Decongestant Shower Vapor Disks

Spring rain can bring with it a lot of congestion; whether it’s from seasonal allergies or catching a cold, we all tend to get a little stuffed up this time of year. A common method of relieving congestion is taking a hot, steamy shower—so why not double the benefits by combining your hot shower with these eucalyptus vapor disks? These vapor disks can do wonders to break up congestion and clear your airways. Just place one on the floor of the shower, and breathe in the aroma with the steam. You’ll be feeling better in no time!

Decongestant Shower Vapor Disks

  • Servings: Yield=8 disks
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

  • 1 1/2 cups (300 g) baking soda
  • 1/3–1/2 cup (75–125 ml) water
  • 8 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 5 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 3 drops lavender essential oil
  • 3 drops rosemary essential oil
  • Food coloring (optional)
  • Muffin liners or silicone mold

Instructions:

  1. In a bowl, add water to the baking soda until the mixture forms a thick paste.
  2. Add essential oils, and stir.
  3. If desired, mix in 1–2 drops food coloring.
  4. Line a muffin tin with the muffin liners, or use a silicone mold.
  5. Spoon the paste into the liners until it’s about 1/2″ (1 cm) thick.
  6. Allow the disks to solidify for 24 hours before removing from the liners.
  7. While taking a hot shower, place the disk on the ground by your feet, and breathe in the aroma with the steam to clear your airways.

If the disks feel too wet, allow them to dry longer before using.

You can also bake the disks at 350°F (175°C) for 15–20 minutes to harden them faster.

It can be hard to get the ratio of water and baking soda perfect, but don’t worry—even if the disks crumble, they will still do their job. Just scatter the crumbles on the floor of the shower, and breathe in deep!

“Essentially You” Shampoo & Conditioner

Customized hair care is a booming business on the internet. Just how is it done? Basically, an online quiz—about hair type and health, desired care outcomes, and perhaps lifestyle and environment—determines each individual’s formulas. Naturally, these personalized products are much more expensive than drugstore or even salon brands. But you can drastically cut hair care costs and still customize your own safe, natural products with organic carrier oils and pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils.

Use “Essentially You” shampoo and conditioner for daily or routine care. (The shampoo also doubles as a body wash!) For intensive moisturizing, do an occasional hair mask with our hair conditioning serum. All of these recipes take no more than 5 minutes to make!
For more information on essential oils for hair care and hair conditions, see the 9th editions of Modern Essentials and the Modern Essentials Handbook under “My Usage Guide: Hair.”

The castile soap in the shampoo acts as a mild cleanser, while the vegetable glycerin is a non-greasy moisturizer and humectant (meaning it helps your hair retain moisture).

Essentially You Shampoo

  • Servings: Yield=8 oz. (250 ml)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

Instructions:

  1. Add all ingredients to the bottle in the order listed.
  2. Shake until thoroughly mixed.
  3. Squeeze a small amount into the palm of your hand, and work through wet hair.
  4. Rinse with warm water.
  5. Repeat, if desired.

Essentially You Conditioner

  • Servings: Yield=8 oz. (250 ml)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

Instructions:

  1. Mix ingredients in the 8 oz. spray bottle.
  2. Shake bottle before each use.
  3. Spray throughout layers of hair.
  4. Leave in for 5 minutes for essential oils to penetrate hair shaft and follicles.
  5. Rinse with warm water.

*Custom Carrier Oils

Balancing oil production (all hair types): Sweet Almond Oil, Jojoba Oil
Controlling dandruff: Sunflower Oil, Shea Oil (contains latex)
Moisturizing: Olive Oil, Sunflower Oil, Shea Oil
Softening and conditioning: Sweet Almond Oil, Fractionated Coconut Oil

**Custom Essential Oils

All hair types: rosemary, lavender
Beard hair: rosemary, lemon
Children’s hair: lavender
Dandruff: lavender, wintergreen
Dry hair: geranium, sandalwood, lavender
Dull hair (improve shine): Roman chamomile, lavender
Fragile hair (strengthen): clary sage, lavender, thyme
Itchy scalp: peppermint
Oily hair: basil, cypress, thyme, lemon, rosemary, petitgrain
Thinning hair (stimulate growth): rosemary, lavender, thyme, ylang ylang (also clary sage for estrogen balance)

