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Essential Oil DIY Gifts: Easy All-Occasion Homemade Gift Ideas to Make (That Won’t Break Your Budget)

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When you’re stumped on what to give that special person in your life, essential oil DIY gifts are an excellent option. This is true for essential oil lovers as well as anyone who loves fragrances and a bit of the finer things in life.

This article will give you some all occasion diy gift ideas and recipes that are easy, fun and budget-friendly. With this handy guide to essential oil gifts, you’re sure to find the perfect gift for everyone or any ocassion.

The Benefits of Giving Essential Oil DIY Gifts

Making your own natural gifts is fun and rewarding. Handmade essential oil gifts are thoughtful, unique, and great for health-conscious or eco-conscious gift recipients. Homemade gifts beat out store-bought gifts in this case, since you know exactly what’s going into it.

Going through the trouble of considering your loved one’s scent preferences and lifestyle needs to handcraft something special for them adds a personal touch that a store-bought gift can’t hope to achieve.

Choose High-Quality Essential Oils

While shopping for essential oils to use in gifts, you want to make sure you’re using top-notch oils. Here are a few key indicators of quality to help you find the best of the best:

  • The oil is packaged in a dark glass (usually amber) bottle, never plastic.
  • The bottle is tightly-sealed.
  • The bottle has an eyedropper cap or orifice reducer to meter out one drop at a time.
  • The label clearly states the common and Latin name of the plant used to make the oil, as well as clarifying the extraction method.
  • Quality essential oils generally come in bottles less than 4 ounces. The most common size is a half-ounce.

Essential Oils Safety

  • Use essential oils for their intended purpose. Don’t use edible oils topically or vice versa.
  • A little goes a long way! Dilute the oil or use just a few drops at a time.
  • Never use essential oils on broken or damaged skin.
  • If you have a skin reaction, stop using your essential oil product.

Supplies Needed for Your Diy Gifts

High-quality versions of the supplies specified in the recipe. Always buy from reputable sellers. You want to give your loved ones the best of the best!

  • Essential oils (preferably organic)
  • Carrier oils

Don’t forget about eco-friendly packaging. A beautiful bow, bag, or container can turn a good gift into a great one.

  • Reusable wrapping bags
  • Containers
  • Labels
  • Tags

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Essential Oil Gift Ideas For Beginners

Types of essential oils gifts you can give

Here are some great ideas for the perfect present to give that does not require you to know a lot about essential oils or you don’t have the time for diy projects.

Also, if your gift recipient is new to the world of essential oils, gifts such as books and essential oils kits might be the best choice.

Easy Homemade Gift Ideas Using Essential Oils

These fun and easy essential oil recipes let you create unique and thoughtful gifts for family members, friends and colleagues.

Skincare Essential Oil Recipes

Easy Homemade Gift Ideas Using Essential Oils Skincare Recipes

Who doesn’t love luxurious skincare? These products make great gifts for anyone who could use a little more self-care in their life.

Essential Oils Calming Skin Lotion

Essential Oils Calming Skin Lotion

We love applying homemade lotion to unwind before bedtime at the end of a long day. The magic of essential oils is that each different type produces a different effect in the body. By making your own lotions with essential oils, you can customize your products to exactly how you want them to make you feel.

For example, lavender is well-known for its calming effect.

It’s also gentle on the skin, making it perfect for people with skin allergies or dry, cracked skin that needs a little extra TLC.

What You Need:

Instructions:

Melt the shea butter in a double boiler on medium low heat. Once melted, remove from heat and pour in the carrier oil.

Remove from stove and allow to cool for about 15 minutes.

When the mixture becomes slightly firm in the way that butter hardens after it gets cold, use a whisk or electric hand blender to whip the mixture to the desired consistency.

Pour into a glass jar with lid.

Store at room temperature.

Essential Oil Homemade Lip Balm

Essential Oil Homemade Lip Balm

Home-making lip balm is a surprisingly fun and easy activity. While you can certainly get fancy with it, all you really need are 3 easy-to-find ingredients.

These lip balms are all-natural and are free of any strange chemicals, dyes, or fragrances – unlike store-bought lip balm. Making your own also has the added benefit of letting you incorporate essential oils into your formulas.

In addition to smelling amazing, therapeutic-grade essential oils help boost your immune system, reduce inflammation, and some can even fight signs of ageing.

Always buy high-quality, organic essential oils that are packaged in amber bottles. Check the label to make sure the one you choose is suitable for topical use.

