Pet Odor Spray

Keep your house smelling fresh and free of pet odors with an all-natural spray! This nontoxic spray will take care of odors without hurting your pet.

Pet Odor Spray

  • Servings: Yield=1 cup (240 ml)
  • Time: 5 minutes active
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) witch hazel
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) water
  • 10–15 drops of essential oil such as lemon, lavender, orange, or eucalyptus

Instructions:

  1. Pour ingredients into an 8 oz. glass spray bottle.
  2. Shake before each use. Spray in areas of your home that are overrun by pet odors.

 

“Oils to the Rescue” First Aid Kit and Coconut Oil Soothing Balm

Do you have a first aid kit in your home or car? First aid kits are great to have on hand when a little emergency presents itself. But wouldn’t you want to have your essential oils available too? The Oils to the Rescue First Aid Kit combines the basic supplies you need in a standard first aid kit. It also allows space for adding essential oils and customized products that you’ve prepared for common ailments and injuries.

Recommended Essential Oils

If you aren’t sure which oils to include in your kit, try these emergency essential oils:

Cuts and Scrapes
Lavender
Frankincense
Melaleuca
Peppermint
Insect Bites and Stings
Lavender
Melaleuca
Protective Blend
Cleansing Blend (backs ticks out)
Peppermint
Burns
Lavender
Burn Spray
(Spray bottle, water,
Lavender, Peppermint,
Melaleuca)
Headaches
Peppermint
Soothing Blend
Frankincense
Seasonal Discomforts
Lemon
Lavender
Peppermint
Digestive Issues
Digestive Blend
Peppermint
Ginger
Sprains, Strains,
& Splinters

Peppermint
Soothing Blend
Lavender
Protective Blend

You can purchase a card with this information to keep in your kit. Then you’ll know what to do with the oils when an emergency arises.


The Oils to the Rescue First Aid Kit includes 4 large slots that fit 2 oz. size bottles and 6 small slots that fit 15 ml essential oil bottles.

Recommended Additional First Aid Items

Other suggestions of helpful products:

First Aid Coconut Oil Soothing Balm Recipe

This soothing balm is specially formulated to have antiseptic, antimicrobial, analgesic (pain-relieving), and antibacterial properties. It soothes and moisturizes the skin and works well for all first aid injuries, including children’s boo-boos.

This recipe yields 6 oz. So, if you use 2 oz. salve containers, you can keep one at home, take one on-the-go, and give one to a friend.  Or, you could host a make & take class and send your attendees home with their own 1/4 oz. salve jar of balm.

First Aid Coconut Oil Soothing Balm

  • Servings: Yield=6 oz.
  • Time: 10 minutes active
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Melt the beeswax in a double boiler.
  2. Once the beeswax is melted, add the coconut oil. Remove from heat when melted, and add the melaleuca, frankincense, and lavender essential oils.
  3. Slowly add witch hazel to the mixture, using a hand blender to combine. Blend on high for a few seconds until well incorporated.
  4. Spoon the cooled cream into sealable glass containers. The salve is ready to use. It should go on smooth, and you can expect a waxy, balm-like texture. To avoid contaminating the cream with stray bacteria, try not to touch it directly with your hands. Instead, use a cotton swab or clean tissue to apply it to a wound.

What would you include in your first aid kit? Comment below.

Essential Oil Spotlight: Lemon

Lemon essential oil (Citrus limon) is cold expressed from the rinds of the fruit. In order to get a kilo (2.2 lbs) of oil, 3,000 lemons are required.

Lemon essential oil has many uses since it has the following properties: anticancer, antidepressant, antiseptic, antifungal, antioxidant, antiviral, astringent, invigorating, refreshing, and tonic.

