Lighten Your Hair Naturally with Essential Oils

Have you ever wanted that perfect sun-bleached hair color after spending the summer on the beach? Unfortunately, few of us actually have that kind of time to spend out in the sun. Lucky for you, we’ve found some natural ways for you to get lighter hair quickly without damaging your hair with harsh chemicals and dyes.

Many men and women today are dying their hair regularly in order to make it look lighter or give it some highlights. Others shy away from a change they may want because of the harsh chemicals involved in hair dye. However, there are natural ways to give your hair a lighter color without using hair dye. You may have heard of using hydrogen peroxide to bleach your hair, but this method comes with complications. Hydrogen peroxide bleaching strips the natural pigment from your hair, making it just about as damaging as hair dye. Lemons have long been known for their bleaching qualities, and the essential oil has been found to possess the same properties. Apple cider vinegar helps with lightening, but also leaves a shine and works to strengthen your hair. Rosemary and grapefruit essential oils help to protect your hair from damage in the sun and can help heal other pre-existing damage. Try out this hair-lightening spray to add some color and depth to your hair this summer!

Hair-Lightening Spray

  • Servings: Yield=8 oz. (250 ml)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp. (25 ml) apple cider vinegar
  • 30 drops lemon essential oil
  • 15 drops Roman chamomile essential oil
  • 10 drops grapefruit essential oil
  • 5 drops rosemary essential oil
  • Water
  • 8 oz. Glass Spray Bottle

Instructions:

  1. Place the apple cider vinegar with the essential oils in the spray bottle, and shake to combine. Fill the remainder of the bottle with water, and shake again to combine.
  2. Spray the mixture through your hair, or in desired locations for highlights. The amount you use will depend on the length of your hair and the intensity of color desired.
  3. Lie out in the sun for 30 minutes, check the color, spray again, and return to the sun until the desired color is reached. Some hair may take multiple exposures to reach the desired color, as this is a very gradual process.
  4. Once you finish lightening your hair, wash your hair out thoroughly, making sure to apply plenty on conditioner to rehydrate your hair.

This recipe is created as a general rule of thumb for most hair colors. This should not be used on dark hair, as it can cause brassy colors or damage to your hair. If you have a strong pigment in your hair and the color isn’t taking quickly, you may need to increase the amount of lemon oil.

Make sure to keep an eye on how your hair is reacting in the sun. Some hair colors and pigments may lighten faster, while others could take much longer. Don’t get discouraged if it’s a slow process; it can take a few exposures to show extreme differences.

While you’re waiting for the lightening spray to work its magic, you can lie out in the sun with a good book or simply get some yard work done. Whatever you do, just don’t forget sunscreen!

 

All-Purpose Cleaning Spray

Essential oils are great for cleaning and disinfecting. We’ve created this all-purpose cleaning spray that you can use to clean almost anything! Those tough surfaces won’t stand a chance against this powerful spray. This recipe is a super easy way to free your home of harsh chemicals all while keeping your house clean. 

All-Purpose Cleaning Spray

  • Servings: Yield=8 oz. (250 ml)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) distilled water
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) white vinegar
  • 10 drops lemon essential oil
  • 10 drops melaleuca essential oil
  • 8 oz. Spray Bottle

Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in the spray bottle, and shake to combine.
  2. Spray the mixture on a cloth, and wipe the area down. For persistent surfaces, you can spray the mixture directly on the surface and scrub it in.
  3. Shake before each use and store in a dark place.

Men’s Cologne with Essential Oils

Essential oils definitely aren’t just for women! We all love the health benefits of essential oils, especially when they smell good. Here’s a simple cologne recipe that smells great and will allow your man to reap the benefits of essential oils at the same time.

Men's Cologne

  • Servings: Yield=10 ml
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Add the essential oils to the spray bottle, and then add the emulsifier.
  2. Fill the remainder of the spray bottle with witch hazel.
  3. Shake to combine.
  4. Spritz on 2–3 sprays as you get ready each day.

An essential oil emulsifier helps essential oils to bond with water-based products. Witch hazel is great for your skin with a minimal aroma; however, it is water based, meaning that the essential oils will not entirely bond with it. If you do not have the emulsifier, you may alternatively use perfumer’s alcohol in place of witch hazel, or simply shake the bottle well before each application.

All-Natural Essential Oil Bug Spray

Summer adventures bring lots of bugs, and subsequently, lots of bug bites. Here’s an all-natural bug spray recipe that will keep the bugs away without damaging your health. Our favorite part? It smells so much better than typical bug sprays!

Bug Spray

  • Servings: Yield=4 oz. (100 ml)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup (50 ml) Witch Hazel
  • 1/4 cup (50 ml) distilled water
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 7 drops melaleuca essential oil
  • 7 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 7 drops lemongrass essential oil
  • 4 oz. Spray Bottle
  • “Bug Spray” vinyl label

Instructions:

  1. Combine the witch hazel and water in the spray bottle.
  2. Add the essential oils, and shake to combine.
  3. Spritz the bug spray on your skin, and rub in.

Just Add Oils to Spring Cleaning

As the weather gets warmer, many people move into spring cleaning mode. Winter clothing gets stored away, windows are opened to air out the house, and lots of deep cleaning takes place as sunshine energizes the soul. A couple weeks ago, we held a contest and gathered many great cleaning recipes from you, our readers. The winner of our contest was Heather Crabill’s Counter and Appliance Spray. Heather says, “I spray my counters and appliances with the solution, and then I wipe with a warm, wet cloth. Friends and family always comment on how lovely the kitchen smells!”

Counter and Appliance Spray

  • Servings: 8 oz.
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 8 drops melaleuca essential oil
  • 10 drops lemon essential oil
  • 5 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 3/4 cup distilled water
  • 8 oz. Glass Spray Bottle

Instructions:

  1. Carefully pour the vinegar and essential oils in the spray bottle. Swirl to combine, and then fill the rest of the bottle with distilled water.
  2. Spray on counters and appliances; wipe with a warm, wet cloth.

A lot of great cleaning ideas and recipes were submitted to us. Here are just a few:


NON-CITRUS PRODUCE SPRAY

“I’m allergic to citrus oils. So for cleaning produce, I put tea tree [melaleuca] oil (8–10 drops) and cider vinegar (1/2 cup) in an 8 oz. spray bottle. Then I fill the bottle with distilled water and spray on produce to clean!” — Brenda Rupp


CLEAN SHOWER SPRAY

15 drops Protective Blend
5 drops lavender
1 tsp. white vinegar
8 oz. water
“Combine everything in an 8 oz. spray bottle. Spray down the shower and squeegee the glass doors when finished. Looks and smells great!” — Barbara Dittrich


TUB AND SINK CLEANER

“In a glass measuring cup, pour 6 oz. of white vinegar. Microwave to a slight boil. Use a funnel to pour the hot vinegar into an 8 oz. spray bottle, and then add 1 Tbsp. of Protective Blend Cleaner Concentrate and 3 drops of lemon essential oil. Shake well, and spray all around tub. Wait 2 minutes or so and rinse off. If you have stubborn stains, scrub with a brush. Also, I put baking soda into the drain first, so that when I’m finished cleaning, the drain also gets cleared out. This treatment is nice and easy to do, and if you do it weekly, all you need to do is spray and rinse.” — Nancy Jaykka


ANY ESSENTIAL OIL CLEANER

“I save all the dribbles left in my essential oil vials and use them in my cleaning spray bottle. I purchased a cheap bottle of vodka, and I add 1 oz. of that to the 8 oz. spray bottle. Then I put in my leftover EOs and top off the spray bottle with filtered water. This solution works great on counter tops and appliances. It will even kill gnats that get into the kitchen.” — Mickie


Here are some other great recipes to help you spring clean:

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Stainless Steel Cleaner with Lemon Essential Oil

Give your kitchen appliances an extra shine with this all-natural stainless steel cleaner! This recipe harnesses the powerful cleaning properties of pure lemon essential oil and other natural ingredients.

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