Winter often comes with mixed feelings. Sometimes it can be dreaded because it is associated with coldness and darkness. At the same time, winter often contains many wonderful memories of beautiful snowfalls, warm fires, holiday parties, and family and friends. Make the memory of the first snowfall last all winter long with this diffuser blend!
Do you like exfoliating with a sugar scrub? You may want to give this recipe a try!
While you are in the shower and ready to wash up, just grab one of these and rub it all over your body like you would soap. The soap helps get you clean, the sugar helps exfoliate your skin, the coconut oil replenishes moisture, and the essential oil refreshes the skin and provides a lovely scent. It’s a great way to pamper yourself while showering!
These sugar scrub bars make a great stocking stuffer or addition to any “pamper yourself” gift!
Put the unscented soap and coconut oil in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat in the microwave for 10-second intervals, stirring in between, until melted. You can also melt the ingredients on the stove top with a double boiler if you prefer.
Mix 1/2 cup (100 g) white sugar with 1 drop red food coloring, if desired.
Allow soap/oil mixture to cool for a couple minutes before adding in the white sugar, dyed sugar, and peppermint essential oil.
Press the mixture into a silicone mold, muffin tin lined with paper cups, or a glass dish (to cut into cubes).
Let sit in the fridge or freezer to allow mixture to firm up before cutting into cubes (if needed) and transferring the cubes to your PET jars or other airtight containers.
To use, simply rub a sugar scrub bar over your skin while showering. Rinse off with water.
Extra Scent Ideas:
Autumn Spice: Use brown sugar instead of white sugar and 5 drops cinnamon essential oil instead of the peppermint essential oil. Add 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) maple syrup to the mixture.
Pumpkin Pie: Use brown sugar instead of white sugar. Add 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) honey, 1 tsp. (2 g) pumpkin pie spice, and 2 drops cinnamon essential oil instead of peppermint.
Grapefruit Mint: Use 3 drops grapefruit and 2 drops peppermint essential oil. Add 1 drop red food coloring (optional).
Create your own scent! The possibilities are endless.
Would you like to hold a fun and easy make-and-take essential oil class? Though we call these ornaments, you could use this same idea and make wood slices to decorate any time of the year! You can even use larger wood slices and make drink coasters (if you use them with hot drinks, the oils will diffuse even better!). We also think these make fun gift tags, decorative labels, car diffusers, etc. The ideas are endless!
Wood slices. These can be ordered pre-cut (and even pre-drilled) online, purchased at a craft store, or made from a good tree branch. If you do make your own, you may want to sand them a little too.
A drill. This is for adding a hole that you can use to string up your ornament. If you are doing a different kind of decoration, you may not need a drill.
Decoration supplies. We chose to use a wood-burning tool to decorate our wood slices. You can also do a similar idea with string art using a hammer, small nails, and string/thread. If you are going to hang your wood as ornaments, you will also need ribbon or string.
Essential oils. You may want to have little sample bottles available along with a few holiday-scented blend recipes and allow your guests to choose what oils to add to their sample bottle to take home with their ornament.
When doing this as a class, you may want to set up the make-and-take portion as a line of stations that your guests can go through. Here is how you could set it up:
The first station could be a drilling station where someone is available with a drill to help your guests drill their wood slices. You can also have the wood slices pre-drilled, but doing the drilling at the class could allow your guests to choose whether they want to make an ornament or some other decoration.
The second station could be a drawing station with pencils, scratch paper, and a few simple ideas (to help people get started).
The third station could be a wood-burning station with a couple of wood-burning tools set up and plugged in.
The fourth station could be the ribbon station with a variety of thin ribbons, a ruler, and scissors for your guests to cut a strip about 5–6 inches (13–15 cm) long.
The fifth station could be the essential oil station where you could include a small selection of essential oils with a few holiday-scented blend ideas and small sample bottles for the guests to put their chosen essential oil or blend in. You may also want to include some dispensing tools (such as these 1 ml syringes and Adapta-caps™) to help with the transfer of essential oils to the sample bottles. You can even use these blank labels to make labels for the sample bottles.
