Essential Oil Spotlight: Myrrh

Myrrh essential oil is steam-distilled from the gum/resin of the Commiphora myrrha tree. Historically, myrrh has been used as an incense in religious rituals, in embalming, and to help with cancer, leprosy, and syphilis.

The warm, balsamic, and earthy aroma of myrrh promotes awareness and is uplifting. Myrrh is known to have an effect on the hormone, immune, and nervous systems as well as supporting the skin.

Myrrh is highly regarded for its anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antitumor, astringent, and tonic properties. Myrrh has commonly been used to help with cancer, chapped/cracked skin, congestion, dysentery, gum disease, Hashimoto’s disease, hepatitis, hyperthyroidism, infection, liver cirrhosis, skin ulcers, stretch marks, ulcers (duodenal), and weeping wounds.

Other possible uses for myrrh include appetite (increase), asthma, athlete’s foot, candida, catarrh (mucus), coughs, eczema, digestion, dyspepsia (impaired digestion), flatulence (gas), fungal infection, gingivitis, hemorrhoids, mouth ulcers, decongesting the prostate gland, ringworm, sore throats, skin conditions (chapped, cracked, and inflamed), wounds, and wrinkles.

It may also help support the body when dealing with bronchitis, diarrhea, thrush, vaginal thrush, and viral hepatitis.

Applications of Myrrh Essential Oil and Safety Data

Topical Application: Myrrh essential oil is safe to use without dilution, but it can also be diluted as needed. Apply to reflex points and/or directly on area of concern.
Aromatic Application: Diffuse, or inhale myrrh essential oil directly. The aroma of myrrh promotes awareness and is uplifting.
Internal Application: Myrrh essential oil can be taken internally in capsules. You can also place 1–2 drops of myrrh under the tongue, dilute in 1 tsp. (5 ml) of honey, or add to 1/2 cup (125 ml) of a beverage (such as non-dairy milk).

5 Ways to Use Myrrh Essential Oil

1. Diffuse
This diffuser blend of myrrh, rose, and lemon can help calm anxiety and soothe heated emotions:

2. Add to Lotion or Cream
Myrrh is known for aiding the skin and is often used to reduce wrinkles, help cracked, chapped, or inflamed skin, and aid the body with healing wounds. It is also beneficial to the respiratory system and may help with coughs, congestion, sore throats, mucus, and inflammation. Try adding myrrh to this Coconut Oil Soothing Balm (for wounds), Antiwrinkle Cream, Winter Salve, Chest Salve, or Simply Luxurious Moisturizing Lotion. You can also use one of the following blends (feel free to double or triple these blends as needed for your recipe):

Respiratory Aid:
6 drops myrrh
4 drops eucalyptus
2 drops thyme
Skin Repair:
5 drops myrrh
3 drops frankincense
2 drops lavender

3. Use in a Roll-on
Myrrh can also be used in a roll-on blend for easy application to wounds, chapped, cracked, or inflamed skin, or on the face as a moisturizer. Here is a good recipe that can work for any of these issues:

Skin Repair Roll-on:
5 drops myrrh (3 drops for children)
3 drops frankincense (2 drops for children)
2 drops lavender (1 drop for children)
2 tsp. (10 ml) jojoba oil
(Original recipe is 5% dilution; children’s recipe is 3% dilution)
Add all ingredients to a 1/3 oz. roll-on bottle.

4. Add to a Bath
Myrrh can also aid the skin, hormone, immune, and nervous systems when added to bathwater. Try mixing 3–5 drops myrrh with 1/4 cup (60 g) epsom salt, or add to a bath bomb.
-Mix with epsom salt, and add to the bathtub as it fills with water. You can also make bath bombs and add 5–10 drops myrrh and 10–15 drops frankincense for a really luxurious bath!

