Essential Oil Saltwater Mouthwash

Saltwater makes a great mouthwash because the it alkalizes the mouth, creating an environment that stops the growth of bacteria. Additionally, saltwater is astringent and speeds wound healing by reducing inflammation and contracting the tissues. We included essential oils in our saltwater mouthwash because their antibacterial properties kill the existing bacteria and help freshen the breath.

Some good oils to use in a mouthwash include peppermint, melaleuca, orange, cinnamon, clove, lemon, myrrh, or an antibacterial blend. Try using a single oil or mixing a couple to create your own custom blend! Though you don’t often see myrrh used in mouthwash, myrrh essential oil is actually a great oil to use in oral care because it is said to help with sore throats, mouth ulcers, gingivitis, gum disease, and wounds.

This mouthwash is great to use on a daily basis or even just when your mouth needs a little help healing from mouth wounds or conditions.

Saltwater Mouthwash

  • Servings: Yield=1 cup (240 ml)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

Instructions:

  1. Stir salt into the warm water until dissolved. Let cool.
  2. Pour essential oils and essential oil emulsifier into the 8 oz. glass bottle. When the saltwater is cool, add it to the bottle, screw the lid on, and shake to combine.
  3. To use, shake first, pour a little into a shot glass (about 1/2 a shot glass), and then pour the liquid into your mouth. Swish and gargle for 30 seconds. Swallow or spit as desired.

Extra Idea:

  • Place a little of the mixture into a shot glass, and soak your floss or flosser before using it to floss your teeth for help in cleaning the hard-to-access areas.

Gentle Makeup Remover Pads

These days, you never know what ingredients are in your cosmetic products. Women can spend a lot of money and time trying to find an organic makeup remover, having no idea if it will actually work. No worries—we’ve made one up using the oils you love!

These makeup remover pads are great for your skin! The castile soap serves as a cleansing agent to clean your pores, while the avocado oil softens your skin, and the witch hazel works as a toner to close your pores. The properties of lavender essential oil soothe your skin while helping your body to relax, relieving your mind of stress and anxiety. All around, this is a great product for your skin!

Gentle Makeup Remover Pads

  • Servings: 40–50
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (250 ml) natural spring water
  • 2 tsp. (10 ml) Castile Soap
  • 2 tsp. (10 ml) Witch Hazel
  • 2 tsp. (10 ml) Avocado Oil
  • 20 drops lavender essential oil
  • Cotton pads
  • Pint-sized mason jar

Instructions:

  1. Fill the mason jar 3/4 full with cotton pads.
  2. In a separate dish, combine the water, castile soap, witch hazel, avocado oil, and lavender oil.
  3. Pour the mixture into the mason jar over the pads, allowing it to soak in.
  4. Gently rub the pad over your face to remove the makeup.
  5. Store with the lid closed.

Feel the Romance Diffuser Blend

With Valentine’s Day approaching, who couldn’t use a little more romance to spice up their life? Try this simple diffuser blend to help your body relax while invigorating the senses.

Need a new diffuser to try out this great blend? The HerbalAir Ultrasonic USB Diffuser is small yet powerful, covering up to 150 sq. ft., and can sustain a constant diffusion for up to 3 hours. The elegant design only enhances the benefits of diffusion. The best part? This diffuser is portable, and it was designed to fit perfectly in the cup holder of your car; so now you can take it everywhere with you, diffusing oil even while traveling! Click here to learn more about this diffuser.

Looking for a different diffuser? Click here to learn more about all the diffusers we offer.

Not sure which diffuser suits your needs? We’ve written a post all about the different types of diffusers and how they compare. Check it out!

Essential Oil Ravioli Hearts

These noodles are so cute and fun to make, and they make a perfect Valentine’s Day dinner! The recipe is a little complicated, but this ravioli is to die for, making it worth every minute! It’s so fun that all the kids will want to join in and help you cut out the noodles! The hardest part will be sharing these tasty raviolis with the rest of the family.

