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DIY Projects for Essential Oils

Great for gifts or spoiling yourself!

We’ve noticed in the last couple of years that more and more people are making some of their Christmas gifts using essential oils. We already carry one of the most complete selections of aromatherapy products around (four brands of essential oils, carrier oils, diffusers, dropper bottles, roller bottles, spray bottles, citric acid, magnesium flakes, etc.), so we thought we could most help our DIY customers by providing a few essential oil recipes. Enjoy!

Bath Bombs
8 oz. baking soda
4 oz. magnesium flakes (sold at Ruth’s!)
4 oz. corn starch
4 oz. citric acid (sold at Ruth’s!)
2.5 tablespoons melted or fractionated coconut oil (sold at Ruth’s!)
About 1 tablespoon water
About 2 teaspoons essential oils of your choice (sold at Ruth’s!)
4-6 drops food coloring
12-18 silicone molds

Mix dry ingredients together (baking soda, magnesium flakes, corn starch, citric acid) in a large bowl. Whisk to make sure mixture is clump-free.

In a separate bowl, mix the wet ingredients (oil, water, essential oil, food coloring). Or put them into a large jar, close the lid and shake well.

SLOWLY add liquid mixture to the dry mixture, maybe a teaspoon at a time. Whisk to keep from clumping but slow down if it starts to get fizzy. Final mixture should just barely clump together, like wet sand.

Stuff into silicone molds ASAP. Press mixture firmly into molds. Then let bombs dry 8 hours to overnight.

When dry, pop them out of the molds and package as gifts.


Bath Salts

2 cups magnesium flakes (sold at Ruth’s!)
½ cup sea salt (sold at Ruth’s!)
½ cup baking soda
15 drops of essential oil, single or a blend (sold at Ruth’s!)
Food coloring (5-15 drops)
Jars for gift giving

Mix together magnesium flakes, salt and baking soda. Add food coloring and essential oils and mix well. Put into jars and decorate!


Essential Oil Blends to Try in Bath Salts or Bombs

Relaxing – Lavender & Bergamot
Invigorating – Peppermint & Lemon
Good Mood – Ylang Ylang & Frankincense
Clear Mind – Lemon & Rosemary
Clear Sinuses – Peppermint & Eucalyptus
Calming – Cedarwood & Vetiver


Essential Oil Blends for Your Diffuser

Seasonal Support – Lavender, Lemon, & Peppermint
Goodbye Stress – Frankincense & Bergamot
Deep Sleep – Lavender, Chamomile, & Vetiver
Grounding – Cedarwood & Vetiver


Essential Oil Blend to Add to Unscented Lotion

8 oz. unscented hand or body lotion
10 drops Patchouli
20 drops Sandalwood
5 drops Carrot Seed

For more information about how to use essential oils in general, check out the National Association for Holisitic Aromatherapy.