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DIY Holiday Scented Air Fresheners

16 Nov

DIY holiday-scented-air-fresheners

A couple of years back I gave away four sets of these 1 ounce bottles of air fresheners.   With the holidays fast approaching I thought I would share the recipes for these wonderful smelling room sprays so you can make some for yourself to enjoy or give as gifts.   The recipe makes 1 ounce, but you can easily adjust the Oils to make more.

I am also including the labels I used which can be printed on paper and taped on or printed on a 8 ½” X 11” label sheet.

Pomander Air Freshener

Pomander Air Freshener Recipe

The aroma is sweet and warming like orange and clove pomanders.   It’s perfect for fall and Thanksgiving.

20 drops Orange Essential Oil

4 drops Clove Essential Oil

2 drops Pine Essential Oil

1 drop peach/orange coloring

Place the Essential Oils and coloring into a spray bottle and fill with distilled water. Turn the bottle several times to mix. Turn the bottle several times before using.

Candy Cane Air Freshener

Candy Cane Air Freshener Recipe

This smells just like candy canes, nice and pepperminty!   It’s uplifting and rejuvenating…perfect for getting through all the holiday shopping, baking and decorating.

18 drops Peppermint Essential Oils

4 drops Wintergreen Essential Oils

3 drops Rosemary Essential Oils

1 drop red food coloring

Place the Essential Oils and coloring into a spray bottle and fill with distilled water.  Turn the bottle several times to mix. Turn the bottle several times before using.

Oh Christmas Tree Air Freshener

Oh, Christmas Tree Air Freshener Recipe

Smells like freshly cut pine trees!   Spray the room before decorating the Christmas Tree or any time during the Christmas season.

23 drops Pine Needle Essential Oil

2 drops Clove Essential Oil

1 drop green food coloring

Place the Essential Oils and coloring into a spray bottle and fill with distilled water. Turn the bottle several times to mix. Turn the bottle several times before using.

Here’s the HOLIDAY AIR FRESHENER paper labels (pdf), that also includes my Sweet Dreams label…here’s the recipe:

DIY Sweet Dreams Air Freshener Recipe

This is perfect when you need to relax after a hectic day of shopping or when you need to fall asleep.  Spray it on your pillows and bedding.  You can also spray into a tissue and inhale deeply.

18 drops Lavender Essential Oil

  2 drops Clove Essential Oil

  3 drops Patchouli Essential Oil

  1 drop purple or any color of food coloring

Place the Essential Oils and coloring into a spray bottle and fill with distilled water.  Turn the bottle several times to mix. Turn the bottle several times before using.

Happy Holidays!

Homemade Gifts For Mom

14 May

Natural room scents

I hope all you Mothers had a wonderful Mother’s Day.  Rather than giving my Mom a hanging plant this year, I decided to make her a few things.

Natural Room (Simmering) Scents

I saw these several months ago on The Yummy Life and wanted to give them a try but never got around to it. Then the other day I thought about them when I saw the fruit on my table and decided I’d make them for my Mom for Mother’s Day. They were really easy and fun to make, and I just love how colorful the fresh ingredients look in the jars.

Here’s the scents, from left to right:

Pine twigs, whole bay leaves and whole nutmeg, pine needle essential oil

Sliced oranges, fresh ginger slices and almond extract

Sliced limes, fresh thyme sprigs, peppermint oil and vanilla bean pieces

Sliced Oranges, cinnamon sticks, whole cloves and allspice

Sliced Lemons, fresh rosemary sprigs and vanilla bean pieces

To use, you simply pour the contents in a pan and simmer on the stove, or heat it in the microwave and add it to a crock pot or fondue pot.

simmering scent in fondue pot

Here’s the Lime, thyme, peppermint and vanilla one I made myself simmering in my fondue pot. Mmm, I can really smell the mint and vanilla! For my mom, I had a mini Rival crock pot I gave her because the water doesn’t evaporate as fast as it does simmering.

Tea and water bottle cozy

Tea and Water Bottle Cozy

In addition to the natural room scents, I gave her some “sleepytime” tea, because she says she has a hard time sleeping, and this quilted cozy I made for her water bottles. During my last visit she pointed out the napkin she wraps around her cold water bottle to absorb the moisture when it sweats…lol!

Kick Your Cold or Flu With Elderberry

22 Jan

ELDERBERRY and honey syrupWhat I’m about to tell you may be hard to believe, but it’s the truth.

Last Tuesday afternoon I wasn’t feeling right. I felt I might be coming down with a cold. By Wednesday, my nose was all stuffed up and I began sneezing and coughing.

I remembered reading about how good elderberry was for colds and flu, and had even printed out several recipes for elderberry syrup. I thought now would the perfect time to try it, so I went to the health food store and bought some dried elderberry and made a simple syrup using just the elderberries and honey. I took my first dose.

Thursday, I stayed in bed…all day. My head was so congested. I had a really bad headache, had to blow my nose several times an hour, had brief episodes of nausea, and lots of coughing. Yep, I definitely had a cold!

