Essential oil DIY home blending for Skin, Teeth and as a Mosquito Repellent
Essential oils are extracted from natural plants so they are potent with strong medicinal effect. To use in everyday life, I like to keep 3 bottles. One for nourishing skin, one for teeth cleaning, and one for mosquito or bug spray.
How to mix our own essential oils
The basic rule of essential oils is to always mix with a carrier oil (base oil). This base oil can be what we have in the kitchen such as olive oil, sesame oil, coconut oil, or grapeseed oil. You can also buy special oils online or health food store. Popular ones include Jojoba oil, Almond oil, Argan oil and so on. Using essential oils directly on the skin is often too strong and can cause irritation.
Skin or beauty oil
Depending on the type of your skin, you might want it more nourishing and anti-aging, or lighter in texture. You can research property of different oils and essential oils to pick the right one.
Popular essential oils for skin include rose, orange, lavender, Sandalwood, Ylang-ylang, and so on. You can custom your oil depending on what you have access to, and your own preference.
The best bottle I like is an amber glass with a dropper. Dark colored glass can preserve the essential oil longer, and the dropper is convenient to use.
Add the glass to 2/3 or 3/4 full with base oil. You can mix several carrier oils for your base oil. Then add a few drops of essential oils each. Depending on your size of the bottle and how many essential oils you want to add, you only need about 10-15 drops for each essential oil.
Give it a shake and it is ready to use. You can always add more essential oils if it is too light for you. Try it for a few days and you can adjust your formula.
I like to add teeth oil in my toothbrush or swish around in the mouth for oil pulling. You can feel a little tingling sensation and know your teeth and gum are really cleaned. It gives me the extra assurance for the gum and teeth health.
The procedure of making the oil is the same. Pick your carrier oil. Coconut oil, sesame oil, or grapeseed oil works great. Add more drops of essential oils than the Skin oil above because I like it more concentrated so I only need a few drops each time.
Good essential oil to consider: rosemary, tea tree, eucalyptus, peppermint, cinnamon, and neem. Even if you just add one or two essential oils, you can feel the benefit of the antibacterial or anti-microbial property when used regularly.
Mosquito repellent or Bug spray
This is also one of my favorites, especially when traveling. Essential oils are effective in repelling insect and bugs. It might have a strong scent when spraying, but it is natural and it works. I can dilute it with water, distilled water, witch hazel or alcohol, and spray on the arms and legs, or spray to the room you are going to stay.
Many bug spray does not contain a carrier oil because it is going to be diluted with water or other liquid anyway. To be on the safe side, I still add some carrier oil to dilute my essential oil first. If I want to spray to skin directly, it feels safer knowing the oil is pre-diluted.
I use a spray bottle and just add my oil in the bottom for about half an inch. It is easy to carry for traveling. When I arrive at the destination, I can add water to fill up the bottle and always shake before you spray.
I use almond oil as my base/carrier oil and add peppermint, tea tree, lemongrass, eucalyptus and other clearing essential oils. You can add more drops depending on how much you want to dilute with water later.
You can buy everything from the stores but you have no control of the ingredients. With homemade oil blend, you know it is going to function the way it supposed to, and you can adjust it to personal preference for strength, scent, and quantity. It is also environmentally friendly and less expensive in the long run.