5. Add to Your Oral Care
Though you don’t often see myrrh used in toothpaste or mouthwash, myrrh essential oil is actually a great oil to use in oral care. It is said to help with sore throat, mouth ulcers, gingivitis, gum disease, and wounds (mouth wounds are the hardest to heal!). Try adding myrrh to your toothpaste/tooth powder, or make this simple mouthwash to help promote a healthy mouth and prevent gum disease:

Mouthwash:
1/2 tsp. (2 g) Himalayan sea salt
1 cup (240 ml) distilled warm water
10 drops myrrh essential oil
10 drops Natural Essential Oil Emulsifier
8 oz. Glass Bottle with Black Cap
Shot Glass
Stir salt into the warm water until dissolved. Let cool. Add essential oils and essential oil emulsifier to the 8 oz. glass bottle. When the salt water is cool, add it to the bottle, screw the lid on, and shake to combine. Shake before use. Use a shot glass to pour a little into your mouth, then swish and gargle for 30 seconds. Swallow or spit as desired. You can also soak your floss in the mixture before flossing.

To learn more about this amazing essential oil, see the book Modern Essentials™: The Complete Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils.

Sources:
Modern Essentials™: The Complete Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, 9th Edition, pp. 94–95.
Aromatherapy Blends & Remedies by Franzesca Watson

Essential Oil Salt Scrub

These cute little salt scrubs make a great gift for anyone in your life that deserves a little extra pampering! You can customize the scent to fit the needs of the recipient. Feel free to decorate the scrub a little with citrus zest, dried herbs, or powdered spices. And presentation is everything, so don’t forget to add a nice vinyl label to the jar!

Salt Scrub

  • Servings: Yield=1/2 cup (120 ml)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

Instructions:

  1. Apply the label to the side of the 4 oz. salve jar. To do this, pull off the paper backing and place the label onto the jar where you want it to remain. Using the edge of a credit card (or something similar), firmly rub over the entire label (with the clear plastic sticker in between the card and the label). Once you have thoroughly rubbed the entire label, peel back the clear plastic sticker. If the vinyl remains on the jar, you’ve rubbed it enough; if the vinyl comes off the jar, put the sticker down and keep rubbing with the edge of the card until you can remove the clear plastic sticker from the vinyl.
  2. Once your vinyl label is secure, place the salt scrub ingredients in order into the 4 oz. salve jar, screw the lid on, and shake to combine.

Essential Oil Suggestions:

  • Individual Oils: lavender, lime, lemon, grapefruit, geranium, rose, Roman chamomile, or peppermint.
  • Calming Lavender Lemon: 10 drops each of lavender and lemon
  • Refreshing Lemon Rosemary: 5 drops rosemary, 8–10 drops lemon
  • Invigorating Orange Mint: 5 drops each of orange and peppermint
  • Energizing Grapefruit Mint: 6 drops grapefruit, 4 drops peppermint
  • Relaxing Lavender Chamomile: 5 drops Roman chamomile, 8–10 drops lavender
  • Revitalizing Woodlands: 1–2 drops sandalwood, 5 drops fir, 5 drops cypress
  • Holiday Spice: 5 drops orange, 2 drops each of cassia and clove. Optional addition: 1 drop each of ginger and/or cardamom.

Hand “Santa”tizer

These cute Hand “Santa”tizers are so easy to make, and they work great as gifts for teachers, neighbors, and friends.

Hand Sanitizer

  • Servings: 5 bottles
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) Witch Hazel or vodka
  • 40–50 drops essential oil (see blend suggestions below)
  • 1 cup (240 ml) aloe vera gel (use aloe vera juice for a spray hand sanitizer)
  • 5 drops Vitamin E Oil
  • Five 2 oz. plastic bottles with treatment pump, disc top, or spray top (see options below)

Instructions:

  1. Add all ingredients in order to a glass bowl or measuring cup, stirring after each addition. Use a funnel to pour the mixture into the bottles.
  2. To use, pump or spray 1–2 times into the palm of your hand. Rub hands together until the liquid evaporates.

