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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!

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