DIY Essential Oil Recipes

Essential oils are extracted through the leaves, stems, flowers, bark, roots, or other elements of a plant and careful steam distillation, resin tapping, and cold pressing. You can access the power of essential oils many ways, but the most common practices include aromatic diffusion and topical application. These methods bring the pure essence of health-promoting botanicals to your home, family, and life.

From the decongestant and antiseptic properties of eucalyptus oil to the soothing qualities of peppermint oil, discover the benefits of essential oils on our Apothecary page. We’ve rounded up our favorite quick recipes for do-it-yourself body, hair and home care remedies.

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Eucalyptus Peppermint Essential Oil Salve

The camphor and menthol rich scent of this DIY salve recipe made with eucalyptus and peppermint essential oils will open the senses and clear the air.

What you’ll need:

24 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
24 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
4-ounce wide mouth jar
4 fluid ounces coconut oil

In jar, combine all ingredients. Use a fork to mix until well combined.
To use, apply 1 to 2 teaspoons to chest, upper back and neck area.


Lavender Dry Shampoo

Give your scalp a break from wet shampooing, which can strip hair of natural oils. Dry shampoo puts an oil absorbing substance on the matted areas of your hair to absorb the oil and leave it looking clean, to give your hairstyle a longer life!

What you’ll need:

1 tablespoon Baking Soda Powder
1/4 cup Organic Cornstarch
1/4 cup Bentonite Clay Powder
*Organic Fair Trade Certified Cocoa Powder (processed with akali)
24 drops Lavender Essential Oil or an oil of your choice

In a food processor, combine all dry ingredients. Blend until well mixed.
Add essential oil blend and pulse until well combined.
Pour mixture into wide mouth jar.
To use, apply powder to the roots and oily parts of your hair with a make-up brush.

* Use cocoa powder for dark hair only. Slowly add it to the dry ingredients as they blend in the food processor until a shade comparable to your hair color is achieved. Do not use cocoa powder for blonde hair.


Lavender & Lemon Essential Oil Hand Soap

A refreshing DIY hand soap recipe featuring lavender and lemon essential oils.

What you’ll need:

28 drops Lavender Essential Oil
16 drops Lemon Essential Oil
4 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
4 fluid ounces unscented liquid soap, Castile-type
4-ounce amber glass bottle

In bottle, combine essential oils.
Top off bottle liquid soap, replace lid and shake gently until well blended.
To use, apply a small amount to wet hands, work into a lather and rinse with warm water.


Citrus Window Cleaner

A simple DIY window cleaner recipe featuring a blend of citrus essential oils*

What you’ll need:
50 drops Sweet Orange Essential Oil**
50 drops Pink Grapefruit Essential Oil**
1 1/2 cups distilled water
2 tablespoons white vinegar
16-ounce spray bottle

In bottle, combine all ingredients.
Replace lid and shake well until blended.

To use, shake bottle, spray window and wipe clean.
* Note do not use on marble or stainless steel. Test before general use.
** Approximately 50 drops = 1/2 teaspoon.


Recipes provided by Aura Cacia Essential Oils, find more recipe inspiration on their website