Friday, December 17, 2010

Holiday Aromatherapy Cheer!

Christmas is fast approaching and some of us haven't finished our holiday shopping. And with many Aura Cacia essential oils on sale, now is the perfect time to have a little aromatherapy joy! For a fun last minute gift, try these quick, easy, and inexpensive recipes!

Peppermint Bath Salts
8 oz. Cornstarch
8 oz. Citric Acid
16 oz. Baking Soda
15 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
5 drops Lavender Oil

Mix cornstarch and citric acid together. Add essential oils. Blend in baking soda. Package and label. Use 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup per bath.
To make it even more simple, use sea salt or fructose instead! Or, add one of the above blends to unscented lotion to make a custom lotion that actually has therapeutic benefits!

Staying Merry and Bright
To avoid becoming the Grinch, these oils work wonderfully: Grapefruit, Lemon, Bergamot, Peppermint and Rosemary!
Here's a fantastic little blend to help up-lift and maintain alertness:
9 drops Lavender Oil
3 drops Lemon Oil
2 drops Geranium Oil
2 drops Bergamot Oil

For children, peppermint, lavender, bergamot, and grapfruit work well!

Bath Cookies
2 cups finely ground sea salt
1/2 cup baking soda
1/2 cup cornstarch
2 Tbsp Almond Oil
1 tsp Vitamin E
2 eggs
30 drops Lavender Oil

Preheat oven to 350 F. Combine all the listed ingredients and form into a dough. Using a teaspoon or so of dough at a time, roll it gently in the palm of your hand until it forms a ball. Form all dough into one teaspoon balls, and gently place them on an ungreased cookie sheet. Sprinkly lavender buds on the bath balls. Bake your bath cookies for 10 minutes until they are lightly browned. Do not over bake! Allow the bath cookies to cool completely. To use, drop 1-2 cookies into a warm bath and allow to dissolve. Enjoy! (Yield: 24 cookies)

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