5 Facts You May not Know about AromaTools®

Do you know these facts about AromaTools?

  1. AromaTools is a true third party and is not affiliated with any essential oil company. This allows us to produce educational resources about using essential oils for health purposes. We have your health in mind and do not benefit at all by the oils you purchase.
  2. None of AromaTools’ employees (or employers) are distributors for any essential oil company. This means we will never try to sway you or your downline (or potential downline) to join a different team or company.
  3. AromaTools leads the essential oil industry in publishing the most current scientific resource for using essential oils safely for health purposes. Since 2008, AromaTools has been dedicated to producing and publishing Modern Essentials: A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils as a resource to enable you, and all essential oil users, to more easily and confidently use essential oils in your everyday life. Now on its 8th edition, Modern Essentials is currently published in 10 languages: English, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Dutch, German, Slovak, and Italian. Four more languages are currently being worked on and will make an appearance soon!
  4. AromaTools ships all over the world and currently has formal distribution in 4 regions: the United States, Australia, Europe, and Canada, each with their own website and the ability to accept their own currency. We also have informal distribution in several other countries. You can find our international websites and more information here.
  5. AromaTools is celebrating its 9th birthday this week! AromaTools was founded in 2008 by a professional team that has been using and publishing materials about essential oils for over 2 decades.

Our commitment since 2008 has been to help you achieve success by providing the most reliable, specific tools and resources available for the safe and effective use of pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils.

Come celebrate AromaTools’ birthday with us this week! And don’t forget to check out our website for special birthday deals!

Pet Odor Spray

Keep your house smelling fresh and free of pet odors with an all-natural spray! This nontoxic spray will take care of odors without hurting your pet.

Pet Odor Spray

  • Servings: Yield=1 cup (240 ml)
  • Time: 5 minutes active
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) witch hazel
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) water
  • 10–15 drops of essential oil such as lemon, lavender, orange, or eucalyptus

Instructions:

  1. Pour ingredients into an 8 oz. glass spray bottle.
  2. Shake before each use. Spray in areas of your home that are overrun by pet odors.

 

How You Can Use The New Modern Essentials Forum

Imagine a website where you can look up an essential oil to see what others have used the oil for. Would you like a website that you can look up a condition you are struggling with and see what oils others have successfully used? Now imagine that you can ask a question about anything concerning essential oils and get answers from others who also use essential oils. A website like this does exist—and if you haven’t heard about the new Modern Essentials Forum, then now’s the time to learn because it needs people like you to add your experiences and participate online.

The Modern Essentials Forum is a place open to the essential oil community to openly and honestly ask questions and share their experiences concerning essential oils & health-related topics. ModernEssentialsForum.com is a place where you can read and write testimonials about specific oils & blends without worrying about saying the wrong thing.

The Modern Essentials Forum has several different sections: The Basics, Usage Guide, Oil Guide, Business, and Ask & Share (Forum).

The Basics

In The Basics section, you can learn all about the basics of essential oils including general essential oil information about application methods and carrier oils, essential oil troubleshooting (what to do if you have an adverse reaction to an essential oil or accidentally use essential oils inappropriately), and essential oil lingo explained.

Usage Guide

The Usage Guide section allows you to alphabetically search for a condition to learn more about that condition and the top recommended essential oils. You may also find a “Simple Solution” recipe to try. If you have had an experience with using an essential oil for that specific condition, feel free to leave a testimonial about it so others can learn from your experience!

Oil Guide

In the Oil Guide section, you can look up a single oil or oil blend to learn it’s primary uses. You can also look up a carrier oil to learn all about it including what it is made from, ways to use it, and its aroma, viscosity/texture, absorption/feel, color, and shelf life. If you know something about any of these oils, feel free to leave a comment or share an experience you’ve had!

Business

You can find several essential oil business-related articles under the Business section including “How to Hold a Make & Take Class,” “AromaTools® Can Help You with Essential Oil Education and Marketing,” “Top 10 Must-Have Essential Oil Accessories for New Oil Users,” “Intro to Modern Essentials™: A Mini Textbook for Essential Oil Classes,” and several more.

Ask & Share (Forum)

The bulk of the discussion happens in the Ask & Share (Forum) section. This is where you can start a discussion, answer another person’s question, or carry on a conversation about any of the topics. This is the place where we can all learn from each other!

Take the time to share your experiences, ask questions, and help others on their essential oil journey on modernessentialsforum.com!

Just Add Oils to These 12 Products!

It’s easy to overcomplicate things when it comes to essential oils, but sometimes simplicity is key to actually using the oils. We would like to show you 12 products that you can just add oils to!

1. Diffusers

Just add 3–8 drops of essential oil to your essential oil diffuser. Need some scent ideas? Take a look at these diffuser blend recipes!

2. Bags and Cases

Just add your oil bottles to any of these bags or cases. AromaTools carries such a large variety of bags and cases for essential oils, you are sure to find something you’ll love!

3. Essential Oil–Safe Water Bottles

Just add 1–2 drops of essential oil to one of these essential oil–safe water bottles! Shake before drinking. Some favorite oils to add to drinking water include citrus oils, peppermint, and Protective Blend.

