How to Hold a Make & Take Class

Make-and-take classes are surging in popularity because they are easy to hold, give your attendees hands-on experience, and allow your guests to leave with something containing essential oils to use at home. Essential oils often sell themselves if they can be introduced with adequate information and something simple for your new contact to try.

at_eo_mt_class_studentMake-and-take classes (and other essential oil classes, for that matter) can seem quite daunting, but they don’t have to be! In this post, we will show you a simple outline that can be adapted to whatever make-and-take class you choose to do.

When planning for a class, you will need to do the following:

  1. Select a date, time, and location. Keep in mind who you want to attend when deciding these things, but don’t get caught up in trying to make it work for everyone—you can always hold more than one of the same class.
  2. Invite people, and remind them about it a week before and the day before the class.
  3. Order your materials. AromaTools has a lot of ingredients and containers that are commonly used for essential oil DIY projects. AromaTools also offers a free event program and additional resources to help you with your classes. Click here for more information.
  4. Gather essential oils and other needed materials. Print any instructions, handouts, and labels as needed.at_eo_mt_class_supplies
  5. Prepare a short lesson. The length of your lesson can depend on how much time it will take for your make-and-take project. If you try to keep your lesson to less than 30 minutes, you should have enough time for questions and your make-and-take project. Here are a few ideas for lesson topics:
    • the basics of essential oils;
    • how essential oils support a specific body system;
    • the most common essential oils and how to use them;
    • essential oils for [fill in the blank] (children, pregnancy, animals, emotions, cooking, cleaning, weight loss, exercising, basic first aid, women, romance, winter wellness, etc.).

    Modern Essentials™: A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils can be a great resource in helping you plan your lesson.at_me8_lifestyle2

  6. Hold your class. Remember to keep it simple: give your short lesson; answer questions; show how to do the make-and-take project; then let your guests do their project, mingle, eat refreshments, and leave.
  7. Follow up. If you were introducing anyone to essential oils through your class, make sure to contact them later that week and answer any further questions they have or invite them to another class later.

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These are a few things you will need to consider when preparing for your class:

  • Decide if you want to discuss any business opportunities or keep the lesson education-based. If you do want to market a specific essential oil company, be careful not to make any health claims about the essential oils; speaking generally about health benefits is better. You can always give your class attendees an “Introduction to Modern Essentials™” booklet or refer them to other information that provides more specific uses for essential oils.
  • Decide if and how you want to charge for the make-and-take project. Some charge a flat fee for their classes; others give their attendees 1 free item and charge for extras; and some provide (or charge for) materials but not the essential oils.
  • Depending on the make-and-take item, you may want to prepare a sample ahead of time so you can show the finished product.
  • Figure out how to set up your make-and-take station(s). Make sure to have at least one station and arrange it so the attendees can either all make the project at the same time or walk down a line to put together their item. Of course, the way you set this up depends on the number of attendees, the project, the supplies you have on hand, etc.
  • It’s a good idea to have printed instructions of how to make the item so your attendees can refer to it as they make their product and be able to take it home with them so they can make more if desired. You may even want to provide labels so your attendees can remember what they made and what they can do with it after the class.
  • Other optional suggestions include holding a drawing to get contact information, offering refreshments, and providing additional handouts or prizes.

If you would like some specific class ideas, check out our Essential Oil Class Ideas category. Also, feel free to browse our Essential Ideas category for more make-and-take class projects and topics:

Do you have any tips for holding an essential oil make-and-take class? Let us know in the comments below! 

Build Your Business with “Modern Essentials™ Living”

Have you heard about the Modern Essentials™ Living book? This amazing resource contains cooking recipes, craft ideas, cleaning recipes, body care recipes, class ideas, diffuser blends, and a chart listing common uses for many essential oils and blends. It introduces essential oils in a way that is completely marketing compliant, so it is a safe resource to use in any setting! We want to discuss a few ways you can use Modern Essentials™ Living to help build your business.