Essential Oil Blends:

Melaleuca & Lavender:
30 drops melaleuca
10 drops lavender
Citrus Mint:
20 drops rosemary
16 drops lemon
12 drops peppermint
Holiday Spice:
15 drops orange
10 drops clove
10 drops cassia or 5 drops cinnamon
5 drops eucalyptus
5 drops rosemary
Candy Cane Mist:
25 drops peppermint
10 drops orange
10 drops fir
Peppermint Surprise:
30 drops peppermint
10 drops bergamot,
orange, or ylang ylang
First Snowfall:
25 drops wintergreen
15 drops fir

Extra Idea:

  • If you just want to make a single bottle, follow this recipe: Citrus Mint Hand Sanitizer, and add a total of 15–25 drops essential oil.

Bottle and Vinyl Options:

There are several bottle options you can choose from at aromatools.com. Our favorite involves the treatment pump top. This top works so well at getting just the right amount out each time you use it. Other top options include the disc top and the misting spray top (for a hand sanitizer spray). Most of these bottles work well for this project.

Don’t forget to add a cute vinyl label to the bottle! We now offer 5 vinyl label options (including some normal ones to gift during other seasons!):

Another option is to print your own labels with this blank label sheet.

These are our favorite bottle/vinyl combinations:

Which bottle/vinyl combination do you like best?

Holiday Gift Guide and Refreshing Shampoo

It’s time for holiday gift-giving, and this gift guide includes several ideas for you—one of which we are featuring below!
These gift ideas are not the only reason that you should get your own copy of this guide. Inside you will find a large world map that shows where many popular essential oils come from. This map can be easily displayed in your essential oil class and used to teach your prospective customers about where essential oils are obtained. The gift guide unfolds to reveal this large 11″ × 17″ (28 × 43 cm) chart that can be framed or passed around. Get your free copy here—and feel free to get extras to pass out to your essential oil–loving friends!
As mentioned above, we are highlighting one of the recipes—the Refreshing Rosemary Mint Shampoo—that is found in the gift guide. This shampoo uses peppermint and rosemary essential oils because they are both known to help stimulate hair growth and work well for all hair types. If you prefer a different scent or have different needs, check out Modern Essentials for more essential oil suggestions, and feel free to switch out the oils in this recipe. This shampoo makes a great gift for any of your holistically inclined friends!

Refreshing Peppermint Rosemary Shampoo

  • Servings: Yield=8 oz. (240 ml)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

Instructions:

  1. Add all ingredients to the bottle in the order listed above.
  2. Shake until all ingredients are thoroughly mixed.

Essential Oil Spotlight: Cardamom

Cardamom essential oil (Elettaria cardamomum) is steam-distilled from the seeds of the plant. It has a sweet, spicy, balsamic scent with floral undertones.

It has antibacterial, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, decongestant, diuretic, expectorant, stomachic, and tonic properties.

Anciently, cardamom was used for epilepsy, spasms, paralysis, rheumatism, cardiac disorders, all intestinal illnesses, pulmonary disease, fever, and digestive and urinary complaints. It is said to be able to neutralize the lingering odor of garlic.

If you are acquainted with Indian food, you may associate the flavor and smell of this oil with sweet Indian dishes such as rice pudding, as the cardamom spice is a common ingredient in this dish and gives it a cool, minty aroma and taste. It may be that rice pudding is often served at the end of the meal because of cardamom’s ability to neutralize lingering odors that cause halitosis.

Today cardamom is commonly used for coughs, digestive support, headaches, inflammation, muscle aches, nausea, and respiratory ailments. Cardamom may also help with appetite loss, bronchitis, colic, debility, dyspepsia, flatulence, halitosis, mental fatigue, heartburn, sciatica, ulcers, and vomiting. It may also be beneficial for menstrual periods, menopause, and nervous indigestion.

Cardamom is most known for supporting the digestive and respiratory systems of the body.

