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So this year, I’m inspired to DIY much of my holiday gift-giving using one of my favorite things – essential oils! Not just any essential oils though – 100% pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils. I’ve been slightly obsessed with essential oils this year (and reusing essential oil bottles), so naturally, compiling my list of DIY holiday gift inspiration included lots of oily goodness.
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Just off-hand, though, peppermint, lavender, and frankincense are often recommended for headaches. Other oils that can help with congestion are rosemary and eucalyptus, but these should not be used with children under the age of 5 nor with pregnant mamas. The migraine recipe noted below likely would help with a sinus headache but some people might find the addition of rosemary or eucalyptus might help relieve some of the congestion faster.
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No time for baths, but love the aromatherapy benefits of bath bombs? Try shower melts! They’re a great way to add aromatherapy to your shower! Shower steamers are really very easy to make and only take a few ingredients. The basic recipe is 1 cup baking soda , 1/3 cup distilled water, and 25 drops essential oil. Yep, the recipe is very simple. I think the really fun part is choosing which fun shape you want to make and which essential oil blends to use. Find instructions here
plus you can color and scent them any way you want– Color a batch sea blue and use a lavender, lime, and spearmint essential oils for a calming and uplifting aroma that smells like a sea breeze. Or color them yellow with a mix of rosemary and lemon essential oils for an energizing scent that makes you looks forward to your morning shower. Or color them pink and use grapefruit, juniper berry, cypress, and rosemary essential oils to help improve cellulite. (more ideas for essential oil recipes on the blog) Find the recipe and step-by-step instructions here
Here’s a really easy DIY essential oil project to try. Only 3 ingredients. Melt, mix, and pour- that’s all it takes to make this fantastic essential oil soap that moisturizes, exfoliates, and soothes skin. Plus, of course, there’s a free PRINTABLE with recipes for 25 essential oil blends to customize soap that you can use for yourself, share with your team, or use as a class handout. Find the recipes here
It’s useful whenever you have to send gifts to numerous little ones at one time, to make them similar enough but different, too. Under $20 gifts are almost always acceptable for kids. You can even keep it under $10, especially if you’re gifting to other mom’s kids. With that in mind, the following kinds of Christmas gifts are really going to ignite your lucky youngster’s love for essential oils.
Dreamer, thinker, + lemon squeezer; you'll usually find me clutching a mug of coffee, glue gun, fandeck of paint colors, and a child at any given time. This mom of two (and wife to one) loves to share freshly squeezed ideas for home and family. Join the adventure as we learn most lemons can indeed become lemonade-- with generous amounts of sweetness, perspective, and love.
For that special man in your life, ditch the Barbasol and give the gift of this soothing and uplifting shaving cream. Like many other personal care products, commercial shaving cream has parabens and artificial fragrances – which can be very harmful to our health. This blend contains Eucalyptus, Peppermint, and Lavender. Get the recipe here and toss in a re-usable 4 ounce mason jar like this one.