Diffuser Blends on a Budget

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We know essential oils are often expensive, and diffusing them may use up more oil than you would like. So we have come up with a list of diffuser blends using 5 of the least expensive essential oils, as well as 4 of the most common essential oils that most people have on hand and that are still fairly inexpensive.

These oils include the following (from lowest to highest in price):

  • Lemon
  • Orange
  • Lime
  • Eucalyptus
  • Rosemary
  • Grapefruit
  • Melaleuca
  • Peppermint
  • Lavender

Diffuser Blends

Say Good Morning!:
3 drops orange
3 drops peppermint
It’s a Great Day!:
2 drops lavender
2 drops lemon
2 drops rosemary
Be Energized:
2 drops rosemary
2 drops peppermint
2 drops lemon
Fresh Air:
2 drops melaleuca
2 drops lemon
2 drops lime
Breathe Easy:
3 drops eucalyptus
3 drops peppermint
Sparkling Clean:
2 drops lemon
2 drops lime
1 drop lavender
1 drop rosemary
Be Happy:
2 drops peppermint
2 drops orange
2 drops lime
Relaxation:
3 drops lavender
3 drops lemon
Lift Me Up:
4 drops lavender
2 drops rosemary
Relieve Your Sinuses:
3 drops peppermint
1 drop lavender
1 drop eucalyptus
1 drop orange
Citrus Bomb:
2 drops orange
1 drop lemon
1 drop lime
1 drop grapefruit
Summertime
2 drops grapefruit
2 drops lavender
1 drop lemon
1 drop peppermint

Just Add Oils to These 12 Products!

It’s easy to overcomplicate things when it comes to essential oils, but sometimes simplicity is key to actually using the oils. We would like to show you 12 products that you can just add oils to!

1. Diffusers

Just add 3–8 drops of essential oil to your essential oil diffuser. Need some scent ideas? Take a look at these diffuser blend recipes!

2. Bags and Cases

Just add your oil bottles to any of these bags or cases. AromaTools carries such a large variety of bags and cases for essential oils, you are sure to find something you’ll love!

3. Essential Oil–Safe Water Bottles

Just add 1–2 drops of essential oil to one of these essential oil–safe water bottles! Shake before drinking. Some favorite oils to add to drinking water include citrus oils, peppermint, and Protective Blend.

4. Nasal Inhalers

Just add 5–15 drops of essential oil to the wick, then put the nasal inhaler together. Simply remove the lid and inhale the aroma. Nasal inhalers make it easy to take aromatherapy oils or blends with you on the go.

5. Aromatherapy Jewelry

Just add 1–2 drops of essential oil to aromatherapy jewelry for a fashionable personal diffuser. If you are looking for ideas of what oils to use, check out this article: 35 Aromatherapy Jewelry Diffuser Blends.

6. Sample Bottles

Whether you want to keep just a little bit of oil on hand to use or to give to others as samples, these essential oil sample bottles are easy to use. Just add 20–40 drops of your essential oil or blend, insert the orifice reducer, screw on the lid, and apply an Oil Lock label.

7. Spray Bottles

Make a simple room spray with a spray bottle by adding 15 drops of essential oil, 15 drops of Natural Essential Oil Emulsifier (optional but helpful), and 2–4 oz. (60–120 ml) of water. Shake and spray.

8. Epsom Salt

Aromatherapy baths are not only relaxing, but also a great way to use essential oils! Just add 15 drops of essential oil to 1 cup (240 g) of epsom salt. Stir to combine, then add to a bath while the tub is filling up with water.

9. Roll-on Bottles

Roll-on bottles make it simple to pre-dilute essential oils (especially helpful with young children or those with sensitive skin) or create your own topical blends. Just add the oils to the roll-on bottle, and fill with a carrier oil like fractionated coconut oil, sweet almond oil, or jojoba oil. Read this article for more information about diluting oils with roll-ons and creating your own blends: The Art of Roller Bottle Blending.

10. Capsules

Capsules make it easy to take essential oils internally. Just add 5–8 drops each of essential oil and an ingestible carrier oil (like olive oil) to a capsule. Make sure to swallow the capsule within 5 minutes of adding the oils. Find more information about capsules here: Capsules and Essential Oils—FAQs.

