By Tom Havran
A desire to show how much we care fuels our search for the perfect holiday gifts each year, yet few store-bought items are as heartfelt as handcrafted, personalized gifts. This year, choose conviviality rather than a mad rush to the mall by hosting an aromatherapy gift assembly line DIY party with your family or a group of friends.
This set of Soothing and Refreshing aromatherapy gifts — including a homemade bath salt blend, a body oil and a hydrating aromatherapy mist — are both nice to receive and fun to make!
Step 1: Gather your supplies.
You can find the items on your shopping list at your local co-op or local health food store, or online:
- 3 .5 oz. bottles lavender essential oil (1.5 ounces total)
- 3 .5 oz. bottles peppermint essential oil (1.5 ounces total)
- 3 .5 oz. bottles sweet orange essential oil (1.5 ounces total)
- 1 pound (1.6 cups) Herbal Bath Blend
- 1 cup Mineral Bath Salts
- 8 cotton drawstring bags
- 16 oz. sweet almond oil
- 11 2 oz. amber bottles with caps
- 8 mist bottles with caps
- Gift tags
- String or ribbon
- Pens or markers to write on gift tags
- Anything you’ll need for Step 2
Step 2: Create a festive atmosphere.
This is a party, after all! Prepare some snacks and drinks, turn on your Christmas lights and play a selection of your favorite Christmas tunes.
Step 3: Make your Soothe & Refresh Essential Oil Blend.
You’ll use this blend for your three different gift recipes.
Soothe & Refresh Essential Oil Blend
Yield: 1 bottle
- .5 oz. lavender essential oil
- .5 oz. peppermint essential oil
- .5 oz. sweet orange essential oil
Directions: Combine all oils in a 2 oz. amber glass bottle. Shake gently, and use blend in the following recipes.
Step 4: Set up your assembly lines.
Set out your materials for each of the gifts, including one bottle of the Soothe & Refresh Essential Oil Blend at each station. Include gift tags, string or ribbon, and pens for personalization and decorating!
Soothe & Refresh Homemade Bath Salts Blend
These little bags of bliss can be steeped in a warm bath to create a soothing and refreshing at home spa experience.
Yield: 1 bag
- 1 tablespoon Mineral Bath Salts
- 4 tablespoons Herbal Bath Blend
- 20 drops Sooth & Refresh essential oil blend (see above)
- Cotton drawstring bag
Directions: Measure and toss salts and herbal blend in a bowl, sprinkle with oil blend and toss thoroughly until well-combined. Fill drawstring bag with mixture and package in a cellophane bag, airtight tin or jar.
Soothe & Refresh Body Oil
This silky oil can be used in the bath or as an after shower moisture-supporting body oil.
Yield: 1 bottle
- 2 oz. sweet almond oil
- 12 drops Soothe & Refresh essential oil blend (see above)
- 2 oz. amber bottle with cap
Directions: Measure sweet almond oil and Soothe & Refresh essential oil blend into a measuring cup. Stir until well combined and decant into amber bottle.
Sooth & Refresh Hydrating Body Mist
This simple water-based mist provides a refreshing boost when applied lightly to face and neck.
Yield: 1 mist
- 4 oz. water
- 24 drops Soothe & Refresh essential oil blend (see above)
- 4 oz. mist bottle with cap
Directions: Measure water and essential oil blend into mist bottle cap and shake well before each application.
What homemade gifts are you giving this year? Share your ideas below!
About the author: Tom is communicator of natural living for Frontier, Simply Organic and Aura Cacia brands. In other words, he’s a very imaginative copywriter. A local boy, raised on a farm just down the road from the company’s headquarters in Norway, Tom enjoys drawing, plant hoarding, cooking and living the simple life in the beautiful state of Iowa.