Essential Oil Spray Recipe for Daily Use

How to Make the Best Essential Oil Spray Recipe (Steps and Tips)

What’s more pleasant than using an Aromatherapy spray in your living space!? Maybe just the act of doing it yourself, which lasts a few minutes only. The benefits of this type of diffusion are many and diverse. If you want to learn all the secrets of making and using an essential oil spray recipe, this post is for you.

In this post, you’ll be reading about:

  • Common questions (and answers) about essential oil spray making. With tips and necessary details for you to make the best spray recipes and use them safely all the time.
  • A whole section of essential oil spray recipes. They include green cleaning, skin and hair care, insect repellents, and so on. Plus, a few things on why commercial fresheners are not at all useful. They may look great and have cute names but that’s about it.


Q & A for Aromatherapy Sprays


Aromatherapy is a great way of enjoying the effects of nature on our health and well-being. Almost all plants, resins, seeds, leaves, twigs and even tree bark, have oils. These oils are their immune systems. Those active molecules sustain the plant, protect it and attract pollinators.


Through steam distillation, we extract the oil molecules and call them essential oils. They’re called essential because they’re the essence of plants. They’re called oils because they are heavier than water (molecular weight) and float.


Also, essential oils don’t mix with water and don’t leave greasy residues. In the true sense of the word, aromatic essences are not exactly oils.


True oils are vegetable oils. In Aromatherapy, they’re also called carrier oils. These are fatty because they contain fatty acids and don’t evaporate.


Essential Oil Spray Recipes, Spray Bottles


Aromatherapy sprays are a common way of diffusing essential oils. I’ve noticed that there are lots of questions related to this subject. Since I took it upon me to help you make the best spray recipes, it’s only natural that I begin by answering them. Let’s begin…


Q: What is an Aromatherapy Spray?

A: An Aromatherapy spray is a means of diffusing essential oils. It involves the use of a spray bottle, where you mix your ingredients.


The spray top is what matters in this case. It’s the fine mist of oils and water (or alcohol) it releases that makes the air fragrant.


The same fine mist disperses the oil molecules throughout the air, which you will then inhale. The tiny oil molecules will get to the brain, lungs and blood very fast. That’s how they can affect the nervous system and/or travel to the injured tissue and start working.


What are the Benefits of an Essential Oil Spray?

Essential oil sprays are natural. Commercial fresheners contain almost only synthetic fragrances and other toxic substances.


  • Not only does it smell amazingly fresh, but it’s also beneficial to your health.
  • Your spray can smell whatever you want it to smell like. You have over a hundred different types of aromas to choose from. Each oil with its own scent and health benefits.
  • Natural sprays are easy to make and cost-effective. You only need a few drops per spray bottle, and it’ll hold for a few good weeks.
  • They can help you feel more energetic. Or on the contrary, they can help you sleep better. Essential oils are known and proven antibacterials and antivirals. This makes them good at preventing viral infections and soothing respiratory problems.
  • Applied to the skin or hair, a DIY essential oil spray can do what you want it to do. It can give your hair luster or enlighten your complexion. It can speed up wound healing and treat fungal infections, and the list can go on.
  • Aroma sprays can also keep your home clean, among others.


One study focused on seeing the effects of Aroma sprays on elderly people. After they’ve shown them how to use the sprays, how often, etc., they’ve sent them home. The spray used Lavender and Bergamot essential oils.


Essential Oil Spray Recipe


After a month, researchers assessed the patients and noticed many encouraging results. Aromatherapy spray inhalation reduced the levels of:


  • Pain,
  • Depression,
  • Stress,
  • And anxiety.


Q: How Do You Mix Essential Oils with Water?

A: The short answer to this question is: you don’t! Essential oils and water don’t mix. However, if you add an emulsifier, you can succeed in mixing water with oils.


When you shake a water-oil blend, the oil molecules break down into microscopic droplets. They can then be sprayed out into a fine mist. If you stop shaking the bottle, oil separates from water.


What an emulsifier does is to keep the oil molecules dispersed like that and stable. That’s how an emulsion takes shape. There are synthetic and natural emulsifiers you can use. See the next question for more.


Q: Can You Make an Essential Oil Spray without Alcohol?

A: Yes, you can make an essential oil spray without alcohol. Alcohol can dry the skin and irritate it. This makes it more prone to infections. That’s why, for all skin spray recipes, you should avoid using alcohol.


How to make an essential oil spray without alcohol? Simply use water, hydrosols or Witch Hazel instead. Witch Hazel water/extract is one of the most popular astringent solutions.


