12 Homemade {DIY} Gifts with Essential Oils

4
Dec
2014

12 Homemade {DIY} Gifts with Essential Oils

It’s that time of year to begin thinking about gift giving (unless you are an early bird and have all your shopping done)! I often do, but this year I have fallen behind schedule more than I care to admit.

So if you are like me and want to be frugal in your gift giving but really want to share something that can be helpful to a friend or loved one, I know you will love this post with some homemade gifts using essential oils. You know I am not a big DIYer and really stretch myself when I do, but I have found when I take the time to make gifts myself they mean more to me and I know they are loved by those receiving the gifts.

When you add therapeutic grade essential oils to homemade recipes, you are truly adding “drops of love” into your gift. I can’t wait to try some of these recipes!

DIY Peppermint Bath Bombs

#1: DIY Peppermint Bath Bombs

Peppermint Twist Face & Body Scrub

#2: Peppermint Twist Face & Body Scrub

Homemade Men's Shaving Cream

#3: Homemade Men’s Shaving Cream

Easy DIY Body Butter

#4: Easy DIY Body Butter

Lime & Mint Foot Soak

#5: Lime & Mint Foot Soak

Scented Room Spray

#6: Scented Room Spray

Peppermint Cocoa Lip Balm

#7: Peppermint Cocoa Lip Balm

Detox Bath in a Jar

#8: Detox Bath in a Jar

Mason Jar Oil Candles

#9: Mason Jar Oil Candles

Lavender Coconut Milk Moisturizing Body Wash

#10: Lavender Coconut Milk Moisturizing Body Wash

Lavender Linen Spray

#11: Lavender Linen Spray

I use and recommend only Young Living Essential Oils. All of these recipes can be made using Young Living Essential Oils and I plan to do just that!

If you would like to read the other posts I’ve shared on how I use essential oils in my home with my family and how you can get your own essential oils, click here!  

Do you have a favorite DIY gift idea that is made with essential oils? I would love to add to the list!

DIY All-Natural Homemade Chest Soother

15
Sep
2014

DIY Homemade Natural Chest Soother

Are you ready for winter?  I always like to be prepared for anything – all the stuff that comes with season changes, I am on it!

This weekend my daughter and my four year old made up an easy Homemade Chest Soother I
made specifically to refresh us during the winter months – with an amazing blend of Young Living Raven Essential Oil and Eucalyptus Radiata.

Why this blend?  

Raven

This blend helps support a healthy wellness routine.  You’ll find these singles in the blend:

Ravintsara:  has a spicy, camphorous, warm scent, similar to eucalyptus but softer.

Lemon:  has a strong, purifying, citrus scent that is revitalizing and uplifting. Lemon consists of 68 percent d-limonene, a powerful antioxidant.

Wintergreen:  contains the same active ingredient (methyl salicylate) as birch and is beneficial in massage for soothing head tension and muscles after exercising.

Peppermint:  has a strong, clean, fresh, minty aroma.

Eucalyptus Radiata:  is cooling, refreshing, and energizing.

Eucalyptus Radiata

This single oil, as seen from the testing above, has the potential to be very effective in supporting a wellness lifestyle.

I decide to combine these two oils for this ‘soother’ that would already be in an easy to use diluted form so we could easily apply when needed.  I wanted additional Eucalyptus, so added the additional 10 drops.

Raven-Homemade-Chest-Rub

DIY All-Natural Chest Soother Recipe

1/2 CUP Coconut Oil (we use this)

40 drops of Young Living’s Raven Essential Oil

10 drops of Young Living’s Eucalyptus Radiata Essential Oil

Melt the coconut oil and add in the essential oil.  Mix and then pour into a glass jar that can be sealed.  Makes 1/2 cup.

Chest-Rub

This was super easy to make and was fun for my four year old to help out with.  Now he is much more prone to take an active approach to help apply it to his chest – you know how finicky those toddlers can be sometimes!  

You could also add some Rosemary or Thyme, other oils that help with supporting wellness too. Make sure everyone washes their hands with soap after applying to avoid any accidental touching of eyes, or other sensitive areas.

Get Started with Essential Oils

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. I am just a mom sharing my experience in order to help others, not a doctor.

Woolzies Dryer Balls – Review & Giveaway!

3
Oct
2013


Disclosure:  I received this product for free as part of a review and giveaway opportunity. The opinions in my review are honest and my own and I would never recommend a product I would not personally use and purchase myself.

