Are You Happy?

Our post today is by Rebecca Hintze, mental health expert and author of several books, including the following form AromaTools.com:

Keep reading, and take a moment to analyze your state of happiness and look for ways you can improve. Thank you, Rebecca, for sharing your knowledge with us!


Everyone wants to be happy, and everybody can be when we have healthy attitudes, beliefs, and values. Despite the increase in psychiatric drug use and talk of emotional disorders, the truth is, most people are happy. According to a recent study, people who live in relatively free countries (and aren’t in prison or psychiatric institutions) declare to be a least moderately cheerful in spite of their age, gender, and financial status.

It’s true that happy people behave and think differently than unhappy people. If we want to be one of the happy folks, we may need to take inventory of the following factors. Since the choice is ours, we can begin today to identify and adjust the reasons why we’re not behaving, believing—and therefore creating—happy lives.
According to research, here’s what makes a happy person:

  • Happy people are more loving, forgiving, trusting, decisive, creative, sociable, and helpful.
  • Some say that money doesn’t make you happy. This is not necessarily true. Research has shown that happier people have more money. There is a connection between wealth and well-being, though it is not significant. Stress from financial disorder does lead to depression. However, wealth cannot be attributed to redeeming a depressed person. And money only reports to support happiness when it meets needs and a little bit more. Wealth alone doesn’t predict happiness.
  • Happy people are more likely to set optimistic goals and strive to meet them.
  • Happy people have healthier immune systems that result from happy attitudes.
  • Happy people don’t suppress good feelings when they feel them. They laugh when they feel like it. If they receive a compliment, they accept it.
  • Happy people are less self-focused.
  • Happy people are less violent and aggressive.
  • Happier people are usually spiritual people. Though some studies show that some forms of active spirituality can correlate with prejudice and guilt, for the most part, a belief in God—and consequently, an active spiritual life—correlates well with several mental health criteria. People who are active in their church tend to be less likely to abuse drugs and alcohol, divorce, or commit suicide.
  • Happy people have strong support systems. When we have a large crowd of loving friends and family, we are happier and healthier, and less likely to die prematurely.
  • Happy people are married. A large amount of data show that people are happier when they are attached, particularly married.

We have the choice to be happy by changing behaviors that make us unhappy.

For this week’s personal growth, take inventory of your state of happiness.

Ask yourself:

  • Do I have a healthy support system? If not, why? Do I have emotional walls that push people away, including a spouse or potential mate? If so, why?
  • Am I in debt or without a sufficient income and stressed as a result? If so, how did I get to this point? What beliefs do I have about money that prevent me from creating abundance?
  • Am I self-absorbed? If so, why? Do I believe I am worthy to have my needs met and do I allow others to meet my needs?
  • Do I set optimistic goals and try to reach them? If not, why?
  • Do I suppress laughter and reject compliments? If so, why?
  • Am I spiritually connected, believing in a divine, higher power of love, light, and truth?
  • Am I willing to love, forgive, trust, serve, and interact with others? If not, why?

For extra support, consider regularly diffusing citrus essential oils. All citrus essential oils are natural mood uplifters. With regular use, they have the ability to uplift mood and encourage happiness. Through self-exploration and by taking action, we can unlock the doors to living happier lives.

Many Blessings,

Rebecca Hintze

About the Author


Rebecca Hintze, MS, is considered an expert in the field of mental health, specializing in family issues and emotional intelligence. She is the international bestselling author of Healing Your Family History, distributed worldwide and translated into 8 different languages. She is the creator of The Emotions Mentor Course Series, and she’s also the author of the books Essentially Happy, Essential Oils for Happy Living, and Emotions and Essential Oils: An A–Z Guide.

Today, Rebecca speaks to audiences worldwide on healing family patterns, overcoming destructive behavior, increasing emotional intelligence, resolving health care issues naturally through essential oils and supplementation, and resolving family conflict.

Tasty Kitchen Fun with Essential Oils

Today, we have Madeline Eyer sharing some of her culinary tips using essential oils. Madeline is the author of Essential Green Smoothies and Essential Sauces, Dips & Dressings. Both books include recipes that use essential oils in everyday cooking. You can purchase these books on AromaTools.com.


Have you considered using your high-quality essential oils in your culinary creations but aren’t really sure where to begin? With just a few basic tips and guidelines, you’ll be well on your way to becoming a pro.

