10 Things You Can DIY Using Essential Oils!

by Janice Smart on Jan 15, 2023

10 Things You Can DIY Using Essential Oils! - Inspire Me Naturally

Essential oils are best known for their health and wellness benefits, such as relieving stress, boosting our mood and improving our sleep. But did you know there are countless ways to use essential oils for DIY remedies, too?

From natural playdough to hair treatments and cleaning sprays, keep reading as we share 10 surprising things you can DIY at home using your favourite essential oils!

Essential oil cleaning spray

Instead of using chemical cleaners, you can create your own DIY cleaning spray using essential oils. Not only will this reduce toxins in your home, it will also give your benchtops a beautiful fragrance.

You’ll need:

  • 2 cups white vinegar
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon natural dish soap 
  • 20 drops lemon essential oil
  • 10 drops tea tree essential oil

Simply fill a spray bottle with the above ingredients and shake well before use!

Essential oil shaving cream

Create a DIY shaving cream with natural lubricants and nourishing essential oils! This all-natural shaving cream is perfect for a close, comfortable shave, while also moisturising and protecting your skin. You’ll need:

  • ⅓ cup shea butter
  • ⅓ cup coconut oil
  • ¼ cup fractionated coconut oil
  • 5 drops sandalwood oil
  • 5 drops peppermint oil
  • 5 drops tea tree oil

Melt all ingredients (except for essential oils) together in a double boiler. Once melted, remove from heat and leave for 3 minutes. Add essential oils, stir until combined, and place the mixture in the fridge to cool until hard. Once hard, whip the shaving cream using a hand or stand mixer until light and fluffy, and store in an airtight container.

Essential oil body scrub

Salt scrubs are a great way to exfoliate dead skin, leaving your skin feeling soft and supple while also stimulating blood circulation. 

You can create your own natural body scrub using one of our favourite ingredients, Himalayan salt. You’ll need:

  • ¼ cup Himalayan salt
  • ¼ cup carrier oil (such as coconut oil, almond oil or jojoba oil)
  • 10 x drops essential oils (such as geranium, grapefruit or lemon)

Mix ingredients together in an airtight container, and gently massage into your skin using circular motions. Rinse with warm water.

Essential oil insect spray

Repel pesky mosquitoes with an all-natural insect spray! You’ll need:

  • 350ml witch hazel
  • 10 drops each of citronella oil, lemongrass oil, peppermint oil and tea trea oil

Mix ingredients together in a spray bottle and shake well before spritzing all over your body.

Essential oil perfume

Create a signature perfume using your favourite essential oils! Using essential oils as a natural fragrance allows you to experience the benefits of aromatherapy, too. 

You’ll need:

  • Essential oils (we love grapefruit, ylang ylang, bergamot, orange, lemon or lavender)
  • A 10ml glass roller bottle
  • A carrier oil with a neutral scent (like jojoba oil or sweet almond oil)

Add your carrier oil and essential oils to the roller bottle and shake to mix. Roll over your pulse points and reapply throughout the day as needed!

Essential oil shower melts

Shower melts or shower steamers are essentially like a bath bomb for the shower! They dissolve in water and release a beautiful aroma to enhance your shower experience.

To make your own essential oil shower melts, you’ll need:

  • Silicone moulds
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • ½ cup epsom salt
  • 20 drops of your chosen essential oils
  • 2 teaspoons water

Combine baking soda and salt in a glass bowl, and add water while stirring slowly. Once the mixture reaches the consistency of damp sand, add your favourite essential oils and transfer the mixture into your silicone moulds. Leave to dry for 48 hours and store in an airtight container. Then, when you’re ready to use them, place one shower steamer in the bottom of your shower (away from the stream of water).

Essential oil foaming hand soap

This easy foaming hand soap recipe has the added bonus of immunity support, due to the antiviral and antibacterial properties of tea tree oil.  You’ll need:

Add all ingredients to a small pump bottle. Slowly add water to the mixture, leaving enough room for the foaming pump. Simply add the lid and shake to mix well before use!

Essential oil microwave cleaner

Store-bought microwave cleaners are usually filled with toxins and chemicals. This all-natural version will not only clean your microwave, but also leave a fresh citrus scent! 

You’ll need:

  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 15 drops lemon oil

Combine all ingredients in a glass spray bottle. Simply spray mixture inside the microwave and wipe away using a damp cloth.

Essential oil playdough

Create your very own fun and fragrant playdough using your favourite essential oils! You’ll need:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups coloured water
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 5 drops of your chosen essential oils

Combine all ingredients (except the essential oils) in a saucepan and stir well. Once combined, place on a medium heat and use a spatula to gently stir until a ball is formed. Be careful not to overcook, as this will create dry playdough! Remove from the heat, let cool on parchment paper,  then knead essential oils into the mixture until thoroughly combined. Store in an airtight container and keep in the fridge in between uses.

Essential oil deep hair conditioner

This nourishing treatment is perfect for dry, damaged hair - leaving your locks soft and silky smooth. You’ll need:

  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 8 drops essential oils (we recommend lavender, peppermint, rosemary, geranium and clary sage).

Mix all ingredients until a thick, creamy consistency is achieved. Apply the whipped mixture to clean, dry hair using a wide tooth comb to distribute evenly. Let the mixture set for 20 minutes before washing and shampooing as normal, and repeat once a week.

When it comes to essential oils, it’s important to only use high-quality oils for best results. You can shop our full range of essential oils and essential oil accessories online with free shipping Australia-wide.

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