Blending Essential Oils for Hair Care

Here are some oils you can pair with our recommendations for great-smelling combinations:
Basil: cypress, geranium, lavender, peppermint
Clary sage: lemon, petitgrain, cypress, geranium, sandalwood
Lavender: most oils (especially citrus), clary sage, geranium
Lemon: geranium, peppermint, sandalwood, ylang ylang
Peppermint: basil, cypress, lavender, lemon, rosemary
Petitgrain: clary sage, geranium, lavender, rosemary
Roman chamomile: lavender, geranium, clary sage
Rosemary: basil, lavender, peppermint
Sandalwood: cypress, lemon, ylang ylang
Thyme: rosemary
Wintergreen: basil, cypress, geranium, lavender, peppermint

Now go do personalized hair care like a pro!

Skin Clarity Roll-On

This roll-on blend is great for your skin! It cleans the pores while softening the skin. Melaleuca essential oil is great for dermatitis, eczema, and cleansing. Lavender oil is good for dry and sensitive skin, rashes, and stress. Juniper berry is great for acne and dermatitis or eczema. Combined, these oils make up a great remedy for all your facial needs!

Skin Clarity Roll-On

  • Servings: Yield=2 tsp. (10 ml)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

Instructions:

  1. Drop the essential oils into the roll-on bottle.
  2. Fill the remainder of the bottle with a carrier oil. We suggest fractionated coconut oil, jojoba oil, or sweet almond oil.
  3. Shake to combine.
  4. To use, roll on the face and neck after removing your makeup for the night. Use your hands to lightly massage into the skin if necessary. You can also apply this blend to treat individual blemishes rather than the entire face, if desired.

Essential Oil Saltwater Mouthwash

Saltwater makes a great mouthwash because the it alkalizes the mouth, creating an environment that stops the growth of bacteria. Additionally, saltwater is astringent and speeds wound healing by reducing inflammation and contracting the tissues. We included essential oils in our saltwater mouthwash because their antibacterial properties kill the existing bacteria and help freshen the breath.

Some good oils to use in a mouthwash include peppermint, melaleuca, orange, cinnamon, clove, lemon, myrrh, or an antibacterial blend. Try using a single oil or mixing a couple to create your own custom blend! Though you don’t often see myrrh used in mouthwash, myrrh essential oil is actually a great oil to use in oral care because it is said to help with sore throats, mouth ulcers, gingivitis, gum disease, and wounds.

This mouthwash is great to use on a daily basis or even just when your mouth needs a little help healing from mouth wounds or conditions.

Saltwater Mouthwash

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

Instructions:

  1. Stir salt into the warm water until dissolved. Let cool.
  2. Pour essential oils and essential oil emulsifier into the 8 oz. glass bottle. When the saltwater is cool, add it to the bottle, screw the lid on, and shake to combine.
  3. To use, shake first, pour a little into a shot glass (about 1/2 a shot glass), and then pour the liquid into your mouth. Swish and gargle for 30 seconds. Swallow or spit as desired.

Extra Idea:

  • Place a little of the mixture into a shot glass, and soak your floss or flosser before using it to floss your teeth for help in cleaning the hard-to-access areas.

Gentle Makeup Remover Pads

These days, you never know what ingredients are in your cosmetic products. Women can spend a lot of money and time trying to find an organic makeup remover, having no idea if it will actually work. No worries—we’ve made one up using the oils you love!

These makeup remover pads are great for your skin! The castile soap serves as a cleansing agent to clean your pores, while the avocado oil softens your skin, and the witch hazel works as a toner to close your pores. The properties of lavender essential oil soothe your skin while helping your body to relax, relieving your mind of stress and anxiety. All around, this is a great product for your skin!

