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Homemade Insect Repellent

Homemade Insect Repellent

Homemade Insect Repellent

Homemade Insect Repellent

One of the most common reasons for people making the switch to homemade insect repellent sprays, other than to save money, is they have sensitive skin, and commercial bug spray causes them to develop a rash or a reaction of sorts.

This explains why, more recently, homemade insect repellent have started to become more popular than the heavy chemical insect repellents which have been popular for years and society appears to be going back to our herblore roots by using more essential oils. 

There are hundreds of recipes available online and in libraries, but which recipe works best?

We’ve tried several concoctions of well known insect repelling essential oils and we have found that the detailed recipe below works best. Better still, it is incredibly easy to create your very own homemade insect repellents that is kind to the skin and a safe alternative to using commercial brand name bug sprays that can be irritating to your skin and possibly harmful to the environment. 

The recipe is purposefully written to fill a 50ml Amber Glass Spray Bottle, but feel free to scale up the recipe if you are making larger quantities. 

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Ingredients & Equipment​

Method

Add essential oils to the 50ml amber glass spray bottle and add 1 teaspoon of either vodka or rubbing alcohol.

Shake well in order to mix the oils with the alcohol.

Add 1 teaspoon of witch hazel and shake well to mix the two.

Once everything is mixed well, add distilled water to the bottle until almost full. You should leave enough room for the spray to be inserted without spilling any liquid.

Shake well before each use to ensure the oils and water are mixed and apply to skin in a light mist

Storage

Store in a cool dry place for up to 12 months. 

Shake well before use.

Safety Precautions

Do not attempt this recipe if you have allergies to any of the ingredients. Cease use immediately and seek medical advice should you experience any ill side effects of this recipe. 

Essential oils are highly concentrated oils and may cause burns or ill health when ingested. Always check the Safety Data Sheets before use. If using recipes for children, it is best to cut essential oil drops in half.

Seek medical attention in the event of any ingestion of essential oils.

 

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Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent

Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent

Our homemade liquid laundry detergent is a very easy recipe to follow for incredibly and amazing results!

You can customise your detergent by using your favourite essential oils, but we recommend using lemon, rose geranium, lemongrass, orange, eucalyptus and lavender. 

This recipe is a perfect opportunity to use up those awkward remains on soap bars that you find difficult to use in the shower. Simply save them up and grate them into the boiling water to maintain a complete zero waste experience.

If you found this homemade liquid laundry detergent recipe helpful, please help us help others and share this page with your friends and family. 

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Ingredients & Equipment​

1 Litre of Water
50g Unscented Soap Bar
75g Bicarbonate of Soda 
8 drops Rose Geranium essential oil
6 drops Lavender essential oil

Saucepan
Heatproof glass mixing bowl
Wooden Spoon
Storage container with sealable lid

Method

Boil the water then pour the boiling water into the glass mixing bowl.

Finely grate the soap into the water filled bowl and stir to combine, making sure the soap fully dissolves in the water.

Add the bicarbonate of soda and mix well.

Add the essential oils and stir to combine.

Allow the liquid to cool.

Pour the cooled liquid into your storage container and seal.

Add a generous amount to each washing load (approximately 5 tablespoons) to the detergent drawer.

Storage

This recipe makes enough liquid detergent for approximately 10–12 washes.

Safety Precautions

Do not attempt this recipe if you have allergies to any of the ingredients. Cease use immediately and seek medical advice should you experience any ill side effects of this recipe. 

Essential oils are highly concentrated oils and may cause burns or ill health when ingested. Always check the Safety Data Sheets before use. If using recipes for children, it is best to cut essential oil drops in half.

Seek medical attention in the event of any ingestion of essential oils.

 

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Homemade Cough Syrup

Homemade Cough Syrup

Homemade Cough Syrup

Homemade Cough Syrup

This spiced homemade cough syrup remedy has incredibly properties: powerful enough to tackle a persistent cough and soothing to painfully sore throat. 

