Hello and Welcome to my newsletter. My name is Tracy Ryan and I am a Certified Holistic Health Coach. My goal is to inform you so that you can make informed decisions regarding your health and wellness. My newsletters are designed to give tips on wellness that anyone can implement if they choose.
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Are you concentrating on what gift to purchase for each person on your list? Do you find that during the Christmas season you overspend? This holiday let’s consider getting back to the basics. Remember that old saying, “It’s not the gift that counts it is the thought behind it that really matters.”
Homemade gifts are a wonderful way to change up your gift giving this year. Homemade soaps, candles, and cookies are just a few ideas of the types of wonderful gifts you can give your loved ones.
Don’t have time to make gifts? Consider going to a local store that carries hand crafted items or stop by a town or church bazaar to find some hand crafted gifts for your gift giving needs.
Here are a few items that you can put together rather quick and easy:
- Write a collection of your favorite recipes on index cards. Hole punch the top left corners on the cards and insert a string or ribbon to tie them together. This is a gift that the recipient will appreciate for years to come.
- Write your favorite recipe on an index card, collect all the non-perishable ingredients. Measure and place in plastic baggies or glass containers, put everything in a basket, along with the recipe. Now you have a gift filled with thoughtfulness and love that the recipient will appreciate.
- Small children can get into this too: Using card stock cut out shapes (stars, circles, bells, etc.), have your child color them or decorate with glue and glitter. Hole punch one end, insert ribbon and tie ends together. Now your kids have a unique decoration to give for Christmas.
- Purchase hand soap dispensers, buy some unscented clear liquid hand soap. Dr. Bronner’s is made from real soap, and can be found at most natural food stores. You will also need essential oils, I get mine from a local herbalist, but most natural food stores carry them as well.
o You will want to add about 25 drops of essential oil (about ¼ teaspoon) to 8 ounces of the liquid
o Put soap in dispenser, make a tag with the scent written on it, hole punch tag, insert a ribbon and
tie onto the dispenser.
**I found this recipe for scented liquid soap on page 98 of Aromatherapy A Complete Guide to the Healing Art, 2nd Edition written by Kathi Keville and Mindy Greene.**
Have fun making holiday gifts, get creative. You can make your own tags and make your own wrapping paper.
Using a paper bag or construction paper, wrap up your gift and then decorate the paper with markers, crayons or glue and glitter.
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Tracy Ryan, CHHC
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