2017, hello beautiful!
Every new year, I am reminded of my intention to live a healthy, happy life. In the interest of making 2017 a spectacular year—and to combat post-holiday hibernation—I have resolved to practice yoga every day for the month of January. Treat. Yo. Self.
We do yoga to relax our minds and strengthen our bodies, but there’s something else we mustn’t forget that deserves a little TLC: our yoga mats. While there are numerous cleaners on the market, I enjoy making my own using essential oils. There’s nothing like unrolling your mat to be welcomed by a friendly aroma.
Here’s what you need:
I use an amber-colored glass bottle to hold my mixture. Amber bottles protect essential oils from being damaged by ultraviolet light, while glass ensures that any strong oils will not dissolve the bottle.
You can use any essential oils; however, it is important to use a couple with antibacterial properties, such as tea tree, peppermint, lavender, cinnamon and eucalyptus. Feel free to experiment. There is a plethora of information online regarding oil blending—it’s an artform.
This astringent toner does a wonderful job of removing sweat and oil from your mat. If you prefer, you can substitute white vinegar.
Because of the potent ingredients, water is needed to dilute the mixture.
Step 1: Fill your bottle ¾ full with water.
Step 2: Add witch hazel to the bottle, leaving a little room at the top for essential oil.
Step 3: Experiment with your oils. Keep in mind that some oils have a very strong aroma. Start with a couple drops and build up to more if needed. If you create a mixture that is too powerful, pour some out and replace with water.
My mixture: Using a 16-ounce bottle, I filled the bottle ¾ full with water and filled the remainder with witch hazel. I used the following oils:
- 6 drops lemongrass
- 8 drops lavender
- 9 drops eucalyptus
Spray the solution generously and wipe off with a towel. I promise, unrolling your mat will be a whole new experience after using this cleaner!
Light & Love,Tara