Drill a hole (at least 1/4″ or 1/2 cm from the edge) in each wood slice. If you are doing this with a class, you may want to pre-drill all the wood slices. (If you are making a decoration other than ornaments, you can skip this step.)
Draw an image (such as a snowflake) on the wood slice with a pencil.
Use the wood-burning tool to trace your pencil drawing. Be very careful not to touch the tip of your wood-burning tool, as it is very hot.
Cut a ribbon strip about 5–6 inches (13–15 cm) long, place it through the hole in the wood slice, and tie the ends together.
Add a few drops of essential oil to the wood slice, and hang your ornament on your Christmas tree (or wherever else you want to decorate). Add more oil when needed.
Use these as gift tags, car diffusers, decorative labels, drink coasters, or any other decoration!
You can convert this idea into a child’s craft project by doing string art rather than wood-burning art. To do string art, just hammer small nails into the wood slices, and wrap string (or thread) around the nails to form an image. Easy ideas include stars, Christmas trees, snowflakes, etc.
You can also paint one side of a wood slice with chalkboard paint and decorate it with chalk. Use the other side as a diffuser by adding essential oil to the wood.
Enjoy the wonderful autumn and winter scents with this essential oil–infused potpourri! All you need to do is find some cute containers and fill them with potpourri ingredients. Add a few drops of essential oil to spruce up the scent, then enjoy for a couple weeks before recharging it with more essential oil!
This essential oil–infused potpourri makes a fantastic and simple gift for neighbors, friends, and coworkers this holiday season! Just attach a cute gift tag with ribbon or twine, and it’s good to go! If you would like to introduce your friends to essential oils, you may want to consider adding a small sample bottle of essential oil that they can use to “recharge” their own potpourri.
Don’t give all of them away though—you’ll want to keep a few to use yourself! We love placing these in the bathroom, the closet, the entryway, and many other places around the house. Try keeping a small container of this potpourri in your car as an easy car diffuser. You will love being welcomed with these aromas every time you get in your car!
Cut up bigger items such as cinnamon sticks, vanilla beans, dried apple slices, bay leaves, candied ginger, etc. as needed to fit in your containers.
Add 3–5 drops of desired essential oil(s) on top of the potpourri.
To use, simply leave the lid off of the container to enjoy the delightful aromas! Add a few drops of essential oil every couple weeks or as needed. You can also put the ingredients in a pot full of simmering water to spread the smell throughout the house.
Note: To gift, make sure contents fit inside the container. Screw the lid on, and decorate with ribbon, twine, or a gift tag. You can even include a small sample bottle filled with essential oil so your gift recipients can recharge their potpourri.
We added a little bit of everything to our potpourri, along with some cinnamon, orange, and cardamom essential oil, and we loved the result. But feel free to get creative and use whatever you have on hand for this recipe! All of these ingredients complement each other, so you really can’t go wrong here.
It’s time to start thinking about holiday gifts, and we’ve got some great ideas for you! The Abundant Health™ Holiday Gift Guide will help you give your holiday gifts a new spin this year with lots of exciting essential oil gift ideas!
The holiday season is a great time to introduce others to the the wonderful benefits of essential oils! The gift guide contains ideas for both beginner and experienced oil users, so you are sure to find something to give to the people in your life. The gift guide could also be given as a gift because it contains various essential oil–related recipes and ideas. The recipe below is featured in this holiday gift guide.
Do you want to make a cool advent calendar? Advent calendars are often used during the month of December for the days leading up to Christmas. They provide a fun way to count down to the holiday and are great for helping keep your holiday season focused around family and serving others. Advent calendars are a big hit with children because they usually involve family activities, but they can also be adapted to include a small treat that is enjoyed each night.
This cute advent calendar uses salve jars that allow you to put little things inside, such as chocolates, small candies, activity ideas, sample vials with oils, pictures, recipe cards, etc.
