Essential Oils for Spring

 

It’s been awhile since I’ve talked about essential oils on the old blog but that’s going to change, m’dears! Sidenote: I do not like the word blog very much and I wish it was called something else. I don’t have any ideas, just throwing that out there. Back to business, I’ve been getting so many requests to share more about these little brown bottles with you, and I am happy to do so. I’ve been working on several posts over the course of this year to show you how to simply and effortlessly incorporate oils, along with many other natural plant-based products, into your daily routines so you too can benefit from their restoring, supporting and nourishing properties.

Our family uses essential oils for so many things but one common thread I’ve noticed is how much this changes seasonally. The oils we pull out in the summer months are vastly different from those we lean on in the winter. This makes sense of course, because as nature ebbs and flows, so does our immune system and the way our bodies respond to these drastic seasonal shifts. There are oils that are wonderful year-round, but there are also quite a few that lend themselves to certain times of the year. Not only am I going to be sharing more natural plant-based remedies and recipes with you in this blog, but I am going to detail how an essential oil rhythm can help you depending on the season you are in. Let’s jump into this current season: spring!

 

Spring Essential Oil Pantry: Oils you’ll want to have on hand. The * oils are most important.

  • *Lemon
  • *Lavender
  • *Peppermint
  • Tea Tree
  • Lemongrass
  • Eucalyptus
  • Pine
  • *Purification Blend
  • *Thieves Blend
  • Rosemary
  • Orange
  • Cedarwood
  • Wintergreen
  • Balsam Fir
  • Copaiba
  • *Geranium
  • *Roman Chamomile
  • *Frankincense

Tool Pantry: Buy in bulk so you can cave money and make things year round!

  • 2 oz. glass amber bottles
  • roller bottles
  • distilled water
  • epsom salt
  • distilled white vinegar
  • hydrogen peroxide
  • washing soda
  • baking soda
  • witch hazel
  • essential oil diffuser
  • carrier oils: sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, and vitamin E oils are my current favorites

 

Restore: Use essential oils to help clean and refresh your home.

Support: Use essential oils to help balance, protect, and heal your body and your home.

Nourish: Use essential oils to love on your body and your home.

 

Restore:

  • Deep Citrus Tub Scrub: 10 drops Lemon + 10 drops Tea Tree + 1 cup baking soda | mix and scrub if there is a lot of build up
  • Lemony Bleach Alternative: 2/3 cup washing soda + 10 drops Lemon + 2 cups hydrogen peroxide + 4 cups hot water | mix in order and soak whites before washing
  • Refreshing Room & Linen Spray: 10 drops Peppermint + 10 drops Lemongrass + 10 drops Lemon + distilled water in 2 oz. amber bottle | shake and spray in smelly rooms and closets
  • Clean Air Diffuser: 5-10 drops Purification | add to diffuser and purify the air
  • Carpet and Rug Deodorizer: 10 drops Purification + 1 cup baking soda | mix and sprinkle then vacuum up in an hour
  • Wood Floor Shine Boost: 5 drops Orange + 5 drops Pine | drop on bottom of cloth pad before steaming or mopping the floors
  • Bug-Be-Gone Spritz: 10 drops Peppermint + 10 drops Tea Tree + distilled water in 2 oz. amber bottle | shake and spritz in places where bugs tend to hang out, like window sills and doorways
  • Toilet Bowl Fizzer: 1/2 cup baking soda + 5 drops Thieves oil + 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar | put in toilet bowl in order and let soak before scrubbing
  • Fresh Laundry Cleaner: View Recipe Here
  • For more natural cleaning recipes and solutions GO HERE

Support:

  • Immune System Support: 10 drops Thieves + 10 drops Purification + 10 drops Rosemary + carrier oil  if making roller bottle OR distilled water if making spray | for diffuser recipe add 3 drops of each oil to your diffuser nearby if you are feeling yucky
  • Seasonal Shift Support: 10 drops Lemon + 10 drops Lavender + 10 drops Peppermint + carrier oil if making roller bottle OR distilled water if making spray | for diffuser recipe add 3 drops of each oil to your diffuser if you have itchy eyes, nose, face, throat or any of that business
  • Gardening Stiff Neck Support: 5 drops Peppermint + 5 drops Cobaiba + 5 drops Wintergreen + 5 drops Balsam Fir + carrier oil in roller bottle and apply to your neck, back, and joints
  • Respiratory Support: 10 drops Eucalyptus + 10 drops Lavender + 10 drops Lemongrass + carrier oil  if making roller bottle OR distilled water if making spray | for diffuser recipe add 3 drops of each oil to your diffuser as you rest or read, making sure to inhale the oils
  • Deep Sleep Support: 10 drops Lavender + 10 drops Cedarwood + 10 drops Chamomile + carrier oil  if making roller bottle OR distilled water if making spray | for diffuser recipe add 3 drops of each oil to your diffuser by your bedside so you sleep well

Nourish:

  • Floral Burst Diffuser Blend: 3 drops Geranium +  3 drops Lavender +  3 drops Ylang Ylang | add to diffuser so your home smells like fresh flowers
  • Woodsy Rain Diffuser Blend:  3 drops Balsam Fir + 3 drops Vetiver + 3 drops Pine | add to diffuser so your home smells warm and woodsy
  • Nourishing Face Serum: View Recipe Here | it is my everyday face and neck lotion and it’s amazing
  • Flower Garden Bath Soak: 2 drops Geranium + 2 drops Lavender + 2 drops Ylang Ylang + 1 cup epsom salt |mix and toss into warm bath water before taking a soak
  • Hydrating Rose Facial Toner: fill 2 oz. glass amber bottle 1/2 way with witch hazel + 15 drops Rose + 5 drops Lavender + 5 drops Frankincense + rest with distilled water | shake and spritz on face after shower before putting on your face serum
  • Bare Legs Butter | 1 cup whipped coconut oil + 1/2 cup shea butter + 10 drops Lavender + 10 drops Frankincense | mix well and moisturize your legs before your throw on shorts or a skirt
  • Homemade Deodorant: View Recipe Here | keep in pursue and diaper bag for on the go situations!

