The natural world provides a bounty not only in terms of food, but also through sights, sounds, and smells.
Consider how relaxing the sound of rain or a running stream might be. Consider how enjoyable it is to walk through a flowering meadow.
…but creating your own essential oil spray recipe could be dangerous
Essential oils are highly concentrated forms of naturally occurring fragrances and improper mixing and development could lead to chemical burns.
For your education, we will provide a host of essential oil spray recipes and step by step instructions on how to make essential oil spray.
How to Make Essential Oil Spray: It Starts with Research
The first step far too many neglect is the research phase. First decide the purpose of your desired essential oil spray. Here are a few examples:
- Essential oils for stress
- Essential oils for anxiety
- Essential oil for headache
- Essential oil for pain
Once you have an idea of the purpose of your essential oil spray, it’s time to research what particular oils give you a desired effect.
The best way to do this is through the NCBI database (National Center for Biotechnology Information). This is part of the National Institute of Health and it is a database of all available studies.
When we developed our calming essential oil spray called GROUND, we used the NCBI database to search for particular oils like this:
From the screenshot you’ll see that we searched the term within Google, but simply added NCBI. That provides more relevant results than searching the NCBI database itself.
It also allows you to see how many citation a study has, the author, and when it was published. All of those details are important in researching the essential oils.
In that example, we read the first well-cited study and found “…there is growing evidence suggesting that lavender oil may be an effective medicament in treatment of several neurological disorders.”
Great! Based on this and other evidence, our essential oil spray recipe called GROUND includes lavender, frankincense, sandalwood, palo santo and others. We researched each one individually.
If it sounds daunting, don’t worry. the research phase should not take more than 15 – 30 minutes in total.
Feel free to explore longer, but it does not need to be a large commitment.
DIY Essential Oil Spray: What Fragrance Smells Good?
After deciding on which essential oils provide scientifically backed benefits, it is worthwhile to consider what actually smells enjoyable for you and in what ratios.
Assuming you have all the essential oils that you’re interested in, start to experiment by adding oils together on a piece of paper towel.
First, add a couple drops of the admixture, rip the paper towel into small pieces, and smell each piece to determine what combination smells best for you.
This is the method we used to develop GROUND and it allowed us to experiment without participants knowing what was mixed together.
Once you have arrived at the best combination of fragrances, it is time to develop the specific ratio for your spray.
You might find that one fragrance is too overpowering and needs to include fewer drops. Change the levels and come to your conclusion that way.
How to Dilute Essential Oils
With the specific essential oils and concentration set, it’s time to dilute them.
Remember how essential oils are incredibly concentrated? To get it in the spray bottle, it’s best to dilute.
The first step is to find a base ingredient for the essential oil spray. You can choose from:
- Water (purified or distilled water)
- Witch hazel
For GROUND, we decided water was the simplest and best choice. It’s also a lot safer and sustainable because it doesn’t clog up the spray bottle.
For each ounce of essential oil spray you’re trying to make, have an ounce of your base ingredient. For 4 oz bottle, use 4 oz of base ingredient.
The second step is to find an ingredient to emulsify the oils. The emulsifier is one of the most important ingredients because essential oils don’t mix well with water. Choose from:
- Rubbing alcohol
- Vegetable glycerin
- Witch hazel
- Epsom salt
These are the four best options. Once you choose, use 1 – 3 teaspoons of the emulsifier and add it to the mixture.
We chose alcohol and vegetable glycerin in equal parts when we developed GROUND, but there are stories of using a simple epsom salt emulsification.
Finally, it’s time to add the essential oils. A good starting point is to use about 20 drops of an essential oil in 4 ounces of water.
For something a bit more strong, try the same number of drops in half as much water.
Tinker with the ratios that fit best for you.
A Note on Essential Oil Spray Bottles
Without creating too much complexity, it is important to purchase essential oil spray bottles that are not only going to last, but also protect you.
Plastic essential oil bottles can leach chemicals into the mixture over time. A clear, see-through bottle can degrade the quality of the essential oils over time as well.
Essential Oil Spray Recipes
It is often more rewarding to develop and experiment with essential oils to develop your own recipes, but there is no use reinventing the wheel if you’d like a particular result.
There are plenty of essential oil spray recipes online, but we recommend Dr. Axe’s book Essential Oils: Ancient Medicine for a Modern World for a comprehensive look.
This book includes over 50 essential oils, 125 natural treatments, and is a reliable source of recipes (whereas many websites are not).
Of course, if you are searching for relaxation, calmness, groundedness, or any fragrance that will help you with anxiety or stress, we spent many weeks developing our GROUND essential oil spray at the Oyasin store.