DIY Holiday Room Spray

DIY Holiday Room Spray
Want to keep your home smelling holiday fresh during your gatherings this season without the toxic chemicals? Making your own room spray is very simple and you can change the scent for every season. These make great little hostess gifts too!

Here is what you will need:
2 oz. glass spray bottle
1 oz. witch hazel or  vodka
1 oz. distilled water
Pinch of salt
10 drops Christmas Spirit essential oil
4 drops Thieves essential oil 

1. Add salt to the glass bottle then add essential oils. (the essential oils adsorb in the salt and will disperse more evenly once liquids are added)
2. Add 1 oz. witch hazel or vodka and 1 oz. distilled of purified water.
3. Replace spray top and shake well to mix. 

I love to leave one of these in my bathroom to keep it smelling fresh. Also great to spray the room, linens, and garbage can to keep it for getting stinky. I love this combination because it helps clear the air of odor and anything that could be flying around during cold season. 

Thieves essential oil blend is a powerful combination of Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus Radiata, and Rosemary essential oils that fills any space with a rich, spicy aroma. Thieves Vitality (internal use) provides overall wellness and support for a healthy immune system. Use this blend as an addition to your daily wellness regimen. Its sweet, spicy flavor from oils such as Clove, Lemon, and Cinnamon Bark give a comforting seasoning to warm food and  drinks. 

Christmas Spirit taps into the happiness, joy, and comfort associated with the holiday season. It combines Orange, Cinnamon Bark, and Spruce to create a warm, spicy, and sweet Christmas essential oil blend that’s sure to be loved by everyone in the family. Diffuse it during the holidays and winter months to help children, family, and friends reminisce over the past and create new memories for the future. 

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Holiday Diffuser Ornaments

Holiday Diffuser Ornaments
I have another fun and easy DIY holiday gift idea! These holiday diffuser ornaments are a cute way to give the delicious scents of the holidays to your friends and family. 

Here is what you need:
Small round pieces of wood (you can get these at the craft store or call your dad over to help you slice some with a miter saw :) 
Rubber stamps & stamp pad
Black acrylic paint (optional)
Mini jungle bells (These are from the $ store)
Some ribbon or twine
You creative imagination :)

To make:
1. Cut slices of wood about 1/4 inch thick and drill a small hole toward the top. Or purchase the pre-cut ones from the craft store and drill a small hole. 
2. You can either stamp your wood piece with a saying or a fun holiday picture or paint the surface black and use a chalk pen or rubber stamp with white ink for a chalk board look.
3. cut a length of string about 12 " long and string three mini jungle bells in the center and tie twice to secure. Then lace string through hole in ornament and tie at top to secure. 
4. Tie a piece of ribbon around the string in a bow at the top of the ornament.
5. Add a few drops of your favorite holiday scented essential oil to the back of the ornament. Hang on your tree or an ornament stand and enjoy the scent of the holidays!
Here are some of my favorite scents to use:
Pine Essential Oil: Pine essential oil has a refreshing and empowering aroma. When diffused, this oil has a calming scent. 

Christmas Spirit: taps into the happiness, joy, and comfort associated with the holiday season. It combines Orange, Cinnamon Bark, and Spruce to create a warm, spicy, and sweet Christmas essential oil blend that’s sure to be loved by everyone in the family. 

Northern Lights Black Spruce: Diffuse this rich, woodsy, and invigorating scent during meditation to create a fresh aromatic atmosphere.  

Lavender Peppermint Soaking Salts

Lavender Peppermint Soaking Salts
Looking to get you DIY on and make some fun Holiday gifts for friends and family! Here is another super easy and fun recipe perfect for everyone on your list this year. Lavender Peppermint soaking salts are great for a relaxing bath or for a soothing foot soak after a long day of holiday shopping.

