DIY Essential Oil Gifts
No matter how hard we prepare for the holidays, it always seems like there is so much to get done. I still haven’t put on my apron to mix up the flour, sugar, and eggs even having a holiday gathering tonight. I know it will get done, I’m just here slathering on the Stress Away and taking care of one thing at a time. I take pleasure in baking and cooking for my family and friends, specially around the holidays. I find my time in the kitchen is where I can put my love and kindness into food and treats that all can enjoy, which are things that I have picked up from several matrons in my family.
Growing up as a little girl, I always helped my grandmothers bake cookies for Christmas and other holidays that we celebrate. My Baba has several Ukraine recipes that we cherish and are important to us in our family, my favorite are the cream cheese filled cookies. They are a special cookie that many people in our family look forward to eating for dessert. My Nana would always bring a tin of her famous sugar cookies for each family to take home. These special traditions are memories that help me remember the love my grandmothers had for our family. I understand that it took them time to bake all the cookies that brought joy to our family celebrations, because they loved us they spent the time preparing batch after batch. As our family grows in generations, I want our traditions to continue for my nieces and nephews and one day my children too. Growing up, I have seen time and time again, how people cherish a special handmade treat together. I do spend time in the kitchen baking and cooking, to be honest I actually love trying to replicate my grandmother's recipes so that those special tastes we all remember come to fruition.
These things are all important to me and my values of family stay strong, but as I learn about how to take care of myself through healthy eating, exercise, and natural products, I have seen a transition in where I spend my time before the holidays. I make enough desserts for the gathering and I do not go overboard, because now we eat these things moderation. Over the last three years, along with the Christmas cookies, I also love sharing my essential oils with all of my friends and family.
Christmas is about celebrating the birth of Jesus and his love, it’s about giving and helping others, and spreading kindness and joy. One thing that I love most about Christmas is giving to others without expecting anything in return. I have found that that is truly what my grandmothers have should me through my lifetime with them. They just wanted to give so much to there family because of the love they had, and they showed that through many things. They always brought little joys into our lives. I have found now on this wellness journey that I can do that through essential oils too. For many years, I would gift small cookie boxes for my colleague and bring trays of cookies to my family gathering because of how important traditions are to me, but the last few years I have created gifts that will support my friends and family’s wellness.
Now on the last day of school, before winter break and at family gatherings, I have given out various essential oil infused self-care goodies. I am on this journey because for 25 years of my life, all the products that I used on my body for “self care” were full of chemicals, so its my passion to share knowledge on this lifestyle and share handmade, chemical free, products infused with essential oils. (Read about How Young Living Changed Our Lives)
What kills me the most, is that information is so accessible these days. We can research right from our phones, we can scan products, google ingredients, read about studies, and the list goes on. To become informed about chemicals and products that change our body negatively and impacts our health is so easily available to us, if we just look. What made me invest in this lifestyle and sharing with others is that I have learned the risks and effects of the chemicals, and I have also learned about better options. It was scary to learn that products I used in the passed were full of ingredients linked cancer and cause toxicity of organs in the immune system, respiratory system, and the endocrine system — which disrupts our hormones causing biochemical changes at cellular levels. Wow, this is why I’m here today and at any opportunity to share DIY recipes and products that could be used in place of traditional products I do.
There are so many chemicals to avoid when choosing products, to put into perspective — an average women using traditional products may apply over 300 chemicals before they leave for work— and I was definitely one of them. As I reflect on the first century of my life, it was very eye opening to get started with Young Living through buying the Premium Starter Kit. I have become very good at reading labels, and I urge you to start. Become aware of what you are using and the ingredients in your products. I now use Young Living essential oils and products too because I looked at my products. Here is what I have learned, you want to check your labels and specifically the ingredients because companies do not need to be transparent with us. For example, companies are able to list fragrance, as an umbrella term, in place of several chemicals used in the product due to labeling policies that have not been changed for decades. Fragrance filled products were the first to go in our house. Young Living has helped my family greatly by creating product that are free from: formaldehyde, synthetics, dyes, phthalates, fragrance, parabens, aminophenol, diaminobenzene, phenylenediamine, petrochemicals and many more toxic chemicals. Another scary thing I learned when doing a little research, is that these chemicals can also be listed with synonyms on labels. Companies are not straightforward with ingredients they are putting in their products and most often they use terms that the majority of people are unfamiliar with so that we still buy the product. When starting to learn about all of this, I used the EWG website and simple started searching ingredients. EWG shared ingredients and synonyms to avoid in your products.
