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7 Homemade Potpourri

For those of you who might be wondering, Potpourri is a mixture of flowers, plants and oils which are combined to generate a distinct scent in any given room. The smell of potpourri is relaxing and pleasurable. It is known

to have medicinal benefits by helping divert patients attention away from their mild pain. 

This natural mixture is not harmful in the air as it is made up of natural ingredients. Potpourri is aesthetically beautiful to look at. So why not kill two birds with one stone and make your own homemade potpourri. You will not only be giving your mom a beautiful and inexpensive gift, but you will also manage to spritz up her house. The best dried flower mix you can buy is available at craft stores, or if you're feeling very handy, you can dry the flowers out yourself at home.

You can try making the mixture in a bowl or a vase or even a plain dish. You can even use jars specifically made for Potpourri. Potpourri, thanks to its aesthetical component, is usually used as centerpiece decoration. This gift idea will allow you to harness your own originality and use your personal methods yet provide a high use value. Depending on the season, you can search up seasonal potpourri recipies. You can start with a simple potpourri like the ones found on Pinterest.

Some of the best blended oils used in Potpourri are:

Blend #1

- Jasmine 3 drops

- Sandalwood 9 drops

- Bergamot 12 drops

- Grapefruit 6 drops

- Oakmoss 5 drops

Blend#2

- Bergamot 12 drops

- Lemon 5 drops

- Grapefruit 8 drops

- Ylang Ylang 4 drops

- Cedar Wood 6 drops

Blend #3

- Orange 11 drops

- Ginger 6 drops

- Cinnamon 8 drops

- Nutmeg 1 drops

- Frankincense 4 drops

3. Assorted Gift Basket

If you do choose to buy gifts, you can add your personal touch by putting a little effort and making a gift basket. An easy, yet thoughtful idea for mothers day is a handpicked assortment of various gifts, neatly arranged into one last gift basket. This way you can give you mother a number of smaller gifts rather than one large one. 

Gift baskets can follow a variety of themes such as fruit gift baskets, wine and cheese gift baskets, chocolate and rose gift baskets and you get the idea. What you want to add into your basket is entirely up to you, but make sure to put some thought into what it is that your mom would actually use. 

For example, if she is into movies, try finding a few of the movies she missed during theatre showings and include them in the basket with popcorn and snacks. Tailoring your gift basket to your mom’s interests and needs will really be the ultimate gesture of caring. Have fun with this convenient option.

A great theme for Mother's Day is the home spa. Make a gift basket with all the spa items she'd need to give herself a mani pedi, creams for her feet, hands and body, and maybe a CD with spa music with bubble bath for a relaxing time in the tub.

If you're mother loves gardening, you can make a basket with all the seeds she'll need to grow vegetables. You might even put bulbs in there for new flowers to add to her garden. If her gardening tools are old, you can include some new trowels, spades and any other little tool that will aid her in the gardening.

If your mother loves to travel, make her a gift basket full of the things she'll need for her next vacation. A passport wallet, sunscreen, sunglasses, scarf, maps and a good book are great gifts she'll need and adore for her next trip.

4. Homemade Body Butter

There is no gift better than the gift of beauty. Getting older also implies the need for extra routine and care needed when tending to our body, skin, nails and hair. You can help your mother with her beauty routine by making for her a homemade body butter to perfectly compliment her skin care routine. 

Did you know that you can make your own body creams? You absolutely can, and what better gift than a homemade body cream for your mother that you specially put together for her? You can give her a signature scent and feel this Mother's Day with a do-it-yourself body cream. Not sure where to start, try Google.

The Internet is home to plenty of Body Butter recipies that only require a quick visit to the natural food store and an hour of your time. That way, you can avoid expensive marked up body butters from commercial stores, which are heavily laden with chemicals and skin irritants. For starters, try indulging your mom with Mint Chocolate Whipped Body Butter. The recipe can be found at Mommy Potamus.com.

Some of the best DIY body creams are moisturizing lotions that use coconut oil as an essential ingredient. Another great reason to use this recipe is that it's good for all seasons, great for keeping your skin moisturized during the dry cold winter months and super for summer when you want something light and pleasant smelling. Definitely consider this recipe when you're thinking about making your own body cream. Oh and did I mention you can use this one on your face as well? Yep, you can!

Is your mom obsessed with body butters? No need to go to Bath and Body Works this weekend, you can spend some time in your kitchen making your very own! Body butters are luxurious thick creams that get deep under the skin for a really penetrating and smooth feeling skin. And this recipe only takes 30 minute to make, so definitely check it out.

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