Can you believe that Christmas is only a few weeks away? Christmas for me represent the end of another year and quality time spent with family. However for a lot of people when they think of Christmas, they think of giving and receiving gifts. In the past I have written about gift suggestions for health conscious friends and family however this year I am focusing instead on simple, cost effective, small but thoughtful gifts that you can make yourself with love (and a few other key ingredients).
The focus of these gifts is toxin free items that can either be eaten or are suitable for topical use. In any recipe where I refer to essential oils, I recommend that you use the best quality essential oils that you can find (not the ones you get from a $2 shop). I encourage you to do your own research but my preference is doTerra essential oils. For more information about ordering doTerra essential oils click here.
- 10 drops elevation essential oil blend
- 10 drops balance essential oil blend
- 10 drops frankincence essential oil
- Fractionated coconut oil
- Glass roller ball, 10ml. I get mine here.
- Remove the cap from the top of the roller ball.
- Add the essential oils to the roller ball.
- Top up with fractionated coconut oil.
- Replace the roller ball cap and lid and give the roller a light shake to combine the ingredeints.
- To use: just roll on pulse points (wrists, on the neck or temples)
Bath salts, makes 1 cup (double or triple the recipe if desired)
- 1 cup Epsom salts
- 8 drops of lavender OR roman chamomile essential oil
- 1 tbsp dried lavender or chamomile flowers
- Glass jar, I re-purpose jars from my kitchen or buy pretty mason jars
- Combine ingredients in a bowl and tip into glass jars.
- Decorate the jars or the lids and include a tag with instructions for use.
- To use: dissolve 1/4 cup of bath salts in a warm bath. Relax and enjoy.
Fill a jar with your favourite homemade granola and include a label listing the ingredients. If your stumped for ideas you could try my cinnamon or chocolate granola.
Bliss ball jars
- 1 pinch of sea salt
- 1 tsp vanilla powder
- 1/4 cup cacao or cocoa powder
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 1/2 cup shredded coconut
- 1/2 cup whole almonds
- 1/2 cup cashews
- 1/2 cup of dried dates
- Optional extras (add to bottom of the jar): 1/4 cup protein powder, 2 drops of peppermint, cinnamon or wild orange essential oil.
* The almonds and cashews can be replaced with sunflower seeds and/or extra coconut for a nut free option.
In a large jar layer the ingredients in the order listed (i.e. salt. vanilla and cocao powder on the bottom of the jar and dates added last at the top of the jar)
Include a label with instructions on what else to add and how to make. An example would be.
To make the bliss balls, simply tip all the ingredients into a high powdered blender (or food processor) and process until mixtures combines and looks a bit crumbly (5 – 7 seconds at speed 6 if using a Thermomix). Add 1/4 cup of coconut oil and process again until the mixture sticks together. Shape into balls and roll in desiccated coconut (not included) and allow to set in fridge until ready to eat. Will last in the fridge for about 1 week (in airtight container) or a few months in the freezer. Makes 14 balls.
For more awesome bliss ball recipes that can easily (most but not all) be converted into bliss ball jars. Check out Wholefood Simply’s recipes here.
- 20g of beeswax
- 40g coconut oil
- 4 drops of essential oil (peppermint and wild orange)
- Lip balm pots
- Melt the wax in a bowl over a small saucepan (steam method)
- Add coconut oil and mix well
- Remove from the heat and stir through essential oil
- Immediately pour mixture into lip balm pots
Keep reading if you want some ideas of gifts that are a bit more substantial….
There are plenty of food subscription services around that offer baskets of food (for example The Sugar Free Box) but how about designing a basket yourself with some of your favourite items that you know the other person will love. Some Simply Nourishing suggestions are good quality gelatin, dehydrated bone broth, activated nuts or shredded coconut, organic dark chocolate, seed crackers and herbal teas.
Essential oil kit
A small collection of essential oils, or a membership so that they can buy their own essential oils at wholesale prices is a great option for anyone from the mum wanting to replace toxins around her home to improve her families health to the hardcore gym goer. My personal favourites are the Home Essential Kit and the Essential Collection Kit because they come with 10-11 of the most popular essential oils which can be used for so many things (cooking, cleaning, sleep support, immune support, perfumes, etc). Or if you want to put together your own kit your might consider some of the following
- For mood management: a 15ml bottle of each of the following essential oil blends, Balance (grounding), Elevation (joyful), Citrus Bliss (invigorating) and Serenity/Lavender Peace (calming).
- For beautiful clear skin: the verage skincare collection including cleanser, toner, serum and moisturiser.
- For the athlete (available in the US for $90 US): includes a 120ml deep blue rub, and five 5ml bottle of essential oils (breathe, lavender, onguard, melaleuca and peppermint) conveniently packaged in a reusable zippered carry case.
- The Home Essential Kit
To place an order for these Essential Oil Kits (or to make your own selection), simply click here and follow the instructions to set up a wholesale account. If you want more information feel free to get in contact with me please contact me through the Contact Me page above.
And remember that the best gift is the gift of love, so whatever you give for Christmas (or any other time of the year), give it with love.