Essential Oil Spotlight: Fennel


Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) essential oil is steam-distilled from the crushed seeds of this plant. Fennel can be easily identified by its sweet, somewhat spicy, and licorice-like aroma. This essential oil contains the following health properties: antiparasitic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, diuretic, and expectorant.

Fennel was historically used by the ancient Egyptians and Romans when they awarded victorious warriors with garlands of fennel as a sign of praise. They believed that fennel would bestow these warriors with strength, courage, and longevity.

Common uses of fennel essential oil include blood clots, bruises, digestive system support, gastritis, kidney stones, lactation, pancreas support, parasites, skin revitalizing, tissue cleansing, and wrinkles. This essential oil primarily affects the digestive and hormonal systems.

Other possible uses of fennel essential oil include colic, stimulating the cardiovascular system, constipation, digestion (supports the liver), balancing hormones, nausea, obesity, PMS, and stimulating the sympathetic nervous system.

Topical Application: This oil can be applied neat (with no dilution), or dilute 1:1 (1 drop essential oil to at least 1 drop carrier oil) for children and for those with sensitive skin. Apply directly to the area of concern or to reflex points.
Aromatic Application: Fennel increases and influences longevity, courage, and purification. Diffuse, or inhale the aroma directly.
Internal Application: Fennel oil is recognized by the FDA as safe for human consumption and serves as a powerful flavoring agent.
Safety Data: Repeated topical use may lead to contact sensitization. Use with caution if susceptible to epilepsy. Use with caution during pregnancy. This oil should not be taken internally by children under 6 years old, and should be used with caution and in greater dilution for children ages 6 and older.

Ways to Use Fennel Essential Oil:

1. Digestive Problems
Fennel essential oil has beneficial digestive properties. It can quickly alleviate bloating, gas/flatulence, and diarrhea. Combine 5 drops fennel essential oil with 1 tsp. (5 ml) carrier oil in a 5 ml roll-on bottle, and apply over your stomach as needed.
2. Cooking
Fennel has a strong licorice-like flavor and serves as a valuable ingredient in many spices and other recipes. It can be strong, so start small when adding it to your recipes; you can always add more later. Here are a few recipes using fennel essential oil!

3. Bath Oil
This essential oil is known for its ability to revitalize the skin, cleanse tissue, and smooth wrinkles. For this reason, fennel makes a beneficial addition to bath oils and soaps. For a silky-smooth feel after your bath, combine 8 drops jasmine, 8 drops fennel, and 2 Tbsp. (25 ml) jojoba oil in the palm of your hand, and hold under warm running bathwater. Swish the water around with your hand to disperse the oils.
4. Diffuser Blends
With its strong aromatic influence, fennel can serve as a nice addition to a diffuser blend. Its sweet yet spicy aroma can uplift you and fill you with courage. Here are a couple blends for you to try out.

5. Air Freshening Spray
Air fresheners should not only smell great, but also be emotionally uplifting. Combine 10 drops fennel, 8 drops lemon, and 6 drops juniper berry with 1 tsp. (5 ml) carrier oil in a 1 oz. spray bottle. Fill the remainder of the bottle with distilled water, and shake to combine. Spray the mixture around the room, and breathe in the emotional support.

Sources:
Modern Essentials™: The Complete Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, 9th Edition, pp. 63–64.
Aromatherapy Blends & Remedies by Franzesca Watson
Organic Beauty with Essential Oil by Rebecca Park Totilo

Lemon Berry Frozen Yogurt

Warm summer days call for sweet cold treats, especially if you can find a healthy one that everyone will enjoy. This Lemon Berry Frozen Yogurt is absolutely delicious and super simple! Whether you serve the dessert at your next meal or party, or save the whole batch for yourself, it certainly won’t disappoint.

Lemon Berry Frozen Yogurt

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups (300 g) frozen berries
  • 1/2 cup (140 g) plain greek yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp. (30 ml) honey
  • 1 tsp. (5 ml) vanilla
  • 2–4 drops lemon essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Add the frozen berries, greek yogurt, honey, and vanilla to a blender or food processor. Blend for 2–3 minutes, or until creamy.
  2. Add lemon essential oil, and pulse the blender briefly to combine.
  3. Transfer the mixture to an airtight container, and place in the freezer for at least 3 hours.
  4. Remove from the freezer, and allow the frozen yogurt to soften for a few minutes before serving.

You can also stir in some crushed berries after blending for an extra fruity flavor and texture.

This frozen yogurt can be stored in the freezer for up to 2 weeks.

This recipe is a little tart, but you can always add a little more honey until it tastes good to you.

