Rosemary Baked Potato Fries with Creamy Basil Dip

Have you ever tried adding lots of fresh rosemary to your fries? Some fancy restaurants do this, and it is incredibly delicious! Try out this recipe to make your fries a little more gourmet—with the added benefits of essential oils!

Rosemary Baked Potato Fries

  • Servings: 4–6
  • Difficulty: Moderate
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Ingredients & Supplies:

  • 2 lbs. (1 kg) potatoes, cut into 1/4″ (3/4 cm) sticks
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. (3 g) salt or to taste
  • 4–6 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • Parmesan cheese, finely grated

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C).
  2. Place potato sticks in a large glass or metal bowl. Add olive oil, and toss with hands to coat the fries.
  3. Pick up handfuls of the potato fries, and shake off some of the oil before laying them flat on a baking sheet. Try to lay them in a single layer as much as possible so they cook evenly. Shake a little salt over the fries. Our Essential Oil Italian Salt or Essential Oil Herbes de Provence Salt tastes fantastic with this recipe.
  4. Bake the potato fries for 30–35 minutes, flipping halfway through.
  5. Meanwhile, add the rosemary essential oil and garlic to the remaining olive oil in the large bowl. Stir to combine, and set aside to allow the rosemary oil to infuse the olive oil.
  6. Once the potatoes have finished cooking and are just starting to crisp up, remove them from the oven and put them back in the large bowl. Carefully stir to coat the potatoes with the flavored olive oil; then place them back on the baking sheet, and spread them in a single layer.
  7. Sprinkle the parmesan cheese over the fries, and place them back in the oven for another 10 minutes or until crispy/browned to your preference.
  8. Serve immediately. These taste fantastic with the Creamy Basil Dip (recipe below).

Fries are meant for dipping, so don’t forget to try out this Creamy Basil Dip! These shot glasses make a perfect condiment container for dipping.

Creamy Basil Dip

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

  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) sour cream or greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) mayonnaise
  • 1–2 drops basil essential oil
  • 1 tsp. (3.5 g) garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp. (30 ml) olive oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Basil leaves, chopped finely for coloring or left as leaves for garnish (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Place all ingredients in a bowl, and whisk until combined.
  2. Chill in the fridge until ready to serve.
  3. This dip tastes great on burgers or with french fries (particularly the Rosemary Baked Potato Fries).

Luxurious Bath Bombs

Baths can be relaxing or energizing depending on the time of day, the temperature of the water, and the essential oils you use. These bath bombs will take an average bath to the next level and make it luxurious! You can choose what essential oils to add depending on your bathing preferences. Lavender, ylang ylang, and Roman chamomile are great options for a relaxing bath. Citrus oils, peppermint, eucalyptus, and rosemary can help make a bath rejuvenating. You can even try mixing up the relaxing oils and rejuvenating oils if desired.

Luxurious Bath Bombs

  • Servings: Yield=2–5 bath bombs
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & SUPPLIES:

Instructions:

  • Combine dry ingredients in a medium bowl and the wet ingredients in a small bowl.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, and mix well with a whisk. The mixture will bubble just a bit and begin to clump together. After mixing a little with the whisk, put the whisk aside and work the mixture with your fingers. Mix and blend until it is well combined and has the texture of mildly wet sand. It should clump together when you squeeze it with your fingers. If it is too dry, moisten it with the water in the spray bottle, one spritz at a time. You do not want the mixture too wet or it will not set up properly.
  • Press the mixture firmly into bath bomb molds. Let sit for 1–2 hours.
  • After the bath bombs are dry enough that they stick together, remove from the molds and let sit on a fluffy towel overnight before using. If you live in a humid area, you may need to dry the bath bombs for 2 nights before they’ll be set enough to gift or use.
  • Store dry bath bombs in an airtight container or bag.
  • If you have any leftover mixture, but not enough to make a full bath bomb, you can simply shape it into a ball with your hands and let it dry. It won’t look nearly as great as when using the the bath bomb molds, but it is still usable in a bath.
  • NOTE: If you packed the plastic bath bomb molds really tight or leave the mixture in them too long to dry, it can be a little difficult to get the bath bombs out. However, it is possible if you use pliers to pull the sides apart. You can even use pens or something long and straight to stick in the holes on the tabs and use them as leverage to pull the mold apart. If the bombs are fully dry and you can only get one side off, you can place your fingers under the lip and press your thumbs in the center to pop the bath bomb out or gently push down the exposed bath bomb with the side of the thumb.