Quality Counts

Not all essential oil brands deliver the same level of purity. Be sure to choose therapeutic-grade oils from a trusted source that have been organically grown and properly distilled. And when adding them to your recipes, make sure they contain a supplement label indicating that they are safe and appropriate to ingest.

Less Is More

Essential oils are extremely concentrated, so a little goes a long way. When deciding how much to use in a recipe, think in terms of drops or toothpick measurements. A drop or two is plenty to flavor most dishes. Some of the thinner oils tend to come out of the bottle quickly, so dripping it onto a spoon and stirring it into your recipe at the end will help you avoid using too much and overpowering your dish. Start with a drop, and add more as needed. You can also pour some oil into a small sample size bottle, which dispenses it in half-drop increments.
The toothpick method is achieved by dipping a toothpick into your desired bottle of essential oil and then swishing it around in your recipe. This method is especially helpful when making food in small batches or when using some of the stronger-flavored oils such as basil, cassia, cinnamon, dill, marjoram, oregano, or thyme.

Timing Is Important

In addition to flavoring your food, essential oils offer a variety of physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual benefits. In order to reap these benefits, it’s a good idea to add your oil at the end of the cooking process whenever possible. This will ensure that the heat from cooking doesn’t diminish any of these additional benefits.

Guidelines, Tips, and Suggestions

General guidelines to replace herbs and spices:

2 Tbsp. fresh herbs = 1 drop essential oil
2 tsp. dried herbs = 1 drop essential oil
2 Tbsp. spices = 1 drop essential oil

Additional tips and suggestions:

Citrus oils are a great place to start using essential oils in your recipes, because they are very forgiving, unlike some of the stronger oils. It’s hard to go wrong with Wild Orange, for example, with its pleasant, fresh, and uplifting flavor.

Smoothies are one of my favorite ways to use essential oils and, after lots of trial and error, I have come to rely more on the citrus oils like bergamot, grapefruit, lemon, lime, and Wild Orange.

Making guacamole? Try adding 1 drop each of lime, black pepper, and cilantro.

Salad dressing also marries well with essential oils—particularly basil, oregano, and thyme. Remember to go easy on these, as they are on the stronger side.

Making a marinade? Add in some ginger and/or lemongrass oil.

When using turmeric in a recipe, such as the popular Ayurvedic beverage known as golden milk, add in 1 drop of black pepper, which works synergistically with turmeric to boost its effectiveness.

Nothing quite compares to the flavor and freshness of homemade non-dairy milk, made without any of the usual additives found in the store-bought varieties. Almond and brazil nut milk are favorites around our house, and adding cardamom or cinnamon essential oil delivers an exceptionally tasty result. Want to give it a try? Here’s a quick and easy recipe.

Cardamom Brazil Nut Milk

  • Servings: Yield=4–5 cups (about 1 liter)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (140 g) brazil nuts (or almonds), soaked overnight to remove the phytic acid and make the nuts more digestible
  • 4 cups (1 liter) purified water
  • 2 drops cardamom essential oil
  • Maple syrup, stevia, monk fruit, or other sweetener of your choice, to taste (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Place half of the water (2 cups or 1/2 liter) in a high-speed blender with the nuts, and blend well. Note: The nuts blend better when you start off with less water. Next, add in the remainder of the water, and blend again briefly.
  2. Pour the mixture through a strainer or filter through a nut milk bag, reserving the nut meat for another recipe.
  3. Put the milk back in the blender, add your cardamom, and blend again, just enough to mix. If you want to add a small amount of sweetener, this is a good time to do that.

Note: I rarely use sweetener and don’t really recommend it unless you plan to drink the milk plain. It’s not really necessary if it’s being added to a smoothie or enjoyed over a bowl of granola or some other recipe that already contains an element of sweetness.

About the Author


Madeline Eyer is a certified integrative nutrition health coach, a holistic health coach, and an essential oil enthusiast. She is the author of two books, Essential Green Smoothies and Essential Sauces, Dips & Dressings, bridging essential oils and healthy eating. Her joy and passion is in empowering families to enjoy the many benefits of eating a clean, nutrient-rich diet that is delicious and fun, with a special fondness for supporting families in feeding their children food that nourishes their growing bodies and minds.

Top 5 On-the-Go Self-Care Rituals

This coming week we are featuring several authors and venders who sell through AromaTools.com. If you are interested in their books or products, order quickly and take advantage of the discounts and specials we are offering this week!

To start off the week, today’s post is from Dr. Mariza Snyder, author of Smart Mom’s Guide to Essential Oils.


As stress threatens our health on a daily basis, we all owe it to ourselves to practice some self-care rituals for mind, body, and soul. But if you are like me, your on-the-go lifestyle often doesn’t allow you to take the time that you need to really center and find a pause in your life. When I was struggling with my health, I realized how necessary it was to put myself first at moments throughout the day to keep my sanity and to be able to put my best effort into my patients, my clients, my colleagues, and my friends and family. It’s all about finding those little windows of time and maximizing the opportunity!

1. Reduce Stress

Do yourself a huge favor and reduce your stress levels today. Awareness is the first step.

Don’t assume that you function well on stress. This is a lie that many of us tell ourselves.

Though society has conditioned us to think that stress can properly fuel a productive day, in reality, we are doing more damage than good to our bodies by allowing ourselves to become stressed.

While short-term stress helps protect you from danger, prolonged stress wreaks havoc on your hormones and your bodily systems. An overabundance of cortisol (the stress hormone) causes our bodies to shift to survival mode and shut down what they deem unnecessary—reproductive and digestive systems—in favor of a fight-or-flight response.

Your body may be exhibiting symptoms of stress that you have learned to live with as simply “weird cycles” or tummy troubles. Minimizing stress in your life could help treat these physical problems.

RITUAL: Breathe on the Hour
Set your alarm to buzz every hour, on the hour, throughout the day. Each time the alarm buzzes, simply inhale deeply through your nose, hang in that calming pause for a count of 3, and then exhale slowly through your mouth.

Breathing this way sends signals to your brain that all is well in the world. You are in control (even if you feel like you’re not!).

You will be amazed at the power of simple breaths.

EO BOOST: Lavender
To enhance the moment even more and calm your mind and body, try inhaling from a dram of high-quality lavender essential oil. The calming esters will soothe your soul and keep you in a sustained sense of calm.

Add a drop or two to your pulse points as well (especially the wrists), and extend that easy-breezy feeling through the rest of the hour to your next breathing break.

2. Balanced Nutrition on the Go

Stress makes us crave sugary mid-morning and late-afternoon snacks, but these very “boosts” often swing you way up and send you crashing down. This perpetuates an endless cycle of nasty sugar addiction in our bodies in addition to our already-imbalanced hormones.

Food and beverages need to convey the right messages to your system, so you need to start adding in the good and subtracting the bad.

Quick changes you can make today:

  • “Eat the rainbow” with fruits and vegetables
  • Make green smoothies
  • Eat savory instead of sugary breakfasts (with protein!)
  • Ditch sugar
  • Avoid inflammatory foods (i.e., refined carbs)
  • Pack your own whole-food snacks (nuts, berries, seeds, fruits, veggies)

RITUAL: Green Smoothies in the AM
To start your day with a punch of nutrients that will sustain you through those cravings, try a green smoothie for breakfast. The 5 minutes of prep time are well worth the energy and nutrition that they provide. I never leave home without mine!

EO BOOST: Citrus Oils
You’ve not had a smoothie until you’ve zinged it with the tang of citrus essential oil. My favorites are lemon and Wild Orange, but try some lime for a zesty kick!

Morning Green Smoothie

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Tools:

  • High-powered blender (Vitamix®/Ninja Prep®/Blendtec®)
  • Quart mason jar or BlenderBottle®

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (240 ml) water
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) almond or coconut milk
  • 2 packed cups (60 g) organic spinach or leafy greens
  • 1/2 avocado, pitted & sliced
  • 1/2 cup (75 g) frozen berries
  • 1/2 frozen banana, sliced
  • 2 drops citrus essential oil
  • 1 cup (215 g) ice cubes

Instructions:

  1. This first step is key! Blend your spinach with the water and milk first for at least 30 seconds. This ensures you aren’t choking down chunks of leaf.
  2. Add your avocado, berries, and banana, or any other combination. The avocado provides a creaminess that I love, but you can mix and match with the fruits and veggies. Try apples, cooked carrots, cooked butternut squash, kiwi, mango, cucumber, or anything else you have on hand. Blend for another 30 seconds.
  3. Add 2 drops of your favorite citrus essential oil and a handful of ice cubes. Blend again for 45 seconds for an icy, rich treat! Pour into your BlenderBottle® or glass jar, and sip away!

Note: To add some caffeine and powerful antioxidants, add 1½ tsp. organic matcha green tea powder in step 2!

3. Nurture with Nature

Nature does wonders for our mind, body, and soul, especially when combined with a pause in our day.

I know you’re sitting there thinking, “Right . . . but who has time for nature in a busy day?”

Everyone does! Here’s how:

RITUALS:

  • Boost your vitamin D with a 10-minute walk in the sunshine, or do some work near a window.
  • Park at the back of the lot (when going to work, grocery shopping, etc.) and enjoy the sounds and sights of creation as you breathe deep and walk in.
  • Eat lunch outside instead of at your desk. Schedule in this “me” time. Even a working lunch outdoors will give you the benefit of sunshine and fresh air.
  • Take the ramp instead of the quick way in. Let your body feel the twists, turns, and incline as you appreciate the motion of your muscles.
  • Enjoy your on-the-hour breathing breaks or your AM green smoothie outside!
  • Volunteer to run an errand, and leave the stress at the office.
  • Take your kiddos for a 10-minute nature walk with a gallon baggie, and let them collect and explore while you enjoy.
  • Walk your dog or other pet—whatever needs some exercise.

EO BOOST: Peppermint
Nothing helps to amp up your focus and open those respiratory pathways like a hit of high-quality peppermint essential oil! Simply inhale from the bottle, or dab a drop under your tongue for instant minty power. And it will make your breath kissably fresh and smooth!

4. Hydrate That Bod

Did you know that not drinking enough water can cause premature aging, inflammation, and gut issues? Yikes!

RITUAL: Drink Up
Get yourself a super-cool glass or stainless steel water bottle, and carry it everywhere. Infuse it with some fruits, berries, and fresh herbs to give your tongue some extra pizzazz.

EO BOOST: “Spike” the Infusion
Looking for an awesome flavor with sustained benefits for your system? Try high-quality essential oils in your water infusion! Grapefruit is one of my go-tos to help curb cravings and boost my productivity. Here is one of my fave recipes:

Smooth Citrus Water Infusion

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 lemon, sliced into rounds
  • 1 orange, sliced into rounds
  • 1 lime, sliced into rounds
  • 1 medium vanilla bean
  • 2 quarts (about 2 liters) distilled water
  • 1 drop high-quality grapefruit essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Add fruit and vanilla bean to the insert of a 2-quart infusion pitcher. Fill pitcher with water, and add essential oil. Allow to steep for at least 30 mins, but preferably 2–3 hours, before serving. Or use in a glass or stainless steel infusion water bottle, and cut the ingredients in half.

5. Aromatherapy Focus

Look no further than high-quality essential oils for a quick and sustaining way to reduce your stress and increase your focus instantly! Ultrasonic cool-air diffusers are an amazing way to provide lasting benefits in a larger space, but sometimes you just don’t have that option. Check out these tricks for daily diffusion:

RITUALS:

  • Straight from the bottle: Take off the lid, and inhale deeply!
  • EO key chains: Carry your faves with you! Key chains hold 8 drams of EO for your daily needs.
  • Cotton balls: Put 1–2 drops on your ball, and place nearby or pop in your drawer or purse.
  • Clothespin: Put 1–2 drops on the wood, and clip to a fan or your car vent.
  • Diffuser jewelry: 1–2 drops on fashionable jewelry will keep you sustained all day long.
  • Leather bracelets: Inside and outside benefits! Place 1–2 drops on the underside, and wear.
  • Thick card stock: Put a drop on a bookmark, and carry in a book or notebook all day long.

EO BOOST: Meet Your Needs

Rosemary: Instant focus and improved memory/concentration
Lavender: Calm and relaxation
Peppermint & Wild Orange: Morning wake-up or midday pick-me-up
Bergamot: Relaxation and energy at the same time
Clary Sage: Support for a woman’s needs
Frankincense: Calm and connection
Cardamom: Respiratory health, balance, and mental clarity

Bonus: Smart Mom’s Guide To Essential Oils

If you are an on-the-go mom looking for some quality ways to take care of your family and keep yourself healthy and energized at the same time, please check out my best-selling book here at AromaTools, Smart Mom’s Guide to Essential Oils. In addition to ready-to-go recipes that you can immediately put to use for everyone in your family, there is an entire chapter devoted to self care for moms. Indulge and treat yourself to a book that will benefit you for years to come and provide you with the skills to become a healer in your own home!