You can order lip balm tubes online for the convenience of a twist-up dispenser, but all you really need is a small container to hold your balm.

You can buy half-ounce tins with press-on lids at most craft stores and they work just fine.

What You Need:

  • 3 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • 5 tablespoons melted Beeswax
  • 10 to 12 drops of your favorite essential oil. You can try different combinations like peppermint and lemon or orange and rosemary.

Instructions:

Step 1: Place the coconut oil and beeswax in a glass bowl. Heat in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds until melted.

Step 2: Add the essential oils. Stir gently.

Step 3: Carefully pour the hot liquid mixture into your containers. Let set up about 10 minutes. Put lids on containers. Will be completely set in an hour.

Step 4: Add labels if desired.

Homemade, essential oil scented lip balms make great gifts for friends and family.

Homemade Hand Sanitizer

homemade hand sanitizer with essential oils

We’re all using hand sanitizer more often than usual these days. This homemade version uses all natural ingredients and keeps you clean while lifting your mood.

What You Need:

Instructions:

Combine all of the ingredients together until well blended. Put in a small squeeze bottle or pump-top bottle.

The tea tree and lavender both have germ-killing properties. You can also try lemon, lemon grass, eucalyptus, thyme and cinnamon to make a range of scents that will appeal to most people.

Label and package as needed.

Nail and cuticle oil

essential oils nail and cuticle oil

This cuticle oil adds a touch of luxury and aromatherapy to a manicure staple.

What You Need:

Instructions:

Blend all of the ingredients together and place in a 2-ounce jar. Label as needed.

After moisturizing hands, massage a small amount of oil into each nail and the surrounding cuticles.

Homemade Beard Balm

Homemade Beard Balm With Essential Oils

Beeswax is the binder that holds the beard balm together. Make sure you buy high-quality beeswax. You can order beeswax online or from a local seller. Sourcing it from your local beekeeper ensures you’ll get a quality product while supporting your local economy.

And since most beekeepers’ most popular product is honey, they generally have a ton of beeswax available on-hand.

Beeswax comes in pellets, bars, and sheets, all of which work for making beard balm. Choose the style based on what else you plan to use the beeswax for.

Using a moisturizing butter helps the beard balm spread more easily and gives it a luxurious feel. We use shea butter in this recipe, which is a common ingredient for beard balms as well as other homemade, natural skin and beauty products like lip balms and moisturizing creams.

Carrier oils can offer important additional benefits to a balm, as well as giving the balm a bit more of a nourishing, moisturizing oomph. They’re also important to balance out the feel of the recipe and keep the balm spreadable.

Essential oils provide scent and aromatherapy. Depending on what oils you use, they can offer other benefits as well. For instance, tea tree oil is antibacterial, which makes it an effective acne-fighter.

When choosing your essential oil blend for a beard balm, keep in mind what scents the recipient of your gift might like.

Many men prefer earthy, woodsy scents over sweet, floral scents.

Here are a few suggestions for essential oils you can use to create an amazing scent that the typical man will still feel comfortable wearing:

  • Sandalwood
  • Lavender
  • Lemongrass
  • Cedar
  • Pine
  • Grapefruit
  • Vanilla
  • Tea Tree
  • Rosemary
  • Peppermint

Supplies Needed:

You only need a few simple supplies to make your own essential oil scented beard balm from scratch.

  • Candle making container or small vat. These can be purchased online or at craft stores.
  • Range or candle warmer
  • Tins for holding your beard balm or small mason jars. If you use mason jars, be sure to warm them before pouring in the hot liquid.

How to Make Beard Balm

Step 1. Place the Shea butter, Beeswax and coconut carrier oil into a container used for candle making set over very low heat. You can use a candle warmer for small batches. Another option is to fill your electric skillet with a small amount of water, heat it and place your vat in the water to heat the ingredients.

Step 2. Stir the mixture occasionally as the ingredients begin to melt. Do not boil. Remove from heat once it has melted completely.

Step 3. Working quickly, add a few drops of your essential oils into the melted balm, stirring until well blended.

Step 4. Immediately pour your balm into a storage tin and cover it.

Step 5. Let the balm sit overnight to cool completely.

Your balm will be ready to use the next day.

Healing Moisturizer for Dry Skin and Eczema

Essential Oils Healing Moisturizer for Dry Skin and Eczema

If your gift recipient has dry, cracked skin or suffers from a skin condition that often leaves their skin irritated, show them you care with this blend of soothing oils and delicious floral scents.

