Reducing Stress with Essential Oils

“Stress is the body’s response to difficult, pressured, or worrisome circumstances. Stress can cause both physical and emotional tension. Symptoms of stress include headaches, muscle soreness, fatigue, insomnia, nervousness, anxiety, and irritability.” (Modern Essentials, p. 341)

We all experience stress at some point in our lives. Some deal with stress almost constantly. And often times, little things can trigger a lot of stress. We live in a fast-paced environment that makes it difficult to slow down, take deep breaths, and calm our bodies—but this is what we need to do! Stress can be very harmful to our health, and it is important to learn how to deal with stress appropriately so it doesn’t control or ruin our lives.

Essential Oils for Stress:

According to Modern Essentials, the following oils may help reduce stress:
General Stress: lavender, Focus Blend, lemon, ylang ylang, bergamot, petitgrain, Joyful Blend, Restful Blend, grapefruit, Massage Blend, Roman chamomile, geranium, spikenard, Grounding Blend, frankincense, marjoram

Chemical Stress: lavender, rosemary, grapefruit, geranium, clary sage, lemon

Emotional Stress: Joyful Blend, clary sage, Reassuring Blend, bergamot, Comforting Blend, petitgrain, geranium, Roman chamomile, sandalwood

Environmental Stress: bergamot, cypress, geranium, cedarwood

Performance Stress: grapefruit, bergamot, ginger, rosemary

Physical Stress: Restful Blend, lavender, bergamot, geranium, marjoram, Roman chamomile, rosemary, thyme

Ways to Use Essential Oils to Reduce Stress

1. Aromatic Application
One of the best ways to get an essential oil quickly into our bodies for emotional balance is to inhale it. There are several ways to do this:

  • Inhale oil directly from the bottle.
  • Apply oil to hands, tissue, or nasal inhaler, and inhale.
  • Diffuse into the air with a diffuser.
  • Wear as perfume or cologne.

2. Topical Application
Most methods of topical application include relaxing your muscles as you apply the essential oil. This is especially helpful when dealing with stress because we tend to hold our stress in our muscles (i.e., tense shoulders, tight back, neck pain, etc.). Here are a few ways to apply essential oils topically for stress:

  • Add 5–10 drops of essential oil to 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) fractionated coconut oil, jojoba oil, or sweet almond oil, and massage on skin. Massage gently into tight muscles.
  • Add 1–2 drops to 1/4 cup (60 g) epsom salt, and dissolve in warm bathwater before bathing. Lavender essential oil is great for a relaxing bath!
  • Dilute oils as recommended, and apply 1–2 drops on neck, back, or bottoms of feet.

If you experience stress due to tiredness or insomnia, try this massage blend:
15 drops clary sage
10 drops lemon
5 drops lavender
2 Tbsp. (30 ml) Fractionated Coconut Oil

3. Essential Oil Stress Balloons
These stress balloons can be a great reminder to calm down if stress is overwhelming you. Plus, they are fun to play with (which can release endorphins and reduce stress).

Essential Oil Stress Balloons

  • Time: 5 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

Instructions:

  1. In a glass bowl, mix together the epsom salt and essential oils until well combined.
    As you mix, break up as many clumps as you see so that the epsom salt doesn’t get stuck in the funnel.
  2. Place a funnel into the opening of the latex ballon, and carefully pour the epsom salt into the balloon. It is helpful to have a bowl beneath where you pour so you can catch any fallen salt and pour it into your balloon before tying it.
  3. Once all the epsom salt is in the balloon, pull the salt down into the balloon.
    Make sure the neck is clear of salt before tying off the balloon.
  4. To use, squeeze as you would a stress ball. After several squeezes, you should begin to smell the oil from inside the balloon.

Essential Oil Make & Take Class Idea

You can teach an essential oil class on reducing stress! Use the information in this article and Modern Essentials (see page references below) for your lesson. You can also use any of the following articles as well:
Living a Stress-Free and Healthy Life with Essential Oils
Using the “Introduction to Modern Essentials” as a Mini Textbook for Essential Oil Classes
Coloring with Essential Oil–Scented Pencils for Mental Health
Stress Less Diffuser Blend
Lavender Essential Oil Spotlight
Essential Oil Application: Aromatic
Essential Oil Application: Topical
Essential Oil Dilution
Modern Essentials, 8th Edition, p. 29 (“Nose and Olfactory System”)
Modern Essentials, 8th Edition, p. 341 (“Stress”)
Modern Essentials, 8th Edition, pp. 266–69 (“Emotions”)
Modern Essentials, 8th Edition, pp. 224–25 (“Anxiety”)

After a short lesson about stress and essential oils, allow your attendees to make the Essential Oil Stress Balloon (recipe above), a massage oil blend (oil suggestions above), a roll-on stress blend, or essential oil–scented pencils or send your attendees home with a coloring book, an “Introduction to Modern Essentials” booklet, a lavender essential oil sample, or a diffuser blend in a little sample bottle.

