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)

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Books for all!

Give the gift of knowledge or laughter this year! Check out these titles:

The Perfect Infusor!

Another great gift idea:  Trudeau's Oil & Spices!    Add your favorite herbs or spice flavors and aromas to your olive oil.   It features an infuser chamber with holes, allowing oil to slowly go through your spices.  It's easy to fill and has a dripless spout.      We love rosemary olive oil, but limitless possibilites await!   Stop in and check out our fun selection of gift ideas!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Gift Ideas for Good Girls & Boys!

Vegan Wednesday! Vegan stocking stuffers!

Not sure what stocking stuffers to get for the VEGAN in your life? Food For Thought has lots of fun treats to choose from!

Alternative Baking Company cookies are always a favorite. They come in great flavors like Luscious Lemon Poppyseed, Snickerdoodle, and Phenomenal Pumpkin Spice.
Primal Strips vegan jerky has a delicious Texas BBQ flavor and Stonewall's vegan Jerquee is a tasty and spicy treat.
GoRaw products are great for those who eat a raw vegan diet. They have great bars, nut mixes, and granolas! Alive and Radiant foods make a great vegan "Raweo" (basically, a raw vegan "Oreo"). It's not to be missed!
Emmy's Organic vegan Macaroons come in a chai flavor that is quickly becoming a favorite of mine. They're delicious with a side of Almond Breeze chocolate milk.
Stop by today and check out our selection of yummy vegan stocking stuffers!!!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

New Tasty Gluten-Free Treat: PopCorners!

New at Food for Thought: PopCorners! A delicious treat that anyone can enjoy! PopCorners are all natural, gluten-free, popped-corn chips. They are available at Food for Thought in 4 tempting flavors: kettle, white cheddar, butter and sea salt. They are perfect in place of popcorn- and much less of a hassle to "prepare" and eat! Eat them plain or use them in place of tortilla chips with your favorite dip! Stop in and discover your favorite flavor today!

Reel 'em in!

Struggling on what to get your brother-in-law, uncle or dad?  How about the Camo Reel Roaster from Hog Wild?  This fun gift actually works great!  You can use the 27" telescopic stainless steel skewer for 2 marshmallows or one hot dog.  Crank the handle to rotate and cook your food to perfection!  The skewer removes for easy clean-up!  Pefect for camping, cookouts, or the fireplace at home!   Stop in for more great gift ideas for everyone on your list!

Monday, December 13, 2010

No need to monkey around with big crowds!

These little creatures would melt the heart of Scrooge himself!  Little Missmatched sock monkey animals are adorable, cozy and on sale!  Come check out the giraffe, frog, monkey and more!   We also feature several of their other cute products.    Check another name off your list and discover all our fun gift ideas!

Pomegranate, The Fruit of Paradise!

Pomegranate--an ancient fruit with great power to heal and prevent disease. Research has revealed that antioxidant polyphenols in pomegranates can be an important addition to your arsenal against cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, and strokes.

More importantly, here's how to open one up:
 1. Cut off crown of pomegrate.
2. Score the fruit deep down the outside walls of the membrane down to the base.
3. Put into a large bowl of cold water.
4. After soaking awhile, gently pry the five sections apart. The pips are the fruit and will sink to the bottom of the bowl. The membranes will float to the top. Drain the bowl and eat the fruit or pips. The fruit can also be frozen for future use. Bon appetit!