This past Sunday I had a few ladies over for an evening of arts and crafts. Yes, you read that right. Arts and crafts are definitely not just for kids!
Today I'm sharing the homemade essential oil goodies we made - these are GREAT for last minute gifts, or for a fun vacation week activity.
Beyond the practical, creating something tangible with your hands is really satisfying, especially in a day and age where we do so much with our minds and on our devices.
I've found making time to make things with my hands is critical to balance out screen time. Cooking and baking fall into this category, as do arts and crafts. The last two years I've been building up my art supplies so that I can be creative outside the kitchen. Similar to when I was a kid, I have a basket of markers, pens, stickers, glue, tape, construction paper, etc. I save old make up containers and tissue paper, ribbons and other miscellaneous items that I could use in a future creative endeavor.
Coloring or doodling (or whatever art form calls to you) can be a great way to unwind after a long day, or a fun activity for a rainy Saturday afternoon. If you have kids, AWESOME - get right in there and play with them. And if you don't - invite a friend over to catch up while creating.
Beyond the pure FUN and relaxation that can come with crafting, many activities leave you with cool products - beautifully colored inspirational quotes, jewelry or (as was the case in my home this weekend) homemade bath and body products.
Below I'm sharing the "recipes" for the essential oil crafts I made with my friends this weekend: homemade bath salts and sugar scrubs.
These make AMAZING gifts (I gave out my first bath salt yesterday and the recipient was SO impressed and excited), but they're also fun activities for a quiet winter evening or lazy afternoon
3 cups Epsom salts
1 cup fine sea salt (optional, can do all Epsom salt if you prefer)
1/4 cup baking soda (optional, see note below!)
20-30 drops essential oils
Add salts and baking soda (if using) to a large bowl and mix until well combined.
Add in essential oils of choice. If you’re making multiple blends, transfer salt mixture to individual containers or baggies before adding the oils.
A note on baking soda: Baking soda is added to the salt blend for soft skin (salt can actually be slightly irritating). Almost every recipe I found online for homemade bath salts included baking soda. However, baking soda is also known to react with some essential oils. I’d skip the baking soda if you’re using glass jars to store the salts, planning on adding citrus oils or may be storing the salts for an extended period of time.
2 cups sugar (any kind will do but ideally something organic!)
1/2 - 1 cup oil (coconut, olive, almond, etc!)
15-25 drops essential oils
Add sugar and oil to a large bowl. If using an oil that’s solid at room temperature (like coconut oil) you may want to melt or soften it beforehand.
Mix until well combined. You want your scrub to be moist but not soaked so adjust oil and sugar as needed.
Add in essential oils of choice. If you’re making multiple blends, transfer sugar and oil mixture to individual containers before adding the oils.
What oils should I use?
This is where the creative part comes in - YOU get to choose the essential oil or oil combinations for your personal salts and scrubs.
I’ve included some combinations below to get you started.
You can learn more about my favorite essential oils and their therapeutic properties by downloading my FREE Essential Oils 101 Guide here.
Essential oil combinations:
Clear sinuses = equal parts eucalyptus and peppermint
Relaxation blend = equal parts lavender and bergamot
Clear mind = equal parts lavender and lemon
Balancing blend = clary sage, mint and tea tree (melaluca)
Stress relief = orange, clove, lemon and cedarwood
I solely use the doTERRA essential oils for their quality and sustainable business practices. Click here to purchase doTERRA oils.
One of my intentions for 2019 is to do more with my hands. So I'd love to hear from you:
are you into any arts and crafts? If so, what are they?
Leave a comment below and let me know!