Sherry's "Go to" shower gifts

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The "Go To" Shower Gifts
 
Being a woman of a certain age (PC talk for us ladies over 50!) I have had my share of showers. Between the bridal showers and the baby showers, I can't tell you how much energy (and money!) I have spent over the years. A awhile back I thought, 'There has to be something I can do that's original and doesn't have to cost much."
 
Well, I came up with something that, since then, I have given to most, if not all, brides and new moms. I can't tell you how much easier it is to have Go To gifts that don't require a lot of time or energy. You can make or purchase all of what I suggest for those special people or pare it down to just the massage oils as a little token gift or one to be taken to the hospital for a visit.
 
New Baby or Baby Shower
 
I make two different massage oils for the baby; Calming Massage Oil and Colic Massage Oil. There are many experts who are big advocates for massaging newborns to help with muscle tone, soothing and, more importantly, bonding. You don't want to use a nut oil (like almond oil) since most physicians don't want a baby to be introduced to nuts until older. I usually use jojoba oil and the essential oils suggested in the blend I'm using are safe for babies. I put the oils in a plastic bottle; that makes it easier to dispense and is also safer around the baby.
 
Giving the massage oils is always well received but if you want to take it up a notch or two, you can add other items in the gift. I sometimes include a book called 'Baby Massage; The Calming Power of Touch' by Alan Heath. You can find this at your local bookstore or at www.amazon.com. This shows how to massage a baby and also shows different methods for different baby needs. I have also made a homemade baby powder and a salve that is good for the baby's bottom. If I am getting real fancy-shmancy, I will include a few baby clothes and wrap it all up in a baby blanket. It makes a real pretty package!
 
Bridal Shower
 
I make His and Her Massage Oils and put them in fancy bottles or jars. These two oils in a nice bag are usually enough but, again, if you want to make it more special you can add other items. I make a Bride's Nerves Air Mist to be used while the bride and attendants are getting ready and I have also thrown in some fun panties or nightgown. Wrapping these up in a nice, satin scarf makes another pretty package.
 
The initial outlay of money for the essential oils can be pretty expensive. You can find the essential oils at most health food stores or I get mine online at www.mountainroseherbs.com. Each oil varies in cost but can average around $8 for ½ ounce. Some of the blends I recommend include several different oils but keep in mind that when you make a massage oil blend, you only use 2-5 drops of each kind of essential oil. You will spend money now but it will be there for all the other times you need to make a gift. It's like paying forward. Nothing makes me giggle more than going to my lotion and potion shelf, putting some oil in a bottle, adding a few drops of essential oil, label the bottles, throw the bottles in a bag and DONE. If you want to make it more involved, you can. Or not!
 
Baby Calming Massage Oil 
 
**NOTE: when combining essential oils in a blend with a 'total' suggested, you usually use more of the first essential oil listed and then less in descending order**
 
2 oz jojoba oil
10-20 drops total of the following essential oils:
chamomile
palmarosa
grapefruit
calendula
 
Put oil and essential oils in a plastic bottle and label.
 
Baby Colic Massage Oil
 
2 oz jojoba oil
10-20 drops total of the following essential oils:
fennel
chamomile
lavender
peppermint
 
Put oil and essential oils in a plastic bottle and label.
 
Calming Baby Powder
 
1/3 cup baking soda
1/3 cup baking powder
1/3 cup cornstarch
10-20 drops total of the following oils:
chamomile
palmarosa
grapefruit
calendula
 
Mix in flour sifter to refine powder and put in jars. I use spice jars (with the shaker tops) purchased at Cost Plus World Market.
 
His Massage Oil
(I have two blends here; one long one and one short one)
 
3 oz almond oil (or any oil like avacado, jojoba, etc)
20-40 drops total of the following essential oils:
cedarwood
clary sage
frankinsense
jasmine
rosewood
sandalwood
vetiver
ylang-ylang
 
OR
 
coriander
lime
sandalwood
 
Combine oil and essential oils in a nice, fun bottle and label.
 
Hers Massage Oil
 
3 oz almond oil (or oil of your choice)
20-40 drops total of the following essential oils:
clary sage
jasmine
neroli
rose
sandalwood
tangerine
ylang-ylang
 
OR
 
bergamot
jasmine
sandalwood
 
Combine oil and essential oils in a nice, fun bottle and label.
 
Bride's Nerves Air Mist
 
6 oz filtered water
20-40 drops of the following essential oils:
bergamot
jasmine
chamomile
sage
lavender
sandalwood
 
OR
 
20-40 drops of Neroli, which is an orange blossom essential oil. This has been the traditional scent for brides since the Middle Ages and is calming.
 
Put water and essential oils in a spray bottle and label. Be sure to say 'shake before each use' on the label.