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.
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.
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.
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.
Essential oils can add a lot of flavor to cooking, but sometimes even a drop is too much for the dish. These spice mixes are an easy way to add a hint of additional flavor to your cooking with the help of essential oils! You may even enjoy adding a little to your plate if you like to salt your food.
One important thing to remember when using these spices—use them like you would salt. If you want more of the essential oil flavor, add more oils to the salt mixture, or add a toothpick or a drop of essential oil to the dish after cooking it.
Another tip: Make sure to use a slightly coarse salt (kosher salt and Himalayan sea salt are recommended). Do not use table salt—it will make these taste too salty. Also avoid the really coarse salt if you plan on adding more to your dish just before eating (unless you happen to like biting into large chunks of salt full of essential oil flavor . . . which isn’t necessarily a bad thing).
With Father’s Day just around the corner, try making these as a gift for the man who loves to cook! Continue reading →
Give your sore muscles some relief with this salve. The essential oils in this recipe may not only help soothe muscle pains, but they also create a warming/cooling effect that makes this salve extra special! Continue reading →