• Most-Pinned Homemade Holiday Gifts

    Dec 11, 2017

    The Holiday season is here! Show the people you love that you care, and avoid the stress of holiday shopping, by creating a few thoughtful DIY gifts. Timbercreek Communities wants to help you light up someone’s holiday with these most-pinned homemade holiday gifts.

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    Body Scrub

    This thoughtful and simple to make Body Scrub requires only 4 ingredients to prepare. Mix together Epsom salts (or organic cane sugar) and your chosen carrier oil. Add one drop at a time of essential oil, and a drop of food colouring. Stir until the colour is uniform and spoon the contents into your canning jar. You can even download clip art labels to give your gift a professional look.

    Fleece Blankets

    This easy tutorial will walk you through how to make beautiful Fleece Blankets for your loved ones. A cozy blanket is the perfect DIY gift for friends and family members, and hard-to-buy-for folks on your list. It’s also perfect for a first time sewing project. You’ll need a large piece of fleece (about 2 yards), decorative trim to protect and decorate the edges, a needle and thread or a sewing machine -- which is ideal so that you can complete this project quickly and seamlessly.  If you can do a basic straight stitch, you can do this DIY!

    Microwaveable Heat Packs

    Give the gift of soothing comfort this season with these Microwaveable Heat Packs. All you’ll need is some fabric, sewing supplies and corn kernels or grains of rice to fill the packs. Cut your fabric to size. Sew the pieces together inside out (the outsides facing each other). Leave enough of an opening to turn the bag right-side out. Fill the bag ¾ full with corn or rice. Sew the final seam closed. To use it, heat the bag in the microwave and apply to achey areas of the body.

    DIY Lip Balm

    Don't let your loved ones endure dry, cracked lips this season. This DIY Lip Balm requires only 3 ingredients: coconut oil, beeswax and peppermint essential oil. In a glass measuring cup in the microwave, melt together coconut oil and beeswax. Stir in the essential oil and pour into decorative containers.

    Homemade Coffee Scrub Soap

    This DIY couldn't be more simple. This Homemade Coffee Scrub Soap can be made in less than 10 minutes with easy-to-find ingredients. Coffee is a great scent loved equally by men and women, so this is a great gift for anyone on your list. It's also incredibly affordable to make at home.

    Happy Holidays from Timbercreek! We hope you love these most-pinned homemad holiday gifts as much as we do! To find your home with Timbercreek Communities, please visit our website.

  • 5 Ways To Enhance Your Work Week With Aromatherapy

    Apr 24, 2017

    Even though it’s only about 5 centimeters in length, the human nose can detect one trillion different scents and is often overlooked as a vehicle for healing and relaxation. Using plant materials, aromatic plant oils, and other aroma compounds, aromatherapy is designed to improve mental and physical well-being through our sense of smell. According to the Canadian Federation of Aromatherapists’ (CFA) website, “Several ancient civilizations (Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Chinese and Indian) have used Aromatherapy for their physical and mental well-being.” Its application, combined with calming music and a serene atmosphere, can help relieve stress. Timbercreek Communities wants to help you destress with 5 ways to enhance your work week with aromatherapy.

    Massage

    The CFA recommends that essential and plant oils in their concentrated form do not contact the skin. Properly diluted however, they can be safely applied and used in direct, swedish style and reflexology massage. Aroma + massage = heaven. Learn more here.

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    Aromatherapy combined with deep breathing can be very calming for the respiratory and nervous system. Vapourizing essential oils in your home or office can have a peaceful and stress reducing effect, and leave behind a delicate scent. Not sure which oils to use? Check out New Directions Aromatics’ most popular essential oils and buy some at wholesale prices.

    Full body and foot baths

    Always be careful to properly dilute aromatherapy oils. A great way to do so, and to enjoy them to the fullest, is to add them to a bath in the same way you would add bubbles or epsom salts. If you don’t have time to take a bath, or don’t have a bath in your apartment (only a shower), go small and add them to a basin in small amounts to enjoy a relaxing foot soak. We recommend using a high quality peppermint essential oil in your foot bath.

    Compresses

    While ice is the most common go-to for sprains and swelling, an aromatherapy compress can be beneficial for minor skin irritations, joint traumas, and fatigued muscles. Sandalwood essential oil is a great oil to incorporate in a compress for sore or swollen muscles and joints as it fights inflammation.

    Meditation

    Scent and meditation go hand in hand. We’re all familiar with the popular combination of meditation and incense. If you meditate, consider adding in a few aromatherapy tactics for full relaxation. For example, you could try meditating in an aromatherapy bath, or recline in your bedroom while you vapourize your favourite scents and apply a relaxing compress to your sore muscles. Get creative, you’ll be more at peace in no time. If you’re just looking to destress and feel zen, Cedarwood essential oil is considered grounding and a perfect match for meditation.

    We know you work hard and need to destress at the end of a long day. We hope these 5 ways to get through the work week with aromatherapy will help you feel more relaxed and revitalized. 

    For more information on Timbercreek Communities across Canada, please visit our website.

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