aromatherapy: a gift for mom

With Mother’s Day just being only a couple of days away hopefully you’ve already thought of the right gift to present to your mom. If not, you’re in luck, I have just the perfect gift idea for any mother who appreciates soothing aromas.

AROMATHERAPY 101

Aromatherapy has essentially been around for centuries although it being considered “therapeutic” or an “alternative medicine” is a little bit more new age. Nevertheless, it’s remained a staple in many cultures especially ancient Chinese and Indian civilizations. Aromatherapy is simply using the aroma from the oil of natural plants, or essential oils, to induce organic healing to your mind, body, and spirit. There are hundreds even thousands of aromas you can use and they all can help our physiology in different ways. Some of the more popular ones being lavender, bergamot, rose, and peppermint.

Lavender
-aids in falling asleep
-alleviates colds & flus
-distressor

Bergamot
-alleviates anxiety
-helps skin irritations like psoriasis and eczema
-reduces fear and depression

Rose
-antiseptic
-boosts the libido
-alleviates diarrhea

Peppermint
-aids with headaches
-stimulates concentration and mental clarity
-soothes aches and sunburns

Keep in mind, while essential oils are natural please keep in mind some people may be allergic to specific plants so use caution. Also, consult your doctor should you be pregnant or suspect you might be pregnant before using essential oils. 

CRAFTING YOUR GIFT

I chose lavender for my mother since she had mentioned she was having trouble unwinding after work plus I knew it would help her have a more peaceful sleep. I started off by going to Michaels Craft Stores, they had a sale going on for 12″x 12″ paper running at 5 sheets for $1.00. I chose designs that correlated with Mother’s Day and also my mother’s favorite color, green. In addition, I purchased unscented tea light candles from Michaels since they were on sale for $1.49 for a pack of 50.

After Michaels, I headed to the dollar store to grab some glue sticks since sadly the ones I had were all dried up. I bought two at the price of $0.50 each. As for finding the essential oil, it was a little bit more trickier and costly than the other items. I recommend going to your local natural store (Sprouts, Whole Foods, Co-Ops) to find the essential oils. I purchased the lavender essential oil from my Central Market for about $9 for a 30mL bottle which will last my mother at least 3-6 months.

On the way home I stopped by my USPS center that’s conveniently located down the street from me so I could quickly grab a priority shipping box that was large enough to put all these items in. When I got home, I made me some dandelion tea then got busy with my Mother’s Day project. I cut the 12″x 12″ decorative paper to the measurements of my mailing box and used the glue stick to paste it to the insides of the box to transform it from plain to eye popping.

Keep in mind, even if you don’t need to ship your gift to your mom you could purchase a regular gift box and decorate the inside just as I did with my USPS box. I already had packing paper and pretty tissue paper in my big bag of arts + crafts that came in handy for this project. 30 minutes later and with a little tender loving care I was ready to place my handcrafted card into the box and seal ‘er up! I took my completed box of goodies back to USPS and paid $13.45 for 1-3 business day shipping on an 11″ x 8-1/2″ box, insured for up to $50 included in the price.

Note: If you need to mail your gift still then plan on paying extra at the mailing center if you plan to get it there by Sunday, or plan to have it arrive late.

Here are some photos to help guide you along the way. Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms and may the aromas of nature’s best soothe you!

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