Homemade Ravioli

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: Difficult
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Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups (180 g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 tsp. (1.5 g) salt
  • 1–2 Tbsp. (15–30 ml) water (as needed)
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) water
  • Cheese mixture (recipe below)
  • Marinara sauce (recipe below)
  • Parmesan cheese for topping

Instructions:

  1. Combine flour, 2 eggs, and salt in a food processor, and process until well mixed.
  2. If necessary, slowly add water until the mixture forms a firm dough.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough until smooth. Check the dough by cutting it with a knife. Once there are no air bubbles in the middle, and the outside is smooth, the dough is ready.
  4. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap, and let stand for 30 minutes.
  5. Divide dough into 4 portions, and roll out to about 1/16″  (1.5 mm) thickness using a rolling pin or pasta machine.
  6. Using a heart-shaped cookie cutter, cut hearts into the dough. Or cut the dough into 2″ (5 cm) squares using a knife.
  7. Combine 1 lightly beaten egg and 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) water in a bowl, and brush the dough pieces lightly with the mixture.
  8. Place a small spoonful of the cheese mixture (recipe below) in the middle of the dough, leaving enough space around the edges to seal the dough.
  9. Lay the second piece of dough on top, and use your fingers to press the edges down around the cheese so they stick together.
  10. Bring a pot of saltwater to boil, and gently drop the ravioli into the boiling water. Cook 1/4 of the ravioli at a time to avoid the noodles sticking together. Cook for 5–10 minutes (depending on the thickness of the noodles), or until tender.
  11. Using a slotted spoon, remove the ravioli from the water, and place on a serving dish.
  12. Top with marinara sauce (recipe below) and parmesan cheese.

Notes:
If your noodles are thick, they will take longer to cook.
If you have leftover cheese filling, it makes a great topper for the finished pasta for an added cheesy kick.

Basil and Oregano Cheese Filling

  • Servings: Yield=2 cups (500 ml)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (125 g) ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup (55 g) shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup (55 g) shredded gouda cheese
  • 1/2 cup (50 g) shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced
  • 1/4 tsp. (125 mg) dried parsley
  • 1/4 tsp. (1.5 g) salt
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 toothpick oregano essential oil
  • 1 toothpick basil essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Combine cheeses, parsley, salt, and pepper.
  2. Dip a toothpick in the oregano and basil oils, and run the toothpicks through the cheese mixture to combine.
  3. Taste, and add more salt, pepper, and/or essential oil as needed.

The taste may be a little strong, but once the noodles are boiled, the flavor will be much milder.
You can use just about any kind of cheese in this recipe, not just the ones listed. If you have other cheeses, experiment to find out which ones give the best flavor for you!

Marinara Sauce

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) olive oil
  • 1/2 white onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 1/2 tsp. (9 g) salt
  • 2 cans crushed tomatoes (28 oz. each)
  • 1 drop oregano essential oil
  • 1 drop rosemary essential oil
  • 1 drop thyme essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Place the olive oil and chopped onion in a saucepan, and sauté over medium heat until the onions are tender.
  2. Add the garlic in with the onions, and continue cooking for an additional minute, stirring frequently.
  3. Add the salt and crushed tomatoes to the saucepan. Stir everything in the saucepan together, and continue cooking until warmed through.
  4. Turn off the heat, and stir in the oregano, rosemary, and thyme essential oils.
  5. Serve over your choice of noodles.

Essential Oil Spotlight: Jasmine


Jasmine essential oil (Jasminum officinale) is extracted from the flowers through absolute extraction. This oil is commonly known for its powerful, sweet, tenacious, and floral aroma with fruity-herbaceous undertones. Jasmine is known in India as the “queen of the night” and “moonlight of the grove”; women have treasured jasmine for centuries for its beautiful, aphrodisiac-like fragrance.

Jasmine is commonly used for hoarse voice, pink eye, and sensitive skin. Other possible uses for this oil include conjunctivitis, coughs, dysentery, eczema (when caused by emotions), labor pains, menstrual pains and problems, muscle spasms, pain relief, sex, skin care, and uterine disorders. This essential oil has anticatarrhal, antidepressant, and antispasmodic health properties; it can affect emotional balance and the hormonal system.