Extra Ideas:

  • Try using food coloring (added to the wet ingredients) and dry herbs (added to the molds before pressing in the bath bomb mixture) to decorate the bath bombs.
  • If you want to make different scented bath bombs, you can try making the bath bombs unscented, then add about 5 drops of essential oil to the middle of the bath bomb before pressing the mold together.
  • Try different essential oils for different purposes. For example, try making some relaxing bath bombs with soothing essential oils (e.g., lavender, ylang ylang, or Roman chamomile) or energizing bath bombs with invigorating essential oils (e.g., citrus oils, peppermint, eucalyptus, or rosemary).

Essential Oil Make & Take Class Idea

These bath bombs make a great activity for a make-and-take essential oil class. Give everyone a Plastic Bath Bomb Mold, and double the recipe to make 10 bath bombs. Let your attendees press the mixture into their molds and add their desired essential oil to the bath bomb before pressing both sides together.

EO-Flavored Water: Strawberry Lemon

Mix up this refreshing drink and take it along with you to the park with your kids! It is easy to get dehydrated with the heat of summer, so change up the flavor of your water every now and then to remind yourself to stay hydrated. This strawberry lemon combination is perfect for spring or summer!

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.

Reducing Stress with Essential Oils

“Stress is the body’s response to difficult, pressured, or worrisome circumstances. Stress can cause both physical and emotional tension. Symptoms of stress include headaches, muscle soreness, fatigue, insomnia, nervousness, anxiety, and irritability.” (Modern Essentials, p. 341)

We all experience stress at some point in our lives. Some deal with stress almost constantly. And often times, little things can trigger a lot of stress. We live in a fast-paced environment that makes it difficult to slow down, take deep breaths, and calm our bodies—but this is what we need to do! Stress can be very harmful to our health, and it is important to learn how to deal with stress appropriately so it doesn’t control or ruin our lives.

Essential Oils for Stress:

According to Modern Essentials, the following oils may help reduce stress:
General Stress: lavender, Focus Blend, lemon, ylang ylang, bergamot, petitgrain, Joyful Blend, Restful Blend, grapefruit, Massage Blend, Roman chamomile, geranium, spikenard, Grounding Blend, frankincense, marjoram

Chemical Stress: lavender, rosemary, grapefruit, geranium, clary sage, lemon

Emotional Stress: Joyful Blend, clary sage, Reassuring Blend, bergamot, Comforting Blend, petitgrain, geranium, Roman chamomile, sandalwood

Environmental Stress: bergamot, cypress, geranium, cedarwood

Performance Stress: grapefruit, bergamot, ginger, rosemary

Physical Stress: Restful Blend, lavender, bergamot, geranium, marjoram, Roman chamomile, rosemary, thyme

Ways to Use Essential Oils to Reduce Stress

1. Aromatic Application
One of the best ways to get an essential oil quickly into our bodies for emotional balance is to inhale it. There are several ways to do this:

  • Inhale oil directly from the bottle.
  • Apply oil to hands, tissue, or nasal inhaler, and inhale.
  • Diffuse into the air with a diffuser.
  • Wear as perfume or cologne.

2. Topical Application
Most methods of topical application include relaxing your muscles as you apply the essential oil. This is especially helpful when dealing with stress because we tend to hold our stress in our muscles (i.e., tense shoulders, tight back, neck pain, etc.). Here are a few ways to apply essential oils topically for stress:

  • Add 5–10 drops of essential oil to 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) fractionated coconut oil, jojoba oil, or sweet almond oil, and massage on skin. Massage gently into tight muscles.
  • Add 1–2 drops to 1/4 cup (60 g) epsom salt, and dissolve in warm bathwater before bathing. Lavender essential oil is great for a relaxing bath!
  • Dilute oils as recommended, and apply 1–2 drops on neck, back, or bottoms of feet.

If you experience stress due to tiredness or insomnia, try this massage blend:
15 drops clary sage
10 drops lemon
5 drops lavender
2 Tbsp. (30 ml) Fractionated Coconut Oil

3. Essential Oil Stress Balloons
These stress balloons can be a great reminder to calm down if stress is overwhelming you. Plus, they are fun to play with (which can release endorphins and reduce stress).

Essential Oil Stress Balloons

  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

Instructions:

  1. In a glass bowl, mix together the epsom salt and essential oils until well combined.
    As you mix, break up as many clumps as you see so that the epsom salt doesn’t get stuck in the funnel.
  2. Place a funnel into the opening of the latex ballon, and carefully pour the epsom salt into the balloon. It is helpful to have a bowl beneath where you pour so you can catch any fallen salt and pour it into your balloon before tying it.
  3. Once all the epsom salt is in the balloon, pull the salt down into the balloon.
    Make sure the neck is clear of salt before tying off the balloon.
  4. To use, squeeze as you would a stress ball. After several squeezes, you should begin to smell the oil from inside the balloon.

