Mojitos anyone? Yes please! Who doesn’t love a mouthwatering scrub bursting with lime juice and spearmint essential oil? A coconut oil salt scrub that smells like one of my favourite drinks, and reminds me of long summer holidays PLUS it helps get feet sandal ready as summer approaches.
This yummy salt scrub is especially designed for feet, but you could use it as a full body scrub too if you don’t have sensitive skin. The lime helps to increase circulation to tired, sore or inflamed feet.
You will enjoy using this Mojito inspired coconut oil salt scrub after a long day standing on your feet, and it helps to remove dead skin around the heels too. If you don’t have lime juice you can replace it with lemon juice but I love how lime and spearmint just work so well together as a fragrant blend.
MOJITO Coconut oil Salt Scrub Recipe
300g sea salt
60g fresh lime juice
15g coconut oil
1 ts green clay (optional)
10 drops spearmint
5 drops lemon essential oil.
Pop the salt into a bowl and mix in the softened coconut oil well.
Next add the lime juice.
Then add the clay and essential oils and stir well to combine.
Store in a glass jar and use a tablespoon on feet to help revive them each week.
This scrub lasts for a few weeks and I like to keep mine in the fridge so its cold when I use it. Just be careful not to slip in the shower as coconut oil can be slippery. Use in a foot spa or warm tub of water instead, then let feet soak for around 20 minutes. Also pop over and try my Gardeners Hand Scrub recipe too.
This scrub recipe is just one of the new recipes I have created for my new upcoming Essential Oil Recipe eBook
Good quality essential oils have so many uses, they not only smell incredible but can become a large part of your families natural first aid kit too.
Each essential oil has its own special therapeutic properties and suggested uses, but today let’s look at the best essential oils for itchy skin.
There are two reasons why skin could become itchy:
1 – The skin has come into contact with an irritant from the external environment. This could happen through touching or brushing against something which causes a reaction to the skin. It could be a plant, a new skincare product, or an insect bite.
2 – The second reason skin can become itchy is because the skin is the largest organ of the body and one of the best ways the body has to cleanse itself of unwanted toxins. Food additives can cause a reaction when ingested. Chemicals such as msg, artificial colourings, flavour enhancers and other additives can cause skin irritations when ingested. Even an itchy skin condition such as eczema needs to be treated from the inside. A naturopathic doctor will be able to look at what you are eating, or what stressors are going on in your life to cause the condition in the first place.
Note: If you have itchy skin that is severe or occurs for a prolonged time please see a health care professional. I can only advise of what has helped my family with minor itchy skin conditions. As always it is important to get to the root cause of any itching or irritation.
The Best Essential Oils For Itchy Skin.
Depending of the essential oil, they can sometimes cause skin reactions when they are not diluted in a carrier oil, so always dilute your oils before using, especially when treating a skin condition such as itching because the skin is feeling more sensitive and reactive than usual.
Essential oils are often diluted in a carrier oil at anything between 2 % – 10%. To treat an itchy skin with an essential oil I would keep the ratio of essential oils low because the skin is already irritated and just needs calming with a gentle application. If you have sensitive skin always patch test first.
Dilute 20 drops of essential oil in 30mls of either coconut or apricot oil. Both these carrier oils have anti inflammatory properties and are fantastic for calming irritated or itchy skin.
Lavender Essential Oil – Lavender essential oil has been used for centuries to treat skin irritations, including burns and eczema. It is calming to the skin and speeds healing. It is also an anti inflammatory and antiseptic, which is ideal for reducing skin redness or swelling.
Chamomile Essential Oil – A powerful antioxidant which skin loves, is ideal for calming red and inflamed skin and calming itching, especially from a mozzie bite or other insect. Combines very well with lavender which is why I have used it to create the skin soothing body bar recipe below.
Geranium Essential Oil – Geranium was used by the Egyptians to promote youthful glowing skin and is still used in many skin products today. It has anti inflammatory properties and is calming and healing to most skin types.
Frankincense Essential Oil – Frankincense essential oil is part of my daily skincare routine because of the powerful healing and anti ageing properties this oil has. It has also been found is soothe skin, and many say it actually prevents itchy skin from occurring in the first place. It is especially helpful for sensitive skin areas such as the face and neck.
Other essential oils to consider are those used to treat skin conditions such as psoriasis, dermatitis and acne, and these are tea tree, sandalwood, basil, bergamot and myrrh.
Here is my favourite body bar recipe with the addition of two of the best essential oils for itchy skin, lavender and chamomile. It’s created to soothe and heal itchy skin conditions and irritations. We used this bar for anything from scratches, bruises, sun burn, dry skin, bug bites and itchy skin.
Skin Soothe Body Bar Recipe
1/4 cup coconut oil infused with calendula petals
1/4 cup cocoa butter
1/4 cup beeswax
18 drops of good quality lavender essential oil
12 drops of chamomile essential oil.
On a very low heat gently melt the cocoa butter, beeswax and coconut oil together. Remove from the heat and stir through the lavender and chamomile essential oils.
Be careful not to add the essential oils to a very hot mix because their therapeutic qualities and fragrance will diminish. If you are in a hot climate you may need to add a tablespoon of extra beeswax because the bar may be too soft. The same applies if you are in the middle of a cold winter, you may need to add a tablespoon of extra coconut oil so it isn’t rock hard.
This just makes your lotion bar recipe perfect to where you live.
Pour into a mould and allow a few hours in a cool place to set well. Use on your body as a skin softener, or to soothe itchy skin irritations.
Store in a cool dry place away from sunlight, and if you enjoyed it let me know, and check out my Wild Orange & Calendula Salve recipe too. – Jamie
Diffusing essential oils is one of the best ways to experience their therapeutic qualities, and the following essential simple essential oil diffuser recipes are the perfect place to start.
