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As I’ve mentioned before in my post about the importance of having a regular sleep schedule, I am definitely NOT a morning person. Mornings in the summertime are a little bit easier because at least the sun is shining brightly and the birds are singing outside my window, but during the darker times of the year or on rainy days when the sun is hidden behind the clouds, waking up in the morning is definitely a struggle.
My inability to drag myself out of bed in the mornings is the reason why I made this DIY room spray recipe. It only takes about two minutes to put together, and since the recipe uses essentials oils, it’s a natural way to scent the air with the refreshing and energizing citrus aroma without having to use the synthetic chemical scents of air fresheners.
Energizing Citrus DIY Room Spray Recipe:
- 1/2 tsp alcohol (I just used rubbing alcohol)
- The alcohol is necessary because is acts as a dispersant since the essential oils and water won’t mix well together otherwise. You could also try using apple cider vinegar as well.
- Distilled water
- If you don’t have any distilled water, you could use tap water or filtered water, but distilled is best for giving the room spray a longer shelf life.
- About 10 drops of essential oils
- Since the goal of this recipe is to make a natural room spray, you want to make sure the essential oils you’re using are pure and natural too. You can learn more about the essential oils that I use here:
- 1 oz. spray bottle
- Glass is best since the recipe includes the essential oils. You can find glass spray bottles here:
Essential Oil Blends to Try:
I used a blend of lemon, orange, and bergamot essential oils for my recipe. The recipe I used was:
- 4 drops lemon
- 3 drops orange
- 3 drops bergamot
You could also try combining lemon and lime, or orange and bergamot, or even just use one single oil if that’s all you have on hand. Any citrus scent will be refreshing and energizing.
- Pour the 1/2 tsp of alcohol or apple cider vinegar into the spray bottle.
- Add the essential oils and then swirl the bottle around to mix them together well.
- Fill the bottle up the rest of the way with the distilled water.
- Before using the room spray, give the bottle a shake to make sure everything is mixed well together.
(Note: If you use the distilled water, this should keep well for several weeks. And since 1 oz is a small bottle, if you use it every day you might find that you use up the bottle before you even need to worry about the possibility of it going bad. Just like with all homemade recipes, though, keep an eye on it to make sure the appearance hasn’t changed at all and check to make sure that it still smells the same.)
What I like to do is to keep this right on the table beside my bed so all I have to do when my alarm goes off in the morning is to press the “snooze” button and grab the room spray bottle so I can mist the air with a citrus scent without even having to get up out of bed.
It’s not a miracle worker. I’m not exactly bounding out of bed bursting with energy, but it makes mornings seem just a little bit brighter and the refreshing scent is just energizing enough to make me feel a little bit more awake. And when it comes to early mornings, especially dark and cloudy early mornings, every little bit helps!