About the Author


Dr. Mariza Snyder is a wellness practitioner and the author of 6 books: the best-selling The DASH Diet Cookbook and Smart Mom’s Guide to Essential Oils, as well as The Low Glycemic Index Slow Cooker, The Antioxidant Counter, The Water Infusion Detox Book, and The Matcha Miracle. For the past 9 years she has lectured at wellness centers, hospitals, conferences, and corporations on hormone health and essential oils, nutrition, and detoxification. She is also the creator of the Women’s Balance Summit, an online event first held in 2016 with over 30 internationally acclaimed wellness experts, designed to empower women to create the health and life they deserve.

Dr. Snyder has been featured on Fox News, MindBodyGreen, Dr. Oz, the Huffington Post, and in Women’s Health, Shape, and Self magazines. She received her BS degree from Mills College in 2002, majoring in biochemistry, and graduated cum laude with a doctorate of chiropractic degree from Life Chiropractic College West in 2008.

Spinach Dip with Essential Oils

This savory dip is great to use as a refreshment at an essential oil class, a side at a potluck dinner, or even a unique camping appetizer!

Spinach Dip

  • Servings: 10–12
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

  • 1 cup (227 g) sour cream
  • 8 oz. (227 g) cream cheese, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup (60 g) shredded parmesan cheese
  • 3/4 cup (115 g) chopped frozen spinach, thawed and drained of excess liquid
  • 1/4 cup (30 g) bacon bits (optional)
  • 1 cup (150 g) frozen or canned artichoke hearts, chopped (optional)
  • 4–5 cloves garlic, minced
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 1–2 drops lemon essential oil
  • 1 drop black pepper essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Mix ingredients, except essential oils, together in a medium bowl.
  2. Cook mixture over medium heat for 20 minutes or so until hot and bubbly. This can be done on the stovetop, in the oven, in a slow cooker, or wrapped in aluminum foil and grilled or roasted over an open fire.
  3. Once warm, stir in the essential oils.
  4. Serve with baguette slices, crackers, or veggie slices (carrot sticks, cucumbers, broccoli, etc).

New Mini Tear Pads for Essential Oil Classes

With school back in session, it’s the perfect time to get ready to teach new essential oil classes. AromaTools has some new materials that are perfect for sending your attendees home with the important information from your class.
These mini tear pads are less expensive and less bulky than regular sized tear pads, which makes them easy to carry around and to hand out to interested people or class attendees. Here are a few class ideas that you can do with each mini tear pad:

Aromatherapy Mini Tear Pad

The Aromatherapy Mini Tear Pad is great for teaching the basics of using essential oils aromatically. It includes information on how aromatic use is beneficial to the body and ways to diffuse or inhale the aroma of an essential oil. Also included are some perfume blends and diffuser blends. Here are a few ideas for using this tear pad in your essential oil classes:

Topical Application Mini Tear Pad

The Topical Application Mini Tear Pad teaches the basics of using essential oils topically. It includes information about why topical application benefits the body and ways to use essential oils topically. On the back, you will find essential oil suggestions for massage oil and a couple bath blends.

Dilution Mini Tear Pad

The Dilution Mini Tear Pad goes hand-in-hand with the Topical Application Mini Tear Pad, or it can be used separately. When teaching about using essential oils topically, you’ll want to include information about how to properly dilute essential oils for daily use, short-term use, or use on young, sensitive, or elderly skin. This tear pad includes common carrier oils for dilution, suggests roll-on bottles as handy aids, and has a dilution chart showing how many drops of carrier oil to use.

Internal Application Mini Tear Pad

The Internal Application Mini Tear Pad teaches which oils can be used internally, why internal use of essential oils can be beneficial for the body, and how to use essential internally. It also includes a few simple recipes for using essential oils in food or drink.

Essential Oils & Cooking Mini Tear Pad

The EOs & Cooking Mini Tear Pad outlines the benefits for using essential oils in your cooking, and the back covers guidelines for substituting essential oils for zest, herbs, or spices commonly used in cooking recipes. This tear pad can be used on its own or along with the Internal Application Mini Tear Pad.