Because of using our Young Living community and personal research, I do not buy products in the store any more. Young Living takes all the guesswork out of my personal care and cleaning products. With their Seed to Seal Promise and their years of integrity, they are the one company that I trust. When making my DIY products, I check ingredients of all base and carrier oils such as: all of my vegetable oils, Shea butter, Cocoa butter, Citric Acid, and Beeswax. I want these items to be organic and chemical free too, so that when I am adding my essential oils I am still benefiting from a clean product.
To share my love of a clean, chemical free products, I take time thought out the year to give friends and family simple, affordable, and beneficial DIY products that I know they will use for beauty and self-care. Around the holidays, it’s such an easy way to say Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to those that you appreciate all year.
Here are a few of my top homemade DIY products to gift around the holidays:
1.Whipped Body Butter:
One of my favorite DIY products to make at home is the lavender cocoa body butter, the smell is just irresistible. I also fell in love with this recipe because I always needed support on my irritated, dry skin. As a teacher, I constantly wash my hands to avoid the germs from the kids at school and I struggled with the chronic use of chemicals. When I found this body butter to replace toxic lotion my skin thanked me. The body butter is a a perfect product that can be used from head to toes. The ingredients used nourishes the skin and supports healthy skin. I fell in love with this product about two years ago, my sister had a make and take where I was able to try the body butter. For the last two years, I never took the time to make it on my own because I thought it was hard. Guess what, I finally made it on my own. I told myself in the beginning of December that I was making the body butter for my colleagues this Christmas. Thursday night, I got all the ingredients out and I realized the recipe is so simple! Don't be afraid of making this product because you’ll miss out on a very yummy product that you and others will love.
Ingredients for Whipped Body Butter:
Young Living Essential Oils such as Lavender and Peppermint
¼ cup Shea Butter
¼ cup Cocoa Butter
½ cup Coconut Oil (solid)
½ cup almond oil or grapeseed oil
Double broiler (or use a pot of water and a glass measuring cup)
Glass Jars- I typically use 2 ounce or 4 ounce, check out my supply page to see what I have found!
Directions for Whipped Body Butter:
First set up your double broiler with water or set up your pot of water and hang a glass measuring cup inside, turn the heat on low to medium heat so that you can first melt down some ingredients. While using the double broiler or measuring cup, first melt down your Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, and Coconut Oil. They may melt all together in the measuring cup. It’s important to stir regularly and keep off high heat, do not boil these ingredient, allow them to melt slowly. Once they are melted, remove from the heat. I actually pour the ingredients into a new mixing bowl because so it's easier to whip with the mixer later.
In the mixing bowl, add about 20 drops of Lavender essential oil, grapeseed oil, and vitamin E. Once all ingredients are added, place the mixing bowl in the refrigerator to solidify. I personally check on the cream to make sure it's coming along. Once the ingredients solidify, your going to use a mixer to whip the ingredients. If the cream becomes too hard, just set on the counter to soften before mixing. I have found that the cream doesn’t have to be hardened completely to create a perfect body butter. When I made the body butter on Thursday, it wasn’t completely solid, I was able to stir it around in the mixing bowl. I decided to try the electric mixer on the refrigerated cream and it turned into a wonderful whipped butter. Once whipped to a fluffy butter you can transfer it into glass jars by using a spoon or butter knife. I do a lot of my shopping on amazon, you will notice a few jars that I typically buy all listed on my supply page.
Once I transfer the body butter into the jars, I seal them tight, then decorate them for the occasion. I tied Christmas ribbon around the lid and added labels the jars for all to learn about using essential oils.
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, I was so wrong again. I found it to be the easiest DIY to make! I am so glad that I decided to give it a go for the first time this year.
