Essential Oil Recipes
Let's talk about Essential Oil Recipes so you can apply some of the wonderful things about essential oils
that you have read about on this website. For obvious reasons these recipes
rely heavily on lavender essential oil. However, several other common essential oils are mentioned such as
chamomile (chamomile German is recommended), tea tree oil, peppermint oil, citronella, and citrus oils. There
are many potential applications for essential oils. Purchasing a good reference book on the subject will be
a very worthwhile investment.
Disclaimer - The following essential oil recipes are intended for treatment of minor ailments that would
normally be treated at home. They are not intended to replace proper medical care. When in doubt, consult
Blisters - Avoid popping the blister. Apply one drop of lavender oil and one drop of chamomile gently
working into the skin. Repeat as needed.
Burns - Apply ice and/or cold water for 5-10 minutes. Carefully dry and apply 1-2 drops (depending on
size of burn) of lavender oil.
Cuts and Scrapes - Add 5 drops of lavender oil and 2 drops of tea tree oil to 2 cups of warm water. Mix
thoroughly and bathe the wound with the mixture. Place 3-4 drops of lavender oil on a gauze bandage and apply
to the wound. Change bandage as needed.
Headache - Combine 3 drops of lavender oil and 1 drop of peppermint oil. Massage the mixture into the
temples, forehead, neck, base of the skull and hairline on the sides of the head.
Insect Bites and Stings - If a stinger remains, remove first. Apply one drop of lavender oil directly
to the bite or sting.
Splinter - Remove the splinter with a pair of tweezers and apply a drop of lavender oil
Stinging Nettles - Wash the affected area thoroughly with soap and water. Apply 5-10 drops of lavender
oil to a clean wash cloth in a spot about the same size as the irritated skin. Hold the cloth on the affected
skin for 30 minutes or until the irritation is relieved.
Most essential oils have anitbacterial properties, so incorporating some of your
favorites (lavender?) into your chores will cleanse, freshen the air, and may improve your mood despite the
drudgery! Besides lavender, citrus oils such as lemon, lime, or grapefruit are particularly good for cleaning.
Use a mild soap for intitial cleaning then add 5-7 drops of the essential oil to the rinse water.
Flying Insects - Hang strips of decorative cotton cloth near area that flying insects will tend to enter
such as windows and doors. Apply 1 drop of oil to each cloth such as lavender for flies and moths, peppermint
or citronella for mosquitoes.
Crawling Insects - Mix 5 drops of lavender oil and 5 drops of citronella. Dab a small amount with a
cotton ball and place on windowsills, gaps along the wall and other locations that might offer the little
critters a place to come inside.