Jasmine has incredible emotional properties because it can penetrate the deepest layers of the soul, opening doors to our emotions. It can encourage feelings of confidence, energy, euphoria, and optimism—all while reducing anxiety, apathy, depression, indifference, listlessness, and relationship dilemmas. When used as a cologne or perfume, jasmine increases feelings of attractiveness.

Applications of Jasmine Essential Oil and Safety Data:

Topical Application: This oil can be applied directly to your skin without dilution. Apply to area of concern or to reflex points.
Aromatic Application: You can diffuse or inhale the aroma directly. Jasmine is uplifting to the emotions and may help increase intuitive powers and wisdom. It may also help to promote powerful, inspirational relationships.
Internal Application: Jasmine is recognized as safe for internal use by the FDA. Dilute 1 drop of oil in 1 tsp. (5 ml) honey or in 1/2 cup (125 ml) of beverage.
Safety Data: This oil is not to be used internally on children under 6 years old and should be used with caution and in greater dilution for children over 6 years old.

Ways to Use Jasmine Essential Oil:

1. Massage Oil
Jasmine essential oil is wonderful for massages because of its ability to balance the emotions while energizing the body and awakening one’s sensuality. Combine the oils of your massage blend together, and lightly massage into your skin. If desired, you can place these massage blends in a 10 ml roll-on bottle for daily use.

Aphrodisiac Massage Oil
2 tsp. (10 ml) Jojoba Oil
4 drops ylang ylang
3 drops jasmine
2 drops tangerine
2 drops sandalwood
Soothing Skin Oil
3 drops jasmine
2 drops lavender
2 drops Roman chamomile
2 tsp. (10 ml) Fractionated
Coconut Oil

2. Bath
Baths are a great way to relax and rejuvenate. Try some of these bath blends to spice up your routine.

Romance Bath Oil
1/4 cup (50 ml) Castile Soap
4 drops ylang ylang essential oil
4 drops frankincense essential oil
4 drops jasmine essential oil
4 drops sandalwood essential oil
4 drops rose essential oil
Combine the oils with the castile soap in a small dish. Pour some of this solution under the running bathwater. Stir the water around with your hand to allow the mixture to spread evenly; enjoy!
Body Scrub
1/4 cup (50 ml) Jojoba Oil
1/4 cup (50 ml) Castile Soap
1/2 cup (100 g) sea salt
5 drops orange essential oil
4 drops sandalwood essential oil
3 drops jasmine essential oil
8 oz. plastic bottle
Combine all ingredients in a bowl, and mix thoroughly. Pour mixture into the plastic bottle. To use, squirt some into your hand, and massage over body to exfoliate and moisturize. Rinse off thoroughly.
Silky Smooth Bath Oil
8 drops jasmine essential oil
8 drops fennel essential oil
2 Tbsp. (25 ml) Fractionated Coconut Oil or Jojoba Oil
Combine all oils in the palm of your hand, using your finger to stir them together. Add the oils to a warm running bath. Using your hand, stir the water around to combine thoroughly.

3. Perfume
Jasmine has strong aromatic influences to enhance the emotions and increase one’s feelings of attractiveness. Try some of these perfume blends, and see which fits you best. Place the essential oils in a 10 ml roll-on bottle, and fill the remainder with your favorite carrier oil (approximately 2 tsp./10 ml). Apply the perfume to your neck and wrists.

Emotional Balance
4 drops jasmine
4 drops orange
3 drops sandalwood
Love Potion
3 drops jasmine
3 drops sandalwood
1 drop geranium
1 drop orange
1 drop ylang ylang
White Roses
4 drops rose
3 drops jasmine
1 drop patchouli

4. Diffuse
The sweet, floral scent of jasmine leaves an amazing aroma in your house—not to mention the great uplifting health properties! Try out some of these diffuser blends to experience the benefits of jasmine today.

