Tree leaves changing color, sun losing its strength; the sound of migrating birds and the smell of pumpkin spice roughly capture the ambiance of the fall. The look and the sound of the fall are truly unmistakable.
Time period lasting from 23rd September till 21st December brings the prepping urges out of people all in attempt to beat the first frost. Even those who are not nature enthusiast try to give apple harvesting and mushroom foraging a go.
While you are prepping your winter stores do not forget to enjoy the last warm days of the year. You can make the rest of the fall more memorable with our easy essential oil recipes. They will help you set the right mood in your home and help you fight the flu and cold symptoms.
Fall Themed Diffuser Blends
You can make your fall experience memorable with your own unique essential oil blends. Essential oils with woodsy, spicy and citrusy scents successfully capture the seasonality. You can try blending these oils with herby and minty essential oils to protect your respiratory organs during flu season. Try prepping your fall blends with these essential oils:
Woodsy: Cedarwood, pine, sandalwood, ho wood, frankincense, etc.
Spicy: Cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, star anise, clove, cardamom, etc.
Citrusy: Orange, tangerine, grapefruit, lemon, lime, lemongrass, etc.
Keep in mind that essential oils in the same scent group usually complement each other. You can also blend your oils based on their notes. Try following the general 30: 50: 20 ratio (top note: middle note: base note). With that said, you do not need to stress over the correct blending ratios too much. Just trust your sense of smell and you will soon be inspired.
Top notes: Lavender, eucalyptus, lemon, bergamot, grapefruit, lime, tangerine, etc.
Middle notes: Chamomile, lavender, cinnamon, juniper, cypress, pine, ho-wood, anise, etc.
Base notes: Cedarwood, ginger, frankincense, myrrh, vanilla, Amyris, sandalwood, etc.
Natural Tick Repellent
Fall is a time period when nature displays its authentic beauty. If the vibrant leaf colors and gentle sun are tempting you to go foraging for wild mushrooms, chestnuts and other goods hidden in depths of the woods, then you should consider protecting yourself from ticks and other insects.
The cooler weather should not fool you into thinking that ticks went into hiding just yet. These tiny parasites are still active on warm fall and winter days.
NATURAL TICK REPELLENT
Things you will need:
- 4 tablespoons of witch hazel
- 30 drops of rose geranium essential oil
- 30 drops of cedarwood essential oil
- Roughly 2 ounces of distilled water
- Tinted 4-ounce glass spray bottle
- Add 30 drops of each rose geranium and cedarwood essential oil to the glass spray bottle. 60 drops total may seem excessive, but no worries, both essential oils can be used in higher concentrations. Maximum dilution rate for cedarwood is 8% and for rose geranium 10%.
- Add 4 tablespoons of witch hazel to the bottle. Witch hazel will help you emulsify essential oils with distilled water.
- Fill the rest of the bottle with distilled water.
- Close the bottle and shake well to combine all ingredients.
- Properly label the bottle so you do not mix it with your other homemade remedies. Do not forget to put a date on it.
- Spray the repellent on your clothes and shoes before going into the woods. Wear long pants and a long-sleeved shirt when foraging for mushrooms. It is recommended that you first test the repellent on the corner of your shirt to avoid ruining it.
- Shake the bottle before each use. Avoid contact with eyes, nose, ears, and face.
- Store the repellent in a cool, dark place out of reach of children.
HEALTH TIP: Always check yourself for ticks even if you wear a repellent!
- N. Dickinson’s Witch Hazel
- Gya Labs – Rose Geranium Essential Oil
- Healing Solutions – Cedarwood Essential Oil
Diffuser Blends for Cold and Flu Season
Each season of the year has its own traits. Some we look forward to experiencing and others not so much. We certainly would like to avoid getting sick during flu season, which starting around the fall, when the weather becomes colder. During the cold half of the year, the flu outbreaks increase because the RNA viruses thrive in colder weather. Cold not only creates an ideal living environment for the viruses but it also impairs our immune response to them.
Antibacterial and antiviral essential oils will help keep the air in your home fresh and disinfected. Essential oils such as eucalyptus, peppermint, rosemary, and many others will also help you fight congestion, caught and reparatory infections.
Body Butter for Dry Skin
Our skin tends to get drier with colder temperatures. Indoor heating and the lack of humidity affects the appearance and feel of our skin. On top of that, if you are using harsh soaps and shower gels, you are practically bound to suffer from a case of dermal dryness and itchiness.
A great way to give your skin some love is by nourishing it with natural moisturizers made at home. A modest tablespoon of organic olive oil enriched with a couple of drops of lavender essential oil is the simplest recipe you can try. If you would like to create a beauty product with creamier consistency, give this luxurious recipe a try.