Gentle Makeup Remover Pads

  • Servings: 40–50
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (250 ml) natural spring water
  • 2 tsp. (10 ml) Castile Soap
  • 2 tsp. (10 ml) Witch Hazel
  • 2 tsp. (10 ml) Avocado Oil
  • 20 drops lavender essential oil
  • Cotton pads
  • Pint-sized mason jar

Instructions:

  1. Fill the mason jar 3/4 full with cotton pads.
  2. In a separate dish, combine the water, castile soap, witch hazel, avocado oil, and lavender oil.
  3. Pour the mixture into the mason jar over the pads, allowing it to soak in.
  4. Gently rub the pad over your face to remove the makeup.
  5. Store with the lid closed.

Essential Oil Spotlight: Jasmine


Jasmine essential oil (Jasminum officinale) is extracted from the flowers through absolute extraction. This oil is commonly known for its powerful, sweet, tenacious, and floral aroma with fruity-herbaceous undertones. Jasmine is known in India as the “queen of the night” and “moonlight of the grove”; women have treasured jasmine for centuries for its beautiful, aphrodisiac-like fragrance.

Jasmine is commonly used for hoarse voice, pink eye, and sensitive skin. Other possible uses for this oil include conjunctivitis, coughs, dysentery, eczema (when caused by emotions), labor pains, menstrual pains and problems, muscle spasms, pain relief, sex, skin care, and uterine disorders. This essential oil has anticatarrhal, antidepressant, and antispasmodic health properties; it can affect emotional balance and the hormonal system.

Jasmine has incredible emotional properties because it can penetrate the deepest layers of the soul, opening doors to our emotions. It can encourage feelings of confidence, energy, euphoria, and optimism—all while reducing anxiety, apathy, depression, indifference, listlessness, and relationship dilemmas. When used as a cologne or perfume, jasmine increases feelings of attractiveness.

Applications of Jasmine Essential Oil and Safety Data:

Topical Application: This oil can be applied directly to your skin without dilution. Apply to area of concern or to reflex points.
Aromatic Application: You can diffuse or inhale the aroma directly. Jasmine is uplifting to the emotions and may help increase intuitive powers and wisdom. It may also help to promote powerful, inspirational relationships.
Internal Application: Jasmine is recognized as safe for internal use by the FDA. Dilute 1 drop of oil in 1 tsp. (5 ml) honey or in 1/2 cup (125 ml) of beverage.
Safety Data: This oil is not to be used internally on children under 6 years old and should be used with caution and in greater dilution for children over 6 years old.

Ways to Use Jasmine Essential Oil:

1. Massage Oil
Jasmine essential oil is wonderful for massages because of its ability to balance the emotions while energizing the body and awakening one’s sensuality. Combine the oils of your massage blend together, and lightly massage into your skin. If desired, you can place these massage blends in a 10 ml roll-on bottle for daily use.

Aphrodisiac Massage Oil
2 tsp. (10 ml) Jojoba Oil
4 drops ylang ylang
3 drops jasmine
2 drops tangerine
2 drops sandalwood
Soothing Skin Oil
3 drops jasmine
2 drops lavender
2 drops Roman chamomile
2 tsp. (10 ml) Fractionated
Coconut Oil

2. Bath
Baths are a great way to relax and rejuvenate. Try some of these bath blends to spice up your routine.

Romance Bath Oil
1/4 cup (50 ml) Castile Soap
4 drops ylang ylang essential oil
4 drops frankincense essential oil
4 drops jasmine essential oil
4 drops sandalwood essential oil
4 drops rose essential oil
Combine the oils with the castile soap in a small dish. Pour some of this solution under the running bathwater. Stir the water around with your hand to allow the mixture to spread evenly; enjoy!
Body Scrub
1/4 cup (50 ml) Jojoba Oil
1/4 cup (50 ml) Castile Soap
1/2 cup (100 g) sea salt
5 drops orange essential oil
4 drops sandalwood essential oil
3 drops jasmine essential oil
8 oz. plastic bottle
Combine all ingredients in a bowl, and mix thoroughly. Pour mixture into the plastic bottle. To use, squirt some into your hand, and massage over body to exfoliate and moisturize. Rinse off thoroughly.
Silky Smooth Bath Oil
8 drops jasmine essential oil
8 drops fennel essential oil
2 Tbsp. (25 ml) Fractionated Coconut Oil or Jojoba Oil
Combine all oils in the palm of your hand, using your finger to stir them together. Add the oils to a warm running bath. Using your hand, stir the water around to combine thoroughly.

