Cold and flu season just keeps on going, and there’s no staying away at this point. We created this diffuser blend to help you boost your immunity against all the germs surrounding you. The properties of these oils are combined to not only fight off the germs but strengthen your body against them; and they smell great!
Check out our “Fight the Flu with Essential Oils” post to learn about more ways to use essential oils to fight off the flu! There’s a lot of information and steps to fight it effectively. Combine that information with this diffuser blend, and you’ll be staying healthy this season!
Looking for a great new diffuser? Try the Ultra Mini USB Diffuser! This diffuser is amazing due to its small size. It’s perfect for putting in your car, or you can plug it in to your computer in your office. The small size is super convenient and makes diffusing in your personal space easy. The Ultra Mini USB Diffuser is perfect for the above blend because you no longer have to hide away from the germs. Take this one with you wherever you go!
We carry a wide range of diffusers in all sorts of colors, shapes, and sizes. Click here to find the diffuser perfect for you! Check out this post to learn more about the different types of diffusers and how they compare to each other.
What kid doesn’t love gummy candies? Unfortunately, many store-bought brands contain lots of sugar and food dyes that our kids really don’t need in their little bodies. So we’ve come up with a recipe that has the opposite effect of store-bought gummies—with immune-boosting properties from elderberry syrup, honey, and lemon essential oil.
[recipe title=”Elderberry Gummy Candies” servings=”Yield=1 1/4 cups (300 ml)” time=”15 minutes active; 1 hour inactive” difficulty=”Easy”]
2/3 cup (160 ml) homemade elderberry syrup, divided (see recipe below)
1/3 cup (80 ml) mixed-berry, grape, or orange juice
1–4 toothpicks clove essential oil, to taste (optional)
1–4 toothpicks cassia essential oil, to taste (optional)
1–4 toothpicks ginger essential oil, to taste (optional)
Place the elderberries, water, and vanilla bean in an electric pressure cooker (we used an Instant Pot®), and cook on high pressure for 10 minutes. Allow the pressure to release naturally (about 18 minutes).
Once your pressure cooker has cooled down enough to open, strain out the elderberries and allow to cool until warm before you stir in the honey and essential oils.
Use in gummy candies (recipe above), as a pancake syrup, or drink 1 tsp. (5 ml) or so (1/4–1/2 for children) several times a day when you feel a cold or the flu coming on.
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.
[recipe title=”Saltwater Mouthwash” servings=”Yield=1 cup (240 ml)” time=”5 minutes” difficulty=”Easy”]
Ingredients & Supplies:
1/2 tsp. (2 g) Himalayan sea salt
1 cup (240 ml) distilled warm water
10 drops essential oil (Some great essential oils to use include melaleuca, orange, cinnamon, peppermint, clove, lemon, myrrh, or Protective Blend.)
Butter chicken is simple to make and commonly liked, even by those who don’t normally like Indian food. This version of butter chicken uses essential oils to achieve the exotic flavor of the dish. We used a pressure cooker (Instant Pot®) for this recipe, but you could let it simmer on the stove with similar results.
[recipe title=”Butter Chicken with Essential Oils” servings=”6–8″ time=”15 minutes active; 30–40 minutes inactive” difficulty=”Moderate”]
1 can (14 oz.) diced tomatoes
5–6 cloves garlic
1 tsp. (3 g) turmeric
1/2 tsp. (1 g) cayenne pepper
1 tsp. (2 g) paprika
1 tsp. (6 g) salt
1 bay leaf
1 tsp. (2 g) garam masala
2 lbs. (1 kg) boneless chicken thighs (see substitution note below)
1/2 cup (100 g) coconut oil or butter, cut into cubes
1/2 cup (120 ml) coconut milk or heavy cream
2 drops cumin essential oil
1–2 drops coriander essential oil
1 drop cardamom essential oil
1 drop cassia essential oil
1 drop clove essential oil
1 drop black pepper essential oil
1 drop ginger essential oil
1/4–1/2 cup (15–30 g) fresh cilantro or parsley, chopped
Place all the initial ingredients into the pressure cooker. Mix the sauce well, and then place the chicken on top of the sauce.
Seal the pressure cooker, and cook on high pressure for 10 minutes. Let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes before quickly releasing the remaining pressure.
Remove the chicken, and set aside. Remove and discard the bay leaf.
Using an immersion blender (or regular blender with care—the liquid is really hot!), blend up the sauce.
Allow the sauce to cool a little before adding the butter, coconut milk, cilantro or parsley, nutmeg, and essential oils. If you add these items while the sauce is too hot, it will be a thin sauce. Just place it in the fridge for a little bit to help it thicken.
Cut the chicken into chunks before adding back into the sauce.
Serve over rice or zucchini noodles or with a side of naan.
