Stress can be ramped up through the holiday season due to the cost of buying presents. But it’s not only the cost: we all want to find presents that require careful thought and consideration of the person receiving. Aromatherapy gifts help to de-stress the giver and receiver.
I am writing this blog to help ease some of the struggles of giving gifts for you. I am giving you recipes for do-it-yourself gifts that your friends and loved ones will all appreciate.
Not only are all of these gifts homemade, but they will also help your loved ones and friends be healthy. What better kind of gift could there be? Who wouldn’t want to receive a gift that smells great AND makes one feel better?
I’m really proud of these natural gifts of health. I hope you enjoy making them and giving them. I do make a small percentage from the essential oil links at no extra cost to you. Thank you for your support.
My good friend and colleague, Jeanette Kimszal,RD, also has some wonderful, healthy, and easy ways to give the gift of healthy meals and healthy products.
The total cost for each of the recipes included in this blog is under $5. The calculated cost includes the exact amount of material and also the individual amounts of essential oil used.
The oils themselves will cost more than this; but you can use them over and over for yourself. Want to keep it easy? Give an essential oil kit for your loved one.
To get the best price on Doterra essential oils, contact me. These oils will last you many months to come. Each 15 ml bottle contains 250 drops! It’s like a gift for you AND your loved ones.
Don’t buy the cheap essential oils at the health food store, Amazon, or Walmart. They are often full of dangerous solvents like hexane. Even worse, they often are perfume-based and full of chemicals!
- 1/2 cup grapeseed oil
- 1/2 cup almond oil
- 2 Tbsp beeswax
- 1/2 Tbsp vitamin E oil, natural type
- 15 drops CPTG Breathe essential oil
- 10 drops CPTG Frankincense essential oil
Melt the beeswax in a small saucepan. Add almond and grapeseed oil until combined. Cool for 2-3 minutes before adding in the vitamin E oil and the essential oil. Add to a 2 oz empty tin. I bought mine on Amazon. You could also use an empty tin or cosmetic container that you have on hand.
This salve is a great gift to help keep your air passages clear through cold season. It can be rubbed on the chest and back. Mine gets double duty: I love it as a lip balm!
Perhaps the most affordable and useful gift of all is a diffuser necklace. I make each one for less than 50 cents!
Place the lava rock inside the bead cage. Then add to your favorite color of cord chain.
Simply add a drop or two of your favorite essential oil to the lava rock and enjoy the wonderful aromatherapy all day long.
I simply LOVE this lotion. Great for men and women alike, the scent of peppermint and emoliating effects of coconut oil make this a super healthy gift.
Compare it to “natural” lotions in healthfood stores: these contain suspect ingredients and preservatives!
The ingredients that you will need:
- 3/4 cup olive oil, refined
- 1/4 cup coconut oil organic
- 2 tbsp organic beeswax, chunks or pastilles
- 10-20 drops Doterra peppermint essential oil
- 1 c. tepid water
A clean dry jar, enough to hold 2 cups of cream, a large tin or mason jars work nicely.
Heat the oil and wax over simmering water, stirring occasionally, until the wax is totally melted.
Take the pan off the heat and stir in the essential oils. If you’re not going to start mixing right away, let the melted oils and wax sit in the water bath, off the heat, so it stays warm.
While the wax is melting, pour 2 cups or so of boiling water into a blender to prewarm it. This will stop the wax from solidifying on the blender walls. Measure out 1 cup of room temp water.
Be prepared because the next step as it happens quickly.
Empty the boiling water out of the blender or mixing bowl. Pour in the hot oil. Start the blender and pour in the tepid water in a steady stream.
The oil will turn to cream right away. Store your cream in clean dry jars.
You may also use another type of essential oil such as grapefruit, lavender or others depending on your preference.
OnGuard All-Purpose Cleaner
Why not give the gift of natural cleaning? So many cleansers have scary, untested ingredients!
Our bodies absorb over 70% of what we come in contact with. Or we inhale the toxic fumes from cleaners and they get into our bodies.
Make sure to use a glass bottle; plastic bottles leach even more chemicals!
- Buy a 16 oz glass bottle sprayer (found mine on Amazon)
- 2 cups water
- 2 tablespoons OnGuard Cleaner Concentrate
For the label, I buy Avery labels and make a bunch at a time or you can make single ones too. This of course is optional.
Simply add contents to the bottle, shake and spray on everything you want to clean. No more awful chemicals on your surfaces.
Perk: your room smells like clove and cinnamon instead of chemicals. OnGuard effectively cleans!
For an even more concentrated antibacterial cleaner, add 5-10 drops of OnGuard essential oil to water. Make sure to shake before using. Clinical research has shown that OnGuard kills daunting germs, even influenza, on surfaces [R].
You can make other gifts of cleaning by simply contacting me and I will get you lots more recipes.
Find healthy holiday chocolate recipes here!
Everyone loves homemade gifts, especially the kind of gifts with chocolate.
No more need to buy sugar-laden chocolates.
Rice Heating Pad or Eye Mask
This gift is perfect for everyone! Your friend or loved one can use this after a long day to reduce stress. Simply heat it up for 2-3 minutes in a microwave. Use 1 minute for the eye mask.
I then add a couple drops of my favorite oil to the side that will be closest to my skin for the heating pad, or a drop to the side AWAY from my eyes if I am using the eye mask.
For pain-relieving effects, I will add Deep Blue essential oil or rub. I will also use frankincense, Breathe oil or lavender, depending on my mood or desired effect.
Directions to make the heating pad:
Get out your sewing machine for this one. You can make each one for less than a dollar by purchasing remnant fabrics or a towel from a dollar store.
Simply flip the towel inside out, sew up both of the short edges. Flip back right side, then fill with enough rice to feel heavy, but with room for flexibility as shown above. This may take a little negotiating until you find the desired amount.
I then flipped the raw edges of material inside again, and stitched it closed. I hand-stitched the last inch on each side because the material was too thick for the sewing machine.
Directions for the eye mask:
Follow the directions above for sewing. My daughter helped me make many of these for gifts!
We had an old eye mask that we traced for a template, but gave about an extra half inch on each side. If desired, add some ribbon on each side to help secure it on your head while relaxing.
Enjoy the holidays by making homemade gifts this season. We all can use a little more money in our pocket and health in our lives. Happy Holidays from The Healthy RD!
Heidi Moretti, MS, RD is The Healthy RD. A registered dietitian for 20 years, has a passion for functional nutrition and natural medicine. Has researched supplements and plants as medicine throughout her career. Loves helping people gain function and vitality by tackling root causes of illness.