Made with items found in nearly every pantry, this is a very simple recipe that will save you money and the trip to the pharmacy! 

Whilst the spice from cayenne pepper seems daunting, it is a very pleasant sensation and works incredibly well. Don’t be put off and try it! You’ll be pleasantly surprised.

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Ingredients & Equipment​

30ml high quality apple cider vinegar 
30ml water
2 tablespoons honey
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

Method

Place all the ingredients in a small sterilised jar and shake to combine.
We advise using a 1/4 teaspoon measuring spoon rather than estimating the cayenne pepper and ginger.

Shake well each time, before using. The spices will not dissolve into the liquid. It will not be a thick syrup, it should remain watery.

With no pharmaceutical medicines in the recipe, you can take this remedy as required throughout the day.
 
Not a fan of the cayenne pepper? Try adding fresh pineapple juice instead of the water in the recipe to ease the spice. 

Storage

Leave at room temperature for a few days or place in the refrigerator for longer storage.

We advise making small and frequent quantities as required.

Safety Precautions

Do not attempt this recipe if you have allergies to any of the ingredients. Cease use immediately and seek medical advice should you experience any ill side effects of this recipe. 

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Sun Burn Remedy

Sun burn Remedy

Sun Burn Remedy

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Our sun burn remedy is an easy to follow recipe that has already proven to be a saving grace. The wound-healing and anti-inflammatory properties of the aloe vera gel and antiseptic values of the lavender essential oil combined have powerful remedial functions. 

For the additional fragrance and qualities to improve skin repair and reduce inflammation, add chamomile essential oil drops to the mixture. 

If you have found this recipe useful, please help us help others by sharing it with your friends & family. 

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Ingredients & Equipment​

Method

Simply mix in the Lavender and Chamomile drops of essential oil with the aloe vera gel to create the sun burn remedy.

Apply the ointment to sun burnt areas of the skin using a soft cotton round

Your skin will immediately feel cooler and healing properties of the essential oils will start to work, soothing the area and healing the sunburn. 

Store any remaining gel in an air tight container.

Storage

Keep stored for up to 1 month in a cool dry place. 

Safety Precautions

Essential oils are highly concentrated and may cause burns to the skin, internally or severe ill health when ingested. Always check the Safety Data Sheets before use. If using recipes for children, it is best to cut essential oil drops in half.

Seek medical attention in the event of any ingestion of essential oils. Always refer to the information written on the labels of the essential oils bottles when seeking medical advice.

Do not attempt this recipe if you have allergies to any of the ingredients. 

Cease use immediately and seek medical advice should you experience any ill side effects of this recipe. 

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Insect Bite Remedy

Insect Bite

Insect Bite Remedy

Insect Bite

This insect bite remedy is a must have for those summery weather occassions! We’ve all been there. Enjoying a family barbeque on the beach or a park when the insects roll in and decide to feast on us. Insect bites can be painful, itchy and incredibly irritating. 

Ecolutions has worked with aromatherapy specialists to create an incredibly easy and useful insect bite remedy using the very basic of ingredients and common essential oils. 

Tea Tree oil is a natural antiseptic, antifungal oil with antibacterial properties. Couple this with the antioxidant and antiinflammatory properties of coconut oil and this serum not only smells great, but leaves you feeling soothed and refreshed. 

Ingredients & Equipment​

Method

Simply mix in the Tea Tree and Chamomile oil drops with the coconut oil to create the insect bite remedy.

Apply directly onto the insect bite to ease itchiness and soreness. 

Storage

Use serum within 7 days.

Safety Precautions

Essential oils are highly concentrated oils and may cause burns or ill health when ingested. Always check the Safety Data Sheets before use. If using recipes for children, it is best to cut essential oil drops in half.

Seek medical attention in the event of any ingestion of essential oils.

Do not attempt this recipe if you have allergies to any of the ingredients. Cease use immediately and seek medical advice should you experience any ill side effects of this recipe. 

