Essential oil sprays tips

This post is a follow up to Reuse. After using my oil spray bottles for a couple months I’ve learned a couple more incredibly helpful tips that I really wanted to share!

The first is that the 5ml bottle is rarely large enough and that the 15ml bottle takes up barely noticeable more space in my purse so why not use the larger bottle?

Also, I just learned how to improve the life of your spray tops when using them with essential oils, and how to help them disperse the oil better (thus better using your oils). Here are the tips which I shamelessly stole practically verbatim from aromatools where I buy my essential oil accessories (And no, that isn’t an affiliate link. I just buy from them because they are high quality but inexpensive for many of their items.)

Tips for best use of spray tops:

    1. If you decide to use essential oils with these spray-tops, it is best to dilute them with a carrier oil or water and epsom salts. (Make sure to get unscented and unaltered epsom salts. Scented salts can have unwanted chemical reactions. The previous link is aromatools version but you can get them at the grocery or a health foods store.) If using the epsom salts, sprinkle them into the bottom of the bottle then add the desired amount of oil. Give the epsom salts a few moments to absorb the oils then fill the remaining space with water. The epsom salts help disperse the oil evenly throughout the water preventing the oil from floating to the top.
    2. Fill bottle with desired contents.
    3. Wipe threads of bottle and spray top with clean cloth to ensure the threads are dry and free from any liquid or dust.
    4. Cut tube on spray top to proper length (approximately 1/16″ above bottom of bottle). Cut tube at an angle. For best results, cut the tube at approximately a 45° angle.
    5. Screw spray top securely onto bottle (clockwise).
    6. If spray top becomes stiff, or hard to use, remove spray top from bottle, place the bottom of the tube in warm, soapy water, and spray the spray top a few times until the warm soapy water begins to spray through. Allow to sit for 5 minutes, then spray again with dip tube in warm, plain water to rinse out. Remove dip tube from water and continue spraying until spray top is empty.

I know there’s quite a few tips in this article, but here are the really important tips to take away:

  • Read Reuse for how to create sprays that make your essential oils last longer and allow you to use them in more ways
  • Use 15ml to create & store your oil sprays in
  • Use epsom salts to help disperse the oils better
  • Cut the spray tube at a 45°  angel for best spraying

Happy spraying!

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Re-use!

I’m a tree hugger (figuratively speaking — trees aren’t very good huggers and it’s kinda painful hugging them); I admit it. I love nature and every one of the charities I support (other than my church’s humanitarian program) is a nature conservation organization: WWF, The Nature Conservancy, and the National Wildlife Federation to name the three I support.

That said, sometimes it’s hard to find a way to utilize those three R’s for certain things. Like old printers. What do you do with those? (If you know how to recycle those let me know. I’ve got two broken ones sitting around….) But, for my fellow essential oil users, I have discovered a way to use up those empty bottles of oil: use them to make natural, sweet-smelling, and inexpensive hand sanitizers! The oils are much better for you and your family since they are cell-specific and only kill infectious cells, and they leave your skin healthy instead of broken down like alcohol does.

The recipe is easy too!

What you’ll need:

  • Your old 15 ml or 5 ml bottles of oils (they don’t need to be rinsed out)
  • The essential oils you want to use (see below for different mixes)
  • Distilled or purified water
  • A spray mist top that fits the bottle (you can order them from aromatools.com for about 35 cents each)
  • Blank mailing labels and a pen (for labeling the bottle!)

How to put it all together:

  • You’re going to be putting some drops of oils into the used bottles so the first thing to do is to select the oils you want to use. I’d try to select oils that mix well with whatever use to be in the bottle. For instance, pine mixes well withmelaleuca,citruses mix well with othercitruses and Immune Blends. If you’re not sure you can do an easy internet search on what oils mix well with other oils, but don’t worry about it too much. My favorite oils to use are:
    • Citrus Blends (this one also works well as an anytime facial freshener, and it also helps with insomnia)
    • Immune Blends (spray your car or hotel bed with this one)
    • Equal parts of Immune Blends and Lemon oil (This is good to spray fruits with before eating. It’s especially yummy on apples!)
    • Equal parts Lemon and Lime (Another good one to spray on fruits before eating)
    • Lavender, Peppermint, and Melaleuca is also a good mix (Especially good for burns!)
  • Once you’ve selected your oils, put 20 drops total for the 15 ml and 7 drops for the 5ml size. If you’re using two oils then add 10 or 4 drops of each, for three different oils add 7 or 3 drops of each oil respectively. (The smaller amount noted is for the 5 ml size).
  • Fill up the difference with distilled water (a little below the neck of the bottle). BE CAREFUL when pouring it in, those tiny bottles fill up REALLY FAST!
  • Put the Spray mister on. You may have to trim it. I just eyeball it, it’s okay if the length of the tube is longer than the bottle, it’ll just curl a bit at the bottom.
  • Make sure to label your bottle so you know what you put in it (for next time), just be sure to dry off the bottle (in case you spilled) before applying the label.

And voila! A healthy non-toxic alternative to hand-sanitizer. And inexpensive too!

How to use it:

  • Just throw it in your purse (or man bag), shake it, and then spray it wherever you need it including counter tops, hotel pillows, etc. Like I mentioned in the recipe, the Citrus Blends spray also makes a great anytime freshener for your skin, or you can use it to help you sleep (a lavender one is good for that too) by just spraying your pillow with it before bed.

The Immune Blend and Lemon mix is probably the best for sanitizing, but really any mix of anti-septic oils is effective. Use what you think smells the best or that your kids (in my case, nephews and nieces) like the best.

I just wrote a follow-up to this article, Essential oil sprays tips, that has even more tips!

Like how to make the sprayer last longer, how to get your oils to disperse evenly, etc.

What essential oils will you use in your sprays?

Let me know in the comments!

Use Therapeutic Grade Oils

You’ll want to use therapeutic grade oils because they are the highest grade essential oil on the market so you don’t have to worry about any negative side-effects that lower and synthetic grades can sometimes cause. Be sure to choose a good brand too that thoroughly tests every batch of oils to make sure that no pesticides or harmful chemicals are present and that all the many (sometimes up to 20) constituents (these are the parts of the essential oils that give them their scientifically proven healing properties) are not only present, but are present in the right amounts. Keep in mind that these are healing compounds and you want to use the best! I’ve used several brands. Don’t go cheap when it comes to essential oils. You won’t get all the health benefits, and possibly negative ones, from cheap brands. I know personally because I’ve used cheap brands. They just don’t compare. Disclaimer

I know therapeutic grade oils seem expensive, but remember that these are also highly concentrated compounds. You’ll usually use just a couple drops of oil at a time. A drop is a serving! And if you calculate the price per serving is pennies. The peppermint I buy, for instance, is 11 cents or less per drop. Lemon is 4 cents. It’s a deal!

I feel better!

And now, I feel better knowing that empty oil bottles everywhere will get reused.

Now what to do about tigers… 🙂