Gifts that Heal

December 12, 2013 at 6:10 am

A few weeks ago, a friend showed up at my door with a giant stalk of brussels sprouts from Trader Joe’s… like this…


It was a healing gift for a number of reasons… 1) Because there’s something very heart-warming about having another person “get you” well enough to know exactly what would make your day, and 2) Because brussels sprouts are healing in and of themselves.

I love gifts that heal. They’re the best kind.

Here are some more healing gift ideas…


1) Herbs 

I’ve got some culinary herbs in my backyard garden. Some of them were getting out of hand, so I decided to cut and dry them for gifts. I found some cute little jars in just the perfect size at Goodwill (super cheap, especially with my 20% off coupon) and added some tags with twine. I may include a write-up about the healing benefits of each herb and/or a recipe as well. Aren’t they adorable?



2) Magnesium

Your friends and family will love you forever for introducing them to the healing power of magnesium. Give them bath salts in a jar to boost their magnesium stores!


3) Pineapple

It was about six or seven years ago when I first learned that an enzyme in raw pineapple (bromelain, to be specific) could relieve pain as well as over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs. As a person who has suffered chronic back pain and frequent headaches for decades, this was an exciting discovery. When my body starts feeling achey or I feel a headache coming on, I often turn to raw pineapple. Another fun fact: Bromelain increases milk yield and milk composition in dairy goats. Probably beneficial to “dairy humans” as well. ;-)  If all of that awesomsauce wasn’t enough, bromelain also kills cancer cells (and more). If somebody showed up at my door with a pineapple, I’d know she really loved me.



4) Plants

I know I say this all the time, but you can never have too many plants around. Inside and outside. Give a small houseplant (my favorites for gifts are snake plants and rubber plants because they’re so low-maintenance). Houseplants purify indoor air, release moisture and oxygen, and they’re pretty. Live home decor. You could also give away pots of herbs or seeds for an herb garden. Green, living gifts are the best kind.


What are your favorite healing gift ideas?

You can see more of my gift ideas here:

Gifts Born at Home

Gift Ideas for the Pregnant Woman You Love