Hey friends! I’m back with another essential oils post (my first one is all about essential oil safety tips), and this time I’m sharing something I’m really excited about: homemade yoga mat spray! I have been needing a good yoga mat spray but that’s hard to find around here, unless it’s full of artificial fragrance and things that I don’t really want on my mat. Since I teach PiYo several times a week with my favorite mat, I want to keep it fresh and I want it to last a long time.
This DIY Calming Yoga Mat Spray recipe is made to fill a 3 ounce spray bottle like the one I have in the photos, but you can double this or even triple it if you want a bigger batch or if you want to fill more than one small bottle. Hint: this would make a super fun DIY gift for your fitness pals!
Here are the details on this spray:
- Tea tree oil: stimulating, invigorating
- Lavender oil: calming, relaxing (I used the Earthly Elements lavender oil from Nature’s Bounty®)
- Vodka: dispersant
- Distilled water: dilutes the dispersant and essential oils for safe use without the minerals and chemicals found in tap water
I did a little research on how to get essential oils to disperse in water since as we all know, oil and water don’t mix. Mixing essential oils with a carrier oil poses no problem, but of course you don’t want to spray oil all over your yoga mat. If you try to just mix essential oils and water together, the oils will gather at the top of your water (far away from the spray tube at the bottom) and you will be left with a spray that doesn’t work.
Alcohol (in this case vodka) acts as a dispersant for essential oils in water, so you can easily mix up a yoga mat spray that actually works. Glycerin works as a dispersant, too, but I decided not to use that since it would make your mat sticky over time. Vodka works perfectly here since it is typically 40% alcohol (which is enough for this purpose) and it has virtually no smell. Plus, it’s cheap: you can get enough to make several bottles of mat spray for less than $2.
If you are averse to buying or using vodka, you can use rubbing alcohol, it just smells pretty bad and might mask the scent of your essential oils. The alcohol will dissipate after you spray it on your mat so your mat won’t smell like alcohol – just calming lavender! The tea tree oil has such a potent smell you really want to make sure you don’t over-do the tea tree oil in this mix or that is all you will smell.
DIY Calming Yoga Mat Spray
Makes 3 fluid ounces of spray
- 2 Tablespoons vodka (80 proof or higher)
- 1-2 drops tea tree oil
- 8 drops lavender essential oil
- 4 Tablespoons distilled water
- Measure out the vodka into a small 3 ounce spray bottle
- Carefully add the tea tree oil and lavender oil to the bottle, close the lid and shake to mix
- Open the bottle and add the distilled water to the bottle and shake well to mix again
- Keep your bottle in a dark place or store in a dark bottle
- Shake to mix well each time before spraying your mat
- Don’t forget to label your bottle!
You can replace the lavender oil in this spray with your favorite essential oils or a combo of several of your favorites. For example, if you want an uplifting and energizing mat spray, opt for grapefruit, lemon, and or peppermint essential oils.