Per­fumes, air fresh­en­ers & SCENTED GIFTS

Mak­ing your own gifts this year? Share your herbal love with your friends and fam­ily. Make per­fumes, nat­u­ral air fresh­en­ers and both re­lax­ing and up­lift­ing soaps and bath salts.

Herbs & Superfoods - - Make Your Own Herbal Perfumes -

Scented rocks

For a modern al­ter­na­tive to pot­pourri, try these fra­grant ‘rocks’. Mix to­gether ½ cup plain flour and ½ cup salt. Add 2/3 cup hot water and ¼ tea­spoon of your favourite es­sen­tial oil, and mix well. Add food colour­ing, if de­sired. Shape into ‘rocks’ and al­low to dry. Place in a shal­low bowl and use to scent a room.

Herbal bath milk

This re­lax­ing and skin-soft­en­ing blend will have you purring with con­tent.

In­gre­di­ents • 2 cups milk pow­der • 1 cup corn­flour • ½ cup dried herbs

Mix to­gether milk pow­der and corn­flour and place in blender. Add dry herbs and blend un­til smooth. Add ½ cup to your bath­wa­ter.

Shower wash bag

This makes a pleas­ant shower scrub. Use pep­per­mint or eu­ca­lyp­tus if you want a more in­vig­o­rat­ing scent. Use in the shower when there is no time for a soak in the bath.

In­gre­di­ents • ½ cup oat­meal • ½ cup dried herbs (such as laven­der, rose petals, mint) • ¼ cup grated castile soap

Place in­gre­di­ents in a cot­ton bag and use as a wash­cloth.

Bath­room air fresh­ener

Scent and dis­in­fect your bath­room with this fra­grant air fresh­ener. Keep it be­side the toi­let and use in place of com­mer­cial sprays.

In­gre­di­ents • 500ml distilled water • 12 drops laven­der es­sen­tial oil • 12 drops berg­amot es­sen­tial oil • 12 drops lemon­grass es­sen­tial oil • 6 drops sage es­sen­tial oil • 6 drops thyme es­sen­tial oil • 6 drops cin­na­mon es­sen­tial oil

Fill a pump-spray bot­tle with 500ml of distilled water, then add the es­sen­tial oils. Shake be­fore use.

DIY reed air fresh­ener

Re­use an old dif­fuser bot­tle, or find a suit­able glass con­tainer with a nar­row neck and of a height where the sticks are twice as tall as the con­tainer. Use new reed (bam­boo) sticks as old ones may be­come over­sat­u­rated with oil and lose their ef­fec­tive­ness.

In­gre­di­ents • ½ cup car­rier oil (such as sweet al­mond or olive oil) • 10 drops of your choice of es­sen­tial oil • glass bot­tle • bam­boo skew­ers

Pour car­rier oil into your con­tainer. Add es­sen­tial oil and stir. Add bam­boo skew­ers and leave for an hour. Af­ter an hour, flip the reeds over so the sat­u­rated ends are ex­posed. Then flip the skew­ers ev­ery day or ev­ery sec­ond day.

Choco­late-scented soap

Make this de­li­cious smelling soap for spe­cial gifts.

In­gre­di­ents • 350g grated soap • 150ml water • ¼ cup co­coa pow­der • ¾ tea­spoon choco­late fra­grance oil

Place soap and water in a saucepan over medium heat. When the soap has melted, add the co­coa pow­der and choco­late fra­grance. Stir to com­bine, then pour into molds and al­low to set.

Up­lift­ing bath salts

These make great gifts, or use them your­self for a pick-me-up.

In­gre­di­ents • 1 cup Ep­som salts • 1 ta­ble­spoon bak­ing soda • 3 drops laven­der es­sen­tial oil • 3 drops rose gera­nium es­sen­tial oil • 3 drops berg­amot es­sen­tial oil • 2 drops frank­in­cense es­sen­tial oil • pur­ple or pink food colour­ing (op­tional)

Com­bine the Ep­som salts and bak­ing soda. In a sep­a­rate bowl, mix to­gether the oils. Pour the oils and food colour­ing into the salts and mix well to com­bine. Store in a glass jar.

Quick & easy pas­sion per­fume

In­gre­di­ents • 300ml vodka • 3 drops passionflower oil • 3 drops neroli es­sen­tial oil • 2 drops ylang ylang es­sen­tial oil

Pour vodka into a jar. Add the oils and shake well. Leave for 1-2 weeks be­fore us­ing.

Ro­man­tic mood en­hancer Get into

the mood with this sul­try fra­grance. Place a cou­ple of drops of jas­mine, ylang ylang or patchouli on a light bulb in your room to set the mood. When the light is turned on, the heat will dis­perse the scent. These oils are con­sid­ered aphro­disi­acs.

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