What You Need:

  • 2 ounces grapeseed oil
  • 2 ounces jojoba oil
  • 2 ounces coconut oil, scented or unscented
  • 2 ounces vitamin E oil
  • 2 to 4 drops each of
    • lavender
    • jasmine

White cotton gloves (optional)

Instructions:

Combine in a measuring cup and pour into an 8-ounce jar. Package and label as needed.

This will soothe dry skin and is even good for eczema. If hands are a particular trouble spot, apply at night and wear white cotton gloves to heal the skin.

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Easy DIY Recipes For Shampoos and Conditioners

Easy EO DIY Recipes For Shampoos and Conditioners

Hair is one of the first things people notice the first time they meet you. It’s a very prominent part of our personal appearance and how we wear it and take care of it is very personal. That said, it’s no wonder everyone hates bad hair days.

To keep your hair shiny and healthy and to avoid residue and build-up, we recommend using chemical-free products that take advantage of essential oils’ natural properties. Shampoo regularly and use conditioner when needed.

Here are a few easy-to-make natural recipes that take advantage of essential oils’ cleansing and revitalizing properties. Plus, they smell amazing.

 All-purpose Shampoo

Homemade Essential Oil All-purpose Shampoo

Traditional shampoos rely on harsh lathering detergents to clean your hair. To avoid stripping your hair of its natural oils, try this coconut milk-based alternative. It makes a great gift for anyone who’s serious about hair care.

What You Need:

  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 20 drops of essential oils such as:
    • peppermint
    • lavender
    • lemon
    • rosemary
    • orange
    • grapefruit
  • 1/2 cup Dr. Bronner’s Fair Trade essential oils Organic Castile Liquid Soap – Baby Unscented, 32 ounce bottle

All of the suggested oils will soothe the scalp and leave your hair smelling fresh.

Instructions:

Add all of the ingredients except the soap to a measuring up and stir well to combine. Slowly add the soap and stir gently to avoid suds forming. Pour carefully into an 8-ounce bottle. Label your gift and create a recipe card if you wish so they can make their own at home if they like it.

 Oily Hair Shampoo

Essential Oil Oily Hair Shampoo

Instead of relying on stripping chemicals to solve an oil scalp, invigorating essential oils treat oil hair problems at the source.

What You Need:

  • 1/2 cup distilled water
  • 2 tablespoons almond oil
  • 15 to 20 drops lemon essential oil
  • neroli (orange blossom flowers)
  • ylang-ylang or tea tree essential oil
  • 1/2 cup Dr. Bronner’s Fair Trade essential oils Organic Castile Liquid Soap – Baby Unscented, 32 ounce bottle

All of the suggested essential oils cut greasiness on hair and skin.

In a measuring cup, add the water, almond oil and essential oil of choice. Stir well to combine. Slowly add the soap and stir gently to avoid suds forming. Pour carefully into an 8-ounce bottle. Label and create a recipe card as needed.

Dry Hair Shampoo/Mask

Essential Oil Dry Hair Shampoo/Mask

This shampoo and mask does double-duty for dry hair, which means it’s also a double-duty gift.

What You Need:

  • 1/2 cup organic coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons almond oil
  • 2 tablespoons jojoba oil
  • 2 tablespoons vitamin E oil
  • 10 to 20 drops of essential oils – suggestions:
    • ginger
    • rosemary
    • myrrh
    • ylang-ylang
    • patchouli
  • 1/3 cup pure Castile soap

All of the suggested essential oils soothe dry hair and skin.

Instructions:

In a measuring cup, add all the ingredients except the soap. Stir well to combine. Slowly add the soap and stir gently to avoid suds forming. Pour carefully into an 8-ounce bottle. Label and create a recipe card and instructions for use as needed.

Shampoo as usual, or to use as a mask to deeply moisturize. Leave on for up to 10 minutes and then rinse with warm, not hot, water.

Itchy/Flaky Scalp Shampoo

Essential Oil Itchy/Flaky Scalp Shampoo

Your loved one will love the soothing aloe and zing of ginger in this invigorating shampoo blend.

What You Need:

  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup aloe vera gel
  • a dash of vitamin E oil
  • 15 to 20 drops essential oils: ginger, tea tree, or rosemary

Instructions:

Place in an 8-ounce bottle and shake well to combine. Ginger is great for soothing the scalp and it gives a nice tropical flair to this shampoo.