Men’s Cologne with Essential Oils

Essential oils definitely aren’t just for women! We all love the health benefits of essential oils, especially when they smell good. Here’s a simple cologne recipe that smells great and will allow your man to reap the benefits of essential oils at the same time.

Men's Cologne

  • Servings: Yield=10 ml
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Add the essential oils to the spray bottle, and then add the emulsifier.
  2. Fill the remainder of the spray bottle with witch hazel.
  3. Shake to combine.
  4. Spritz on 2–3 sprays as you get ready each day.

An essential oil emulsifier helps essential oils to bond with water-based products. Witch hazel is great for your skin with a minimal aroma; however, it is water based, meaning that the essential oils will not entirely bond with it. If you do not have the emulsifier, you may alternatively use perfumer’s alcohol in place of witch hazel, or simply shake the bottle well before each application.

A Traveler’s Guide to Essential Oils

With summer upon us, the traveling adventures are beginning. However, being away from home can make our regular essential oil use a little more difficult. But does travel really get in the way? Here at AromaTools, we are dedicated to making your essential oil use more convenient and effective—even when traveling! So here’s what you need to know when traveling with essential oils.

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Must-Have Essential Oils for Traveling:

1. Soothing Blend
Traveling usually involves cramped spaces for long periods of time or more strenuous activity than our bodies are used to. For this reason, the Soothing Blend is an important asset to your travel kit. By having it with you, you can easily apply it to sore muscles, cramps, sore feet, and so on. There’s no need to be in pain when you can find relief.
2. Peppermint
Traveling can be hard on our bodies, and that’s why you need peppermint oil. Peppermint essential oil may assist with digestive troubles, motion sickness, and headaches. You should never leave home without this versatile essential oil.
3. Lavender
If you experience difficulty with adjusting to new time zones, or sleeping in a new bed, this oil is a must for all your travels. Lavender essential oil is not only great for relaxation, but it can also soothe sunburns, bug bites, and allergies.
4. Protective Blend
Since it’s impossible to control sanitary conditions while away from home, bringing this essential oil with you on your travels is super important. You can build your immune system with this blend prior to traveling and continue to use it throughout your trip. This blend is great for fighting colds, sore throats, the flu, and infections.

Essential Oil Travel Tips:

1. Fighting Jet Lag
There’s nothing worse than starting off your travels on the wrong foot. When traveling, we want to be our best self, and that means being awake and alert. To avoid jet lag, the most important thing you can do is stay very well hydrated, but avoid alcohol and caffeine while flying. Next, it’s important to set your internal clock to the location you will be traveling to at the beginning of your flight. That means sleep when it’s night there, and stay awake when it’s day. You can take small naps—no more than 45 minutes—in order to keep your body refreshed. If you arrive in the daytime, you should keep your body active until a reasonable time to retire to bed. Now that you know some general tips, let’s get down to the essential oils.

Use invigorating essential oils such as peppermint and eucalyptus in the morning and calming essential oils such as lavender and geranium at night. Consider making a sleep blend in a small spray bottle to mist on your pillow when you are having trouble sleeping. You can also add lemon, peppermint, or orange essential oils to your water as an energy and immune booster. You can learn more about using essential oils for jet lag in Modern Essentials™: The Complete Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils.

2. Packing Your Oils
If your travel plans include airplanes, you may want to take special care of your oils. If you’re taking your oils in your carry-on luggage, remember that TSA regulations require all liquids to be under 3.4 oz. (100 ml), and placed in a clear plastic zip-top bag or vanity bag, when carried through security. And you can only have 1 quart-sized plastic bag of liquids. This means you can only take the oils that you absolutely need, so you will need to consider what oils are most important to you while traveling. Keep in mind that the x-ray scanners in airport security will not damage your oils.
If you would like to avoid this potential hassle, you may alternatively pack your oils into your checked bag. We suggest that you still place your oils in a plastic bag in case of leaking caused by pressure changes, and remember to secure the lids tightly. If you have further questions about TSA regulations, click here.

Products to Enhance Your Travel Experience:

Diffusers:
Leaving home without a diffuser is no longer necessary if you have a personal diffuser! Now you can still get the aromatic benefits of essential oils while traveling without bothering those around you. We carry many different options for you to choose from. There are perfect diffusers that will fit in your car ports or USB ports in a hotel room, or personal diffusers that don’t require any power so that you can enjoy your oils anytime.

Carrying Cases:
In order to take your oils with you when you travel, you will need a proper carrying case for the bottles so they don’t get damaged. We carry all sorts of cases for whatever size of bottles you would like to take with you. Keep the airplane travel tips in mind if you are flying, but if you are taking a road trip, any size of carrying case will work depending on your specific needs.

