Splash into Spring
After a long winter, I can hardly wait to ‘splash into spring’. Splashing into spring brings to mind vibrant, colorful, new fashions, the sounds and smells of spring, green grass and trees, spending time outdoors, and beautiful fragrant flowers to adorn our yards.
Speaking of fragrant flowers, I am reminded of essential oils that are distilled from the flowers or the whole flowering plant. These oils can be used to make lovely body sprays that are cooling, refreshing, relaxing, and energizing. They are known as top notes or middle notes by aromatherapists, which means they are balancing to the body, and they will affect the emotional, mental, spiritual well-being.
Essential oils from flowers or the flowering plant include clary sage, everlasting, lavender BS officinalis, lavender BS spica, lavender BS vera, lavandin, peppermint, Roman chamomile, sage, spearmint, ylang ylang, German chamomile, mastic, neroli, and rose. Zest essences blend nicely with the flowers oils. They include bergamot, bitter orange PO zest, lemon, lime, mandarin, and orange. I suggest choosing three essential oils to make a body spray.
Room sprays can also be utilized to refresh our homes and create ambiance for special occasions. Essential oils from the above list or those that are favorites can be used for room sprays.
The insects that love to come into our homes during the summer months can be deterred with the use of room sprays.
Essential oils that will deter insects include bergamot, cajeput, cedarwood, cinnamon DO bark, cinnamon DO leaf, citronella, clove, dill, eucalyptus citriodora, fennel, geranium, juniper, lavender BO officinalis, lemon, lemongrass, lime, patchouli, peppermint, rosemary BS 1,8 cineole, spearmint, and all the thyme oils.
Sprays are very easy to make. I use 60 ml spray bottles because they are just the right size to put into my purse, the picnic basket, or to place in one of the rooms in my home. I use 50 ml distilled water and 10 ml of an emulsifier such as vodka or witch hazel. Then I add a total of 30 drops of essential oils to the mixture and gently shake. For example, I might use 5 drops clary sage, 15 drops lavender BO officinalis or lavandin, and 10 drops lemon. The essential oils will always separate and sit on top of the water mixture, so the bottle needs to be gently shaken prior to each use. Individuals will personalize their blends by choosing essential oils to suit their liking.
Note: BO indicates botanical origin, BS indicates biochemical specificity, PO indicates the expressed producing organ, and DO indicates distilling organ.
When considering the purchase of essential oils, know who your supplier is. For your protection use essential oils that are chemotyped or EOBBD (Essential Oils Botanically and Biochemically Defined) Quality Assurance.
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