A couple of years ago my sister-in-law and her family came up from Mexico to visit with us. It had been years since my boys saw their Mexican cousins, so it was wonderful for them to “get to know” their cousins all over again. There was a language barrier between the kids, but we soon learned that Minecraft is the great equalizer!!
Anyway, my sister-in-law brought a gift for my husband – a sinus linen spray. You are meant to spray it on your pillows/sheets before you go to bed, and the aromatherapy is supposed to help you breath better – kind of like vaporub!
While I am not a disbeliever, I also am not a gung-ho believer in aromatherapy/essential oils. That said, my husband really liked this spray and used it every night until it was gone.
So off I went to good ‘ole Amazon to see if I could get a replacement. Well, I found the same product, but it was $40… for like 2.5 ounces!!
So, I decided to make it myself!! (Of course, I could have just purchased a similar product that was less expensive, but that would have been too easy!) The ingredients are a bit expensive because it uses essential oils which can be pricey. However, if I am going to spend $40, I might as well spend it on the ingredients so I can make WAY MORE than just 2.5 ounces!
In full disclosure, my homemade version is not quite as potent as the one my sister-in-law gave us. I did my best to figure out what to put in it (I looked at the ingredients on the bottle which included eucalyptus, mint, and rosemary), and I guessed at the proportions. Plus I bought the cheapest oils I could find. All those things considered, it is pretty darn close!
You just need a couple of ingredients: essential oils, alcohol (to help the oils disperse in the water), and water. I used a dollar store spray bottle.
Funny story about the ingredients – we don’t drink, so Vodka was not something we had in the house. And it turns out they don’t sell Vodka at Wal-Mart. So off I went to our local liquor store. The clerk was slightly taken aback when I asked for “the cheapest bottle of vodka” they had! (Turns out they keep the cheapest vodka behind the counter). It cost me less than $4.00 for this bottle.
In a glass pyrex, mix one part vodka (you can use rubbing alcohol, but it smells more than vodka), two parts water, and essential oils of your choosing. For sinuses, that was rosemary, eucalyptus, and peppermint. You can start with 20 drops of essential oils per 1 cup mixture and then decide if that is strong enough for you. Stir together and pour into a spray bottle.
Now, you could make a pretty label for the bottle, but I find it is much more practical to put the recipe on the bottle so that I can make refills super easily.
I keep mine on my bedside table so that I can give a quick spritz to our pillows before we fall asleep.