Use Modern Essentials™ Living in Your Classes

Modern Essentials™ Living is a perfect resource to use in any marketing or educational class. Here are a few ideas for how to use this book in a class setting:

  • Use one of the class ideas suggested in Modern Essentials™ Living on pp. 189–202. As you apply a facial mask, make jewelry, drink hot chocolate, make cleaning sprays, or make wintertime shower disks, you can talk about the essential oils and even discuss how to make money by being a distributor.
  • You don’t have to stick to our class ideas—you can come up with your own! Try teaching an essential oil cooking class by making one of the food recipes in Modern Essentials™ Living. As you cook, discuss the tips and tricks found on pp. 9–17 for using essential oils in your cooking.
  • DIY classes (also known as make-and-take classes) are very popular because they tend to be more interactive and let your attendees leave with something to try that contains essential oils. Try holding a make-and-take class of your own, and use the craft, body care, cleaning, or holiday ideas in Modern Essentials™ Living as your DIY project. Don’t forget to introduce the essential oils and let your attendees know where they can purchase them.
  • Have a few copies of Modern Essentials™ Living on hand to pass around your classes. This is a great way to show “newbies” all the different ways you can use essential oils other than the standard application methods. You may even have some people ask to buy one of your copies!
  • The Modern Essentials™ Living book can be used as a drawing prize. You can have your class attendees enter a drawing as they arrive (you may even want to offer this as an incentive to arrive early). Whenever you choose to close the drawing, select a winner and give him or her a copy of Modern Essentials™ Living!

Using Modern Essentials™ Living at Trade Shows

Running an essential oil booth at a trade show is the perfect example of marketing essential oils. But you need a way to get people interested in the essential oils without making health claims. This is where Modern Essentials™ Living can be beneficial! Here are a few ways you can use this book at a trade show:

  • Have several copies available for people to browse through. This can help them get an idea of how the oils can be used without you needing to explain it to them.
  • Make some of the products for people to try as they come to your booth. This can give them a way to experience essential oils aromatically and topically. If the venue allows it, you may even be able to offer essential oil food samples.
  • You may want to consider offering a class at another time and have interested people sign up for your classes while at the trade show. It is often difficult to relay all the information you would like to while having short conversations with passersby, so a class is a way you can educate interested parties a little more thoroughly. If you want to hold a make-and-take class, be sure to have the finished product available at the trade show to provide an example of what will be made in the class.

Use Modern Essentials™ Living to Build and Educate Your Team

One of the best ways to build an essential oil business is to educate your team members about the many ways essential oils can be used. Here are a few ideas of you can do this with Modern Essentials™ Living:

  • Send out an email every once in a while that contains a tip/trick about essential oils. Modern Essentials™ Living contains many bits of useful information including application methods, cooking tips, recipes, class ideas, diffuser blends, and even information about what each oil can do (found in the Quick Usage Chart). If you share information from the book, just make sure to reference it as your source and let your team members know where they can get a copy for themselves!
  • Keep a copy of the book in a waiting area at your office or home. Make sure it is visible and easy to pick up and browse through.
  • Another way Modern Essentials™ Living can be used is to offer it to clients who sign up under you or for rank advancements of your team members.


As you can see, there are many ways Modern Essentials™ Living can help you succeed in your essential oil business. Check out this article to learn more about this amazing resource and see sample pages: Introducing Modern Essentials™ Living.

Do you have any other ideas of how you can use this book to build your business? Comment below! We would love to hear them!

Class Idea: “Intro to Modern Essentials™” Scavenger Hunt

One of the tough things about giving someone a sample of an essential oil is that often that person doesn’t know what to do with it (other than whatever you tell them to). When you share essential oils with a “newbie,” it is important to also give them something containing more information about essential oils. The “Introduction to Modern Essentials™” booklet is the perfect companion to essential oil samples!

What Is Great about This Booklet?

This little booklet is packed with a lot of great information! The first section introduces essential oils and teaches what they are and how they can be used to help enhance health and wellness. The 8th edition of this booklet now includes recipes for diffuser blends, roll-on blends, massage oil blends, bath salts recipes, and cooking guidelines in this section. The next section lists the 44 most common essential oils and some of the ways each one is used. In the last section, the Personal Guide, readers can discover which essential oils, essential oil blends, and essential oil–inspired supplements are commonly used for hundreds of different health conditions. Not only does this booklet give your “newbie” enough information to start using the essential oils, but there is also a place on the back to include your contact information so they know how to contact you if they wish to purchase more oils.

Introduction to Essential Oils Class Idea

The goal of this class is to help your attendees learn about essential oils and show them how to find answers to their essential oil questions.

Start the class with a short lesson introducing and explaining the essential oils. You can use the Introduction to Essential Oils section found in the “Introduction to Modern Essentials™” booklet. Another great resource and handout is the “Modern Essentials™: An Introduction to Essential Oils” Tear Pad. You can also use the Science and Application section found in Modern Essentials™ (the large book) for even more information. We recommend reading this section, if possible, so you are better able to answer any questions your students may have.

Conduct a scavenger hunt activity. Pass out an “Introduction to Modern Essentials™” booklet to everyone in the class. (We recommend letting them take their booklet home with them as a free gift. Make sure to include your contact information on the back!)

