EO Life Hack: Sanitize and Season Wood Kitchenware

Refresh your wood cutting boards and spoons by rubbing a little coconut oil and lemon essential oil on them. The coconut oil helps season the wood, and the antibacterial properties in both the coconut oil and lemon essential oil help sanitize your kitchenware at the same time.

Sore Muscles Salve

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!

Sore Muscles Salve

  • Servings: Yield=2 oz. (60 ml)
  • Time: 10 minutes active; 1 hour inactive
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. In a double boiler, melt the beeswax and coconut oil over low heat until completely melted; then add sweet almond oil or fractionated coconut oil. Note: You can create a double boiler by placing a heat-proof glass container (containing ingredients) in a pan filled with an inch (2.5 cm) of water.
  2. Allow mixture to cool for about 5 minutes before stirring in the essential oils.
  3. Pour mixture into a glass salve jar or tin container. It should solidify within 30 minutes to an hour.
  4. To use, rub salve on sore muscles as needed.

Men’s Essential Oil Body Wash

bodywash2This sudsy body wash smells great and leaves men’s skin feeling healthy and moisturized! This makes a great DIY Father’s Day gift!

 

Men's EO Body Wash

  • Servings: Yield=1 1/4 cups (300 ml)
  • Time: 5 minutes active
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

Instructions:

  1. Measure all ingredients, stir them together, and pour the mixture into the bottle. (Note: There will be a little too much to fit in one 8 oz. bottle. You can either use the extra right away or pour it into another bottle.)
  2. Shake up the bottle to ensure ingredients are mixed thoroughly before each use.
  3. Use in the shower with a wash cloth or loofah.

We liked this essential oil blend, but have fun experimenting with other ones as well!

Coconut Lime Muddie Buddies

Try this awesome twist on traditional muddie buddies! The lime-coconut combination is delicious, and you won’t want to put the bowl down once you try it.

Muddie-Buddies

Coconut Lime Muddie Buddies

  • Servings: 8–10
  • Time: 25 minutes active
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 box toasted rice squares cereal (12 oz.)
  • 1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 5 drops lime essential oil
  • 1 tsp. lime juice
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

Instructions:

  1. Pour the cereal into a large mixing bowl.
  2. Melt the chocolate over the stove in a double boiler. Stir in the coconut oil once the chocolate is almost melted. Remove from stove when the chocolate and coconut oil are fully melted together.
  3. Add lime essential oil and lime juice to the chocolate, and stir together until well incorporated.
  4. Pour the chocolate mixture over the cereal, and stir with a wooden spoon until the cereal is evenly coated.
  5. Pour the mixture into a gallon-size zip-top bag, and add 1 cup of powdered sugar.
  6. Seal the bag, and shake gently to distribute the powdered sugar.
  7. Enjoy right away, or store in an airtight container.

 

 

Homemade Chest and Throat Salve

Be prepared for the cold winter months with this Homemade Chest and Throat Salve! This salve incorporates pure essential oils that have been studied for their abilities to help support clear breathing and help strengthen the immune system. Just rub this salve on the chest and on the bottoms of the feet, cover the feet with socks, and breathe a little easier this winter!

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Homemade Chest and Throat Salve

  • Servings: 1/2 cup
  • Time: 10 minutes active
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 6 Tbsp. Coconut Oil
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. Beeswax Pellets
  • 1/2 tsp. arrowroot powder (optional; helps thicken the salve if stored in a warmer environment)
  • 20 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 20 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 15 drops lemon essential oil
  • 4 oz. Glass Salve Jar

Instructions:

  1. Melt the Beeswax and Coconut Oil on the stovetop in a pan filled with an inch of simmering water (creating a double boiler). Heat until completely melted.
  2. Add arrowroot powder if desired.
  3. Allow to cool for a minute before mixing in the essential oils.
  4. Pour into the glass salve jar. Allow to cool completely before using.
  5. To use, rub on chest, nose, and/or feet as needed.

Cooling Aloe Vera Peppermint Lotion

Are you sunburned or just feeling hot this summer?  Try this lotion recipe to cool off after being in the heat—you will love how it feels! Since coconut oil and peppermint essential oil have demonstrated a low level of SPF protection during testing1, you may even use it to help prevent a sunburn.

