Believe it or not, the holidays are almost here, and if you’re anything like me, you’re feeling a mix of excitement, happiness, and stress. Using a scent is one of the easiest ways to get into the holiday spirit—bring on the cinnamon, citrus, and pine!
Scent is also one of the best relaxation remedies for when you start feeling overwhelmed. And my favorite way to do that is with DIY aromatherapy air freshener.
Basics of Making a Room Spray
DIY room spray is a fun and easy way to freshen up your living space. With just a few simple ingredients, you can create a customized scent that's perfect for your home. Here's how to make your own DIY room spray:
- ¼ cup witch hazel
- ¼ cup distilled water
- 10-15 drops of essential oils (choose your favorite scents!)
- In a small bowl, combine the witch hazel and distilled water.
- Add 10-15 drops of your favorite essential oils to the mixture. You can use a single scent or create your own blend.
- Stir the mixture well.
- Pour the mixture into a spray bottle.
- Shake well before each use.
Witch hazel is a plant-derived extract that has been used for centuries for its medicinal properties. It is extracted from the bark and leaves of the witch hazel plant, which is native to North America. Witch hazel can be found in various forms, including liquid extract, distilled liquid, and as an ingredient in skincare products.
DIY room spray is a great way to add a fresh, clean scent to any room in your home. Plus, it's all-natural and safe to use around children and pets. Try using lavender essential oil for a relaxing scent in your bedroom, or peppermint essential oil for an invigorating scent in your home office. With DIY room spray, the possibilities are endless!
So why not give DIY room spray a try? It's an affordable, easy, and fun way to create a welcoming atmosphere in your home. And with so many different essential oil scents to choose from, you're sure to find one that suits your style and mood. So go ahead and make your own DIY room spray today!
How to Make Mood Boosting Room Sprays
These DIY spirit-lifting aromatherapy room sprays are sure to help boost your mood and make you feel calm and collected this holiday season. Plus, they’re pretty enough to give as Christmas gifts, so stop stressing about what to get your friends and family, and whip up a few of these festive little sprays.
Although I say this a lot (and this time I really mean it), these room sprays are incredibly simple to make. You only need four things—water, alcohol, essential oils, and several little spritz bottles—to get started.
This is what gives your room spray its fragrance. While bergamot, lavender, and lemon are popular choices, feel free to mix and match using oils you already have on hand. Some of my favorites are:
Vodka or Grain Alcohol
Alcohol helps the oils mix with the water, but it's not a perfect emulsifier, so you'll still need to shake your room spray prior to each use. If you find the smell of alcohol to be overpowering, swap it out for something more subtle like witch hazel.
This helps dilute the alcohol, so it's not quite as potent.
You can use any kind of spritzer bottle you like. But if you're giving these as gifts, I recommend buying a cute one from Rail19. So once the room spray is gone, the recipient can use the bottle for years to come.
Now here's how to make some of our favorite blends.
Bergamot Brightening Essential Oil Room Spray
Bergamot has powerful mood-boosting effects. It helps calm agitated children, promotes mental clarity, and helps stabilize overpowering emotions [source]. While it blends well with most oils, combine it with sandalwood to promote serenity [source] and clary sage to soothe stressed nerves [source].
-1.5 ounces distilled water
-1.5 ounces vodka or witch hazel (avoid rubbing alcohol if you can)
-A 4-ounce refillable spray bottle
-15 drops bergamot essential oil
-10 drops clary sage essential oil
-10 drops sandalwood essential oil
Using a small funnel, if you have one, pour the alcohol into a 4-ounce spritzer bottle.
Add the essential oils and shake well. Add the water and shake again. Spritz around the house whenever you need a lift.
Sunny Lavender Essential Oil Room Spray
Nourishing and balancing lavender has been shown to reduce feelings of anger, anxiety, and insecurity [source]. Combine it with lemon essential oil to help elevate the mood and re-energize a tired mind [source].
Pour the alcohol into a small spray bottle. Add the essential oils and shake well.
Add the water and shake again. Spritz around the house whenever you need a little boost.
Uplifting Chamomile DIY Essential Oil Room Spray
Chamomile is best known for its ability to help calm a stressed mind and soothe a tense body, and it has long been used to ease feelings of grief, anger, and sensitivity [source].