It is used primarily for air pollution, anxiety, atherosclerosis, bites/stings, blood pressure (regulation), brain injury, cold sores, colds (common), concentration, constipation, depression, digestion (sluggish), disinfectant, dry throat, dysentery, energizing, exhaustion, fever, flu, furniture polish, gout, greasy/oily hair, grief/sorrow, gum/grease removal, hangovers, heartburn, intestinal parasites, kidney stones, lymphatic cleansing, MRSA, overeating, pancreatitis, physical energy, postpartum depression, purification, relaxation, skin (tones), stress, throat infection, tonsillitis, uplifting, varicose veins, and water purification. See Modern Essentials for many other uses for lemon essential oil.

Historically, lemon has been used to fight food poisoning, malaria and typhoid epidemics, and scurvy. (In fact, sources say that Christopher Columbus carried lemon seeds to America—probably just the leftovers from the fruit that was eaten during the trip.)

Application Methods for Lemon Essential Oil and Safety Data

Aromatic: Use a diffuser or put a few drops of lemon essential oil on a cloth, tissue, nasal inhaler, or the palms of your hands to breathe it in. Lemon oil promotes health, healing, physical energy, and purification when used aromatically. Its fragrance is invigorating, enhancing, and warming.

Topical: Lemon essential oil can be applied neat (with no dilution) when used topically. Apply directly on area of concern or to reflex points. Lemon oil can sensitize the skin to ultraviolet light within 12 hours of use. So exercise caution here, and avoid direct sunlight for up to 12 hours after using on skin.

Internal: Lemon essential oil can be taken internally, and it is often used as a flavoring in cooking. Put 1–2 drops of lemon oil under the tongue or in a beverage. It can also be taken in capsules.

5 Ways to Use Lemon Essential Oil

1. Aromatic
The aroma of lemon essential oil can help you get energized in the morning—try a few drops in the corner of your shower stall to circulate with the water vapor. Lemon aroma can also help relieve anxiety or lift a depressive mood. Diffused lemon helps disinfect the air to prevent the spread of sickness, and it facilitates recovery from colds. Try diffusing lemon essential oil alone or in one of the following recipes:

Here are a few other diffuser blends that use lemon essential oil:

2. Topical
A drop of lemon oil can relieve pain from insect bites or stings. It can also zap formation of cold and canker sores, plus speed tissue recovery from them. Rub lemon on the neck over a sore throat. Use on broken capillaries, spider veins, and varicose veins to reduce and repair. Massage over sore joints. Lemon oil also helps nourish nails and cuticles. Try a healthy nails serum!

Lemon essential oil is helpful in cleansing the lymphatic system. One of the biggest signs that your lymphatic system needs cleansing is cellulite. If you have cellulite, try massaging the following oil blend over affected areas before doing aerobic exercise.


Cellulite Reduction Massage
5 drops rosemary
5 drops ginger
5 drops coriander
5 drops lemon
4 tsp. carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil, coconut oil, or jojoba oil


3. Internal and Food Recipes
Add a drop of lemon oil to a teaspoon of honey for internal sore throat relief. Put a few drops in a glass or metal water bottle, shake, and drink—this purifies the water and aids digestion and detoxification. (The citric acid in lemon may break down some plastic water bottles.) Add several drops to a bowl of water for washing fruits and vegetables before food preparation, or use this produce spray.

Lemon essential oil is easy to add to your favorite recipes. Just substitute 1 drop of lemon oil for 1 tsp. of lemon zest. Here are a few of our favorite recipes to help you get started:

4. Household Cleaning Products
Lemon oil is a natural replacement for many disinfecting cleaning products that may contain harmful chemicals. Neutralize odors in the air with several drops of lemon in a spray water bottle. (Shake frequently during use or use this emulsifier to help mix the oil and water.) Use that same spray bottle to clean and disinfect countertops, cutting boards, and fixtures. Add a few drops of lemon to the dishwasher, washing machine, or dryer to deodorize. Remove adhesives, grease, or gum from hands, hair, and other surfaces. Try using lemon oil with these cleaning recipes:

5. Body Care Products
Because lemon essential oil is known to be antiseptic, antifungal, and antiviral, it is great to add to body care products such as hand sanitizer, breath spray, and soap. Try using lemon oil in the following recipes:

Sources:
Modern Essentials™: A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, 8th Edition, pp. 81–82.
Healing Oils: 500 Formulas for Aromatherapy by Carol Schiller & David Schiller

EO Life Hack: Sanitize and Season Wood Kitchenware

Refresh your wood cutting boards and spoons by rubbing a little coconut oil and lemon essential oil on them. The coconut oil helps season the wood, and the antibacterial properties in both the coconut oil and lemon essential oil help sanitize your kitchenware at the same time.