It’s funny how a bit of time can change things.  Just over a year ago, I was probably just like a lot of busy moms, just using products that I had grown up with because I didn’t have the time or energy to research alternatives.  With health challenges in our home and the desire to find more natural ways of cleaning, eating and caring for our bodies I was thrilled with the opportunity to try Woolzies Dryer Balls. [Read more…]

Autumn Bliss – Giveaway

1
Oct
2013


I cannot tell you how happy I am to share with you a book that will add to your Fall season:

Autumn Bliss – Over 200 ways to celebrate the Fall Harvest Season through faith, home, and family,”  by Denise Thompson and Lori Ramsey.

It is always fun to share a really good book with my readers that I know will inspire them, but even MORE fun and exciting when it is a blogger that I have a personal friendship with.

Both Denise and Lori are Godly women who share a desire to transform the hearts of other women, especially in the home.  I am thrilled to say that this book hits a home run!  You will be comforted to know that you can slow the pace down in your home this fall season and enjoy some fun family activities that will not only be enjoyable, but will not break the bank. [Read more…]

DIY “Good For You” Body Wash

19
Aug
2013

DIY "Good For You" Body Wash
I am all about getting a good shower in. Sometimes I get so smelly during the day I take two (yep, not very frugal!). It never fails though – if I decide to “wait” to shower until I’ve taken my run or had my session of exercise for the day, it can be dangerous for those around me. I honestly don’t ever feel quite right until I’ve had my shower.

Oh, and the other part of the secret here is that when I do exert myself, I sweat like a pig – seriously. It is disgusting. I think it must have something to do with my German heritage – or at least that is what I want to believe. This whole talk of showering and sweating reminded me of a funny story that happened when my husband and I were dating.

We were in the beginning of a workout together at the local L.A. Fitness, both climbing on the stair machine, when I caught a whiff of something really “STANKY”. I mentioned it to my hubby (aka. boyfriend at the time) and he said that he smelled it. We continued on and it was getting worse. I was getting all in a bother about how bad it stunk. It was horrible. How embarrassing for someone to be smelling like that, I thought, as I peered at those who were close by me. Then all of a sudden, my boyfriend pointed out that it was me!

Sure enough, it was. It was horrible. We had eaten a wonderful meal the evening before full of garlic and it was overflowing from my pores along with my icky workout sweat. BLAH! I quickly got off the stair-climber and drove home. I was so embarrassed and I was so glad that I was already well into our relationship so that I did not feel there was a risk he would be completely turned off on the prospect that his future wife could really stink when she sweat!

Okay, now on to the real story here.

When I saw this recipe for homemade body wash over at Live Simply, I was so excited to try it myself. Now, let me just say, I used to be more of a homemade person – making more crafty things, baked goods and such. But within the past five years, it has not interested me in the least. But, here I am in a new season of life, and I am actively looking and seeking more natural ways to nourish my family, both inside their bodies and outside.

I was intrigued because this recipe was so easy! No long drawn out steps or cooking, cooling, etc – just dump it all together and you are good to go. It only has 5 simple ingredients, which by the way do not cost you an arm and a leg! I’ve adapted the original recipe, which you can find over at Live Simply, to one that works better for me.

Body Wash Ingredients

What You Will Need:

Combine all the ingredients in a bottle. I had a spare plastic bottle from an overnight kit just sitting in my bathroom cabinet, which worked perfectly. Shake it before use in order to mix it all together. I found it tends to separate a bit – and you will want to use it with a sponge or washcloth.

I did try doing a batch with more of the vegetable glycerin to use it for bubble bath for my youngest, but it just didn’t bubble up. I may try again and change the ratios of the ingredients a bit more to accomplish this. I know I would feel much better having him sit in this rather than other bubble bath concoctions we’ve used.

I loved this easy recipe. It was quick to make, it used ingredients I felt comfortable with, and in the end I know it will save me money. The added bonus is the wonderful benefits of the essential oils on my skin. Plus, I have supplies to make more batches.

I love what Kristin said about this wash:

With the cleaning power of Dr. Bronner’s and the antibacterial properties and hydrating moisture of coconut milk mixed with the antioxidant powers of Vitamin E and essential oil scent, this body soap is a perfect combo for both fighting the dirt and helping this mom relax.

I look forward to showering more than once a day now. My skin does too and I won’t break the bank with expensive body wash that doesn’t nourish my body as well either. Oh, and by the way, I will likely be getting all spruced up tonight for my anniversary date with my hubby – WOOHOO! Love celebrating and so blessed to be married to someone who challenges me everyday to be who God intends me to be.