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Daisy Salve

Daisy salve

Homemade Daisy Salve

Daisy salve

Whether you live in the rural or urban areas, it is likely that you have seen daisies growing in large volumes. But did you know that daisies have incredible healing properties?

Daisies have been used for centuries in medicines and are great for bruises and sprains. This recipe is very easy to make and just requires a little bit of patience to make everything from scratch! But the plus side is, everything can be made using native ingredients!

This salve can be safely used for bruises and scars, on dry elbows and knees and as a lip balm. It’s good to make it in small jars, so you can always have it handy.

Ingredients & Equipment

5 drops Lavender essential oil

80g daisy oil (Instructions included below)

10g organic beeswax or jojoba wax for a vegan option

20g almond oil

Sterilised jar (Daisy Oil)

Sterilised jar, bowl or jub (Daisy Salve)

1 or 2 handy pots or jars (single use glass jam jars work perfectly)

Method for Making the Daisy Oil
Place daisy flower heads in a sterilised jar, cover completely with almond oil and leave in a full sunlight for a minimum of 5 weeks.
Make sure that all flowers are completely covered with oil, that will prevent it from rotting and keep your daisy oil smelling fresh.
After 5 weeks, strain the oil through the muslin cloth to a sterilised jar or bottle. 

Method for Making the Daisy Salve

In a sterilised glass container, jug or bowl, mix beeswax and the almond oil. 

Place it in a water bath and gently heat the water until beeswax completely dissolves. 

Cool it down to the room temperature, mixing well once every so often. 

Add your daisy oil and a few drops of lavender essential oils, then mix well. 

Transfer the mixture to your chosen handy jars, cover with lids and keep in the fridge or cool dark place.

Storage

Store in a dry, dark and cool place.

Essential Oil Safety Precautions

Essential oils are highly concentrated oils and may cause burns or ill health when ingested. Always check the Safety Data Sheets before use. If using recipes for children, it is best to cut essential oil drops in half.

Seek medical attention in the event of any ingestion of essential oils.

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Muscle & Pain Relief Massage Oil

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Our muscle and pain relief massage oil is a favourite with everyone.

 Lemon oil has a warm citrus scent that is revitalizing and uplifting. 

Lavender essential oil is nourishing to the skin and soothing to the nervous system. Lavender has soothing and pain relieving healing properties.

This massage oil is very easy to make and use. You’ll be suprised at how quickly it takes effect, try it!

Ingredients & Equipment

1 30ml Amber Glass Spray Bottle

2 Tablespoons of Almond Oil

10 drops Lavender essential oil

10 drops of Lemongrass essential oil

5 drops of Ginger essential oil

Method

Fill the amber glass spray bottle with almond massage oil just shy of the neck of the bottle.

Add the drops of each essential oil into the bottle.

Screw the spray cap back on the bottle and shake well before each use.

.Shake rigorously before every use.

Spray onto the affected area and mssage gently into the skin.

Storage

This mixture should last for several months.

Keep out of direct sunlight and at room temperature.

Essential Oil Safety Precautions

Essential oils are highly concentrated oils and may cause burns or ill health when ingested. Always check the Safety Data Sheets before use. If using recipes for children, it is best to cut essential oil drops in half.

Seek medical attention in the event of any ingestion of essential oils.

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Shoe Polish

a person polishing a shoe

Just like your skin needs a cleanser and moisturiser, your shoes and boots need some TLC for which you need shoe polish.

Besides adding shine, shoe polish helps soften and condition the leather of your boots or shoes. It also forms a waterproof layer on the leather and protects it from wearing out. It even helps revive old and worn-out leather.

You may be accustomed to buying shoe polish, but it’s nothing more than a putty made of strong chemicals that are no good when it comes to the environment. If you wish to extend the life of your pricey shoes, you need something gentler and eco-friendly.

How about whipping up your own homemade shoe polish with natural ingredients?

