Best Mother’s Day Presents – What Are You Planning For That Special Day?

Mother’s Day!

Hello

Mother’s Day, a day to pay honor and respect to that special someone who cares for and nurtures you. I don’t believe the need for a mother ends when we reach adulthood. In fact, I know it doesn’t. I valued the presence and advice of my own mother well into my adult years. 🙂

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One would think that writing an article about Mother’s Day would be an easy task. Funny thing, it really wasn’t. My mind was flooded with memories of my own mother (she is gone now). This was not a negative thing, but it was a bit of an emotional thing. In addition to that, a young lady that I have known for many years just became a mother in the midst of writing this post! So, my mind was occupied with various feelings and thoughts centered on this very topic.

Mothers have been celebrated since the beginning of time. Various forms of celebrating motherhood have been around forever. Religious, historical and legendary factors play a role with regard to how and when Mother’s Day is celebrated throughout the world. The commonality in all the different celebrations is the honor and respect that is given to the ones that mother us.

So, if my mother was still alive, I wonder what I would have given her this year. What are the best Mother’s Day presents?


Founder of Mother’s Day Organizes Boycott of Mother’s Day

I always research topics that I write about. I came across an interesting story that I thought you might enjoy.

As mentioned, Mother’s Day has been celebrated in one way or another since the beginning of time. The origin of the modern celebration, in North America, is often credited to a woman by the name of Anna Reeves Jarvis.

Anna’s mother was a peace activist who cared for wounded soldiers on both sides of the American Civil War. She also created Mother’s Day Work Clubs to address public health issues. A very generous woman and great humanitarian.

Picture of Anna Jarvis- founder of the modern Mother's Day
Anna Reeves Jarvis

Upon the death of her mother in 1905, Anna Reeves Jarvis wanted to honor her by continuing the work she started and setting aside a day to honor all mothers. Anna started campaigning and by 1914 President Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation designating Mother’s Day, held on the second Sunday in May, as a national holiday to honor mothers.

As the years passed, Anna became resentful of the holiday as it had become too commercial. By the early 1920s, many companies started to manufacture and sell merchandise related to Mother’s Day. Jarvis believed that the holiday was being misinterpreted and exploited for profit.

According to Jarvis, the point of the holiday was not profit. She argued that people should appreciate and honor their mothers through handwritten letters expressing their love and gratitude, instead of buying gifts and pre-made cards.

As a result of the commercialism, Jarvis organized boycotts of Mother’s Day and threatened to issue lawsuits against the companies involved. Among other acts of disapproval she protested at a candy maker’s convention in Philadelphia and at a meeting of the American War Mothers. Eventually, Jarvis was arrested for disturbing the peace and sent to jail.

Isn’t that an interesting piece of history? I love learning new things!


So, What are the Best Mother’s Day Presents?

In my opinion, most mothers love to spend time with their children. Especially if the children are grown up and no longer live at home. Pop over and visit mom if possible, play one of her favourite games, go for a walk, talk about years gone by, reminisce about the years when you were young and talk about how she took such great care of you. Make her feel special. Although Jarvis may not agree…LOL, take her some chocolates and even a card (you could make one if you feel so inclined, it might be just a little more special).

Picture of a Mother's Day Present brown paper packaging with red and white ribbon, also has a little heart on it
Mother’s Day Present

If you live at home and your mom does the majority of the housework, how about giving her the day off. Make breakfast, lunch, supper, do laundry, etc. I am sure she would love the break.

All mothers are different and what works for one mom may not be the best idea for your mother.


Essential Oils and a Diffuser for Your Mom?

Candies, flowers and cards are lovely, but if you’re looking for something a little different perhaps your mother might like to learn about Aromatherapy. Essential oils are becoming more popular worldwide. There are a ton of health benefits and it’s a great deal of fun to learn how to mix and blend these oils together to create awesome aromas.

If your mother has a diffuser already, she might like another one! You can’t have too many! It’s pretty convenient to have one for each floor of the house.

Essential Oil Diffuser

I love Aromatherapy. I practice it on a daily basis and I know it has helped me both physically and mentally. If you are unfamiliar with essential oils, here is a list of some basic ones that are great to start with. These oils will provide a wide array of benefits and have numerous blending options.

