Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Healing Holiday Gift Making

There are certain people on your holiday gift list who are special. You know and love them well. You hear about their successes as well as stressful times. They listen to you too. These are the people who have your back and improve your life. And the holiday season is a great time to help your loved ones improve their lives.

People are so different and have varying concerns. Here are some gift ideas that help with beauty, mood, and healing physical ills. Mix and match products in gift bags or baskets to help with a variety of healing and grooming needs.

Below are easy to follow guidelines to make Shampoos, Conditioners, Misters, Bath Salts, Massage Oils, Lotions, and Pure Essential oil blends (for diffusing or home crafting). Choosing your scents will most likely be the hardest part. So before getting to the recipe guidelines here is some information to help you pick which essential oil or oils you would like to craft with. Come to one of my Gift Making Parties to learn a lot more! Here is the link to the Nov. 30th Party and Here is the Link to the Dec. 14th Party.

Essential Oils to use in Skin Care: Some of my favorites are Lavender, Geranium, Mandarin, Carrot Seed and Patchouli . (Click here to learn about dozens of essential oils and base oils to heal skin).

 Essential Oils to use in Hair Care:

Hair Growth: Rosemary, Clary Sage, Ylang Ylang, Patchouli, Grapefruit
Shine: Lemongrass, Rosemary
Oily Hair and Scalp: Lemon, Lime, Grapefruit, Orange, Teatree
Dry Hair and Scalp: Balsam Peru, Patchouli, Frankincense, Lavender

Some Essential Oils to use for Mood Enhancement

Happiness: Orange, Grapefruit, Cinnamon, Clove, Peppermint, Balsam Peru, Clary Sage

Confidence: Orange, Bergamot, Ylang Ylang, Jasmine, Neroli
Concentration & Alertness: Peppermint, Spearmint, Rosemary, Basil, Thyme, Lemon
Relaxation: Lavender, Geranium, Mandarin, Roman & German Chamomiles, Ylang Ylang
Meditation:Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Frankincense, Patchouli, Juniper Berry, Lemom
Sleep Enhancement: Lavender, Mandarin, Roman Chamomile, Valerian
Holiday Mood: Peppermint, Pine Needle, Frankincense, Myrrh, Cinnamon, Clove, Nutmeg, Orange

Some Essential Oils to use for healing and preventing physical ills 

Headaches: Peppermint, Rosemary, Eucalyptus, Lemon, Lime
Sinus Congestion: Peppermint, Rosemary, Eucalyptus, Basil, Pine Needle
Muscle Aches:Lavender, Basil, Rosemary, Peppermint, Spearmint

Cold and Flu: Eucalytpus and Teatree are highly reccomended, but to learn about many more essential oils that can help read Essential Oils to help Prevent & Treat Colds, Flu, and other Infectious Diseases

How to Make Shampoo - in an 8oz bottle fill 25% with coconut milk or cream, fill almost to the top with Castile Soap. Add in 80 drops of essential oils or essential oil blend. (Click here for my favorite shampoo/body soap/shaving foam recipe)

How to Make an Enhanced Conditioner - Use a storage bowl with a top (I get these at the Dollar tree 4 for $1). Pour an unscented conditioner in the bowl Add in a teaspoon to a tablespoon of Lecthin (read about this ingredient here),then drop in 10 drops of essential oils per ounce of conditioner you are making. So if you have about 6 ounces, use 60 drops. Put the top on the bowl and shake vigorously. You can leave in in the bowl and label that or funnel it into a flip top bottle.

How to Make a Hair, Skin or Freshening Mist:
  •  Pour the water to almost the top of your mister bottle. 
  •  Use 10 drops of essential oil or an essential oil blend per ounce of water you used. For instance, the bottle I show pictured is 2.5 ounces in size, thus I add about 25 drops of essential oils when I use them. You can use a little less if you prefer a less strong scent. Use can use a little more for a stronger scent if you are not using it on you skin.
  •  Put the mister cap on the bottle and shake vigorously. 
  • Label, decorate and your done.

