d like.
  • Essential Oils – I buy all of our essential oils from Young Living. You can read more about that here and here.
  • Distilled Water – Purified water spoils less quickly so I use it in all of my homemade remedies. You need to be careful when making water-based solutions because anything with water in it can spoil believe it or not! This is why I like making very small batches in 2 oz. bottles and storing the sprays we do not use as often in the fridge.
  • Small funnel – Optional, but it helps.

You can prepare all of these sprays the same, simple way. Start with your 2 oz. glass amber bottle and fill it up 1/3 of the way with witch hazel or vodka (or a small pinch of salt) it’s your preference. Some like to use distilled vodka in place of witch hazel because it does not have a scent. I think all three methods are wonderful. After adding your emulsifier, add your drops of essential oils. Swirl the bottle around combing the oils before filling the rest of your amber spray bottle up with distilled water. Shake before spraying and store in a cool, dark place.

 

WELLNESS SPRAYS

Gentle Baby Spray: I used this spray while pregnant with Alfie and wore it as my all natural perfume, spritzing it when needed. We still use it on seven month old Alfie after bath and diaper changes because it’s so soothing and gentle enough for tiny ones, making his skin so soft and yummy. This was also the blend we diffused in the delivery room so it’s a special one for me.

Note: Diffusing ratios are different than spray ratios. When I diffuse I like to add 5 drops or so to our home diffuser.

  • 20 drops Gentle Baby Blend
  • 10 drops Roman Chamomile

Owie Spray: This spray is in our holistic medicine cabinet and one we pull out when the kids get scrapes or cuts. I will spray it on their owie a few times throughout the day and it helps significantly.

  • 10 drops Tea Tree
  • 10 drops Lavender
  • 10 drops Frankincense

Sleepy Spray: This is our favorite sleep spray blend that I mist their blankies and pillows with before bed and nap time. It has become a special part of our bedtime routine and a spray that I take with us when we travel. Andrew and I also use it on our own pillows before bed as well. Sometimes I’ll find Andrew spraying it all over his pajamas before hopping into bed. Super cute.

  • 10 drops Lavender
  • 10 drops Roman Chamomile
  • 10 drops Cedarwood

Wake Up Spray: This spray is such an uplifting one to have on hand. I like using this as a morning mist that helps me wake up if I have not gotten the best night’s sleep. The combination of citrus and peppermint is very awakening and a good way to jumpstart your day. And Bergamot…it’s the best.

  • 10 drops Grapefruit
  • 10 drops Bergamot
  • 10 drops Peppermint

Under Arm Spray: If you are wanting to steer away from using deodorant with chemicals and other less than pleaseant ingredients this is a nice spray to have in your beauty cabinet. The blend Purification contains: Citronella, Lavandin, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Myrtle, and Tea Tree. I like using this spray after yoga or a walk with the kids and I am in need of a little help, if you know what I mean.

  • 30 drops Purification Blend

Floral Date Night Spray: This spray is a lovely perfume to wear on nights out with your honey as many of these oils act as natural aphrodisiacs. Just sayin’.

  • 10 drops Joy
  • 5 drops Ylang Ylang
  • 5 drops Patchouli
  • 5 drops Jasmine

Tick Spray: I hate that I have to include this BUT Stella’s preschool had a case of head lice so I’ve been spraying her hair with this before and after school each day.  Keep those nasty little bugs away!

  • 20 drops Tea Tree
  • 10 drops Rosemary

Mosquito Repellant: As soon as warmer weather approaches we do not go anywhere without this natural chemical free bug spray. It’s safe enough to put on little ones and it actually works. Praise! We get bad mosquitos here in the Midwest and this is a staple for our family.

  • 20 drops Citronella
  • 10 drops Lemongrass

Calming Spray for the Kids: This is Stella and Theodore’s calming spray blend. If they are really hyper and acting out I’ll grab this and spray them down. It may sound a little strange but they are used to it and sometimes will even go grab it and spray it on themselves when in need of a cool down. Stella calls it her perfume and Theo just loves his oils. Teaching my babies to own their wellness and become a part of that process is such an important part of our essential oil journey.

  • 10 drops Peace & Calming Blend
  • 10 drops Orange
  • 10 drops Lavender

Calming Spray for Mama: This is my own stress away blend. YL makes a beautiful blend called “Stress Away” but after experimenting and trying this and that, I have found this blend to be the best for my anxiety. This is my go to perfume and something I wear daily. It’s a simple blend that combines elements of the earth with both floral and citrus notes that are very uplifting, with the grounding element of frankincense.