3. Perfume
Jasmine has strong aromatic influences to enhance the emotions and increase one’s feelings of attractiveness. Try some of these perfume blends, and see which fits you best. Place the essential oils in a 10 ml roll-on bottle, and fill the remainder with your favorite carrier oil (approximately 2 tsp./10 ml). Apply the perfume to your neck and wrists.

Emotional Balance
4 drops jasmine
4 drops orange
3 drops sandalwood
Love Potion
3 drops jasmine
3 drops sandalwood
1 drop geranium
1 drop orange
1 drop ylang ylang
White Roses
4 drops rose
3 drops jasmine
1 drop patchouli

4. Diffuse
The sweet, floral scent of jasmine leaves an amazing aroma in your house—not to mention the great uplifting health properties! Try out some of these diffuser blends to experience the benefits of jasmine today.

Sources:
Modern Essentials™: The Complete Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, 9th Edition, pp. 77–78.
Aromatherapy Blends & Remedies by Franzesca Watson
Organic Beauty with Essential Oil by Rebecca Park Totilo

Mint Grapefruit Sugar Scrub

This sugar scrub is a great way to exfoliate and moisturize your skin while enjoying the added benefits of essential oils and coconut oil. Sugar scrubs are especially effective for areas with sensitive skin, such as your face and lips. The added properties of grapefruit and peppermint essential oils give a nice cooling effect, while also helping to relieve stress. If you are looking for a new way to pamper your skin, this scrub is a great place to start!


Mint Grapefruit Sugar Scrub

  • Servings: Yield=4 oz. (125 ml)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (100 g) Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 cup (100 g) white sugar
  • Zest of 1 grapefruit
  • 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) grapefruit juice
  • 10 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 25–30 drops grapefruit essential oil
  • 1/4 tsp. (1 ml) beet juice or 1 tsp. (5 ml) raspberry juice (optional for color)
  • 4 oz. Glass Salve Jar

Instructions:

  1. Using a hand mixer, mix the sugar and coconut oil together on low speed until it forms a thick paste.
  2. Add grapefruit zest and juice, essential oils, and beet or raspberry juice (if desired), and mix again on low speed until combined.
  3. Turn the mixer to medium speed, and mix until the scrub is fluffy and well blended.
  4. Fill the glass jar with the sugar scrub, and store in the refrigerator.
  5. To use, take a small amount and gently rub onto the desired location. Rinse off.

Notes:

  • This scrub is better when used in the morning, rather than at night, due to the properties of grapefruit and peppermint and the way they energize and help wake up the mind.
  • Avoid contact with eyes.

Essential Oil Spotlight: Rosemary

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) essential oil is steam-distilled from the flowering rosemary plant. It is known for its herbaceous, strong, camphoraceous odor, with woody-balsamic and evergreen undertones. The aroma of rosemary can stimulate memory and open the conscious mind.

Historically, the rosemary plant was regarded as sacred by many civilizations and was used to protect against infectious diseases. Today, rosemary essential oil is most commonly used for addictions (alcohol), arthritis, cancer, cellulite, constipation, diabetes, fainting, flu (influenza), inflammation, lice, low blood pressure, sinusitis, and vaginal infections.

Rosemary affects the immune, respiratory, and nervous systems and contains the following health properties: analgesic, antibacterial, anticancer, anticatarrhal, antifungal, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and expectorant.

Other possible uses of rosemary essential oil include bronchitis, colds, nervous exhaustion, immune system (stimulate), preventing respiratory infections, and stress-related illnesses.