Here’s how to do the scavenger hunt activity:

  • You (the teacher) ask a question from the list (7th edition list) (8th edition list).
  • Everyone (all class attendees) tries to find the answer in their booklet.
  • The first person to find the answer raises their hand and waits to be called on to state the answer and where they found it.
  • Give a little time so everyone can also find the answer by going to that page. During this time, you can pass the winner a small treat (this is optional but fun!).
  • Repeat with a new question.

Doing a scavenger hunt activity can not only help bring some fun to your class and make it memorable, but it also gives your students a reason to look through the “Introduction to Modern Essentials™” booklet. As they look through it and find the answers to the questions, they will learn so much about the essential oils and what essential oils can do for specific conditions. It also helps them learn how they can use the booklet to find answers to their own questions. Doing this activity will increase the likelihood of your attendees trying the essentials oils and even purchasing more.

Open the class up for questions. Be sure to leave time to answer questions your attendees have. Try to keep the questions in this class focused more on the essential oils and their benefits. Refrain from marketing a particular brand of essential oils, but rather refer them to another class (even if you hold your marketing class after a 10-minute break) to learn more about where they can purchase essential oils. Remember: Your goal with this class is to help your attendees learn more about the essential oils and how to find information about which oil(s) to use for their health challenges.

This class idea was suggested to us by Jenny Keller. Do you have a class idea you would like to share with others? If so, fill out this survey or comment below. We would love to hear from you!

This “Introduction to Modern Essentials™” booklet makes a great mini textbook for essential oil classes. Click here to see more ideas for using this booklet in your classes!

Sunshine Salsa with Cinnamon Tortilla Chips

This recipe was submitted by Ali Corle as part of our Facebook contest. She says, “I make this amazing salsa, it’s out-of-this-world good!” And we agree! This recipe makes a lot of salsa, so it is great for a party or large gathering.

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Sunshine Salsa

  • Servings: Yield=approx. 24 cups
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 4 nectarines
  • 1 pineapple
  • 4 peaches
  •  6–12 fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1–2 drops cilantro essential oil
  • 3–5 drops lime essential oil
  • Onion (fresh or powder) to taste
  • Sea salt (optional) to taste

Instructions:

  1. Chop all fruit, fresh cilantro, and onion (if using fresh), and combine in a large bowl. (The size of your fruit pieces determines how chunky your salsa is.)
  2. Stir in 3–5 drops lime essential oil and 1–2 drops cilantro essential oil. Start with 1 drop of each oil, stir, and add to taste. Add salt to taste, if desired.
  3. Allow to sit for at least 4 hours before serving.
  4. Make Cinnamon Tortilla Chips to eat with the Sunshine Salsa!

Cinnamon Tortilla Chips

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Ingredients:

  • 1 pack flour tortillas
  • Cinnamon-sugar mixture using 2–5 drops cinnamon essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400° F. (205° C.)
  2. Cut tortillas into triangles.
  3. Spray or brush baking sheet with oil. Spread tortilla triangles onto the baking sheet.
  4. Sprinkle tortilla triangles with the cinnamon-sugar mixture. (This Empty Spice Jar works great for this step.)
  5. Bake for 7–12 minutes. Serve with Sunshine Salsa.

Special thanks to Ali Corle for submitting this recipe on Facebook.

Week of Wellness: EssentialYoga Workshop

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Overlooking a view of the beautiful Wasatch Mountains from the Elevé™ Event Center, a group ranging from beginners to experts participated in the June workshop from “The EssentialYoga Program” conducted by Marty Harger and Stephanie Smith. The program consists of monthly workshops designed to provide yoga instructors with “the knowledge and steps to confidently integrate six to seven essential oils into a theme-based monthly EssentialYoga workshop.” This is a great way to naturally introduce others to the benefits of combining essential oils with yoga.

In the class, Stephanie Smith led participants through yoga poses as essential oils were integrated aromatically, topically, and internally during the workshop. Marty Harger explained the benefits of essential oils using information from Modern Essentials, Living Healthy and Happily Ever AfterEmotions and Essential Oils, and Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit.

The oils paired with yoga are beneficial to both mind and spirit. The oils support individuals with more clarity, focus, stamina, and the ability to breathe deeper. The theme for the June workshop is to breathe and be open to life.

“Let go and open to life” is inspired by fresh, summer citrus essential oils and their scents. The crisp and uplifting citrus aromas combined with the circular energy movement of this practice are the perfect fit for a summer yoga practice. Inspired by an all-levels vinyasa flow style of yoga, this workshop focuses on side-body lengthening and healthy function of the kidneys. Combined with the uplifting qualities of citrus oils such as lemon and grapefruit, this practice creates a powerful antidote to our linear world, helps to remove blinders, and opens peripheral vision.

