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.
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.
Once the beeswax is melted, add the coconut oil. Remove from heat when melted, and add the melaleuca, frankincense, and lavender essential oils.
Slowly add witch hazel to the mixture, using a hand blender to combine. Blend on high for a few seconds until well incorporated.
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.
Making your own breath mints is pretty easy; plus, you get to add the wonderful benefits of essential oils to them! Also, if you are looking for something to give away for Valentine’s Day, these make cute (and practical!) gifts for anyone.
The hardest part of this recipe is getting the mints all cut out. So, if you don’t have kids that can help, try cutting out squares with a sharp knife instead to make the process faster. We used tiny metal “clay cutters” from a craft store that come in a variety of shapes (including a small heart). You can also use a 1″ (2.5 cm) piece of straw for tiny circles.
Some essential oils we used that taste fantastic as breath mints are peppermint, cinnamon, spearmint, and fennel. Other oils that may taste good are ginger, orange, lemon, or lime. If you want to make the mints sour, you can add a little citric acid to the gum paste and dust with citric acid instead of the powdered sugar.
This recipe may seem super unhealthy, but keep in mind that you aren’t eating more than 1 or 2 small pieces at a time. In other words, even though these taste amazing, they are breath mints and are meant to be eaten in very small doses.
1 1/2 cups (170 g) powdered sugar + more if needed to get the right consistency
Food coloring (optional)
Essential oils such as peppermint, cinnamon, spearmint, fennel, ginger, orange, lemon, or lime
Powdered sugar (or citric acid for sour flavors)
Put the water in a double boiler. (You can create a double boiler by placing a glass bowl or measuring cup over a pan holding an inch of simmering water.)
Sprinkle the gelatin powder over the water. Let sit for 5 minutes or until it starts to look foamy.
Stir in the corn syrup, and warm on the stove over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the mixture turns clear.
Stir in 1 1/2 cups (170 g) powdered sugar. Continue adding sugar little by little and kneading with your hands just until it doesn’t stick so much to your fingers.
Once the texture is soft and stretchy, your gum paste is ready.
Divide the mixture into 2–3 equal portions. Knead the first portion with your hands until it becomes soft and pliable. Wrap the other portions in plastic wrap to keep them soft until you are ready to work with them.
Add food coloring if desired (3–4 drops is usually sufficient), and knead until the color is well blended into the dough. (Note: To make sure both the food coloring and the essential oil or blend stay in the dough and don’t drip off, create a well in the top of the piece of dough with your finger, drop the coloring or oil in the well, fold the dough so it closes over the well opening, and then continue to knead the dough as normal.)
Add 3–4 drops of your desired essential oil for a mild flavor or 5–8 drops of essential oil for a stronger flavor. We recommend starting with 3–4 drops, tasting a small piece, and adding more essential oil if needed.
Once the color and flavor are as desired, sprinkle a little powdered sugar on a clean surface. Use a rolling pin to roll the dough out on the powdered sugar to a little more than 1/8″ (3 mm) thick.
Cut out your mints using a straw (for circles), a sharp knife (for small squares), or another small shape. We used a mini clay cutter for our small heart and flower shapes.
As you cut out your mints, dust them with a little powdered sugar so they don’t stick together.
Leave the mints exposed to air until they become hard (about 48 hours); then store them in your desired container.
Simply exfoliating your skin can be so refreshing and leave you feeling pampered. Want to do it every time you shower? Here’s an easy way to do it while you soap up—we call them Sugar Scrubbies.
While you are in the shower and ready to wash up, just grab one of these and rub it all over your body like you would soap. The soap helps get you clean, the sugar helps exfoliate your skin, the coconut oil replenishes moisture, and the essential oils refresh the skin and provide a lovely scent. It’s a great way to pamper yourself while showering!
If you find you like them so much that you want to share them, don’t forget that these Sugar Scrubbies make a great addition to any “pamper yourself” gift!
Put the unscented soap and coconut oil in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat in the microwave for 10-second intervals, stirring in between, until melted (or mostly melted). You can also melt the ingredients on the stove top with a double boiler if you prefer.
Allow soap/oil mixture to cool for a couple minutes before adding in the sugar, essential oils, and any optional additions.
Press the mixture into a silicone mold, muffin tin lined with paper cups, or a glass dish (to cut into cubes).
Let sit in the fridge or freezer to allow mixture to firm up before transferring the Sugar Scrubbies to your PET jars or other airtight containers.
To use, simply rub a Sugar Scrubby over your skin while showering. Rinse off with water.
Autumn Spice: Use brown sugar. Add 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) maple syrup and 5 drops cinnamon essential oil.
Pumpkin Pie: Use brown sugar. Add 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) honey, 1 tsp. (2 g) pumpkin pie spice, and 2 drops cinnamon essential oil.