We hope you find these tips useful as you embark on your next journey! Below we have linked a few more blog posts that can help you with all your travel needs.

Essential Oils for Car Travel
10 Diffuser Blends for the Road
See Modern Essentials: Outdoor Travel Tips

Feel free to let us know if you have any questions or would like to share your experience of traveling with your essential oils. We would love to read them! Safe travels!

Source:
Modern Essentials™: The Complete Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, 9th Edition.

All-Natural Essential Oil Bug Spray

Summer adventures bring lots of bugs, and subsequently, lots of bug bites. Here’s an all-natural bug spray recipe that will keep the bugs away without damaging your health. Our favorite part? It smells so much better than typical bug sprays!

Bug Spray

  • Servings: Yield=4 oz. (100 ml)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup (50 ml) Witch Hazel
  • 1/4 cup (50 ml) distilled water
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 7 drops melaleuca essential oil
  • 7 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 7 drops lemongrass essential oil
  • 4 oz. Spray Bottle
  • “Bug Spray” vinyl label

Instructions:

  1. Combine the witch hazel and water in the spray bottle.
  2. Add the essential oils, and shake to combine.
  3. Spritz the bug spray on your skin, and rub in.

Natural Essential Oil “Bleach”

There’s no need to buy expensive, harsh chemicals to remove stains from your clothes when you can make a more natural alternative at home! Lemon essential oil has powerful cleaning properties, and hydrogen peroxide is a known stain remover.

Natural Essential Oil Bleach

  • Servings: Yield=8 oz. (250 ml)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) water
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) hydrogen peroxide
  • 10 drops lemon essential oil
  • 8 oz. Spray Bottle

Instructions:

  1. Combine all the ingredients in the spray bottle, and shake to combine.
  2. Shake well before each use.
  3. Spray the solution on stains, and scrub it in to help remove the spots; wash as normal.

DIY Essential Oil Deodorant

Many deodorants on the market today are full of harsh chemicals that are doing more damage to our bodies than we think. It is possible to find deodorants that are safer for your body, but they tend to be expensive. We’ve created this all-natural recipe for a deodorant that you can feel good about—for your body and your wallet. You can add whatever oils you want to this recipe to make it your own.

And if your armpits have a hard time adjusting to chemical-free deodorant, we’ve included an armpit detox recipe below.

DIY Deodorant

  • Servings: Yield=5 oz.
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Melt the beeswax by placing it in a glass measuring cup in a pot of water over medium heat.
  2. Once the beeswax is almost melted, add in the shea butter and coconut oil, and allow it to finish melting.
  3. Remove the mixture from the heat, and stir in the arrowroot powder and baking soda.
  4. Add 20–40 drops of your favorite essential oil or blend, and stir well to combine. (Start with 20 drops, and gradually add more until the deodorant reaches your desired scent.)
  5. Before the mixture solidifies, pour it into the deodorant containers.
  6. Allow the deodorant to cool for several hours or until solid and completely cooled.

Extra Ideas:

Make “his” and “hers” deodorant by splitting the mixture in half and adding manly oils for him and feminine oils for her.

A blend that we tried and loved was 20 drops grapefruit plus 15 drops lemon. Let us know what blends you come up with!

It’s important to remember that sometimes your body can have a hard time making the switch from a conventional deodorant to an all-natural kind. If you use your natural deodorant and your armpits become smelly or you get a rash, you may need to do an armpit detox to clean the chemicals from your skin. Here’s a simple recipe to get your armpits clean!

Armpit Detox

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp. (9 g) bentonite clay
  • 2 tsp. (10 ml) apple cider vinegar
  • Water (optional)
  • Aloe vera gel (optional)

Instructions:

  1. In a small bowl, combine the bentonite clay with the apple cider vinegar to form a paste. If it’s not a paste, you can add a small amount of water to give it a spreadable consistency.
  2. Spread the mixture on your armpits, and let it sit for 5–10 minutes.
  3. Wash off the detox with a damp cloth, or rinse off in the shower.
  4. Once you finish removing the paste, if desired, you can apply a small amount of aloe vera gel to soothe the skin.

Like any other detox, make sure to drink lots of water to help your body detox faster.

You may need to do the detox multiple times to get the full effect.

Essential Oil Spotlight: Coriander

Coriander (Coriandrum sativum L.) is steam-distilled from the seeds of a plant in the parsley family. This oil is known for its woody, spicy, and sweet aroma. Coriander essential oil contains analgesic, antibacterial, antifungal, antioxidant, antirheumatic, antispasmodic, and stimulant health properties. Coriander most directly affects the digestive and hormonal systems.

Historically, coriander was used by the Chinese for dysentery, piles, measles, nausea, toothache, and painful hernias. Today, this essential oil is commonly used to help with cartilage injury, degenerative disease, muscle aches, muscle development, muscle tone, and whiplash.