Frozen Yogurt Breakfast Bites

If you need a grab-and-go breakfast, give these Frozen Yogurt Breakfast Bites a try! You’ll also give your breakfast a boost in flavor and health benefit by adding a drop of essential oil. For easier eating on the run, just insert a wooden craft stick into each bite before freezing.

Frozen Yogurt Breakfast Bites

  • Time: 5–10 minutes active; 2 hours inactive
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • Greek yogurt, plain or flavored
  • Fruit (such as blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, sliced strawberries, or diced mangoes)
  • Granola (try Mango Coconut Granola)
  • Essential oil (such as lime, lemon, orange, or grapefruit)
  • Silicone mold or ice cube tray

Instructions:

  1. Mix 1 drop of essential oil with 3/4–1 cup of yogurt.
  2. Place a little dollop of yogurt in each section of the silicone mold or ice cube tray.
  3. Sprinkle a little granola and a layer of fruit on top of the yogurt, and then cover with more yogurt. (Optional: Add a toothpick or wooden craft stick to each mold.)
  4. Place silicone mold or ice cube tray in the freezer for 2 hours or more until frozen.

Flavor Suggestions:

  • Strawberry-Lime: Mix 1 drop lime essential oil with 1 cup plain, berry-flavored, or neutral-flavored yogurt (like vanilla or honey). Add strawberry slices.
  • Lemon-Berry: Mix 1 drop lemon essential oil with 1 cup plain, berry-flavored, or neutral-flavored yogurt (like vanilla or honey). Add raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, and/or blackberries.
  • Coconut-Grapefruit: Mix 1 drop grapefruit essential oil with 1 cup plain or neutral flavored (like honey or vanilla) yogurt. Add coconut flakes.
  • Orange-Mango: Mix 1 drop orange essential oil with 1 cup plain or neutral flavored (like honey or vanilla) yogurt. Add diced mangoes.

Essential Oils for Cut Flowers

Who doesn’t love having decorative spring flowers to brighten their home? The only downside to bringing cut flowers inside is that they don’t seem to last very long. We have been experimenting with cut flowers, and we found that adding a drop of melaleuca to the water helps them last longer!

Useful tips when caring for cut flowers:

  • Cut the stems of the flowers at an angle. This allows the flower to soak up nutrients more easily.
  • Add a drop of melaleuca essential oil to a flower water mix (see recipe below). The melaleuca helps kill bacteria that leads to mold growth.
  • Use filtered water to reduce the amount of chlorine and other minerals or chemicals often found in tap water. These substances diminish plant health.
  • Change flower water and recut flower stems (just a tiny bit) every 2–3 days. A cut flower stem eventually seals up, preventing nutrient assimilation. So cutting the stems and adding more nutrients helps preserve the flowers.
  • Keep cut flowers away from direct heat and light (if possible).

Decorative Flower Vases

  • Time: 5 minutes active
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Stir together sugar and melaleuca in a glass measuring cup.
  2. Add apple cider vinegar and filtered water. Mix well until sugar is dissolved.
  3. Add the water mixture to bottles or clear plastic tubes.
  4. Cut flower stems at an angle a little longer than the desired length. Arrange flowers in the bottles or tubes.
  5. Change flower water and cut stems just a little bit every 2–3 days.

