Gifts for Mom that She’ll Love and You Will Love to Make

8 May

Make Fabulous Gifts for Family and Friends (this includes you)!

In honor of Mother’s Day I am revisiting a post from the past.  It offers a wonderful opportunity to share fun family time with your kids while creating a gift that any Mom would  love. You can substitute your favorite essential oils for the ones used below.   Have fun, and Happy Mother’s Day in advance.

What is better than a gift that you enjoy giving as much as others love receiving it?  Well, if you love the feeling of accomplishment that comes with making something that is just as wonderful as what you might buy at an expensive spa then read on.  This is a project that also creates a great opportunity to share a magical “quality time” experience with your kids or grand kids.

There are many spa recipes available for things such as foaming bath salts, sugar scrubs, salt scrubs, even lip gloss, made with easily found ingredients.  What makes these projects so special?  Well, they create an affordable luxury that is a very personal gift that can be tailored to the preferences of the receiver.  It is an experience that children, especially teenaged girls,  love to take part in and best of all you have control of what goes into it. If  you have you ever tried to  read the label on bath products out loud you know what I mean.

I would like to share a very simple recipe that I made recently for a friend who was suffering from a cold.  I modified a recipe found in First for Women Magazine  February 21, 2011 issue  inspired by a product offered by the famous Bliss Spa called Bliss Spa’s self-warming Hot Salt Scrub.   They chose ingredients for this based on their restorative properties.   Eucalyptus essential  oil, which contains cineol and camphor, and rosemary essential oil, which also contains camphor, are selected to help clear mucus.  These essential oils also have antiseptic properties helpful in killing bacteria.  In addition, they have the properties of increasing circulation and creating warmth.  This opens the pores allowing antioxidants in the  grape seed oil to be absorbed easily by the skin.  This scrub is great for use in the shower however, I try not to use it near my feet as the oil can make the shower a bit slippery.

The recipe calls for 1 cup of  coarse kosher salt, 1 cup grape seed oil, and 10 drops each of rosemary essential oil and eucalyptus essential oil.  Mix together and place in a resealable jar.  Personally, I use less oil about a 1/2 cup oil rather than a full cup.  To create a luxurious gift package  finish  the jar with a whimsical or elegant ribbon.

As always, take precautions when working with essential oils and closely supervise children to prevent accidental injuries.

To use, rub the scrub on chest area  and arms (on dry skin).  Breathe in the vapors.  When the shower is steamy, get in and rinse off.  Carefully, step out and dry skin briskly with a soft towel.

This is fun to create and fun to give and will definitely help you stretch your gift giving budget.  It is a great idea for a family project.  You could even invite a few of your favorite friends over for an evening of fun.  Have everyone bring a resealable container and a couple of yards of ribbon to mix and match.  You supply the ingredients and the recipe.  At the end of the evening everyone will leave with fun memories and a fabulous spa treatment to enjoy.

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4 Responses to “Gifts for Mom that She’ll Love and You Will Love to Make”

  1. Laura May 9, 2012 at 5:46 PM #

    You have been nominated for the “Beautiful Blogger” & “7 x 7″ Award by Some Kind of Lovely Ride! http://somekindoflovelyride.com

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    ~Laura

    • queenoffamilosity May 10, 2012 at 10:34 AM #

      Oh, I am so honored Laura. What a compliment from someone who loves beautiful things as you do.
      I will definately accept the nominations. It may take me a while to organize this, but as they say, slow and steady wins the race. Have a beautiful day!

  2. personalpower4me May 14, 2012 at 10:33 PM #

    I’m a bit late on this one sorry,
    Nice job though, hope you had a lovely Mother’s DAy
    be good to yourself
    David

    • queenoffamilosity May 21, 2012 at 4:56 PM #

      David,
      Never too late. This is a treat that should be welcome anytime. No reason required. I hope your family enjoyed a wonderful day pampering Mom.
      By the way, I love your sign off. It reminds me to be good to myself!

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