Introducing Modern Essentials™ Living

We are so excited about the newest addition to the Modern Essentials™ family: Modern Essentials™ Living! This new book contains cooking recipes, craft ideas, cleaning recipes, body care product recipes, class ideas, diffuser blends, and a chart listing common uses for many essential oils and blends. Modern Essentials™ Living introduces essential oils in a way that is completely marketing compliant, so it is a safe resource to use in any setting!

This book makes a fantastic gift for anyone interested in essential oils! Modern Essentials™ Living is also the perfect tool for introducing others to the world of essential oils and can be used in any setting to teach others how essential oils can be used every day! It can even be used in marketing meetings, classes, parties, trade shows, or as an enrollment reward.

Even if you don’t plan on giving this book away, you’ll want to have this beautiful, yet resourceful, book in your library! Click here to see how to purchase it.

Here is a sneak peek of some of what is inside!

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Are you as excited about this book as we are? Let us know in the comments below!

Mediterranean Chicken Lettuce Wraps and Tzatziki

Check out this healthy version of a Greek pita! However, if you like the bread, just assemble the ingredients into a pita, including the lettuce. The leftover tzatziki also makes a fantastic vegetable dip!


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Homemade Vanilla Extract

Due to popularity, we brought this idea back from the archives!

Are you looking for an easy gift to give to neighbors and friends this Christmas? Well, this homemade vanilla extract may just be the perfect one! It’s simple to make and very delicious! However, it does take a few months to properly steep, so you might want to start now.

To make this vanilla extract, you only need a few things—vanilla beans, alcohol (such as vodka, rum, or bourbon), glass bottles, and labels. Vanilla beans can be expensive when bought locally; so to make this gift as inexpensive as possible, consider buying the beans in bulk from an online source like Our 4 oz. Glass Bottles work really well for this project, and our 4 oz. Glass Bottles with Dropper Caps make it really easy to get the exact amount of vanilla you need when cooking.

The best thing about homemade vanilla is that if you leave the beans in the bottle, it just keeps getting better the longer you let it sit. When gifting this, make sure to leave 1–2 vanilla beans in every 4 oz. bottle so it not only looks authentic, but also so your friends can enjoy a richer vanilla flavor over time.

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Chicken Coconut Curry and Coconut Rice with Essential Oils

Even if you aren’t a huge fan of Asian food, you will love this curry and coconut rice! This curry features a mild coconut curry sauce with chicken and lots of vegetables and tastes amazing on a bed of coconut cardamom rice. The curry is pretty mild, so if you like more spice, just add more curry powder and Garam Masala. We hope you enjoy the delightful flavors the essential oils add to this dish!

Coconut Curry

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Lemon Essential Oil Fruit Dip

Add this refreshing lemon essential oil fruit dip to your weekend barbeque for a delicious side anyone will enjoy!


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Cake Pops for Your Pop

This year for Father’s Day, surprise the dad in your life with these delicious strawberry lime cake pops that incorporate pure lime essential oil.


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Cooking with Essential Oils – FAQs and Tips

One great way to give your body the benefits of essential oils is to add them to your cooking. Essential oils can provide amazing flavor to any dish! We want to share with you some of our essential oil cooking tips as well as answer some questions we have often been asked about using essential oils in cooking recipes.

Is it safe to ingest essential oils?

Not all essential oils are safe to ingest. There are a few things you want to know about your essential oil before you use it in your cooking. First, we only recommend using high quality, pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils. Second, the label on your essential oil should state whether or not it is safe to use internally. A good indication is if the label lists supplement facts (which looks like the standard nutrition information label). If you are still unsure of whether your oil is safe to take internally, Modern Essentials lists this information under the Single Essential Oils or Essential Oil Blends sections and also on page 52 (Internal Application section).

Another thing to consider is who you are feeding. Children or pregnant or nursing women may be cautioned against ingesting certain oils. It is always wise to check label instructions for warnings and recommended use, or consult with a certified health care professional for further questions.

However, when using essential oils in cooking, the oils are generally diluted enough and used in small enough quantities that if using essential oils from spices, herbs, or citrus fruits that are commonly used in cooking, the food should be safe for all to eat.

What oils can be used in cooking?

Essential oils that come from spices, herbs, or citrus fruits commonly used in cooking are the best essential oils to incorporate in your food. These oils can include the following:

  • Basil
  • Bergamot
  • Black Pepper
  • Cardamom
  • Cassia
  • Cilantro
  • Cinnamon
  • Clove
  • Coriander
  • Dill
  • Fennel
  • Ginger
  • Grapefruit
  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Lemongrass
  • Lime
  • Marjoram
  • Orange
  • Oregano
  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary
  • Spearmint
  • Thyme


How much oil do I substitute for herbs?

How much oil to substitute for an herb varies quite a bit depending on the essential oil. Essential oils are very concentrated, so you only need a little bit––typically a drop or two. Some oils are really strong, and you may only need to dip a toothpick in the oil and then stir the toothpick into your mixture.

The number of drops needed in a recipe can also differ based on a number of factors such as when the oils are added, the kind of food or beverage you are preparing, the strength of the oil, and your taste preferences.