Source: Modern Essentials™: A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, 8th Edition.

Share the Power of Cooking with Essential Oils (with Provence Salt Recipe)

Cooking with essential oils can add a ton of flavor to a simple dish and take it from ordinary to extraordinary! Roman and Corinna Barrus have taught many cooking classes over the years and have now made it simple for you to use their knowledge to hold your own essential oil cooking classes. We’ve invited Corinna to tell us a little more about their class materials. Make sure to give their Provence Salt a try—it is delectable!

Many of us are looking for ways to eat better, create delicious dishes for our family, and share the power of essential oils with others. Summer is a great time to dive into the world of cooking and preparing foods with essential oils, as there are so many delicious fruits and vegetables available this time of year. And cooking with essential oils is a great way to share them with others, as people love to eat and gather together over a meal.

When Roman and I got started 7 years ago sharing essential oils and teaching others, we soon discovered you could cook and prepare amazing foods with bold flavors, which saved time and money over conventional food preparation: buying a bushel of herbs, washing, drying, cutting—and usually a portion of it going rotten in the fridge. We discovered that a drop or less of essential oil added to food or to salts, olive oil, or honey was a quick and powerful way to add that same flavor at a fraction of the time and cost. We also discovered (the hard way) that a little goes a long way and that a whole drop of oregano oil can quickly ruin a dish.

Just like using essential oils for health and in the home requires some basic education, so does cooking with essential oils. So we created Eatplant for these 2 groups: those who want to learn how to cook with essential oils, and those who want to teach others about the amazing benefits of essential oils using a cooking class. Eatplant is the brainchild of Roman and his countless hours in the kitchen concocting delicious meals for his family and friends and our team events. He was getting asked to teach more cooking classes than he could handle, and we quickly realized that we needed to share this information by creating some simple tools to educate people on how to cook with essential oils and how to teach simple, fun, duplicatable classes. We have found that cooking with essential oils is a subject people really want to learn about. Let’s face it: We all love to eat, and the way to a man’s heart (woman’s too, especially if there is chocolate involved) is through the stomach. The Eatplant tear pad and invitation give you a simple way to invite and teach a “cooking with essential oils” class, complete with great recipes to allow you to make some essential oil–infused dishes.


One of the recipes we share on the Cooking with Essential Oils Tear Pad and DVD 1 Cooking Class is Provence Salt. This recipe has become a favorite of thousands of people all across the world now. The Provence Salt was inspired by a traditional seasoning in French cuisine called the Bouquet Garni, which is used to season stocks, soups, meats, stews, and more. The traditional Bouquet Garni is made with fresh herbs usually consisting of rosemary, thyme, marjoram, basil, oregano, parsley, and sometimes others as well. The herbs are tied together by string and set in soups, stocks, and braises. The Provence Salt recipe replaces the need for the Bouquet Garni, saves time and money, and is more flavorful due to the potency of essential oils.

Provence Salt

  • Servings: Yield=2 Tbsp.
  • Time: 5 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

  • 2 Tbsp. (25–30 g) Himalayan or sea salt
  • 2 drops basil essential oil
  • 1 drop rosemary essential oil
  • 1 drop thyme essential oil
  • 1 drop fennel essential oil
  • 1 drop marjoram essential oil
  • 1 drop lavender essential oil

Instructions:

Mix ingredients together until thoroughly combined. This salt keeps for months in an airtight glass container and makes an amazing gift. Just sprinkle on food as you would salt for seasoning. This salt will soon become a family favorite!

We also saw that many people love to share but are not comfortable teaching classes, so we created the Eatplant DVD, which teaches the cooking class for you! It’s divided into sections that match the tear pad sections, so they can be used together, or you can use the DVD alone to learn or to teach others. The sections are Introduction, Let’s Talk about Essential Oils, How to Use Oils, Cooking with Oils, Eating Right, How to Get Essential Oils, and Suggested Essential Oil Cooking Sets. Everything is done in a simple and beautiful way to give you the basics and inspire you to develop your own creativity and signature style while creating delicious cuisine. For those who are ready to dive deeper into the world of cooking with essential oils and want more recipes, we created DVD 2, which has so many amazing recipes and dives deeper into cooking techniques to help you become an amazing home chef. We know how busy you are and how many things are on your plate, and we want to help simplify and demystify the world of cooking with essential oils.