Here is what you need:
12 oz mason jar or larger
2 cups unscented Epsom salts
1 tbsp baking soda
1 tsp sweet almond oil or carrier oil of choice
¼ cup dried peppermint leaves
4 drops Lavender essential oil

In a bowl combine epsom salts, almond oil and essential oil and stir well to combine. Add in baking soda and peppermint leaves and stir well until mixed. Store in mason jar. To use add 2 heaping tbsp into muslin bag and add to tub of hot water soak and enjoy! 

*Don't have dried peppermint leaver or tea? No worries you can make this recipe using 2 drops of Peppermint essential oil in lieu of the peppermint leaves :)

Lavender Essential oil is actually one of the most well know essential oils. It has so many uses that it is jokingly called the swill army knife of essential oils.  Many lavender essential oils on the market are filled with synthetic fragrance and fillers so be sure you are using a high quality product to get the most therapeutic benefit like Young Living's Lavender

Aromatic: Diffuse lavender for focus, to create a calming atmosphere and for a more restful night sleep. 

Topical: Apply Lavender with a few drops of carrier oil on stressed skin. Try adding a few drops to a small glass spray bottle for a lovely pillow or linen spray. 

Internal: Add 1-2 drops of Lavender Vitality to your next batch of fresh squeezed lemonade or add into shortbread cookies for a tasty treat!

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Essential Oil Infused Tea Ornaments

Essential Oil Infused Tea Ornaments
Looking for a unique gift for a teacher, co-worker, friends or family? These super cute tea ornaments are very simple to make and who doesn't like a nice warm cup of tea on a cold day :)

Here is what you will need: 
Large glass ornament (3.25 inches, I got mine at the craft store)
1/2 cup loose leaf tea (I used organic English Breakfast)
1-2 tsp  dried orange peal (optional but looks cute:)
Chop Stick

  1. Rise out glass bulbs and let dry
  2. Add essential oils inside glass bulb, swirling  to cover the inside
  3. Insert funnel and slowly pour in loos tea. If the tea gets stuck in the funnel this is where the chopstick comes in. Gently poke until the tea falls through. (DO NOT poke too hard as you could break the ornament.)
  4. Add in 1-2 tsp of dried orange peel.
  5. Add top back on ornament and shake to mix well.
  6. Let infuse for at least three days before serving.
  7. To serve add 1 tsp to a tea steeper of tea bag and steep for 4-5 minutes, enjoy!
Now it's time to decorate! Add a bit of ribbon,  maybe a sprig of berries from the craft store and a cute tag and you have a unique gift to give this holiday season. Pair it with a nice mug to make a little set. 

Essential Oil Infused Sides Dishes

Essential Oil Infused Sides Dishes
Alright now that I shared my favorite way to cook the best Thanksgiving day turkey let's move onto my second favorite thing... The mashed potatoes and gravy! Seriously when I was a kid I went on some sort of meat strike and literally only ate mashed potatoes and gravy for Thanksgiving dinner for a few years.  And whats crazy to me is that my child wont touch them but will eat turkey :)

Rosemary Garlic Mashed Potatoes
I am kind of a mashed potato snob :) I mean if I am going to eat the starch and carbs they had better be really creamy and good! This recipe is seriously delicious! Now I have altered it a tad here and there and replaced the heavy cream with sour cream and both are delicious. With the addition of Rosemary Vitality and Black Pepper Vitality these are winner winner chicken dinner (or should I say turkey dinner :)
Ultimate Gravy
Now in my world mashed potatoes would not be complete without delicious homemade gravy! I seriously love to take the ladle and  make a nice big puddle of gravy right in the middle :) This recipe can be made using the delicious drippings from the turkey as well as using stock or a combination of the two. I also like to use pink Himalayan Sea Salt in lieu of kosher salt. Adding in Sage, Thyme and Black Pepper Vitality essential oils give it just the right amount of seasoning but feel free to experiment. I am one of those cooks who throws a little of this and that in while cooking and I totally go off recipe all the time :) 
Hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with family, friends, and delicious food!

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