A quick citronella spray to keep those biting bugs at bay …
Into a little spray bottle I put a good 40 drops of citronella then a few drops each of of tea tree, eucalyptus and rosemary essential oils. About half of the bottle was filled with witch hazel and then I added a slug of vodka and a couple of teaspoons of glycerine. (It isn’t recommended to put citronella essential oil directly on skin).
While the citronella was on hand I put some in the diffuser mix and dabbed some on the bedroom curtains …
My current use it or lose it challenge is to wear perfume every day and finish some of the less loved scents . But now I reckon I only have enough to last me until October!!! So a little scented craftiness is today’s project.
I will be refilling some of the tiny bottles I have recently emptied with essential oil blends using a recipe ‘collaged’ from various sites
Base Essential Oils:Cedarwood, Vanilla, Ylang Ylang, Sandalwood 20 drops or 20% of the essential oil mix
50 drops of middle tone oils like Rose, Lavender, Chamomile or Geranium ie 50% of the ess oil mix
30 drops of top note oils like Bergamot, Wild Orange or lemon ie 30% of the ess oil mix
3 parts of alcohol (unscented vodka) either on its own or with one part of carrier oil such as almond oil or coconut
Apparently it takes a few weeks for the blend to meld so I will report back later.
1. cut two rectangles of a cotton or fleece, any size that suits you. Hand or forehead size about 4” by 6”, neck size a bit wider, up to 12” by 8” for a big tummy comforter.
2. With right sides facing, sew along the edges of both long sides and one short side. A small seam allowance is fine as long as you don’t leave any gaps. Start and finish 1” inch from the end to give yourself wriggle room at step 7
3. Turn right sides out and press. Fold in a half inch hem on the remaining raw edge and press.
4. Sew a straight line along the middle of the rectangle from one closed short side to the open short side, again stop 1” from the open end
5. Sew two more lines, each equally spaced between the centre line and edges so you end up with three parallel lines that form four tubes in the fabric.
6. Fill the tubes with rice that is scented with your choice of essential oils. I chose peppermint and lavender but whatever you have that will soothe and relax you. Fill to create a firm pad but don’t fill over the end of your lines. You might want to pin or clip the open end closed to avoid rice spilling out.
7. Sew closed the remaining edge closed.
I keep my rice pads in sealed bags until needed and then pop them in the microwave for 30 seconds bursts until warm then hug until aches are soothed.
I ordered a bag of wool felted balls to try and expand my use of essential oils.
To make a car scenter that will clip on an air vent- hot glue four 1cm balls on either side of a wooden clothes peg. Positioning as I did, leaving tip and base of the peg free, is the most practical.
Drip on essential oil or perfume and clip in place. Top up when you think the scent has dissipated.
To make a bracelet style scenter that will hook around the rear view mirror or clothes hangers in a wardrobe –
Take about 60cm or 24 inches of strong cotton and fold it in half. Double knot about 3cm or an inch in from the folded end to make a loop as shown on the left of the pictures above.
Thread both strands of cotton through your needle and then thread through the balls. I used 10 per bracelet. Finish by threading on a button and secure it well before cutting off any spare tails of thread.
When ready to use drop on chosen essential oil and hook button through the loop.