Gingerbread Bath Bombs
1/2 cup baking soda
1/4 cup epsom salt
1/4 cup citric acid
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon allspice
2 teaspoons Coconut Oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon molasses
5 drops Cinnamon Bark oil
5 drops Ginger oil
Whisk dry ingredients in a bowl until combined.
In a separate bowl, combine wet ingredients and mix.
Combine wet and dry ingredients and mix well. Mixture should be relatively dry but still moldable.
If the mixture is too moist the bath bombs will lose their fizziness but if they're too dry they will crumble on you.
Pack mixture into molds, place in refrigerator and allow to dry for at least 24 hours before removing.
Store in a dry place until use.
***Caution: When using warm oils, always be cautious if you have sensitive skin or using with children in the bathtub. They can be great for foot soaks!
Gingerbread Sugar Scrub
3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/2 cup Fractionated Coconut Oil
3 drops Cinnamon Bark oil
4 drops Ginger oil
2 drops Clove oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon allspice
Mix all ingredients in a bowl until combined.
Store in an airtight container. Glass jars are best. Makes about 1 cup of Sugar scrub.
To use, massage over skin for 30 seconds or until sugar dissolves, then rinse with warm water and pat skin dry. As always, be cautious to skin sensitivity.
Gingerbread Sugar Scrub Cubes
1/4 cup oil almond, grape-seed or coconut oil
1/2 cup goat's milk or other soap base
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
2 drops ginger essential oil
2 drops cinnamon essential oil
1/4 tsp allspice
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp cinnamon spice
1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
Melt soap base over a double boiler or in a microwave-safe bowl; stirring every 30 seconds. Add almond oil and stir until completely melted.
In a medium bowl, combine brown sugar, ginger, cinnamon, allspice, and ground cloves.
Once soap is melted, remove from stove and stir in vanilla extract. Allow to cool for one minute then add the ginger and cinnamon essential oil.
Combine soap with sugar mixture. Use your hands to press mixture into your silicone mold of choice. Work quickly to avoid having the sugar harden. Allow sugar scrub cubes to set overnight or speed up the process by placing in the freezer.
Remove from mold and store in airtight container.
It is always best when trying a new sugar scrub, especially with spices and warm essential oils, is to test a small area of skin first. Just to be safe and ensure you’re not sensitive to any of the ingredients.
Gratitude Garland - What a cute idea.
Choose your own colors to fit the celebration. Fall colors for Thanksgiving, or Red and Green for Christmas.
Ah, the magic of SNOW! For some, winter is the most magical time of the year and a fresh snowfall is a beautiful, mystical event.
But why wait? You can create snow all year long—even during the summer months!
SUMMER SNOW RECIPE
• 1 lb. Baking Soda
• Unscented Organic Shaving Cream
• 1–2 drops Essential Oils of choice
• Small Plastic Tote
Place Baking Soda in the bottom of a small plastic tote. Knead a handful of Shaving Cream into Baking Soda and watch the snow begin to form. This snow can be molded into various shapes (including snowmen!); or just have fun watching it change form in your hands and squish around.
It also doubles as a deodorizer, so if any of the Snow should get in your carpeting or on your floor, simply let it sit for a bit, then vacuum as usual.
Here’s another great “make it together” craft idea for you and your children: MOON SAND!
The mixing and squishing in this project helps kids learn about different textures and can help fine tune hand-eye coordination. This craft idea will undoubtedly become one of your child’s favorites. You’ll have the satisfaction of letting them make and play with something you created together that’s both natural and safe!
HOWLING AT THE MOON SAND RECIPE
• 8 c. Flour
• 1 c. Vegetable Oil or thicker Carrier Oil
• 10 drops Lavender Essential Oil
In a large bowl, combine all ingredients. Mix with your hands until well combined. When the sand starts to clump or cling together, you have achieved the correct consistency. If your Moon Sand is too wet, add a bit more flour. Too dry, just add a little more Oil.
