Ever since this blog article came across my Pinterest newsfeed I’ve been wanting to make these. What better way to incorporate the healing benefits of essentials oils into your life, than wearing them! Combine my love of essential oils and herbs, crafts and DIY projects I was all over this one. No better time than a rainy humid day like today. I’m stuck inside anyways! This craft was simple to do and a great way to get your kids into crafts and essential oils.
Essential oils have amazing healing abilities and unlike traditional herbal remedies, many of their effects can be experienced simply by breathing them in (thank you olfactory system!). Do you have a headache? Try lavender essential oil. If it’s caused by congestion or a cold you can mix it with basil and/or eucalyptus. Having trouble sleeping and feel overtired? Give clary sage a try. Or perhaps you are in your first trimester and feeling nauseous constantly. Peppermint oil might just do the trick!
A Note About Essential Oils:
I would like to state that I am most definitely not an expert in essential oils. I did take some courses on them in school when I was studying to become a Traditional Herbalist. We used this book as a text and I do recommend it. It’s laid out well and covers most physiological and psychological conditions that you can use essential oils for. It’s also easy to read and inexpensive.
There are a lot of companies out there claiming to sell the “best” essential oils of the highest quality. If you ask 100 people you will get 100 different answers. Personally I buy my oils from either New Directions Aromatics or Alypsis. Both are local companies and I’ve used their products with great success. I have no interest in becoming a distributor and do believe that you can find high quality essential oils that work without having to buy a $250 starter kit. Start small. Get some lavender oil from your local health food store and try it out. If you choose to invest in other oils in the future than you can!
Regardless of what you read online you should never inject essential oils internally without working with a qualified aromatherapist; Not a sales rep, a highly trained expert in their field. Essential oils are extremely potent and concentrated. They can burn you if and cause internal harm if not used properly.
And now we get onto the craft making!
What You’ll Need
- I used Sculpy which is a polymer baked clay you can get from Michaels
- Cookie Cutters
- Size is personal preference – I used large for myself as I like chunky jewelry, but small for a friend who prefers that
- I used these ones
- Beading or necklace making twine – this is what I’m using
- Rolling pin
- Cookie sheet
- Parchment paper or silicone baking mat
- Using a rolling pin, roll your clay until it’s about 1/4 inch thick
- Cut out the desired shapes using a cookie cutter
- Stamp a pattern into your pendent (if desired) and use a drinking straw to punch out a hole for where the twine will thread through
- Place your pendents onto your parchment or silicone lined baking sheet
- Bake according to the instructions on your clay packaging
- Mine was 15 minutes at 275 degrees
- Once they have completely cooled you can cut your cord to the desired length – you have two options for the cord
- If you plan on making it an adjustable necklaces you will want to go longer and follow the instructions on the YouTube video below. Ensure you loop your cord through the hole first
2. The other options is to purchase clasp materials from Michaels and fasten an actual clasp to it. Both options work great.
Don’t forget to have some fun! Add some beads or feathers as embellishments or mix and match your clay colours
How to Use Your Essential Oil Pendant
When you are ready to use your necklace simply drop 1-2 drops of your desired essential oil onto the clay portion of your necklace and lightly rub it in. Remember to wash your hands afterwards! This should last for at least a few hours and you can always reapply if you need longer lasting effects.