If you are adding the oils at the end of cooking, smaller amounts are needed than if adding before baking, simmering, or steaming because oils tend to start to evaporate under heat. It is generally better to stir the essential oil in at the end of cooking or when the food has cooled; but some oils such as basil, marjoram, oregano, rosemary, and thyme are quite strong and may actually benefit from cooking a little to get a milder flavor.

One thing to keep in mind is that oil flavors tend to get stronger the longer the food or beverage has to “steep.” If you are preparing something that will sit in the fridge for a day or two before you eat or drink it, you may want to add your oils an hour or two before serving instead of when you prepare the food or beverage.
AT_CuttingLemonsWith that said, let’s talk about some specific amounts or at least the base line amounts for you to add to according to your taste preferences.

  • Typically, 1 drop of a citrus oil can substitute for 1 tsp. of citrus zest. If the recipe calls for the zest from 1 citrus fruit, you can use 8–14 drops of the citrus essential oil instead.
  • For minty oils such as peppermint and spearmint, try substituting 1 drop for 1 tsp. dried mint leaves or 1 Tbsp. fresh mint leaves.
  • Cinnamon and cassia are pretty similar, and typically what we know as ground cinnamon is really ground cassia; however, the strength of their flavor is quite a bit different. You will want to start by substituting 1 drop of cinnamon for 1–2 Tbsp. ground cinnamon and 1 drop of cassia for 1 tsp. ground cinnamon or cassia.
  • For herbaceous oils like basil, marjoram, oregano, rosemary, cilantro, dill, etc., start with a toothpick dipped in the oil and stirred into the mixture, and then add more to taste as needed.
  • Floral herbs like lavender can be used in cooking; but because floral flavors are uncommon, you want just a hint of this flavor. Start with a toothpick, and add more if needed.
  • For other flavors, a good rule of thumb is to substitute 1 drop of oil for 1–2 Tbsp. of dried spice or herb and 1 drop of oil for 1–2 tsp. of fresh spice. If you think the oil is strong or the recipe calls for less than the above quantities, start with a toothpick dip instead. Taste, and add more if needed.

What are the benefits of using essential oils in cooking?

Essential oils provide incredible flavor to food with just a drop of oil. Depending on the part of the plant the oil was extracted from and where the plant was grown, sometimes essential oils provide different flavors than when using fresh herbs. Also, some fresh herbs can be difficult to obtain, so you are allowed a different or better variety of flavors when incorporating essential oils in your spice rack.

Essential oils can be more cost effective than fresh or dried herbs in the long run because only a small amount is needed and oils stay good longer than fresh or dried herbs. Do your fresh herbs go bad because you can’t use them fast enough?

Essential oils have a myriad of health benefits that your body can utilize when you use them in your food. To find out more about the benefits of essential oils, please refer to Modern Essentials.

Cooking Tips:

  1. Know what part of the plant the oil came from. Citrus oils are pressed from the peel, so they can substitute for the zest but not the juice.
  2. Getting the exact amount of oil drops can be tricky due to the different viscosity levels of the oils. If using the regular bottle with the orifice reducer, place your drops on a spoon; then stir into your mixture to ensure you have the right amount.
  3. Putting your cooking oils in dropper bottles allows you to easily control the number of drops used and provides sufficient space to dip a toothpick into the oil when needed.
  4. A little goes a long way. Start with only a drop of oil, taste, and repeat until you are satisfied with the taste. Some oils are really strong, and a toothpick dipped in the oil, then stirred into your mixture, may be sufficient.
  5. Use glass or stainless steel mixing bowls. Try to avoid plastic cookware, as the oils can damage certain types of plastic.
  6. Always keep your oils away from heat, light, and humid conditions to maintain a long shelf life. Refrigerator storage is fine.
  7. Make sure to recap your bottles so the oils don’t evaporate out.
  8. Because oils are altered by heat and may evaporate, it is always best to add the oils at the end of cooking if possible.
  9. Give a subtle hint of herbs to your savory baked goods by creating a spray in a 4 oz. Trigger Spray Bottle. Add a few drops of essential oil and 1/8 cup of olive oil to the spray bottle, and then fill the bottle the rest of the way with distilled water. Use this mixture to spray items like empanadas, tortilla chips, baked french fries, egg rolls, etc.
  10. If you are baking with kids, make sure to keep the oils out of their reach.

Do you have any other cooking tips? What recipes do you use essential oils in?

Mediterranean Herbed Shish Kebabs

Bring your Memorial Day barbeque up a notch this year with these delicious Mediterranean shish kebabs that incorporate pure essential oils.

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Homemade Empanadas with Essential Oil

Impress the mom in your life this Mother’s Day with a delicious dinner of homemade empanadas that incorporate the benefits of pure black pepper and marjoram essential oil. This recipe is also perfect for your Cinco de Mayo celebration.


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Southwestern Egg Rolls

Add a little Southwestern flavor to your next event, meeting, dinner party, or social gathering by serving these delicious Southwestern Egg Rolls with Cilantro Lime Dipping Sauce.

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