Give the gift of relaxation

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Give the gift of RELAXATION ~ In this very busy month, here are 3 quick ideas for a 
last minute gift or two or 10! Hey ~ these are good for YOU too. Treat yourself in a quiet moment!
They are more of a guideline than recipe as you may want to add your own favourite scent to personalize the project! Check out the bonus ideas too! Merry Christmas!

Oatmeal Milk Bath

4 parts Epsom Salts
2 parts Sea Salt
1 part Oatmeal, ground to a fine powder
optional: 1 part non-fat powdered milk

Grind the oatmeal in a coffee grinder or food processor with a 3-4 drops of essential oils.
Combine the ingredients and package in a festive container or glass jar.
I have used ye ol’ canning jar for this project. Adorn with a colourful ribbon or get more artistic and decorate the jar too. This is a quick project but the resulting bath is soothing and much appreciated! The gift of relaxation !  

Self Care ~ DIY Bath Crystals with herbs!

Self Care ~ DIY Bath Crystals with herbs!

From a recent post on ‘self-care’ here’s another herb-infused project. Click here to see.

Here’s another favourite. I use Dr. Bronner’s liquid castile soap with dead sea salt and almond oil.You can use whatever you have on hand or whatever is available to you!

Salt Glow

1 cup salt
1 cup oil
1 cup liquid soap
Mix the ingredients and package. 
Massage into your skin while in the shower. Rince.
Decadent! This is like a super quick SPA treatment. Skin feels super soft afterwards.

Salt or Sugar “scrubs” are definitely some of the easiest and most satisfying DIY spa products.
They were very popular when I operated my ‘physical’ version of Studio Botanica in Toronto’s west end. The sky’s the limit with these scrubs. Use essential oils or herbs to create special personalized blends. This next one is a simple version to illustrate the process. I’ve made it with LIME essential oil and lime juice, with ORANGE essential oil, with delightful restful combinations or exhilarating enlivening oils to really help ‘perk up’ in the shower!
Cinnamon and Ginger are also fabulous ingredients.
This can be a foot scrub, too. Perhaps use a coarser salt for best results!
Brown sugar can offer another spin-off of yummy smelling scrubs! 


Botanical Salt Scrub

1 cup Dead Sea salt
1 cup oil Almond oil
4-5 drops Basil essential oil
optional: 3 basils leaves, dried, crumbled into mixture.
Mix well to combine and package. 

When I start writing about making ‘spa treats’ ~ I can’t stop. Sharing these next too.. More from my shop. These recipes are from a workshop I used to teach. (memories!!) 

Lip Treats

1 tsp of coconut oil
1 tsp of raw honey 
2 TB of raw sugar
dash of lemon juice. 

Brown Sugar Lip Treat
2 tsp brown sugar
1/2 tsp raw honey
1 tsp olive oil
1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Combine the honey and olive oil in a small bowl.
Add the sugar.
Add the vanilla extract
Spoon into a small container.
Make this recipe create more by increasing the measurements.
I used to make a bigger batch obviously, but thought that you would appreciate
the smaller version.

These treats are perfect for a anytime of year, for a dear friend or for Mother’s Day and, in a pinch, they may help ease the worry of a quick needed gift for someone you love and appreciate!    
with sincere good wishes for your ever-improving health !   xo Carol


Please share your own personal ‘fragrance’ combinations and recipes!! Love to hear more! It’s SO easy to leave a comment!  Here’s to treating ourselves well.

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