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) Lavender is the number one essential oil to start with. It offers an incredible variety of uses, including antimicrobial and antidepressant properties. You can’t go wrong with Lavender, it’s a must-have!

Lemon (Citrus limon) Lemon is another highly useful essential oil for the home. It is a great choice for cleaning solutions and diffusion, especially during cold and flu season. It has antimicrobial and antiseptic properties. The aroma is very uplifting and energizing.

Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus) It’s a powerful expectorant and has been used for thousands of years for respiratory ailments. Known for its antiseptic, antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties.

Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) Tea Tree essential oil is useful because it can effectively fight bacteria, viruses, and fungi.

Peppermint (Mentha x piperita) Peppermint, like lemon, is a very energizing oil. It can help with digestion, works as a decongestant and an expectorant. It’s probably best known for its ability to soothe headaches.

There are many essential oils to choose from, Frankincense and Ginger are also wonderful. This list is just a suggestion, and the benefits listed here are only the tip of the iceberg. These oils can be blended together, used in a diffuser and/or applied topically (always dilute oils with a carrier oil before applying to the skin).

Picture of orange and yellow flowers and two essential oil bottles.
Essential Oil

The art of Aromatherapy can be very rewarding and creative, not to mention very healthy. Perhaps your mother would enjoy a diffuser and some oils this year for Mother’s Day. I’m sure Anna Jarvis would approve of this present…LOL

My mother passed away several years ago. The use of essential oils and aromatherapy was not mainstream in her day as it is now (in Canada). If she was alive now, I feel she would have really enjoyed diffusing oils in her home. She always enjoyed nature, flowers and plants. If she was still with us, I would have given her something essential oil related, perhaps a new diffuser or a new oil.

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What am I Doing for Mother’s Day?

I am doing something quite unique this year. I have two lovely daughters that are treating me to a “float tank” session. I can hardly wait! I have never experienced something like this and I am thrilled to try it.

In case you are not familiar with float tanks/rooms, let me describe what it is.

It’s a large tub or small pool filled with water and a great deal of salt. When you lay down in it, your body is suspended and the environment is typically void of outside sound and light; it’s really relaxing. The place I am going to provides optional starlight ceilings, I wonder if I will like the star lights or choose the complete dark. 🙂

I hope everyone has a fabulous Mother’s Day. If you are fortunate enough to still have your mother around, spoil her with some of your time! Make a memory for both of you!

In honor of my own mother, I have featured her image in the picture at the top of this article! 🙂

Thanks for spending some time with me here. Please leave a comment in the box provided below, I REALLY like hearing from people. I hope you all have a fabulous Mother’s Day!

Take good care and stay happy and healthy!

Angela (Founder of Your Aromatherapy Store)

References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mother’s_Day#p-search

https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/05/150507-mothers-day-history-holidays-anna-jarvis/

Essential oils are very POTENT and should be used with common sense and caution. Always read the labels. If you are currently taking any prescribed medication speak to your doctor before using essential oils. If you are concerned about allergies, you may want to perform a patch test on your skin. Some essential oils are photo toxic. Avoid the sun as necessary when using these oils. Some oils are not recommended for children. Some oils are not recommended if you are pregnant or nursing. Dilution rates vary for children and the elderly. Essential oils are considered “complementary and alternative medicines” and are not a substitute for professional medical intervention and advice. If you are experiencing severe physical or mental illness contact a medical professional. This information is meant for educational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent any disease.

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What is Earth Day About? – Celebrate Earth Day!

Let’s Take Care of Mother Earth

Hello Fellow Earthling!

In a day or so, we (the people of Earth) will be taking time to celebrate this beautiful planet. We will acknowledge “Mother Earth” and pay respect to things she has given us. We will also come together and be cognizant of how we can protect her and keep her healthy.

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Earth Day is not a day that is celebrated by just a few communities, close to 200 countries will be celebrating Earth Day this year! This is fantastic! Despite our different religions and cultures, most of the citizens of Earth agree that being mindful of how we live and the effects of our actions are important. We want this beautiful planet to keep on supporting our lives and the lives of our children and grandchildren.

