Over the past few years, I have really come to enjoy the process of picking wildflowers, herbs, and flowers so that I can create tea, salves, and sprays. There’s just something so satisfying about picking something out of the backyard or from the farm and looking for ways to improve my life. If you are new to essential oils and herbs, I’ve got some easy ideas that will help you incorporate these natural resources into your life.
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For the past few summers, I have picked jewelweed to create anti-itch salves for poison ivy and bug bites. But this past year, I took jewelweed and infused it with witch hazel. After several weeks of letting it infuse in the jar, I strained out the leaves and flowers and poured the liquid into small spray bottles.
Now I have a natural anti-itch spray that comes straight out of my backyard.
Another thing I did this past growing season was to gather goldenrod and mint for winter teas. There’s just something so rewarding about picking something from the backyard or the farm and creating something special for the coming winter months.
If you aren’t quite ready to pick flowers or herbs from your own backyard, then you may prefer essential oils. This is a great way to incorporate all the goodness with less work on your end. My two favorite ways to use essential oils are in my homemade salves or in spray bottles.
I used Young Living’s Peace and Calming Blend to create a room spray. Simply mix water and rubbing alcohol with several drops of the essential oil for aromas that soothe the senses and create a peaceful environment.
For those looking to feel more energized, Young Living’s En-R-Gee Blend is packed with an invigorating combination of Rosemary, Juniper, Lemongrass, Nutmeg, Idaho Grand Fir, Clove, and Black Pepper. A few drops applied topically or diffused in a diffuser can give you a natural boost when sleep struggles bring your energy down.
I’m always learning new things and love having a resource like The Essential Oils Handbook.
Build Your Own Diffuser
Another way to enjoy essential oils is by using a diffuser. You can buy premixed diffusers in your favorite stores or you can take it to a new level and design your own diffuser.
The Design Your Diffuser kit provides everything you need to originate a fragrance of your own for your home or office, along with in-depth instructions on how to smell, blend, and mix materials. The experience is unique and designed for you to truly explore your olfactory and the art of perfumery.
Do you enjoy using natural herbs and essential oils? What is your favorite way to incorporate nature into your wellness journey? I’d love to hear!