Class Idea: Unlocking Diffusion

In the world of essential oils, having the right diffuser is key. But what’s even more important is knowing how to use your diffuser! Whether you are teaching a diffusion class or you just want to understand how to more effectively use your own diffuser, this post is for you! We want to share some of the tips and tricks we have found to enhance your diffuser usage in hopes that you will pass this on to all of your friends. Combine all these ideas, or simply pick one to focus on. Then, if you feel comfortable, teach a class to help your team and friends better use their diffusers.

It can be incredibly frustrating when you see a thousand different diffusers on the market and have no idea which one to choose. The most essential part of diffusing is knowing that you chose the right diffuser. Luckily for you, we wrote a post about all the different features of diffusers and how our diffusers compare with each other. Add this information to your class to help inform beginners (and even pros!) about the different features that will fit their diffusing needs perfectly! Click here to see the wide variety of diffusers that we currently carry.

Sometimes diffusion can seem complicated when we get into the science of how to properly blend essential oils. In our “Art of Roller Bottle Blending” post, we discuss the science of blending oils. Consider teaching proper blending as part of your diffusion class using this technique. If you are looking for somewhere to start, check out these diffuser blends on a budget! We created them with your wallet in mind! They also make great blends for beginners, because they contain all of the basic oils.

Keeping your diffuser clean is very important if you want to maximize its life. Use this diffuser cleaner to make your job easy! Just spray and wipe down after every diffuser cycle or as needed. This also works as a great tool to clean out the previously diffused smell when you want to diffuse something different. Consider making small bottles of this cleaner as a gift to the attendees of your diffuser class, or use this recipe for a make-and-take class! You can even print off these cute labels that work with these label sheets for your diffuser cleaner spray.

Diffuser Cleaner

  • Servings: Yield=2 oz. (50 ml)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & supplies:

Instructions:

  1. Fill the 2 oz. bottle with vinegar, and add essential oil. Screw the spray top on the bottle, and shake to combine.
  2. To use, spray your diffuser inside and out, and wipe with a cloth or paper towel.

Note: If your diffuser has an ultrasonic disc, use alcohol and a cotton swab to clean the disc after cleaning with the cleaning spray.

Another great tool we have available for you is this cute Diffuser Blends booklet! It comes packed with all sorts of diffuser blends for every season and mood.  We even sell this booklet in a package of 10 at a discounted price so that you can give one to all of your friends and family. They make a great tool for you personally, or as gifts for your diffusing class attendees!

Here are some other blends that we have posted here on our blog! Now go start diffusing!

Feel free to comment below if you have any questions about diffusing! We would love to hear about your experiences! Also, if there’s anything else you want to learn how to do with your diffuser, just comment your ideas and questions below so we can write posts about things you are interested in.

Fight the Flu with Essential Oils

The worst flu season in over a decade continues—we’re just over halfway through the typical time frame. Why are we experiencing increased numbers of infections, hospitalizations, and even fatalities this year? Primarily because the H3N2 subtype of influenza A is predominant—and it’s a particularly virulent and mutable strain of the flu virus. Even the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that the flu vaccine is only about 36% effective against H3N2.

Anything you can do to stay healthy right now is worth trying, and essential oils can help protect and support you during this epidemic. Here’s how to use your best natural medicines against all strains of this ruthless virus.

Step 1: Strengthen Natural Immunity

To stimulate your immune system, use essential oils daily, or at least 3–4 times a week. Diffuse 3–4 drops during sleep, or apply 1–2 drops to the sole of each foot at bedtime. Try alternating between single oils and protective or immune-boosting blends every week—this helps avoid desensitization to any one oil.

Single oils: Use oregano, cinnamon, frankincense, or melaleuca. (For internal application of oregano and cinnamon, take a capsule of 1–3 drops diluted with carrier oil.)

Blends: Use a protective or immune blend, or make the one below.

Immune Booster
1 drop frankincense
1 drop melaleuca
1 drop rosemary
1 drop lemon
1 drop eucalyptus
1 drop orange

Topical: Add oils to 2 tsp. (10 ml) carrier oil in a 10 ml roll-on vial. Apply to bottoms of feet or base of skull 3–4 times daily.

