Essential Oil Recipes: Aromatherapy, Cleaning, & Self-Care

Essential oils and I go way back. In fact, we’ve been a great team for over a decade. And if you’ve been reading Clean My Space articles, or watching Clean My Space YouTube videos, or following me or the company on Instagram (@cleanmyspace and @melissamaker) you probably know how much I love essential oils. 

And because I love essential oils so much, I actually wrote an eBook all about them, called The Complete Guide to Essential Oils! In my eBook, I teach you all about how to use essential oils, how to choose good-quality oils, and how to combine scents. And I get into the benefits of many of my favorite oils and some essential oil recipes. 

The Complete Guide to Essential Oils breaks EOs (that stands for essential oils) into three sections: aromatherapy, cleaning, and self-care. So, to celebrate my newest eBook, I want to share three EO recipes with you: one from each section of the eBook. 

If you want more in-depth information on each essential oil, its properties, how to use it, and how to use essential oils in general for aromatherapy, cleaning, and self-care, you’ll just have to read the eBook. Plus, I share 21 (yep, you heard me) of my favorite essential oil recipes. But today, here are three FREE recipes you can use anytime. 

Cover of Complete Guide to Essential Oils eBook

Essential Oil Safety 

OK, before we get into the recipes, I’m going to add a little note on safety here. First of all, be very careful when using essential oils if you have pets. Cats’ and dogs’ sense of smell is about 14 times better than ours (depending on the breed). Scents smell very strong to them. 

Plus, exposure to certain essential oils can have toxic effects on pets. So, before you start using essential oils around your pets, it’s a good idea to check with your vet. And I always recommend keeping pets out of the room when using essential oils. I have a longer article called Essential Oils & Your Pets if you need more info. 

When it comes to your own safety, don’t use essential oils if you are pregnant or nursing. Never ingest essential oils, and if using them topically, always test a drop of the recipe on your skin before applying everywhere. This is the best way to avoid allergic reactions. If you have any doubts about your own health and EOs, check with your doctor. OK, now on to the fun stuff. 

Essential Oil Recipes

I’ve chosen a favorite recipe from each section of the eBook to share with you today for free! One recipe for aromatherapy, one for cleaning, and one for self-care. 

One thing to note about essential oil recipes is that the essential oil can often be switched out for a scent you prefer better. For example, I’m not a fan of rose oil, so I always swap it out for lavender oil when I see it in a recipe. Scent preference is very personal, so don’t be afraid to play around and get creative with it. 

Bedtime Scents

A diffuser is a lovely way to scent your home using essential oils. To use a diffuser, you fill the basin with water and add a few drops of essential oil. It’s super easy, and if you have a few different essential oils on hand, you can play around with fun scent combinations. 

This quick recipe is great for getting a good night’s sleep. I like to add these oils to my diffuser right before bed and drift away to the relaxing scent. 

  • 3 drops orange
  • 2 drops cedarwood

If orange or cedarwood isn’t your jam, feel free to play around until you find something that is!

Peppermint Shower Spray

Of course, I have a lot of cleaning recipes that involve essential oils. And shower spray is up there with the best of them. 

I love this shower spray because you can use it every day. Spray all over shower walls and floor right after you shower to prevent soap scum and mildew from building up. And you don’t even need to rinse it off!

  • 10 drops peppermint
  • 3⁄4 cups water
  • 1⁄4 cup rubbing alcohol

Add all your ingredients to a spray bottle and shake it up. The peppermint oil has antifungal and antibacterial properties!

Lemon Lip Scrub

Whether it’s winter cold or summer heat, our lips take a beating. And this is a great recipe to try if your lips are dry and chapped and lip balm isn’t cutting it. 

  • 5 drops lemon
  • 1 teaspoon jojoba oil
  • 1 teaspoon raw honey
  • 2 tablespoons sugar

Mix all your ingredients in a bowl until fully combined. Then, scoop up a small amount of your finger and rub it onto your lips like an exfoliant. When you’re finished, wash it all off and apply your favorite lip balm. Store this in a container or jar. It will last a few weeks in the fridge. 

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More Essential Oil Recipes

That’s it for this article, but it’s certainly not the end of what I want to share with you about essential oils. So when you’re ready to begin your essential oil journey, read The Complete Guide to Essential Oils. 

And to make your EO journey as easy as possible, I’ve compiled a list of my favorite EOs and products on my Amazon page. It’s basically a one-stop shop for everything you need to use essential oil for aromatherapy, cleaning, and self-care.

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