You can also add Natural Food Coloring to the mixture, a few drops at a time, until you achieve the colors you desire.
Store in an air-tight container between play sessions, and always check your Sand before play sessions for any breakdown.
Think back to when you were little, and your parents introduced you to the simple fun of BLOWING BUBBLES!
Did you chase them as they floated on the breeze? Did you catch and pop them? (Did you accidentally inhale instead of exhale?)
Bubbles can be a great activity for your and your children, and you’re about to learn a natural way to create the same fun WITHOUT harsh chemicals or additives!
NO TROUBLE BUBBLE RECIPE
• 1 c. Warm Water
• 1 tsp. Sugar
• 2–3 tbsp. Castile Liquid Soap
Mix the Sugar and Warm Water until all the Sugar is dissolved. Add Castile Soap and pour into a small jar for storing.
If you do not have a bubble wand handy, consider using pipe cleaners or an old wire coat hanger to make your own.
SLIME seems to be all the rage with youngsters these days, and while it is a great deal of fun for kids to play with, some of the chemicals used to make it aren’t so great for little hands or tender skin!
In fact, excessive exposure to the chemical-packed version of Slime can cause skin irritation.
Not to worry! Here’s a recipe for an all-natural, chemical-free Slime that your kids will love making and playing with!
LEMON LIME ALL-NATURAL SLIME RECIPE
• 1 c. Cornstarch
• 1 package Sugar-Free Lime Gelatin
• 3 drops Lemon Essential Oil
• 3/4 c. Warm Water
Place the Cornstarch, Gelatin, and Lemon Essential Oil in a glass mixing bowl and stir well to completely combine. Slowly add the Warm Water and mix until you reach the desired consistency. It should be somewhat runny, without any clumps, but not so runny that it sticks to your hands. You can also use Sugar Free Pudding instead of Gelatin to switch things up a bit and add new scent combinations to your Slime.
Keep your Slime in an airtight plastic container between uses, remembering to choose a container that is graded okay for use with Essential Oils. Storing your Slime in the refrigerator will help it last longer, but since there are no preservatives, it is advisable to make a new batch after about a week of consistent regular Slime play.
Does your child have a favorite stuffed animal—one that’s seen better days? You know, that one that you would kind of like to throw away but can’t because it will turn her world upside down?
What if she could help you make a new friend? One she can make into whatever she wants it to be? A worm, a snowman, a doll?
This SOCK BUDDY craft will allow your child to create her own new friend while spending some great together time with you. And it can also double as a warming bag for tired muscles. (If using as a warmer, make sure to only use microwave friendly items.)
SMILING SOCK BUDDY
• 1–2 Tall White Tube Socks
• Uncooked Rice
• Rubber Bands
• Permanent Markers
• Mason Jar
• 6 drops Essential Oils of choice
Place the sock inside the mason jar and fold the end around the mouth of the jar—this is optional but can be useful if little hands will be helping you, as it keeps the sock steady while filling it. Once the first sock has been filled and sectioned, you can, if desired, place a second sock over the first so that the tops are opposite each other. This can help prevent rice from spilling out if the buddy should get a tear or rip in it. If using two socks, you will need to again rubber band the body sections after putting the first sock inside the second.
To make body sections, pour uncooked rice into sock until you have the desired size section. Add one to two drops of your favorite Essential Oil to the rice in each body section. Close the section using a rubber band and repeat until you have the desired number of body sections but leaving a small portion unfilled at the top of the sock. That unfilled portion can either be folded down over the top section as a hat or can be cut in strips to make hair. If you are concerned about the rice leaking out, the top can be secured with needle and thread instead of the rubber band.
Now the real fun begins! Using a permanent marker, encourage your child to draw their new buddy’s face and some of their own designs on the body sections. You can use buttons, felt, and other items for added decoration, but you will need to secured with a needle and thread.
The continued many uses...
Let me know your ideas. The uses of Essential Oils are endless.