Peppermint: Use white sugar. Add a drop of red or green food coloring to 1/2 the sugar before mixing with the other ingredients, and add 5 drops peppermint essential oil.
Lemon Rosemary: Use white sugar. Add 3 drops each of lemon and rosemary essential oil. Add 1 tsp. (1 g) lemon zest and 1 tsp. (.5 g) minced rosemary (optional).
Grapefruit Mint: Use white sugar. Add 3 drops grapefruit and 2 drops peppermint essential oil. Add 1 drop red food coloring (optional).
Lavender: Use white sugar. Add 5 drops lavender essential oil. Add 1–2 drops purple food coloring (optional).
Create your own scent! The possibilities are endless.
These Ribbon Christmas Tree Diffusers are simple to make and incredibly adorable! Hang one up in your car as a diffuser, on your Christmas tree as an ornament, or anywhere else you want to decorate and add a little holiday scent. Gifting one of these is also a great way to introduce a friend to essential oils.
Use This Craft in a Make & Take Class
These Ribbon Christmas Tree Diffusers also make a fun make-and-take project at an essential oil class! Just start with a short lesson about essential oils, and then mingle with your guests as they make their own Ribbon Christmas Tree Diffusers.
Here are the items you will need from AromaTools®:
Needles (want to make sure your string can fit through your needles.)
Clear fingernail polish (or other fray-stopping glue)
Essential oils (such as a Christmas blend or a few single essential oils that your guests can make their own blend with)
Depending on the number of people attending your class, you can set this up in the following stations:
Materials Station. This station should include various types of ribbon, rulers or another way to measure out the ribbon, scissors, and a variety of beads (you’ll need small beads to help tie off the string and larger beads to use as the tree trunk). Every ribbon tree requires 2 small beads and 10 larger beads. Make sure to include a list of materials needed.
Ribbon Tree Assembly Station(s). Have markers, rulers, elastic string, scissors, needles, and clear nail polish at this station with instructions for making the Ribbon Trees.
Essential Oil Station. This is where your guests can make their own essential oil spray. You’ll need the 15 ml spray bottles, vegetable glycerin, essential oils, and distilled water with instructions for making the sprays. If you have a holiday-scented essential oil blend, it would be easy to just offer that. If not, you can offer a few single essential oils and recipes for your guests to make their own holiday-scented blend. Here are a couple holiday blends you can try: Holiday Diffuser Blends, Citrus Spice Diffuser Blend, Autumn-Scented Essential Oil Blends.
4–6 drops essential oil (a holiday-scented blend works great!)
Cut a piece of ribbon 19″ (48 cm) long. Use a marker to place a small dot in the center of the ribbon 2″ (5 cm) from one end of the ribbon to mark your starting point. From this point, make additional marks along the ribbon, spacing them apart at these increments: 2 3/4″ (7 cm), 2 1/2″ (6.5 cm), 2 1/4″ (6 cm), 2″ (5.5 cm), 1 3/4″ (5 cm), 1 1/2″ (4.5 cm), 1 1/4″ (4 cm), 1″ (3.5 cm), etc. (the spaces between the marks should gradually get smaller by a 1/4″ [.5 cm] as you move down the ribbon).
Select your beads. You’ll need 2 small beads to secure the ends and 10 larger beads for the “trunk” of the tree.
Cut a piece of thread/string about 30″ (76 cm) long (you’ll need about 10–12″ [25.5–30.5 cm] for the tree and extra for the loop at the top). Thread your needle, and tie the ends of the string together.
Put your needle through the ribbon at the starting point (the mark 2″ [5 cm] from the end), then through a large bead, then through a small bead; continue threading around the small bead, back through the large bead, and back through the ribbon at the same mark. This secures the bottom of the tree. Now put the needle through another large bead, through the ribbon at the next mark, through another large bead, through the ribbon at the 3rd mark, and repeat until all the large beads are gone. After the last bead is threaded, put the needle through the small bead, then around the small bead, back through the large bead, and back through the last mark on the ribbon. Tie a knot, then go back up through the ribbon, large bead, and small bead. Tie another knot a 2–4″ (5–10 cm) above the tree (or however big you want your hanging loop to be), and cut the thread.
Finish by cutting the ribbon ends to where you think it looks good, and apply clear nail polish or glue to the ends to help prevent fraying.
Make an essential oil spray by placing 1/4 tsp. (1.5 ml) vegetable glycerin in the 15 ml bottle. Add 4–6 drops of essential oil. Fill the rest with distilled water, and screw on the spray top. Shake to combine.
To use, spray your essential oil spray on the ribbon tree, and hang wherever you desire. Refresh the scent by spraying the tree again with more of the essential oil spray.
Are you looking for some great essential oil–related gifts to give this holiday season? The AromaTools™ Holiday Gift Guide has a lot of fantastic gift ideas for those who know nothing about essential oils as well as for the people in your life who already use oils!