Ingredients for Essential Oil Lip Balm:
Young Living Peppermint and Lavender Essential Oils
1 Tablespoon Grape Seed Oil or Almond Oil
1 Tablespoon solid Coconut Oil
1 ½ Tablespoon Beeswax
1 Tablespoon Shea Butter
1 Tablespoon Cocoa Butter
Double Broiler (or use a pot of water and with a glass measuring cup)
Lip balm tubes orlip balm tins
Directions for Essential Oil Lip Balm:
First, set up your double broiler or pot of water with a hanging glass measuring cup. Then your going to melt down the solid Coconut Oil, Beeswax, Shea Butter, and Cocoa Butter to liquid form, it's important to be patient with this step and let them melt down slowly with occasional stirring. Once they are melted, I quickly add ad stir in the Grapeseed Oil and essential oils. I typically use Lavender or Peppermint in my lip balm recipe, but there are many other combinations that would work. For this recipe, I use about 20 drops of essential oil total. I often test the potency of the lip balm by spooning out a sample to test on my lips, if more essential oils is needed just add the extra drops needed. While still in liquid form, I pour the lip balm into tins. I leave the cap off and let them sit to cool and solidify. Once the lip balm has harden for finishing touches, I cap and label them with decorative vinyl or stickers.
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 that support healthy skin and blood circulation, which supports healthy cell regeneration. I simply add this self-care step to my shower routine and I am amazed by the results of a product that is so easy to make. Immediately after I use the scrub I feel the softens it leaves behind. 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 and moisturize.
Ingredients for Sugar Scrub:
Young Living Lavender and Peppermint Essential Oils
1 1/1 cup organic sugar (brown or white sugar or Himalayan sea salt as an alternative)
¼ cup carrier oil such as Coconut Oil, Grape seed Oil, or Almond Oil
Directions for Sugar Scrub:
You simply combine sugar and carrier oil in a mixing bowl. You want this blend to be like wet sand consistency, but truly it is to your desire. If you feel you need more carrier because it's too dry, add it. If you feel the blend is to wet, add more sugar. It’s that simple. Once I stir these together, I actually spoon the mixture into small glass jars then I add the essential oils to the jars directly. I put about 6 drops of essential oils into 2 ounce jars. Once I add the essential oils to the combination, I put the cap on and shake the ingredients together. There are a variety of essential oils that support skin, I typically use lavender, peppermint, cinnamon, lemon, orange, stress away, and tea tree in any combination. When gifting a sugar scrub, I often avoid using citrus oils because of needed to explain safety of photosensitivity. I typically use use peppermint or lavender because both are easy for all people to use safely. Once essential oils are added, cap is sealed, I label with ingredients and directions for friends and family.
4. Wellness Chest Rub
There are so many ways to use essential oils to support health and wellness during the year and this is just one of them. I found that many people experience the need to support their breathing during the winter and to help my friends and family with an all natural chest rub instead of a chemical, synthetic option is empowering. It’s also a great way for people sample the power and use of essential oils.
Ingredients for Wellness Chest Rub:
Young Living Essential Oils such as Raven, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Lavender, and RC
¼ Shea Butter
½ solid Organic Coconut Oil
Directions for Chest Rub:
First set up the double broiler or if you don’t have one, simply hang a glass measuring up over a pot of water. Your going to create the base by meriting the Shea Butter and Organic Coconut Oil over medium heat, be patient and let them melt slowly, its important that these do not boil. I also stir them constantly as they begin to liquify. Once they are in liquid form, I remove from heat and pour the blend into a mixing bowl to add the essential oils. I typically add about 20 to 30 drops of essential oils when making the heat rub for adults, and I use proper dilution for a chest rub for children. Raven, Lemon, Thieves, Peppermint, Lavender, Eucalyptus, and RC, are all various essential oils that have wellness supporting properties for the respiratory and immune system. Once I add the essential oils and blend together, I put the mixing bowl in the refrigerator to bring back to solid form. When the cream has solidified in the refrigerator, I remove and let it soften slightly at room temperature to make using the electric mixer easier. Once softened, I use the electric hand mixer to whip the blend into a fluffy cream. Lately, I use a butter knife or spatula to transfer the chest rub into the desired glass jars. I like to use 2 ounce glass jars from amazon. When the chest rub is transferred into all the glass jars, I seal them with the lids and label them with ingredients and directions.
5. Christmas Spirit Room Spray
Room sprays are so easy to put together and require only a few ingredients, making them an affordable gift that all people will put to good use in their house. The easiest place to use room sprays would be in the bathroom, and everyone everyone has a bathroom in their house. One easy way to eliminate fragrance filled products in my home was creating DIY products with essential oils to purify and freshen the air, such as room sprays. Instead of using candles and air fresheners in our house and bathrooms, we have come up with various ways, such as room sprays, diffusing, and reed diffusers. I have several of these ideas explained on previous blogs, be sure to check them out too.
