DIY REMEDIES

with

Essential Oils and Herbs

ESSENTIAL OIL SHOWER STEAMER RECIPE

June 06, 2019

  • 2 cups baking soda.

  • 1 cup citric acid.

  • 1 cup cornstarch.

  • 3-5 tbsp water.

  • 1/4 cup to 1/3 cup distilled water

  • 25 drops essential oil (see below for essential oil blends to customize your shower steamers for energy, calming, uplifting and congestion)

 

to make: 
  • Mix baking soda, citric acid & corn starch together in a large glass mixing bowl.

  • Add essential oils to batch. Add food coloring if you like.

  • Using a spray misting bottle. Begin to mist the surface of the mixture. Mixing it well. Continue spritzing and stirring until you end up with a consistency of wet sand. When you squish it together, it should stay together. Be careful not to add too much water for it will fizz.

  • scoop into silicone molds

  • use the back of a spoon or your finger tips to press down firmly on the mixture

  • allow to dry overnight in the molds

  • once completely dry, remove from molds

 

to use:

Place on the floor of the shower.

I have a smaller shower, so I put mine on the floor in the corner of the shower — you want to put it in a spot on the floor where it will be out of the main shower spray but still get hit with some water.

The heat of the shower and occasionally getting hit by water will dissolve the baking soda and release the scent of essential oils into the air

 

tips:

Some other shower steamer recipes use ingredients used in bath bombs (a.k.a. bath fizzies), but there’s no need to put those more expensive ingredients (like citric acid) in a shower steamer.  Baking soda, water, and essential oils are all it takes to make a good shower steamer.

If you live in a humid area, it might take longer for your shower steamers to dry.  Make sure they are completely dry before you try to remove them from the molds.

If your shower steamers are not drying as fast as you’d like, you can dry them out faster in a low temperature oven (250-300 degrees).

If you want to change up your essential oils, you can omit the essential oils from the recipe and make “blank” shower steamers.  Then just add a few drops of essential oils to the shower steamer right before you want to use it.

Store your shower steamers in an airtight container.

essential oils for wake up/feel energized/invigorating blends

peppermint + orange + lemon + lime

lemon + peppermint

grapefruit

orange + lemongrass

 

essential oils for calming/relaxing/unwind & de-stress blends

lavender + orange + frankincense

lavender + bergamot + ylang ylang

eucalyptus + spearmint

ylang ylang + orange + cedarwood

patchouli + sandalwood

 

essential oils for uplifting/find your happy place blends

lemon + orange + grapefruit

lime + spearmint

lavender + clary sage + bergamot

geranium + lemon + orange

 

essential oils for blends that support clear breathing

peppermint + eucalyptus + lavender

rosemary + eucalyptus + lavender

thyme + lime + eucalyptus

cedarwood + rosemary + orange + frankincense

lemon + eucalyptus

 

essential oils seasonal allergies

peppermint + lemon + lavender

 

Trauma Oil - Herbal Infusion

Is a blend of three herbs infused in a carrier oil. The herbs are Arnica, St Johns wort, and calendula. The carrier oil is typically olive oil. The herbs are known for their abilities to relive pain and inflammation, which makes trauma oils an ideal ingredient for blends intended to soothe injuries and support recovery.

Ingredients: 

  • Arnica

  • St. John Wort

  • Calendula

  • Olive Oil

Directions: 

I used the double boiler method to expedite my infusion. I used equal parts of dried herbs (5 oz) and covered the herbs in the top boiler with olive oil. I did not allow the herbs to come to a boil but I kept the temperature warm. It's recommended to keep the temperature between 95-110 degrees F with caution to not cook or boil the herbs. When the oil become green or golden in color and smells 'herbaly' than you can remove from heat and let cool. Strain with a mesh strainer and cheesecloth if needed. Store and label jars. Oil should be good for one year. 

Apple Cider Vinegar Facial Toner

Ingredients: 

  • Rose Water (Store purchased or homemade)

  • Apple Cider Vinegar

  • 4 oz Spray Bottle

  • Funnel

  • 1/4 Measuring Cup

  • Essential Oils 

 

Directions:

Mix 1 part Apple Cider Vinegar with 4 parts distilled water or rose water in a 4 oz spray bottle. Add 7 drops of essential oils of your choice (Lavender & Tea Tree). Screw sprayer on and shake well before each use. Enjoy! 

Rose Hip Facial Serum

November 07, 2017

This simple DIY serum will have your skin glowing because it's packed with skin loving essential oils. 

Ingredients: 

  • 10 drops Frankincense

  • 5 drops Geranium

  • 5 drops Myrrh

  • 5 drops Helichrysum

  • 1 oz Rose Hip Seed Oil

Directions:

Combine ingredients in a glass jar with pipet lid. Use morning and night to moisturize skin after cleansing. 

Rose Facial Toner

Ingredients: 

  • Rose Water (Store purchased or homemade)

  • Witch Hazel

  • 4 oz Spray Bottle

  • Funnel

  • 1/4 Measuring Cup

  • Essential Oils

 

Directions:

Mix equal parts ( 1/4 cup) of witch hazel and rose water in a 4 oz spray bottle. Add 7 drops of essential oils of your choice (Geranium, Lavender, and Bergamot). Screw sprayer on and shake well before each use. Enjoy! 

How to make a herbal tincture

August 09, 2017

​Ingredients: 

  • High-proof alcohol (at least 80%. If you have access to Everclear, use that)

  • Herbs of your choice: fresh or dried

  • Pint jar with tight fitting lid

  • Small, dark glass bottles for storing the tincture. Cobalt or amber glass are great and should come with tight-fitting screw-on lid

  • Fine strainer

  • Fine cheesecloth or muslin

  • bowl or glass measuring cup

  • a small funnel

 

Directions:

If you're using fresh herbs, you will need to chop them up a bit or use a mortar and pestle.You'll use enough fresh herbs to fill the jar 3/4 full but do not pack them too tight. 

If you're using dry herbs, fill the jar half way. Once you add the alcohol, you'll notice the dry herbs will expand/swell. Be sure to stir or shake well to ensure that it will absorb the liquid. 

Add enough alcohol to cover the herbs about an inch or more above. Label the jars and date them, then let them steep in a cool, dark, dry place. During the first week, give the jar a little shake to swish the alcohol around the plant matter and to move it around. You'll let them sit in your storing place for another 5 weeks, so it will steep for 6 weeks in total.

After 6 weeks have passed, line your fine-mesh strainer with a layer of cheese cloth. Place over bowl or measuring cup. Pour the tincture over the cloth so it strains well. Gently press on the herbs to squeeze our the liquid. Compost the plant matter and was out the cloth so it can be used again. Use the funnel to add the tincture to your glass bottles (preferably ones with droppers). Be sure to not over fill. Label each bottle with the herb used, date finished, and store them away from direct sunlight. 

Homemade Body Butter

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup organic coconut oil

  • 1 cup organic solid cocoa butter (do not use lotion)

  • 15 drops of your favorite topical/aromatic essential oil (we love Cedarwood, Lavender, and Frankincense essential oils)­

 

Directions:

 

Warm a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat, then add coconut oil and cocoa butter. Melt until completely liquefied, about 4–5 minutes.
Pour into a glass mixing bowl and place in refrigerator for 30–45 minutes to cool and just set but not harden.
Stir in essential oils.
Using an electric hand mixer, whip until firm peaks form, about 10 minutes.
Gently transfer to a seal-able jar or container. Store at room temperature to avoid melting or solidifying.
Massage into dry skin!

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