  • 10 drops Frankincense
  • 5 drops  Joy Blend
  • 5 drops Lavender
  • 5 drops Bergamot
  • 5 drops Spruce

Hair Growth Support Spray: I am using this on my scalp for hair growth right now. I always end up loosing a lot of hair in my fourth trimester and this tonic has helped my hair remain thicker and healthier for the most part. I use it after washing and before blow drying, spraying it on my scalp where the hair loss is more prevalent.

  • 20 drops Cedarwood
  • 10 drops Lavender

After Sun Spray: This spray is a lovely one to have in the fridge in the heat of summer. If you are prone to sunburns getting this out and spraying it on your skin immediacy cools it down and starts the healing process. If you aren’t someone who burns, this is still a nice spray to use after workouts or if needing a cold pick me up in the middle of the day.

  • 20 drops Lavender
  • 10 drops Peppermint

HAPPY HOME SPRAYS

Yoga Mat Spray: I like this spray for two reasons. For one, it helps clean my mat before use because tea tree is magical, and secondly, the two blends in this spray are very grounding and meditative…a scent inviting you into a calmer place before you practice.

  • 10 drops Sacred Mountain Blend
  • 10 drops White Angelica Blend
  • 5 drops Tea Tree

Changing Table Spray: If you have little ones in diapers, or kids in general, this is such a good spray to have on your changing table or in your diaper bag for those gross restaurant changing stations. These three essential oils combined or on their own are very good at getting rid of germs.

  • 10 drops Thieves Blend
  • 10 drops Lemon
  • 10 drops Tea Tree

Farmer’s Market Spray: Once produce stands start to open and farmer’s markets become a part of your weekend plans, this spray is helpful to have in the kitchen. I rinse our fresh produce with water and spray it with this before eating.

  • 15 drops Citrus Fresh Blend
  • 10 drops Purification Blend
  • 5 drops Tea Tree

Clean Linen Spray: This linen spray is so lovely. I like spraying our clean clothes with it, Andrew’s suits, and just spritzing it here and there in various draws now and again to give our clothes a refreshing smell. This one is also great for freshening up furniture and bed linens, too.

  • 10 drops Lavender
  • 10 drops Pine
  • 10 drops Purification Blend

Bathroom Air Freshener: This one is pretty self explanatory…put a bottle on the back of the toilet or somewhere in the bathroom and enjoy not smelling certain scents. You’re most welcome.

  • 10 drops Eucalyptus
  • 10 drops Rosemary
  • 10 drops Balsam Fir

Have you used essential oils in this way before? What are some of your favorite combinations and blends? Happy spray making y’all!

*Quote source information found here.

 

  • Heather

    Love this! I recently starting making sprays for the home and I am so excited to try these differetn combinations! I especially love the “calm down” spray for the kids — could have used it this morning!ReplyCancel

  • Kristan

    I see that you have a combination of spray bottles and bottles with dropper caps. I’m curious at what kind of things you use with the dropper caps? I just got my starter kit from YL so I’m very new to oils and am still very much learning about them and how to use them.ReplyCancel

    • eda

      i just wanted to ask the same question 🙂
      and amanda, do you dilute your oils before putting drops of them in your home diffuser?ReplyCancel

      • admin

        I do not! I never add carrier oils to my diffuser, just pure essential oils. x AmandaReplyCancel

    • admin

      Kristan – I love the bottle droppers because they make it easier to drop into the diffuser and to make homemade goodies with a precise count. Sometimes it’s hard to get the oils out of the YL bottles so this was my pretty solution! xx AmandaReplyCancel

  • This is so good! Can’t wait to try some of these!ReplyCancel

  • Jeanette

    Thank you so much for this! I am anxious to try these. I really appreciate all these great articles on keeping a healthy clean home.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    Hello! This is such a wonderful site! I’ve been toying with the idea of oils for some time but the thing that I can’t seem to grasp is the safety for babies and children. Do you have a good source to explore which are ok and which aren’t?
    Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • eda

      i feel the same! here in switzerland we handle essential oils very differently, for example the amount of drops that go into a 2oz bottle (max. 12-15 for adults, less for kids, none at all for babies except lavender). america and france seem to be very generous with the mixtures, so i also am a little confused. i feel like there are sooo many things to be aware of before starting to use the oils…ReplyCancel