It’s very concentrated so it must also be diluted with some water. Be careful though, if used in excess, Witch Hazel can also dry the skin.


This plant extract (also known as Hamamelis water) makes a good mixing environment for essential oils. Witch Hazel helps the oils emulsify in water for a better dispersion.


How do you make an essential oil spray with Witch Hazel? You mix the oils in the Witch Hazel and then complete with water. The amounts must be halved.


Alcohol is indeed a good emulsifier for essential oils. But instead of it, you can use Witch Hazel or Aloe Vera gel. Vinegar also works, though it may reduce the potency of some essential oils.


One very good alternative to all these natural emulsifiers is salt. Plain old salt can combine with the oil molecules and disperse them well into the water.


This is why it’s so easy to make your own essential oil spray recipe. Besides essential oils, you can use whatever you have at hand.


However, if you do want to make a spray with alcohol, here’s how:


  • Fill half the spray bottle with water or hydrosol.
  • Mix the oils really well with the alcohol, then pour it over the water.
  • Give it a good shake before and during use.


Q: What Essential Oils are Good for Air Freshener & Other Recipes?

A: We’ve established why commercial air fresheners are not better than essential oils. Now, it’s only natural to want to know what essential oils to use for your air fresheners.


Natural Aroma air fresheners can have many purposes. They can freshen the air and room up and help you relax or sleep, or get rid of a headache, etc.


Here are a few suggestions to help you choose your oil to make the best DIY essential oils spray.


Air freshener essential oils:

  • Lemon
  • Grapefruit
  • Bergamot
  • Green Mandarin
  • Cinnamon bark
  • Cassia
  • Eucalyptus
  • Clove bud
  • Pine
  • Douglas Fir
  • Cedarwood
  • Thyme
  • Etc.


Essential oils that relax and/or induce sleep:

  • Lavender
  • Lavandin
  • Neroli
  • Sweet Orange
  • Green Mandarin
  • Rose
  • Ylang Ylang
  • Etc.


Essential Oil Spray Recipe with Rose Geranium


Essential oils that speed up wound healing:

  • Frankincense
  • Myrrh
  • Cistus
  • Helichrysum
  • Rose Geranium
  • Lavender
  • Rose
  • Osmanthus


Essential oils that boost collagen production:

  • Amber
  • Cinnamon
  • Frankincense
  • Myrrh
  • Lemon


Essential oils that repel insects:

  • Peppermint
  • Clove bud
  • Citronella
  • Lemongrass
  • Lavender
  • Lavandin
  • Basil
  • Lemon Eucalyptus
  • Eucalyptus globulus
  • Cedarwood


Q: How to Make an Essential Oil Spray Recipe

A: You’ve probably already got the idea of how you make an Aromatherapy spray recipe. A recipe is the gathering of necessary ingredients and mixing them in a specific order.


I will break down the steps for a DIY spray recipe, so you can check them out whenever you need them. Here’s how to make an essential oil spray:


Step 1

  • Gather all your ingredients, tools and recipients. You’ll need a spray bottle of your preference. It can be plastic or glass, the latter being safer and preferred by aromatherapists.
  • Disinfect the bottle and dry it well.

Step  2

  • Choose your oils depending on what you’re looking to achieve. It matters whether it’s a relaxing spray recipe or a disinfecting one. Do your research in advance, to see if they’re safe for you and all your family members, including pets. Sometimes, some spray recipes can only be used behind closed doors. Such is the case with pets or allergic/sensitive people.

Step 3

  • Always make sure you mix and dilute your essential oils first. This is the part where you’ll have to remember to use an emulsifier like salt or alcohol.
  • Once that’s done, you can add the blend over the water in the spray bottle.
  • Of course, you can add them in whatever order you like: water or oil mixture first.

Step 4

  • Shake the bottle well before each use.
  • Depending on the purpose of your essential oil spray recipe, you can use it on surfaces for cleaning. Or you can spray the blend in the air, away from furniture. These sprays can also be used on linens, curtains, pillows, etc.

Step 5

  • Store your natural Aromatherapy spray in the fridge or someplace cold and dark. Water is the perfect place for mold growth. However, the oil emulsion will prevent it from happening too soon. Unfortunately, this can only delay the expiry date of the spray. You can usually use a homemade essential oil spray for 2 – 3 weeks only. This is probably the most significant downside to natural sprays. They don’t last that long. Still, you can whip up one almost immediately. Plus, the benefits of the oils are no match to any other type of room freshener.