About The Author


Corinna Barrus has been using essential oils for 25 years in her massage practice. It wasn’t until discovering medical-grade oils that she truly became passionate about the power of essential oils to create health and wellness physically, emotionally, and spiritually. She embraced a vision and mission to empower individuals, families, and healthcare professionals with the knowledge and tools to take healthcare into their own hands. She has seen firsthand the power of nature’s most potent medicine to help people heal and shift in ways both small and great.

After Corinna had been working her wellness business for 18 months, her husband, Roman, was able to retire from a 6-figure career to join Corinna and the mission to empower people to achieve greater health and abundance. Roman saw the potential of using essential oils in cuisine and took it from a hobby to an art and science! His love for cooking and essential oils has created a revolution in the kitchen. He and Corinna love sharing the health benefits of essential oils and leading a worldwide team to do the same.

Pink Grapefruit Yogurt Cake

This delicious cake was loved by all who tried it—including those who don’t normally like grapefruit! The cake is a perfect balance of tart and sweet with an incredibly moist texture. It is sure to be a hit at your next dinner party, essential oil class, bridal or baby shower, or wherever you choose to share it. Continue reading

Essential Oils for Cut Flowers

Who doesn’t love having decorative spring flowers to brighten their home? The only downside to bringing cut flowers inside is that they don’t seem to last very long. We have been experimenting with cut flowers, and we found that adding a drop of melaleuca to the water helps them last longer!

Useful tips when caring for cut flowers:

  • Cut the stems of the flowers at an angle. This allows the flower to soak up nutrients more easily.
  • Add a drop of melaleuca essential oil to a flower water mix (see recipe below). The melaleuca helps kill bacteria that leads to mold growth.
  • Use filtered water to reduce the amount of chlorine and other minerals or chemicals often found in tap water. These substances diminish plant health.
  • Change flower water and recut flower stems (just a tiny bit) every 2–3 days. A cut flower stem eventually seals up, preventing nutrient assimilation. So cutting the stems and adding more nutrients helps preserve the flowers.
  • Keep cut flowers away from direct heat and light (if possible).

Decorative Flower Vases

  • Time: 5 minutes active
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Stir together sugar and melaleuca in a glass measuring cup.
  2. Add apple cider vinegar and filtered water. Mix well until sugar is dissolved.
  3. Add the water mixture to bottles or clear plastic tubes.
  4. Cut flower stems at an angle a little longer than the desired length. Arrange flowers in the bottles or tubes.
  5. Change flower water and cut stems just a little bit every 2–3 days.

Extra Ideas:

  • Clear plastic tubes make great single flower vases. You can easily decorate them by gluing ribbon, buttons, or other items to the outside.
  • If you are using cut flowers for an event—essential oil class, wedding reception, or party—you may want to use a floral essential oil instead of melaleuca to enhance the scent of your decoration. Then, when you are ready to display your flowers elsewhere (after 2+ days), add melaleuca essential oil to the replacement water. Some floral oils include lavender, ylang ylang, geranium, clary sage, Roman chamomile, jasmine, and rose.

Flower arrangements in glass bottles or clear plastic tubes make great centerpieces and decorations for essential oil classes!

Keys to Successful Essential Oil Classes (Including 50+ Class Ideas)

Teaching classes about essential oils can be a great way to share your love for essential oils with others—and it can be a great way to introduce others to essential oils and possibly increase sales if you’re a distributor.

Keys to a Successful Class

According to many people who have both taught and participated in essential oil classes, there are 3 main keys to giving a successful class:

  1. Gain knowledge and experience about what you are teaching.
  2. Keep your class focused on a specific, simple goal.
  3. Plan to allow the class members an opportunity to interact—both with you and with the oils.

Here are a few other things to keep in mind:

  • Keep it simple—don’t try to teach everything at once.
  • Love and have fun with what you are doing.
  • Share your own personal experiences.
  • Try to connect with your attendees by interacting with them.
  • Let people experience the essential oils as much as possible.
  • Have books, handouts, and other information available for those who would like to learn more.
  • Know (and be prepared to act on) all pertinent safety information for any essential oil you use during class.
  • Don’t try to fake what you don’t know.