Benefits: Inhaling essential oils via aromatherapy practices stimulates the olfactory system of the body, allowing the therapeutic properties of the essential oils to enter the body via the nose. By using a diffuser the oils aren’t being heated, therefore they aren’t being damaged, they are simply being dispersed through the air at room temperature.
Blends: Below are some of my very favourite essential oil diffuser recipes that I use at home with my family. I have stated them exactly how I use them, but feel free to change the oils to meet your families needs.
The recommend dose for the particular Dōterra oil diffuser that I have is around 5 -12 drops per 100mls of water, but read the recommendations of your diffuser and adjust the recipes as required. I have also used Dōterra essential oils for these blends, but you can use the brand of oils you have instead if you don’t have Dōterra.
Right lets get started!
15 Essential Oil Diffuser Recipes To Try at Home
Clary sage and lavender make the ideal base fragrance for this calm diffuser blend because of their antidepressant properties. Floral notes always help to centre and calm my energy and the fragrance works perfectly when blended with 2 drops of fruity mandarin or tangerine essential oil. This is a gorgeous blend!
The Romance essential oil diffuser blend sets the mood perfectly for spending special time with a loved one. This divine romance oil has a base of rich ylang ylang, known for it’s aphrodisiac properties, yet is balanced with lively lemon and sweet and seductive rose germanium.
We have all suffered the misery that comes with the common cold. This diffuser oil blend has been created to soothe those aches and pains, and clear a stuffy nose. I use this refreshing blend even when everyone is well because I just love the refreshing fragrance. I have added lemon because it is known for its ability to increase circulation, which is ideal for boosting immunity. You could also add a couple of drops of lavender to calm the mind and body during illness.
This is a favourite calming and relaxing blend to use at bedtime. For the children I pop it in their rooms before they go to bed so the air is fresh and clean for a good healthy nights sleep. You could use sweet orange, wild orange or calming mandarin oil. They all work really well with bergamot which is known for its antidepressant properties. A true blend for the sweetest dreams.
Frankincense is one of my top 2 all time favourite oils, not only is it a daily must have for skin but it is an oil that has spiritual properties. If you don’t know much about this ancient oil I suggest googling the history and spiritual properties of frankincense. It is used to create a sense of complete calm and has been known to help open the third eye during meditation practices. I really enjoy this meditation blend, it is floral, earthy and grounding all at the same time.
A simple yet gorgeously sweet blend for promoting a sense of calm, peace and love for oneself. Take some time out of your busy day to diffuse these two oils, they are complete opposites, one is floral and one is citrus but balance out each other perfectly.
There are a few different immunity blends around but this is our family must have diffuser blend all through the year. We have healed some very serious medical issues with oregano oil in the past. Also if I could only choose one oil to have it would have to be tea tree essential oil because there is almost nothing you can’t use it on. It is anti bacterial, anti fungal, antiseptic and antiviral. Just what you need to help boost immunity for everyone in the family.
An aura cleansing diffuser blend is ideal after being around ‘negative’ or spiritually draining people. You will know if you need an aura cleanse by that heavy emotionally unbalanced feeling. I can get this feeling after socialising with large groups or even after being around someone who is depressed or upset. Work place environments can be a sea of various emotions and energies so this is a great blend to use after you get home from work. It also smells heavenly.
Pine essential oil is fresh and cleansing, I love to liven it up with lemon and pink grapefruit. It smells like something you just want to eat, very refreshing, purifying and mouthwatering. I like to diffuse this blend before visitors arrive or after cooking a big meal to freshen the house.
This is a vibrant and uplifting blend of ‘happy’ essential oils. Each of these oils has antidepressant properties and blended together they become a powerful trio. You will really enjoy the bright and lively notes of lemon, pink grapefruit and rose geranium. Use to boost your mood or as I do, or diffuse when the kids are feeling a bit grumpy on a rainy day.
A lovely herbal blend to promote feelings of calm and support clarity. Sage is well known for its cleansing and clearing properties, and has been use for years to help cleanse unwanted spiritual energies from buildings. I have blended this famous oil with fresh peppermint and basil. Both these oils are known to help fight fatigue and are fresh, clean and fragrant.
This is a mood booster and smells like a vase of freshly picked wild flowers. You will have the visitors asking what smells so good as soon as they walk into your home. It lingers long after the diffuser has turned off and also makes a gorgeous perfume blended into a solid base of beeswax and coconut oil.
I use this diffuser blend every week, especially when I feel like I need to come back down to earth after being busy and rushed. It helps to centre me and balance my mind, body and soul. The fragrance is earthy and seductive with spicy cinnamon, lively lemon, fresh and cleansing lemongrass and just a hint of healing bergamot oil. It is destined to become a firm favourite after the first push of that button.
I don’t know about you but I don’t get enough ‘Me’ time, and when I do I can get carried away with catching up on washing and household chores. I created this lovely blend of 3 divine oils to remind me to stop and take time out for me. It is another mouthwatering blend with a base of jasmine essential oil. Lemon and lime really liven up the floral notes of the jasmine and create a diffuser blend to invoke a little bit of self care.
There is no explaining how incredible the fragrance of spearmint really is, similar to peppermint but just in a league of its own. It pairs beautifully with tangy lively tangerine and will have you taking a moment to breath, centre yourself and be in the now.
This is just a few of my most used essential oil diffuser recipes, I would LOVE to hear your favourites so share them with me below or drop me a line on Instagram. If you enjoyed these you may like to try them in a solid perfume recipe so you can take the fragrance and healing properties with you when you leave the house.
Happy oil blending,