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Among their other assorted benefits, essential oils can be a fantastic addition to your yoga ritual. A room freshener mist helps set the mood before you practice (and makes the indoor winter air feel a little less stuffy), and a yoga mat spray can keep your mat clean when your practice is over. And best of all, a homemade essential oil mist or mat spray makes a great holiday gift!

If you’re interested in learning more about essential oils, Keene Yoga Center offers a free Essential Oils 101 workshop with Kelly Gorsuch every Thursday from 6:00 to 7:00 PM.

Room Freshener Mist

What you’ll need:

A clean 4 or 8 ounce spray bottle

Distilled water

Witch hazel

About 10-15 drops of your essential oils of choice

Fill your spray bottle about ¼ of the way with witch hazel, and then fill the rest with water, leaving some space at the top for your oil blend. Add the essential oils, and shake to combine. Let it rest for a few minutes to let everything meld together, then your mist is ready to use!

Some blend ideas:

RELAXING : 10 drops of Lavender essential oil, 5 drops of Eucalyptus essential oil

MOOD BOOSTING: 5 drops of Clary Sage essential oil, 5 drops of Wild Orange essential oil

REFRESHING: 5 drops Lemon essential oil, 5 drops Rosemary essential oil, 5 drops

Peppermint essential oil

…But feel free to try your own combinations! Mist your room freshener in the air before or after your yoga practice, or spritz on towels, clothes and bedding for a little boost.

Yoga Mat Spray

What you’ll need:

A clean 2 or 4 ounce spray bottle

Distilled water

Witch hazel

5 drops of Eucalyptus, Peppermint or Tea Tree essential oil

5 drops of Lemongrass, Lavender, or Lemon essential oil

Fill your spray bottle about ⅓ of the way with witch hazel. Fill the rest of the bottle with water, leaving some space at the top for your oils. Add 5 drops of each of your two chosen oils (10 drops total), and shake to combine. Spritz on your mat after practice and wipe with a damp washcloth. This can be a nice way to close out your yoga ritual, and a great-smelling end to your practice!

Written by Grace Martin

GraceMartinis a library assistant and aspiring writer who loves food, fiber arts, and reading any book she can get her hands on. She was drawn to yoga in early 2017, and enjoys incorporating aspects of meditation and ritual into her practice. She has lived in Keene for the past two years.

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