      • Kosima

        Hi Eda, it’s the same here in Germany. Our pediatrician even said no essential oils before the kids are at least 6 years old. But I found a very helpful pharmacy (Bahnhof Apotheke in Kempten) and some resourceful books (Bewährte Aromamischungen by Ingeborg Stadelmann, a midwife herself and an expert when it comes to essential oils. And Aromatherapie by Eliane Zimmermann). There are very specific information on using oils with kids. Mine are 2 and 5 and I’m super carefully using my oils. xoxo, KosimaReplyCancel

        • admin

          Thank you mama for this helpful information, I so appreciate it! xx AmandaReplyCancel

        • eda

          dear kosima
          funny you mention ingeborg stadelmann – i love her aromamischungen for myself (most of all the rose-teebaum-essenz) and the baby. i just read her book (and the hebammensprechstunde when i was pregnant) and really loved it – it got me into the whole essential oil thing after being introduced throug Amandas instagram and blog. the eliane zimmermann book should be in my mailbox tomorrow, can’t wait!ReplyCancel

          • eda

            kosima, i forgot to mention another book i just ordered. it’s called sos hustenzwerg and it’s so helpful when you want to use your oils on kids from 0-12 years with a lot of informations and recieps. i look forward to dig in and learn more! xoxo eda

          • Kosima

            Dear Eda, that’s exactly how I came to my essential oil love. 😉 Thanks for the book recommendation! I will have to order that one, too. I hope you like Eliane Zimmermanns book. If I would have known that you already have Ingeborg Stadelmanns one, I would have said, that might be enough. But it’s never bad to have lots of resources, right? 😉 Have fun with your oils! And your baby of course. :-* And I too read Hebammensprechstunde!

    • admin

      Sarah – There are definitely safe ways to use essential oils with little ones but you do have to do your homework beforehand. The book Gentle Babies by Deb Rayburn is a wonderful starting point. There are oils to be avoided with little ones and when using around small babes it is definitely a good idea to use carrier oils and dilute because they are quite strong. Our family has been using them for years now and we love the natural lifestyle they’ve provided us! x AmandaReplyCancel

  • I love these and am definitely bookmarking this page for future reference! Thanks so much for sharing! Also, major aesthetics points going on here!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel

    Where did you get your cool label maker to label the bottles? Love this post!ReplyCancel

    • admin

      It’s from Amazon, a DYMO label embosser 🙂 Make sure to order extra tape with it…you’ll run out fast! x AmandaReplyCancel

  • Cait

    I’m also interested in what you use the dropper bottles for! Thank you sharing, I took these all down and I’m looking forward to trying some out!ReplyCancel

    • admin

      Cait – I love the bottle droppers because they make it easier to drop into the diffuser and to make homemade goodies with a precise count. Sometimes it’s hard to get the oils out of the YL bottles so this was my pretty solution! xx AmandaReplyCancel

  • Kristin

    Thank you for sharing! I love your blog and IG…it imparts such a sense of peace which, as a mama of 4 5yrs old and younger, I love! Keep doing you natural mama!ReplyCancel

  • Thank you so much for this post! I’m so excited to try some of these!ReplyCancel

  • Laura

    Thank you so much for this post. I have just started adding more essential oils into my life. Youve just inspired me to make a relaxation sprayReplyCancel

  • This is a really great idea! I’ve never added them to spray bottles before – and the combinations you came up with sound really great!ReplyCancel

  • Bethany

    You used to put some of these combinations in roller bottles with a carrier oil. Do you still use those or is this your preferred method now? I like the roller bottles, but found that several of mine leak… This sounds like a happy alternative!ReplyCancel

    • admin

      Bethany – I still do this too and am working on an updated bottle roller post! I love sprays and rollers so much it makes everything much easier to apply, what a bummer to hear yours are leaking! Where are the bottles from, that may make a big difference. x AmandaReplyCancel

      • Bethany

        Can’t wait to see the update! You’ve inspired me to make good use of my oils.. they were pretty overwhelming at first… I got the bottles from Vivaplex and haven’t had issues with other products. Just some of the bottles. Oh well…ReplyCancel

  • Cate

    Hi, can you replace distilled water with regular drinking water? Thanks in advanceReplyCancel

    • admin

      Cate – You can but I do not recommend doing so because tap water contains impurities that could affect your homemade goodies. I’d get distilled because it also helps your sprays last much longer, helping them not to spoil. x AmandaReplyCancel

  • Kosima

    Dear Amanda, I’m loving your recipes! Can I replace the Roman Chamomile with German Chamomile, which I have at home? Thank you!ReplyCancel