4. Nasal Inhalers

Just add 5–15 drops of essential oil to the wick, then put the nasal inhaler together. Simply remove the lid and inhale the aroma. Nasal inhalers make it easy to take aromatherapy oils or blends with you on the go.

5. Aromatherapy Jewelry

Just add 1–2 drops of essential oil to aromatherapy jewelry for a fashionable personal diffuser. If you are looking for ideas of what oils to use, check out this article: 35 Aromatherapy Jewelry Diffuser Blends.

6. Sample Bottles

Whether you want to keep just a little bit of oil on hand to use or to give to others as samples, these essential oil sample bottles are easy to use. Just add 20–40 drops of your essential oil or blend, insert the orifice reducer, screw on the lid, and apply an Oil Lock label.

7. Spray Bottles

Make a simple room spray with a spray bottle by adding 15 drops of essential oil, 15 drops of Natural Essential Oil Emulsifier (optional but helpful), and 2–4 oz. (60–120 ml) of water. Shake and spray.

8. Epsom Salt

Aromatherapy baths are not only relaxing, but also a great way to use essential oils! Just add 15 drops of essential oil to 1 cup (240 g) of epsom salt. Stir to combine, then add to a bath while the tub is filling up with water.

9. Roll-on Bottles

Roll-on bottles make it simple to pre-dilute essential oils (especially helpful with young children or those with sensitive skin) or create your own topical blends. Just add the oils to the roll-on bottle, and fill with a carrier oil like fractionated coconut oil, sweet almond oil, or jojoba oil. Read this article for more information about diluting oils with roll-ons and creating your own blends: The Art of Roller Bottle Blending.

10. Capsules

Capsules make it easy to take essential oils internally. Just add 5–8 drops each of essential oil and an ingestible carrier oil (like olive oil) to a capsule. Make sure to swallow the capsule within 5 minutes of adding the oils. Find more information about capsules here: Capsules and Essential Oils—FAQs.

11. myBase Products

AromaTools carries a few unscented products that are ready for you to just add oils:

  • Probiotic Deodorant: Just add a drop of essential oil to a pea-sized amount of deodorant before applying to the underarms.
  • Carrier Oil Sticks: Rub the carrier oil stick on skin before applying the essential oils. This helps dilute the essential oil and is especially helpful with children or people with sensitive skin.
  • Shower and Bath Gel Base: Just add 10–15 drops of essential oil to the bottle, and stir in with a chopstick. Wash your hair and body as normal.

12. Wool Dryer Balls

Just add 1–2 drops of essential oil to each wool dryer ball before including them in the dryer cycle with your laundry. These wool dryer balls are a healthier alternative to using dryer sheets, and the essential oils leave a pleasant smell on the clothes. If you’d rather go the DIY route, here are some instructions for making your own custom dryer balls.

Essential Oil Spotlight: Black Pepper

black-pepperBlack pepper essential oil is steam-distilled from the berries of a tree in the Piperaceae family. Its odor is spicy and musky with herbaceous undertones.

Some properties of this oil include analgesic, anticatarrhal, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antitoxic, aphrodisiac, expectorant, laxative, rubefacient, and stimulant (nervous, circulatory, and digestive).

Pepper has been used for thousands of years to treat malaria, cholera, and other digestive problems. It is currently also used to increase cellular oxygenation, support digestive glands, stimulate the endocrine system, increase energy, and help rheumatoid arthritis. Black pepper essential oil may also help with loss of appetite, catarrh, chills, colds, colic, constipation, coughs, diarrhea, dysentery, flatulence (combine with fennel), flu, heartburn, nausea, neuralgia, poor circulation, poor muscle tone, sprains, and vertigo.

Research has found that inhaling black pepper essential oil can reduce cravings for cigarettes and symptoms of anxiety in smokers.

Applications of Black Pepper Essential Oil and Safety Data

Topical Application: Dilute black pepper essential oil with a carrier oil for children and those with sensitive skin. Apply to reflex points and/or directly on area of concern.
Aromatic Application: Diffuse, or inhale the aroma of black pepper essential oil directly. The aroma of black pepper is comforting and stimulating.
Internal Application: Black pepper essential oil can be used as a flavoring in cooking.

5 Ways to Use Black Pepper Essential Oil

1. Diffuse
Here are a couple great diffuser blends to help you get energized and motivated:

2. Use in a Massage Oil

Black pepper essential oil is beneficial for warming cold or stiff hands. Try this Hand Rejuvenator recipe—massage into the hands starting at the fingertips, then work your way up the arm to the shoulder.