Aromatic: Use this blend in a diffuser.

Step 2: Engage Antiviral Arsenal

The flu is highly contagious, spreading easily through sneezing, coughing, or direct contact. If you’re living around an infected person, continue diffusing and/or topically applying antiviral essential oils and blends. This may help the sick get well faster and keep others from getting infected.

Single oils: Use helichrysum, melaleuca, clove, melissa, lime, cinnamon, lemon, oregano, peppermint, eucalyptus, or thyme.

Blends: Use an antiviral respiratory blend, or make the one below.

Citrus Spice Defense
1 drop lemon
1 drop cinnamon
2 drops oregano
2 drops eucalyptus

Topical: Combine essential oils with 2 tsp. (10 ml) carrier oil in a 10 ml roll-on vial.  Apply to bottoms of feet or base of skull 3–4 times daily.

Aromatic: Use 1 drop each of the essential oils in a diffuser. (You can alternate this combination with our antiviral Cold Fighter Diffuser Blend.)

Step 3: Soothe Flu Symptoms

If you do get sick, essential oils can help reduce the severity of the flu and shorten its duration. Flu symptoms appear 1–4 days after the virus enters the body. A fever usually comes first, followed by low energy, body aches, headache, chills, and dizziness. Some people experience nausea and vomiting.

Body Aches Bath
Add 4 drops of thyme and 2 drops of eucalyptus to 1 cup (250 g) of epsom salt. Run warm bathwater over the mixture to disperse the essential oils throughout the tub. Soak for 15–20 minutes.

Headache Help
Apply 1 drop each lavender, peppermint, and frankincense to the base of the skull and forehead.

Nausea Nix
Inhale peppermint or ginger directly from the vial or after rubbing 1–2 drops into your palms.

After 2–3 days, cold-like symptoms may develop: runny nose, coughing, sneezing, and sore throat. See our companion post, ‘Tis the Season for Sickness, for simple solutions to soothe these symptoms.

Balancing Your Chakras with Essential Oils

Chakras are centers of energy in the body that govern certain aspects of our physical and mental well-being, with each of the primary chakras correlating to a specific area of the body. Essential oils are effective in balancing and stimulating the chakras due to their individual energy properties. There are many tools that you can use to balance and clear each chakra. In this post, we want to share some tools that can maximize your oil use while balancing and stimulating your chakras.

An excellent tool for chakras is gemstones. These precious gems contain energy that correlates with the energy centers of your body. Gemstones combined with essential oils can help improve well-being and promote energy and healing. Inherent energies of different stones offer various metaphysical and physical benefits.

We have created this chart explaining the properties of each gemstone and which chakras each corresponds with. This chart details historical facts, uses, physical attributes, inherent energies, and chakras for each of the following gemstones: amethyst, brecciated jasper, carnelian, crystal, green aventurine, hermatite, rainbow fluorite, red aventurine, red leopard jasper, rose quartz, sodalite, and tiger’s eye.

Similar to the properties of gemstones, the colors around us can also play a part in chakra enhancement. Balancing your chakras has never been simpler with these fun, color-coordinated glass roll-on vials to organize your chakra oils!

Each chakra is influenced differently by the energies of essential oils. Here are some of the oils that influence each chakra. Try making some roll-on blends with these oils to help you balance your energy centers.

Crown Chakra: basil, frankincense, jasmine, neroli, rose, rosemary

Third Eye Chakra: cedarwood, clary sage, frankincense, juniper, lavender, peppermint

Throat Chakra: bergamot, cypress, eucalyptus, geranium, lavender, melaleuca

Heart Chakra: lemon, rose, chamomile, lavender, bergamot, frankincense, neroli

Solar Plexus Chakra: lime, cinnamon, peppermint, black pepper, lemongrass, melissa

Sacral Chakra: orange, ylang ylang, clary sage, cassia, geranium, petitgrain, patchouli

Root Chakra: sandalwood, patchouli, cedarwood, vetiver, black pepper, peppermint

For more information about the oils that affect your chakras, consult Modern Essentials.

