If you’re feeling the heat on your skin, from too much sun or a super hard workout, and you really want to cool down and refresh yourself, try spritzing yourself with an essential oil body mist. They are easy to make, and you can play with all sorts of blends to suit any need.
You will need a 120 ml (4 oz) dark glass bottle with a fine spray nozzle – these can be purchased at health food stores or natural pharmacies. Avoid re-using bottles that previously contained toxic liquids or chemicals of any kind. Fill 3/4 of the bottle with distilled water; then add about 10-15 drops of essential oils. If you’d prefer the scent to last longer, mix equal parts distilled water and witch hazel (or inexpensive vodka) with the same amount of essential oils. Witch hazel is lighter than vodka, but both serve to help disperse the essential oils and fix the scent. Give your spray a good shake before spritzing.
Body mists are extremely versatile, and you can tailor make them for every mood or purpose. For example, for a pick-me-up and to cool down, try peppermint essential oil. Peppermint is very stimulating- in fact, it has been proven to enhance sports performance – but its scent is also relaxing. If you are a light sleeper, you might want to avoid peppermint at night if you find it too invigorating when you want to sleep.
For a relaxing freshener, try lavender – which is also perfect before bed to calm down and ease into sleep. Avoid using lavender in early pregnancy.
For a super cooling and sweat relieving (including PMS and hot flashes) spray, try clary sage, which is both relaxing and euphoric. Avoid in pregnancy, and before or after drinking alcohol.
Or mix and match the essential oils to your liking! Remember not to spritz the eyes, or face if you have sensitive skin.
Always bear in mind that essential oils are highly concentrated and powerful plant compounds, and should not be taken internally.
These sprays are very versatile and can also be used as a room freshener or linen/clothes spray. If you’re using them with fabric, spray the underside to avoid any potential staining. Have fun with them and tell me how they worked out!