Not only is this recipe incredibly easy to make, but you can also use them on other surfaces, such as wooden furniture, leather belts, pleather, and canvases. You can’t do that with commercial shoe polishes!

Note: While this homemade shoe polish is safe for leather and pleather, do not use them on suede shoes.

Ingredients & Equipment

1 x Storage Tin

75g Oilive Oil

30g Beeswax

5 drops of Lemon Essential Oil

2 teaspoons of Activated Charcoal (for black shoe polish)
OR
2 teaspoons of brown oxide (for brown shoe polish)

Shoe Polish
Shoe Polish

Method

1 – Add the olive oil and white beeswax into a microwaveable jug/bowl. 
You will need 75g of olive oil and 30g of white beeswax.

2 – Heat the wax and oil in 30 second bursts in the microwave.
Don’t over do it! Heat until the beeswax has entrely melted, and do not exceed 30 second bursts in the microwave.

3Stir the olive oil into the beeswax as it melts. 
As the beeswax heats up, it will start to melt. Once it melts completely, give it a stir so that it blends in with the olive oil.

4 – Add either activated charcoal or brown oxide to achieve your chosen colour of shoe polish. 
Add 2 teaspoons of activated charcoal or brown oxide, depending on which colour shoe polish you desire. Stir the powder into the melted mixture. Keep stirring until the oxide has blended completely into the mixture, and no streaks, swirls, or specks remain.

5 – Add a few drops of the lemon essential oils for fragrance.
Allow to cool slightly, but remain in liquid state, then add a few drops of lemon essential oil. Mix well.

6 – Pour the mixture into a small container. 
Make sure that the container is large enough to hold all of your shoe polish. Tiny glass jars and candle tins work best. You can also pour it into several smaller containers as well.

7 – Let the mixture harden. 
This will take about 45 to 60 minutes. Once it hardens, it is ready to use! If you are in a hurry, let it cool down to room temperature first, then stick it in the fridge or freezer for a couple of minutes, or until it turns solid.

Storage

This shoe polish will have an estimated shelf life of 1 year.

Essential Oils Care

Essential oils are highly concentrated oils and may cause burns or ill health when ingested. Always check the Safety Data Sheets before use. If using recipes for children, it is best to cut essential oil drops in half.

Seek medical attention in the event of any ingestion of essential oils.

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Calming Lavender Spray

Calming Lavender Spray

This calming lavender spray is kind on the pennies very easy to construct using a selection of ingredients that are likely to be present in your home already!

Lavender essential oil is the best oil to help you fall asleep with its calming effect. I like to add lemon essential oil for a little sweeter scent. Your pillow will be smelling amazing!

It is easy to incorporate pillow sprays into your sleep routine. Once you have your lavender pillow mist made, you will need to shake the bottle and lightly mist your pillow and sheets about 10 minutes before bedtime. This gives the pillow spray time to dry. Then it’s goodnight, sweet dreams.

Calming Lavendar Spray
Calming Lavender Spray

Ingredients & Equipment

1 Amber Glass Spray Bottle

20 drops Lavender essential oil

5 drops Orange essential oil or Lemon essential oil

2 teaspoons Vodka or Rubbing Alcohol

Distilled water

Measuring Jug

Method

Fill the amber glass spray bottle with distilled water just shy of the neck of the bottle.

Pour this into the measuring jug and combine all the remaining ingredients.

Mix well and then transfer the mixture into the amber glass spray bottle and screw cap back on.

Shake rigorously before every use.

Spray into the centre of a room or gently mist over a pillow for a relaxing aroma.

Storage

The alcohol will prolong the life of the mixture for several months.

If you omit the alcohol, use a spray recipe within 2-3 weeks.

Essential Oil Safety Precautions

Essential oils are highly concentrated oils and may cause burns or ill health when ingested. Always check the Safety Data Sheets before use. If using recipes for children, it is best to cut essential oil drops in half.

Seek medical attention in the event of any ingestion of essential oils.