There is so much to learn when it comes to chakras! AromaTools carries a wide range of products to supplement your research. Clearing and balancing your chakras can be extremely beneficial to your metaphysical and physical health. Check out some of these materials we offer to learn more about how you can take charge of your chakras today and improve your health! Click here to view all the products we offer pertaining to chakras.

 

Source: Modern Essentials™: The Complete Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, 9th Edition.

Frozen Yogurt Snacks

It’s hard to stay healthy with all the snacking we tend to do. Solution? Healthy snacks! These yummy frozen yogurt snacks are really good for you, and they taste amazing too. Now you can enjoy a sweet treat while keeping up with your health goals!

Frozen Yogurt Bites

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

  • 2 cups (570 g) plain greek yogurt
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp. (40 ml) honey
  • 1 tsp. (5 ml) vanilla
  • 2–3 drops essential oil
  • 1 1/4 cups (190 g) fruit
  • Cupcake liners

Instructions:

  1. Combine yogurt, honey, and vanilla in a bowl.
  2. Add essential oil until you reach your desired flavor.
  3. Cut the fruit if necessary, and stir into the yogurt.
  4. Place the cupcake liners into a cupcake pan, and drop the yogurt into the liners.
  5. Place in the freezer for 2 hours, or until completely frozen.
  6. Once the yogurt treats are frozen, pull out of the freezer and let them thaw for a couple minutes so that they come out of the cupcake pan easily.
  7. Store the yogurt bites in the freezer, and enjoy whenever you get that desire to snack!

You can create your own flavors; some of the flavors that we liked were raspberry-lime, blueberry-lemon, and strawberry-lemon.

Anxiety Relief Diffuser Blend

Anxiety is a normal physiological response to stressful or dangerous situations. An anxiety disorder can develop when the body’s “fight or flight” response is activated frequently or for a prolonged period of time. Essential oils are known to aid the body in calming these strong emotions. Try this simple diffuser blend to help relieve your anxiety.

Looking for a new diffuser? Click here to learn about the wide variety of diffusers that we carry.

Artichoke Portobello Soup

This creamy vegetarian soup is packed with nutrients and flavor! In fact, you’ll think you’ve died and gone to heaven—it’s that good! It got rave reviews from the many people who tested this recipe in preparation for this post. Give it a try and let us know what you think!

Artichoke Portobello Soup

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

  • 1/2 cup (113 g) butter
  • 1/2 cup (80 g) onion, diced (or green onions)
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 ribs celery, chopped
  • 2 portobello mushrooms, chopped (or 6 crimini mushrooms)
  • 3 Tbsp. (23 g) flour
  • 4 cups (1 liter) chicken broth
  • 1 jar (4–6 oz.) marinated artichoke hearts, drained and sliced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/8 tsp. (220 mg) cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup (240 ml) heavy cream
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 drop thyme essential oil
  • 1 drop oregano essential oil
  • 1 drop black pepper essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Place butter in a large saucepan over medium heat, and allow it to melt a little. Add onion, carrots, and celery; sauté until the vegetables start to caramelize.
  2. Add chopped mushrooms, sauté 3–4 more minutes, and then sprinkle with flour and stir for 1–2 minutes to allow the flour to cook in the butter. Add broth, artichokes, bay leaf, and cayenne pepper. Simmer for 15–20 minutes.
  3. Scoop soup into a blender, and pulse 5–10 times (this step can be skipped if you like larger chunks in your soup).
  4. Pour the soup back into the large saucepan, and stir in the heavy cream, salt, and essential oils. Cook 3–5 minutes, or until slightly thickened and heated through.

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.

Feel the Romance Diffuser Blend

With Valentine’s Day approaching, who couldn’t use a little more romance to spice up their life? Try this simple diffuser blend to help your body relax while invigorating the senses.

Need a new diffuser to try out this great blend? The HerbalAir Ultrasonic USB Diffuser is small yet powerful, covering up to 150 sq. ft., and can sustain a constant diffusion for up to 3 hours. The elegant design only enhances the benefits of diffusion. The best part? This diffuser is portable, and it was designed to fit perfectly in the cup holder of your car; so now you can take it everywhere with you, diffusing oil even while traveling! Click here to learn more about this diffuser.

