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Make-It-Yourself Gifts

Here are suggestions from DIY expert Jennifer Burback at Akins:

Purifying Forest Fresh

The clean natural scent of eucalyptus sweet orange and pine essential oils will cheer your spirits wile it cleanses and protects the air in your wintertime home.  This simple and natural air freshener provides an inspiring aroma reminiscent of a mountainside grove of towering trees.

It calls for 12 drops of sweet orange essential oil

6 drops eucalyptus oil

6 drops pine oil

Water to fill

1 spray bottle 4 oz.

Place water and essential oils in spray bottle.   Blend the contents and mist the air throughout your home during the holidays and all winter long.


The “Before You Go” Spray (that helps keep your bathroom fresh)

20 drops of lemongrass oil

20 drops of grapefruit oil

20 drops of bergamot oil

2 oz water

2 oz glass spray bottle

Place all these ingredients in a bottle and blend.  Put on the back your toilet and a cute little note so let you guesst know how to use it.  Spray 2 pumps in the toilet and do your thing.  Your bathroom will smell great.  It’s perfect anytime but especially for the holidays and when traveling.


Hand Sanitizer  (can be easily cut in half)

4 oz glass spray bottle

½ teaspoon of sea salt

20 drops of defend naturally, or other immune or protection blend

Distilled water (half of the bottle)

2 teaspoons of fractionated coconut oil (optional)


Pour the sea salt in your empty glass bottle.

Add your 20 drops of defend naturally into the bottle so that the salt soaks it up wait a few minutes.

Add your distilled water filling your bottle half way.

Add your coconut oil to the bottle.  This is not necessary, but it will give your mixture some vitamin e so your hands will feel nice.

Make sure that you only use a glass bottle, oils draw toxins out of our bodies and it will do the same for the plastic



Homemade Peppermint Foot Cream

1 tablespoon of cocoa butter, firmly packed

¼ cup shea butter firmly paced

2 tablespoon coconut oil firmly packed

1 tablespoon avocado oil

1 teaspoon vitamin E oil (about 12 capsules)

¼ teaspoon tea tree essential oil

¼ teaspoon peppermint essential oil

1-2 teaspoons peppermint extract

Then feel free to put it in a really neat container.  My mail carrier loves this gift.


In a double  boiler, melt the cocoa butter, shea butter, coconut oil, and avocado oil mix well and remove from heat.  Let cool until it starts to set up. I usually put it in the fridge or freezer to help this process go a little faster. Once cooled, add in remaining ingredients.  Using a hand mixer, whip lotion and then pour into desired containers.

Enjoy! Don’t feel limited to only use this on your feet.  I think it is a great all around lotion.


Homemade Foot Soak


1 cup Epsom salts

25 drops of vanilla oil  (this is not an extract is is vanilla essential oil)

6 drops of peppermint oil


Mix together in a large box and put in a cut bottle

I put mine in a glass Christmas Bulb with some green sprigs





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