The holidays are a truly magical time of year, but buying that perfect present for every single family member and close friend can be overwhelming! When you add in your child’s teachers, extended family, and your favourite coworkers, it’s sometimes a wonder you can make it through the holidays without completely emptying your bank account and losing your mind.
The holidays should be a time of celebration and thanks, not stress and chaos. Using essential oils to strategically create personal, thoughtful gifts can be a major time and money saver to help you regain your sense of holiday Zen. And of course, it doesn’t hurt that you can take pride in delivering gifts that will be used for a host of authentic and natural purposes rather than being stuffed into the back of a closet and never seen again.
If you’re a lover of essential oils, use the holidays as a time to spread their magic to others and save yourself some money and anxiety in the process!
For the Moms and Dads in Your Life: All-Purpose Healing Balm
When it comes to raising a family, safe and effective medicines are so important but often hard to find. If you know a few parents who would appreciate an natural healing balm that works naturally to disinfect and moisturise, then this recipe is going to be like gold for you this holiday season.
All-Purpose Healing Balm protects, disinfects, and moisturises while simultaneously reducing inflammation. It’s a miracle for diaper rash, burns, insect bites, chapped lips, dry skin, wounds, and even eczema. The essential oils packed inside will calm the senses and restore tissue while also smelling irresistible. It’s the balm that children will actually beg to have. Dress this recipe in a decorative mason jar, whip up a cute label, and you have yourself a unique gift that’s sure to be appreciated.
• Four 4-ounce glass mason jars for the final product
• 1 quart mason jar for melting
To heat oils and beeswax in the 1 quart mason jar, fill a large saucepan halfway with warm water, set burner to low/medium, and place mason jar in the saucepan. Stir with a knife every few minutes until melted.
Meanwhile, add the essential oils and vitamin E oil to each of the jars.
When the first set of ingredients have melted, fill each jar to within a half inch of the rim and quickly mix to distribute oils. Let the jars cool until the salve hardens, but cover with a paper towel to protect from dust and bugs! Secure lids tightly and decorate jar to your liking.
For the Spa Lovers in Your Life…Homemade Lavender Coconut Oil Salt Scrub
Air Conditioning in the summer season sends skin into an unpleasant cycle of itchiness, dryness, and sensitivity that’s hard to kick. For those people in your life who value skincare and enjoy pampering themselves, make this lavender coconut oil salt scrub so that they can indulge themselves without the cost of a spa treatment.
The Epsom salt in this recipe is a powerhouse of health benefits because its minerals can alleviate muscle pain, reduce swelling, exfoliate the skin, and even serve as a mood lifter. When you add coconut oil and lavender essential oil to this blend, there’s nothing it can’t do for the skin! It’s a perfect holiday gift to show you care.
• 2 cups coconut oil
• 1 cup Epsom salt
• 20 drops lavender oil
• Decorative mason jars for gifting
Add ingredients in a small bowl and mix until well combined. Divvy up into mason jars and seal the lid tightly. You could even be extra helpful and attach a small description of the health benefits of Epsom salt, coconut oil, and lavender oil!
For the Kids in Your Life… Homemade Aromatherapy Play Dough
If there’s one thing kids are bound to love, it’s a gift that they can tear into, rip apart, and mould to the ideas in their own imagination. Though homemade play dough is nothing new, aromatherapy play dough takes a classic kids activity and adds scientifically-proven health benefits into the mix for a gift that parents with appreciate and kids will L-O-V-E.
• 1 cup all-purpose flour
• ½ cup salt
• 2 tsp cream of tartar
• 1 cup water
• 1.5 tbsp coconut or olive oil
• Food colouring of choice
• 6-8 drops of lemon/lavender/sweet orange/peppermint essential oils
Mix flour, salt, and cream of tartar in an unheated sauce pan, then add water, cooking oil, and food colouring until smooth. Heat on medium-low and stir until the play dough forms a ball of the correct consistency. Remove from heat, cool for 4 minutes, and knead in essential oils of your choice. Package the play dough in a child-friendly air-tight container with a label. A few great essential oils blends to use include sweet orange and peppermint for concentration, or lemon and lime for an uplifting citrus scent.
With so many incredible, homemade, and natural gift choices available using essential oils, you can have yourself the most cheer-filled holiday season yet!