The idea is to glue strong magnets to the bottoms of the salve jars so that they will stick to a magnet board or refrigerator. Then you apply the numbered stickers to the tops of the salve jars and arrange them into a Christmas tree pattern. Apply the activity stickers inside the salve jars, and fill the salve jars with any correlated items for the activities you want to do each day. Starting December 1st, you take down the jar with the number 1, open it, and complete the activity for the day. Then you repeat each day with the jar that correlates with the date until Christmas day.
Use the templates to print the labels, or create your own.
Attach the magnets to the bottoms of the salve jars. Attach the number labels to the tops of the salve jars.
Decide what activities you want to do, and assign them to the day you want to do them. Then apply the activity stickers inside the associated salve jars. You can always rearrange the activities by changing the lids.
Add any other items associated with the activity, such as recipe cards, sample vials for diffuser blends, etc.
Arrange the salve jars on your magnet board.
To use, starting on December 1st, open the salve jar with the number that correlates with the date, and complete the activity. Continue every day as you count down to Christmas!
Update 11/18/2016: We now have these small tins that would work really well for this project! Check them out here: 2 oz. Tin Can with Window Lid.
As we celebrate this holiday season, our hearts and thoughts turn gratefully to our customers who have made us what we are today. Thank you for your continued loyalty and confidence. Thank you for helping us to grow alongside you and your downline. It is an honor for us to be a part of your business.
Throughout this coming year, we look forward to continuing to provide you with the essential oil accessories that you need to use the oils and share their benefits with others throughout the world.
Please note that our offices will be closed from December 23, 2014, to January 3, 2015, for Christmas, New Year’s, and inventory. We appreciate your patience during this time.
We hope that your holidays are joyous and filled with love, laughter, family, friends, health, and good food.
Wishing you peace, happiness, and success in the coming year,
Give a gift in a unique way this holiday season with these fun gift-box ornaments! These are great for giving small gifts or treats to neighbors or for giving away samples of your favorite holiday essential oils!
Plastic Salve Containers: These are the main part of the ornament and conceal the gift hidden inside. You can use any size container, depending on what you want to put inside. The 1 oz. Salve Jar is pictured above.
Narrow 1/4″ Wide Ribbon: This is used to create the loop that you hang the ornament from. You will need a length between 6″ and 10″. You can also substitute yarn or thick string.
Wider (3/4″–1″ Wide) Ribbon or Decorative Paper Strips: These are used for decorating the container.
Dril and 1/8″ bit: These are used to create a hole in the lid.
Glue or Tape: This is used to hold the ribbon and/or paper strips in place.
Unscrew the lid from the salve container. Using the drill and bit, drill a 1/8″ diameter hole in the center of the lid.
Cut a length of narrow ribbon (or string or yarn) to 6–10 inches in length. Pass both ends of the string through the top of the hole in the lid and out the bottom of the hole. Tie a knot with both ends on the bottom side of the lid so the knot blocks the ends of the ribbon from passing back through the hole. If desired, glue or tape the ends of the ribbon to the bottom side of the lid. Screw the lid back onto the container.
Cut a length of ribbon or a decorative paper strip so it wraps around the container. Use glue or tape to attach the ribbon or strip to the bottom part (base) of the container (do not attach it to the lid). Add any other decorations as desired.
Your gift ornament is now ready to fill with your desired gift or treat! Simply unscrew the lid, place the gift or treat inside, and re-fasten the lid to the container. If desired, attach a gift-tag to the ornament.
Some fun ideas for aromatherapy gifts you can place inside this container include the following:
Create 12 or 25 of these ornaments, and attach labels or papers with a number on each ornament to create a fun activity advent calendar for kids. Include small items representing activities to do or strips of paper with titles of Christmas books to read each day.
Are you looking for holiday gifts for family, friends, neighbors, or co-workers? Now is the perfect time to incorporate the healing benefits of essential oils into your holiday gifts! Introduce essential oils to those who don’t know about them and give related products to those who already use essential oils.