Sources:
Modern Essentials™: The Complete Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, 9th Edition, pp. 77–78.
Aromatherapy Blends & Remedies by Franzesca Watson
Organic Beauty with Essential Oil by Rebecca Park Totilo

Managing Anxiety, Depression, and Emotions with Essential Oils

Anxiety, depression, and emotional imbalance are common and serious conditions that most people experience at some point in their lives. Rather than deny the reality that it could happen to you (or that it is already happening), we want to equip you with some information to help you out! We have also added in some diffuser blends to get you on the road to better mental health today!

We have designed these amazing mini tear pads to help you—and those around you—simply learn about a wide range of conditions and ways that essential oils can help. They also make great tools to help in your teaching endeavors as class handouts. Keep reading to learn more about these conditions and the information these tear pads can offer you!

Anxiety:

Anxiety is the body’s way of preparing itself to deal with a threat or to deal with future stressful events. While this response is normal and happens as part of the body’s natural response to stress, this response can also happen at inappropriate times, or too frequently, as in the case of anxiety disorders. Anxiety can include both physical and mental symptoms such as fear, nervousness, nausea, sweating, increased blood pressure and heart rate, feelings of apprehension or dread, difficulty concentrating, irritability, restlessness, panic attacks, and many others.

Anxiety is the most prevalent mental health condition and a contributing factor in many chronic diseases. An anxiety disorder can develop when the body’s “fight or flight” response is activated frequently or for a prolonged period of time. This tear pad discusses the essential oils that aid in the calming and relaxing the mind and how these oils should be applied for optimum results.

Depression:

Depression is a disorder marked by excessive sadness, energy loss, feelings of worthlessness, irritability, sudden weight loss or gain, trouble sleeping, and loss of interest in activities normally enjoyed. These symptoms can continue for weeks or months if not treated and can destroy an individual’s quality of life.

Essential oils can play a big part in your fight with depression by uplifting your mood and relaxing your mind. Oils also help aid your physiological symptoms by helping you sleep better, boosting your energy, and even assisting proper digestion. All these symptoms play a part in your ability to recover from depression. This tear pad explains the effect that oils have on the mind and body and how they can help you specifically overcome this condition.

Emotions:

To put it simply, emotions are the way we currently feel. These feelings come in response to what we see, smell, hear, feel, taste, think, or have experienced and can affect our future thoughts and behavior. While much is still being discovered about the complex psychological and physiological processes involved in emotions, researchers have discovered that emotions involve many different systems in the body, including the brain, the sensory system, the endocrine/hormonal system, the autonomic nervous system, the immune system, and the release or inhibition of neurotransmitters (such as dopamine) in the brain. Recent research has also begun to uncover compelling evidence that various essential oils and their components have the ability to affect each one of these systems, making the use of essential oils an intriguing tool for helping to balance emotions in the human body.

The specific oils you use will affect you differently, so it is important to know which ones are right for you. This tear pad gives information on how your emotions are specifically affected by the oils, and which oils work best with specific emotions, along with ideas for how to blend the oils and apply them for maximum effect.

Everyone has the right to feel mentally healthy, and that’s why you should too! With these tools, you can more confidently step onto the road to mental health recovery and feel more like yourself again. Let us know if there are any other conditions you would like to learn more about so that we can continue to help you embrace life happily!

Click here to learn more about these new mini tear pads!

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

Mint Grapefruit Sugar Scrub

This sugar scrub is a great way to exfoliate and moisturize your skin while enjoying the added benefits of essential oils and coconut oil. Sugar scrubs are especially effective for areas with sensitive skin, such as your face and lips. The added properties of grapefruit and peppermint essential oils give a nice cooling effect, while also helping to relieve stress. If you are looking for a new way to pamper your skin, this scrub is a great place to start!


Mint Grapefruit Sugar Scrub

  • Servings: Yield=4 oz. (125 ml)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (100 g) Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 cup (100 g) white sugar
  • Zest of 1 grapefruit
  • 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) grapefruit juice
  • 10 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 25–30 drops grapefruit essential oil
  • 1/4 tsp. (1 ml) beet juice or 1 tsp. (5 ml) raspberry juice (optional for color)
  • 4 oz. Glass Salve Jar

Instructions:

  1. Using a hand mixer, mix the sugar and coconut oil together on low speed until it forms a thick paste.
  2. Add grapefruit zest and juice, essential oils, and beet or raspberry juice (if desired), and mix again on low speed until combined.
  3. Turn the mixer to medium speed, and mix until the scrub is fluffy and well blended.
  4. Fill the glass jar with the sugar scrub, and store in the refrigerator.
  5. To use, take a small amount and gently rub onto the desired location. Rinse off.