  • Essential Oil Class Ideas: This tear pad is often used for a Cooking with Essential Oils class. Just give a little background about essential oils and how they can enhance the flavor of a dish and provide additional health benefits. Then prepare a simple dish using essential oils and allow your guests to sample it. Click here for cooking recipes that use essential oils.
  • Essential Oil Refreshments: If you want to include essential oil refreshments at any class, it may be a good idea to include this tear pad on the refreshment table so that your attendees can learn how to cook with essential oils on their own.

Do you have any suggestions or ideas for using these mini tear pads? Comment below. We’d love to learn from you!

Coconut Oil Tablets for Mouthwash or Oil Pulling

These coconut oil tablets are simple to put together and make oil pulling easy—just pop one in your mouth, and swish around for 5–20+ minutes. When finished, spit out in the trash (not in a sink, as coconut oil can clog pipes).

Oil pulling is said to reduce plaque and may prevent cavities. Coconut oil is naturally antibacterial and can help freshen your breath by killing the bacteria that causes halitosis (and cavities). Oil pulling gets its name because as you swish, you are pulling the oil through your teeth so it can reach even the hard-to-get spots that often develop cavities. Oil pulling expert Bruce Fife says that to maximize the benefits of oil pulling, it’s best to swish the coconut oil for 20 minutes. Even if you only use these as a mouthwash (and swish for only 5 minutes), you’ll still get a lot of benefits to your oral health from these little tablets.

Coconut Oil Tablets

  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

  • Coconut Oil
  • Essential Oil(s) of choice (see recommendations below)
  • Candy mold or small ice cube tray

Instructions:

  1. Place 1–3 tsp. (4–12 g) of coconut oil in each section of your mold or ice cube tray.
  2. Add 1–2 drops of essential oil per 1 tsp. (4 g) of coconut oil to each section. Use a toothpick or spoon to stir the oils together. Note: If you have a favorite oil or oil combination, you can simplify the process by melting down 1/2 cup (96 g) coconut oil and adding 20–40 drops of essential oil. Then pour or scoop the oil into the molds.
  3. Place the coconut oil tablets in the refrigerator to solidify.
  4. To use, pull out a coconut oil tablet from the refrigerator, place in mouth, and swish around for 5–20+ minutes. When done, spit the oil into the trash. Note: If you don’t like the feeling of oil on your teeth when you are done, try rinsing your mouth with a little salt water.

Essential Oil Suggestions:

Any of the following oils (or a combination) can be used for everyday oil pulling: lemon, orange, grapefruit, peppermint, or spearmint.
Any of the following oils (or a combination) can be used for oil pulling when battling a sickness or infection: clove, cinnamon, tea tree, or Protective Blend.

Try Our “Diffuser Blends for All Occasions” in a New Diffuser!

We’ve just added several new diffusers to our product line, including various types, sizes, shapes, colors, and prices. With over 40 different options, we are sure that you will find one that works for you!
Along with the popular ultrasonic diffusers, you will find some new atomizing/nebulizing diffusers, a few new evaporative diffusers (including the Fidget Fuser), and even a motion sensing diffuser! We are also carrying new diffuser cleaning tablets to make the task of cleaning your ultrasonic diffuser even easier!

In addition to the new diffusers, we also have a new booklet—“Diffuser Blends for All Occasions”—that makes a great gift for any essential oil user. Here are a few ways to use this booklet:

  • Personal Use: Keep one of these booklets near your home diffuser so you can quickly refer to it and try out some new blends! Also included is a section with tips and suggestions about how to create your own diffuser blends.
  • Essential Oil Class Giveaway: This booklet makes a great giveaway at an essential oil class! Teach about how essential oils affect the olfactory system and the power of aromatherapy on moods and emotions. Introduce your students to the different types of diffusers and send them home with a “Diffuser Blends for All Occasions” booklet so they can get started diffusing with some great essential oil blends!
  • Raffle Prize: Create a diffusing gift basket with a new diffuser, additional replacement parts (if needed), and a “Diffuser Blends for All Occasions” booklet. Offer it as a prize for a raffle drawing at an essential oil class/party.
  • Incentive for Downline: Encourage new sign-ups or rank advancements by offering a new diffuser with this booklet.
  • Small Gift: This booklet is perfect for a simple gift around the holiday season or to just say “thanks” or “thinking of you” to your essential oil friends, downline, clients, or prospective clients.

Are you excited for these new diffusers or the “Diffuser Blends for All Occasions” booklet? Which diffuser are you most interested in? We’d love to hear your feedback!

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!