Applications of Cardamom Essential Oil and Safety Data

Topical Application: Cardamom essential oil is safe to use without dilution, but it can also be diluted as needed. Apply to reflex points and/or directly on area of concern.
Aromatic Application: Diffuse, or inhale cardamom essential oil directly. The aroma of cardamom is uplifting, refreshing, and invigorating. It may be beneficial for clearing confusion.
Internal Application: Cardamom essential oil can be taken internally and is often used as a flavoring in cooking. Put 1–2 drops of cardamom oil under the tongue or in a beverage. It can also be taken in capsules.

5 Ways to Use Cardamom Essential Oil

1. Diffuse
Try these blends in your diffuser to increase your mental alertness, open your airways, and enjoy the scent of autumn leaves:

2. Use in Roll-on Blends

Cardamom essential oil is helpful to the respiratory and digestive systems. It can also help relieve a headache. Rub the respiratory blends (below) on the chest, throat, back, and/or sinuses to help open airways and clear coughs. Rub the digestive blends on the abdomen to help reduce flatulence, bloating, belching, hiccups, and heartburn. Cardamom is a safe essential oil to use with children, so it is a great choice over peppermint to open their little airways and support their digestive systems.

Respiratory Support (6+ years):
5 drops eucalyptus
5 drops peppermint
5 drops lemon
3 drops cardamom
2 drops rosemary
2 drops melaleuca
(20% dilution in a 5 ml roll-on or
10% dilution in a 10 ml roll-on)
Little Lungs Respiratory Support (Children):
1 drop cardamom
1 drop frankincense
(2% dilution in a 5 ml roll-on or
1% dilution in a 10 ml roll-on)
Digestive Support (6+ years):
5 drops cardamom
3 drops ginger
3 drops peppermint
(10% dilution in a 5 ml roll-on or
5% dilution in a 10 ml roll-on)
Tiny Tummies Digestive Support (Children):
1 drop cardamom
1 drop orange
1 drop fennel
(3% dilution in a 5 ml roll-on or
1.5% dilution in a 10 ml roll-on)
Headaches:
4 drops peppermint
3 drops cardamom
3 drops rosemary
(10% dilution in a 5 ml roll-on or
5% dilution in a 10 ml roll-on)

Add oils to a 5 ml roll-on bottle or 10 ml roll-on bottle depending on desired dilution percentage. Fill the bottle the rest of the way with a carrier oil. Common carrier oils for use in a roll-on bottle include Fractionated Coconut OilSweet Almond Oil, and Jojoba Oil.

3. Use in a Bath or Shower:

Cardamom essential oil is excellent as a bath oil. Combine one of the following oil blends with 1/4–1/2 cup (60–120 g) epsom salt, and evenly disperse throughout the tub. Alternatively, you can add these essential oil combinations to these bath bombs.

Muscle Aches:
2 drops cardamom
1 drop peppermint
1 drop clove
1 drop copaiba
Congestion Bomb:
2 drops eucalyptus
2 drops peppermint
2 drops cardamom
2 drops Douglas fir (or another fir oil)

If you prefer taking showers, try adding the Congestion Bomb blend or cardamom essential oil to these shower disks. The steam from the shower and the cardamom essential oil can be beneficial to clearing congestion.

4. Use in Breath Mints

Cardamom is beneficial in helping halitosis (bad breath) and is said to be able to neutralize the odor of garlic. Try adding cardamom essential oil to homemade breath mints, or use in a breath spray.

5. Add to Cooking Recipes

Cardamom essential oil is often used in Indian cooking, but it is great to add to any of your favorite recipes. It pairs well with chocolate, rice, honey, coconut oil, spices like cinnamon and clove, and works in both savory and sweet dishes. This oil can taste strong, so start with a toothpick and add more to taste. Here are some of our recipes that use cardamom essential oil:

Sources: Modern Essentials™: The Complete Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, 9th Edition, p. 45.

Alcohol-Free Glycerin Extracts

Making homemade extracts is pretty easy to do, but we’ve figured out a shortcut—essential oils—to make some extracts even easier. Normally, extracts are achieved by steeping vanilla beans, citrus peels, fresh herbs (such as peppermint leaves), dried herbs/spices (including cinnamon sticks), or coconut meat in alcohol for several months. As it steeps, the alcohol takes on the flavor of the added substance and an extract is produced. The longer you let it sit, the stronger the flavor tends to be.

