Holiday Gift Ideas

Aromatherapy Sanctuary  Holiday Gift Ideas!


Elizabeth Hulsman CCMA, Reiki Master, RYT 200, Ayurvedic Massage Practitioner


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Holiday fun with essential oils creates a special hand made gift for your loved ones that is both unique and helps them to take time for themselves for self care.  Something that we all so very much need all year round, but in particular in the cold months of winter!


Mix a Mantra in


While you are preparing these recipes become aware of the energy you are putting into them.  It has been shown that no two scents will have the same smell when prepared by two different people.  This is because your essence is also imparted into each creation you make altering the makeup of the final product.  You can increase the positive energy in your creations by chanting a mantra or saying positive affirmations as you work.  


Some that we (my kids and I) like to use are:


Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu which translates to


“May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all.”


Peace, Love, Hope and Joy


Let it be


All is love


Creatures great and small the Divine in me loves them all


Life, Love and Happiness


Favorite Essential Oil Combinations for the recipes below


Relaxing Lavender

6 drops Lavender Essential Oil


Peppermint Refresher

3 drops peppermint essential oil

2 drops patchouli essential oil


Citrus Fruit Bath

3 drops sweet orange essential oil

1 drop pink grapefruit essential oil

2 drops lemon essential oil


Winter Wonderland (not for sensitive skin)

1 drops cinnamon leaf essential oil

1 drops clove essential oil

3 drops sweet orange essential oil


Refreshing and soothing

3 drops peppermint essential oil

3 drops lavender essential oil




Dead Sea Bath Salts


Fill 1oz to 4oz container with 1 tsp oil, add your essential oils up to 6 drops per, mix.  Add enough dead sea salt to fill the container and allow room to stir and mix the essential oils in.  Gift wrap your container.


A shaker container is nice for this, a mason jar with a lid that has holes.  This way your recipient can simply shake the bath salts into their tub. Otherwise, provide a small scoop, about 1T size is sufficient.  


Dead Sea Salt Hand/Body Scrub


Using a 1 oz to 6oz container, add essential oils to your container, 6 to 10 drops.  Fill container ⅓ full with grapeseed oil, sunflower oil, or almond oil or a combination.  Add enough dead sea salt to fill the container the half way. Mix gently. Check to see how the mixture feels, is it too dry?  Add enough carrier oil to create a consistency that feels good in the hands.


To use:  Use a small amount to rub onto hands or elbows, feet etc.  Avoid the face. This will exfoliate the skin and nourish it with the oils.  Rinse off after 30 seconds of rubbing and pat dry. It is best to apply a good lotion afterwards to seal in the goodness!

**Try a sugar scrub by subbing dead sea salt with organic sugar!

Facial Mask


Fill your 1oz to 4oz container with 1 tsp carrier oil, such as grapeseed oil, and up to 6 drops essential oils, add one packet of tea to this, green tea has great properties for the skin, but any tea will help to improve skin clarity and tighten skin.  Mix. Add enough kaolin clay to fill container almost to the top, allowing room to mix.


To use:

Take a tsp amount of the powder and add enough water to create a paste, apply to a clean face and allow to sit for 10 to 15 minutes.  Then rinse off and follow with your usual moisturizer.


Roll Ons


For a 10ml roll on, add up to 6 drops of essential oils, blends are easiest to avoid adding too much of one oil, then fill the container with carrier oil such as grapeseed oil.  Gently shake.


To Use:  Simply roll on to wrists, behind ears, or other pulse points on the body!  


Additional Ideas for Gift Giving with Essential Oils


Lavender Bath Salts

Supplies needed to make:


  • 1 tsp carrier Oil such as grapeseed oil


Steps to make:


  • Place 1 cup Epsom salts into glass bowl.
  • Place in 8 oz wide mouth mason jar.
  • Affix decorative ribbon and label with directions to add ½ cup to warm bath water for relaxation.


Stress Away Roll-On

Supplied needed to make


  • 1 10ml roll on container available at amazon
  • 5 ml olive oil
  • 2 drops lavender
  • 1 drop roman chamomile
  • 1 drop ylang ylang
  • 2 drops lemon


Steps to make:


  • Add essential oils to bottle
  • Fill with carrier oil, place roller ball in and put cap on
  • Affix ribbon or label with directions to apply to back of neck and wrists as needed for occasional stress.


Fresh Linen Spray

Supplies needed to make:


  • 3 oz water
  • 1 oz witch hazel
  • 5 drops lavender essential oil


Steps to make:


  • Pour water into glass bottle.
  • Pour witch hazel into glass bottle.
  • Apply spray cover.
  • Affix label and ribbon with directions to spray on linen or to freshen a room.


Tension Gone Roll-On

Supplies needed to make:


  • 1 roll on available on amazon
  • 10 ml Olive oil or grapeseed oil
  • 3 drops lavender


Steps to make:


  • Add olive oil to fill the bottle
  • Cover with aroma glide roller ball and cap
  • Affix ribbon or label with directions to apply to temples and forehead.



Body sprays


Add up to 40 drops of your favorite essential oil or combination of essential oils to 4oz of distilled water in a 4oz bottle.  Spray liberally over entire body and reapply as needed.


****Always use hard plastic BPA free bottles, aluminum, or glass bottles.  Thinner plastic can allow the oils to evaporate.


Favorite Combinations


Balancing Body Spray


15-20 drops of peppermint essential oil

15-20 drops patchouli essential oil

4oz distilled water


Calming & Uplifting Body Spray


15-20 drops lavender essential oil

15-20 drops sweet orange essential oil

4oz distilled water


Fruity Body Spray


15-20 drops pink grapefruit essential oil

15-20 drops sweet orange essential oil

4oz distilled water


Citrus Body Spray


15 drops sweet orange oil

10-15 drops lemon oil

4oz distilled water


Beard Oil


5-10 drops peppermint

5-10 drops tea tree

12 oz good quality dead sea salts


For best results apply to beard nightly before bed and allow to soak in overnight.  Alternatively apply during shower and leave on for 5 to 10 minutes. As an alternative try using 1/3 coconut oil and 2/3 grapeseed oil.  The thicker consistency will grip your mustache and beard and allow it to penetrate longer and deeper into the hair.

Grapeseed oil is the workhorse in this combination, the essential oils add some benefits but are mainly used to scent.  Substitute with your favorite oil or combination of oils up to 20 drops. Coconut oil has many benefits and is very helpful conditioning the hair.


Hot Yoga Cooling Mist


4 oz bottle with 1/3 filled distilled water and 2/3 filled with witch hazel

20 drops peppermint  oil

10 drops lavender oil


Mix well and shake before each use.  Spritz on face and body during hot yoga or other exercise.  


Recipe from Katy Stahl;  thank you Katy for sharing!


Chest Rub (ages 10 years and up) to relieve congestion/colds


2 oz olive oil or grapeseed oil

4 oz coconut oil (I use Banyan organic coconut oil)

20 drops eucalyptus

25 drops lavender

10 drops rosemary

5 drops peppermint


Melt coconut oil and mix with other ingredients.  Allow the ingredients to cool. Apply liberally to chest and upper back and bottoms of feet.

I hope this gives you some ideas for gift giving fun with your essential oils!  You can always purchase oils at


written by Elizabeth Hulsman CCMA