Applications of Rosemary Essential Oil and Safety Data

Topical Application: Rosemary essential oil can be applied neat (with no dilution), or dilute 1:1 (1 drop essential oil to 1 drop carrier oil) for children and those with sensitive skin.
Aromatic Application: Diffuse, or inhale aroma directly. The aroma of rosemary stimulates memory and opens the conscious mind.
Internal Application: Take in capsules, or place 1–2 drops under the tongue. Rosemary can also be used as a flavoring in cooking.
Safety Data: Avoid using rosemary during pregnancy. Not for use by people with epilepsy. Avoid if dealing with high blood pressure. Not to be used internally for children under 6 years old; use with caution and greater dilution for children 6 years old and over.

5 Ways to Use Rosemary Essential Oil

1. Diffuser Blends
With the incredible properties of rosemary essential oil, you can’t resist trying it in this “Study Buddy” diffuser blend to aid you in your studies or whenever you need a mental boost. Also try some of these other blends with rosemary to enhance your life!

2. Roll-ons
Rosemary is extremely valuable when it comes to roll-ons. These great roll-on blends are sure to help with constipation and joint soreness. Just add these oils to a 5 ml roll-on bottle, and fill the remainder of the bottle with fractionated coconut oil or another carrier oil of your choice.

Constipation Relief
1 drop rosemary
1 drop lemon
1 drop peppermint
1 tsp. (5ml) Fractionated Coconut Oil
Apply to stomach and back, and gently massage in. This is a 4% dilution, so it is safe to use daily or as needed.
Sore Joint Relief
3 drops eucalyptus
3 drops peppermint
3 drops rosemary
1 tsp. (5ml) Fractionated Coconut Oil
Apply on location, and then apply an ice pack on top. This is a 10% dilution, so it should not be used daily. If you would like to use this roll-on daily, add the same amount of essential oils to 2 tsp. (10 ml) of fractionated coconut oil in a 10 ml roll-on bottle.

3. Bath
Baths have always been regarded as a simple way to relax, calm nerves, and energize the body. Try some of these easy bath ideas using rosemary essential oil for a nice pick-me-up. Just combine the ingredients, and dissolve 1/2 cup (120 g) of salt mixture under the running tap for a soothing warm bath.

Hangover Pick-Me-Up
5 drops grapefruit
2 drops rosemary
1 drop juniper berry
1 cup (240 g) Epsom Salt
Good Morning Bath
2 drops lemon
2 drops lavender
2 drops rosemary
1/2 cup (120 g) Epsom Salt

4. Massage
Massage is a great way to use rosemary because of its anti-inflammatory properties and how it affects the nervous system. Try this massage blend for a soothing and stress-relieving massage.

Stress-Release Massage Oil
1 Tbsp. (15 ml) Sweet Almond Oil
3 drops bergamot
2 drops rosemary

5. Cooking
Rosemary is a popular flavor, and the herb can be easily substituted with essential oil for the same rich flavor. Start by dipping a toothpick in the oil and stirring that into your food, and add more until you achieve the desired flavor. Here are some delicious recipes for you to try using rosemary essential oil:

Sources:
Modern Essentials™: The Complete Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, 9th Edition, pp. 94–95.
Organic Beauty with Essential Oil by Rebecca Park Totilo

Essential Oil Salt Scrub

These cute little salt scrubs make a great gift for anyone in your life that deserves a little extra pampering! Salt scrubs can be very relaxing, and provide great exfoliating benefits to the skin, while soothing the surrounding muscles and tissues. With the recipe below, you can customize the oils you use to fit the needs of the recipient. You can also embellish this scrub with a little citrus zest, dried herbs, or powdered spices to up the wow factor. And speaking of wow—don’t forget to add one of the sweet salt scrub labels pictured below to your jar!

Salt Scrub

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

Instructions:

  1. Apply the label to the side of the 4 oz. salve jar. For instructions on applying vinyl labels, click here.
  2. Once your vinyl label is secure, place the salt scrub ingredients in order into the 4 oz. salve jar, screw the lid on and shake to combine.
  3. Lightly scrub the desired location with the salt for a relaxing and exfoliating experience.

Note:

  • Because salt can irritate wounds, avoid using this scrub near open cuts or sores.

Essential Oil Suggestions:

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

Holiday Gift Guide and Refreshing Shampoo

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

Refreshing Peppermint Rosemary Shampoo

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

Instructions:

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