As I researched this special day, I wasn’t too surprised to find out that honoring the Earth isn’t really a new thing. Many people throughout history have been doing this already. Something special about the modern Earth Day celebration is that many of us, from various cultures, come together in a collective way for a common purpose…to promote the health of our planet.

So, what is Earth Day About? Who started it? How can we help? What should we do?

Who Started the Celebration of Earth Day?

The idea of celebrating our Earth is not new. Many cultures throughout history have set aside special days and celebrated our planet.

Celebrating together as a “collective of Earthlings” is relativley new and began in the 20th Century. This was likely due to modern communication. We became increasingly aware of the areas of concern and the opportunities we could take, as a whole, to improve our world.

What is Earth Day About? Celebrate Earth Day!
Mother Earth from Space

The modern celebration of Earth Day was born in 1969. During a UNESCO Conference peace activist John McConnell proposed that the first day of spring (in the Northern Hemisphere) should be celebrated to honor the Earth. The United Nations supported this idea and a proclamation was written.

A month after the United Nations supported John McConnell’s proposal, another Earth Day (April 22) was founded in the United States.

It is my understanding that both the UN supported Earth Day and the United States version of Earth Day now work together and celebrate on April 22. The date of April 22 was collectively chosen due to a number of factors. Currently there are close to 200 countries that participate in Earth Day. This is great news!

Other celebrations around the world include Earth Week, Arbor Day, and Earth Hour. All these events focus on the promotion of a healthier planet.

Wikipedia provides an in depth article on this topic.

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Help Wanted, Calling All Earthlings!

You don’t need to be a political activist, a government leader, or a leader of any kind to help. If you are an Earthling, then you can help! Take a moment and consider the following list, there may be some things that you can easily do to help our planet. Even the smallest change can make a difference.

Stop Using Plastic Shopping Bags – Plastic grocery bags take hundreds of years, if not longer, to decompose. Paper bags are not much better because it uses our trees and it still takes energy to manufacture. So, pick up a few reusable grocery bags and do the best you can. There are some nice looking options out there! I am not perfect and I haven’t completely stopped using plastic but I have made efforts.

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Don’t Waste Food – Be mindful of the food you throw away. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 95% of food we through away ends up in landfills or combustion facilities. Try some of these suggestions to cut down on food waste:

  • Plan your meals and buy only what you need
  • Store Food properly for maximum shelf life
  • Freeze leftovers (take to work for lunch or use as an easy supper option in the future)
  • Donate nonperishable food to charities

Reuse and Repurpose – Don’t throw away those empty glass jars and plastic containers. Find other uses for them. These containers can be used for food storage, to store small items around your house, crafts, etc. Think twice before tossing items, is there anything you can use it for?

Recycle if Possible – Depending on the area you live, there may or may not be a recycling service. If you can’t reuse or repurpose an item, don’t just toss into the trash. Consider recycling if possible.

Buy a Reusable Water Bottle and/or Coffee Cup – I have stopped buying water in plastic bottles. I take a reusable bottle to work and I refill it from the fountain. It saves me money and less plastic is used. Yay! It’s another story when it comes to my morning coffee. I am guilty of purchasing coffee in a paper cup every morning. I intend to start taking my own mug starting next week. By doing this, there will be one less paper cup tossed in the garbage every day. Over time this will add up and I will have helped the environment. 🙂

Plant a Garden – Do you have space for a vegetable garden? If you do, then you are a very fortunate person. Make use of it! In addition to the reduction in waste, time and fuel, you will be spending time outdoors and getting some exercise. In addition to vegetables you can plant flowers to help save the bees! Not to mention you can compost a number of things you would normally toss in the trash.

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Garden

Clean Your Home with Fewer Chemicals – Help the earth by using natural cleaning agents. Many essential oils can be utilized for most of your household cleaning tasks. Here is an easy Multi-Purpose cleaner that is eco-friendly.

Multi-Purpose Cleaner

  • 15 drops of Lemon essential oil
  • 1 cup of white vinegar
  • 1 cup of water

In a clean spray bottle, mix the above ingredients. Spray surfaces to be cleaned and wipe down. Nice and easy! Not to mention a lot safer than many cleaners that are filled with harmful chemicals. Better for you and the earth!

For more ideas here is a recent article called Spring Cleaning Tips and Tricks.