You can substitute some or all the chicken with tofu, steamed vegetables, or shrimp. Just add 1/4 cup (60 ml) water to the sauce before cooking, then add the substituted ingredients after cooking and heat until warm or cooked through.
You can use frozen chicken. Just push it into the sauce before cooking and add 1–2 minutes to the cook time.
This chocolate brittle is so yummy! Who doesn’t like orange- and cinnamon-flavored chocolate topped with dried cranberries and pumpkin seeds? (If you don’t, then maybe this post isn’t for you—but you are seriously missing out!) This recipe is as healthy as you make it. You can make the chocolate as dark as you please and add lots of dried fruit and seeds to get a good source of antioxidants and fiber, along with the benefits of the essential oils. You can also make this mostly chocolate (sweetened to your preference) and eat it for dessert. Either way you like it, we’ll show you how to make it.
[recipe title=”Autumn Chocolate Brittle” time=”15 minutes active; 1 hour inactive” difficulty=”Easy”]
Chocolate (your favorite bar, or use the recipe below)
Pinch of salt
1–3 toothpicks cinnamon or cassia essential oil
1–3 toothpicks clove essential oil
1–3 toothpicks orange essential oil
Shelled pumpkin seeds (also called pepitas)
Pumpkin pie spice (optional)
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (you can spray or oil the baking sheet to help the parchment paper stick to the sheet), and set aside.
Melt the chocolate, or make the recipe below.
Add salt and essential oils to taste. Start with a toothpick of each oil, and keep adding until you like the taste.
Pour the melted chocolate onto the parchment paper, and spread as thin as you like.
Sprinkle the cranberries and pumpkin seeds over the chocolate to your liking.
Sprinkle the chocolate with pumpkin pie spice for a little extra flavoring, if desired.
Let the chocolate come to room temperature; then freeze it until it’s completely solid.
Once solid, use a knife or your hands to break the chocolate into fragments.
Store any leftovers in the freezer or the refrigerator.
Delight your tastebuds with the wonderful flavors of autumn that abound in these Chunky Apple Cinnamon Muffins!
[recipe title=”Chunky Apple Cinnamon Muffins” servings=”9–10″ time=”15–20 minutes active; 20–25 minutes inactive” difficulty=”Moderate”]
1/3 cup (67 g) cane sugar or lightly packed brown sugar
1/4 cup (60 ml) melted coconut oil
2 cups (200 g) peeled and chopped apple (we used Granny Smith, but you could use sweeter apples)
2–3 drops cinnamon or cassia essential oil
1–2 drops clove essential oil
1/2 cup (80 g) raisins (optional)
1/2 cup (50 g) chopped walnuts (optional)
Cinnamon Topping Ingredients:
3 Tbsp. (22.5 g) whole wheat flour
1/4 cup (40 g) old-fashioned oats
3 Tbsp. (37.5 g) coarse cane sugar or brown sugar (not packed)
2 Tbsp. (24 g) coconut oil, plus more if needed
1 toothpick cinnamon or cassia essential oil
Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Grease a muffin tin.
In a large bowl, mix the flour, arrowroot powder or cornstarch, baking soda, salt, and allspice until combined.
In another bowl, mix together eggs, yogurt, vanilla extract, sugar, and essential oils until well combined.
Melt coconut oil on the stove over low heat.
While the coconut oil is melting, peel and finely chop the apples. Toss chopped apples in with the flour mixture. Stir to coat the apples with the flour mixture before they brown. This step helps with evenly dispersing the apples throughout the muffins.
Pour wet ingredients and melted coconut oil into the flour/apple mixture. Add raisins and walnuts, if desired, and stir until just combined. Be careful not to overmix, or the muffins will turn out dense.
Spoon the mixture into the muffin cavities, filling each one about 3/4 full.
Cinnamon Topping: In another bowl, stir together the flour, oats, and coarse cane sugar or brown sugar. Add 2 Tbsp. (24 g) of coconut oil, and stir in a toothpick of cinnamon essential oil. Add a little more coconut oil if too dry or a little more flour or oats if too wet.
Top each muffin with the cinnamon topping.
Fill any empty cavities of the muffin tin with water to ensure even baking.
Bake for 20–25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
Allow muffins to cool for 5–10 minutes before eating.
These mini pumpkin and apple candles make cute autumn decorations that double as essential oil diffusers. You’ll also love the sound of a real fire crackling and snapping as the wooden wicks burn!
[recipe title=”Pumpkin & Apple Candles” time=”30 minutes” difficulty=”Easy”]
Ingredients & Supplies:
Mini pumpkins, gourds, squash, or apples
Wooden candle wicks (these can be found on amazon.com)
Melt 1/3 cup (25 g) of beeswax pellets in a microwave, or use a double boiler. A DIY double boiler can be made by placing a heat-proof glass measuring cup in a pan of water. Place the beeswax pellets in the measuring cup, and heat over medium heat.