Notes:

  • This scrub is better when used in the morning, rather than at night, due to the properties of grapefruit and peppermint and the way they energize and help wake up the mind.
  • Avoid contact with eyes.

Dark Chocolate Avocado Truffles with Peppermint Essential Oil

Indulge your sweet tooth without compromising your health goals with these delicious and healthy chocolate truffles. These truffles are full of antioxidants, healthy fats, nutrients, and the benefits of peppermint essential oil!

Dark Chocolate Avocado Peppermint Truffles

  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled and pitted
  • 1/2 cup dates, soaked and drained (about 5–6 dates)
  • 1/4 cup (30 g) cacao powder + 2 Tbsp. (15 g) for dusting
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. (18 g) coconut oil
  • 2 Tbsp. (16 g) coconut flour + more as needed
  • Dash of sea salt
  • 2–3 drops peppermint essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Soak dates for 3 hours for the smoothest texture.
  2. Place all ingredients in a food processor or blender (except for the 2 Tbsp. of cacao powder for dusting). Blend or pulse until smooth. Add more coconut flour if needed to get the desired texture (you want a rollable ball; the balls will harden more in the fridge).
  3. Place the 2 Tbsp. (15 g) of cacao powder on a plate. Set aside a plate or dish for the finished truffles.
  4. Scoop out 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) of the chocolate avocado mixture, and form it into a ball. Roll the ball in the cacao powder, and place on the plate or dish. Continue until all the balls are formed.
  5. Refrigerate the balls for 2–3 hours until hardened, and enjoy!

Fortune Cookies with Essential Oil Fortunes

If you love reading the funny—but sometimes profound—fortunes found within the folds of a fortune cookie, then you’ll probably appreciate these little nuggets of essential oil wisdom. We had a great time coming up with the fortunes and hope you like them too! We also enjoyed making these delicious homemade fortune cookies (much better than the ones at restaurants!) and found them to be quite easy to make.

These Essential Oil Fortune Cookies would be so fun to hand out to your essential oil class attendees or to offer at events with essential oil enthusiasts! If you don’t want to make actual cookies, you can also wrap these fortunes in little paper origami fortune cookies for a cute party favor.
Here is a printable pdf of the essential oil fortunes.

Edible Fortune Cookies

These fortune cookies are delicious, but they do require some time. See the tips below to reduce the amount of time spent making these.

Essential Oil Fortune Cookies

  • Servings: 1–2 dozen
  • Difficulty: Moderate
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Ingredients & Supplies:

  • 5 Tbsp. (71 g) unsalted butter
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 cup (200 g) fine cane sugar
  • 1 cup (120 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp. (1.5 g) salt
  • 3 Tbsp. (45 ml) heavy cream
  • 1 tsp. (5 ml) almond extract (optional; tastes good with the cassia essential oil)
  • 1/2 tsp. (2.5 ml) vanilla extract
  • 5–8 drops lemon essential oil or 3–4 drops cassia essential oil
  • Essential oil fortunes (see pdf above)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F (205°C), and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or spray with cooking spray. Melt butter, and set aside.
  2. In a stand mixer (or large mixing bowl with a whisk), mix the egg whites and sugar for about 30 seconds. Add flour, salt, heavy cream, extract(s), and essential oil; mix on a high speed for 1 minute. Finally, add the melted butter, and whisk until the batter is just combined. The consistency should be like thick pancake batter.
  3. Using a tablespoon (15 ml) measurement, place a scoop on the lined (or greased) baking sheet, and spread it into a thin circle about 4–6″ (10–15 cm) in diameter (depending on your size preference; keep all the circles the same size so they cook evenly). You’ll only want to do up to 3 circles each round (you need to limit each round to how many you can fold before the cookie hardens—about 3 per person folding).
  4. Bake the cookies for about 7–8 minutes or until the edges are golden brown. Get everything ready for folding while the cookies are baking. Cut the fortunes into strips, clear a workspace, get a rack or a bowl for the folded cookies, and have a spatula on hand. You have about 7–10 seconds to fold 3 cookies before they harden, so you’ll need to work quickly.
  5. Remove the baking sheet from the oven, and remove a cookie. Place it on a clean counter or plate upside-down (place the side that was against the baking sheet facing up). Place a fortune in the center of the cookie. Fold in half (the top all the way down to the bottom edge), fold in half once more (the bottom edge up to the top), then pull the sides together to create a double-folded roselike cookie. Set the cookie on a rack or bowl to cool, and move on to the next one.
  6. Continue with additional rounds of 3 cookies until all the cookies have been cooked and folded.