The following chart is an excerpt from the program and shares the oils that were introduced in the class along with their physical and emotional benefits.

The program is also very committed to helping with causes and encourages those who conduct their workshops to give a portion of the proceeds from the workshop to charity. During the Week of Wellness, although the classes were free, participants were encouraged to donate $5.00 each. 100% of the $5.00 cash per person suggested donation went to the Healing Hands Nepal Earthquake Relief fund.

This is a wonderful program of workshops. Be sure to purchase the book to get the complete details for the June workshop and the entire EssentialYoga Program.

About the Presenter


Marty Harger was introduced to yoga while attending freestyle ski camp in Wyoming in the late 1970s––her first trip to the western USA. Her introduction to oils came a few years later as did her increasing awareness of the body’s powerful ability to heal itself with natural approaches. In midlife, Marty hopped off the big-city corporate fast-track and began her personal and professional journey to find her niche in the healing arts. It was during that year of massage school in Chicago that her passion for essential oils really took hold. What began with aromatherapy studies evolved into the use of therapeutic-grade essential oils as she was introduced to the oils in 2008 at the wellness center she owns in the Mountains of Heber City, Utah.

 

Stephanie Smith‘s path from the dance studio to the yoga studio began when she was a young girl exploring ballet, jazz, and tap. After a few years as a college dance major, she left her home state of Utah for a professional dance career in Los Angeles. That road led to ventures in personal training and fitness as well as teaching dance to others since 1984. Her love of yoga began in 1996 as she explored Bikram, or hot yoga. Ever curious, Stephanie continued her yoga instructor training in many forms over the years with a growing interest in the mind-body connection. Her unique style brings a sense of curiosity and inquiry into the studio as she meets yoga students where they are and helps guide them to a deeper understanding of their body, mind, and spirit.

Week of Wellness: Modern Essentials Workshop

WOW-bannerLast Wednesday evening, over 100 essential oil enthusiasts joined AromaTools™ employees to learn how Modern Essentials provides genuine compliance, genuine ease-of-use, and genuine education.

Genuine Compliance

Throughout the years, AromaTools™ has provided the most accurate and reliable information about essential oils. Within the last year, AromaTools™ has made many changes to Modern Essentials, including updating the images, adding cutting-edge research, and expanding the science and application section. Some of these changes were made in an effort to help Wellness Advocates comply with the U.S. Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994. This law is regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the body of government that holds regulatory power over dietary supplements (which essential oils are considered).

The U.S. Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 states that a dietary supplement may not be labeled with health claims. A label can mean the actual label attached to the product or any publication that is considered to be a part of the packaging or selling of the supplement.

Published educational materials about dietary supplements, like Modern Essentials, are not considered to be labeling claims if they are true, generic, fair, and balanced, and, “if displayed in an establishment, is physically separate from the dietary supplement” (SEC. 403B. (a)(4)). As a truly independent, third-party publisher, we have worked hard to make sure that Modern Essentials is true, generic, fair, and balanced. If you are selling essential oils, you are responsible for maintaining the separation to ensure you are not using Modern Essentials to make claims about your product or the brand you represent. The best way to maintain separation is to separate education of essential oils from the marketing of an essential oil brand.

To maintain this separation, top essential oil advocates:

  • Avoid making or advertising health claims about a specific brand of essential oils based on the research and common essential oil uses contained in Modern Essentials to sell essential oils.
  • Allow individuals to try essential oils and discover the amazing benefits for themselves from their own use and research.
  • Keep business and sales meetings about specific brands or trademarked products separate from educational events.

Education Class Ideas:

Use Modern Essentials to help you prepare for classes on the below subjects:

Educational Party Ideas:

Use Modern Essentials to help you prepare for fun parties on the below subjects:

  • Essential oils spa night
  • My favorite essential oil recipes
  • Essential oils for school
  • Essential oil summer kit
  • Essential oil hot chocolate social

Marketing Class Helps:

  • Avoid mentioning health claims when selling a specific brand of essential oils.
  • If a class member asks a question about a specific health claim, answer the question using body system statements (“lavender supports the immune system”) rather than health statements (“lavender is beneficial for sore throats and colds”). Body system information for single essential oils is located in the Single Oils section of Modern Essentials, and information about other products is listed in the Appendix of Modern Essentials.

The following resources are great to hand out or use in a marketing class:

Genuine Ease-of-Use

Since developing the intuitive, easy-to-use format of our Personal Usage Guide, we’ve seen many attempts to imitate it. We believe you will agree that the original is still the best.