How to Make a Massage Oil

  •  Drop in 10-20 drops of essential oil or an essential oil blend.
  •  Put the cap on the bottle and shake vigorously. 
  • Label, decorate and your done.

How to Make a Lotion: Use the same instructions as making a massage oil, but use an unscented lotion instead of a fixed oil.

How to Make Bath Salts 
Click Here to Learn how to make stocking stuffer-sized Bath Salts. 

Here is how to make a larger size 

  • Pour about a quart of Epsom Salt in a large zip-lock freezer bag.
  • Add about 80 drops of Essential Oil or a blend of oils
  • Mix with a wooden chop stick and use the stick to break up large clumps of oil.
  • Zip-lock the bag and shake it from side to side until all the oils are mixed.

You can put the ziplock bag in a gift bag or decorated coffee bag and label the outside bag.

How to Make a Pure Essential Oil Blend: Pure Essential oil Blends are a gift that keeps giving all year long. For example, with a small 1/4 ounce size of essential oil blend, you could refill a mister bottle 16 times, or give you 16-32 baths, or use it to make 16 bottles of massage oil. You can also add a few drops of a Pure Essential oil blend to a diffuser or steam by dropping some into a pot of boiled water.

Blends could be complicated or simple to make. Here are two different multi-purpose blends that are easy to make. Just drop equal amounts of each essential oil into a small glass bottle. Put the top on and shake.

For Skin Health and Relaxation: Mix equal amounts Lavender, Mandarin, and Geranium (this is great to add to skin and hair mists, baths, skin oils, and lotions. You could also put a drop of two directly on your pillow to help ease you into a relaxing sleep. You could give yourself a facial by adding some to a pot of boiled water and letting the steam open and clean the pores on your face.

For Awakening, and Headache/Sinus/Muscle pain releif: Use equal parts Peppermint, Teatree, Eucalyptus, and Lime oils. This is a great mister blend to kill airbourne germs, or use to mist down your bedding when you have a cold, or spray in the air for an energizing boost.  You could use a minimal amount in a massage oil to help stimulate circulation and ease achey muscles. The scent will open up sinuses and ease headache pain, so it is also wonderful to diffuse or steam in a room. And as an added bonus, you can use this blend to clean your home with or add to your laundry or diswasher. (to learn more about cleaning with Essential Oils, please click on The Easy Way to a Clean and Healthy Home.

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Upcoming Classes & Events:
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Click on class title for more details. For those who don't use Facebook, More information about the Spa Party, Healing Holiday Gift Making Party, and Introduction to Aromatherapy class are listed on
Sat. Dec. 6th,  Holiday Spa Party , 2-6pm at Reiki & Meditation with Christine Radice in Brighton (more about this in the Dec. issue of Scent Notes - email me for more details)

Sun. Dec. 7th, The Art of Natural Perfumery, 1-3pm - Boston Center for Adult Education
Sat. Dec. 13th, Soak your Troubles Away with Salt and Clay Baths, noon-2:30pm at Brookline Adult and Community Education (BACE website is temporarily down - email me for more details about this class)

Sunday, Dec. 14th , Healing Holiday Gift Making Party, 1-4:30pm at the Kameleon Healing Workshop in Allston.

Save the date for these future classes
Sat. - Jan 10th - Introduction to Aromatherapy in Allston Class is 1-3, Customized Products making from 3-4pm. (see details below)
Sun. Jan. 18th - Save the date for a Private Aromatherapy class in Allston - Subject TBD,
Please email Cher if you have Aromatherapy topics you would like to learn about.

Sun., Jan 25th, Keep Your Winter Cold & Flu Free, 1-3:30pm at Boston Center for Adult Education
Sat., Jan. 31st, Keep Your Winter Cold & Flu Free, 11:30-1:30 - Brookline Adult and Community Education
Sun. Feb. 8th, Soak Your Troubles Away, 1-3:30pm - Boston Center for Adult Education
Sat. Feb. 28th, The Art of Natural Perfumery, 11am-1pm -Brookline Adult and Community Education