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Easy Eucalyptus Peppermint Bath Soak, Perfect for Cold & Flu Season!!

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With Cold & Flu season upon us, many of us are desperate for any type of relief.  I love soaking in a hot bath loaded up with this easy to make peppermint bath soak.  It helps clear my sinuses and relives the body aches and pains that come with the flu.

Enjoy a relaxing bath soak with your own eucalyptus peppermint bath soak. This DIY recipe only takes minutes to make.

Ingredients & Instructions:

Eucalyptus peppermnt bath soak ingredients

Ingredients:

1 cup Epsom salts

½ cup baking soda

Peppermint essential and eucalyptus essential oils

Green Food coloring (optional)

Resealable bag (minimum half gallon)

Instructions:

In resealable bag:

1. Combine Epsom salts and baking soda

2. Mix

3. Add 10 drops of peppermint oil and 10 drops of eucalyptus oil

4. Add a few drops of food coloring (optional)

5. Mix thoroughly

6. Once thoroughly mixed you can put it in the container of you choosing

Tip 1:  Use as much or as little oils as you like.  I My preference is a strong aroma, so I use 10 drops of each, but I would not go any stronger or it will be overwhelming.

Tip 2:  The soak will dry over time and be very difficult to get out of your container.  If not using soon I would store it in a resealable bag for easy remix. 

ucalyptus Bath Soak Pinterest

Uses

The eucalyptus peppermint bath soak can be added to your bath to relieve sinus congestion, aches and pains, or simply to relax and release some of the day to day stress.  The more you add to the tub the stronger the aroma and the better the results. 

I always have a jar waiting by my bath tub because I never know when I am going to need it and I usually do not want to make it when I “need” it.

Now, you can too.

Peppermint Sugar Scrub Recipe

The Best DIY Peppermint Sugar Scrub Recipe, Just in Time for the Holidays!

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Peppermint Sugar Scrub Recipe

Holiday season is upon us!  The time for family, lights, sharing, caring, and gifts…. ugh gifts!  Every year it seems our list of people we want to give a gift to gets longer and longer. Although it is wonderful to give, it is expensive!  It doesn’t have to be though. 

I am putting together a gift basket of homemade gifts for teachers, therapists, and all my girl friends.  I still get to give them something nice, but at a fraction of the price it would cost me to purchase these products.  One of these gifts is a Peppermint Sugar Scrub and I am sharing my recipe, instructions, and uses for it.  

WA_Pinterest_Template_-_Peppermint_Scrub Recipe

Ingredients & Instructions:

Ingredients:
  • 1 ½ cup of sugar
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • Peppermint essential oils or Peppermint extract
  • Red Food coloring (optional)
Instructions:

1. Combine sugar and coconut oil

2. Mix thoroughly

3. Add 6-12 drops of peppermint oil or 1 tsp extract

4. Mix thoroughly

5. Add 3 drops of red food coloring

6. Chop to mix until it has a candy cane appearance

Tip 1:  Use as much or as little peppermint as you like.  I prefer a strong peppermint aroma, so I may go a little over the 12 drops.

Tip 2:  Sugar controls the exfoliating properties.  If you like more exfoliating, then add more sugar.  If you like less, then add more oil.  It is all about personal preference.

Uses of the Peppermint Scrub

If you have never used a sugar scrub, then I recommend you make sure to make enough for yourself!  Sugar scrubs are used for exfoliating.  Exfoliating removes stubborn dirt and dry skin and then the coconut oil moisturizes the skin leaving your skin smooth and soft.  You can use the Peppermint Sugar scrub while in the shower to exfoliate your body.

Scrubs by the sink

I leave a jar by my sink and use it to remove grease, grime, and stubborn smells that just won’t go away no matter how many times I wash my hands (I still have two in diapers).

Total cost

Sugar: $.50

Coconut oil: $1.00

Peppermint oil: $.75

Jars: $.50 (10/$5 at Michaels)

Total Cost:$2.75/ jar

Putting it All Together

Once you have finished the scrubs take it one step further by adding a decorative bow to the jar. Learn how to make the holiday loop bow.

Holiday Loop Bow

Learn How to Make an Easy Holiday Loop Bow

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Holiday Loop Bow

DIY Holiday Loop Bow: Easy, pretty, and perfect for your little girl!

Holiday season is here!  I have two little girls and I love having a bow for every outfit and occasion.  I realized very quickly that finding bows the exact colors or patterns I wanted was impossible, so I began making them myself.  Now I can mix and match to make the perfect bow for any occasion.  The Loop Bow is one of my favorites because it looks fancy, but it is a fairly easy bow to make.

Materials:

Holiday bow materials

Materials

  • Needle and Tread
  • 1 Alligator clip
  • Scissors
  • Lighter
  • Glue gun
  • 5 8-inch ribbon pieces
  • 4 7-inch ribbon pieces
  • 3 6-inch ribbon pieces
  • 1 gem
Holiday Loop Bow Pinterest

Instructions

1. Starting with the 7-inch ribbon pieces by stacking them on top of each other and folding them in half (Note: if the ribbon only has pattern on one side make sure the side you want to see is on the inside of the fold).

2. Use the lighter to heat the edges just enough to keep the ribbon from fraying.  We do not want the ribbon to catch fire! Just enough heat to melt the edges a little.

3. Using the needle and thread, run the needle through the middle of your fold BUT only until the needle is halfway through (see photo for reference).

4. Spread your ribbon pieces apart so they are equal distance from each other.  It should look like an asterisk.

5. Piece by piece fold over the ribbon and run the edge through the needle to make your loops.

6. Once you have all loops attached you need to run serval passes through the center of your bow and then, when it feels like all loops are secure, tie a knot. (Tip: if the needle is har to push through you can use a hard surface to push the needle, but, be gentle or you will break your needle).

7. Repeat steps 1-6 for each layer.

8. Once all your layers are complete it is time to put it all together (this is where you need the hot glue gun).  Put a large drop of glue in the center of your first layer and then place the second layer on top. Press and hold the layers together until the glue has cooled (this only takes about 15 seconds).  Repeat this for each layer ending with a gem (or whatever you chose for your centrepiece) in the middle of the top layer.

9. Finally, Add a strip of glue to the alligator clip (I like these: https://amzn.to/2RhpgVn and attach it to the center of the bottom of the bow.

Bow Options

This style of bow has so many options to make it a perfect bow for whatever the occasion.

You can make them as large or small as you like by the length of the ribbons.  You can make as many layers as you want. 

I don’t recommend going over 9 inches for the first layer as the bow gets too big.  On the flip side 5 inches would be the smallest I would go.