As the season of gifting approaches why not give a fast acting gift of happiness with a yummy salt scrub that will make your shower feel like a spa. Or a room spray that can disinfect as well as smell great, or an uplifting blend, that can be used in your office or home. Smell is one of the fastest ways to affect the mind. Lavender calming stress, Lemon to enliven and brighten a gloomy disposition. Smell can also affect your digestion, Peppermint helps calm a full stomach or fennel to stoke the digestive fire. Overall pleasant smells make us feel happy and can greatly affect the mood of the environment you are in.
Essential oils for the Doshas
*Means ok for salt scrub, the others may be to harsh for the skin and should only be used in a spray.
Vata- *Chamomile (Grounding), *Lavender (Calming), *Jasmine
Pitta-*Rose (Heart opening), *Peppermint (Cooling), *Lemon (Uplifting)
Kapha- Eucalyptus (Decongestant), *Orange (Uplifting), Sage (Drying)
Salt Scrub Ingredients:
1 cup of salt (small grains, not rock salt)
3/4 cup of Olive, Almond or Jojoba oil
Preferred Essential Oils
Plastic or Tin container
Combine salt and oil into bowl, mix with spoon or clean hands. (You want to have the salt soaked but not liquidy so if you need to add a little oil go for it.)
Add essential oil a couple of drops at a time and stir to avoid making too potent. Watch video for blending tips.
Scoop salt scrub into container. (Preferably not glass as the person using will be in shower and you don’t want them to drop it with oily hands.)
The more you decorate the container, the more posh it gets. That means think ribbons, tags, charms, anything you want, be creative.
**My favorite essential oils for salt scrub are geranium and lemon blend.**
Room Spray Ingredients:
Distilled water (amount depends on size of bottle)
If you are doing a floral spray you can start with a pre-made rose water base instead.
Preferred Essential Oils
Empty spritzer bottle (can be in found in natural food or craft store.)
Pour water into spritzer bottle. Leave room at the top for essential oils and the tube that goes into the bottle for the spritzer.
Slowly add essential oils and check the smell as you go. Watch video for blending tips.
Decorate with ribbon, tag or card, or decorate your own labels. (Blank sticky labels can be found in the office sections of the store.)
**Lavender spritzer is an antibacterial and smells wonderful, you can even spray a little near your pillow to help you sleep at night.**
Essential Oil Safety Tips:
*If you haven’t done much blending you can stick to one essential oil, or try not to go over three.
*Not quite sure what oils, Lavender and Vanilla on their own are very accepted and enjoyed smells.
*Don’t apply essential oils to skin with out diluting with carrier oil.
*Keep essential oils away from eyes.
*Do not ingest essential oils.
*Pregnant women should ask their doctor before using essential oils.