Easy All-purpose Hair Conditioner

Essential Oil All-Purpose Hair Conditioner

Rosemary, lemon, and ginger essential oils blend to create a conditioner that smells so amazing, your loved one will actually look forward to waking up every morning.

What You Need:

  • 1/2 cup distilled water, hot
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 dash vitamin E oil or jojoba oil
  • 5 to 15 drops of essential oils such as:
    • rosemary
    • lemon
    • ginger

Instructions:

1-In a measuring cup, pour the hot water.

2-Add the honey and stir well until completely dissolved.

3-Add the remaining ingredients. Stir well to combine and pour the mixture into an 8-ounce bottle.

4-Label and create a recipe card as needed.

Conditioner for Dry Hair

 

Who doesn’t love a luxurious deep-conditioner to revitalize dry hair? Scent with soothing chamomile or refreshing peppermint, depending on the recipient.

What You Need:

  • 1 ounce avocado oil
  • 1 ounce coconut oil, scented or unscented
  • 1 ounce olive oil
  • 1 ounce vitamin E oil
  • 4 ounces apple cider vinegar
  • 5 to 10 drops each of
    • lemon and
    • chamomile
    • or
    • up to 20 drops peppermint

Instructions:

Blend together in a measuring cup, stirring well to combine. Pour into an 8-ounce bottle and label and list ingredients as needed.

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Homemade Recipes For Bath And Body

Homemade Essential Oil Recipes For Bath and Body

Essential oils add a hefty dose of luxury and sumptuousness to homemade bath products. It’s the perfect way to kick a soothing bath up a notch.

 Detoxifying Bath Soak

Essential Oil Detoxifying Bath Soak

Clear out toxins and exhaustion with this revitalizing soak.

What You Need:

  • 1/2 cup Dead Sea salt
  • 1/2 cup Epson salts
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil, unscented
  • 10 20 drops essential oil

Suggestions for detox and soothing the skin:

  • peppermint
  • juniper
  • grapefruit
  • rosemary
  • patchouli
  • tea tree
  • lavender
  • ginger
  • orange
  • lemon

The latter 3 oils can be blended for an energizing effect.

Don’t want to tie them down to just one scent? Multiply this recipe, place in a large jar, and include a couple of bottles of the above suggested oils as part of the gift. Package and label as needed.

This should be stirred well before using in a hot tub of water. Use a tablespoon at a time, up to 3 tablespoons.

 

Energizing Body Wash

Essential Oil Energizing Body Wash

Invigorating eucalyptus and grapefruit make this the perfect gift for your workaholic friend.

What You Need:

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon vitamin E
  • 8 drops eucalyptus
  • 5 drops sweet orange
  • 5 drops grapefruit
  • or 5 drops lemon
  • 1/2 cup liquid Castile soap

Instructions:

In a measuring cup, stir all of the ingredients and oils of your choice together except the soap until well combined.  Add the soap and stir gently so it does not foam up. Pour into a squeeze bottle. Package and label with instructions as needed:

Note: If you plan to head out into the sunshine, be sure you use this 2 hours before to avoid any photosensitivity which could result in sunburn. Always wear sunscreen.  Shake well before each use

Homemade Essential Oil Rose Scented Bath Salts

Homemade Essential Oil Rose Scented Bath Salts

Gift-giving is always a challenge, especially if you have a long gift list. Instead of hand-selecting a different gift for every teacher, coworker, and neighbor, it’s generally easier to make a single gift that everyone will like.

Rose-scented bath salts are a crowd-pleaser. They’re a little off the beaten path, but nearly everyone can use and appreciate them. They’re useful and cost-effective to make in bulk. And the rose scent is timeless and elegant.

 What You Need:

  • Fresh roses in pinks. Red dries black and yellow dries brown, so stick with pink. If you can’t find fresh roses, buy already dried pink roses.
  • Dehydrator
  • Rose essential oil – yes it’s expensive but a little goes a long way. If rose essential oil is beyond your budget use, rose geranium essential oil instead.
  • Epsom salts
  • Glass bowl
  • Spoon
  • Cork-topped glass containers or clear canning jars, from pint size to quart size depending how generous you want to be.
  • White glue
  • Ribbon
  • Glue gun and sticks.

Instructions:

Cut the stems of the roses to about 2 inches long. Place in the dehydrator with the stems poking through the tray and the flower face up. Dry completely until the petals are crisp. If you don’t have a dehydrator. Cut the stems to 12 inches. Fasten the stems together with a rubber band. Hang upside down in a dry warm place, preferably out of the light, until dry.

