Monday, October 27, 2014

Healing Homemade Holiday Gifts - Stocking Stuffers

The Holiday season is upon us. As joyous as it is, it can also be very stressful time. The weather is getting colder and our schedules are getting busier. It is not always fun to fight the crowds at shopping malls or trying to find the right gifts for all the different people, personalities, and relationships you have. And, do it all on a budget.

This is the first of two blogs to help make this season easier and healthier. In this part we will be learning to make small, budget friendly gifts to show our friends, family and peers that we care. Below, I show you how to make bath salts and misters with a variety of healing properties. To read more about how essential oils are used to make healing products, see The Many Methods of Aromatherapy.

A big benefit to making healing gifts is that you get to smell and experience healing essential oils as you mix and shake. If you are crafting at home you could choose to make simple one or two oil blends. (see suggestions below).  If you would like to learn more about the range of healing scents, please come to one of my Holiday Gift events to experience dozens of different scents and craft blends to really target your recipients personalities and healing needs. (see links to events below) With simple recipes you can also make massage oils, hand lotions, soaps, shampoos & conditioners. These will be offered at the Gift Making Parties.

Bath Salts - Bath salts are so easy to make. A long hot aromatherapy bath is one of the most relaxing and pain relieving experiences you can have. And all for the cost of some Epsom Salts (Usually about $3 per half gallon.) and some essential oils (most under $10 a bottle). To package and mix them use snack or sandwich sized plastic bags. Once the gifts are made you can write out personalized labels to stick on the bags. So for $13 or less you can make 8-16 nice gifts. You can put them in small gift bags or little cups or bowls for a nicer presentation.
Cher Making Bath Salts

Some great inexpensive essential oils that mix well together are Lavender, Geranium, Ylang Ylang 3, Mandarin, Orange, Grapefruit & Cedarwood. All of these are affordable oils that are great for relaxation and have skin healing benefits. The florals are romantic, relaxing and excellent for healing and toning all types of skin. The Citrus scents are great for reducing excess water weight, to ease depression and to help clear oily and/or congested skin. Cedarwood is wonderful for meditation and can heal many skin issues like acne and eczema. You can read more about essential oils for skin health by reading,  Scents, Salves & Supplements Stunning Skin

Pour 1/4 to 1/2 cup Epsom Salt into the ziplock bag. Drop in 10-20 drops of essential oil or an essential oil blend.

Zip lock the bag and shake it from right to left, until it is well mixed. You can use your thumbs to break up essential oils so it mixes fast.

Once your finish mixing your bags, just label and decorate and your done. Good for one or two baths.

Misters - Mister are another nice gift with so many freshening and healing choices. What you need are mister bottles. (I offer the ones pictured at $2/bottle at gift making events), Distilled or Spring Water and essential oils.

If you are making a Mister for face and skin some nice oils are Lavender, Geranium, Ylang Ylang, Roman or German Chamomile, & Carrot Seed.  (Notice there are no citrus oils on this list. That is because they are phototoxic and you should not use them on your skin in the sunlight. If you only use your mist at night you can use oils like Mandarin and Bergamot). These oils are all gentle and have numerous skin healing properties. See Scents, Salves & Supplements Stunning Skin to learn more. 

If someone you know needs an Awakening Mister. Peppermint is the most exhilarating essential oil. Other nice oils are Spearmint,  Basil, Rosemary, & Eucalyptus.  See Powerful Peppermint Essential Oil to learn more.

For friends who do yoga or meditate, how about a Meditation mist using oils like Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Patchouli, & Frankincense you can add a little lemon and or a light herb like basil for interesting layers. See Essential Oils for Meditation and Essential Oils to Balance Chakras to learn more.

How to Mix Mists:
  •  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 strong 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.

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Upcoming Classes:
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Click on class title for more details. Email me for more details on any of this events.  
Sat. Nov 8th - Healing Arts Holiday Sale & Mini Lecture Series at Sanctuary for Yoga and Reiki on Galen Street in  Watertown, time TBD

Sat. Nov. 15 - Making Aromatherapy Mists 1-3:30pm at Boston Center for Adult Education
Sunday, November 30th, Healing Holiday Gift Making Party, 1-4:30pm at the Kameleon Healing Workshop in Allston.

Sat. Nov. 22nd, The Art of Natural Perfumery, Noon-2:30 - Brookline Adult and Community Education (BACE website is temporarily down - email me for more details about this class)
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)
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 upcoming classes 

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 - Brookline Adult and Community Education
Sat. Feb. 28th, The Art of Natural Perfumery, 11am-1pm -Brookline Adult and Community Education

Free Feel to email with any questions.