If you’ve ever wanted to make a divine aromatherapy potion, this is your chance.
When I was a girl, my mom would make all sorts of potions for me. Flower remedies, tinctures, even love potions! In the spirit of healthy holiday gifting, I wanted to share a recipe for a divine pillow and/or room spray that will bring delight to whomever you gift it to.
And why not make your own? Home fragrances are full of chemicals that are no good for our health. They can mess up our hormones. In my opinion, many of these scents don’t smell good enough to risk hormone health!
Three steps. All you need are some little spray bottles, filtered water, an essential oil or two, and the means to make a label.
What are you waiting for?
STEP 1: Get a Little Spray Bottle and Fill With Water
- You’re looking for a spray with a fine mist.
- The best spray bottles are metal or plastic (essential oils can eat through plastic).
- Add 1 ounce of vodka to make your mist last longer (optional, I never do this).
- Filtered or bottled water is best as it won’t react with the essential oils.
STEP 2: Choose an Essential Oil or Two
How does aromatherapy work? Scent bypasses our thalamus and get to the oldest part of the brain, the rhinecepalon, the place of memory and emotion. Here are my favourite essential oils and their magic powers:
- Basil: refreshing, stimulating, makes excellent nerve tonic, strengthens concentration and clears the mind
- Bergamot: uplifting, powerful antidepressant and nerve sedative
- Geranium: balancing in nature because it stimulates adrenal cortex (where hormones are produced), antidepressant properties, used in place of rose, believed to keep away evil spirits
- Eucalyptus makes a peppy energizer, was traditionally used by aborigines as a general healer, relieves sore muscles
- Lavender: most balancing oil, can be used to mentally balance and centre oneself, antidepressant, relaxing, promotes love, combine with peppermint to make a headache remedy (here’s more info on lavender)
- Neroli: calms emotions, antidepressant, aphrodisiac
- Rose: antidepressant, divine feminine, promotes realness
- Rosemary: used for stimulating weak memory (“There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance.” – Hamlet)
- Sandalwood: creates a balancing and meditative atmosphere, reduces anxiety, restlessness, nervousness, irritability, nervous tension, insomnia and agitation
- Ylang ylang: aphrodisiac, sensual stimulant and euphoric, has sedative and regulating effect on nervous system
If you’re making a pillow spray, be sure to use mostly relaxing EOs such as lavender, rose, geranium, neroli, ylang ylang. You can use more stimulating oils to accent the blend, but use small amounts.
Put in up to 25 drops of oil.
STEP 3: Make a Label
Don’t cheap out at this point! Make it pretty (or badass) enough to sit on a shelf. Plain old printer labels work well with a black or coloured inky pen, as does brightly coloured masking tape with pens or a sharpie.
I’ll be back at you with more home and body potions tomorrow. Until then. xo
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