Oh, don't pretend like you don't have one!
Homeopathy is straight horse doodoo, so we can stay away from an entire questionable corner of the health and natural food market. But before you lump essential oils into that same area of failure, keep in mind, plant essential oils and oleoresins do more than smell good—they are fighting hardcore diseases in labs, and one day, we'll know which ones do what in perfect detail, rather than relying on mostly anecdotal evidence from some weirdos on the internet, myself included.
When you mix some essential oils into a delivery system, you can make it work in almost any situation. A mist can be used externally, internally by spraying in your mouth, or on surfaces like pillowcases to de-stress. Here, I'll break down how to make a food-safe spray that you can easily modify for any use.
The first thing you have to do before making a diluted essential oil spray is to determine what you want to use it for. You can make a spray for a variety of health, beauty, and cleaning uses, but today we’ll focus on health, because this came about for an annoying health issue I have: frequent, inexplicable but mild nausea. I have no idea what causes this, and neither does my doc, but there’s only precious few things I can do to help this other than let it happen, which I don’t/won’t allow.
So I turn to the herbal world in more ways than one, but a quick shot of my homemade tum-tum spray always sets me right during my bi-weekly barf-tug-o-war.
This is what you need:
- flavorless spirit like vodka (use 50/50 rosewater/distilled water if you are avoiding alcohol)
- vegetable glycerin
- flower tincture (I’m using chamomile)
- essential oil blend: peppermint, ginger, clove
- Oxo 7 Piece Liquid Measuring Beakers (this one calls for the 1 oz beaker)
- chopstick or nonmetal stirring implement
- 1 oz spray bottle
- small funnel
Pour ¼ oz glycerin into a measuring cup.
Top with 1/2 oz vodka.
Add 10 drops ginger, 5 drops peppermint, 2 drops clove, and a few droppers full of flower tincture.
Mix and pour into spray bottle.
I give myself a spritz or two of this on the inside of the cheek, where it can mingle with your buccal glands to quickly calm nausea, and I mean quickly. A few deep breaths later, I’m ready to rock again!
A crafty variation on this formula is making a mentholated mist to spray on your face and neck when you are stressed. Keep the glycerin if you are using on skin; it will balance out the drying effect of the alcohol.
To use on linens, clothing and pillows, mix a much larger batch with an equivalently bigger dose of different (and not food-safe) essential oils like lavender, lemongrass, and geranium. This spray is like dry-cleaner in a bottle; if you mist on a stinky blazer armpit, you’ll be good as new!
Gingerol is one of the most potent antiemetics out there, and I use it on the super regular as a frequent sufferer of both random morning sickness (no babies to report at this time) and motion sickness. If you have some annoying and invasive health problem like migraines (peppermint and eucalyptus) or extreme PMS (frankincense), figure out which essential oil you need to be using and prepare it in such a way that you truly do so.
This has been a lifesaver for me, I’m not even kidding. People tell me when they feel nauseous that they just LET IT GOOOOOOoooOOOo, but vomiting has always been a traumatizing incident to my body and soul, so I mostly avoid it at all costs.
- What essential oils do you use to get your life under control?
- Anyone else have weird inexplicable nausea in the AM?
Photos: Darnell Scott