Vodka is amazing for its uses around the house. I will post more uses in the future, but since I find those 2,999-awesome-things-you-have-to-try-now posts pretty overwhelming, I am only going to post one at a time when it comes to green cleaning or making your own skin care products at home.
So let’s make an aromatherapy spray. I decided to try this because my mood often skews towards dark clouds and grumpy cat, and the kiddo wakes up angry more often than not, so we both need a little mood adjuster sometimes. I created different scents for different needs, like relaxation, getting happy, getting sleepy, etc. I love to use them! Plus it is so good for your health to have essential oils around the house and in the air (this book about essential oils by Kurt Schnaubelt was amazing, but you can read more about him and his research at his blog).
And it really is super easy.
1. Get a spray bottle. A finer mist is better for diffusing into the air, but any will do. You can get one in the travel products section of most grocery stores.
2. Fill with vodka (or half vodka, half water).
3. Add drops of essential oils. You can get common varieties at Vitamin Shoppe, or more varieties at Fruitful Yield or Whole Foods, or from my favorite online seller.
To make it even easier, I put my essential oils into dark glass dropper bottles I get from Whole Foods or from this online retailer (you can also get mister bottles from them). Sometimes the cap on essential oils can be hard to control when pouring essential oils, but getting dropper bottles is totally optional. If you want to move in a more “green” direction, I would recommend buying the following oils (and more) as a green cleaning and skin care kit, which I will feature in future posts as well, and have a variety of uses). I would buy no more than a half ounce of each essential oil to start, 1 oz of Calendula Oil, and 4 oz of Shea or Olive Butter, and 10-20 oz of Coconut Oil and Olive Oil. The vinegar and vodka I would buy in vast quantities.
- Tea Tree Essential Oil
- Eucalyptus Essential Oil
- Lavender Essential Oil
- Lemon Essential Oil
- Rosemary Essential Oil
- Peppermint Essential Oil
- Ravensara Essential Oil
- Citronella Essential Oil
- Calendula Oil
- Coconut Oil
- Olive Oil (cheap stuff, not extra virgin cold pressed)
- Shea Butter or Olive Butter
- Cheap Vodka
- White Vinegar
To pick out scents you like for aromatherapy, go to Whole Foods where they have a tester for each oil (not sure if the other stores mentioned have a tester or not). Scents I like for aromatherapy include, Sandalwood, Sweet Orange, Grapefruit, Ylang Ylang, and Rose. A few aromatherapy scent mixtures to try:
Basic Happy Scent (2 oz of vodka or vodka/water base)
- 5 drops lemon
- 5 drops sweet orange
Basic Anti-Stress Scent (very spa-like, also for 2 oz of vodka or vodka/water base)
- 2 drops peppermint
- 6 drops rosemary
Basic Relaxation Scent
- 4 drops lavender
- 1 drop eucalyptus
- 1 drop sandalwood
Enjoy playing with scents and creating something you love! Then spray it everywhere! The scent doesn’t last super long (I used mine as body spray too, it is just refreshing, and I think it will stay longer in your hair), but I enjoy it nonetheless. The kiddo even requests to be sprayed when she sees me spraying. Be careful about abusing lavender though, it can mimic estrogen and have unintended effects. In general, I believe essential oils are good for you and safe to use. You will read tons of warnings about them, and not using them during pregnancy. I think most of those warnings are CYA type stuff, though there are some VERY potent oils out there. As long as you use the oils above in dilution, you don’t need to worry. Just don’t buy lavender EVERYTHING and use it ALL THE TIME. Especially if you are pregnant. It is reputed to mimic estrogen in the body, nicht sehr gut when preggo.
And enjoy stocking up on cheap vodka! (If you live in Singapore, or anywhere else alcohol is never cheap, you can also use vinegar instead, but it affects the smell a bit. You could also try water as a base with a small amount of vodka, but it won’t stay good for as long.)