I did everything I could think of to feel better: took ibuprofen, applied my cold and flu vapor rub on my throat, chest and temples, drank warm teas with honey, sprayed my room with essential oils, and took a dose of the elderberry syrup every 4 hours.

Friday morning, I felt like a different person! I couldn’t believe it!

My sinus pressure, headache and congestion…GONE!

Runny/stuffed up nose…practically gone. I had to blow my nose maybe once every several hours. My coughing and sneezing spells had drastically been reduced.

In fact, I had a sense of well-being and increased energy. I did several loads of laundry, went grocery shopping and baked a cake. Amazing, considering that just the day before I felt so bad! It had to be the elderberry syrup. I say this because it was the only new thing I did differently when I treat myself for a cold.

By Sunday I was symptom free! I have NEVER recovered from a cold this fast. Normally my colds would start in my head like this one did, then settle in my chest accompanied by a hacking cough that would last for weeks. I honestly believe taking the elderberry syrup early helped my body combat the virus before it got worse.

Now, I’m taking one dose of the Elderberry syrup daily to support my immune system. I’m also giving it to my husband daily. It’s good for children as well, and it tastes good too!

Here’s some good articles and information about this amazing Elderberry.

SIMPLY AMAZING ELDERBERRY and HONEY SYRUP

A super easy natural remedy for the whole family during cold and flu season.  Mother nature definitely got this one right!

2/3 cups dried Elderberries

3 cups pure/distilled water

1 cup honey (raw is better for you if you have it)

Place the Elderberries and water in a medium saucepan. Bring it to a boil, then turn down the heat and let it simmer covered for 20-30 minutes, or until it’s reduced to about a half. My husband doesn’t care for the smell…it is kinda potent.

Strain the mixture into a glass jar, bowl or measuring cup, pressing the elderberries with the back of a spoon to get ALL the juice out of them, and then discard the Elderberries.

Allow the mixture to cool until it’s just warm. Add the honey and stir until the honey is completely dissolved.

Pour into a glass bottle or mason jar and keep in the refrigerator.

Dosage: As a daily preventive measure: 1 tablespoon for adults, 1 teaspoon for children.

If you come down with a cold or the flu: Take the recommended dose every 3-4 hours. Once the symptoms are gone, continue taking the dose 3-4 times a day for a couple more days…just to be sure virus is out of your system.

 

Last Day To Enter My 2 GIVEAWAYS!

31 Jul

Today is your last chance to enter my Pamper Yourself Giveaway and Digital Paper Packs Giveaway!

You can’t win if you don’t enter, so click the links above…who knows, YOU might be one of the LUCKY WINNERS!

 

Pamper Yourself GIVEAWAY!

1 Jul

This is the first of my TWO Giveaways in July!

Pamper Yourself GiveawayI’m happy to announce that Amber, the owner of AmbiguousYOU.etsy.com has kindly donated some of her handmade bath and beauty products for this giveaway!

Ambiguous YOU products are all natural, vegan and gluten free…no chemicals, artificial ingredients, fragrance or dyes. I use several of her products. Her Mineral Makeup is wonderful and I love how it feels and the soft glow it gives my face.

One lucky winner will receive:

Bronzer Mineral Veil – for that glowing sun-kissed look

Vegan Lip Balm – hydrates, softens and heals with a slight refreshing lemony scent

In Bloom Bath Salts – soothes your body and your mind with 4 healing salts, aromatic oils of Lavender, Ylang Ylang and Sweet Orange, and dried Lavender, Chamomile and Rose flowers

Avocado Cuticle Cream – heals and nourishes dry, cracked cuticles, elbows, heels and more.

 

To enter, simply leave the comment: “Ambiguous ME” on this post!

 

The deadline for entering is July 31, 2014. The winner will be notified via email and announced here on pegsgottado shortly afterward.

 

To see all of Amber’s natural, good for your skin products, visit her shop at AmbiguousYOU.etsy.com! or at her new website:  Ambiguousyou.com

 

Good luck, and spread the word!

 

 

Final Winner In My Holiday Giveaway

3 Dec

Holiday Scented Air Fresheners

 

Congratulations to Amy from Charleston, South Carolina!  She’s the final winner in My Holiday Giveaway!  I really enjoyed making and giving away these mini air fresheners.  

HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE!

1st Holiday Giveaway Winner Is…

11 Nov

Holiday Scented Air Fresheners

The first of four winners in my 2013 Holiday Giveaway is Marybeth from Chazy, New York!

Congratulations Marybeth and I hope you enjoy your holiday scented air fresheners!

My Holiday Giveaway!

1 Nov

Holiday Scented Air Fresheners

I just finished making these mini holiday scented air fresheners, and thought I would make a few extra ones to give away here on my blog to start off the holiday season!  They are made with 100% pure essential oils, and they smell so good!  

I will be giving away four (4) sets, one each week!  

Each set consists of three (3) 1 ounce bottles, in these wonder, holiday scents:

Pomander Air Freshener

Pomander
A sweet and warming scent that brings to mind the natural fragrance of whole sweet oranges studded with spicy whole cloves. I have to say this one’s my favorite!