11. myBase Products

AromaTools carries a few unscented products that are ready for you to just add oils:

  • Probiotic Deodorant: Just add a drop of essential oil to a pea-sized amount of deodorant before applying to the underarms.
  • Carrier Oil Sticks: Rub the carrier oil stick on skin before applying the essential oils. This helps dilute the essential oil and is especially helpful with children or people with sensitive skin.
  • Shower and Bath Gel Base: Just add 10–15 drops of essential oil to the bottle, and stir in with a chopstick. Wash your hair and body as normal.

12. Wool Dryer Balls

Just add 1–2 drops of essential oil to each wool dryer ball before including them in the dryer cycle with your laundry. These wool dryer balls are a healthier alternative to using dryer sheets, and the essential oils leave a pleasant smell on the clothes. If you’d rather go the DIY route, here are some instructions for making your own custom dryer balls.

Essential Oil Spotlight: Black Pepper

black-pepperBlack pepper essential oil is steam-distilled from the berries of a tree in the Piperaceae family. Its odor is spicy and musky with herbaceous undertones.

Some properties of this oil include analgesic, anticatarrhal, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antitoxic, aphrodisiac, expectorant, laxative, rubefacient, and stimulant (nervous, circulatory, and digestive).

Pepper has been used for thousands of years to treat malaria, cholera, and other digestive problems. It is currently also used to increase cellular oxygenation, support digestive glands, stimulate the endocrine system, increase energy, and help rheumatoid arthritis. Black pepper essential oil may also help with loss of appetite, catarrh, chills, colds, colic, constipation, coughs, diarrhea, dysentery, flatulence (combine with fennel), flu, heartburn, nausea, neuralgia, poor circulation, poor muscle tone, sprains, and vertigo.

Research has found that inhaling black pepper essential oil can reduce cravings for cigarettes and symptoms of anxiety in smokers.

Applications of Black Pepper Essential Oil and Safety Data

Topical Application: Dilute black pepper essential oil with a carrier oil for children and those with sensitive skin. Apply to reflex points and/or directly on area of concern.
Aromatic Application: Diffuse, or inhale the aroma of black pepper essential oil directly. The aroma of black pepper is comforting and stimulating.
Internal Application: Black pepper essential oil can be used as a flavoring in cooking.

5 Ways to Use Black Pepper Essential Oil

1. Diffuse
Here are a couple great diffuser blends to help you get energized and motivated:

2. Use in a Massage Oil

Black pepper essential oil is beneficial for warming cold or stiff hands. Try this Hand Rejuvenator recipe—massage into the hands starting at the fingertips, then work your way up the arm to the shoulder.

Hand Rejuvenator:
5 drops grapefruit
5 drops black pepper
5 drops spearmint
5 drops ginger
1 1/2 Tbsp. (23 ml) fractionated coconut oil
(or other carrier oil)

Black pepper is also really great at helping to relax muscles and relieve aches and pains. Here is a recipe for a Sore Muscles Salve. You can also try one of the following massage recipes:

Muscle Relaxer
Massage Blend:

10 drops ginger
10 drops cypress
5 drops juniper berry
5 drops black pepper
2 Tbsp. (30 ml) Sesame Seed Oil
(or other carrier oil)
Aches & Pains
Massage Blend:

4 drops black pepper
4 drops Roman chamomile
4 drops marjoram
2 drops lavender
2 Tbsp. (24 g) Coconut Oil
(or other carrier oil)
Sore Muscles
Massage Blend:

15 drops ginger
9 drops ylang ylang
6 drops black pepper
2 Tbsp. (30 ml) Sesame Seed Oil
(or other carrier oil)

3. Roll on for Constipation Relief
Black pepper essential oil has been used for helping with digestive problems, including constipation. Try rolling this blend on your lower back and lower abdomen to help get things moving.

Constipation Blend:
1 drop black pepper
1 drop lavender
1 drop marjoram
1 drop fennel
1 tsp. (5 ml) carrier oil like fractionated coconut oil, sweet almond oil, or jojoba oil
Add oils to a 5 ml roll-on bottle, or double the recipe if using a 10 ml roll-on bottle. Fill the bottle the rest of the way with a carrier oil.


4. Add to a Warm Bath
Black pepper can help you warm up when cold. Try this warming bath when you feel particularly cold.