Cooling Aloe Vera Peppermint Lotion

Cooling Aloe Vera Peppermint Lotion

  • Servings: Yield = 1 1/4 cups of lotion
  • Time: 15 minutes active; 45 minutes inactive
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup beeswax pellets
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup aloe vera gel
  • 10–20 drops peppermint essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Place the beeswax in a medium-size glass dish. Melt in the microwave or on the stovetop in a pan filled with an inch of simmering water (creating a double boiler). Heat until almost completely melted.
  2. Add the coconut oil to the beeswax, and finish melting.
  3. Remove from the heat and allow to cool to room temperature (about an hour). NOTE: You can wrap the glass dish in a towel and place it in the refrigerator (35–45 minutes) or freezer (10–15 minutes) to speed up the cooling process.
    Note: Some glass dishes can break if the temperature change is too drastic. Use caution. Wrap a towel around and under the dish; then let it cool first in the fridge before placing it in the freezer. The towel keeps the glass from touching anything really cold.
  4. Once cool, add the aloe vera gel and peppermint oil, and mix together with a handheld or stand electric mixer for a few minutes until well incorporated and fluffy.
  5. Place lotion in a 12 oz PET Jar or other wide-mouth jar.
  6. Store at room temperature (65–72 degrees) or in a refrigerator. Coconut oil turns to a liquid state at 76 degrees Fahrenheit and your lotion will become very runny.

This recipe was adapted from GI 365 | Gourmet Innovations.2


Sources:
1In vitro sun protection factor determination of herbal oils used in cosmetics (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3140123/)
2GI 365 | Gourmet Innovations (http://gi365.info/lifestyle/cooling-aloe-mint-body-lotion/)

See Modern Essentials: Soothing Insect Bites and Stings

It’s summertime, and the insects are out and likely to bite. Learn which essential oils to keep on hand to help soothe bites and stings.

Soothing Bug Bites

The following information comes from the book Modern Essentials.

The information on this page is for educational purposes only. It is not meant to be used to diagnose, prescribe, or treat any disease, illness, or injury. Seek professional medical attention if you appear to have any disease, illness, or injury.

Bee and Hornet Stings: Roman chamomile, basil, lavender, lemongrass, lemon, peppermint, or thyme. Recipe: Remove the stinger, and apply a cold compress of Roman chamomile to the area for several hours or for as long as possible.

Gnats and Midges: Lavender or thyme. Recipe: Mix 3 drops thyme in 1 tsp. cider vinegar or lemon juice. Apply to bites to stop irritation.

Mosquitos: Lavender or helichrysum. (See recipe below for a creative way to soothe mosquito bites.)

Spiders: basil, lavender, lemongrass, lemon, peppermint, or thyme. Recipe: Mix 3 drops lavender and 2 drops Roman chamomile with 1 tsp. alcohol. Apply to area three times per day.

Ticks: After getting the tick out, apply 1 drop lavender every 5 minutes for 30 minutes.

Removing Ticks:
Do not apply mineral oil, Vaseline, or anything else to remove the tick, as this may cause the tick to inject spirochetes into the wound.
Be sure to remove the entire tick. Get as close to the mouth as possible, and firmly tug on the tick until it releases its grip. Don’t twist. If available, use a magnifying glass to make sure that you have removed the entire tick.
Save the tick in a jar, and label it with the date, where you were bitten on your body, and the location or address where you were bitten for proper identification by your doctor, especially if you develop any symptoms.
Do not handle the tick.
Wash hands immediately.
Check the site of the bite occasionally to see if any rash develops. If it does, seek medical advice promptly.

Wasps: Recipe: Combine 1 drop basil, 2 drops Roman chamomile, 2 drops lavender, and 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar. Apply to area three times a day.

Source: Modern Essentials, Fifth Edition, p. 187 (“Bites/Stings”).

The information above is an abridgment from the Modern Essentials “Personal Usage Guide” section by AromaTools™. This information has been designed to help educate the reader in regard to the subject matter covered. This information is provided with the understanding that the publisher, the authors, and AromaTools™ are not liable for the misconception or misuse of the information provided. It is not provided in order to diagnose, prescribe, or treat any disease, illness, or injured condition of the body. The authors, publisher, and AromaTools™ shall have neither liability nor responsibility to any person or entity with respect to any loss, damage, or injury caused or alleged to be caused directly or indirectly by this information. The information presented is in no way intended as a substitute for medical counseling. Anyone suffering from any disease, illness, or injury should consult a qualified health care professional.

Soothing Bug Bite Sticks

The following recipe is great for soothing annoying mosquito bites and will probably work on other bites as well. These cold coconut oil sticks are perfect for children because they give them something to do instead of itch the bites and make them worse. If desired, these coconut oil sticks can also work as chapstick!

Bug Bite Sticks

Soothing Bug Bite Sticks

  • Time: 5 minutes active; 15 minutes inactive
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients and Materials Needed:

Instructions:

  1. Place coconut oil in a small glass jar with a lid. Warm by running hot water over the jar until the coconut oil becomes liquid. If using the beeswax, you will need to heat the oils in the microwave or in a glass dish set in a pan of simmering water (creating a double boiler).
  2. Add lavender essential oil, and mix together.
  3. Pour into lip balm or travel deodorant containers, and place in the refrigerator or freezer until solid.
  4. To apply, simply twist the bottom of the tube to push the coconut oil out and rub on the bite.

Store in the refrigerator when not in use. Coconut oil remains solid below 76˚F.