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Monday, December 8, 2014

Homemade gifts with oils

Many of you know how much I enjoy making things from scratch... food, bath and body products, cleaning products, personal care products, and gifts. As I learn more and more about Young Loving Essential Oils, I'm enjoying making many types of products and gifts "from scratch". Here are a few of my favorite homemade items that would make great Christmas gifts!

Lip Balm - This recipe was inspired by another blogger's recipe, but I tried a couple other oils and will only use glass containers for storing lip balm. I find my glass containers for many of these homemade concoctions at Abundant Health.
3 TBSP beeswax
3 TBSP coconut oil
2 TBSP shea butter
1/4 tsp raw honey
1/8 tsp vanilla extract
8-10 drops of Young Living Lavender, Peppermint or Lemongrass (some people may like Orange or other Citrus oil, but Citrus oils can cause your skin to be photosensitive in sun exposure)
  • Over a double boiler, heat (until melted) beeswax, coconut oil and shea butter.
  • Once melted, remove from heat and add honey, vanilla and Essential Oils. 
  • Pour quickly (before hardened) into 1/4oz glass containers. 
  • Seal, label and give away (or enjoy for yourself)
  • Makes approximately 10-12 1/4 oz. containers.
Luxurious Body Butter
This is my absolute favorite lotion! I use daily on face and body!!
1 cup shea butter
1/2 cup unrefined coconut oil
1/4-1/2 cup almond or grapeseed oil
1 tsp Vitamin E oil
10-12 drop Essential Oil-- Great oil choices are Lavender, Lemongrass, or Peppermint, I also like Lavender with a couple drops Frankincense or Lemongrass with Cypress).

  • Over a double boiler, heat (until melted) shea butter and coconut oil.
  • Once melted, remove from heat and add almond oil, vitamin E oil and EOs.
  • Chill a few minutes in refrigerator (over over a bowl of ice water) and whip with a mixer to get a wonderful creamy luxurious body butter!!

Bath Salts are super easy to make and a wonderful gift!!
Mix 1 cup of Epsom salts with 6-8 drops of Essential Oil. My favorites are:
  • Lavender - calming 
  • Peppermint - refreshing
  • Lemongrass - great for circulation and detox
  • PanAway - awesome for sore muscles!
  • Stess Away - exactly how it sounds!
Sugar Scrubs are great for face and body! 
2/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup sea salt
1/4-1/3 cup Almond or coconut oil
5 drops Essential Oil
Great YL Essential Oils are: Peppermint, Orange, Lemongrass, Lavender, Lemon, Citrus Fresh

Super Easy Youthful Face Cream
4 oz unrefined coconut oil
12 drops Lavender
3-4 drops Frankincense
Combine--that simple! You can also whip with mixer for a whipped lotion.

Interested in ordering Young Living Essential Oils? I would love to help!

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