The definition of “essential” states what essential oils have been to my healing process – absolutely necessary. I have used essential oils for anointing candles, uplifting my mood, creating nontoxic cleaning products, for natural skin care, and for detoxing my body and environment.
Essential oils are not actually oils. They are aromatic, volatile substances – the essences – extracted from plants, trees, herbs or flowers by steam distillation or cold pressing. The extraction process is labor intensive and expensive, but essential oils are highly concentrated. A few drops go a long way, so a small bottle can last for months or years.
To try your own preparation, mix up my yoga mat cleaning spray from tea tree, lavender and lemongrass oils. Tea tree oil, which is extracted from the twigs and leaves of the Australian tree Melaleuca alternifolia, is antibacterial, antimicrobial and antiviral. Lavender oil is a disinfectant. Lemongrass oil is antimicrobial, astringent, bactericidal and fungicidal. Blended in a spray with water and witch hazel, these oils keep yoga mats free of germs and smelling great.
Yoga Mat Cleaner
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup witch hazel
- 18 drops tea tree oil
- 6 drops lavender oil
- 2 drops lemongrass oil
- Pour the water and witch hazel into a clean spray bottle. (A funnel helps here.)
- Add the oils.
- Replace the sprayer, tighten, and shake gently.
- To use, spray yoga mat with a light mist and wipe with a clean rag or paper towel. Allow a few minutes to dry.
- Shake the bottle a bit before each use.
Where can you get essential oils?
It is important to know your essential oil supplier and the extraction method used to avoid toxins. I purchase my oils from Young Living™, Mountain Rose Herbs, Aura Cacia and Aromatics International. If you have any questions how to use essential oils therapeutically or which essential oils will best support your unique healing journey contact me or visit a certified aromatherapist near you.