Q: How Much Essential Oil Can You Use in a Spray Bottle Recipe?

A: This is a very good question. The good part about a natural spray like ours is that it uses water. Water binds to the oil molecules and they’re both sprayed out together.


Water molecules dilute a bit the potency of the oils. It allows you to use a bit more oil if you want or need to.


Generally speaking, you can mix up to 40 drops of essential oil per 100 ml (3.38 fl. Oz) water. Depending on the purpose, it can be more or less (1 – 10%). Some sources use much more than that, but I believe it’s important to keep in mind a few things:


  • How often will you be using the spray? Used once or twice a day, in well-ventilated rooms, the concentration can be a lot more, even double.
  • What are you using the essential oil spray recipe for? If it’s for dish cleaning, then yes, the quantity of essential oils used needs to be higher. If it’s for sleep, the mount should be less. If it’s simply for the fragrance and used in large spaces, the amount can yet again be double or more.


The amount you use is a matter of preference and trial and error. You will know if it’s too much or too little. You’ll either see no results or others will complain. Always pay attention to your pet’s reaction after using the Aromatherapy spray.


Aromatherapy Oil Spray Recipe


Q: When to Use an Essential Oil Spray?

A: A natural essential oil spray recipe can be used in many situations. You can spray around to:


  • Purify the air and prevent viral infections.
  • Change the stale air.
  • Create a cozier or even romantic atmosphere.
  • Improve your breathing.
  • Fight pollution.
  • Improve mood.
  • Strengthen your immune system.
  • Improve the aspect of your skin.
  • Help heal a wound.
  • Treat scalp itching and dandruff.
  • Strengthen and condition the hair.
  • Etc.


You can also use essential oils in the bath. They can be used to feel and smell good, or to improve your breathing, soothe pain, etc. Mix your oils with bath salts (pink, Epsom, sea, etc.) and add the blend to the hot bathwater.


Q: Tips for Safe Use of Aroma Oil Sprays

A: It wouldn’t be wise to use natural substances, without first knowing how to do so safely. Even though they’re natural, they can still cause side effects or toxicity. This usually happens when essential oils are used improperly:


  • Always test your oils for allergies first. Even a new bottle of the same oil you’ve used before needs to be tested. Their chemical profiles can slightly vary from crop to crop. Mix a drop of the aromatic essence with a drop of a carrier. Massage it into the inside of your forearm and give it a few hours – a day. If no rash, irritation or itching occur, you can go on and use the oil.
  • Essential oils can accumulate and saturate the air. This causes headaches and nausea among others. Keep the room well-ventilated while diffusing. You should also not overreact and take a few days to break in between.
  • Avoid spraying on food or on sensitive people or pets.
  • Avoid spraying towards a flame. Essential oils have different flashpoints that can catch fire, if not careful.
  • Water spray recipes should not be used on wood furniture. You may end up with unaesthetic stains. To completely avoid this, you can use distilled water or hydrosols in your essential oils recipes.
  • Make sure the essences can be used on children and/or babies, pets and elderly.
  • Avoid diffusing essential oils during the first 3 months of pregnancy. You can do it afterward, but only after you’ve talked to your doctor.
  • Breastfeeding women should also seek medical advice on using Aroma sprays.
  • Those who suffer from serious diseases (cancer, diabetes, seizures, etc.) need to consult their doctors too.
  • Some essential oils can cause phototoxicity. This means you cannot use them on the skin and get out in the sun. They react badly and can cause burns. Those oils are usually expressed citruses, Angelica, Rue, and others.


DIY Essential Oil Spray Recipes vs. Commercial Fresheners


Commercial fresheners all look lovely. They’re designed to appeal to our aesthetic sense, to give us the impression of well-made and quality. But after you try them, the scent does not linger at all. Some may even smell bad.


Essential oils are active substances. They linger for a longer time. Some fragrances can even stay on for days. The scent of an oil is usually influenced by their notes (top, middle, base). Top notes have the shortest intensity.


Let’s see some recipes for common daily situations.


Essential Oil Spray Recipes


Room Spray Recipes


Air Freshener Spray Recipe (100ml/3.38 fl. Oz.)

You’ll need:

  • Lemon essential oil: 10 drops
  • Sweet Orange essential oil: 10 drops
  • Douglas Fir essential oil: 20 drops
  • Salt: 1 tablespoon
  • Neroli hydrosol
  • (Distilled) water


Follow the steps I gave you to make this air freshener spray. Shake the bottle well before each use.