Other uses for this essential oil include anorexia, arthritis, colds, colic, diarrhea, digestive spasms, dyspepsia, flatulence, flu, gout, infections, migraines, nervous exhaustion, neuralgia, poor circulation, rheumatism, and stiffness.

Application of Coriander Essential Oil and Safety Data:

Topical Application: Coriander essential oil can be applied neat (with no dilution) directly on location or to reflex points.
Aromatic Application: Aromatically, coriander is a gentle stimulant for those with low physical energy. It also helps one relax during times of stress, irritability, and nervousness. It may also provide a calming influence to those suffering from shock or fear.
Internal Application: This oil is recognized as safe for human consumption by the FDA. Coriander also serves as a wonderful flavoring agent in many recipes.
Safety Data: Coriander should not be taken internally by children under the age of 6 and should be used with caution and in greater dilution for children 6 years and older.

Ways to Use Coriander Essential Oil:

1. Diffuse
With its powerful aromatic influence, coriander adds a nice touch to some of your favorite diffuser blends. Here are just a few diffuser blends you can try out!

2. Alzheimer’s
Diffuse a blend of 1 part coriander and 2 parts lemon using an aromatherapy diffuser for 15 minutes daily.

3. Cooking
Coriander essential oil can add an amazing flavor to any of your favorite meals. Here are some of our favorite recipes that use coriander essential oil!

4. Massage Oil
Coriander essential oil can help to improve circulation, so it can be very effective in a massage oil. For an invigorating massage, combine 1 oz. (25 ml) Sweet Almond Oil with 3 drops coriander, 3 drops frankincense, 2 drops lime, and 2 drops rose in a small bowl or 1 oz. bottle. Gently rub a small amount into your muscles.

Sources:
Modern Essentials™: The Complete Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, 9th Edition, p. 56.
Organic Beauty with Essential Oil by Rebecca Park Totilo

Lime Salmon with Avocado Mango Salsa and Coconut Rice

Looking for a new summer hit? This salmon dish is absolutely delicious. There are so many incredible flavors combined in this meal, and you can’t go wrong with any of them! There’s nothing like a fresh fruit salsa to add a little color and life to your next dinner. We absolutely loved this dish, and we’re sure that you will too!

Lime Salmon with Avocado Mango Salsa and Coconut Rice

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: Moderate
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Lime Salmon Ingredients:

  • 4 skinless salmon fillets (6 oz./170 g each)
  • 3 Tbsp. (45 ml) olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp. (45 ml) fresh lime juice
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 drops lime essential oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Coconut Rice Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups (360 ml) coconut water
  • 1 1/4 cups (300 ml) canned coconut milk
  • 1 1/2 cups (275 g) rice
  • 1/2 tsp. (3 g) salt
  • 1 drop lime essential oil

Avocado Mango Salsa:

  • 1 large mango, peeled and diced
  • 3/4 cup (95 g) chopped red bell pepper
  • 1/3 cup (75 g) chopped red onion
  • 1 avocado, peeled and diced
  • 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) fresh lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) coconut water
  • 1–2 drops cilantro essential oil
  • 1 drop lime essential oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. In a baking dish, whisk together all salmon ingredients (except salmon fillets).
  2. Lay the salmon in the marinade, and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Turn the salmon over, and return to the fridge for another 15–20 minutes.
  3. While the salmon is marinating, preheat the oven to 450°F (230°C).
  4. In a medium saucepan, bring the coconut rice ingredients to a boil. Cover, and allow the mixture to simmer until the liquid is absorbed.
  5. Remove the salmon from the fridge, and bake for 12–15 minutes.
  6. While the salmon and rice are cooking, dice the mango, avocado, pepper, and onion, and toss to combine.
  7. In a small bowl, combine the lime juice, olive oil, and essential oils for the salsa. Combine the mixture with the diced veggies, toss together, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  8. When everything is cooked, scoop some rice onto each plate, top with salmon, and load up with salsa!

You can also use normal water in place of the coconut water in the coconut rice. It will lose a little coconut flavor, but it will still taste amazing!

If you’re feeling adventurous, this dish is even better when grilled. Just brush the grill with extra olive oil, and carefully grill the salmon for about 3 minutes on each side.

“Invigorating Focus” Diffuser Blend

No matter what you have on your plate, you could probably use a little more focus in your life. This makes a great diffuser blend to help keep you going at work or to energize your body before a workout. Whatever you’re trying to tackle, this blend will open your senses and keep you focused!

There’s nothing better than a new diffuser to go with your new blend. Check out the wide variety of diffusers we carry!