Aromatherapy recipes

Here are some aromatherapy recipes to improve your health, reduce anxiety, relieve common pet problems, cleanse insect bites, soothe the jagged edge of PMS, sanitize and freshen your home, and make your workplace a nicer, more comfortable environment. Experiment with these aromatherapy recipes to see which ones you enjoy using and which ones provide the most benefit. Any recipe may be modified to suit your personal taste.

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Dry Hair
Hair Loss
Insect Bites
Oily Hair
Skin Conditions
Women's Health

Single oils: Lavender, patchouly, sandalwood, cedarwood,

Blends: Oregano mixed with either thyme, nutmeg, peppermint, or jasmine


Add several drops of lavender to water and place directly on burn, or apply neat to burn. Never mix lavender with massage or carrier oil when using it for burns! Apply it neat, or diluted in water. Add lavender to water in a spray mist bottle for frequent application to sunburn or burned skin.

Note: Lavandin is not a suitable substitute for lavender, especially where burns are concerned. Use pure lavender oil.

Single oils: Myrtle, goldenrod, ledum, fir, ravensara, cedarwood

Add one drop of any of these oils to cup of warm water with
tsp. honey. Drink, or inhale vapor when mixed with hot water

Blends: Mix tea tree [melaleuca alternifolia] with thyme,
myrrh, eucalyptus radiata, lemon, or juniper

Add to massage oil and rub on chest and neck, or use for inhalation, or add mixture of oils to Epsom salts bath

Interested in natural home remedies for coughs and sore throats? Find out how they resolved coughs and sore throats in the old days using natural herbal remedies. Visit the Old Home Remedies Guide.

Aromatherapy Recipes for Cystitis
1 drop juniper or German or Roman chamomile added to water
or juice; drink at least once daily for immune support.

Lavender added to bath water or used in a sitz bath. Or add
a cup of apple cider vinegar to a warm bath or sitz bath.

For extremely uncomfortable bladder infections, add a drop of lavender oil to a teaspoon of water, soak a cotton ball in it, and gently dab on urethra. Relief should be fairly quick.

Single oils: Melissa, geranium, rose, frankincense

Dab a drop onto handkerchief for frequent inhalation, or diffuse in room or bath

For use in bath: Ylang ylang, clary sage, or jasmine added to bath salts or bath gel

Aromatherapy Recipes for Skin Conditions

Dry Skin
1 drop rosewood, 1 drop patchouly, 1 drop geranium to a tablespoon of carrier oil

3 drops rosemary, 6 drops lavender added to carrier oil

Add 2 drops patchouly, 2 drops Roman chamomile, 2 drops lavender, 2 drops melissa to lotion or oil and apply

Add 6 drops rosewood, 4 geranium, 3 lavender, 2 frankincense to oil or lotion

Wrinkle Reduction
Add 5 drops each of sandalwood, helichrysum, geranium, lavender, and frankincense to lotion or oil

Poison Ivy
Mix melaleuca alternifolia with either lemon, lemongrass, thyme, basil, lavender, eucalyptus dives, or geranium; then add to lotion or oil and apply

Skin Ulcers
Mix lavender with either chamomile, geranium, rosewood or patchouly

10 drops eucalyptus, 15 drops rose, mixed with 5 milliliters of jojoba oil; massage thoroughly into hair; rinse out

How did natural folk medicine treat difficult skin conditions like eczema? Are there are natural home remedies for this annoying skin condition? Find out in the Old Home Remedies Guide.

Aromatherapy Recipes for Insect Bites
To 1 teaspoon of massage oil, add 1 drop thyme, 10 drops lavender, 4 drops eucalyptus radiata, 3 drops Roman or German chamomile; apply to insect bite as soon as possible

Insect Repellent
Add 6 drops peppermint, 6 drops tea tree oil [melaleuca alternifolia] 9 drops eucalyptus radiata, to 4 ounces light massage oil like almond and apply to skin. Or add to spray bottle to mist affected areas.

Single oils: Lavender, valerian

Blends: Lavender with Roman chamomile, or with bergamot, ylang ylang, orange, or tangerine

9 drops lavender
3 drops Idaho tansy
3 drops marjoram
For use in bath or diffusion

For Dandruff:

5 drops lemon
1 drop rosemary ct cineol or sage
1 drop lavender
1 quart pure water

Shake well to mix. Massage into scalp and rinse out.

10 drops eucalyptus
15 drops rosemary
2 ounces jojoba oil

Mix and massage into scalp.