We used the alcohol extract method to create this Homemade Vanilla Extract. Since then, we’ve learned that there are alternate solvents, such as vegetable glycerin, that can be used instead of alcohol. By using vegetable glycerin, we can create an extract that is alcohol-free and has a more pleasant taste. However, it is important to keep in mind that these extracts may only last about 14–24 months (whereas alcohol extracts can last 4–6 years).

Vegetable glycerin extracts usually use a glycerin/water combination and need to have at least 70% glycerin with 30% (or less) distilled water (if you are making extracts from fresh herbs, you’ll need to account for the water in the plant). The common ratio for herb to glycerin/water is 1:8.

To make most extracts, it is important to let the substance steep in the glycerin for a minimum of 4–6 weeks (preferably 10–12 weeks or more for a stronger flavor). However, we’ve found that if you use essential oils for some extracts, you can use the extract within days of steeping.

Essential Oil Glycerin Extracts

  • Servings: Yield=2 oz.
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

  • 3 Tbsp. (45 ml) organic liquid vegetable glycerin
  • 10–15 drops essential oil (such as lemon, orange, peppermint, cassia or cinnamon)
  • 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) distilled water
  • 2 oz. Glass Bottle with Black Lid

Instructions:

  1. Add glycerin and essential oils to the bottle. Screw the lid on, and shake to combine. Remove the lid, and add the distilled water. Replace the lid, and shake once more.
  2. Let steep for at least 24 hours before using.

Extra Idea:

  • If you would rather use alcohol for the longer shelf life, just add the essential oils to the bottle and fill it up with vodka (80-proof).


You can also use glycerin to make other extracts such as vanilla, almond, and coconut extracts.

Glycerin Extracts

  • Servings: Yield=4 oz.
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

  • 2 vanilla beans (sliced open lengthwise and cut in half or chopped into smaller pieces),
    1/4 cup (21 g) coconut meat (freshly grated),
    OR 10 sweet almonds (skins removed and cut in half or chopped)
  • 6 Tbsp. (90 ml) organic liquid vegetable glycerin
  • 2 Tbsp. (30 ml) distilled water
  • 4 oz. Glass Bottle with Black Lid

Instructions:

  1. Place vanilla beans, coconut meat, or sweet almonds in the bottle. Add glycerin and water to the bottle. Screw the lid on, and shake to combine.
  2. Let steep for at least 4–12 weeks before using. Shake as often as possible. The more you shake, the sooner it will be ready. (Your extract can be ready as soon as 2 weeks if you shake it at least once every day.)
  3. After 12 weeks, strain out the vanilla beans, coconut meat, or sweet almonds, and pour the liquid back into the bottle.

Extra Ideas:

  • You can make this recipe in bulk using mason jars and then place the final liquid extract in smaller bottles (such as the 2 oz. Glass Bottle with Black Lid) for gifting.
  • Check out these cute vinyl labels for vanilla extract.
  • If you would rather use alcohol for the longer shelf life, just replace the glycerin and water in this recipe with vodka (80-proof).

Don’t forget about gift giving during this holiday season! These little bottles of extract make a perfect neighbor gift!

Turkey Rub with Essential Oils

Thanksgiving wouldn’t be the same without a turkey. We’ve come up with this delicious turkey rub recipe so you can benefit from the wonderful properties and flavors of essential oils this Thanksgiving.

Turkey Rub with Essential Oils

  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

  • 2–4 Tbsp. (25–50 g) brown sugar or organic cane sugar (optional)
  • 4 Tbsp. (57 g) butter, softened
  • 1 tsp. (4 g) kosher salt or Himalayan sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. (1.5 g) garlic powder
  • 2–3 drops cassia essential oil
  • 3–5 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 3–5 drops thyme essential oil
  • 2–3 drops black pepper essential oil
  • 1 toothpick–1 drop ginger essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Add all ingredients to a glass bowl. Mix together using a hand mixer or fork.
  2. Rub onto the turkey (and inside the turkey) prior to cooking for a more subtle flavor or after cooking for stronger flavor (use a spoon or pastry brush to spread it around if the turkey is hot).

