This holiday season, try scenting your greeting cards and wrapping paper with a simple blend of pure essential oils for a unique aromatic appeal. Not only is it simple and fun to do, but it will also impart a subtly therapeutic effect to the ones who receive it!
What you will need:
- Greeting cards
- Wrapping paper
- A selection of essential oils, or an already formulated blend (page 9)
- Cotton balls
- Small cloth draw-string bag for encasing cotton balls; optional
- Large re-sealable zip lock bags
Allow yourself at least a full day to scent your paper before writing out your greeting cards or wrapping your presents. Put a few drops of your chosen essential oil blend onto one or two cotton balls and enclose in small cloth draw-string bag. This will protect the paper from being stained by the moisture content of recently applied essential oils. Put up to 15 cards for every 2 cotton balls in a large re-sealable plastic bag; seal tightly and allow to sit for at least 24 hours. For tissue paper, follow the same procedure. Once again, be sure not to let the oil come into contact with the paper. Seal the bag well (a zip lock bag is perfect) to ensure the paper can be fully scented. There are several other methods of using essential oils during the holiday season. These can range from low-tech diffusers, such as basic tea light burners and ceramic tea light burners, to the more advanced and high tech electric nebulizers. The warm, woodsy and resinous notes of the following groups of wintery scents will all work beautifully for scenting your holiday greeting cards; try combining two or three oils from this group of plant oils- or simply select an already formulated blend, such as the ‘Spirit of Christmas’ blend.
Wintery Essential Oils
Spices: cinnamon, clove bud, bay leaf Citrus: mandarin, orange, tangerine Trees: pine, sandalwood, spruce, fir Resins: frankincense, myrrh Spirit of Christmas Blend 3 drops Myrrh essential oil 3 drops Frankincense essential oil 6 drops Sweet Orange, Mandarin or Tangerine essential oil Combine essential oils and disperse in a water-filled nebulizer or add to cotton balls for holiday scenting.Safety Precautions: Do not use undiluted essential oils directly on the skin. They can cause burning, skin irritation and photosensitivity. Use essential oils cautiously with those who are elderly, convalescing, or have serious health problems such as asthma, epilepsy or heart disease. Be cautious about using essential oils during pregnancy. Written By: Dawna Ehman, Natural Health Advisor, Pure at Kitsilano, Store Manager