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Essential Oils & Water Don’t Mix

While it is common in the “world of aromatherapy” to be encouraged to simply add essential oils to a bath, to a foot bath, or to a compress with only water, you may want to think twice. Let’s discuss why…

Oil & Water… DO. NOT. MIX!

Pure, unadulterated, and undiluted essential oils are ‘hydrophobic’.

Pure, unadulterated, and undiluted essential oils will not disperse in water. Why? Because they are ‘hydrophobic’. In other words, they do not blend with or disperse in water.

Most essential oils are lighter than water and will float on top. There are also certain essential oils that are more dense than water, a few examples being vetiver, cinnamon, and clove. These essential oils will sink to the bottom. Regardless of where the essential oils lie, they will not disperse into the water. By separating to the top or the bottom, they will then adhere to whatever passes through the water like skin, or a cloth that then gets applied to the face, arms, or sensitive parts.

When adding essential oils to water special consideration should be given to children, pregnant women, and the elderly as their skin is much more sensitive than the typical adult.

Essential oils can be especially damaging to mucosal areas of the body and if inadvertently splashed into the eyes. Citrus oils which are relatively mild topically, may become an irritant when used for bathing. » Read more

Bug Away Spray

Bug Away Spray

by Regina Rigney MH, TND

Ingredients

  • 4 Tbsp. Witch Hazel
  • 2 Tbsp. Vodka (80-100 proof) – preservative
  • 3 Tbsp. Carrier Oil with bug repelling properties (grape seed, jojoba, almond, olive, neem, or a combination of two or more oils).
  • 100 drops of essential oils (blend)

Any of the following essential oils can be used when making bug repellent. You may use just one or a combination of oils. Each oil has different bug repelling properties so it is much more effective to use a combination.

Basil Cypress Lemongrass
Bergamot Eucalyptus Peppermint
Cedarwood Geranium (Rose) Rosemary
Citronella Lavender Spearmint
Clove Lemon Tea Tree
Thyme

Directions & Use

Pour the the witch hazel, vodka, and carrier oil(s) into a 4 oz. dark colored spray bottle and shake well. Add the essential oils and shake again. Label the bottle! It is important that a dark colored bottle is used to protect the essential oils from sunlight. Store the bottle in a cool area (not in the car). Extreme heat will alter the oils making them less effective.