Tips:

  • Have your fortunes cut out and ready to go, or do the prep while the cookies are baking.
  • Get 2 baking sheets going at the same time to speed up the process. Prep the second sheet while the first is in the oven, then switch, fold, and prep the baking sheet again.
  • Enlist someone else to help you so you can cook more cookies at once.
  • Write off the first round as practice and a chance to perfect your technique.
  • Be prepared to burn your fingertips a little during the folding process. There isn’t any way to avoid it.

Paper Origami Fortune Cookies

If you don’t want to take the effort to bake the fortune cookies, but still want others to enjoy these awesome essential oil fortunes, then try making these Paper Origami Fortune Cookies.

Step 1: Cut out circles of scrapbook paper, about 4–5″ (10–13 cm) in diameter. We used a widemouthed mason jar lid as our template.
Step 2: Fold the circle in half, and crease just the middle part.
Step 3: Unfold the circle and rotate it so the crease is vertical. Place a removable glue dot on the top of the circle (the crease should point to the glue dot). You can also use a hot glue gun, but the fortune won’t open up without ripping the paper (the paper can still be removed without opening the fortune though, so using a hot glue gun is still a good option).
Step 4: Place a fortune in the middle of the circle (perpendicular to the crease). Fold the circle in thirds from bottom to top (the crease should be in the middle fold and the glue dot should seal it), then fold in half (where the crease is) to create the fortune cookie look.

Paper Origami Fortune Cookies

  • Difficulty: Easy
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Supplies:

  • Scrapbook paper
  • Widemouthed mason jar lid (or other circular template of similar size)
  • Pen
  • Scissors
  • Removable glue dots (or hot glue gun)
  • Essential oil fortunes (see pdf above)

Instructions:

  1. Cut the essential oil fortunes into strips.
  2. Cut out circles in the scrapbook paper, about 4–5″ (10–13 cm) in diameter. We used a widemouthed mason jar lid as our template.
  3. Fold the circle in half, and crease just the middle part.
  4. Unfold the circle, and rotate it so the crease is vertical. Place a removable glue dot on the top of the circle (the crease should point to the glue dot). You can also use a hot glue gun, but the fortune won’t open up without ripping the paper (the paper can still be removed without opening the fortune though, so using a hot glue gun is still a good option).
  5. Place a fortune in the middle of the circle (perpendicular to the crease). Fold the circle in thirds from bottom to top (the crease should be in the middle fold and the glue dot should seal it), then fold in half (where the crease is) to create the fortune cookie look.

Essential Oil Spotlight: Basil


Basil essential oil (Ocimum basilicum CT linalool) is steam-distilled from the leaves, stems, and flowers of the basil plant. This oil is characteristically known for its herbaceous, spicy, anise-like, camphorous, and lively aroma.

Anciently, basil was used to treat respiratory problems, digestive and kidney ailments, epilepsy, poisonous insect or snake bites, fevers, epidemics, and malaria. The French have historically used basil to help aid migraines, mental fatigue, and menstrual periods.

