Essential Oil Recipes for Therapeutic and Household Uses

air freshener

Why add more chemicals to the air you breathe?   Use essential oils to freshen a room! 

What you will need:

Clean, plastic spray bottle (used for spraying plants)

Water (filtered or bottled)

8 – 10 drops essential oil


What to do:

-          Take a clean, plastic spray bottle and fill halfway with bottled or filtered water.

-          Add essential oil to the water and shake well.

-          Shake before use, then spray to perk up and freshen your room.  Be careful not to use near polished furniture, as some essential oils can damage polished surfaces.

-          Store spray bottle in a cool, dark place.


bath crystals

As the salt melts and softens the water, the glycerin will moisturize your skin, making you sparkle!

What you will need:

1 cup salt—rock, sea, or mineral

3-5 drops food coloring

1 teaspoon glycerin

20-24 drops essential oil

Mixing bowl




What to do:

-          In a mixing bowl, add salts.  Slowly stir in food coloring, a couple drops at a time.  A pastel color is best.

-          Add a teaspoon of glycerin to make your salts sparkle like jewels. 

-          Stir in essential oil and blend well until they are thoroughly absorbed.

-          Store in a closed container until ready for use.


bath oil

Using essential oils in the bath is one of the easiest ways to implement its aromatherapy benefits.  As you soak, the fragrant steam is inhaled and pores are opened to the hydrating oils.  Soothe away your worries with this bath oil!

What you will need:

1 ounce carrier oil (such as sweet almond)

7-10 drops essential oil


What to do:

-          Be sure to choose an essential oil that will not cause skin irritation.  Perform a skin patch test if necessary.  (Suggestion: Sandalwood is sensuous as well as skin-soothing.)

-          Combine oils (carrier and essential) and mix well.  Store in a dark bottle. 

-          Add bath oil to your bath water after water has been drawn to avoid essential oils evaporating.  Stir bath water in a large figure eight to make sure the bath oil blend is well-dispersed in the tub.  Enjoy!

Using bath oil blends are safer than adding essential oils directly in bath water, as pure essential oil can settle in one spot and may cause skin irritation. 


bath salts

Since Biblical times, the Dead Sea has been known for its therapeutic properties in its salts, as well as its soothing and healing affect on the body.  Dead Sea Salts help to revitalize your body with new skin growth, cleanse with its own natural anti-bacterial properties and act as a moisturizer to help you look younger.


What you will need:

2 cups Dead Sea Salts

1 cup Epsom Salt (or sea salt)

24 drops essential oil

1 Tablespoon olive oil

1 Tablespoon honey

Mixing bowl


Fancy jar or another container


What to do:

-          Sea salts come in a variety of grains.  Mix the 3 cups of salts well in bowl using a fork.

-          Add essential oil and olive oil to bowl and blend well.  Place in a clean jar or container and close with lid.  Let set for a day or two, and then stir again.

-          Add 1/2 of the bath salts to running bath water or just after finishing filling the tub.  Stir in a large figure eight to ensure salts dissolve and are well dispersed in water.

-          Enjoy!  These also make nice gifts for friends and family.

-          Optional: Add honey to your blend as a moisturizer. 

Essential oils that work well in bath salts include: Myrrh, Frankincense, Sandalwood, and Rose of Sharon.  Cassia is not recommended unless diluted in carrier oil.


body cream

Create a thick, beautiful cream that is all-natural and healthy for you!


What you will need:

1 cup carrier oil

2 1/2 Tablespoons beeswax

1 cup water (Substitution: Aloe Vera juice or Rosewater)

30-50 drops essential oil

Glass measuring cup


Electric blender

Wooden spoon

Pretty jar or container


What to do:

-          Add carrier oil and beeswax in glass measuring cup.  Place measuring cup into a pan of water.  Make sure water goes up halfway outside of measuring cup.

-          Heat water until beeswax melts.  Remove cup from pan.  Let cool, but do not allow beeswax to harden again.  (Test by placing finger in mixture.  Should be warm, but not uncomfortable.)

-          Add water (or Aloe Vera juice or Rosewater) to blender.  Turn on high, then slowly add oil mixture.  The mixture should begin to thicken/harden after adding 3/4 of the oil.

-          Stir mixture with wooden spoon, and continue to add oil to blender until it becomes too stiff to stir or until all water is dissipated.  (If there is a little water left, you can pour it off.)

-          Now add essential oil and blend just enough to combine.  Do not over-blend. 

-          Place in a pretty jar.  You may want to refrigerate for longer shelf-life. 


To make Lotion, substitute these ingredients, and then follow the above basic instructions:

3/4 cup carrier oil

1 cup water, Aloe Vera juice, or Rosewater

2 Tablespoons beeswax

30 drops essential oil


To make a Body Scrub, substitute these ingredients: 

2 ounces carrier oil

1-3 pea-sized balls beeswax

5-10 drops essential oil



Leave it runny, and then add salt and essential oils for scrub. 


body powder

Feel fresh all day with your favorite fragrant talc powder on!