Place about a cup of Epsom salts into a glass bowl. Add 2 to 3 drops of rose essential oil and mix well with the Epsom salts. Continue to add Epsom salts and rose essential oil, mixing as you go. This method disperses the oil throughout the Epsom salts. You could add a few drops of red food coloring to lightly tint the salts, if you like.

Fill each glass container with Epsom salts.

Paint the white glue around the rim of the container and put in the cork. Paint the glue over the cork as well. Use several thin coats. This seals the bath salts.

Tie a ribbon around the rim of the container ending in a bow. Hot glue the dried rose to the middle of the bow. Right before giving add one drop of rose essential oil to the dried rose.

Print labels that say “Rose Scented Bath Salts – Add ½ cup to a tub of very warm water.”

Variations

Add a ¼ cup of dried skim milk powder to the Epsom salts for a milk bath.

Include ¼ cup of pink Himalayan mineral salt to each container and mix well.

Instead of rose essential oil use orange oil and a dried orange slice as the decoration.

For an energizing bath substitute peppermint oil for the rose oil. Tie with a green ribbon and a few green silk leaves.

Body Scrubs

Essential Oil Body Scrubs

There’s nothing more luxurious than a body scrub – except, of course, a homemade body scrub with soothing floral scents.

What You Need:

  • 2 parts kosher salt or coarse sea salt
  • 1 part fractionated almond oil
  • 1 part vitamin E oil
  • 5 to 20 drops of essential oil

Essential oil suggestions:

  • lavender
  • chamomile
  • rose
  • frankincense
  • geranium

Or a blend of:

  • lavender and chamomile
  • lavender and rose
  • lavender and geranium
  • rose and chamomile
  • rose and geranium
  • rose and frankincense

Instructions:

Stir all ingredients together until well combined. Package and label your gift and print up the following instruction card:

Use no more than twice a week. Focus on your buttocks, thighs and upper arms if you have cellulite, scrubbing in circles to clean and stimulate the circulation. Do not apply to the face.

After using, rinse well and gently pat dry with a clean towel. Check your nails to make sure no salt is left behind, as you might rub and irritate your eyes or face with your fingers.

The vitamin E will improve the tone of the skin. After using the scrub, don’t forget to moisturize.

Salt Scrub for Feet

Essential Oil Salt Scrub for Feet

Pamper sore feet with this soothing scrub and moisturizing oils.

What You Need:

  • 2 parts Kosher salt
  • 1 part fractionated coconut oil or grapeseed oil
  • 5 to 10 drops each of
    • peppermint
    • chamomile

These oils have deodorizing and soothing properties.

Instructions:

Blend together package and label. Print up an instruction card:

Soak your feet in a warm basin of water for a few minutes to soften the skin. Apply a half teaspoon of the scrub to your right foot and scrub the entire foot, paying attention to any rough spots. Don’t forget to go between the toes.  Place the foot back in the basin and repeat with the left foot. Pat dry and put on clean cotton socks or a clean pair of shower clogs.

Note that you can also use this in the shower or bathtub, but your feet might be very slippery afterwards so take extra care when getting in and out.

DIY Sugar Scrub for Face and Body

Essential Oil Sugar Scrub for Face and Body

This sugar scrub is versatile and easy to make. Use whatever supplies you have on-hand to make a truly memorable gift.

What You Need:

  • 3 parts white or brown sugar
  • 1 part oil, such as olive oil, fractionated coconut oil or apricot kernel oil
  • 5 to 20 drops of essential oils depending on the quantity of scrub you are making and how intense you want it to smell.

Instructions:

Mix well in the jar you plan to gift it in.

Essential oil suggestions:

  • Tea tree if they are prone to acne
  • Frankincense evens skin tone and firms and tightens-it has a wood and lemon scent
  • Myrrh is a great wrinkle reducer and excellent for eczema-it smells a bit like licorice
  • Rose is light, flowery and feminine; it is good for all skin types

Any of these oils are ideal for the face and the entire body.

Package and print up an instruction card.

Use no more than twice a week. Focus on your buttocks, thighs and upper arms if you have cellulite, scrubbing in circles to clean and stimulate the circulation.

When using on the face, avoid the eye area and rub gently in small circles. Leave on the face for no more than 5 minutes. Note that your skin will be reddened for up to 2 hours afterwards, so it is best used at night.