Today basil is most commonly used for autism, bee/hornet stings, bronchitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, cramps (abdominal), earache, hiatal hernia, incisional hernia, infertility, mouth ulcers, muscular dystrophy, ovarian cyst, and viral hepatitis. This essential oil primarily affects the cardiovascular system, muscles, and skeletal system.

Basil contains antibacterial, antidepressant, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antispasmodic (powerful), antiviral, decongestant (veins, arteries of the lungs, prostate), diuretic, disinfectant (urinary/pulmonary), energizing, stimulant (nerves, adrenal cortex), and uplifting health properties.

Other possible uses of basil oil include anxiety, chills, concentration, digestion, fainting, insect repellent, chronic mucus, vomiting, and whooping cough.

Applications of Basil Essential Oil and Safety Data:

Topical Application: Basil can be applied neat (with no dilution) directly to the area of concern and reflex points. Dilute with a carrier oil when using on sensitive skin or children (see safety data below).
Aromatic Application: Diffuse, or inhale the aroma directly. The aroma of basil helps one maintain an open mind and increases clarity of thought.
Internal Application: Basil is recognized as safe for internal consumption by the FDA and may be used as a food flavoring agent or taken in capsules.
Safety Data: Basil is not to be consumed internally by children under 6 years old and should be used with caution and in greater dilution for children 6 years old and older. The use of this oil should be avoided during pregnancy. Basil should not be used by people with epilepsy. This oil may also irritate sensitive skin; test by applying to a small area before continuing application.

5 Ways to Use Basil Essential Oil:

1. Massage
There’s nothing like a simple soothing massage with some of your favorite essential oils to calm your mood. Try these massage blends to help boost your mental health and aid carpal tunnel syndrome.

Mental Fatigue Massage Blend
4 drops basil essential oil
4 drops lemon essential oil
4 drops juniper essential oil
2 Tbsp. (25 ml) carrier oil or butter
Combine essential oils with your favorite carrier oil or butter, and lightly massage into your neck, hands, and feet.
Carpal Tunnel Massage Oil
3 drops basil essential oil
3 drops marjoram essential oil
2 drops lemongrass essential oil
2 drops cypress essential oil
1 Tbsp. (15 ml) Fractionated Coconut Oil
Blend oils together, and massage gently into your arm from your shoulder down to your fingertips. You can also make this massage oil in a roll-on bottle for easier application.

2. Earache
Basil is great for helping to dull painful earaches. Add 1 drop each of basil and melaleuca to a cotton ball, and hold over the ear canal for 30 minutes. Do not place directly into the ear canal.

3. Diffuse
Basil’s aroma can have an amazing influence, as it helps one maintain an open mind and increases clarity of thought. Try out some of these diffuser blends to help you focus and engage better in all your endeavors.

4. Bath
Bath salts are perfect for relaxing, but they are also a great way to soak up the benefits of essential oils. Try out the following recipe to help calm your anxiety and energize your body. Remember that basil may irritate sensitive skin, so be careful and dilute further if necessary.

Calm the Anxiety Bath Salts
2 cups (500 g) Epsom Salt
1/2 tsp. (2 g) baking powder
1 tsp. (5 ml) Sweet Almond Oil
3 drops lime essential oil
2 drops basil essential oil
16 oz. PET Jar
Combine salt and baking powder. In a separate bowl, mix essential oils with almond oil. If desired, mix in a few drops of food coloring. Slowly stir oils into the salt mixture, and blend well. Allow the salts to sit for a couple hours in order for the salt to soak up the scent. Add 1/2–1 cup (125–250 g) of salt mixture to your bath under the running tap.

5. Cooking
Basil essential oil is a great ingredient to add to your kitchen. This oil can add rich flavor to any of your recipes with just a drop or less. When adding basil essential oil to your food, start with a toothpick dipped in the oil and stirred into the mixture, and add more until you reach the desired taste. Keep in mind that cooking (or heating) the oil tones down the bold flavor. Here are some of our favorite recipes with basil essential oil!

Sources:
Modern Essentials™: The Complete Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, 9th Edition, pp. 38–39.
Aromatherapy Blends & Remedies by Franzesca Watson
Organic Beauty With Essential Oil by Rebecca Park Totilo