Essential Oils and Herbs: The Best Homemade Recipes!

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 Essential Oils and Herbs: The Best Homemade Recipes!

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Essential oils and medicinal herbs seems to always catch people’s attention and peak curiosity. What are they? How do you use them? Why should I make homemade products with them? These are some of the questions that my friends and family have asked me over the many years that I have been creating homemade wonders. My first response to their questions is always the same. “Because I want chemical free, all natural organic products in my home and on my body.” Then I will explain that using therapeutic essential oils and healing herbs is very cost-effective and fairly easy to do at home.

Below I will add my own creations that I use at home and I will also add links to other blogger’s sites that also have wonderful must try creations, so you will be able to get the full spectrum of homemade perfection all in one place!

Daily Moisturizing Body Lotion

Rose Hip Facial Scrub– This is a simple basic recipe infused with the wonders of Rose hips seed oil that is very high in vitamins, antioxidants and anti-aging properties. Gently scrub face with this before bedtime and let the rose hips oil do its magic!

Creamy Body Butter– This simple to make body butter is oh so rich and creamy. Add your own  favorite essential oils for wonderful fragrance and added richness of oils.

Easy DIY Mouth Wash: It jus does not get any easier than this for fresh breath!

DIY Chest Rub: Perfect for cold and flu season when congestion hits.

Headache Relief:

Add 5 drops of lavender essential oil, 5 drops of peppermint essential oil and 3 teaspoons of sweet almond oil to small jar. Mix and use as a massage oil for temples and forehead to relieve headaches quickly.


Oatmeal Facial Scrub:

Those with sensitive skin will love this simple basic facial scrub.

1/2 cup oatmeal

1 cup warm water

5-8 drops of favorite essential oil (adding a teaspoon of honey instead of the essential oils  also makes a wonderful scrub.

Place all ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth and the consistency you like. Gently massage face with a small amount and rinse well.

DIY Air Freshener:

I love making  my own air freshener, because I know what ingredients are in it. The commercial air fresheners scare me! Truthfully! They are filled with dangerous chemicals and names you cannot pronounce ingredients. Who wants that in their home? Below is a simple, easy do it yourself air freshener with all natural ingredients.

Fill a small spray bottle with water and add approximately 25-30 drops of your favorite essential oil. More or less essential oil depending on your preference. That’s it! My favorites are lavender, lemon and chamomile.

Another simple air freshening idea is to fill a pretty glass bowl with baking soda and add several drops of your favorite essential oils, mix and set around your home for a pretty, wonderful smelling air freshener. Have fun with creating your DIY home cleaners and experiment with what works best for you and your family.

massage oil

DIY Massage Oil:

1/4 cup dried Calendula flowers

1/4 cup dried lavender flowers

1/4 cup chamomile flowers

1/4 cup rose petals

1 1/2 to 2 cups oil (almond oil, apricot oil, jojoba or your favorite oil)

Add oil and flowers and herbs to double boiler and heat on low for 35-40 minutes so herbs may absorb into the oil. do not bring to boil, and watch mixture closely while it is heating. You do not want your massage oil to smell like burnt flowers and oil! After allotted time, remove from heat, strain, and add essential oils if desired. pour into a container of choice.

You can mix and match your favorite herbs and flowers for this recipe to make your own massage oil. and add any of your essential oils you choose after the oil is removed from heat. You can leave bits and pieces of your herbs and flowers in the jar for a decorative look. Keep oil in a cool, dark area away from direct sunlight.

Easy Carpet Deodorizer:

1 cup baking soda

10 or more drops of your favorite essential oil

Mix baking soda and essential oil together thoroughly and sprinkle over carpets. Let sit for a minimum of 30 minutes (preferably longer so the baking soda can absorb the nasty smells you may have) then vacuum as usual.. Done and cheap to do!

Dishwasher Detergent:

1/2 Cup Borax

1/2 Cup Baking Soda

1/8 Cup Citric Acid

20-25 drops of essential oil of choice (I use Lemon essential oil)

Mix all ingredients together and store near dishwasher. Add 1 to 1/2 Tablespoons per load

Best Herbal Teas To Make At Home: Now this is how herbs should be used! One of my most recent posts. Enjoy!

Orange-Almond Body Wash-(Freebie Finding Mom)- This body wash sounds wonderful and you can easily swap out of mix & match your favorite ingredients!

Frankincense Wrinkle Reducing Cream-(Organic RN) Frankincense is my number one go to essential oil for my face creams. Perfect for deep absorption, age spot fading and reducing wrinkles!

Anti-Aging Cream : (Mother Earth Living) rich in skin conditioning oils. Add your favorite essential oils

Herbal Face Oil: (Wellness mama) With Lavender, Rose and Frankincense, this moisturizing face oil is super amazing!

Coconut Milk Shampoo: (Freebie Finding Mom) Just the name makes me want to make a batch ASAP!

Lavender Rosemary Shampoo-( Premeditated Leftovers) This simple DIY shampoo recipe is a must try. It smells oh so wonderful and has a nice calming effect.


DIY Homemade Makeup Remover Pads: (Redefined Mom) I love that this DIY uses tea tree oil (especially for acne prone skin) You can mix and match your favorite essential oils in this recipe.( Remember that Lavender is an anti-inflammatory also!)

Snow Cone Sugar Scrub : (The Gunny Sack) Now this just looks fun! What beautiful colors. I think I will try this very soon. I will add my favorite moisturizing essential oils to it.

Homemade Lavender Hand Cream: (The Happy Housewife): Wonderful for dry hands. this moisturizing hand cream would be perfect for my over worked “garden” hands!

5 Easy Homemade Lotion Recipes! (The Little Pine)  Natural, healthy and great information. A must read!

Honey Face Wash (Live Simply) I love this!

Herbal Cough Drops: (Frugal Farm Wife) I love to add Manuka Honey to these homemade cough drops!

17 Incredible Reasons You Need A Bottle of Clove Oil (Natural Living Ideas) I love clove oil and make my own. Fantastic site!

Lemon Honey and Thyme Cough Syrup: (Reformation Acres) Just Yum! Simple, easy and delicious!

Arnica Ointment for Pain Relief: (Learning Herbs) Grow this powerful herb in your flower garden for natural pain relief and easy to make remedies.

Aromatherapy Body Powder : ( simple to make. Just add your own favorite essential oil!

DIY Organic Foundation Makeup…With Sunscreen ( The cinnamon and cocoa powder gives the natural color. Rich creamy all natural makeup

Essential oils by skin type:


aloe vera



Clary Sage

carrot seed


Lemon Verbena








Tea tree oil







Natural Exfoliates

finely crushed nuts, sugar, baking soda, dry oats

Enjoy experimenting with your essential oils and herbs and learn how to create your own wonderful creations!