DIY Recipes, For Fun, gift ideas

Salt Dough Ornament DIY Recipe

Adding a personal touch to your presents has never been easier. These ornaments can be given as a wrapping accessory on a present and can then easily be transformed into an ornament for your friends and family to enjoy for many years to come.

There is even the option to add essential oils to the ornaments / gift tags and multiple ways to decorate them too. You can stamp on an image, paint it, or leave it plain. However you decide to create and decorate, friends and family will love and adore this homemade gift. 

Ingredients

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup salt1 ½ cups warm water
  • essential oil (s) of your choosing.

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F.
  2. Pour flour, salt, and warm water into large bowl.
  3. Using your hands, knead until all ingredients are well-incorporated and dough is smooth.
  4. If mixture is too dry, add one tablespoon of water at a time until dough comes together.
  5. Roll out dough on floured surface until ¼ inch thick.
  6. Using cookie cutters, cut out desired shapes and place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  7. Using a drinking straw or toothpick, make a hole in top of ornament for threading string.
  8. Place in oven until hard, approximately one hour.
  9. Once hard, remove from oven and cool.
  10. Decorate with paint, string, or glitter. Add essential oils by placing one drop on each ornament and allow it to soak in.

Some Tips:

Add some decoration to your ornaments by stamping them. Just place stamp on ink and carefully place on ornament to transfer design before they dry.

Note: Baking the ornament will turn the dough slightly brown and may “puff” up some of the ornaments. If you prefer, you can also air dry the ornaments for two to three days to help the ornaments remain white and flat.

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Etsy Canada Online Holiday Pop Up Market – Nov 13th – 15th, 2021

Cove Essentials will be participating again in the Etsy Canada Holiday Online Pop Up Market on: November 13th – 15th, 2021

Important Links are posted below and I really look forward to seeing you there.

Lookbook: https://issuu.com/theetsymarket-vancouveretsycollective/docs/the_etsy_market_vec_holiday_virtual_pop_up-2

Facebook Event: https://fb.me/e/U9BohHwl

Instagram: instagram.com/vancouveretsyco

Market Page: theetsymarket.etsy.com/vancouveretsycohol21

Bath Salts made with all natural ingredients and pure essential oils

Just one of the many gift boxes available.

Quite possibly my favourite essential oil rollers. They’re great to help you relax, unwind and recharge.

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5 Essential Oils For Cold / Flu Season

5 favorite essential oils for cold and flu prevention + why they work:

  • Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca alternifolia)
    Contains terpinen-4-ol, a potent natural component for reducing germs
  • Lavender Oil (Lavandula angustifolia)
    Rich in nourishing linalyl acetate, shown to calm stress and inflammation
  • Eucalyptus Oil (Eucalyptus radiata)
    Famous for high quantities of 1,8-cineole, which can help clear congestion
  • Frankincense Oil (Boswellia carterii)
    High in ɑ-pinene, known to reduce germs and soothe inflammation
  • Green Mandarin Oil (Citrus reticulata)
    Full of d-limonene, proven to support immunity and reduce germs

While these aren’t the only oils you can use to support your immune system / overall health during cold & flu season, but they are a great place to start.

Diffuse Blend 1:

Diffuse the following oils to help purify the air and reduce germs. 

  • 5 drops of frankincense oil
  • 5 drops of green mandarin oil  

Diffuser Blend 2: 

  • 6 drops Green Mandarin Oil (Citrus reticulata)
  • 5 drops Eucalyptus Oil (Eucalyptus radiata)
  • 5 drops Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca alternifolia)

Directions

Diffuse this blend periodically throughout the day to keep your energy and immunity strong.

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Fun Halloween Trick / Decoration

A fun way to use your essential oil diffuser is to use it plus a bowl or pot to make it look like a “smoking cauldron” that’s brewing something spooky!

All you need is:

  • an essential oil diffuser
  • a bowl / pot or something that looks like a witch’s cauldron

It’s fairly easy to do, all you have to do is place the essential oil diffuser into the pot/bowl and turn on the diffuser (filled up with water, or even add your favourite spooky diffuser blend.) and let the cauldron brewing begin!

One of my favourite diffuser blends for this time of the year is:

  • 2 drops of orange
  • 2 drops of clove
  • 2 drops of cinnamon
  • 1 drop of franincense

I hope everyone has a safe and fun Halloween this weekend!

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Too Much Sunshine….try this DIY recipe

Next time you deal with discomfort from too much sun, try this after-sun soothing spray with essential oils.  I post this recipe each summer as it is a great one to have on hand during the summer months. Don’t forget to stay hydrated too!

Ingredients:

1 cup aloe vera juice (you can find this at your local health food store)

¼ cup Fractionated Coconut Oil

1 teaspoon vitamin E

8 drops Lavender Oil

8 drops Melaluca (tea tree) Oil

8 drops Peppermint Oil

Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in glass spray bottle.
  2. Shake to combine. 

Tip: Shake before each use to incorporate all ingredients. Spray onto skin as needed and enjoy its soothing benefits.