Just Add Oils to Your Mommy Routine

Mothers are always worrying about keeping their families healthy. Adding essential oils to your mommy routine is a great way to do that! Here are some of our suggestions:

For Mom:

1. Essential Oil–Safe Water Bottle. It’s too easy for a mom to forget to drink water with all the demands for her attention, but it is extremely important to stay hydrated in order to maintain good health. Try keeping a water bottle nearby with a few essential oils to help boost the flavor.

2. Modern Essentials. Mothers need an accurate resource that helps them know how to use their essential oils safely on their families. Modern Essentials is research-based, so you know you are getting accurate information. Keep the big book at home to educate yourself and reference later. Use the Modern Essentials Usage Guide, the “Introduction to Modern Essentials” booklet, or the Modern Essentials app for your on-the-go reference.

3. Your Favorite Essential Oil Products or DIYs. It is important for moms to take care of themselves so they have the health and strength to take care of their dear ones. Here are a few DIY products that you may find helpful:

• Between dishes, laundry, and diaper changes, moms’ hands can easily get tired and dry. Try rejuvenating your overworked hands with this Simply Luxurious Moisturizing Lotion! • After touching grocery carts, park benches, and dirty diapers, you may want to get rid of the germs with this Citrus Mint Hand Sanitizer.
• Keep your lips smooth with this Natural Lip Balm so you can keep on kissing your baby’s adorable cheeks! • Try out these roll-on blends to help you stay sane, well-rested, refreshed, and happy. Kids thrive when mom has energy!
• Keep your breath fresh with this Breath Spray or these Homemade Breath Mints. They are especially handy on mornings when you were in such a rush to get the kids off to school that you forgot to brush your own teeth! A diffuser or room spray can be a must to keep the house smelling fresh and clean! Try this spill-proof humidifying diffuser. It’s great to use around children who are prone to knocking things over. You may also want to try out one of these fantastic diffuser blends!

4. Other Articles about Using Essential Oils for Moms.

For the Kids:

1. Diluted Essential Oils. Because children have smaller bodies and more sensitive skin, it is important to make sure any essential oils used on them are diluted with a carrier oil. This is easy to do with a Dilution Stick or with roll-on bottles. Using a dilution stick on children gives their skin a good coating of the carrier oil before applying a drop of essential oil and rubbing it all in. For roll-on bottles, just add a few drops of essential oil to the bottle, then fill the rest of the bottle with a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil, sweet almond oil, or jojoba oil. See this chart for more accurate guidelines based on the child’s age.

2. Kid-Friendly Essential Oil Products or DIYs. Kids can benefit from essential oil DIYs as well! Here are our top recommendations for children:

Toys are notorious for picking up germs and should be cleaned regularly. This spray makes it really easy to clean your kids’ toys—just spray them all down, let them sit for a few minutes as you spray the rest of the toys, and then wipe them all clean.

Toy Cleaner

  • Servings: 4 oz. (120 ml)
  • Time: 2 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) hydrogen peroxide or vinegar
  • 4 drops lemon or melaleuca essential oil
  • 4 oz. Spray Bottle

Instructions:

  1. Fill the 4 oz. spray bottle with hydrogen peroxide or vinegar. Add the essential oil. Screw the lid on, and shake to combine.
  2. To use, spray the toys thoroughly. Let sit for a few minutes, then wipe dry with a clean cloth.

Note: Hydrogen peroxide can lose its effectiveness if exposed to sunlight. It is best to store your Toy Cleaning Spray in a container that will protect it from sun exposure.

3. More Information about Using Essential Oils on Children.

Pink Grapefruit Yogurt Cake

This delicious cake was loved by all who tried it—including those who don’t normally like grapefruit! The cake is a perfect balance of tart and sweet with an incredibly moist texture. It is sure to be a hit at your next dinner party, essential oil class, bridal or baby shower, or wherever you choose to share it.

Pink Grapefruit Yogurt Cake

  • Servings: 8–10
  • Time: 30 minutes active; 2 hours inactive
  • Difficulty: Moderate
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Cake Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (200 g) pure cane sugar
  • 6–8 drops grapefruit essential oil
  • 3/4 cup (180 ml) plain greek yogurt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. (5 ml) vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups (180 g) flour (all-purpose or pastry ground white whole wheat flour)
  • 2 tsp. (8 g) baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. (3 g) salt
  • 1/3 cup (64 g) coconut oil, melted and slightly cooled

Grapefruit Syrup Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
  • 1–2 Tbsp. (12.5–25 g) granulated sugar
  • 1 drop grapefruit essential oil

Grapefruit Glaze Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup (45 g) powdered sugar
 (more, if needed)
  • 2–3 Tbsp. (30–45 ml) freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
  • 1 drop grapefruit essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Grease baking dish* with coconut oil, and dust lightly with flour.
  2. In a large bowl, mix sugar and grapefruit essential oil together until thoroughly combined. Add yogurt, eggs, and vanilla extract, and stir until incorporated.
  3. In a separate bowl, sift flour, baking powder, and salt; stir together.
  4. Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients. Mix just until flour is incorporated.
  5. Add the coconut oil, and stir until it is fully mixed in.
  6. Pour the batter into your prepared baking dish. Bake* until your cake tester comes out clean and the cake springs back when lightly touched in the center.
  7. While the cake is cooking, combine sauce ingredients in a small saucepan, and whisk over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat, add essential oil, and set aside.
  8. Make the glaze by whisking together the powdered sugar, grapefruit juice, and grapefruit essential oil. We found it best to sift the powdered sugar into the grapefruit juice and continue adding sugar until it thickens to a good consistency. If it is too thick, add a little more juice; if it is too runny, add more sugar.
  9. When the cake is done baking, remove the cake from the cake pan, and place on a cake platter. Poke little holes into the cake with a toothpick. Spoon the grapefruit syrup over the cake, and let it soak in while it cools to room temperature.
  10. Once the cake is cool, drizzle the glaze over the cake, and let it run down over the sides. Garnish cake with a grapefruit spiral or slices, if desired.

*Note: You can use a bread pan, a 9-inch (23 cm) round cake pan, or another baking dish. We used a 7-inch (18 cm) glass heat-proof bowl. If you use a bread pan, the cake will need to cook for 50 minutes. In a cake pan, it will need to bake for 25–30 minutes. Our cake took 65 minutes to finish cooking.

Essential Oil Spotlight: Lavender

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) essential oil has a wonderful, sweet, floral aroma with herbaceous, balsamic, and woody undertones. The aroma of lavender has been used for many years in sachets, pillows, and potpourri to help promote feelings of serenity and peace.

Lavender essential oil is a universal oil that has traditionally been known to balance the body and to work wherever there is a need. The list of common primary uses, historical uses, French medicinal uses, and other possible uses contains over 120 conditions. So, if in doubt, use lavender!

Lavender essential oil possesses analgesic, anticoagulant, anticonvulsant, antidepressant, antifungal, antihistaminic, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antimutagenic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antitoxic, antitumor, cardiotonic, regenerative, and sedative properties.

Body systems often affected by lavender essential oil include the cardiovascular and nervous systems, emotions, and the skin.

Research being conducted on lavender continues to show new possible uses and therapeutic benefits that lavender may possess. To learn more about a number of these research studies, including summaries and sources, please see the book Modern Essentials.

Applications of Lavender Essential Oil and Safety Data

Topical Application: Lavender essential oil is one of the gentlest essential oils and can be used safely on children, pregnant women, elderly people, animals, and those with sensitive skin. It can be applied neat (with no dilution) when used topically. Apply directly on area of concern or to reflex points.
Aromatic Application: Lavender essential oil can be diffused or inhaled directly. Lavender oil promotes consciousness, health, love, peace, and a general sense of well-being when inhaled. It also nurtures creativity.
Internal Application: Lavender essential oil can be taken internally. Try placing a drop or two under the tongue, taking it in a capsule, adding a little to a beverage, or using it as a flavoring in cooking. If adding lavender to a food or beverage, try using just a toothpick at first, and add more to taste.

5 Ways to Use Lavender Essential Oil

1. Diffuse
The scent of lavender blends well with most oils, especially with citrus oils and other floral oils. As an antihistamine, lavender essential oil is beneficial for relieving allergy symptoms. Its sedative properties make it a great option for promoting a good night’s rest. Try diffusing one of the following blends in your diffuser. You could also add a drop of lavender essential oil to a cloth, tissue, nasal inhaler, or the palms of your hands and breathe in the aroma.

2. Apply Topically
Lavender essential oil is known for its soothing properties. It can help promote sleep, reduce anxiety, relieve pain, and increase mental clarity. If you need help with any of these areas, try making a blend and rolling it on the feet, hands, wrists, neck, or area of concern.

To make these recipes, just add the recommended number of drops to a 10 ml roll-on bottle, and then fill the rest of the bottle with a carrier oil, such as fractionated coconut oil, jojoba oil, or sweet almond oil. These recipes are formulated at a 5–7% dilution ratio.

Insomnia Roll-on
6 drops orange*
6 drops lavender
Happy Roll-on
4 drops orange*
4 drops lavender
4 drops ylang ylang
Sore Muscles Roll-on:
4 drops cinnamon
3 drops geranium
3 drops juniper berry
3 drops lavender
2 drops peppermint
Refreshing Roll-on:
5 drops lavender
4 drops peppermint
3 drops grapefruit*
3 drops lemongrass

*Note: If using a roll-on blend that contains a citrus oil on exposed skin, take care to avoid direct sunlight/UV light for up to 12 hours after application.

3. Take Internally and in Food Recipes
Floral herbs like lavender can be used in cooking; but because floral flavors are uncommon, you want just a hint of this flavor. Start with a toothpick, and add more if needed.

Try adding a toothpick of lavender essential oil to a glass of lemonade or to chamomile tea (see recipe below). Lavender also tastes good when added to pound cake or scones. A drop can also provide a unique, gourmet flavor to buttercream frosting.

This Lavender Chamomile Tea is perfect for helping you relax before bedtime. Sip it while you soak in a nice warm bath, and you may drift off to sleep as soon as your head hits the pillow!

Lavender Chamomile Tea

  • Servings: 1
  • Time: 10 minutes active; 10 minutes inactive
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 8–10 oz. (250–300 ml) water
  • 1 bag chamomile tea
  • 1 tsp. (5 ml) honey
  • 1 toothpick lavender essential oil

Instructions:

  1. In a small saucepan, heat water to boiling (or at least steaming).
  2. Place the tea bag in a mug, and pour the water over the tea bag. Cover, and let steep for 5 minutes.
  3. After 5 minutes, uncover the mug. Remove and dispose of the tea bag.
  4. Dip a toothpick in lavender essential oil, and stir it into the honey. Discard the toothpick, and stir the honey into the tea until it dissolves.
  5. Allow the tea to cool a little before drinking. Breathe in the aroma as you wait for it to cool so that you get the aromatic benefits of the lavender essential oil as well!

4. Add to the First Aid Kit
Some common first aid conditions that lavender can be used for include the following: agitation, bruises, burns (can mix with melaleuca), leg cramps, herpes, heart irregularities, hives, insect bites, neuropathy, pain (inside and out), bee stings, sprains, sunburn (combine with frankincense), and sunstroke. Lavender oil can also relieve insomnia, depression, and PMS and is a natural antihistamine (asthma or allergies).

Here are a few first aid tips using lavender essential oil:

  • To clean wounds, try adding 1 drop each of lavender, melaleuca, and basil to a bowl of warm water. Use the water to wash the wound.
  • Reduce inflammation from an injury by mixing 3 drops frankincense and 2 drops lavender in a bowl of cold water. Dampen a washcloth with water, and hold on location for 15–30 minutes.
  • For minor burns, gently apply 1–2 drops of lavender essential oil, and cover with a cloth soaked in cool water. If the burn covers large areas of the body, is blistering, or has visible skin damage, seek immediate medical attention.
  • Apply 1 drop lavender oil on blister once or twice a day as needed.
  • Calm asthma attacks by gently massaging 2 drops of lavender on chest.
  • Soothe a sunburn by mixing 10 drops of lavender essential oil with 1/4 cup (60 ml) cool water in a small spray bottle. Shake well, and spray on location.
  • Whip up this Coconut Oil Soothing Balm (pictured above) to use on first aid injuries, including children’s cuts and scrapes.

5. Use in Body Care Products
Lavender essential oil is especially useful to the skin and hair. It benefits dry and fragile hair, reduces dandruff, and helps with hair loss. It also helps dry or sensitive skin (including lips) and aids in the healing of bites/stings, blisters, boils, burns, cuts, diaper rash, herpes simplex, rashes, skin ulcers, stretch marks, and other wounds. It also reduces inflammation, itching, and wrinkles. Add lavender to your favorite body care recipes, or try any of these below:

Additional Resources for Using Lavender Essential Oil

Sources:
Modern Essentials, 8th Edition, pp. 78–79, 216–217, 378.
“Modern Essentials: Simple Solutions” Booklet.

Sweet Dreams Pillow Spray

Rest peacefully tonight with the help of this pillow spray! This can be especially helpful for children—try placing these bottles on a bedside table for your kids to use during the night to spray away bad dreams and other nighttime fears!

Sweet Dreams Pillow Spray

  • Servings: Yield=2 oz. (60 ml)
  • Time: 2 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Add essential oil and emulsifier to the spray bottle. Fill the rest of the bottle with distilled water. Screw the spray top onto the bottle, and shake to combine the liquids.
  2. To use, spray the mixture into the air or on the pillow or bed linens at bedtime to create a calm, soothing atmosphere.

Extra Ideas:

  • This recipe would be great for a make-and-take class focused on using essential oils with children.
  • Print off these cute labels to use on your pillow sprays. These labels fit perfectly on this label sheet.

Basil-Infused Pasta Primavera

This tasty dish allows your fresh spring and summer veggies to shine, compliments of a hint of basil essential oil!

Basil-Infused Pasta Primavera

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

  • 1 lb. farfalle pasta (or other pasta cut)
  • 4–6 drops basil essential oil
  • 2 cups fresh broccoli florets
  • 1 medium red onion, diced
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 cup fresh spinach, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Lemon juice to taste
  • Grated Parmesan cheese for topping
  • 2 Tbsp. minced, fresh basil for topping

Instructions:

  1. Boil water for pasta. Add 4–6 drops of basil essential oil to the water. Cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain, rinse, and set aside.
  2. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, saute broccoli until just tender, about 7–10 minutes.
  3. Combine pasta, broccoli, spinach, and cherry tomatoes in a serving bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Squirt the pasta primavera with lemon juice to taste, and then top with grated Parmesan cheese and minced, fresh basil. Serve immediately.

Antiwrinkle Cream for a Smoother Complexion

Your face does a lot of work during the day and could use a little love at night. Try caring for your complexion with an all-natural, antiwrinkle cream! This cream is formulated to benefit a mature face with wrinkles, but it can help any skin look younger longer.

Though an optional ingredient, bentonite clay is important for its ability to absorb and remove toxins, heavy metals, impurities, and chemicals. It can do all this because it carries a strong negative charge that bonds to the positive charge in these damaging substances. As bentonite clays draws toxins, it releases minerals for the skin to absorb. Bentonite clay also pulls excess hydrogen from skin cells, allowing them to admit oxygen. Bentonite clay can be found at your local health food store or online. If you do use bentonite clay, be careful to not let it touch anything metallic, or it will lose its effectiveness.

Antiwrinkle Cream

  • Servings: 4 oz.
  • Time: 15 minutes active; 10 minutes inactive
  • Difficulty: Moderate
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Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. In a double boiler (or a heat-proof glass measuring cup placed in a saucepan of water), heat the beeswax pellets and shea butter together.
  2. Once melted, add honey and coconut oil until melted again. Then add almond oil and vitamin E oil. Remove from heat and stir until all combined.
  3. Allow to cool for 10 minutes.
  4. Add aloe vera gel and whisk for 2 minutes to combine. Add bentonite clay and essential oils and stir in with a plastic spoon or fork.
  5. Note: Do not use metal utensils after adding the bentonite clay, as they will decrease the clay’s effectiveness.
  6. Pour into lotion bottles or salve jars.
  7. To use, rub antiwrinkle cream on face after removing makeup.

*Shea butter contains latex (a natural rubber). If you are allergic or sensitive to latex, do a skin patch test before making this recipe with shea butter.

Oatmeal Shower Scrub Bags

Do you like the moisturizing effects of an oatmeal bath, but don’t like having all that oatmeal in your bathtub? These Oatmeal Shower Scrub Bags are the solution! Simply rub the bag over your skin when you shower, bathe, or wash your hands. The oats moisturize, the soap cleans, the lavender soothes and scents, and the organza bag gives a gentle exfoliation. Scrub bags make great gifts for friends, family, or essential oil class members. In fact, this recipe is a fantastic make-and-take class idea!

Oatmeal Shower Scrub Bags

  • Servings: 18–20 bags
  • Time: 5–10 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1/4–1/2 cup unscented, grated bar soap (or add a little liquid soap to bag right before using)
  • 15 drops lavender essential oil
  • 20 small organza bags

Instructions:

  1. Mix ingredients in a glass bowl.
  2. Add about 2 Tbsp. of the mixture to each organza bag or until about 3/4 full.
  3. To use, wet the bag with water before massaging it over your skin in circular motions. Rinse well with water.

Salsa Verde, Honey Lime Chicken Tacos

These chicken tacos are incredibly delicious and easy to make! Everyone will want to know what’s cooking when they smell the aromas coming from your slow cooker! The flavors are delightfully enhanced by the addition of cumin and lime essential oils.

Salsa Verde, Honey Lime Chicken Tacos

  • Servings: 6–8
  • Time: 15–20 minutes active; 3–8 hours inactive
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 2 cups salsa verde
  • 2 tsp. taco seasoning
  • 4–5 chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 4 drops lime essential oil
  • 1 drop cumin essential oil

Additional Ingredients:

  • Corn or flour tortillas, warmed
  • Shredded cheese
  • Sliced avocado
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Shredded Lettuce
  • Cilantro leaves
  • Red onion slices

Instructions:

  1. Stir together honey, lime juice, salsa verde, and taco seasoning. Add a little of the sauce to the slow cooker (enough to coat the bottom). Place chicken breasts in the slow cooker and top with the remaining sauce. Cover, and cook on low for 6–8 hours or on high for 3–4 hours.
  2. When the chicken is cooked, shred between 2 forks. Stir together the chicken, sauce, sour cream, and essential oils. Keep on the warm setting until ready to eat.
  3. When ready to serve, fill tortillas with chicken and additional toppings. Enjoy immediately!


Homemade Essential Oil Dilution Sticks

While some essential oils can be used “neat” (without dilution), many do require dilution, especially when used on children, pregnant women, or people with sensitive skin. The most common way to dilute essential oils is to mix them with fractionated coconut oil. Sometimes this can get a little messy—especially when you’re on-the-go or applying oils to a wiggly child. We found a dilution solution by creating a thickened blend of carrier oils stored in a twist-up container: a dilution stick. This stick contains a formula of carrier oils that are good for sensitive skin and will remain solid at room temperature.

Our dilution stick recipe does not contain essential oils, so it can be used with any essential oil you need at the time. To use the stick, simply twist it up and rub it onto your skin before (or after) applying your essential oils.

If you have a favorite essential oil that you use frequently, you can also add it to the melted liquid before pouring the mixture into your containers. Or you can add the essential oil after pouring the carrier oil mixture into each container. Just be sure to stir the essential oil in with a toothpick or bamboo skewer before the mixture cools. A good dilution ratio is 1–2 drops per .15 oz. (4.25 g) of carrier oil mixture, or the following:

If you love this idea but don’t want to make it, you can always buy the Essential Oil Carrier Oil Stick that is ready to go. A smaller On-The-Go Essential Oil Extender is also available.

The following recipe fills at least 2 dilution sticks—1 large and 1 small. (Or make 1 round one and 2 small ones, or many little ones—any combination of containers totaling 3 oz.) Keep a big one at home and a small one in your purse or travel bag. That way, you’ll always have one when you need it!

Essential Oil Dilution Sticks

  • Servings: Yield=3 oz.
  • Time: 10–15 minutes active; 1 hour inactive
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Place the mango butter and beeswax in a double boiler on the stove over medium-low heat. You can create a double boiler by placing a glass measuring cup (containing the ingredients) in a pan filled with an inch or so of water.
  2. Once the mango butter and beeswax are melted, reduce the heat to low, and add the coconut oil. When the coconut oil is melted, add the sweet almond oil, and remove boiler from heat. Continue stirring until all the oils have melted together.
  3. Make sure your containers are clean and twisted all the way down. Pour the oil into your containers, and allow them to cool. You can place them in the refrigerator to speed up the cooling process.
  4. To use, rub the stick over the skin before applying essential oils.

NOTES:

Other twist-up containers also work, including our Round Twist Tube (2.2 oz/63.4 g) and our Lip Balm Dispensing Tubes (.15 oz/4.25 g). When choosing containers for this recipe, just use as many containers as needed to hold a total of 3 oz.

*Shea butter contains latex (a natural rubber). If you are allergic or sensitive to latex, do a skin patch test before making this recipe with shea butter.

Spring Rain Diffuser Blend

Spring is here, and it often comes with lots of rain. Try diffusing this blend when you’re stuck inside during stormy days! If you need a diffuser, you can find many new styles at aromatools.com.