Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Shake 'n Sniff

I am so excited to share today’s post because it comes from an amazing friend of mine, Jessica Mulvey. I met Jessica while we were both studying and practicing to become Certified Yoga Instructors and we shared an amazing journey together. Jessica has now moved on to become the Founder and Owner of YogaBabes and has an incredible blog where she writes about yoga, nutrition, and lifestyle tips. Not only does Jessica “write” about these topics but also “demonstrates” some of her favorite yoga postures in video!

One lifestyle tip or trick that she posted was this super cute DIY Shake ‘n Sniff. Now the reason I am sharing this with you today is because the biggest shopping day of the year is just around the corner. I absolutely love the holidays and this includes buying gifts for my loved ones – but nothing says you care like a homemade gift. So this year I challenge you to find some creative ways to make homemade gifts. Jessica says, “This DIY craft is super easy, very ‘green’, and a great gift idea." Try it out and let us know what you think!

You will need:

A mason jar  *YB Tip: to be extra green, don’t go buy a mason jar, rather save a pasta sauce jar
Baking soda
Your favorite essential oil
*Nourish Tip: a piece of cute fabric to place over the top of the jar to spruce it up! Trim the fabric based on the size of your jar and to your liking.

I recommend eucalyptus and/or tea tree oil for the bathroom, lavender or ylang-ylang oil for the bedroom, and grapefruit or orange for the office. *Nourish suggests pine or cinnamon during the holidays and likes AuraCacia Essential Oils. 

Thoroughly clean out your mason jar and dry it. Fill it half way or so with baking soda then add 10 drops of your favorite essential oil (you can always add more later). Put the lid on then SHAKE to mix it all up. If you’re using fabric, place that over the top of the jar and twist the lid back on. Next you will need to use your nail and hammer to puncture the top of the lid to let the wonderful smell out. You can get creative here, I made a heart design on my lid, but you can do it however you’d like! For those artistic folks out there, also feel free to decorate your jar if it makes you happy.

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