What you will need:

8 ounces Arrowroot powder (Substitute: Cornstarch if necessary, or use a combination of both)

4 ounces baking soda

15 drops essential oil

Mixing bowl


Container with lid


What to do:

-          Blend all of your ingredients in a large mixing bowl.  Place in container and keep sealed until use.

-          Makes a wonderful old-fashioned gift for family and friends.


bug spray

Scientific research reveals several essential oils are effective as insect repellent.  Try adding essential oils to diffusers or candles during an outdoor event or wear for added protection.


What you will need:

Plastic plant water sprayer

Essential oil (Suggestion: Cedarwood or Cypress)



What to do:

-          Fill plant sprayer 3/4 full with water. 

-          Add essential oil and shake well.

-          Spritz on exposed area of skin for protection.


carpet deodorizer

This one is great for pet owners! 


What you will need:

16-ounce box baking soda

20-30 drops essential oil

Mixing bowl

Wooden spoon

Clean, empty spice jar


What to do:

-          In a large bowl, add baking soda and essential oil.  Be sure to mix well. 

-          Store in a tight-lid container, such as a spice jar, until ready for use.

-          To use deodorizer, sprinkle on carpet and let set for 15-20 minutes.  Then vacuum up.

This recipe can be adapted for use with any of your favorite fragrances, but it is more beneficial when essential oils offer antibacterial and disinfectant properties. 


lip balm

Keep the smackers smooth and glossy with this all-natural healing balm.


What you will need:

4 ounces carrier oil

1 ounce beeswax

1 Tablespoon honey

-or- 1 capsule Vitamin E

5 drops essential oil

Mixing bowl


Small container


What to do:

-          Warm beeswax to soften and blend with carrier oil. 

-          Stir in honey or Vitamin E capsule.

-          Add essential oil and blend well.

-          Pour mixture into a small container or balm tubes to harden.

You can make a solid perfume using this same formula—just add more essential oil.  Be sure to slowly add the essential oil, a few drops at a time, to not make it too strong.


personalized perfume

Here’s your chance to create your own “personal” fragrance!


What you will need:

25 drops Sandalwood (Or substitute your favorite fragrance)

3 drops Rose of Sharon (Or substitute your favorite fragrance)

2 drops Spikenard (Or substitute your favorite fragrance)

1 Tablespoon carrier oil (Jojoba is nice)


What to do:

-          Blend all the oils together well, and then store in a dark bottle with airtight lid. 

-          Dab a drop or two on your wrists.  Use sparingly. 

-          Do a skin patch test, if you think you might be sensitive to any of the essential oils.


scented hair

A common practice during Roman times for the Israelite women was to scent their hair.  You can try this one at home!


What you will need:


2 drops essential oil (Suggestion: Sandalwood, Spikenard, or Cassia)


What to do:

-          Apply a couple of drops of essential oil to the bristles of your hairbrush and brush your hair thoroughly.  This will give your hair a wonderful aroma!


shower gel

This gel is easy to make and will quickly become one of your favorites!


What you will need:

4 ounces unscented shower gel (available online at a natural/aromatherapy retailer or at local beauty supply store)

40 drops essential oil

Clean, empty bottle or container with cap


What to do:

-     Be sure the oils you choose are gentle to the skin.  Always do a skin patch test before starting.

-          Add the essential oil to the bottle of unscented shower gel and mix thoroughly.  Be sure to not let oils collect or remain concentrated together, leaving pockets in the gel, as this could cause skin irritation and the gel will not be fragrant thoroughly. 

-          Use as you would normally use shower gel. 


colored rocks

Here’s a recipe for making your own colored rocks to use as “scented rocks” if you are craft-oriented!


What you will need:

1/2 cup flour

1/2 cup salt

2/3 cup water

1/4 teaspoon essential oil

Food coloring

Mixing bowl



What to do:

-          In a bowl, mix the flour and salt together.

-          Add water and essential oil into dry ingredients.  Stir well.

-          Add several drops of food coloring of your choice until you reach the shade desired.

-          Using hands, form different-shaped balls or stones.  Let dry.

-          Arrange in a dish and set out to enjoy.


scented rocks

This makes a nice arrangement and serves as a great substitute to potpourri!


What you will need:

Colored stones (Available at the dollar store, etc., or make your own.  See previous recipe.)

Cotton balls

Essential oil

Dish or bowl


What to do:

-          Arrange color stones on a dish. 

-          Saturate a cotton ball with your favorite essential oil, and tuck beneath stones in a matter of which the fragrance can seep out between the rocks.

-          Replace cotton ball as needed.

For more information about biblical essential oils and how to use them, please visit Rebecca’s website at

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