Don’t Waste Electricity – Try to remember to turn off lights when you leave a room or unplug items that drain electricity unnecessarily. Remember, doing small things add up and our earth will benefit from each and every effort we make.

How Will You Be Celebrating Earth Day?

May I suggest you take a moment or two on April 22 to be mindful of this beautiful planet on which we live? If you are interested in taking part in an activity or two, here are a few suggestions.

Volunteer – You might find organized opportunities to help pick up trash or plant trees in your community, or perhaps you can help a local senior plant a garden or tidy up their yard. Check with your community to see what you can do!

Attend an Organized Celebration – Many communities promote Earth Day with events that are suitable for the whole family. Activities might include face painting, planting seedlings, educational information or even a farmers market. Find out what is going on in your area!

Plant an Herb Garden – Get your hands dirty and play in the dirt! Planting a garden outside may or may not be possible on April 22; best gardening times depend on your location. If you don’t have space outside or it’s not the right time of year try planting some herbs inside to celebrate Earth Day!

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Meditate Outside – If you are the kind of person that likes to meditate, why not celebrate this day by taking your practice outside. Take in the sights and sounds of the Earth. If you don’t have a formal meditation practice then go for a walk and enjoy the sights and sounds of the trees, flowers, birds, squirrels and water. Take the time to really enjoy nature!

Essential Oil Blends to Try on Earth Day

I use my essential oils every day. I love blending and mixing oils to create a scent or atmosphere that will be appropriate to my mood or physical/mental needs. I also blend oils that coincide with special days. For example at Christmas I might go for cinnamon and clove blends, or on Valentine’s Day I might diffuse oils that are romantic such as Jasmine. Here are a few suggestions to try on Earth Day. In addition to the health benefits of these oil blends, you will be stimulated with the scents of nature.

Spring Flower Blend

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  • 3 drops Lavender
  • 3 drops Ylang Ylang
  • 3 drops Jasmine

Add to diffuser and take in the spring time scent of fresh flowers.

Rainy Day

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  • 4 drops Eucalyptus
  • 4 drops Tea Tree
  • 3 drops Rosemary

Add to diffuser and enjoy the scents of a fresh rainy day!

Sweet Sunshine

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  • 4 drops Grapefruit
  • 3 drops Orange
  • 2 drops Bergamot
  • 2 drops Lemon

Add to diffuser and take in the scents of a bright sunny day!

Here is a wonderful blend for meditation and grounding!

Meditation/Grounding Blend

  • 3 drops sandalwood oil
  • 3 drops bergamot oil
  • 3 drops frankincense oil

Add to diffuser, great blend for meditation.

These recipes are appropriate for a 100ml diffuser. They can be adjusted to your personal preference and/or size of diffuser. Follow the manufacturer’s directions for your specific diffuser.

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Conclusion

Thanks for taking the time to read What is Earth Day About? I hope you found some information interesting and helpful.

If you are like me then you probably feel that we should be mindful of the Earth every day. Not just one day a year.

I am glad that events like Earth Day are happening to raise awareness and to remind us of even the small things that every Earthling can do to keep our planet beautiful and clean. It is our home and we should participate in any way we can to help out.

I need to make an effort to bring my own coffee cup to work every day. I will save a little money and there will be one less cup to go in the trash. One cup a day will add up quickly and I will be helping our earth just a little bit more.

What do you do to help the Earth? What can you do that you are not doing now? I would love to hear from you about how you help our planet. Please leave a comment in the box below so we can share our thoughts.

I wish every earthling reading this a very wonderful Earth Day!!

Have a great day and stay happy and healthy!

Angela (Founder of Your Aromatherapy Store)

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Essential oils are very POTENT and should be used with common sense and caution. Always read the labels. If you are currently taking any prescribed medication speak to your doctor before using essential oils. If you are concerned about allergies, you may want to perform a patch test on your skin. Some essential oils are photo toxic. Avoid the sun as necessary when using these oils. Some oils are not recommended for children. Some oils are not recommended if you are pregnant or nursing. Dilution rates vary for children and the elderly. Essential oils are considered “complementary and alternative medicines” and are not a substitute for professional medical intervention and advice. If you are experiencing severe physical or mental illness contact a medical professional. This information is meant for educational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent any disease.

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