After using, rinse well and gently pat dry with a clean towel. After using the scrub, don’t forget to moisturize.

Stinky Socks and Sneakers Sachets

Essential Oil Stinky Socks and Sneakers Sachets

This is the perfect gift to help the athlete in your life tame their smelly workout shoes!

What You Need:

Organza Drawstring bags in your choice of color, such as white or gold

1 ounce baking soda

1 ounces arrowroot powder or cornstarch

lavender flowers to fill the sachet

Essential oils to use:

  • eucalyptus
  • thyme oil
  • peppermint oil
  • tea tree oil

Pack in an attractive box with a bottle of oil to refresh them and an instruction card.

Instructions:

Place one sachet in each shoe when not wearing. Use in your stored shoes, or put the sachets in your shoes at the end of each day or after every work out.  Also store sachets in your sock drawer to keep feet, socks and shoes smelling fresh.

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Essential Oil Teas

Essential Oil Teas

There’s nothing better than receiving a treat from a friend. These gift ideas combine nourishing treats with the healing power of essential oils.

Flavored teas are a fantastic gift, whether your loved one is a diehard tea fan or just likes a bit of the finer things in life. Your options are limitless – from invigorating peppermint tea to uplifting citrus tea or soothing lavender tea. Using essential oils to flavor these teas sets them apart from the pack. And since they’re handmade, your gift has an extra personal touch without being expensive to make.

Before you start, make sure your essential oils are all food-grade. Not all essentials are made to be consumed. Peppermint, citrus, and lavender essential oils are all safe bets.

And remember, more isn’t better in this case. Essential oils are powerful and too much can easily create an overpowering flavor. The goal is a fragrant, refreshing cup, not an overwhelming one. Only use a drop in each tea bag.

The base of your gift teas are purchased black tea bags. Any brand will do since the flavor and aroma are from the essential oils.

What You Need:

  • Individual black tea bags
  • Essential oils – organic is preferred
  • Clear glass cups
  • Zip lock baggies
  • Cellophane or clear plastic cling wrap
  • Ribbons
  • Card stock
  • Garnish

Instructions:

The method is the same for each flavor of tea.

Lay the tea bags in a single layer on paper towels. That way if you drip any oil, the paper catches it.

Place one drop of essential oil on each tea bag. When you’re finished, let the bags rest 15 to 20 minutes to absorb the oil. If you have the time, before you need to give the tea, store the tea bags in zip lock baggies and let them mellow. Just keep the bag sealed so the essential oil doesn’t evaporate.

Assembly

Place three tea bags in the clear glass cup. Add the garnish so it’s visible. For example, the peppermint tea could be garnished with mini candy canes or the citrus tea with dried orange slices.

Place a square of clear cling plastic wrap or cellophane large enough to wrap up the cup with about 6 inches more underneath the cup. Bring up each corner of the wrap above the cup and secure with a rubber band right above the cup rim. That leaves a flourish of cellophane above the cup. Thank of a gift basket. Cover the rubber band with a bright ribbon and bow.

Write the flavor of the tea on the card with directions of one tea bag per one cup of boiling water. Steep for three to four minutes and enjoy.  Punch a hole in the card and thread onto the ribbon.

Other flavors to try include bergamot, clove and cinnamon.

An alternative to the glass cups is to package the tea bags in cellophane bags tied with a ribbon. Or put the tea and garnish in a clear glass air-tight containers and offer three different teas as your gift

Cleaning And Home Essential Oil Recipes

Cleaning and Home Essential Oil Recipes

If your loved one’s favorite place is their own home, these simple recipes will help keep their sanctuary pristine and lovely.

Simmering Kitchen Essential Oil Potpourri – A Perfect Gift for Your List

Simmering Kitchen Essential Oil Potpourri

A well-chosen fragrance gives your home a warm, comforting feel. But scenting your home can get expensive, and not everyone wants to use those chemical-based wax melts.

Kitchen potpourris with essential oils can be an excellent, affordable alternative to chemical-based fragrances. Just add the potpourri ingredients to boiling water and let them simmer on the stove, filling your home with the smells of peppermint, cinnamon, apple, and orange.

Package them in cellophane bags and fasten with a ribbon to make a beautiful, practical gift. And since the instructions are fairly general, you can easily riff on the recipe to make it your own.