This season of giving is the perfect time to introduce those you know to the wonderful benefits of essential oils! And, if they already use essential oils, then why not give them something they will be able to use with the oils they already have?
Due to popularity, we brought this idea back from the archives!
Are you looking for an easy gift to give to neighbors and friends this Christmas? Well, this homemade vanilla extract may just be the perfect one! It’s simple to make and very delicious! However, it does take a few months to properly steep, so you might want to start now.
To make this vanilla extract, you only need a few things—vanilla beans, alcohol (such as vodka, rum, or bourbon), glass bottles, and labels. Vanilla beans can be expensive when bought locally; so to make this gift as inexpensive as possible, consider buying the beans in bulk from an online source like Amazon.com. Our 4 oz. Glass Bottles work really well for this project, and our 4 oz. Glass Bottles with Dropper Caps make it really easy to get the exact amount of vanilla you need when cooking.
The best thing about homemade vanilla is that if you leave the beans in the bottle, it just keeps getting better the longer you let it sit. When gifting this, make sure to leave 1–2 vanilla beans in every 4 oz. bottle so it not only looks authentic, but also so your friends can enjoy a richer vanilla flavor over time.
It takes about 12 weeks for the vanilla beans to infuse their flavor in the alcohol, so this is a great gift to make in advance. If you don’t have enough time to let it sit for 12 weeks, just include a date on a gift tag for when it can be used.
Cut off the ends of the vanilla beans, and cut each bean lengthwise. Divide them evenly among 4–5 one-quart glass mason jars.
Pour the vodka or rum into the mason jars, covering the vanilla beans, and close tightly. Shake vigorously.
Place in a cool, dark place, and shake the bottles about once a week for a few months (about 12 weeks).
When ready to gift, carefully fill each glass bottle with vanilla extract and secure the lids tightly. Include 1–2 vanilla beans in each bottle (you’ll need to cut each bean in half to fit).
Add a label to the bottle, and include any instructions and the kind of vanilla. If it still needs to sit longer, include a date for when it can be used.
If you have beans left over, squeeze out the bean paste, and save it in an airtight container to use in ice creams, sauces, whipped cream, etc. You can also allow the pods to dry out, then grind them into powder using a coffee or spice grinder and mix with sugar or sprinkle on anything you want to add vanilla flavor to.
To spice up the gift, you can include your favorite recipe that uses vanilla extract and another ingredient in the recipe such as chocolate chips.
Make the man in your life this all-natural shaving cream and aftershave lotion for Father’s Day! He’ll love the way the shaving cream helps him get a smooth shave and how the aftershave moisturizes and soothes his face.
1/3 cup Coconut Oil or Grape Seed Oil (Note: Grape Seed Oil is a great choice because it is mildly astringent and great for skin, but it does have a scent. So if you don’t mind the scent, Grape Seed Oil is the best choice for aftershave.)
Combine the Beeswax, Coconut Oil or Grape Seed Oil, and vitamin E oil in a glass bowl.
Melt the oils in the microwave or on the stovetop in a pan filled with an inch of simmering water (creating a double boiler). Heat until completely melted. The Beeswax will take the longest, so make sure to use pellets or grate finely. Remove from heat once completely melted.
In a separate glass bowl, mix together the aloe vera gel, witch hazel, and Vegetable Glycerin.
Whip the oil mixture with a handheld or stand electric mixer for a few seconds before slowly pouring the warmed aloe vera gel mixture into the oil mixture. Add essential oils, and whip for a few minutes until thickened and lotion-looking.
Pour the lotion into a plastic bag. With scissors, cut off a corner of the bag just a tiny bit. Squeeze the lotion into the 4 oz. Blue Glass Bottle, and screw on the pump top.
In a small bowl, stir together cream cheese frosting and essential oil until well incorporated.
In a large bowl, break the strawberry cake into small pieces.
Stir the frosting mixture into the cake, using a wooden spoon or your fingers.
Line a baking sheet with waxed paper.
Roll the cake mixture into 1-inch balls, and place the balls on the prepared baking sheet.
Melt a small amount of the chocolate in the microwave or in a double boiler. Dip the tips of the cake pop sticks in the melted chocolate, and then poke the chocolate-dipped side of a stick into the center of each cake ball (this helps the cake ball stay on the stick).
Place the baking sheet with the cake balls in the freezer, and leave it there for about 30 minutes.
Melt the rest of the chocolate. Remove the cake balls from the freezer a few at a time, and dip each one in the chocolate, swirling until covered. To preserve the roundness of your cake ball, stick the cake pops in a Styrofoam block to cool. Alternately, you can hold the chocolate-covered cake pop in your hand for a minute and allow it to partially set before returning it to the wax paper.
Allow the chocolate to set up completely (you can return the cake balls to the freezer to speed up this process).
Enjoy the cake balls immediately, or place them in an air-tight container until you are ready to eat them.