Ingredients for Room Spray:
2 oz glass spray bottle
15 drops of Young Living Essential Oils
1 teaspoon Thayer Witch Hazel
2 oz Distilled Water
Directions for Room Spray:
First, I drop essential oils to the 2 oz glass spray bottle. Around the winter holidays, I like to use Christmas Spirit Essential Oil, but you could simply use any essential oil that you enjoy. Thieves, Lemon, Orange, Cinnamon, Purification, Citrus Fresh are all great essential oils for making room spray. I typically put anywhere from 10- 20 drops of essential oils into a 2 oz spray bottle, change the total of drops depending on how strong you are looking for your room spray. Next, I add about 1 teaspoon or a dash of Thayers Witch Hazel. Then fill the rest of the spray bottle with distilled water. Put the spray top on the bottle and label with decorative sticker or vinyl.
6. Essential Oil Roller
Rollers are a convenient way to apply essential oils topically, meaning directly on the skin. Essential Oils are absorbed quickly through the skin, reaching our circulatory system and every cell. Because some essential oils are powerful, its suggested that some are diluted with carrier oil — fractionated coconut oil or almond oil are a few good examples— so putting them in a roller bottle makes it easier and safer to use on the go.
I’m adding this on the list of Top DIY gifts this year because this is a great way to introduce essential oils to your friends and family, and you can customize a roller recipe to support specific needs. To learn more details about using essential oils and rollers, I wrote an entire blog back in the summer where I also explained all of my favorite recipes. During my holiday gifting, I thought that three recipes were very appropriate for the time of year and the holiday, I made Wellness Rollers, Stress Away Rollers, and Energy/ Head Tension Rollers to add to the gift sets.
Days leading up to the holidays, the last thing that you want is to be under the wellness line. In order to actually enjoy time with family and friends, being well and healthy is important, no one can enjoy the holiday when feeling yucky. The wellness roller can be used every day to help keep cooties away and supporting the immune system. As we get close to the holidays, it brings on long nights and lots of stress, both things work against your immune system. There is no better time to use your wellness roller then when under stress from everyday demands and prepared to be in close quarters with a lot of family. More people around means more yuck, thieves and lemon are two essential oils that will support your body this holiday season.
With all of those things, Stress Away is also an essential oil that can be very beneficial during the holiday season. For many people the holidays can be very stressful, the to-do list that keeps going, gifts, cooking, baking, in-laws, travel, the list goes on and on. Stress Away is and essential oil that does exactly what they name says, its a vacation in a bottle.
The last essential oil roller that I gifted this year was the Energy or Head Tension Roller which is made from peppermint essential oil. I thought this would be very supportive for those again needing support from the holidays.Whether it's the busy schedule, the in-laws, or too much drinking that causes the head tension, peppermint essential oil is still a very versatile essential oil.
Ingredients forEssential Oil Rollers:
Young Living Essential Oils
5 ml to 10 ml of Fractionated Coconut Oil
Directions to make Essential Oil Rollers:
First, grab your empty roller bottle. I typically use 5 ml or 10 ml roller bottles. Add the essential oils to the bottle first then fill up the rest of the bottle with your carrier oil of choice. I love fractionated coconut oil, grape seed, or even olive oil. Once the bottle is filled, then put the roller ball on top. If gifting, I label and provide instructions on how to use the roller safely. I have a lot more tips and tricks for making roller bottles, to get some more ideas read my Essential Oil Roller Recipes blog.
Wellness Roller - Thieves & Lemon Essential Oil + Carrier Oil
Stress Away Roller- Stress Away Essential Oil + Carrier Oil
Head Tension / Energy - Peppermint Essential Oil + Carrier Oil
When gifting rollers, I always try to keep the recipes simple so that when they ask about which essential oils I use it's a simple answer, again if your making your own rollers be sure to look at more details on my blog.
These are six of my favorite, natural DIY recipes that I used this year to create very cute gift sets for family and friends. I always add holiday ribbon and stickers to make the gift look decorated for the season, whether you're making these for Christmas or saving this blog for Easter, birthdays, or shower gifts, they always turn out to be the perfect gesture that all will love. Don’t be hesitant in getting the supplies for the natural body butters or chest rubs, I’m telling you the truth, these are the easiest gifts to make and your friends will enjoy them. No matter how last minute you are in making these, they are going to turn out perfect. All of the supplies that I use are listed on my supply page for you to reference, remember if you have questions or need help getting your essential oils reach out to me using the contact page.
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