Oh Christmas Tree Air Freshener

Oh, Christmas Tree
Smells like freshly cut pine trees.  It’s sure to put you and your family in the Christmas spirit!

Candy Cane Air Freshener

Candy Cane
A pepperminty scent that’s clean and uplifting.  It’s perfect for eliminating odors and as a mood booster. 

To enter, send a comment ON THIS POST of the holiday scent you would like to try the most. 

The 4 winners will be chosen on November 10th, November 17th, November 24th and December 1st,  and notified by email.

This giveaway is open to residence of the United States. 

Make sure to share this post with family and friends! 

Good Luck and HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

My Clove and Orange Simmering Potpourri

13 Oct

Nothing says Fall like the aroma of my clove and orange spice simmering potpourri.   The aroma of the natural spices and essential oils not only promotes a warming effect, but are also known to have antiviral (inhibits the proliferation of viruses) properties as well, making it a great disinfectant during the cold and flu season.

Clove and Orange Spice Simmering Potpourri

Makes about 1 cup

Mason jar

1/4 cup Orris Root (fixative)

40 drops Sweet Orange essential oil

25 drops Clove essential oil

6 drops Pine essential oil

3-4 crushed cinnamon sticks

6-8 crushed bay leaves

2 tablespoons cloves

2 tablespoons eucalyptus leaves

3-4 tablespoons dried orange peel (see below)

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg (fresh if you got it)

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Empty tea bags

Mix together the orris root and essential oils in the mason jar.   Add the remaining ingredients and shake to combine. Tightly seal the jar and allow the mixture to meld several days, shaking it several times a day.

To use:   Fill 1 large or 2 regular tea bags half full with potpourri and seal.   Place tea bag(s) in a pan of water and simmer on low.

Or, what I like to do is heat some water in a glass cup, add the tea bag(s), and place the cup on a beverage warmer. The tea bags (and water) can be used over and over. To reheat, I simply add more water, if needed, heat it up in the microwave for about 1 minute, and place it on the warmer. Be careful using the microwave, as the bags could explode if heated too long.

Making Your Own Dried Orange Peel

You can make your own dried orange peel using your microwave.

Simply cut the peel of an orange with a potato peeler.   Make sure you ONLY cut the orange part of the peel, not the white part.   Then lay the peels on a paper towel and microwave them at 20 power for 30 – 35 minutes.   Check them after 20 minutes or so to make sure they don’t burn.   Allow them to cool.   If some pieces are still pliable, put them back into the microwave for a few more minutes.   The weather can affect how quickly the peels will dry out.   If it’s humid, they’ll take longer.

For Christmas gifts I gave beverage warmers and glass cups filled with 4 large potpourri filled tea bags (stored in 2 ziplock bags… the aroma’s strong).

Treatment For Lice

17 Aug

My niece, Lisa, emailed me to tell me her daughter’s friend had lice, and if I would make a shampoo for her daughter and a spray for their car.  She read in my Shoo Bugs, Don’t Bother Me post that Lavender and Lemongrass were good for lice… and, she knew I had some! 

I emailed her back telling her that I had just bought some Tea Tree Castile Soap that I could use with some Lavender soap I had to make her a spray shampoo.  I also told her I would make a spray she could use in her car…the friend had been riding in their car. 

Wanting to see what else I could do, I looked up headlice in The Encyclopedia of Aromatherapy book and found the following treatment for headlice.  In addition to treating headlice this treatment will leave your hair very soft and shiny. That’s what My Rosemary Hair Conditioner does for my hair. 

Hair Oil Treatment For Headlice

75ml (about 3 oz) vegetable oil (i.e., olive,sunflower)

25 drops eucalyptus essential oil

25 drops lavender essential oil

25 rosemary essential oil

 Put the essential oils into a dark glass bottle, add the vegetable oil and shake well. 

Apply (about 1 tablespoon) to wet hair by massaging well into the scalp to reach the hair roots.   Pay particular attention to the areas around the ears and nape of the neck where lice breed. 

Leave on for at least one hour, then shampoo out thoroughly. 

Remove the eggs (nits) with a regulation fine-toothed comb. 

It is essential to repeat this treatment twice more at three-day intervals to ensure that the infestation has completely cleared. 

NOTE: I suggest that you don’t use this treatment close to bedtime, as the aroma of rosemary (peppermint and lemongrass, see below) is uplifting and energizing, which could possibly keep you from falling asleep. 

Other Essential Oils That Prevent and Destroy Parasites (fleas and lice)

These essential oils can also be used in the hair oil treatment above.

CLOVE

LEMONGRASS

PEPPERMINT

TEA TREE 

Nutritional Supplements

The book also suggests the following supplements be taken:

500mg vitamin C (two times a day)

Multivitamin and mineral supplement

1 or 2 garlic tablets/capsules (like mosquitoes, lice don’t like the taste of garlic either) 

This is just another reason why Lavender, Tea Tree, Lemongrass and Rosemary are my favorite…they’re good for soooo many things!

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