World Senior Citizen Day is held to raise awareness of the condition of older people and to support them throughout the aging process. These people have lived through many experiences and events in their life, giving them more wisdom.
Today is the day to remember and appreciate them for the wisdom, skills, and knowledge they have passed on to us, the newer generations, as well as acknowledging the contributions they have given to the society.
We all know a senior citizen or two at home. It could be our parents or grandparents. Our parents and grandparents are the lights of our life. Not only have they raised us but they have nurtured us with love, kindness, knowledge, and hard work to make us be where we are right now.
If you have paid a little attention, you would notice that they are now more careful and more aware of the products they are using in their daily lives. You might have noticed as well that little changes in their diet, personal care, and lifestyle. Some of them might have switched to organic food and clean beauty using less harmful toxic ingredients. As they age, they are aware that they are more prone to sickness due to ageing, be it physically and mentally. By taking good care of themselves at their golden age, it is the best reward that they can give themselves to age gracefully.
Today being World Senior Citizen Day and you being thoughtful for them, why not give them with a gift that is beneficial for them. We have some natural gift ideas for you!
1. Pure Essential Oils
Essential oils are gaining more recognition nowadays as people are getting more aware of their uses and health benefits. As many know, essential oils are not only used for the sake of a good scent but they also have their own powerful benefits that may help us cope in daily life.
Bergamot is a type of citrus fruit whose skin is used for extracting the oil. Bergamot essential oil has many benefits and amongst it is the ability to be an anti-depressant and helpful in lowering blood sugar levels. It can also aid individuals who suffers from indigestion or constipation by regulating bowel movement.
This essential oil is mainly known for its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and pain-relieving properties. The most common uses of Eucalyptus essential oil is to relief blocked nose caused by sinus or flu and heal coughs. With its anti-inflammatory properties, it is also useful to improve respiratory health.
Ginger has been added into almost every Asian cuisine because of its ability to aid with digestions. Not only that, Ginger essential oil is also able to reduce inflammation that causes arthritis, strengthens heart health, aids respiratory problems and heals infections.
- Juniper Berry
Juniper Berry is known as a powerful immune system booster and detoxifier. This essential oil helps to dispel toxins from the body, making it useful for gout, rheumatism and arthritis.
If you notice, older people finds it harder to sleep at night sometimes. One of our team member’s grandma only sleeps 4-5 hours every night and it wasn’t even a quality sleep! But after using Lavender essential oil, her sleep schedule has been improving and she is now well-rested. Not only that Lavender can improve one’s sleep quality, its soothing scent can also calms anxiety and soothes nerves.
Lemon essential oil, mixed with any carrier oil, can be used for massage to support the liver, aid lymphatic cleansing, reduce cellulite, ease digestion and fluid retention., at the same time keeping you relax and cheerful!
This ‘happy oil’ is not only capable of alleviating the mood by relieving anxiety, it can also boost the immune system besides improving digestion and detox the body.
- Tea Tree
Tea tree is best known for its powerful antiseptic properties. Now that our seniors at home are more prone to diseases, it is important to keep the room clear of bacteria and viruses to keep them healthy. Tea Tree essential oil can also be applied diluted on the skin to treat cuts and fight skin infections.
2. Natural Soaps
There is an increasing awareness regarding the use of toxic synthetic chemical ingredients in personal care, beauty, and cosmetics products, such as parabens, SLS, and SLES, in the community. There is a growing group who supports the use of body care items that are environmentally friendly, meaning it is biodegradable and will not cause any environment hazard.
Body care products like this are hard to find due to a large manufacturing company, who opted the easy and cost saving method of using the toxic synthetic chemical ingredients in manufacturing of personal care, beauty, and cosmetics products. In fact, our bodies do not need those toxic chemicals. Instead, why not switch to those containing clean, safe, and natural, or plant based ingredients? Here are some natural handmade soaps that you can consider as a clean and safe gifts!
- Chamomile Soap
Chamomile is long known to be beneficial for skin. It is helpful in soothing itchiness, rashes, inflamed skin, and heal eczema. With its skin-repairing, regenerating, strengthening, and antibacterial properties, it is useful to treat acne and reduce scars. With its ability to produce and control sebum production, this soap is perfect for those with overly dry or oily skin!
- Aloe Vera and Jasmine Soap
Aloe Vera has been well-recognised for its great moisturising effect on the skin. Added with Jasmine, which has natural antiseptic properties, this soap can be used to treat wounds, acne, and even skin infection. Not only that, the combination of Aloe Vera and Jasmine can also even out skin tone! Worry not that it will trigger or exaggerate skin problems further because it is made to calm down any skin irritation or infection.
- Dabai Soap
The infamous dabai fruit, also known as Sarawak’s Olive, has gained popularity over the years as a popular snack or added into local culinary dishes. For the skin, dabai is actually a great moisturising agent and reduce signs of ageing too! Using Dabai soap can also improve skin texture and help protect it from environmental damages caused by the sun.
3. Natural Foot Soak
Soaking your sore feet in a tub of warm water is one of the best ways to relax after a long, tiring day. Especially for the elderly, their feet get tired and sore very easily, even after a short 15 minutes of walking! These natural foot soaks are great for them, not only as a way to relax their feet but help to stimulate their blood circulation for better and improved health.
- Ultimate Bliss Foot Soak
Suravont’s Ultimate Bliss foot soak not only contains the infamous Epsom salt, but it is also enhanced with Pink Himalayan salt, Eucalyptus and Spearmint essential oils. Using this foot soak will not only soothe tired feet but also keep it moisturised fresh and clean, which subsequently prevents fungal growth!
- Floral Detox Foot Soak
True to its name, Floral Detox foot soak not only smell heavenly as you keep your feet rejuvenated but with the dried rosebuds, calendula, and Lavender essential oil, this foot soak can help to detoxify your body.
*Precaution: These foot soaks are not recommended for those with hypertension, high blood pressure, or pregnant ladies.
4. Natural Body Care
We all know how old people gets tired and sore from top to toe. We know our grandmother do and sometimes, all they need is a just great and soothing massage. There are a few natural massage oil that are great for them to be used during their massage session.
- Golden Jojoba Oil
When used as a massage medium, Golden Jojoba oil acts as an emulsifier with the skin’s natural sebum. It also gently unclogs the pores, lifting grime and embedded impurities. With its anti-inflammatory properties and similarities to our own skin sebum, it absorbs quickly, excellent for dry and mature skins as well as inflamed conditions.
- Argan Oil
Argan oil is very beneficial for the skin and in massage, it does not only help to relax your body. Using Argan oil in a massage can soothes sore muscles, relief stressed joints, relaxes the spine, improves elasticity of the skin, and revitalises it.
- Lavender Body Oil
Lavender has always been known for its soothing and calming scent. Using Lavender Body Oil for massage can help not only to ease the mind but it is also effective in relieving migraines, headaches, and insomnia. It helps to soothes sore and tired muscles, preparing the body into total relaxation.
- Lemongrass Body Oil
Lemongrass Body Oil can help to calm nervous exhaustion and stress-related problems. It is also effective in soothing muscle and joint pains as well as correcting poor blood circulation.
There you have it, folks!
These are the top 4 natural gift ideas for your beloved parents or grandparents. We hope you can find some gift inspirations from this blog and opt to shop for something that is clean and safe for them!