Essential Oil Make & Take Class Idea

You can teach an essential oil class on reducing stress! Use the information in this article and Modern Essentials (see page references below) for your lesson. You can also use any of the following articles as well:
Living a Stress-Free and Healthy Life with Essential Oils
Using the “Introduction to Modern Essentials” as a Mini Textbook for Essential Oil Classes
Coloring with Essential Oil–Scented Pencils for Mental Health
Stress Less Diffuser Blend
Lavender Essential Oil Spotlight
Essential Oil Application: Aromatic
Essential Oil Application: Topical
Essential Oil Dilution
Modern Essentials, 8th Edition, p. 29 (“Nose and Olfactory System”)
Modern Essentials, 8th Edition, p. 341 (“Stress”)
Modern Essentials, 8th Edition, pp. 266–69 (“Emotions”)
Modern Essentials, 8th Edition, pp. 224–25 (“Anxiety”)

After a short lesson about stress and essential oils, allow your attendees to make the Essential Oil Stress Balloon (recipe above), a massage oil blend (oil suggestions above), a roll-on stress blend, or essential oil–scented pencils or send your attendees home with a coloring book, an “Introduction to Modern Essentials” booklet, a lavender essential oil sample, or a diffuser blend in a little sample bottle.

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

Coco-Cacao Mint Fudgsicles

Go ahead and repeat the title of this recipe—it is seriously so fun to say! Coco-Cacao Mint Fudgsicles (it’s pronounced “ko-ko kuh-kow”). Coco-Cacao Mint Fudgsicles. Coco-Cacao Mint Fudgsicles. Now keep chanting the name as you throw the ingredients in the blender. It’s almost as fun to say as it is to eat these yummy, healthy treats!

Coco-Cacao Mint Fudgsicles

  • Servings: 4–6
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 can (13 oz.) coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup (27 g) raw cacao powder (or cocoa powder)
  • 2 Tbsp. (24 g) coconut oil (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp. (30 ml) maple syrup or honey
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 drop peppermint essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender, and blend like you would a smoothie.
  2. Pour into popsicle molds, and freeze for at least 3 hours or until solid.

EO-Flavored Water: Blueberry Watermelon Mint

Are you looking for a refreshing drink that is healthy and tasty? Try flavoring your water with essential oils and fruit. This blueberry watermelon mint combination is perfect for beating the heat during the summer.

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.

Create a Unique Yogurt Flavor with Essential Oils

Plain yogurt tastes great alone, but it is something that you may need to acquire a taste for. If you aren’t used to plain yogurt or would like to give your yogurt a little flavoring while keeping it healthy, try adding a little essential oil and other mix-ins.
You can be as daring as you want with your flavor combinations, but here are some delicious and simple combinations to get you started:
1–2 drops lemon + strawberries or mangoes
1–2 drops orange or tangerine + blackberries (+ coconut, optional)
1–2 drops lime + raspberries
1 drop grapefruit + blueberries or cherries
1–2 toothpicks cardamom + apricots or pistachios (+ coconut, optional)
1–2 toothpicks ginger + peaches + granola

In fact, you don’t even need to add fruit or any other mix-in. Try just a drop or two of an essential oil (suggested oils below), and see what you think!

Flavored Yogurt

  • Servings: Yield=1 1/4 cups (300 ml)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (240 ml) plain yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) maple syrup or honey, optional
  • 1/4 cup desired mix-ins (see lists below for ideas), optional
  • Essential oil of choice (see lists below for ideas)

Instructions:

  1. Put all ingredients in a food processor, blender, or bowl (using a whisk), and blend until combined.

Flavor Ideas:

Essential Oils: orange (1–2 drops), lemon (1–3 drops), lime (1–2 drops), grapefruit (1 drop), tangerine (1–2 drops), cardamom (1–2 toothpicks), cinnamon (1–2 toothpicks or 1 drop), ginger (1 toothpick), lemongrass (1 toothpick)
Mix-ins: Fruit (strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, mangoes, pineapple, banana, peaches, cherries, etc.), shredded coconut, chocolate chips, peanut butter, nuts, granola, etc.

Flavor Pairings:

Orange essential oil: apricot, blackberries, blueberries, cherries, coconut, chocolate, pineapple, vanilla, almonds
Lemon essential oil: apricot, any berry, cherries, nectarine, peach, pineapple, mango, banana, coconut, granola
Lime essential oil: any berry, cherry, coconut, banana, mango, pineapple, papaya, granola
Grapefruit essential oil: blackberries, blueberries, cherries, coconut, pineapple, banana, mango
Tangerine essential oil: blackberries, blueberries, cherries, coconut, granola
Cardamom essential oil: pistachios, coconut, apricot, blueberries, granola
Cinnamon essential oil: peanut butter, banana, granola, coconut, blackberries, walnuts
Ginger essential oil: banana, blueberries, raspberries, almonds, apricot, chocolate, coconut, hazelnuts, peach, pineapple, tropical fruit, granola
Lemongrass essential oil: cherries, berries, coconut, tropical fruit, vanilla


Just Add Oils to Your Summer Fun

Make essential oils a part of your summer fun with these tips, ideas, and recipes!

