3 Blends for a Yoga Mat Spray

by Andrea Butje on March 26, 2013

Essential oil yoga mat sprays are excellent! They not only clean your mat—they support your health, and their wonderful aromas help you keep that “yoga calm” even longer.

I made a short DIY video showing you how to make a very simple essential oil yoga mat spray. The recipe is called Calm and Clean.

Calm and Clean

10 drops Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
10 drops Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)
1 oz (30 ml) of water in spray bottle

Here are two more great yoga mat spray recipes:

Uplift and Clean

5 drops Orange (Citrus sinensis)
5 drops Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis ct. camphor)
5 drops Cardamom (Ellettaria cardamomum)
1 oz (30 ml) of water in spray bottle

Center and Clean

10 drops Frankincense (Boswellia carterii)
10 drops Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha)
1 oz (30 ml) of water in spray bottle

You can also use your spray to create a beautiful aroma in the room before you begin your yoga practice, or even during a class. Like yoga, essential oils can support the health of your body, mind and soul.

Three additional ways to use essential oils to support your yoga practice:

Diffuse: Spreading an essential oil through the air in a room is known as “diffusion.” Your options for diffusion range from simply putting a few drops of oil on some clay balls in a bowl, to using candle or electric nebulizers that diffuse the essential oil throughout a larger area.

Sore Muscle Lotion: Add essential oils to an unscented lotion and take advantage of the healing properties that relieve muscle soreness, tension and spasms. Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary and Black Spruce are a few especially effective oils for these issues.

Meditation Inhaler: Inhalers are wonderful tools to calm your nervous system and help you breathe more deeply. Frankincense, Siberian Fir and Patchouli are wonderful oils to inhale and support your meditation practice.

I recommend making a fresh batch of yoga mat cleaner (or the sore muscle lotion) every few weeks.

Which essential oils do you use in your yoga practice? Leave a comment below and tell us!

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Leslie April 25, 2017 at 1:08 am

I doubled the water amount and added Lemon Basil to the mix for a refreshing citrusy note. My yoga class enjoyed it as well.


Andrea Butje April 25, 2017 at 6:02 pm

Yay Leslie! Nice!! Isn’t it so rewarding when you share a blend and everyone loves it!


Kim January 7, 2017 at 2:39 pm

Hi Andrea,
I have a question about recipes for room sprays that use either epsom salt, vanilla, witch hazel or vodka…. I’m making room sprays for my friends who are not interested in buying all the essential oils so I make the sprays for them. Would you suggest adding any of the above mentioned products? Do recipes use those products to preserve the spray or make it linger longer? Just trying to figure out if you should use any of those things or not?
Thanks so much for sharing your incredible knowledge with us!!


Andrea Butje January 9, 2017 at 11:03 pm

Hi Kim!
Personally, I prefer not to use any preservatives in my products and simply make them fresh every few weeks or so. I love that this gives me an opportunity to change the aroma of my sprays frequently and I find it works great like that!


Michelle February 16, 2016 at 10:35 am

Should I use distilled water when making the spray? How long is the shelf life if I choose to make and sell this?


Andrea Butje February 16, 2016 at 2:40 pm

Hi Michelle – yes, distilled or filtered water is best. Water-based products without preservatives, like this yoga mat spray, have a short shelf life. Since it is hard to tell exactly when concerning microbes might begin to develop, I make this fresh every few weeks.


Michelle February 18, 2016 at 3:50 pm

What type of preservative would you recommend to give the spray a longer shelf life?


Andrea Butje February 18, 2016 at 5:43 pm

Creating products with a preservative system is a complex chemical process, which depends on many factors including pH, temperature, the container you use, the amount of water in the blend, and the chemical composition of all the other ingredients in your blend. This type of formulating goes beyond the scope of what we teach at Aromahead. I would suggest to make this blend fresh every few weeks so you don’t need a preservative, or you can take a class all about preservatives from Joan Morais here: http://www.joanmorais.com/online-classes/fundamental-basics-of-product-making-gmp-preserving-developing-producing/


Lisa V June 28, 2013 at 1:59 pm

So glad I found this! Way better than cleaning workout surfaces with Chlorox Wipes! Thank you!


Jenny O. June 24, 2013 at 8:36 am

Thank you for this video! Have been looking to make my own mat cleaner, rather than rely on my studio’s one spray bottle after class. The tea tree version is a standard in my life (and what I pass on to my students), so I am very excited to try the orange-rosemary-cardamom recipe (orange is my favourite oil!).


Kandice Smith June 20, 2013 at 10:12 am

I have been interested in making a yoga mat cleaner for a while now. I’ve seen some wipes in stores, but I feel a sense a pride when I make my own products. Feels very very special! Thank you for sharing!


Andrea Butje June 20, 2013 at 10:15 am

Yay! Great to hear!


Dolly Rentel June 19, 2013 at 8:51 pm

I tried your blend last week. It´s great. Thanks for sharing.


Andrea Butje June 19, 2013 at 8:52 pm

Dolly-thanks for letting me know-so glad you liked it!!


Liz Peterson June 19, 2013 at 8:06 pm

Both of my kids go to lots of yoga classes. I love that there are choices of mat sprays for different situations/moods. Thanks!


Liz Fulcher April 7, 2013 at 7:43 pm

Such a great blend! I'm not a big yoga practitioner myself, but have a lot of friends who are. I will be sure to recommend this spray!


Jose March 28, 2013 at 5:30 pm

Thank you very much for the tips, the aromas help me a lot also when I meditate, associate the sense of smell gives me better results.


Andrea Butje March 28, 2013 at 5:31 pm

Thanks Jose! I agree!


Dorine Doyle King March 26, 2013 at 9:50 am

Thanks Andrea — I love your videos. I bet this will work as a shower cleaner too.


Andrea Butje March 26, 2013 at 9:52 am

What a great idea to use as a shower cleaner, I love that! 🙂


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