Extra Ideas:

  • Clear plastic tubes make great single flower vases. You can easily decorate them by gluing ribbon, buttons, or other items to the outside.
  • If you are using cut flowers for an event—essential oil class, wedding reception, or party—you may want to use a floral essential oil instead of melaleuca to enhance the scent of your decoration. Then, when you are ready to display your flowers elsewhere (after 2+ days), add melaleuca essential oil to the replacement water. Some floral oils include lavender, ylang ylang, geranium, clary sage, Roman chamomile, jasmine, and rose.

Flower arrangements in glass bottles or clear plastic tubes make great centerpieces and decorations for essential oil classes!

An Essential Oil-Filled Easter

Easter has become a commercialized holiday, often involving candy-filled, plastic eggs. Many parents don’t want so much candy but still want a fun and meaningful Easter. If that’s you, take a look at these ideas for a healthier holiday!

Easter Eggs and Easter Baskets

Easter Food

Try some of these delicious dishes for your Easter dinner:

Try making these dessert recipes into Easter-egg shapes for a fun treat:

Easter Egg Decor

This holiday project makes a great Easter decoration: Essential Oil Transfer on Easter Eggs.

These candles are a fun family project, and they make a beautiful Easter centerpiece!

Easter Egg Beeswax Candles

  • Time: 45 minutes active; 2+ hours inactive
  • Difficulty: Moderate
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Supplies:

  • Awl/Knife
  • Eggs
  • White Vinegar
  • Boiling Water
  • Food Coloring
  • Beeswax Pellets
  • Essential Oil
  • Waxed Candle Wicks with Metal Base (available at most craft stores)

Instructions:

  1. Start by poking a tiny hole in the top of your egg with a sharp object, such as an awl or paring knife. Then carefully chip away the top of the egg until you have a nice, wide opening.
  2. Wash out the inside of the eggs and let them dry while preparing the dye.
  3. Combine 2 Tbsp. of white vinegar, 1 cup of boiling water, and 10–20 drops of your desired food coloring in a disposable paper or plastic cup (or other container that you don’t mind getting dye on). Submerge the eggs in the dye 1–20 minutes until you obtain your desired color.
  4. Let the eggs dry. We dried our eggs in the sun on bamboo skewers in a vase, as pictured to the right.
  5. While the eggs are drying, melt the beeswax in a double boiler on the stove. A heat-proof glass measuring cup in a pot of boiling water works great for this (and the measuring cup makes it easy to pour the beeswax later). You will need about 1 oz. of beeswax for each egg you make.
  6. Mix a few drops of essential oil into the melted beeswax (1–2 drops for each candle). If you want to vary the type of essential oil you use in each candle, you can add the essential oil after you pour the beeswax into the eggshells.
  7. Carefully pour the beeswax into the dried eggshells. Then place your wick in the middle of the eggshell and let the beeswax harden. You can put your egg candles back in the egg carton to stabilize them while you pour the beeswax and insert the wick.
  8. Once the beeswax has hardened completely, move your egg candles to egg cups or any decorative container that will hold them upright.
  9. Enjoy your beautiful Easter creation! These eggshell candles look great as a table centerpiece or on a mantle or shelf.

Epsom Salt Scrub for Hard Water Deposits

If you live in a area with hard water, you probably have hard water deposits on everything, including bathtubs, showers and sinks. These deposits make faucets and fixtures an eyesore. We found a solution that works pretty well!

Epsom Salt Scrub uses salt crystals that are just abrasive enough to remove the hard water deposits. Added baking soda, castile soap, and lemon essential oil do the rest of the cleaning.

Epsom Salt Scrub

  • Servings: 1–2
  • Time: 5 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Add all ingredients to the jar in order and stir together until well incorporated.
  2. To use, apply to dry shower walls, bathtubs, fixtures, or faucets with a warm wet cloth. Scrub for a few minutes in a circular motion. Let sit for a few minutes before rubbing again. Rinse off with warm water. Repeat if needed.


How You Can Use The New Modern Essentials Forum

Imagine a website where you can look up an essential oil to see what others have used the oil for. Would you like a website that you can look up a condition you are struggling with and see what oils others have successfully used? Now imagine that you can ask a question about anything concerning essential oils and get answers from others who also use essential oils. A website like this does exist—and if you haven’t heard about the new Modern Essentials Forum, then now’s the time to learn because it needs people like you to add your experiences and participate online.

The Modern Essentials Forum is a place open to the essential oil community to openly and honestly ask questions and share their experiences concerning essential oils & health-related topics. ModernEssentialsForum.com is a place where you can read and write testimonials about specific oils & blends without worrying about saying the wrong thing.

The Modern Essentials Forum has several different sections: The Basics, Usage Guide, Oil Guide, Business, and Ask & Share (Forum).

The Basics

In The Basics section, you can learn all about the basics of essential oils including general essential oil information about application methods and carrier oils, essential oil troubleshooting (what to do if you have an adverse reaction to an essential oil or accidentally use essential oils inappropriately), and essential oil lingo explained.

Usage Guide

The Usage Guide section allows you to alphabetically search for a condition to learn more about that condition and the top recommended essential oils. You may also find a “Simple Solution” recipe to try. If you have had an experience with using an essential oil for that specific condition, feel free to leave a testimonial about it so others can learn from your experience!

Oil Guide

In the Oil Guide section, you can look up a single oil or oil blend to learn it’s primary uses. You can also look up a carrier oil to learn all about it including what it is made from, ways to use it, and its aroma, viscosity/texture, absorption/feel, color, and shelf life. If you know something about any of these oils, feel free to leave a comment or share an experience you’ve had!

Business

You can find several essential oil business-related articles under the Business section including “How to Hold a Make & Take Class,” “AromaTools® Can Help You with Essential Oil Education and Marketing,” “Top 10 Must-Have Essential Oil Accessories for New Oil Users,” “Intro to Modern Essentials™: A Mini Textbook for Essential Oil Classes,” and several more.

Ask & Share (Forum)

The bulk of the discussion happens in the Ask & Share (Forum) section. This is where you can start a discussion, answer another person’s question, or carry on a conversation about any of the topics. This is the place where we can all learn from each other!

Take the time to share your experiences, ask questions, and help others on their essential oil journey on modernessentialsforum.com!

Mango Coconut Granola

Cold cereal is a go-to breakfast for a lot of people. Mango Coconut Granola is an easy way to keep the convenience of breakfast cereal while increasing nutritional value to start your day. You’ll love the tropical flavors enhanced by essential oils in this tasty granola!

Mango Coconut Granola

  • Servings: 6–8
  • Time: 20 minutes active; 25 minutes inactive
  • Difficulty: Moderate
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Ingredients:

  • 4 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar (or substitute 1/4 cup maple syrup or honey)
  • 2/3 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/2 cup wheat germ
  • 1 cup shredded coconut, divided
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup or honey
  • 1/2 cup mango nectar* (can substitute peeled, pitted, and pureed fresh mango)
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1–2 drops cinnamon essential oil
  • 1 drop ginger essential oil
  • 3/4 cup dried mango, finely chopped

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. and lightly grease a large jelly roll pan or cookie sheet with sides.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the oats, sugar (or substitute), almonds, wheat germ, and 1/2 cup shredded coconut.
  3. In a small sauce pan, melt coconut oil and maple syrup or honey. Remove from heat and add mango nectar (or fresh mango), vanilla extract, and essential oils. Stir the liquid ingredients in with the dry ingredients and toss well to coat.
  4. Spread mixture evenly onto prepared pan.
  5. Bake for 25–30 minutes, stirring frequently (every 5–10 minutes), or until golden brown and crisp.
  6. Remove from the oven and stir in dried mango and the remaining 1/2 cup of shredded coconut.
  7. Enjoy dry as a snack, served over Greek yogurt, or in a bowl with milk.

*Note: Mango nectar can be found in flip-top cans in the beverage aisle or refrigerated beverage section of most grocery stores.

Granola also makes a great snack/refreshment in classes and can easily be served in shot glasses.