Warming Bath Salts:
2 drops black pepper
5 drops juniper berry
5 drops lavender
1 cup (240 g) epsom salt
Mix ingredients together. Add 1/4–1/2 cup (60–120 g) of bath salts to the bathtub as it fills up with water.

5. Add to Cooking Recipes
Black pepper essential oil can be added to any of your favorite cooking recipes. Just use 1 drop of black pepper oil for every 1/4–1/2 tsp. (0.5–1 g) of ground black pepper. For recipes that call for less black pepper, try dipping a toothpick in the oil and stirring it into the mixture. These are a few of our recipes that include black pepper essential oil:

Sources:
Modern Essentials™: A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, 8th Edition, p. 43.

Healing Oils: 500 Formulas for Aromatherapy by Carol & David Schiller

Baked Falafel with Essential Oils

This Middle Eastern dish tastes fantastic with the addition of essential oils! Falafel is normally deep fried, but you can also pan fry it or even bake it as a healthier alternative. Falafel can be eaten plain, with Lemon Tahini Sauce (see recipe below), on a salad, or in a pita with tomatoes and cucumbers.

Falafel with Essential Oils

  • Servings: 4–6
  • Time: 20 minutes active; 30 minutes inactive
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 2–3 cloves garlic
  • 1 small yellow onion, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup (8–10 g) fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 cup (20 g) fresh parsley
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. (3 g) kosher salt
  • 3 drops lemon essential oil
  • 2 drops cumin essential oil
  • 2 drops coriander essential oil
  • 1 drop black pepper essential oil
  • 2 cans (455 g each) chickpeas, drained and rinsed (or 1 cup [200 g] dried chickpeas soaked overnight in 3 cups [720 ml] of water)
  • 2 tsp. (9 g) baking powder
  • 1/2 cup (60 g) all-purpose flour, if needed

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F (205°C), and grease a cookie sheet.
  2. Place garlic, onion, cilantro, parsley, cayenne pepper, salt, and essential oils in a food processor. Pulse until the leaves seem to blended fairly well. Pour mixture into a mixing bowl.
  3. Place about 1/3 of the chickpeas in the food processor, and pulse a few times until roughly minced. Dump the beans into the mixing bowl, and repeat with the other 2/3 (1/3 at a time) until all the chickpeas have been “minced.”
  4. Add baking powder to the mixing bowl, and stir everything together until well combined. You should be able to form small patties that hold together; if your mixture needs a little help, add some flour, a little bit at a time, just until your patties can hold together.
  5. Form small patties about 2″ (5 cm) in diameter, and place on greased cookie sheet.
  6. Bake for 25–30 minutes, flipping patties over about halfway through.
  7. Serve immediately with Lemon Tahini Sauce.

If you are in a hurry, you can also pan fry the falafel patties. Just heat some oil in a pan over medium to medium-high heat. Add the patties. Let cook for 4–5 minutes (or until brown); then flip patties over, and cook for another 4–5 minutes (or until brown). Remove from pan, and place on a paper towel–lined plate to cool.

Lemon Tahini Sauce

  • Servings: 4–6
  • Time: 5 minutes active
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cup (310 g) plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) tahini
  • 2 Tbsp. (30 ml) lemon juice
  • 1–2 drops lemon essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Stir all ingredients together until well combined.
  2. Serve with warm falafel—either alone, over a salad, or in a pita with tomatoes and cucumbers.

35 Aromatherapy Jewelry Blends

One of our Facebook friends asked us for some recommendations for diffuser blends to use on aromatherapy jewelry. We took the challenge and did some research and experimenting, and now we present to you the following list.

Aromatherapy jewelry is a fairly broad category and consists of any type of jewelry that is porous enough to absorb essential oil such as clay, lava rocks, wicks, felt pads, etc. The oils slowly diffuse by the air current caused by your body movement or existing in the environment. The oils can last anywhere from a few hours to several days (depending on the amount of oil used and the thickness of the oils). Here are a few examples of aromatherapy jewelry that you can purchase from AromaTools:


There are ways to make aromatherapy jewelry on your own, which allows you to create your own custom look. You can find instructions on making clay jewelry here and instructions for making a solid perfume locket here.

Aromatherapy Jewelry Diffuser Blends

The amount of oil drops used on aromatherapy jewelry can range from 1–10 drops depending on the type of jewelry. Clay pendants only need 1–2 drops; wicks can use up to 10 drops. Because of this variance, we decided to keep our blend or oil suggestions to 1–4 drops total. If you really like a recipe, try mixing up a slightly larger batch (20 drops total) in a small sample bottle and then applying 1–2 drops of the blend to your jewelry.

One important thing to remember when adding oils to aromatherapy jewelry is to avoid using essential oils that can irritate the skin, because the jewelry is often worn in direct contact with the skin. If you have sensitive skin and know a certain oil causes irritation, then avoid using that oil with your aromatherapy jewelry.

  • Alertness:
    • Blend 1: 1 drop peppermint, 1 drop orange
    • Blend 2: 1 drop peppermint, 1 drop lemon, 1 drop rosemary
  • ADD/ADHD: 1 drop lavender, 1 drop basil
  • Addictions: 1–2 drops grapefruit
  • Anxiety: 1 drop orange, 2 drops lavender
  • Appetite Suppressant: 1–2 drops grapefruit
  • Calm and Relax:
    • Blend 1: 1 drop ylang ylang, 2 drops lavender, 1 drop Roman chamomile
    • Blend 2: 1 drop lavender, 1 drop Roman chamomile
    • Blend 3: 1 drop bergamot, 1 drop ylang ylang
    • Blend 4: 1 drop bergamot, 1 drop cedarwood, 1 drop juniper berry
    • Blend 5: 1 drop lavender, 1 drop orange, 1 drop cedarwood, 1 drop frankincense
  • Energy:
    • Blend 1: 1–2 drops peppermint
    • Blend 2: 1 drop lime, 1 drop grapefruit, 1 drop orange (or tangerine), 1 drop spearmint (or peppermint)
    • Blend 3: 1 drop bergamot, 1 drop wintergreen
  • Fear: 1 drop lavender, 1 drop ylang ylang
  • Focus: 1 drop lavender, 1 drop petitgrain, 1 drop rosemary, 1 drop orange
  • Irritability: 1 drop cedarwood, 1 drop juniper berry, 1 drop fir
  • Memory: wear and smell while studying and again while taking the test to help recall facts.
    • Blend 1: 1–2 drops rosemary
    • Blend 2: 1 drop rosemary, 1 drop peppermint
  • Mood Swings:
    • Blend 1: 1 drop lavender, 1 drop rosemary, 1 drop peppermint
    • Blend 2: 1 drop clary sage, 1 drop bergamot
  • Mosquito Repellent:
    • Blend 1: 1 drop lavender, 1 drop lemongrass, 1 drop peppermint (or spearmint)
    • Blend 2: 1 drop eucalyptus, 1–2 drops lavender, 1 drop lemongrass
    • Blend 3: 1 drop lavender, 1 drop patchouli
  • Motion Sickness: 1–2 drops peppermint
  • Nausea/Morning Sickness: 1 drop ginger, 1 drop peppermint
  • Romantic Feelings: 1 drop ylang ylang, 1 drop clary sage, 1 drop sandalwood
  • Stress:
    • Blend 1: 1–2 drops lavender
    • Blend 2: 1–2 drops grapefruit
    • Blend 3: 1 drop lemon, 1 drop orange, 1 drop clove, 1 drop cedarwood
  • Uplifting:
    • Blend 1: 1–2 drops lemon
    • Blend 2: 1 drop ylang ylang, 1 drop lavender, 2 drops orange
    • Blend 3: 1 drop lime, 1 drop bergamot, 1 drop orange, 1 drop peppermint
    • Blend 4: 2 drops petitgrain, 1 drop juniper berry, 1 drop orange
    • Blend 5: 2 drops lavender, 1 drop rosemary

Source: Modern Essentials™: A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, 8th Edition.

Romantic Diffuser Blend: Love Is in the Air

Set the mood for Valentine’s Day with this romantic diffuser blend. If you don’t have a diffuser, you can get one here or turn this blend into perfume or a linen spray.

If you have rose and jasmine essential oil, try substituting 2 drops rose and 1 drop jasmine for the ylang ylang and geranium essential oils for a more exotic aroma.

Do you have a favorite diffuser blend to help bring on the romance? Please, comment below!

Simply Luxurious Moisturizing Lotion

So many of us use lotion every day, but many of the commercially available lotions contain ingredients that could actually be harmful to our bodies when used daily. Skin is very porous and absorbs just about everything put on it, so it’s best to use lotion made of natural ingredients. And the best way to know what is in your lotion is to make it yourself!

This lotion recipe is really simple to make. First, melt your hard oils (cocoa butter, beeswax, and coconut oil). Then add your soft or liquid oils (sweet almond oil, fractionated coconut oil, and jojoba oil). Finally, blend together the water and oils until the mixture emulsifies. You’ll hear and feel a change, but keep blending to prevent the water and oil from separating later. Watch the video at the end of this post to see how simple this lotion is to make!

The best part about making your own lotion is that you get to customize the scent! Essential oils make that really easy. You can simply add your favorite essential oil or blend, or you can add oils that help with specific health issues. Whatever you choose to create, this lotion makes a great base because it is simple to make, absorbs easily, moisturizes well, and feels so luxurious!

Moisturizing Lotion

  • Servings: Yield=8 oz. (240 ml)
  • Time: 15–20 minutes active
  • Difficulty: Moderate
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Ingredients & Supplies:

Instructions:

  1. In a double boiler, melt cocoa butter and beeswax pellets over low heat. Once melted, add the coconut oil, and continue heating until almost melted. Remove from heat, and stir until everything finishes melting.
  2. Stir in the sweet almond oil, fractionated coconut oil, and jojoba oil.
  3. Heat distilled water until warm.
  4. Using a hand mixer, start beating water, and slowly add the oil mixture while continuing to beat. Keep beating for a few minutes. As you blend, you will hear a change and feel the lotion thicken. Let stand for a few minutes. If lotion separates during this time, continue to blend it again for a couple more minutes. If it doesn’t separate, then it has emulsified properly.
  5. Mix in the essential oil.
  6. Pour lotion into a plastic zip-top bag. Snip off a corner of the bag, and squeeze the lotion into your container of choice.
  7. To use, pump a little into your hand, and massage into the skin as needed.

Here are some lotion containers we recommend:

Acrylic Lotion Pump Bottles: These will turn your lotion into a fancy personalized gift.
8 oz. Bottle with Pump Top: These are the perfect size for making a batch to use at home.
Small Lotion Tottles: These are small and portable—perfect for your purse or bag. You can even add a carabiner to clip it to the outside of your bag.
For an extra touch, try adding this cute vinyl “Moisturizer” label!

If you’re a visual learner, watch this video to see just how simple this lotion is to make.

Mint Chocolate Lava Cakes

“I lava you, and you lava me too!”

Nothing says, “I lava you!” more than these mint chocolate lava cakes! Give them a try—you won’t regret it.

Mint Chocolate Lava Cakes

  • Servings: 6
  • Time: 10 minutes active; 10 minutes inactive
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 4 Tbsp. (57 g) butter
  • 8 oz. (227 g) chocolate (semisweet or mixture of semisweet and dark)
  • 2/3 cup (83 g) powdered sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup (40 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp. (1.5 g) salt
  • 3 drops peppermint essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 450°F (230°C).
  2. Spray 6 muffin tins (or a silicone mold) with nonstick cooking spray, and place on a cookie sheet.
  3. Microwave chocolate and butter (or use a double boiler) for about 1 minute until butter is melted. Remove from heat, and whisk until the chocolate is also melted.
  4. Stir in sugar until well blended.
  5. Whisk in eggs one at a time.
  6. Stir in flour. Then add essential oil.
  7. Divide mixture between 6 muffin cups.
  8. Bake for 10–12 minutes until sides are firm and center is soft (but not gooey). Let stand 2–3 minutes.
  9. Place the cookie sheet on top of the cakes, and carefully flip both over. Transfer cakes to individual serving dishes. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, and serve with fresh fruit or whipped cream.

Essential Oil Spotlight: Cinnamon

Cinnamon essential oil (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) is steam-distilled from the bark of the tree. It contains antibacterial, antidepressant, antifungal, anti-infectious (intestinal, urinary), anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant, antiparasitic, antiseptic, antispasmodic (light), antiviral, astringent, immune-stimulant, purifying, sexual-stimulant, and warming properties. It also enhances the action and activity of other oils.

Cinnamon essential oil is commonly used for airborne bacteria, bacterial infections, bites/stings, breathing, diabetes, diverticulitis, fungal infections, immune system (stimulates), infection, libido (low), mold, pancreas support, physical fatigue, pneumonia, typhoid, vaginal infection, vaginitis, viral infections, and warming the body.

Historically, this most ancient of spices was included in just about every prescription issued in ancient China. It was regarded as a tranquilizer, tonic, and stomachic and as being good for depression and a weak heart.

This oil may be beneficial for circulation, colds, coughs, digestion, exhaustion, flu, infections, rheumatism, and warts. Cinnamon oil fights viral and infectious diseases, and testing has yet to find a virus, bacteria, or fungus that can survive in its presence.

Applications of Cinnamon Essential Oil and Safety Data

Cinnamon essential oil is one of the strongest essential oils, and care should be taken when using it.
Topical Application: Before applying cinnamon oil topically, make sure to dilute it 1:3 (1 drop essential oil to at least 3 drops carrier oil). Please note that repeated use of cinnamon essential oil can result in extreme contact sensitization, so make sure to dilute well, avoid when pregnant, and frequently give your body a break in between uses.
Aromatic Application: When diffusing cinnamon essential oil, be careful to not inhale directly from the diffuser, as it may irritate the nasal membranes.
Internal Application: Cinnamon essential oil can be used in cooking, but make sure to start with only a toothpick and add more if needed.

5 Ways To Use Cinnamon Essential Oil

1. Diffuse
Try this blend in your diffuser to increase your mental alertness:

2. Use in a Romantic Massage Oil
Because cinnamon essential oil is known to be an aphrodisiac and is a warming oil, it makes a great addition to a romantic massage oil. Here is a great recipe to help you and your spouse enjoy an intimate massage together:

Romantic Massage Oil:
5 drops ylang ylang
1 drop cinnamon
1 Tbsp. (15 ml) carrier oil such as Fractionated Coconut Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, or Jojoba Oil.

3. Add to a Breath-Freshening Spray
Try adding 2–3 drops each of cinnamon and orange essential oil to this Essential Oil Breath Spray recipe.

4. Add to Cooking Recipes
Cinnamon essential oil is great to add to any of your favorite recipes. We had a difficult time picking from our recipes that use cinnamon essential oil, but here are some of our favorites:

5. Protect Your Plants with This Gardening Spray
Keep birds and bugs from eating your plants with this garden spray.

Protective Gardening Spray

  • Servings: Yield=1 gallon (about 4 liters)
  • Time: 5 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. To a small glass bowl, add the emulsifier, essential oils, and dish soap in order; gently stir after adding each ingredient. Pour a little (up to 1 cup or 250 ml) water into the bowl, and stir to combine.
  2. Pour mixture into a gallon-sized (4-liter) water jug (mostly full of water). Place the cap on, and carefully shake to combine. Pour mixture into your 16 oz. glass spray bottles.
  3. To use, spray the tops and bottoms of the plant leaves. It is best to spray on a cloudy day or in the evening so the sun and cinnamon essential oil combination doesn’t burn the plants. Apply every couple weeks or as needed. Wait 2–3 days after spraying to harvest any food.

To learn more about cinnamon essential oil, see the book Modern Essentials™: A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils.

Sources: Modern Essentials™: A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, 8th Edition, pp. 48–49; 329–30.

Coconut Peppermint Patties

If you are a fan of Almond Joys, Mounds, or Bounty bars, you are sure to love these sweet treats! We added peppermint essential oil to this well-loved and healthy recipe, and these taste just like peppermint patties! For an extra special twist, you could even try cinnamon essential oil instead! If your significant other likes healthy treats, this may be the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for him or her.

Coconut Peppermint Patties

  • Servings: 12–15
  • Time: 20 minutes active; 2+ hours inactive
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 cups (160 g) unsweetened shredded coconut*
  • 1 Tbsp. (12 g) coconut oil
  • 2–3 Tbsp. (30–45 ml) maple syrup*
  • 2 Tbsp. (30 ml) unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1/2 tsp. (2.5 ml) vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp. (750 mg) salt
  • 2–4 drops peppermint essential oil (or 1–2 drops cinnamon essential oil)
  • Organic dark chocolate

Instructions:

  1. Place 1 cup (92 g) shredded coconut and 1 Tbsp. (12 g) coconut oil in a food processor; blend on high speed, scraping down the sides as needed, until the mixture resembles a butter consistency.
  2. Add the maple syrup, coconut milk, vanilla extract, salt, and peppermint essential oil; blend again until combined.
  3. Add 3/4 cup (68 g) shredded coconut, and continue processing until combined.
  4. Press the coconut mixture into a silicone mold. If you don’t have a silicone mold, you can also shape the coconut mixture into 1″ balls, bars, or patties, or press into a small cookie cutter and set on a plate.
  5. Place in the refrigerator until firm (preferably overnight).
  6. Once the coconut mixture has firmed up, melt the dark chocolate in a double boiler. (You can create a double boiler by placing a glass bowl or measuring cup over a pan holding an inch of simmering water.)
  7. When the chocolate is melted, dip each coconut shape into the chocolate. Allow the chocolate to harden by placing the pieces back in the refrigerator for 5–10 minutes.
  8. Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

*Note: If you use sweetened shredded coconut, omit the maple syrup and add just a little more coconut milk.

Essential Oil Breath Mints

Making your own breath mints is pretty easy; plus, you get to add the wonderful benefits of essential oils to them! Also, if you are looking for something to give away for Valentine’s Day, these make cute (and practical!) gifts for anyone.

The hardest part of this recipe is getting the mints all cut out. So, if you don’t have kids that can help, try cutting out squares with a sharp knife instead to make the process faster. We used tiny metal “clay cutters” from a craft store that come in a variety of shapes (including a small heart). You can also use a 1″ (2.5 cm) piece of straw for tiny circles.

Some essential oils we used that taste fantastic as breath mints are peppermint, cinnamon, spearmint, and fennel. Other oils that may taste good are ginger, orange, lemon, or lime. If you want to make the mints sour, you can add a little citric acid to the gum paste and dust with citric acid instead of the powdered sugar.

This recipe may seem super unhealthy, but keep in mind that you aren’t eating more than 1 or 2 small pieces at a time. In other words, even though these taste amazing, they are breath mints and are meant to be eaten in very small doses.

Essential Oil Breath Mints

  • Servings: 100–200
  • Time: 1 hour active; 48 hours inactive
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 4 tsp. (20 ml) water
  • 1 tsp. (3 g) unflavored gelatin powder
  • 1 tsp. (5 ml) corn syrup
  • 1 1/2 cups (170 g) powdered sugar + more if needed to get the right consistency
  • Food coloring (optional)
  • Essential oils such as peppermint, cinnamon, spearmint, fennel, ginger, orange, lemon, or lime
  • Powdered sugar (or citric acid for sour flavors)

Instructions:

  1. Put the water in a double boiler. (You can create a double boiler by placing a glass bowl or measuring cup over a pan holding an inch of simmering water.)
  2. Sprinkle the gelatin powder over the water. Let sit for 5 minutes or until it starts to look foamy.
  3. Stir in the corn syrup, and warm on the stove over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the mixture turns clear.
  4. Stir in 1 1/2 cups (170 g) powdered sugar. Continue adding sugar little by little and kneading with your hands just until it doesn’t stick so much to your fingers.
  5. Once the texture is soft and stretchy, your gum paste is ready.
  6. Divide the mixture into 2–3 equal portions. Knead the first portion with your hands until it becomes soft and pliable. Wrap the other portions in plastic wrap to keep them soft until you are ready to work with them.
  7. Add food coloring if desired (3–4 drops is usually sufficient), and knead until the color is well blended into the dough. (Note: To make sure both the food coloring and the essential oil or blend stay in the dough and don’t drip off, create a well in the top of the piece of dough with your finger, drop the coloring or oil in the well, fold the dough so it closes over the well opening, and then continue to knead the dough as normal.)
  8. Add 3–4 drops of your desired essential oil for a mild flavor or 5–8 drops of essential oil for a stronger flavor. We recommend starting with 3–4 drops, tasting a small piece, and adding more essential oil if needed.
  9. Once the color and flavor are as desired, sprinkle a little powdered sugar on a clean surface. Use a rolling pin to roll the dough out on the powdered sugar to a little more than 1/8″ (3 mm) thick.
  10. Cut out your mints using a straw (for circles), a sharp knife (for small squares), or another small shape. We used a mini clay cutter for our small heart and flower shapes.
  11. As you cut out your mints, dust them with a little powdered sugar so they don’t stick together.
  12. Leave the mints exposed to air until they become hard (about 48 hours); then store them in your desired container.

Extra Ideas:

Here are a few container options: