Tuesday, July 22

MAKE | ESSENTIAL OIL SPRAY + YOGA MAT CLEANER


I will be honest, I've had the same yoga mat for years and I can't remember the last time I gave it a good cleansing. I've been using it even ore since I've started doing Piyo (a workout program that combines moves from yoga and pilates to build strength and flexibility). I've been worried about using regular cleaners on it because I have so much skin contact with it and I didn't want all those chemicals getting into my body from my mat! So when I discovered that you can use essential oils and other simply natural household items to create a yoga mat cleaning spray, I had to try it for myself! And what do you know? It left my yoga mat looking and smelling super clean and fresh! With zero harsh chemicals to get on my skin!


I looked around for good "recipes" and chose one with witch hazel (which is basically vinegar) because I wanted the extra cleansing power over just using water. Witch hazel is super gentle on skin too (you can actually use it like a facial toner!) and it doesn't have a super overwhelming smell.

Essential oils are becoming more and more popular so you have a lot to choose from out there. I chose lemon and melaleuca (which is tea tree oil) because of their anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties. Also, they smell good together. And if I'm going to be doing a bunch of downward dogs with my face close to my mat, I want it to smell good!


PIYO + YOGA MAT CLEANSING SPRAY
➳ You'll need...
➳ Distilled water
➳ Witch Hazel
➳ A spray bottle
➳ A cute label (scroll to the bottom for a free download!)
➳ Essential oils

1. Fill your spray bottle 3/4 full with distilled water
2. Fill the remaining 1/4 with witch hazel
3. Add 5 drops of lemon and 5 drops of tea tree oil (or use whatever oils you choose)
4. Shake it up!
5. Spray it on your mat, wipe off with a clean towel, then let dry for about 10 minutes

Now you can enjoy a cleansed and fresh yoga mat for your daily yoga and/or Piyo practice! Isn't that awesome? And no yucky chemicals will be seeping into your skin like with regular cleaners. But that's not all. I couldn't stop with just a yoga mat cleaner. I wanted to make a face and body spray that I could use before and after working out to feel calm and fresh! I came up with this recipe but feel free to play around with oils and scents that you like better! I left out the witch hazel in this one just to keep things super light and fresh! I chose lavender and peppermint because they smell really great together and have a calming and yet energizing effect. The peppermint perks you up and the lavender helps you feel at ease! Perfect for pre and post workout!


CALM + COOL BODY SPRAY
➳ You'll need...
➳ Distilled water
➳ A spray bottle
➳ A cute label (scroll to the bottom for a free download!)
➳ Essential oils

1. Fill your spray bottle 3/4 full with distilled water
2. Fill the remaining 1/4 with witch hazel
3. Add 5 drops of lavender and 5 drops of peppermint (or use whatever oils you choose)
4. Shake it up!
5. Spray it on your mat, wipe off with a clean towel, then let dry for about 10 minutes


I hope this helps you to have some fun, make something that you'll use and love and also get your brain going on other ways to incorporate natural cleansers into your daily life! It's really not that hard. And simple little swaps add up over time to a healthier lifestyle! And if Piyo sounds like something you'd want to try, just click the image above to order a Piyo Challenge Pack and you'll also get a free registration into my August online fitness challenge!

I created these cute little labels for mine and though that you might like them too! So click the image below to download the label and print it for yourself! Enjoy! If you liked this tutorial please share it on Facebook and Pinterest!


diyrelaxyogaspraylabels

Disclaimer: I do not endorse or recommend any specific brand of essential oil. Do you research and choose the one you think is best for you! 


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