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Natural Essential Oil Wipes 

These fantastic wipes are easy to make, and can be personalized for different uses by using essential oils that have different properties. Whether you use them for cleaning-up messes, disinfecting surfaces, or to help yourself feel refreshed, there is certain to be an essential oil or blend that will help you create the perfect wipes!

Ingredients Needed:

  1. Unscented Liquid Soap Base (1/2 tsp.): This can be an unscented bath or shower gel, handsoap, or dishsoap.
  2. Carrier Oil (1 tsp.): Some oils that work well are olive oil, jojoba oil, and sweet almond oil. Other types of vegetable oils with different properties can be substituted, depending on the desired use of the wipes. 
  3. Essential oils (2-3 drops): These not only give your wipes their own unique scent, they also add the benefits of that essential oil to your wipes. Some essential oils that can be used for different purposes are:
    1. Anti-microbial: cinnamon bark, cypress, helichrysum, jasmine, lavender, lemongrass, Melaleuca ericifolia, melissa, myrrh, palmarosa, pine, rosemary, rosewood, sage, thyme, or a blend of anti-microbial oils.
    2. Disinfectant: grapefruit, lemon and sage.
    3. Calming: bergamot, cedarwood, clary sage, jasmine, lavender, Melaleuca ericifolia, myrrh, onycha (benzoin), tangerine, western red cedar and ylang ylang.
    4. Alertness: basil, lemon, peppermint and rosemary.
    5. Refreshing: western red cedar, peppermint and spearmint.
    6. Moisturizing: davana, geranium, jasmine, lavender, lemon, neroli, patchouli, Roman chamomile, rosewood and sandalwood.
  4. Water (1/2 cup)
  5. Paper Towels (6 square sheets, or 12 small rectangle sheets): Bounty brand paper towels, or a similar generic brand work really well for these wipes. You may wish to experiment with other types of paper towels as well to find one that works well for you.
  6. Zip-top bag or other air-tight container to store your wipes in: A one-quart size bag works well for this recipe.

Instructions:

  1. Mix 1/2 tsp. soap base, 1 tsp. carrier oil, and 2-3 drops essential oil thoroughly in a small bowl.
  2. Add 1/2 cup water and mix thoroughly into mixture.
  3. Cut or tear 6 square sheets of paper towel into quarters (so you now have 24 small squares—if your paper towel is the type that comes in small rectangles, cut or tear the 12 small rectangle sheets in half so you have 24 small squares). Place the paper towels into the zip-top bag or other air-tight container.
  4. Pour the essential oil mixture over the paper towels in the bag or container. Seal the bag or container and let sit until the liquid mixture has soaked evenly through the paper towels. 
  5. Your wipes are now ready to use! Take one or more wipes as desired from the bag or container, being sure to seal the container afterwards so the remaining wipes do not dry out. If the wipes are to be used on the skin, avoid using around the eyes or other sensitive areas of the body. 

For some ideas on different synergistic oil blends that could be used to make these wipes, the book, Essential Oils Integrative Medical Guide, by D. Gary Young, ND, contains some excellent blend recipes for many different purposes. These blends include an antibacterial blend, an antimicrobial blend, an antiseptic blend, a clarity blend, a headache blend, and many others.

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