Ever wondered how to make Lavender oil room spray? Here’s how:


Essential Oil Sleep Spray Recipe (100ml/3.38 fl. Oz.)

You’ll need:

  • Lavender hydrosol
  • Lavender essential oil: 20 – 40 drops
  • Witch Hazel: 2 tablespoons


This essential oil room spray with Witch Hazel is meant to help you relax and sleep sounder. Mix the oil with Witch Hazel, then add it to the hydrosol in the spray bottle. Shake really well before use and spray onto your pillow and room, half an hour before bed.


Essential Oil Spray Recipe for Mold

You’ll need:

  • Cinnamon essential oil: 20 drops
  • Clove bud essential oil: 20 drops
  • Tea Tree essential oil: 20 drops


Store this blend into an empty 10 or 5ml glass bottle. Add 10 – 20 drops of it into distilled water mixed with salt or vinegar. Mix your oils with the emulsifier first. Spray the moldy area(s) 2 – 3 times a week and let the air circulate daily.


Green Cleaning Spray Recipes


Essential Oil Dish Spray (100ml/3.38 fl. Oz.)

You’ll need:

  • Spray bottle
  • Baking soda: 1 tbsp.
  • White vinegar: 2 tbsp.
  • Warm water
  • Cinnamon essential oil: 20 – 30 drops


Mix the oil with the baking soda (A), add the vinegar to the water (B), then mix A with B into the spray bottle. If the solution is weak, you can double the amounts. For foam, you can also add a bit of Castile soap.


Carpet Cleaning Aromatherapy Spray Recipe (100ml/3.38 fl. Oz.)

You’ll need:

  • Vinegar: 2 tbsp.
  • Peppermint essential oil: 20 drops
  • Lemon essential oil: 20 drops
  • Peppermint hydrosol
  • Spray bottle


Oils + vinegar added to the hydrosol in the spray bottle. Spray the carpet well; leave it on until it dries, then vacuum. If you want to know more about carpet cleaning with essential oils, you can read this article.


Insect Repellent Sprays


Essential Oil Spray Bottle Recipe for Cockroaches (100ml/3.38 fl. Oz.)

You’ll need:

  • Peppermint essential oil: 20 drops
  • Cypress essential oil: 10 drops
  • Eucalyptus essential oil: 10 drops
  • Baking soda: 2 tbsp.
  • Distilled water


Essential Oil Spray Recipe to Keep Ants Away (100ml/3.38 fl. Oz.)

You’ll need:

  • Clove bud essential oil: 20 drops
  • Lemongrass essential oil: 20 drops
  • Salt: 1 tbsp.
  • Peppermint hydrosol


Spray the blend on cracks and their usual trails.


Essential Oil Spray Recipes for Body and Skin Care


Beauty Spray Recipes


How to make an essential oil body spray?

You’ll need:

  • Spray bottle: 100ml/3.38 fl. Oz.
  • Neroli hydrosol
  • Witch hazel: 1 tbsp.
  • Neroli essential oil: 20 drops
  • Rose essential oil (Otto): 8 drops


This is a feminine fragrance body spray. It can be used as perfume or simply to tone the skin and give it a subtle aroma. You can also spray a bit of it in your hair. The essential oils will nourish the hairs and make them shine.


How to make essential oil spray for hair?

You’ll need:

  • Spray bottle: 100ml/3.38 fl. Oz.
  • Rosemary essential oil: 15 drops
  • Aloe Vera gel: 3 tbsp.
  • Mandarin essential oil: 25 drops


Give the spray a good shake and apply on damp hair, on the second half of its length. This can be used once or twice a week.


Facial Essential Oil Spray Recipe (Toner)

You’ll need:

  • Spray bottle: 50ml/1.69 fl. Oz.
  • Chamomile hydrosol
  • Lavender essential oil: 8 drops
  • Rose Geranium essential oil: 8 drops


Shake vigorously before each use. This spray recipe doesn’t contain an emulsifier, so the oils will separate after each use. Apply on damp skin and pat gently with a cotton pad. You can continue your routine with an essential oil rollerball blend for your skin type.



Here we are, at the end of the post. Now you have all the facts and know all the not so secret “secrets” about making an essential oil spray recipe. It’s easy and fast, cost-effective and fun. They are totally customizable, natural and beneficial to your health.

Which spray recipe will be your next DIY project? Ever tried cleaning or repelling insects with essential oil sprays before? I’ll be here, if you have any questions for me.


Join the Essential Bazaar Newsletter

Signup now and receive an email once I publish new content.

I will never give away, trade or sell your email address. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.