Summer Cooking

We love cooking with essential oils—especially in the summertime when fresh fruits and vegetables are available and it’s warm enough to grill meats outside! While you can find a huge variety of summer recipes here, the following are some of our favorites:

Surviving Summer Activities

Staying cool and unbitten by mosquitoes is a challenge during summer activities, but you have a chance at succeeding with the following tips:

Summer Body Care Tips

Making sure to take care of your skin and hair during the summer is important for your health. Besides, who wants a sunburn to ruin even a week of their summer? Give these body care recipes a try for happy and healthy skin and hair!

Summer Activities for Children

Children quickly get bored during the summer since school is out and they have lots more free time. Keep them entertained with these essential oil crafts and activities!

Summer Vacations

You’ll be more than ready for your summer vacation after reading these articles:

Summer Diffusing

Diffuse like a pro this summer with these diffusing tips and diffuser blends:

Need help choosing a diffuser? Check out this post to learn all about the different kinds of diffusers and the benefits of each.

Summer Work

Summer often means yard work and gardening. Stay cool with these Frozen Eucalyptus Mint Towels while you work in the yard. Try freezing the towels rolled up in a shape to conform to your neck. Then secure one around your neck with a bandana so it stays put as you as you mow the lawn, pull weeds, or do other yard work. Also, increase your garden produce by keeping the birds and bugs away from your plants with this Protective Gardening Spray.

Summer Essential Oil Classes

You are all set with these 5 perfect summer make-and-take classes. Stay at the top of your game and adapt your essential oil classes with the season to keep attendees coming. Consider setting up a little play area for children in a separate room with a couple adult (or young adult) supervisors so the parents can give full attention to your class.

Do you have any tips for using essential oils during the summertime? Let us know in the comment section below!

“Lake House Retreat” Diffuser Blend for the Office

While you are stuck inside working this summer, try diffusing this blend and make your office feel like a lake house retreat! One of the best diffusers to use at work is the USB Diffuser. This sleek diffuser is small (about the size of a thumb drive) and plugs into any USB port (like the one on your computer). You can also use it in any room with a standard outlet power converter, or take it in the car with an accessory outlet power converter.

The USB Diffuser uses ultrasonic technology to silently transform essential oil into a cool mist for aromatherapy. Just fill the little vial included with essential oil, and plug it into the underside of the diffuser. This diffuser offers 3 timer settings for controlling mist output, allowing the oil reservoir to last 24 hours or more.

You can also buy additional refill vials and have a few different essential oil blends ready so you can swap them out when needed. Use one in the car during your commute to work, swap it out for a focus blend during the morning work hours, and change to an energizing blend (like the one below) during the afternoon slump. You can even have another diffuser blend for your drive home to help you reset your mind and leave your work at the office.

The Lake House Retreat diffuser blend is an energizing blend with a scent that works well for both men and women. The white fir can stimulate the mind while allowing the body to relax. Juniper berry evokes feelings of health, love, and peace. Cedarwood is calming and helps relieve tension. Bergamot helps relive anxiety, depression, stress, and tension with its uplifting and refreshing scent.

This diffuser blend also works great at home, or really anywhere, in any diffuser.

5 Facts You May not Know about AromaTools®

Do you know these facts about AromaTools?

  1. AromaTools is a true third party and is not affiliated with any essential oil company. This allows us to produce educational resources about using essential oils for health purposes. We have your health in mind and do not benefit at all by the oils you purchase.
  2. None of AromaTools’ employees (or employers) are distributors for any essential oil company. This means we will never try to sway you or your downline (or potential downline) to join a different team or company.
  3. AromaTools leads the essential oil industry in publishing the most current scientific resource for using essential oils safely for health purposes. Since 2008, AromaTools has been dedicated to producing and publishing Modern Essentials: A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils as a resource to enable you, and all essential oil users, to more easily and confidently use essential oils in your everyday life. Now on its 8th edition, Modern Essentials is currently published in 10 languages: English, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Dutch, German, Slovak, and Italian. Four more languages are currently being worked on and will make an appearance soon!
  4. AromaTools ships all over the world and currently has formal distribution in 4 regions: the United States, Australia, Europe, and Canada, each with their own website and the ability to accept their own currency. We also have informal distribution in several other countries. You can find our international websites and more information here.
  5. AromaTools is celebrating its 9th birthday this week! AromaTools was founded in 2008 by a professional team that has been using and publishing materials about essential oils for over 2 decades.

Our commitment since 2008 has been to help you achieve success by providing the most reliable, specific tools and resources available for the safe and effective use of pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils.