BlenderBottle® Homemade Raspberry Ice Cream

Don’t have an ice cream maker? Try making ice cream in a BlenderBottle®! It’s a fun activity for a family or small group. Just throw the ingredients in, take turns shaking it up until it gets thick, then freeze until solid and ready to eat. The ball whisk gives it a great texture and makes the mixing part easier. If you have a larger group, you can put your mixture in a few different pint- or quart-sized mason jars and move the ball whisk from one jar to the next until all jars have been shaken and frozen.

BlenderBottle® Homemade Raspberry Ice Cream

  • Servings: 2–3
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

  • 1 cup (240 ml) heavy whipping cream
  • 1–2 Tbsp. (15–30 ml) sugar or maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. (5 ml) vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (60 g) raspberries
  • 1 drop lime essential oil (Lemon or peppermint essential oil would also taste great!)
  • BlenderBottle® with Ball Whisk

Instructions:

  1. Place cream, sugar/maple syrup, and vanilla in a BlenderBottle®. Shake until the mixture thickens and doubles in size.
  2. Place raspberries and lime essential oil in a glass bowl. Smash and mix them with a fork. Add the raspberry-lime mixture to the BlenderBottle®, and continue shaking until well combined.
  3. Remove the ball whisk, and freeze for at least 3 hours or until solid.
  4. Warm a spoon under hot water, scoop out your ice cream, and enjoy!

EO Life Hack: Teething Baby?

It’s no fun when teeth are coming in…for the baby or the parents. How can you help numb the pain and calm the baby down? Use essential oils!

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Just Add Oils to Your Back-to-School Tools (Including 7 Diffuser Blends)

Summer is almost over, and the school year is about to start. As you start gathering your pencils, notebooks, textbooks, and other school supplies, consider gathering some aromatherapy supplies as well. Essential oils can be very beneficial for students and teachers and can enhance the learning experience. In fact, studies have shown that essential oils can help increase memory, enhance concentration, promote calmness, boost energy, and fight bugs.
Even just smelling the scent of an essential oil can affect emotions and improve mental clarity. One study showed that “when essential oils are diffused while studying and smelled during a test, test scores may increase by as much as 50%. Different essential oils should be used for different tests, but the same essential oil should be used during the test as was used while studying for that particular test. The smell of the essential oil may help bring back the memory of what was studied.”

Modern Essentials lists the following oils to help with memory: rosemary, peppermint, frankincense, basil, clove, lemon, juniper berry, cedarwood, ginger, grapefruit, lime, bergamot, rose, dill, lavender, lemongrass, and petitgrain.

Want to give it a try? Here’s how: pick a single oil or an oil blend to inhale while you are studying for your test or attending class. You could even label the oil(s) you choose with a class subject. Every time you study that subject, diffuse those oils or place them in a nasal inhaler and periodically breathe in the scent as you study. During the test, pull out the nasal inhaler again and breathe the scent again when you need a little memory boost.
Nasal inhalers make it easy to take the scent of oils with you wherever you go. They even allow you to breathe in the scent without making others around you smell the oil as well. We’ve created 7 essential oil diffuser blends that can also be used in nasal inhalers. Simply drop the oils on the wick; then insert the wick into the inhaler, and push the base in to close it. Place the inhaler close to your nose, and inhale the aroma.

Each of the following diffuser blend recipes can be doubled and placed in a nasal inhaler:

Morning Sunshine:
2 drops orange
2 drops peppermint
2 drops lime
Calm Down:
4 drops lavender
2 drops Roman chamomile
2 drops cedarwood
Afternoon Energy Boost:
3 drops peppermint
2 drops rosemary
2 drops grapefruit
Anxiety Helper:
4 drops lavender
2 drops lemon
2 drops ylang ylang
Mental Clarity:
3 drops lemon
1 drop basil
1 drop rosemary
1 drop frankincense
Smarty Pants:
3 drops peppermint
2 drops basil
Study and Testing Time:
3 drops peppermint
3 drops rosemary
2 drops lemon

Another alternative to nasal inhalers are Whispi® diffusers. You can also make the above blends in a small bottle, then put 1–2 drops of the blend on aromatherapy jewelry. A key chain case is a great way to store and transport your oils—it even has a carabiner to attach to your backpack.

Want to learn more? We’ve put together several other posts on how essential oils can be useful at school. Follow the links below to see these helpful hints:
Backpack Essentials for Students
Backpack Essentials for Teachers
Back to School Tip #1: Stinky Locker?
Back to School Tip #2: School Lunch?
Back to School Tip #3: Multiple Choice?
Back to School Tip #4: First-Period Chemistry?
Better Focus Diffuser Blend

How do you use essential oils at school? What essential oil tools do you use to enhance learning? We’d love to hear your experiences!

Hunting Scent-Masking Spray

If you are a big hunter, you probably know that deer (and other game) have a stronger sense of smell than humans. In fact, a deer’s sense of smell is even greater than a dog’s sense of smell. So if you plan on hunting this season, give this scent-masking spray a try. This spray works best if you use an odorless carrier oil (such as fractionated coconut oil or jojoba oil) and essential oils from plants that naturally grow in the area you will be in.

Hunting Scent-Masking Spray

  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

Instructions:

  1. Place essential oils and carrier oil in the spray bottle. Screw the lid on tight, and shake to combine. Let sit overnight to allow the essential oils to infuse the carrier oil.
  2. To use, spray all over skin, hair, clothes, etc., and rub in as much as possible. Reapply as necessary. It also never hurts to stay downwind of your game.

Essential Oil Recommendations:

Cedarwood, fir, pine, spruce, cypress, vetiver, juniper berry, anise, and fennel (anise attracts deer, and fennel has a similar scent to anise) or other woody-scented oils. Choose scents that are common to the area.

Notes:

  • The oils in this spray may stain clothing.
  • Because this spray is all oil, the trigger spray tops tend to work better than the misting spray tops.

Whipped & Flavored Coconut Butter for Sweet or Savory Dishes

Essential oil–flavored butter can be used for so many different things! Just think of the possibilities! Try a cinnamon-ginger-maple combination atop pumpkin pancakes. Or try lemon or orange butter for muffins or sweet breads. Maybe a cilantro-lime combination on your corn? Or sauté your vegetables in an Italian-flavored butter. Be daring and turn a sweet lavender butter into buttercream frosting to top your lemon cupcakes!

This recipe combines coconut oil and butter together for a healthier oil that has a higher smoke point than butter alone, so it really can be used on whatever you desire!

Whipped & Flavored Coconut Butter

  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

  • 1/2 cup (96 g) coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup (113 g) butter, softened
  • Honey or maple syrup, to taste (for sweet butter)
  • 1–3 drops essential oil (see suggestions below)

Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Using a hand mixer, whisk until creamy. Note: if your coconut oil is too soft, you can whisk the ingredients together a little, then place in the fridge for 5–10 minutes before whisking it again.
  2. Start with just a drop (or a toothpick dip) of your chosen essential oil, whisk, and taste before adding more.
    You can combine essential oil flavors as desired, but keep adding to taste. It is easy to add too much essential oil (but you can always use that butter in cooking if it gets too strong for your taste).
  3. Store butter on the counter in an airtight glass container (a mason jar works great!).

Flavor Variations:

Sweet Coconut Butter Flavors: orange, lemon, lime, lavender, cardamom, cinnamon, cassia, ginger, lemon, etc.
Savory Coconut Butter Flavors: basil, rosemary, thyme, dill, cilantro-lime, Italian blend, lemon, etc.

Extra Ideas:

  • The sweet butters taste really good on sweet breads like banana bread, zucchini bread, pumpkin bread, french toast, pancakes, muffins, french bread, or regular toasted bread.
  • You can use the sweet butter as a base for buttercream frosting—after flavoring the butter, just add powdered sugar until it becomes your desired frosting texture.
  • Try adding your flavored butter to freshly popped popcorn for a unique taste!
  • The savory butters taste great on toast, corn, baked potatoes, and vegetables or added to savory dishes.
  • Try adding a savory flavored butter to your sauté pan before adding any vegetables or meats.
  • Try coating your grilled cheese sandwich with a savory flavored butter before toasting.
  • Try using your flavored butter in baked goods to add another flavor dimension.

Class Idea: Essential Oil Crossword Puzzle

When teaching any subject, adding an element of fun helps the information stick. This crossword puzzle is designed to help cover several basic terms and definitions so your attendees aren’t lost when you teach your lesson about essential oils.

We suggest pairing this game with the “Introduction to Modern Essentials” booklet so your students have the answers at their fingertips. Plus, you can use this booklet as the “textbook” for your class! It also makes a great take-home gift—especially for newbies.

5 Ways to Use This Game in Your Classes

1. The Icebreaker: Before the actual class starts, group your attendees in twos or threes to work on the crossword puzzle together. This helps get them talking with each other, which makes everyone feel more comfortable and will help participation later in the class. We like the idea of starting the class with this game because it teaches basic terms and definitions to people who have no knowledge or experience with essential oils.

2. The Attention Grabber: If you are teaching an essential oil introductory class, you can use this puzzle to help teach these basic terms and definitions. Start out with everyone completing the crossword puzzle, and then cover any other terms or definitions you feel are important to understand so your attendees aren’t confused when you start throwing out EO terminology as you teach.

3. The Intermission Activity: If you have a lot of material to cover, it always helps to provide breaks to allow your attendees to process the information they’re learning. Bathroom breaks, water breaks, and refreshment breaks are all great, but sometimes having fun goes a long way in boosting the energy in your class! To increase participation in your game, try making it into a contest: “First one to finish gets a prize!” or “Bring your finished crossword puzzle to the front to be entered into a drawing.”

4. The Pop Quiz: When teaching an introductory essential oils class, you’ll cover many of these terms and definitions. Use this puzzle to test your participants’ knowledge of what was just covered. This can even be fun in an advanced essential oil class. Sometimes, even the experts need to be reminded of the basics!

5. The Final Test: Yes, this is similar to the pop quiz, but you can also use this puzzle at the end of any essential oil class. If you plan on giving your attendees a copy of “Introduction to Modern Essentials” at the end of your class, consider giving them this crossword puzzle as well to get them looking through the booklet. Just like the “Intro to Modern Essentials” Scavenger Hunt Activity, getting your attendees to look through the “Introduction to Modern Essentials” booklet and find the answers to the questions on the puzzle will show them all the possibilities of essential oils and may increase the likelihood of them trying (or even purchasing) essential oils. And if you want your attendees to do the “Final Test” before leaving, maybe allow a few minutes to finish it before starting your Q & A session or opening up the refreshments table.

Download the PDF file of the crossword puzzle here.
Download the answer key here.

Do you have any other ideas for using this crossword puzzle in your essential oil classes? Have you tried using it in your class? We’d love to hear your ideas or experiences!

Raspberry Lemon Popsicles

Cool off this summer with these delicious and refreshing popsicles! These treats are vegan and loaded with good fruit, healthy fats, and non-dairy milk, with the added benefit of lemon essential oil.

Raspberry Lemon Popsicles

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

  • 1 cup (130 g) raspberries
  • 1 banana
  • 2 Tbsp. (24 g) coconut oil (optional)
  • 2/3 cup (160 ml) coconut milk or almond milk
  • 1 drop lemon 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.

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.