Note: If you are rubbing it onto an uncooked turkey, use the maximum number of essential oil drops. If you are rubbing it on a cooked turkey, use fewer essential oil drops unless you want a strong flavor.

Although you can use this turkey rub recipe no matter how you cook your turkey, we tested it on a frozen turkey breast that we cooked in an electric pressure cooker. It turned out delicious, so we want to share this recipe with you as well.

Pressure-Cooked Essential Oil Turkey Breast

  • Servings: 6–8
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

  • 3.5 lbs. (1.5 kg) frozen turkey breast
  • Essential Oil Turkey Rub (recipe above..use the max number of essential oil drops)
  • 2 Tbsp. (28 g) butter (can take some from the turkey rub)
  • 1 apple, cut into large chunks
  • 1/2 onion, quartered
  • 1/2 tsp. (1 g) allspice berries
  • 2 stalks celery (optional)
  • 2 1/2 cups (600 ml) chicken broth
  • 1 tsp. (4 g) kosher salt or Himalayan sea salt
  • Fresh sage leaves (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Using your hand, spread the Essential Oil Turkey Rub over the entire turkey breast.
  2. In the pressure cooker, sauté the butter, apple, onion, allspice berries,
    and celery until the onion is translucent. Add the chicken broth to the pressure cooker.
  3. Place a trivet in the pressure cooker on top of the apple/onion mixture. Place the frozen turkey breast on the trivet. Sprinkle salt over turkey and lay sage leaves on top, if desired.
  4. Lock and seal the lid. Cook on high pressure for 45–50 minutes, and let the pressure release naturally before opening the lid.
  5. If you want the skin crispy, place the turkey breast along with some of the broth in a baking dish or roasting pan, and broil for 5 minutes or until golden brown.
  6. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before slicing.

Extra Ideas:

  • The juices make a delicious turkey gravy! Use a slotted spoon to scoop out the apple/onion mixture. Melt 4 Tbsp. (57 g) butter in a saucepan. Whisk in 1/4 cup (30 g) flour. Let cook for a couple minutes, then slowly add the turkey broth while continuing to whisk. Keep stirring for a couple more minutes until the gravy thickens.
  • If turkey is not frozen, cook on high pressure for 25–30 minutes with a natural pressure release.

Try these other Thanksgiving recipes & ideas:

EO-Flavored Water: Cranberry Orange

It’s cranberry season, and this flavor is sure to change up your water. Because cranberries are pretty tart, we recommend adding a little bit of orange juice to the water as well. To make this water flavoring, just cut a few cranberries in half with a knife, and add them to your water along with a little orange juice (or squeeze a couple orange slices and drop them in) and a drop of orange essential oil. Shake well before drinking.

If you don’t like the tartness of cranberries, you can always freeze them and add them to the water to act as decorative ice cubes instead.

Guidelines for Adding Essential Oils to Your Water:

  • Make sure to use an essential oil–safe water bottle! Glass or metal cups, bottles, and straws work great. Plastic should be avoided, especially with cinnamon or citrus essential oils.
  • This Natural Essential Oil Emulsifier really helps disperse the oils throughout your water. Just add 1 drop of emulsifier for every drop of essential oil. If you don’t want to use the emulsifier, then remember to shake the bottle to mix in the oils before drinking. When taken internally, essential oils can irritate the mucous membranes—especially when concentrated on the surface of the water—so make sure to add an emulsifier or shake the bottle really well before drinking.
  • Remember, a little goes a long way! If you don’t know whether you’ll like the taste, start out small—dip a toothpick in the oil and swish it in your water (the more you dip, the more oil you’ll get). A good rule of thumb is 1 drop oil to 1–4 cups of water.
  • Safety Note: Essential oils are very concentrated, and it is easy to overload the body if adding oils to your water every day. Occasionally is fine, but make sure to give your body a break in between uses.

