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Holiday Scents
Thursday, December 13, 2012 • Posted December 13, 2012

We are bombarded during the holidays of ads on TV for expensive electronics, clothes, watches, even cars. I have never even thought to ask Santa for a car, do you think I was good enough this year to get a new car? Mercedes SUV please! Well holiday gifts can be easy and cheap, and just what Aunt Jane wanted. Essential oils make perfumes, bath salts, room fresheners, flea dusters, bath oils, the list goes on and only limited by your imagination. Ceder, mandarin orange, jasmine, lemon, sandalwood, thyme, rosemary, mints. Your favorite oils can be used medicinally too, but we will stick to quick gift ideas. You pick oils by notes, perfumes always start with a good base note, this would be an oil like sandalwood, patchouli (yeww Dawns favorite), frankincenses, myrrh (good holiday oils). These oils keep their scent for a long time, and stay on the body. Often a perfume changes its smell the longer you wear it, thats because the base note is left after the others wear off. Top note oils are citrus oils, lemon, orange, lime, lemongrass, grapefruit, these oils are intense but burn off more quickly, but when added to a base note, completely change the smell. The other oils are middle notes, and hang in the middle, some are chamomile, lavender, marjoram, thyme. These oils can be added to carrier oils to make them safe to put directly on the skin. Carrier oils are non-fragrant nourishing oils like olive, apricot seed, almond, jojoba. To make bath salts, add 10 drops per cup to Epsom salts, put a couple drops food coloring in, and shake it up. Put in a colorful container, and decorate. Everyone loves a fragrant bath after a long day. You can do the same with a unfragranced bath soap. Add 20 drops to make it your own signature scent. Roll-on bottles are available to make your own pick me up scent. Add up to 11 drops in a carrier oil, and use it during the day. Baking soda can be used for a flea powder, use ceder, rosemary, citronella, tea tree for Fido or a friends pet. Room fresheners, add essential oil blends to a pine cone. It can really bring Christmas to life. I use oils like ceder around the furniture, so my male dogs don’t feel the urge to do what male dogs do. Use sage as a hot flash remedy. Cinnamon, ceder, and clove are wonderful Christmas blends and used in a oil burner, or diffuser. You can make your own hand soap that is anti-bacterial. Reuse an old foamer bottle, or buy one, and mix half water and a good foamy unfragranced liquid soap. Add 20 drops and maybe some food coloring if needed. Put a fancy label and bow on it. Presents done. Make your own lavender lotion, add 20 drops to 8 ounces of your favorite lotion. This is off the Christmas theme, but add citronella, tea tree, or rosemary, to shampoo, prevents and kills lice on children. Kills fleas on animals. Add an oil to a dryer sheet, put in stinky shoes, add to cat litter. The list goes on. Have a happy holiday, and remember to shop local. It helps everyone. More jobs, kids programs, and community.

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