    • admin

      Thank you dear and YES! So the aromatic difference between the two is that Roman Chamomile has a light, fresh apple fragrance, and German Chamomile smells more like sweet straw. Medicinally, both varieties are used for calming and soothing skin, inflammation, fevers, and the nervous and digestive systems, as well as inducing perspiration to flush out toxins, allergens and infections. Both are pain relieving, antibiotic, anti-bacterial, and sedative. Hope this helps, both are wonderful oils to have in your kit! x AmandaReplyCancel

  • […] I want to make these essential oil spray recipes. […]ReplyCancel

  • lorena

    Hello from Spain! I love your blog. Could you show your laundry area?? Thank you!ReplyCancel

    • admin

      Lorena – It’s in the basement of this old home and I am afraid it’s pretty blah. I may get around to showing photos of it but there’s not much to see other than a washing machine, a dryer, and a caddy for my detergent & some wool dryer balls. I wish we had a brighter, prettier room but basement laundry is still laundry so that’s good enough for me! xx AmandaReplyCancel

  • Amy

    Thank you for such a wonderful and informative post. I’m just starting in oils and have lots to buy! I really want to make the sleepy spray for my boys (who are 3 and 5) however the Roman chamomile is quite expensive. Is there a less expensive oil I could use. I just have so many oils to buy to start!ReplyCancel

  • Great recipes, I used to use essential oils quite a lot but for some reason I have gotten out of the habit of it. I need to find some decent oils to start my collection again.ReplyCancel

  • […] Calming Linen Spray: We use a linen spray made with lavender + cedarwood + chamomile essential oils on the kids’ blankies and pillows before tucking them in. It smells wonderful and helps them sleep well. I spray two to three sprays on their blankies and pillows before tucking them in. You can find more linen spray recipes here. […]ReplyCancel

  • Caren

    Amanda, your blog is gorgeous! I adore everything about it! I’m a new mother and your inspiration is so uplifting. My husband and I actually live in Kansas City, too. Overland Park specifically.
    I’ve been using natural ways of cleaning for a few years and have started to incorporate more oils. I have fallen in love! I’m a little concerned about using them around my 17 month old though. I’ve read you recommend Gentle Babies which I plan on buying. Do they have oil recipes in the book? Can I diffuse any oil safely if I only add your recommended 5 or so drops to my diffuser? Or are there ones I can’t diffuse around my babe? Can I make all your spray/roller recipes and use them around/on my baby? I am assuming it’s all safe to use since you do around your littles. Just clarifying since I’m nervous! I read you should dilute sprays when using them around littles but are yours diluted enough already in these recipes? Thank you kindly in advance!ReplyCancel

  • Dina

    Hi Amanda! I have been loving following you… your home looks so clean and serene 🙂 I am excited to experiment with some of these… I haven’t used oils a ton so far, and this will definitely help me experiment/branch out a bit. I was curious if you use a natural, homemade deodorant? It doesn’t sound like your underarm spray is actually what you use as deodorant, just for freshening up. If you have any advice on natural deodorant or would be wiling to share what you use, it would be much appreciated 🙂 Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Carly

    Please are any good for fighting bugs ( coughs) and which one to use for healing scars pleaseReplyCancel

  • Kate

    Hi Amanda,
    I’ve only just discovered your blog after being a long time insta follower – way back when you just had dear little Theo! I’ve just recently started using EO’s and I’m super excited to try some of these great sprays. Thank you for sharing.
    KateReplyCancel

    • admin

      Kate, you’re welcome! Happy to help give you some oily inspiration 🙂 x AmandaReplyCancel

  • Beth Shirk

    Hi Amanda,

    Which Eucalyptus do you use from YL? (Blue, Globulus, or Radiata?)

    Thanks 🙂ReplyCancel

    • admin

      Beth, I use all…but for different purposes. We use Radiata for the kids and Globulus for the adults. Then blue in the diffuser and in our topical chest balm. x AmandaReplyCancel

  • Joi de vivre

    Fourth trimester? You mean, postpartum?ReplyCancel

  • Donna Prince

    Most helpful site I have seen. Thankyouforsharing.ReplyCancel

  • Kelly

    I have tried to mix 15ml vodka with a few drops of essential oils and then added 15ml water to it. I have read that vodka acts as an emulsifier to mix the oils into the water, however it hasn’t mixed at all and the essential oils just swim on the top of the liquid!!! I am hugely surprised, do you know why this happened? Do you know how to get them to mix?ReplyCancel

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