Week 30: An Evening of Arts, Crafts and Essential Oils!
"I seem to have an addiction to essential oils. Is there an oil for that?"- my friend that I won't name
What did i do:
Ever wonder what all the essential oils hype is about?
If you have enjoyed the scent of a flower, you've experienced the aromatic qualities of essential oils. These natural compounds are found in various plant parts like roots, seeds, bark, stems, and flowers. They are intensely fragrant and play a role in plant pollination. Moreover, they have long been used by humans for food preparation, beauty and health treatments.
Recently, I have become a fan and frequent user of doTERRA essential oils. I use them topically, aromatically, and when safe, orally. So it came as no surprise that an opportunity came to experience these oils in a whole new way.
This week week, my friends and I made all natural, organic lip balm from scratch and lava rock bracelets. Both of which we infuse with our favorite doTERRA essential oils.
Who was with me:
I was with a group of friends who all contributed greatly to the evening. My friend Krystal volunteered to host and purchased all the supplies to make the lip balm. My friend Jamee, who is a scientist and essential oils advocate, brought her oils and gave us all a quick lesson on the benefits of each oil. And finally, my friend Ellie taught us how to make the bracelets. Ellie is very gifted and can pretty much do anything. Krystal's mom and dog Dixie also joined in the fun.
What did i learn:
We found an easy recipe online to make lip balm from scratch. The key ingredients are:
- Organic Coconut Oil - 1 cup
- Organic Shea Butter - 1 cup
- Bees Wax - 2 to 3 cups.
- Beet root powder (optional if you want some color) - 1 teaspoon. Adjust to the amount of color you want in your lip balm.
- Essential Oils of your choice - 10+ drops
The more bees wax you add, the more firm your lip balm. Jamee being a chemist, showed us how to use a double boiler. This allows the heat to be just enough to melt the ingredients without scorching or scalding.
Essential oils are very potent. A drop of lemon oil can flavor a big bottle of water. With this in mind we were a bit shy on using a lot of oils in our mixture. We later ended up adding more drops to boost the scent and flavor.
After making our lip balms, we all gathered around a table to make our bracelets. This was more relaxing and creative. We had so many beads to choose from. I ended up making a bracelet that looked a little ... confused. Before stringing your bracelet, I recommend organizing your beads in a circular shape to make ensure you know exactly what it should look like.
Would I do this again:
I'd love to! Spending time with these ladies is always a pleasure. We had so much fun during our arts and crafts evening. We drank some wine, snacked on some yummy treats, told stories and made lip balm and bracelets that we could keep or give away during the holidays. We have enough lip balm to last the entire group for years to come!