Make Mother’s Day Special – 5 Essential Oil Gift Ideas

As my wife opened up a piece of folded construction paper, her eyes brightened. Crayon scribbles covered the entire page. To be fair it looked like a waxy mess. But to her… to her it was the most beautiful thing she had ever set her eyes on.

A busy three year old had taken time out of his day to sit down for a stretch of 15 minutes and color a masterpiece for his mama.

All the frustration in being a mother was erased by one simple gesture. One piece of construction paper and incoherent lines was all it took to make her feel appreciated and special. Wow.

It goes to show you how heartfelt acts can make someone feel overjoyed and touched as a human being.

And then there was me.

I handed my wife a dozen roses, a hallmark card and a box of chocolates. Well, I didn’t see the same reaction.

Now don’t get me wrong. She appreciated the gift. She was overjoyed that I had even remembered Mother’s Day. But here’s the thing. There is just something magical about being creative and making a gift for someone. My son reminded me of that.

This Mother’s Day I plan on taking my son’s silent advice and doing something non-traditional and special.

My wife is in love with essential oils and uses them daily – from preventative healthcare, to cooking, to beauty, to cleaning …

So I did some digging around and came up with an awesome list of 5 essential oil DIY gift ideas for her.

Homemade Shampoo

What You Need

  • Coconut Milk (1/4 cup)
  • Liquid Castile Soap (1/4 cup)
  • Peppermint Essential Oil (7 drops)
  • Rosemary Essential Oil (7 drops)
  • Lavender Essential Oil (7 drops)
  • Olive Oil (1/3 teaspoon)

What You Do

Take all the ingredients and put them in an old mason jar with a metal lid. Shake vigorously to mix the ingredients together. This shampoo smells wonderful and will keep for up to a month (maybe 2). Tell mom (or wife) to shake before each use. She’ll only need to use about 1 or 2 teaspoons depending on her hair’s thickness.

Lavender Stress Reduction Putty

What You Need

  • Flour (1 cup)
  • Table Salt (1 cup)
  • Cream of Tartar (1 tablespoon)
  • Olive Oil (1 teaspoon)
  • Lavender Oil (20 drops)
  • Boiling Water (1 cup)
  • Food Coloring (3-4 drops) * OPTIONAL

What You Do

Mix the flour, salt, cream of tartar, olive oil and lavender oil in a bowl. Then pour in the boiling water and use a metal spoon to stir together until thoroughly combined. Then add food coloring for look (purple works well for lavender). Let the mixture cool down for 30-45 minutes. And then you have homemade lavender putty. Perfect for alleviating physical and mental stress! You can even get more creative and put the mixture into cookie molds for a more decorative look.

Peppermint Orange Bath Salts

What You Need

  • Epsom Salt (2 cups)
  • Baking Soda (3 tablespoons)
  • Lavender Essential Oil (approximately 20 drops)
  • Lavender Essential Oil (approximately 15 drops)
  • Small Jars (mason ones work well)
  • -OR-
  • Clear, Fillable Christmas Ornaments (great for a fancy look)

What You Do

Mix Epsom salt, baking soda and essential oils into a large bowl. Spoon the mixture into your jars or Christmas ornaments. If you use the ornaments you can tie a curly piece of ribbon the top to add a little extra to the presentation. Tell her to dump the contents into a hot bath and enjoy!

Perfume

What You Need

  • Glass Roller Bottle
  • Jasmine Essential Oil (7 drops)
  • Lime Essential Oil (4 drops)
  • Fractionated Coconut Oil

What You Do

First, add the essential oils to the roller bottle. Then just fill the rest of the bottle with the fractionated coconut oil. Done.

I loved the idea of making a homemade essential oil perfume for my wife. I have been wearing a musky blend for years and years (and to think I just now thought about making one for my wife). The combined scent of these two essential oils are lovely and would be a welcome addition to any gift basket. To use just roll the oil blend underneath your chin and use your fingers to rub in. Mmm, lovely.

Deodorant

What You Need

  • An Empty Deodorant Container (you can buy online)
  • Baking Soda (1/4 cup)
  • Cornstarch (1/4 cup)
  • Coconut Oil (5 tablespoons)
  • Any Essential Oil (15-20 drops) **lemon, lime, lavender, melaleuca, lemongrass are great choice.

What You Do

Mix the baking soda, essential oils and cornstarch into a glass bowl (never plastic). Then, melt the coconut oil until it is a liquid consistency. Slowly combine the coconut oil to the bowl, mixing to desired consistency. Press it into the deodorant container and let it sit until the coconut oil hardens. Apply it like you would any other type of deodorant.

In Closing

Take these five recipes and place them in a nice basket and wrap in a large ribbon. And if you’re feeling really daring, make her a handmade card too!

Mother’s Day only comes once a year. Why not make this one extra special? Take some time to make these recipes to show her just how much she means to you. She’ll brag on you to her friends for months to come!

About the author

Sally Wong

Sally Wong is a manual therapist for about 15 years now and also a massage specialist. She is actively taking care of her body to stay healthy and in shape by doing Yoga and Tai Chi. She has a lot of knowledge and interest in Essential Oils because of her Oriental background. She learnt many things from her Grandmother. Originally from a small village in South China, now she lives in Vancouver, Canada.

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