While the beeswax is melting, cut out a hole in the pumpkin, gourd, squash, or apple. We used small autumn-shaped cookie cutters to start the cutting process and give the holes some character. We found pumpkin-carving tools helpful for carving holes in the mini pumpkins.
Once you have the holes cut out, set up the wood wicks inside, and cut to about 1/2″ (1 cm) above the pumpkin or apple. You’ll want to double up the wood wicks (2 per candle) for the best continuous flame.
Once your wicks are cut, soak them in the melted beeswax for 5–10 minutes as you keep the beeswax hot.
Pull out the candle wicks, and place them on a paper plate. Match up the pairs (according to size) and place them in the candle wick holders that came with the wicks. Then place them in the pumpkins/apples, and pack beeswax pellets around them to hold them in place and fill the holes.
Add 15 drops of essential oil to each candle (see blend suggestions below). Then pour the melted beeswax into each candle until all have been filled.
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.
[recipe title=”Coconut Oil Tablets” time=”2 minutes active; 15 minutes inactive” difficulty=”Easy”]
Essential Oil(s) of choice (see recommendations below)
Candy mold or small ice cube tray
Place 1–3 tsp. (4–12 g) of coconut oil in each section of your mold or ice cube tray.
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.
Place the coconut oil tablets in the refrigerator to solidify.
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.
Some men don’t always take the best care of themselves. However, even a busy man can find easy ways to slip healthy habits into his daily routine. Getting a good night’s rest and regular exercise can be a challenge but can be achieved by planning ahead and prioritizing time. Eating well and taking supplements are also important components to a healthy lifestyle. Likewise, replacing men’s body care products with healthier alternatives is rarely a priority, but can be just as important.
Essential oils are a wonderful alternative to harsh chemicals, fillers, and perfumes that are in many of the products men use daily and can be very beneficial to men’s health. Here are a few ways manly men use essential oils in their daily routines:
Body Wash for Men. Try out this body wash when you hop in the shower first thing in the morning or before bed at night! This sudsy body wash contains lemongrass and cedarwood essential oils. It smells great and will leave your skin feeling healthy and moisturized!
Hair Care for Men. Take care of your handsome locks with essential oils! Try adding a little cedarwood, rosemary, or wintergreen (a total of 3 drops) to 1 tsp. (5 ml) of jojoba oil, and massage into your hair and scalp before shampooing to help with dandruff and to stimulate hair growth.
Styling your hair is easy with this DIY hair pomade! It’s thick and holds short hair in place really well!
For those of you who like to grow out your facial hair, try using a beard oil (recipe below) to soften your beard and keep it looking nice.
Oral Care for Men. When you wake up in the morning and grab your toothbrush, try this all-natural tooth powder as an alternative to commercial toothpaste. When you are done, leave your toothbrush in this solution to clean it while you are gone for the day.
If you like to use a mouthwash, try mixing a little coconut oil with 1 drop lemon, orange, or peppermint essential oil, and swish the mixture around your mouth to help freshen your breath. After several minutes, spit the coconut oil into a garbage can. (Do not spit in the sink, or the oil may clog the pipes.)
Breath Solutions for Men. Make sure to keep some essential oil breath mints on hand for when you have to head to a work meeting! Alternatively, this breath spray is easy to keep in your pocket and spritz in your mouth as often as needed throughout the day.
Workout Oils for Men. Maintaining a muscular physique requires effort . . . and a little pain. Just take this sore muscles salve with you when you hit the gym, and apply it to the muscles you worked out that day to keep the pain minimal. If you experience more than the normal soreness, try these essential oils for other sports injuries.
Flavorful Food for Men. Eating healthy is important, but we all want our food to taste good, too! Try enhancing the flavor of your food with essential oils! Try out these savory spice mixes or any of these essential oil–flavored cooking recipes to make your culinary masterpieces come to life.
Handyman Tips for Men. Yard work and other house/car maintenance tend to fall on the shoulders of men. Let essential oils make your job a little easier! After working on the car, try cleaning off your greasy hands with this hand degreaser.
You may be excited to mow the lawn again next Saturday if you use these frozen eucalyptus mint towels to stay cool! Freeze the towels rolled up in a shape to conform to your neck. Then secure one around your neck with a bandana so it stays put as you as you mow the lawn or do yard work.
Diffuser Blends for Men. Even manly men diffuse essential oils! Try one of these blends in your diffuser next time you chill in your man cave (or office).
Beard Oil for Men. Soft beards result in more hugs and kisses from women and children. Try this beard oil to make your beard feel soft, smell good, and benefit from the essential oils! This balm is best used after a shower when you’ve washed your beard. [recipe title=”Beard Oil” servings=”Yield=2 oz. (60 ml)” time=”2 minutes” difficulty=”Easy”]