Facial Spray…Geranium Essential Oil, The Happy-Healing Oil!

I love geranium essential oil. It smells fabulous! It instantly uplifts me; and I almost can’t help but smile and sigh. It really is that nice. I like to put this oil in my facial oils, perfumes, lotions, and facial mists that I make. Sometimes just a swipe of this scent on my wrist is all I need to keep me going.

Geranium essential oil not only smells good it’s wonderful for the skin; It balances the facial skin at the same time it’s very healing. Geranium EO is great for a myriad of issues such as eczema, bruises, burns, wound healing, repelling insects, and getting rid of ring worm too! (among other things) Geranium also is helpful for PMS, depression, anxiety, stress. So you see why I love this oil. It’s the happy healing oil!

Make sure you trust where you are buying your oils from and they are very good oils and not synthetic. Synthetic oils can be really harmful.

If you are looking to try essential oils, give geranium essential oil a shot. It’s one of my favorite oils.  You can add a few drops to lotions and sprays you are already using.  Make a simple perfume oil and dab on your pulse points for an uplifting feel all day. (I will post a recipe on that later if anyone is interested.)

Here is a facial spray I make. Best to keep refrigerated for longer lasting freshness (also feels intensely refreshing on a warm day or hot flashes anyone?) but you will most likely use it all before it expires. Right now mine is in my apothecary cabinet which is in a dark area of the house.

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You will need:
1 one 3oz bottle (The darker the better; as you can see mine is clear, but that was what I had on hand and as I’ve said, I keep it in a dark place.)

2 tablespoons witch hazel (if you can find rose witch hazel; sub out for the plain.  Smells wonderful. I like Thayers Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera Rose Petal 12 fl oz)

2 tablespoons distilled water

1/2 teaspoon glycerin

10 drops of almond oil

10 drops of geranium essential oil

5 drops of lavender essential oil

Tip: I use a small funnel and pour everything in the bottle as I go. You can use a glass measuring cup with a pour spout to mix everything together, then pour into your bottle.
Shake before using every time.
Spray liberally. I find myself spritzing my face 2-3 times a day. (Sometimes more! 😉 )
Can use as a body spray too! Nice double duty! Love that!

No one likes a smelly yoga mat!

No one likes a smelly yoga mat.  This is a great in between spray.   If you use your yoga mat 3-5 times a week, consider taking it into the shower with you once a week (and especially if you take your mat outside the home).  I take mine into the shower, and give it a bath with a dollop of shampoo, then a vinegar rinse (I have a bottle of vinegar in the shower for my hair), and then hang dry.

For in between a good scrubbing…here’s the recipe…

Yoga Mat Spray:
3/4 cup water
1/4 cup vinegar
10 drops tea tree essential oil
5 drops of lavender essential oil
3 drops of orange essential oil
1 drop of geranium essential oil (optional—I just love the smell, so uplifting and calming at the same time. If you make your own facial oils/lotions, this is excellent for skin)

Put it all together in a bottle and shake with each use. Spray mat after each use and let dry.

Tip:  As you can see from the photo, what I like to do is save all spray bottles and nozzles.  I have a collection of them for quick use of any spray I might make.  So save em, wash and sanitize em, and you’ll always have em on hand.  Also from photo you will see a bottled water.  You can take a few sips out of it, and add the essential oils, and vinegar to it, and add nozzle.  (By the way, I do drink out of a glass water bottle all day.  And no I don’t buy bottled water, however if I am given one at an event or wherever I am at, I accept it with a smile.)

Do you have any tips for keeping yoga mats clean….please share! We all could benefit from helpful advice 😀

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Bugs, bugs, go away!

I’m outdoors a lot.  Blue skies draw me out.  Gray skies draw me out.  The rain, well of course I have to dance in it!  There’s only one negative to outside, and that is bugs.  Bugs equals bites.  For those of you who know me, know bugs are attracted to me.

I have trouble, especially, this time of year,  finding my bug spray, as everyone else is using it, and putting it wherever they used it last.  Luckily I can go to my apothecary cabinet and quickly mix up something in the palm of my hand and rub away.  Note to self; make more bug-go-away spray bottles, and place at each door.

Here’s one of the many sprays I make.  Stay following me, as I will have many to share with you.  Enjoy!

16 oz – spray bottle

12 oz – distilled water

1 teaspoon – Vegetable glycerin (optional)

1 teaspoon – Carrier oil (almond oil, grapeseed oil, olive oil, avocado oil, sesame oil.  I use what I have on hand.  I’m not allergic to any oils so that makes it easy.  I’ve also made this with coconut oil; more like a balm)

60 drops – Essential oils; 15 drops of each: Rosemary, Lavender, Peppermint, Clove  (Experiment and use what works for you.  This is just what I do.  I’ve made many combinations with many oils.)

Shake before each use.

Depending on the size of the bottle, I adjust ingredients accordingly.  Also know that some essential oils mix with one’s skin differently.  As in, what works on one person may not work on another.  Experimenting is part of the fun.  I’ve used essential oils since I was a little girl, and have enjoyed all the fun of learning about them, and their wonderful scents, and what they can do for me, as well as what I’ve seen do for others.

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