Hand Rejuvenator:
5 drops grapefruit
5 drops black pepper
5 drops spearmint
5 drops ginger
1 1/2 Tbsp. (23 ml) fractionated coconut oil
(or other carrier oil)

Black pepper is also really great at helping to relax muscles and relieve aches and pains. Here is a recipe for a Sore Muscles Salve. You can also try one of the following massage recipes:

Muscle Relaxer
Massage Blend:

10 drops ginger
10 drops cypress
5 drops juniper berry
5 drops black pepper
2 Tbsp. (30 ml) Sesame Seed Oil
(or other carrier oil)
Aches & Pains
Massage Blend:

4 drops black pepper
4 drops Roman chamomile
4 drops marjoram
2 drops lavender
2 Tbsp. (24 g) Coconut Oil
(or other carrier oil)
Sore Muscles
Massage Blend:

15 drops ginger
9 drops ylang ylang
6 drops black pepper
2 Tbsp. (30 ml) Sesame Seed Oil
(or other carrier oil)

3. Roll on for Constipation Relief
Black pepper essential oil has been used for helping with digestive problems, including constipation. Try rolling this blend on your lower back and lower abdomen to help get things moving.

Constipation Blend:
1 drop black pepper
1 drop lavender
1 drop marjoram
1 drop fennel
1 tsp. (5 ml) carrier oil like fractionated coconut oil, sweet almond oil, or jojoba oil
Add oils to a 5 ml roll-on bottle, or double the recipe if using a 10 ml roll-on bottle. Fill the bottle the rest of the way with a carrier oil.


4. Add to a Warm Bath
Black pepper can help you warm up when cold. Try this warming bath when you feel particularly cold.

Warming Bath Salts:
2 drops black pepper
5 drops juniper berry
5 drops lavender
1 cup (240 g) epsom salt
Mix ingredients together. Add 1/4–1/2 cup (60–120 g) of bath salts to the bathtub as it fills up with water.

5. Add to Cooking Recipes
Black pepper essential oil can be added to any of your favorite cooking recipes. Just use 1 drop of black pepper oil for every 1/4–1/2 tsp. (0.5–1 g) of ground black pepper. For recipes that call for less black pepper, try dipping a toothpick in the oil and stirring it into the mixture. These are a few of our recipes that include black pepper essential oil:

Sources:
Modern Essentials™: A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, 8th Edition, p. 43.

Healing Oils: 500 Formulas for Aromatherapy by Carol & David Schiller

DIY All-Natural Face Mask

The skin on your face is delicate and should be pampered with healthy ingredients. The harsh chemicals in many skin products destroy the natural balance of the oils in your skin and can cause peeling or acne. Try this simple homemade mask at home to clean your skin and restore a healthy glow to your face!

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Applesauce Ornaments

This is a fun craft to do with the kids or to give as a gift. Decorate the tree with these homemade creations and make the house smell wonderful!

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Don’t Be a Scrooge This Holiday Season

Don’t be a Scrooge this holiday season—use the right tools for your essential oils! Get a case at aromatools.com, then just add oils!

Essential Oil Spotlight: Frankincense


frankincenseFrankincense essential oil is steam-distilled from the resin of trees and shrubs in the Burseraceae family. The aroma helps to focus energy, improve concentration, and enhance meditation.

Historically, frankincense was used in the Middle East as an ingredient in holy incense for sacrificial ceremonies and to improve communication with the Creator. The French use it for asthma, depression, and ulcers.

This oil acts as an antidepressant, anticancer, antiseptic, and sedative. It is commonly used to treat allergies, bronchitis, colds, headaches, sores, strep throat, and typhoid. Frankincense is generally recognized as safe for consumption by the FDA and can be used topically, diffused, or taken orally.

To learn more about frankincense essential oil and many other pure essential oils, see the book Modern Essentials™: A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils.

Sources: Modern Essentials™: A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, 8th Edition, p. 63.

Kool-Aid® Lip Balm and Holiday Gift Guide

These colored lip balms are so fun to make for any woman, young or old! The Kool-Aid® not only gives the lip balms a vibrant color, but also a fun taste. You can even add peppermint essential oil to give your lips a cooling sensation with each use! With the recipe provided below, you can make a big batch of the same color/flavor, or you can get creative and make a bunch of different ones!

Kool-Aid® Lip Balm

  • Servings: 4–10
  • Time: 15–30 minutes active; 30 minutes inactive
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Using a kitchen scale, measure out the beeswax and cocoa butter, and place in a double boiler. (Note: you can create a double boiler by placing ingredients in a heat-proof glass dish and placing the dish in a water-filled pan.) Heat over low heat until melted.
  2. Meanwhile, place drink mix in a glass dish, and add just enough hot water to make a paste.
  3. Once the beeswax and cocoa butter are melted, add jojoba oil and honey, and keep warming until everything is melted. Let cool slightly, and stir in essential oil if desired.
  4. Add oil mixture to drink mix, and stir/mash with the back of a spoon until it is thoroughly combined.
  5. Place lip balm in a zip-top bag, and snip off a small hole in a corner with scissors. Squeeze the lip balm into the containers by twisting the bag and squeezing down. Tap the container against a hard surface to help it move to the bottom of the container. Continue until the containers are full.
  6. Place containers in fridge until the lip balm has fully cooled.

Note: If you want to make multiple flavors, just prep your drink mix in separate
bowls, and only use 1/8–1/4 tsp. per dish. Then stir in 1/2–1 Tbsp. (7.5–15 ml) of the oil mixture. This should fill 1 lip gloss container or 2 lip balm dispensers.

This recipe was featured in our new online Gift Guide. Take a look at all the other fun recipes and gift ideas!
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