 

For further reading…

What are your favorite ways to use essential oils in the springtime? And most importantly, what questions do you have for me!

 

  • Amanda J

    You might consider just referring to the blog as “Homesong” (such as “It’s been awhile since I’ve talked about essential oils on Homesong but that’s going to change…” 🙂ReplyCancel

    • admin

      Amanda, thanks for the feedback 🙂 I have people ask me what that is when I do and I’m like “a bloogg?” haha. Maybe I just need to get over it. 😉 x AmandaReplyCancel

      • Amanda J

        I have heard bloggers refer to themselves as authors or “professional content creators,” but I suppose when it comes down to it, the term “blog” is inescapable. At any rate, you create one of the loveliest ones I visit. Thanks for sharing these bits of your life. 🙂ReplyCancel

        • admin

          Amanda, thank you so much. Such kind, thoughtful words. x AmandaReplyCancel

  • Cat

    Hi Amanda, could you post the recipe for that magical baby sleep inducing balm please? Thanks! 🙂ReplyCancel

    • admin

      Cat, Sure thing! I use a small glass roller bottle and then a combination of the following oils at bed or nap time.

      10 drops lavender + 10 drops roman chamomile + 10 drops cedarwood OR gentle baby blend + carrier oil on feet and spine!

      Also, I am in the middle of a oils and babes post to share next month! x AmandaReplyCancel

  • Arisa

    I’ve been really eager to get on the Essential Oil wagon. My son and I have allergies, eczema, sensitive skin. I suffer with being able to sleep, relax, feel less anxious. I really want to get started with a YL diffuser + oils but not sure how much it will be, just how tk get started.

    Looking forward to hearing from you!ReplyCancel

    • admin

      Arisa, we have all of those things and use oils for all of them too! I am in the middle of creating a long post right now how we use oils with our kids and that will go into everything in detail with recipe etc. for ya! If you want to order a starter kit – which is what always recommend for oil newbies, you can access that information here. Let me know what other questions you have if any!

      http://www.homesongblog.com/join-the-family/

      x AmandaReplyCancel

  • Linda

    Hey! Thank you for all the advice.
    Can you tell me which font did you used for the labels on amber glass bottles?
    Have a nice day xReplyCancel

    • admin

      Linda, I use a DYMO embosser from Amazon. Works so well! x AmandaReplyCancel

  • […] I’ve always been a skeptic of trendy pyramid scheme products, she makes a pretty hard sell on how useful oils can be.    We just bought our very first home last month and have spent these past several weeks nesting […]ReplyCancel

    • Brittany

      Amanda,
      I was wondering, do you purchase for example: Lemon oil then transfer it to the amber bottle that you label? or do you make that somehow? Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Andrea

    Amanda, thank you for sharing these lovely oily recipes! I made your face serum a couple months ago and have been loving it! I also tried the deodorant and love it too; even my husband swears by it and he was very sceptical as to whether natural deodorants would work for him 🙂 I do have one question though: do you add 20 drops total of eo per deodorant container or per recipe? Also, at what point do you add the oils if you are adding them to the deodorant tube? I found it tricky to mix them throughout because the mixture thickened so quickly. Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • admin

      Andrea, so good to hear! Yes, I add 20 drops total to the deodorant. Make sure you get tea tree in there because that’s what kills the bacteria. I add the oils as soon as I pour it in and stir it with a little wooden spoon. It does dry quick but if you do it right away you should be all set! x AmandaReplyCancel

  • I love this post! And yes, keep the essential oil posts coming. And hmmmmm….maybe you should call this a journal instead of a blog.ReplyCancel

    • admin

      Jill, you are welcome. And my friend suggested the same to me yesterday and that is precisely what I am going to do! Much love to you today! x AmandaReplyCancel

  • Jessica

    Super excited about this post! Need to start making some Spring EO recipes, can’t wait! Thanks for sharing 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Andrea

    Hello! I’m also wondering what your opinion is on using oils in these kind of ways during pregnancy. I hear so many mixed things about the use of oils during pregnancy.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    Thank you so much for this post! I always love good tips.ReplyCancel

  • Eda

    I love this post! Since baby no. 2 is coming in just four weeks or so, I am making a lot of to-do-lists and one of them is an EO-list with all the sprays and roller bottles I want to mix – so thank you! I noticed that you don’t use witch hazel or a little bit of salt for the sprays like in some of your older posts. is there a reason why? xo, edaReplyCancel

  • Shan

    For the seasonal shift if you make a roller bottle – what do you do with it? Where is it best applied?ReplyCancel

  • Hello! Have you used your bug spritz on those tiny little annoying ants that creep in? Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Ally

    Hi there,

    I was just wondering what style/kind of cabinet that is in the top photo? Or where you got it from?

    Thank youReplyCancel

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