Looking for a different diffuser? Click here to learn more about all the diffusers we offer.

Not sure which diffuser suits your needs? We’ve written a post all about the different types of diffusers and how they compare. Check it out!

Essential Oil Ravioli Hearts

These noodles are so cute and fun to make, and they make a perfect Valentine’s Day dinner! The recipe is a little complicated, but this ravioli is to die for, making it worth every minute! It’s so fun that all the kids will want to join in and help you cut out the noodles! The hardest part will be sharing these tasty raviolis with the rest of the family.

Homemade Ravioli

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: Difficult
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Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups (180 g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 tsp. (1.5 g) salt
  • 1–2 Tbsp. (15–30 ml) water (as needed)
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) water
  • Cheese mixture (recipe below)
  • Marinara sauce (recipe below)
  • Parmesan cheese for topping

Instructions:

  1. Combine flour, 2 eggs, and salt in a food processor, and process until well mixed.
  2. If necessary, slowly add water until the mixture forms a firm dough.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough until smooth. Check the dough by cutting it with a knife. Once there are no air bubbles in the middle, and the outside is smooth, the dough is ready.
  4. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap, and let stand for 30 minutes.
  5. Divide dough into 4 portions, and roll out to about 1/16″  (1.5 mm) thickness using a rolling pin or pasta machine.
  6. Using a heart-shaped cookie cutter, cut hearts into the dough. Or cut the dough into 2″ (5 cm) squares using a knife.
  7. Combine 1 lightly beaten egg and 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) water in a bowl, and brush the dough pieces lightly with the mixture.
  8. Place a small spoonful of the cheese mixture (recipe below) in the middle of the dough, leaving enough space around the edges to seal the dough.
  9. Lay the second piece of dough on top, and use your fingers to press the edges down around the cheese so they stick together.
  10. Bring a pot of saltwater to boil, and gently drop the ravioli into the boiling water. Cook 1/4 of the ravioli at a time to avoid the noodles sticking together. Cook for 5–10 minutes (depending on the thickness of the noodles), or until tender.
  11. Using a slotted spoon, remove the ravioli from the water, and place on a serving dish.
  12. Top with marinara sauce (recipe below) and parmesan cheese.

Notes:
If your noodles are thick, they will take longer to cook.
If you have leftover cheese filling, it makes a great topper for the finished pasta for an added cheesy kick.

Basil and Oregano Cheese Filling

  • Servings: Yield=2 cups (500 ml)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (125 g) ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup (55 g) shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup (55 g) shredded gouda cheese
  • 1/2 cup (50 g) shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced
  • 1/4 tsp. (125 mg) dried parsley
  • 1/4 tsp. (1.5 g) salt
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 toothpick oregano essential oil
  • 1 toothpick basil essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Combine cheeses, parsley, salt, and pepper.
  2. Dip a toothpick in the oregano and basil oils, and run the toothpicks through the cheese mixture to combine.
  3. Taste, and add more salt, pepper, and/or essential oil as needed.

The taste may be a little strong, but once the noodles are boiled, the flavor will be much milder.
You can use just about any kind of cheese in this recipe, not just the ones listed. If you have other cheeses, experiment to find out which ones give the best flavor for you!

Marinara Sauce

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) olive oil
  • 1/2 white onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 1/2 tsp. (9 g) salt
  • 2 cans crushed tomatoes (28 oz. each)
  • 1 drop oregano essential oil
  • 1 drop rosemary essential oil
  • 1 drop thyme essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Place the olive oil and chopped onion in a saucepan, and sauté over medium heat until the onions are tender.
  2. Add the garlic in with the onions, and continue cooking for an additional minute, stirring frequently.
  3. Add the salt and crushed tomatoes to the saucepan. Stir everything in the saucepan together, and continue cooking until warmed through.
  4. Turn off the heat, and stir in the oregano, rosemary, and thyme essential oils.
  5. Serve over your choice of noodles.