But don’t just take our word for it. Here are a few genuine reviews from the past month:

  • “Everything is explained very clearly and makes it almost impossible to make a mistake in deciding what you need.” –Linda from Hickory, PA
  • “This is an excellent resource for essential oils that I will use often and share with many friends and family.” –Kathleen from Dickinson, ND
  • “Love it! Clear, easy to use, helpful resource.” –Esther from Florence, WI

Genuine Education

Throughout Modern Essentials, we have added easy-to-understand explanations of how essential oils interact with the body, are tested for purity, and are extracted from plant material.

In the Personal Usage Guide and Single Oils sections, we have included detailed explanations of the most recent and cutting-edge articles about essential oils. These explanations describe what kind of research was conducted within the article. For example, in vitro (Latin for “within the glass”) describes an experiment that was conducted on living cells, usually within a petri dish or other controlled environment. On the other hand, in vivo (Latin for “within the living”) describes an experiment that was conducted on a living organism, like rats or flies. Research conducted on humans is also included in Modern Essentials.

Using Modern Essentials to teach others and yourself about essential oils will help you to better understand the oils and how they can benefit your life. The material included throughout the book is written to help you learn more about using essential oils properly and most effectively.

If you would like to teach others about this information, you are welcome to use the PowerPoint presentation we created.

About the Presenter


Analisa Edmonds is the Publications Project Manager for AromaTools™. She has worked extensively with the 6th Edition of Modern Essentials. Specifically, she wrote “How Essential Oils Interact with the Body” and “Ensuring Essential Oil Purity and Quality,” both included in the Science and Application section of Modern Essentials. She studied Neuroscience at Brigham Young University and loves researching how essential oils can influence the different structures of the brain.

Essential Oil Hot Chocolate Social

Next time you need to plan an essential oil event, consider holding a hot chocolate social! This is a great idea for a team meeting or for a class to introduce new clients to essential oils.

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Provide hot chocolate and various hot chocolate toppings, such as whipped cream, crushed candy cane, marshmallows, and chocolate chips. Also provide various essential oils to add to the hot chocolate. Peppermint, orange, and cassia essential oil all make great additions to hot chocolate. Instruct guests to just dip a toothpick in the oil and then swish the toothpick around in their hot chocolate.

Once everyone has helped themselves to hot chocolate and is sitting comfortably, this is a great time to share information about essential oils. You could focus on the health benefits of the oils you offered as hot chocolate mix-ins, provide basic introductory information about essential oils, discuss essential oils for winter wellness, or talk about cooking with essential oils.

Make sure that everyone is comfortable, enjoys some delicious hot chocolate, and has a really fun and positive experience! Be sure to send information about essential oils home with your guests so that they can continue to learn more about essential oils. It’s also really great if you can send your guests home with a sample of essential oil to try out for themselves.

If you’d like to make your own hot chocolate, here is a fun recipe:

Peppermint Hot Chocolate with Essential Oil

  • Servings: 2
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Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. sugar or other sweetener
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3/4 cup canned coconut milk (shake before opening)
  • 1 1/2 cups milk (almond or rice milk work too)
  • 1–2 drops peppermint essential oil

Instructions:

  1. In a saucepan, mix together the cocoa powder, salt, and sugar.
  2. Add coconut milk, and heat until combined.
  3. Slowly add milk while continuing to stir. Keep stirring until little bubbles start to form on the surface.
  4. Remove from heat. Allow to cool slightly. Stir in a drop or two of peppermint essential oil.
  5. Pour into mugs, and serve. Warning: It will be hot, so allow the hot chocolate to cool to a reasonable temperature before drinking.
  6. Top with whipped cream, marshmallows, chocolate chips, or ground peppermint candy.

 

Would You Like AromaTools® to Be at Your Event?

Do you teach classes or hold other essential oil events? Would you like free catalogs and pens to hand out to let your students know where they can purchase the book Modern Essentials or other essential oil–related products, such as bottles, bags, and diffusers? If so, you will want to see what we have to offer!

Have AromaTools at your next meeting!

We, at AromaTools®, recently started a program to send you free stuff to give away at your events. We will send catalogs, pens, AromaTools® gift certificates, or products to give away. Just remember to give us a 2 weeks notice so you can receive your free goodies in time for your big day.

If you would like to be a part of this program, click here to fill out our event submission form.

Another fun way to have us at your event is to show a video about the book Modern Essentials or AromaTools®. We have created a few videos that can be used for a quick break or as a fun introduction to how Modern Essentials can benefit essential oil users. Each video differs in style, so you can find one to suit your needs.