Rosemary is widely favored for its stress-reducing qualities and has been shown to relieve feelings of anxiety [source]. When used as a room spray, chamomile and rosemary help calm and clear the mind and promote vitality.
Pour the alcohol into a small spray bottle. Add the essential oils and shake well. Add the water and shake again. Spritz around the house whenever you need a lift.
Relaxing Lavender Homemade Room Spray
Lavender essential room spray is perfect for those cold days you just need a good mood booster.
- ½ cup distilled water
- 2 tablespoons witch hazel
- 10 drops lavender essential oil
- 5 drops chamomile essential oil
- Small spray bottle
Combine water and witch hazel in the spray bottle. Add the lavender and chamomile essential oils. Shake the bottle well before using.
Energizing Citrus Homemade Room Spray
Citrus scents are well-known for their ability to boost moods and promote feelings of happiness and positivity. The fragrance of citrus fruits, such as lemon, orange, and grapefruit, is known to stimulate the olfactory system, which is linked to the brain's emotional center.
- ½ cup distilled water
- 2 tablespoons vodka
- 10 drops lemon essential oil
- 5 drops peppermint essential oil
- Small spray bottle
Combine water and vodka in the spray bottle. Add the lemon and peppermint essential oils.
Uplifting Rosemary Room Spray
Rosemary is a fragrant herb commonly used in cooking, but did you know that its scent can also provide various benefits? The aroma of rosemary has been shown to have a positive effect on memory and concentration. In a study, people who were exposed to the scent of rosemary essential oil performed better on cognitive tests than those who were not exposed to it.
- ½ cup distilled water
- 2 tablespoons rubbing alcohol
- 10 drops rosemary essential oil
- 5 drops eucalyptus essential oil
- Small spray bottle
Combine water and rubbing alcohol in the spray bottle. Add the rosemary and eucalyptus essential oils. Shake the bottle well before using. Spray in any room of your house to create an uplifting and invigorating atmosphere.
Mood-Boosting Room Spray FAQ
What are essential oil room sprays?
Essential oil room sprays are natural and aromatic air fresheners made from a combination of essential oils, distilled water, and sometimes a carrier liquid such as witch hazel or vodka. They are used to freshen the air in a room, add a pleasant scent, and provide a range of therapeutic benefits, such as promoting relaxation, boosting focus, or reducing stress. Essential oil room sprays can be customized to suit different moods and preferences, and they are often used as an alternative to synthetic air fresheners, which can contain harmful chemicals.
What is the seedy plant inside the bottle?
That's just a sprig of eucalyptus seeds. You can often find it in eucalyptus bouquets at the grocery store.
Can I add a fresh sprig of greenery to my bottle, or should it be dried?
You can use either!
How long will this room spray last?
Since these contain water, they won't last too long. I recommend using your room spray within a month. If needed, you can make a smaller batch and replace it more often.
Generally, a well-made DIY room spray can last for several weeks to a few months. However, it is important to note that natural ingredients tend to have a shorter shelf life compared to synthetic fragrances. To extend the longevity of your DIY room spray, store it in a cool, dark place away from direct sunlight and heat sources. Shake the bottle before each use and avoid spraying it on delicate fabrics or surfaces that may be damaged by the oils in the spray. With proper storage and usage, you can enjoy the benefits of your DIY room spray for an extended period of time.
How can I make my room spray last longer?
Why do my essential oils separate and float to the top of my spray?
The alcohol is supposed to help prevent this from happening, but it's not perfect. If you're still experiencing separation, I recommend vigorously shaking your room spray before each use.
3 Mood-Boosting Room Sprays
- 4 ounce spray bottle
Bergamot Brightening Blend
Sunny Lavender Blend
- Pour the alcohol into a small spray bottle. Add the essential oils and shake well. Add the water and shake again.
- Spritz around the house whenever you need a lift.
This post was medically reviewed by Dr. Susanna Quasem, M.D., a child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist in Nashville, Tennessee. Learn more about Hello Glow's medical reviewers here. As always, this is not personal medical advice, and we recommend that you talk with your doctor.61