17 Products You Can Switch With Essential Oils
Essential oils can be used in place of many commercial products. Oftentimes, you can expect to experience the same or even better results when you replace the following things with homemade versions that contain essential oils.
1. Body Lotion
You can make DIY body lotion in your own kitchen in minutes, using items you already have. Take one jar of your favorite unscented body lotion and add 5-10 drops of your favorite essential oil. Pleasing scents to use for homemade body lotion include sweet orange essential oil, grapefruit essential oil, and bergamot essential oil with cinnamon leaf essential oil if the lotion is for a man.
2. Skin Salve
For a soothing skin salve that offers healing benefits plus relief, try mixing up this DIY salve using equal parts lavender essential oil, pine tree, frankincense, tea tree and eucalyptus essential oils.
½ cup jojoba oil
½ cup almond oil
2 tablespoons beeswax
½ tablespoon Vitamin E oil
5 drops each of the listed essential oils.
Blend well and store in a lidded container.
3. Cuticle Cream
Dry cuticles are uncomfortable as well as unsightly. Get them back in good condition with this recipe for cuticle cream:
2 tablespoons Shea butter
1 teaspoon beeswax
1 tablespoon coconut oil
5 drops frankincense essential oil
You’ll never have to buy commercial shampoo again when you have this DIY shampoo recipe:
Mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda with 1 cup of water in a plastic container. Add 4-5 drops rosemary essential oil for hair growth and strengthening properties.
5. Hair Conditioner
Put 1 cup of distilled water and 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a plastic spray bottle. For a lovely fresh scent, add 4- 5 drops of your choice of lime essential oil, lemon essential oil or tangerine essential oil.
6. Hair Rinse
This essential oil hair rinse recipe will leave your hair feeling soft and smelling sweet.
Mix 1 cup of distilled water with 1/3 cup sea salt and 4-5 drops of lemongrass essential oil in a plastic bottle. Allow the salt to dissolve overnight. Shake well and use in the morning as you would commercial hair rinse products.
7. Shaving Cream
Commercial shaving cream can’t stand up to this skin soothing and effective shaving cream for men or women.
In a clean jar, mix equal parts bergamot essential oil, tea tree essential oil, and peppermint essential oil, with 1/3 cup each of Shea butter and coconut oil.
If you want to get away from the chemicals in commercial deodorants, make this essential oil deodorant recipe at home.
Fill a spray bottle diffuser with distilled water. Add 8-10 drops of tea tree essential oil and 8-10 drops lavender essential oil. Shake well and mist on underarms as needed.
9. Dish Soap
When you need to make sure your dish soap is not only getting your dishes clean but also sanitized, you can rely on this DIY recipe:
2 cups unscented castile soap
20 drops lime essential oil
8 drops tea tree oil
8 drops lemon oil
10. Laundry Detergent
Why buy expensive laundry detergent when you can get similar or better results from your own homemade version using healthy essential oils?
In a bucket, mix equal parts washing soda and Borax. Add 20-25 drops of tea tree essential oil and 20-25 drops of lemon essential oil. Mix thoroughly.
11. Fabric Softener
There’s no need to waste your money on fabric softener when you keep a bottle of this DIY fabric softener in your laundry room.
Fill a clean bottle with distilled water and 1/3 cup sea salt. Add several drops of your favorite essential oil scent and add to your wash load when it comes time to add the softener.
Everyone gets a headache every now and again, but next time, don’t bother reaching for the aspirin. Instead, just take a warm washcloth and drop a few drops of peppermint essential oil onto it, along with a teaspoon of coconut oil. Lay down with the washcloth on your head and allow the peppermint essential oil do its work. Soon, your headache will be gone and you can continue with your day.
13. Muscle Cream
The next time you come home from a workout and your muscles are aching, sit down and rub a mixture of coconut oil mixed with 3-4 drops of peppermint oil onto your aching muscles. You’ll find relief within minutes.
14. Acne Cream
Tea tree oil works against acne due to its natural antibacterial properties.
Mix 12 drops of tea tree essential oil with 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel and 1/2 teaspoon of coconut oil.
15. Face Cleanser
Your skin will be clear and clean with this homemade face cleanser using essential oils. Fill a clean jar with 1 cup coconut oil, 1 tablespoon baking soda, and 5 drops each of lavender essential oil, frankincense essential oil, and lemon essential oil.
16. Body Wash
Lather up the healthy way with a body wash you can feel good about using in the shower or tub.
Use a plastic container and mix in:
1 cup distilled water
¼ cup honey
2/3 cup unscented castile soap
30 drops of your favorite scent of essential oil
2 teaspoons jojoba oil
17. Makeup Setting Spray
When you’ve gone to the trouble of getting your makeup just right, you’ll want to set it so it stays that way. This DIY makeup setting spray will keep your face looking picture perfect all day long.
In a spray bottle diffuser, put:
1 tablespoon witch hazel
5 drops lavender essential oil
2 tablespoons distilled water
1 tablespoon aloe vera gel
These recipes and essential oil ingredients were all chosen to make the products as healthful and effective as possible. When you start to incorporate essential oils into your daily life, there’s no limit to the possibilities.