What You Need:

  • Dehydrator
  • Apples
  • Lemon Juice
  • Cookie or cake rack
  • Cinnamon, clove and lemon essential oils
  • Cinnamon sticks broken into 2 inch pieces
  • Whole cloves
  • Cellophane bags
  • Ribbon
  • Card stock
  • Hole puncher

Instructions:

General instructions for apple pie kitchen potpourri.

Combine ¼ cup lemon juice with ½ cup of water. This prevents the apple slices from browning and intensifies the red color of the peel.

Slice bright red apples ¼ inch thick. Dunk each apple slice in the lemon juice mixture. Place on cookie rack and blot dry.

Put the apple slices in a single layer on each dehydrator tray and place in the dehydrator. Dry until pliable but not crisp.

Place a drop of lemon essential oil on each apple slice. Place a drop of cinnamon essential oil on each piece of cinnamon stick.

Place 3 or 4 drops of clove essential oil onto each tablespoon of whole cloves.

Package 8 to 10 apple slices, 4 to 6 cinnamon sticks and a couple of tablespoons of cloves in a cellophane bag. Tie with a ribbon.

On a card stock, write “Apple Pie Kitchen Potpourri – place a few apple slices, cinnamon sticks and cloves in a pint of water. Bring to a boil then simmer gently.”

Citrus – Rosemary Kitchen Potpourri Made with Essential Oils

Citrus Rosemary Kitchen Potpourri Made with Essential Oils

Invigorating citrus and rosemary fill a home with life.

Instructions:

Slice lemons and pink or red grapefruits ¼ inch thick. Plain grapefruit dries sort of brownish and isn’t that attractive. Quarter the grapefruit slices.

Cut fresh rosemary into 4 inch long sprigs.

Dry in the dehydrator.

Place a drop of lemon essential oil on each lemon slice, a drop of grapefruit essential oil on each grapefruit slice and a drop of rosemary essential oil on each rosemary sprig.

Package as for the apple pie spice.

Asian Inspired Kitchen Essential Oil Potpourri

Asian Inspired Kitchen Essential Oil Potpourri

The zing of ginger and anise feels cozy, yet energizing.

 What You Need:

  • Fresh ginger root
  • Oranges
  • Ginger essential oil
  • Anise essential oil

Instructions:

Do not peel fresh ginger root. Cut into ¼ inch slices. Cut oranges into ¼ inch slices.

Dry.

Place a drop of ginger essential oil on each ginger slice, a drop of essential oil on each orange slice and a drop of anise essential oil on each anise star.

Package as you did for the apple pie kitchen potpourri.

Homemade Natural Insect Repellent

Essential Oil Homemade Natural Insect Repellant

Your outdoorsy, nature-loving friend will love this chemical-free insect repellent.

What You Need:

  • 3 ounces witch hazel
  • 20 drops citronella essential oil
  • 10 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 10 drops catnip essential oil
  • 5 drops thyme essential oil
  • 5 drops neem oil

Instructions:

Mix all the ingredients together well. Pour into a 4-ounce spray bottle for personal use, or make a larger quantity and put it in a trigger spray bottle. It will be ideal for indoor and outdoor use. It should smell minty and lemon, not like a chemical factory.

Package and label:

Avoid eyes when applying. Re-apply every 4 hours on skin as needed.

Variations:

Lemon and lavender instead of the eucalyptus and catnip will make for an event stronger and fresher citrus scent a person might prefer on skin or around the home and garden.

Room Freshener Spray With Essential Oils

Room Freshener Spray With Essential Oils

You never know when bad smells will strike. Maybe dinner burned and left a charcoal smell, or your kids left weeks-old dirty laundry under the sofa and a stubborn smell is lingering.

Homemade room sprays made with essential oils is a great way to always be prepared. It’s easy to keep on-hand, quick to use, and makes a great gift when presented in a beautiful spray bottle tied with a bow.

One huge benefit to this approach is the opportunity to create a scent that’s unique to your home.

And you’ll always know what’s in it, which makes it a great alternative to store-bought air fresheners that are filled with unidentifiable chemicals.

They’re also simple to make. You’ll only need a few easy-to-find ingredients (many of which you probably already have) and a spray bottle. We recommend using a glass bottle so chemicals from the plastic don’t seep into the spray and warp the smell.

Here is the basic recipe for a classic freshener:

What You Need:

  • 1 Spray Bottle
  • 1 /2 cup Distilled Water
  • 1 /2 cup Rubbing Alcohol (90% or better)
  • 15-25 drops of Essential oils of your choice (lavender, lemongrass, ylang-ylang or any other you prefer)

Instructions:

Begin by combining the water and alcohol in your container.