Dry Hair
For Dry Hair:

2 drops ylang ylang
8 drops rosewood
4 drops geranium

Mix into conditioner, blend well, add to hair for recommended
amount of time and rinse out

1 drop melissa
1 drop lemon

Add drops to teaspoon of honey and swallow

Interested in natural home remedies for laryngitis and sore throats? Find out how they treated laryngitis in the old days using natural herbal remedies. Visit the Old Home Remedies Guide.

Aromatherapy Recipes for Digestion
Single oils: Peppermint, ginger, lemon, mountain savory,
oregano, work well for an upset stomach

For nausea: Peppermint, neat or with ginger

Blends: Mix basil with tarragon, peppermint, fennel,
juniper, cumin, or geranium or:

Mix lavender with patchouly, peppermint, Idaho tansy, or

To improve digestion: Tarragon, sage, peppermint, nutmeg,
marjoram, tangerine

Heartburn: Sip lemon in water, or mix a recipe for massage:

2 drops basil
2 drops Idaho tansy
8 drops sage
3 drops sandalwood

To learn more about natural home remedies for heartburn visit the Old Home Remedies Guide.

Aromatherapy Recipes for Dogs
Single oils: Lavender

Add to dog shampoo, bedding, or rub a drop into dog's fur
for a nice fragrance

To repel insects: Thyme, or tea tree [melaleuca alternifo-
lia], eucalyptus radiata, or peppermint, added to water and
sprayed around dog areas

CAUTION: We do not recommend using essential oils for
cats! Cats have a very different metabolism from dogs and
essential oils may be toxic to them. Use only for dogs.

Hair Loss
For Hair Loss:

10 drops cedarwood
8 drops rosemary ct cineol
10 drops sandalwood
10 drops lavender

Mix into shampoo bottle; massage scalp thoroughly when
shampooing and rinse well.

For more natural hair loss remedies visit the Old Home Remedies Guide.


Single oils which increase flow of oxygen to the brain are listed below. Inhale or dab a drop onto temples:

Idaho tansy, lavender, Roman chamomile, peppermint,
basil, lemon, bergamot

Headache formula for aromatherapy or massage:

4 drops Idaho tansy
5 drops Roman chamomile
2 drops peppermint
1 drop basil
3 drops rosemary
-- OR --
12 drops bergamot
2 drops lavender
3 drops geranium
2 drops rosemary
5 drops lemon


Mix rosemary with one of the following:
basil, peppermint, melissa, lavender, ylang ylang, marjoram

Another migraine formula:

Mix a drop of helichrysum to a drop of sandalwood and dab
under nose, back of neck, or temples

Oily Hair

Essential oils that reduce oiliness in hair are patchouly and lemongrass. Add a few drops to shampoo and shake well before using.

NOTE: Shampoos which contain essential oils do not
lather up well. Massage them into the scalp and rinse.

Sinus Headache/Congestion
Inhale, diffuse or mix this formula with massage oil:

5 drops melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree)
9 drops rosemary
2 drops bergamot
7 drops lavender
3 drops lemon
4 drops geranium

To relieve sinus congestion, inhale or diffuse any of these
oils separately or in combination. Try making your own

Sandalwood, fir, cypress, eucalyptus radiata, melaleuca
alternifolia, peppermint, fennel

Or try mixing rosemary with eucalyptus radiata or lemon, or

Sage with thyme, cinnamon, or spearmint

Or you can make these formulas for inhaling or diffusing:
1 drop lemon
2 drops eucalyptus radiata
3 drops rosemary
2 drops peppermint -- OR --

10 drops peppermint
5 drops eucalyptus radiata
3 drops melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) OR --

1 drop lemon
2 drops eucalyptus radiata
3 drops rosemary
2 drops peppermint

Aromatherapy Recipes for Women's Health

Night Sweats
Inhale sage, clary sage, or blue yarrow, or add drop to food and drink, or add a few drops to a bath or massage oil

Add a drop of sage, clary sage, anise, or fennel to food or drink; diffuse; add to bath; add to massage oil

Add lemongrass or ylang ylang to a bath gel for a soothing bath or shower

Other useful combinations: Mix sage with either clary sage, fennel, basil, bergamot, yarrow, chamomile, pine, anise or orange

Hormonal balance
Add 10 drops basil, 10 marjoram, 8 hyssop, 4 helichrysum, 6 ylang ylang, to 8 ounces of massage or carrier oil for a relaxing and calming lotion




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