Natural Health & Everyday Wellness...
DIY Essential Oil Gifts
No matter how hard we prepare for the holidays, it always seems like there is so much to get done. Gifting is a particularly stressful venture for most of us. In this era there are so many different options for gifting, but so few of them are original. Further, few of them are actually products that I feel comfortable using.
This is where I value to concept of DIY gifts. You know exactly what ingredients you are "giving" in your gift. What could be better around the holidays or special events than a promotion of natural health. After all, switching to natural products and essential oils changed our lives!
A World of Information... and Misinformation
Before we get to the recipes, allow me to discuss an important concept regarding transparency and availability of information. In the modern era information is so very accessible. Some good. Some bad. Some in between. It is very difficult to discover the difference between truth and malicious propaganda.
I am by no means a conspiracy theorist and I do not mean to sound that way. The difficulty is that most large companies are primarily interested in generating a revenue stream. When they hear health, they think money. That is just the way most organizations are able to grow. Who could blame them? Well, perhaps there are reasons not to be so empathetic to these corporate giants.
Companies are able to list fragrance as a generalized umbrella term, instead of being required to list each chemical individually on their labeling. Some of the most common villains hiding in everyday products are: formaldehyde, synthetics, dyes, phthalates, fragrance, parabens, aminophenol, diaminobenzene, phenylenediamine, and petrochemicals. This is not good stuff people! Please do not keep using these store-bought products on or in your body!
For these seeking further information on a particular product such as a household cleaner, please utilize the EWG website to search some of the items in your home. Be prepared for what you might discover. For those of you who have a regular cosmetic product that you like to use, please search for it here! You might quickly learn (as did I originally) that several of your go-to products are laden with potential health risks.
There is when I became motivated to share information with others on my transition to a more natural lifestyle. Initially, it was scary to learn about the products I used regularly and the list full of ingredients that might be linked cancer, organ toxicity, respiratory dysfunction, and disruption of the endocrine system. Knowing this, I am happy to share any DIY recipes that I can to avoid this list of potential adverse effects.
To put things further into perspective consider this: an average woman using traditional products may apply over 300 chemicals before they even leave for work. I used to be one of them! I have become very good at reading labels, and I urge you to start as well. Honestly, the EWG site is one of my go-to resources for learning about each product's list of ingredients. Please gradually increase your awareness to what ingredients you are introducing to your body.
For complete transparency, and to further facilitate removal of harmful ingredients in my life, I purchased a premium starter kit from Young Living. Young Living has facilitated an environment of transparency and allows me to have confidence in their products with their Seed to Seal Promise. Further, they have been around for a long time and have millions of loyal followers!
I was originally not the "homemade" or "do-it-yourself" type. This was true until I learned about essential oils and how they would impact my life! Now I am hooked and would love to share some great occasional or holiday DIY gift ideas.
Here is a list of my favorite homemade gifts for the holidays or a special occasion:
1. Whipped Body Butter
One of my favorite homemade ideas is lavender cocoa body butter. The smell is irresistible. This simple recipe has supported my irritated, dry skin. With constant handwashing (a hazard of being a schoolteacher) dry skin is seemingly always around. The ingredients nourish the skin and supports healthy integument*. It is much easier to make than you might think!
Ingredients for the body butter:
2. Essential Oil Lip Balm
This was also a big hit this year and I can not believe how easy it is to make your own Essential Oil Lip Balm. To be honest, until this year it was a DIY product that avoided because I thought it would be very time consuming. Guess what, its' not!
Ingredients for Essential Oil Lip Balm:
3. Sugar Scrub
I have been making sugar scrubs for a long time now. They are super easy to put together and a very effective, natural, way to support your skin! If you’re looking for an inexpensive way to give a lot of people a small gift to say thank you, this is it.
Sugar scrubs can be used on the entire body from heels to lips with various essential oils. I often add this self-care step to my shower routine and I am amazed by the results. I use the scrub on my legs, feet, elbows and upper arms to gently exfoliate pores and soften the skin. It’s a perfect product from summer through winter to hydrate.
Ingredients for Sugar Scrub:
4. Wellness Chest Rub
I found that many people experience the need to support their breathing during the colder months (folks of the northern climate). This is a great option for introducing people to the power of essential oils.
Ingredients for Wellness Chest Rub:
5. Christmas Spirit Room Spray
Room sprays are so easy to put together and require only a few ingredients. They make for an affordable gift that all people can put to good use in their home. The easiest place to use room sprays would be in the bathroom. One of the easiest ways to eliminate fragrance filled products in my home was creating DIY room sprays.
Ingredients for Room Spray:
6. Essential Oil Rollers
Rollers are a convenient way to apply essential oils topically. Essential Oils are absorbed quickly through the skin. Some essential oils are potent so it is suggested that some are diluted with carrier oil. Please exercise proper safety and caution.
Ingredients for Essential Oil Rollers:
Well, there you have it. My six favorite, natural DIY recipes. I have been using these to create cute gifts for family and friends for any and all occasions. The feedback from those who have received these has been awesome!
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