Add 15 or so drops of essential oil.

Shake the mixture.

You can always add more drops of essential oil if the scent is not strong enough.

Note: the alcohol will help the spray evaporate more quickly, but some surfaces may be damp for a minute or so after spraying.

Here are a few different essential oil combinations to try:

For a deodorizing spray, use:

  • 10 drops of bergamot essential oil
  • 2 drops eucalyptus essential oil and
  • 2 drops lemon essential oil

To get rid of pet odors, use:

  • 6 -10 drops Cedarwood essential oils and
  • 3-5 drops of tea tree oil.

Create A Scented Heating Pad Using Essential Oils

Scented Heating Pad Using Essential Oils

 

Everyone gets sore muscles from time to time, whether it’s after a long day on your feet, after a workout, or just from everyday life. That’s why it’s always best to have a soft heating pad on-hand.

Electric ones work, but you can use essential oils to make a homemade version that’s even better.

And the uncooked rice in a homemade pad gives it a pleasing heft that helps it stay in place and feels comforting. They can be made quickly and cheaply, without even using a sewing machine. And they make excellent gifts.

Use them for muscle aches, backaches, migraines, menstrual cramps, or anytime you need to soothe sore muscles. Infused with soothing scents, they’ll boost your relaxation even more.

What You Need:

  • Fabric of choice, cotton or other natural fabrics. Or choose flame resistant fabric. Just be aware any fabric will burn if heated too high of a temperature.
  • Uncooked rice
  • Essential Oils of choice. Lavender is a good option for soothing sore muscles.
  • Scissors, needle, thread and other sewing supplies
  • Bowl
  • Spoon and funnel

Instructions:

Lay fabric on flat surface. Cut into 2 squares or rectangles that are the same size. It can be any size you prefer, 10 x 10 or 12 by 14 is a good size.

Next, lay the fabric one on top of the other, print sides together, wrong sides facing out. Pin around the edges to keep the fabric from moving as you are stitching.

Carefully sew by hand, or machine if you want, around all edges, about one quarter inch from the edge. Make your stitches fairly small. Be sure to leave a two inch opening on one edge to pour in the rice. You can also use fabric glue instead of stitching. Just be aware that the pad will be heated and used over and over.

Now turn the pad right side out.

In a bowl, add drops of essential oil to your rice. The amount of rice depends on the size of your pad. Use as many drops as needed to get the scent you prefer.

Using the spoon and funnel, fill the pad with the rice mixture until it is almost full.

Once it’s full, close the opening with a few stitches. You don’t want the rice leaking out when you are using the bag.

When you are ready to use the scented heating pad, put it in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time until it reaches the level of heat you want.

Be cautious handling the bag as it can get very hot.

DIY Reed Diffuser Made With Essential Oils

DIY Reed Diffusers Made With Essential Oils

Reed diffusers are an effective, natural way to scent your whole home without using toxic or suspect chemicals. Even better, you can easily make them with any oil you want. Keep a signature scent for your home or switch it up according to your mood. They also make an excellent gift for the homebody in your life.

Here’s what you need to make reed diffusers using essential oils:

  • 5 or 6 reeds (can be substituted with bamboo sticks if necessary)
  • glass jar or vase with a narrow lid
  • about 30 drops of your favorite essential oils or EO blends
  • 1/4 cup carrier oil (coconut, safflower or sweet almond)
  • 2 teaspoons witch hazel

Instructions:

To make homemade reed diffusers will take several days because the oil needs time to absorb into the reeds. For this reason, it’s better to choose a lighter oil for your reed diffuser sticks. The narrow bottle neck is not imperative if you don’t have a jar like this, but it’s desirable because this slows down evaporation time. You want the oils to saturate into the sticks, not into the air.

To make:

Simply mix up your chosen blend of essential oil (see our holiday blends for ideas) with the carrier oil.

Place in the bottle with narrow lid.

Let soak for several days

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Disclaimer:

This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice. Medical advice should always be obtained from a qualified medical professional for any health conditions or symptoms associated with them. Every possible effort has been made in preparing and researching this material. We make no warranties with respect to the accuracy, applicability of its contents or any omissions.

Essential oils are highly concentrated and not all of them are safe for internal use so be sure to check the safety of any oil before digesting. If you are pregnant, some oils can cause contractions, always ask your doctor before use.

Topical application requires dilution with a carrier oil as some oils can cause skin irritation when used in their original high concentration form.

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