BODY BUTTER FOR DRY SKIN
Things you will need:
- 1 cup of organic shea butter
- ½ cup of organic coconut oil
- ½ cup of jojoba oil or almond oil
- 20 drops of lavender essential oil
- Glass mason jar
- Melt shea butter and coconut oil using a double boiler. When melted, remove from the heat and let it cool slightly.
- Add jojoba oil or almond oil to the mix. You can use any other liquid vegetable oil even olive oil.
- Place this mixture in a fridge or the freezer. Let it partly solidify. The oils should not get too hard!
- Take your mixing bowl out of the fridge and add about 20 drops of lavender essential oil to the cooled mixture. Use a metal spoon to incorporate ingredients. Lavender essential oil will increase the medicinal value of your body butter and give it a pleasant smell. If you are not fond of the lavender smell, try using other essential oils like rosemary, geranium or orange. You can even add above listed fall themed diffuser blends to the recipe and make your body butter smell like pumpkin pie or chai latte.
- Whip the oils into butter frosting consistency using a stand mixer or a hand mixer. This process should take a few minutes. Do not over-whip!
- Test the body butter on your hand. If you are not satisfied with the intensity of the smell, try adding few more drops of lavender to the mixture and whipping it some more.
- Place your body butter in a sterilized glass mason jar. Try not to use plastic containers since essential oils are very corrosive.
- Label your mason jar if necessary. Do not forget to put a date on it.
- You can use this body butter on your whole body. Avoid contact with eyes and mouth.
- Premium Nature – Raw Organic Shea Butter
- Nature’s Way – Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
- Rocky Mountain Oils – Organic Lavender Essential Oil
Comforting Bath Salts
Few things can compare to the relaxing bath after an exhausting day at work. Having a pampering routine before going to bed will help you clear your mind and prepare for the next day. A bath will help soothe your body and mind. You can take your usual bedtime routine to the next level by adding essential oils to your bath water. This comforting bath salts recipe will help you wind down.
COMFORTING BATH SALTS
Things you will need:
- 1 cup epsom salt
- ¼ cup sea salt
- ¼ cup baking soda
- 4 drops of roman chamomile essential oil
- 3 drops of lavender essential oil
- 2 drops of cedarwood essential oil
- Glass mason jar
- Add Epsom salt, sea salt and baking soda to the glass mason jar. Epsom salt will help you relieve muscle pain and leg cramps after a long day of work. Sea salt also offers pain-relief and antibacterial qualities. Baking soda will help you soothe eczema and skin itchiness if you have come in contact with poison ivy while foraging for mushrooms.
- Add essential oils to the mason jar. Stir well with a wooden popsicle stick to evenly distribute essential oils. Roman chamomile, lavender, and cedarwood extracts have a calming effect on the body and mind. These oils will help you reduce stress and anxiety for better sleep. If you are congested try adding a couple of drops of eucalyptus essential oil to the mix to clear your airways.
- Use a half a cup of the salts per bath. If your bathtub is smaller in size, use ¼ a cup of bath salts.
- Do not add bath salts to the running water. Hot running water will quickly evaporate essential oils. Turn off the water first and then add the bath salts to it. Make sure the salts are completely dissolved and oils dispersed before stepping in.
- Enjoy your bath aromatherapy for at least 15 minutes.
- Epsoak Epsom Salt
- Healing Solutions – Roman Chamomile Essential Oil
- Healing Solutions – Cedarwood Essential Oil
Fall is a beautiful time of the year. The green and youthful summer slowly matures into the fall. The leaves turn into vibrant colors and the sun steps into the background. Like a second spring, fall gives us plenty of reasons to go outside and create new memories. You can make this year’s fall even more memorable with the help of above listed essential oil blends and recipes. Some will stimulate your senses for pure comfort while others will help you relieve cold and flu symptoms.
Take a look at these last tips to ensure your safety when using essential oils:
- Label your prepped recipes to keep a track of your inventory and expiration dates.
- Store your prepped remedies in glass bottles and mason jars, in a cool, dark place out of reach of children.
- Always dilute essential oils before topical application. 2% dilution is sufficient for adults. Add 2 drops of essential oil to every teaspoon (5 ml) of carrier oil.
- Do not dilute your essential oils with water. Always use an emulsifier even when adding essential oils to your bath. You can use Epsom salt, liquid castile soap, aloe vera gel, etc.
- Do a skin patch test to make sure you are not sensitive or allergic to any topical essential oil remedy.
- Always check yourself for ticks even if you wear a homemade repellent.
- If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, consult with your doctor prior to use of essential oils.
Amela D. is a Backdoor Survival writer who specialized in the field of aromatherapy. She has managed to turn her passion for natural medicine into a profession. Her job here is to give you and other nature enthusiasts a true insight into the world of essential oils. When she is not writing, she is either making her essential oil soap line or spending time in her garden, growing organic produce and living life as naturally as possible.
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