Cranberry Sauce & Cream Cheese Dip

Cranberry sauce is a popular Thanksgiving dish, but it is one of those items that is too often just eaten from a can. If you’ve never tried to make your own cranberry sauce, then make a goal to try it this Thanksgiving! It’s so easy and tastes infinitely better than what you get from a can. Plus, you can add essential oils to increase the already tasty flavor and health benefits!

Cranberry Sauce

  • Servings: 8–10
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (100 g) sugar
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) honey
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) water
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) orange juice
  • 1 bag (12 oz.) fresh cranberries
  • 1 toothpick cassia or cinnamon essential oil
  • 1 drop orange essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Bring sugar, honey, water, and orange juice to a boil in a saucepan.
  2. Add cranberries. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 10–15 minutes or until sauce thickens. Smash cranberries with the back of a spoon, if desired.
  3. Remove from heat, and allow to cool completely before stirring in the essential oils.
  4. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.


This cranberry sauce also makes a fantastic dip! If you have any left over after your Thanksgiving feast, spread it over some cream cheese, and set it out with some crackers. It’ll be gone before you know it!
If you only have a little left, you can always add some extra ingredients to make it spread a little further. Here are a few flavor combination ideas:

Basic Cranberry Cream Cheese Dip: leftover cranberry sauce, cream cheese. Spread cream cheese into a shallow bowl. Spread the cranberry sauce on top.

White Cheddar Cranberry Dip: leftover cranberry sauce, grated white cheddar cheese, cream cheese, fresh cranberries. Mix it all up, and heat in the oven until bubbly.

Cranberry Cream Cheese Salsa: leftover cranberry sauce, minced jalapeno pepper (seeds removed), 1 toothpick cilantro essential oil (or chopped fresh cilantro), 1 toothpick cumin essential oil, green onions, cream cheese. Spread cream cheese in a shallow bowl. Mix remaining ingredients, and spread over cream cheese.

Crunchy Cranberry Dip: leftover cranberry sauce, celery, green onions, chopped walnuts, cream cheese. Spread cream cheese in a shallow bowl. Mix remaining ingredients, and spread over cream cheese.

No matter how you enjoy your cranberry sauce, this recipe is a must-try this Thanksgiving!

Soft & Squishy Soap Jellies

Kids love how soft and squishy these soap jellies are! They are perfect for making bathtime and learning about hygiene fun. You may even want to try them out on yourself! They make a great sensory experience for all!

Soap Jellies

  • Servings: 12+
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

  • 2 Tbsp. unflavored gelatin (about 2–3 small packets)
  • 3/4 cup (180 ml) distilled water
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) Castile Soap
  • 30 drops essential oil (lavender, melaleuca, lemon, orange, and peppermint are good options)
  • Body-safe soap coloring (optional) (a drop or two of blue tansy essential oil is a natural way to get a nice blue color)
  • 1 tsp. (6 g) salt
  • Silicone mold or small soap mold
  • Small Spray Bottle of alcohol (optional)
  • 16 oz. PET Jar

Instructions:

  1. Place mold on a cutting board or cookie sheet or another flat, movable surface.
  2. Place water in a pan, and sprinkle the gelatin on the water. Allow gelatin to bloom for 5 minutes; then bring the water to a boil to dissolve the gelatin.
  3. Once boiling, remove from heat and add the castile soap, coloring, and essential oils. Stir gently until combined.
  4. Stir in the salt last. (Don’t skip this step! It makes a big difference!)
  5. Pour the mixture into your molds.
  6. You can get rid of air bubbles by spritzing the soap with a little alcohol from a small spray bottle.
  7. Place in the refrigerator until completely hardened.
  8. Store in a PET Jar in a cool, dry location (such as the refrigerator) for up to 1 week.