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Possible Class Ideas

While there are many different subjects that can be taught about essential oils and aromatherapy, it is best to pick an area that intrigues or interests you. This will help ensure that you are enthusiastic about the subject, which will help those in your class feel enthusiastic as well. Some of the most loved classes are make-and-take classes because the attendees are able to take something home with them to help them experience the essential oils for themselves. While the following list is in no way comprehensive, it is a great starting point and may help you generate some new ideas.

Introduction to Aromatherapy/Essential Oils
A Simple Introductory Essential Oil Class Idea
Essential Oils 101
Class Idea: Intro to Modern Essentials Scavenger Hunt
Introduction to Modern Essentials: A Mini Textbook for Essential Oil Classes
Essential Health and Wellness with Modern Essentials
Single Essential Oils (use these Essential Oil Spotlights)
Most Commonly Used Essential Oils
Essential Oil Application
Aromatic Application
Topical Application
Internal Application
Essential Oil Safety
How Essential Oils Interact with the Body
Essential Oil Troubleshooting
Essential Oil Constituents
How Essential Oils Are Made
History of Essential Oils
Oils of the Bible
Everyday Uses for Essential Oils
Aromatherapy First Aid
Emergency Oils
Take the Urgency Out of Emergency
Relaxing with Essential Oils
Relaxation Gift Ideas for Women
Essential Oils for Sleep
Essential Oils for a Better Night’s Sleep
Essential Oils for Sleep
Seasonal Aromatherapy
Essential Oils for Romance
5 Perfect Summer Make & Take Class Ideas
Class Idea: Make & Take Autumn Room Sprays
Class Idea: Ribbon Christmas Tree Diffusers
Essential Oils for the Cold and Flu Season
’Tis the Season for Sickness
Stay Healthy This Winter Season
Essential Oils for Pain Management
Aromatherapy at the Office
Diffusing Essential Oils
Which Diffuser Is the Best? Diffusion Methods and Comparison Charts
Diffuser Blends
Diffuser Blends on a Budget
How to Clean Your Diffuser (including Diffuser Cleaning Spray)
35 Aromatherapy Jewelry Blends
Aromatherapy and the Emotions
Essential Oils for Mental Health
Chart Your Own Course with Emotional Aromatherapy
Muscle Testing and Essential Oils for Emotional Healing
Cooking with Essential Oils – FAQs and Tips
Cleaning with Essential Oils
Make & Take Class Idea: Natural Cleaning Sprays
Produce Cleaning Spray
Homemade Natural Dishwashing Soap
Disinfecting with Essential Oils
Essential Oil Antioxidants
Essential Oil Crafts
Make & Take Class Idea: Essential Oil Milk Bath Fizzers
Class Idea: Make & Take Aromatherapy Clay Jewelry
Aromatherapy Gift Ideas
Bath Salts
Sugar Scrubbies
Brown Sugar Lip Scrub
Solid Perfume Locket
Hand Sanitizer
Lip Balm
Soap Making with Essential Oils
Bath Pals Soap for Kids
Peppermint Candy Soap
Foaming Hand Soap
Lotion Making with Essential Oils
Lotions and Potions
Simply Luxurious Moisturizing Lotion
Hand and Foot Salve
Lotion Bars
Aromatherapy and Beauty
Youthful Skin
DIY Spa with Essential Oils
Class Idea: Spa Night
Aromatherapy and Massage
Essential Oils for Pregnancy and Childbirth
Essential Oils for Pregnancy
Birth Kit Essentials
Essential Oils and Fitness
Essential Oils for Sports Injuries
Yoga Mat Cleaning Spray
Essential Oils and Addiction
Essential Oils and the Road to Addiction Recovery
How to Use Complementary Therapies within Your Addiction Treatment
The Art of Roller Bottle Blending
Essential Oils and Gardening
Garden Spray
Essential Oils for Pest Control
Repelling Bugs and Insects
Soothing Insect Bites and Stings
Essential Oils for Animal Care
Essential Oils for Travel
Outdoor Travel Tips
Essential Oils for Car Travel
Essential Oils in the Classroom
Backpack Essentials for Teachers
Backpack Essentials for Students
Back to School Tips
Aromatherapy and Learning Disabilities

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Class Tips

How to Teach with Modern Essentials
Introduction to Modern Essentials™: A Mini Textbook for Essential Oil Classes
How to Hold a Make & Take Class
Build Your Business with Modern Essentials Living
Essential Oil Class Decoration Idea

Lesson Resources

Modern Essentials™: A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils
Modern Essentials Living
Educational Resources at AromaTools®
Marketing Resources at AromaTools®

Cooking Class Ideas or Refreshments

All of the cooking recipes on this blog use essential oils, and many could easily be used to teach a cooking class or as refreshments. These are a few of our favorite recipes to use in classes:

Do you have a class idea that has been successful for you? Would you like to share your ideas with us? Just fill out the form below!

“Introduction to Modern Essentials™”: A Mini Textbook for Essential Oil Classes

This year, we introduce our newest edition of the “Introduction to Modern Essentials” booklet. We’ve updated this booklet to include a lot of fantastic information and recipes to make this booklet the best mini textbook for your essential oil classes!
A great way to approach these classes is to keep them focused on educating people about essential oils, but allow individuals to experience and use the oils as part of each class.

At the end of each class, invite those who would like to know more about your chosen brand of pure, therapeutic-grade oils to come talk to you after class or at a separate meeting. These meetings are great opportunities to share with others why you made the choice to naturally support the health of yourself and your family with essential oils.

Class Ideas

Essential Oils 101
Use the first few pages of this booklet to introduce individuals to essential oils and why they are being used by millions of people around the world as a natural way to
support health. This idea can be used on its own or combined with a make-and-take idea.

Scavenger Hunt
Doing this 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 the oils can do for specific conditions. They will also learn how they can use the booklet to find answers to their own questions. This activity can be used as a class idea on its own, or it can be added to another class idea as a bonus activity.

Aromatherapy Make & Take Class
Use the information on the diffusing pages to teach how the natural aromas of essential oils can affect the mind and emotions. Allow individuals to sample and make their favorite blend from the “Diffuser Blend Recipes” pages. Add their blend to water in a mini spray bottle for a take-home room and linen spray. An emulsifier (optional) will help distribute the essential oil evenly throughout the water.

Roll-On Balms
Use the information on the “Roll-On Blend Recipes” pages to teach about topical application of essential oils, and allow individuals to make their own natural roll-ons in mini roll-on bottles to take home with them. You can find roll-on bottles and carrier oils at aromatools.com.

Relaxing with Massage Oils
Use the information on the “Using Essential Oils—Applying on Location” and “Using Essential Oils—Massage” pages to teach about massage and topical application of essential oils. Allow individuals to use the “Massage Oil Recipes” to make their own natural massage oils in small bottles to take home with them. You can find small bottles (such as a 1/2 oz. or 1 oz. plastic bottle) and carrier oils at aromatools.com.

Essential Oil–Enhanced Baths
Use the information on the diffusing pages to teach how the natural aromas of essential oils can affect the mind and emotions. Allow individuals to sample and make their favorite blend of bath salts from the “Bath Salts Recipes” page. Have them place their scented bath salts in a jar to take home with them. You can find jars and epsom salt at aromatools.com.

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Gourmet Ice Cream Chef Competition
Use the pages on cooking with essential oils to teach about how to use pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils in cooking. Give everyone 1 cup (240 ml) cream and 2 Tbsp. (25 g) sugar, or substitute your own favorite sweetener and sweeten to taste. Allow class members to create their own naturally flavored ice cream base using essential oils. Since only a small amount (a drop or less) of essential oil is needed, give each guest a small bottle to blend their essential oil “flavor profile” in, and then dispense a drop or less of the blend from the bottle (use a toothpick if less is needed).

Place the base in a quart-sized (1 L) zip-top bag, and seal the bag. Place that bag inside a gallon-sized (4 L) zip-top bag filled with ice and 1/2 cup (250 g) of rock salt. Shake until the cream has frozen (about 10–15 minutes). Use small spoons to allow everyone to taste the creations, and award prizes based on best tasting or most daring (black pepper ice cream, anyone?). You could also add another dimension by adding natural vanilla bean to the flavor mix!

Winter Wellness with Essential Oils
Using the Personal Usage Guide section, lead the members of the class through various ailments that often occur during the winter time (such as cold sores, common colds, congestion, coughs, earache, fever, etc.) Allow individuals to make a cough relief roll-on by using the blend recipe found under “Coughs” or an immune support roll-on by using the blend recipe found under “Colds.” Jojoba oil and roll-on bottles can be found at aromatools.com.

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Provide hot chocolate and various hot chocolate toppings, such as whipped cream, crushed candy canes, marshmallows, and chocolate chips. Also provide various essential oils to add to the hot chocolate. Peppermint, orange, cinnamon, cassia, and cardamom 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. Click here for a great hot chocolate recipe.

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.

Enhance Emotional Well-Being with Essential Oils
Use the diffusing pages and the “Emotions and Essential Oils” pages to teach how the natural aromas of essential oils can affect the mind and emotions. Lead the members of the class through various mental and emotional conditions found in the Personal Usage Guide section such as anxiety, calming, concentration, depression, grief/sorrow, memory, mental fatigue, relaxing, shock, stress, and uplifting. Allow individuals to smell the various oils or oil blends for emotional well-being, and invite them to create their own nasal inhaler using 1–3 oils (for a total of 5–8 drops) to take home with them.

If you have a great class idea that others can do with this booklet, please share it with us!

Class Idea: Ribbon Christmas Tree Diffusers

These Ribbon Christmas Tree Diffusers are simple to make and incredibly adorable! Hang one up in your car as a diffuser, on your Christmas tree as an ornament, or anywhere else you want to decorate and add a little holiday scent. Gifting one of these is also a great way to introduce a friend to essential oils.

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Use This Craft in a Make & Take Class

These Ribbon Christmas Tree Diffusers also make a fun make-and-take project at an essential oil class! Just start with a short lesson about essential oils, and then mingle with your guests as they make their own Ribbon Christmas Tree Diffusers.

Here are the items you will need from AromaTools®:

Other items you’ll need to gather:

  • Printed instructions
  • Ribbon
  • Rulers
  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • Beads
  • Thread or thin elastic string
  • Needles (want to make sure your string can fit through your needles.)
  • Clear fingernail polish (or other fray-stopping glue)
  • Essential oils (such as a Christmas blend or a few single essential oils that your guests can make their own blend with)
  • Distilled water

Depending on the number of people attending your class, you can set this up in the following stations:

  • Materials Station. This station should include various types of ribbon, rulers or another way to measure out the ribbon, scissors, and a variety of beads (you’ll need small beads to help tie off the string and larger beads to use as the tree trunk). Every ribbon tree requires 2 small beads and 10 larger beads. Make sure to include a list of materials needed.
  • Ribbon Tree Assembly Station(s). Have markers, rulers, elastic string, scissors, needles, and clear nail polish at this station with instructions for making the Ribbon Trees.
  • Essential Oil Station. This is where your guests can make their own essential oil spray. You’ll need the 15 ml spray bottles, vegetable glycerin, essential oils, and distilled water with instructions for making the sprays. If you have a holiday-scented essential oil blend, it would be easy to just offer that. If not, you can offer a few single essential oils and recipes for your guests to make their own holiday-scented blend. Here are a couple holiday blends you can try: Holiday Diffuser Blends, Citrus Spice Diffuser Blend, Autumn-Scented Essential Oil Blends.

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Ribbon Christmas Tree Diffuser

  • Servings: 1
  • Time: 10–15 minutes active
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

Ribbon Trees:

  • Ribbon
  • Rulers
  • Scissors
  • Permanent marker
  • Beads
  • Thread or thin elastic string
  • Needles (make sure your string can fit through your needles)
  • Clear fingernail polish (or other fray-stopping glue)

Essential Oil Spray:

Instructions:

  1. Cut a piece of ribbon 19″ (48 cm) long. Use a marker to place a small dot in the center of the ribbon 2″ (5 cm) from one end of the ribbon to mark your starting point. From this point, make additional marks along the ribbon, spacing them apart at these increments: 2 3/4″ (7 cm), 2 1/2″ (6.5 cm), 2 1/4″ (6 cm), 2″ (5.5 cm), 1 3/4″ (5 cm), 1 1/2″ (4.5 cm), 1 1/4″ (4 cm), 1″ (3.5 cm), etc. (the spaces between the marks should gradually get smaller by a 1/4″ [.5 cm] as you move down the ribbon).at_rct_ribbon
  2. Select your beads. You’ll need 2 small beads to secure the ends and 10 larger beads for the “trunk” of the tree.
  3. Cut a piece of thread/string about 30″ (76 cm) long (you’ll need about 10–12″ [25.5–30.5 cm] for the tree and extra for the loop at the top). Thread your needle, and tie the ends of the string together.at_rct_beads
  4. Put your needle through the ribbon at the starting point (the mark 2″ [5 cm] from the end), then through a large bead, then through a small bead; continue threading around the small bead, back through the large bead, and back through the ribbon at the same mark. This secures the bottom of the tree. Now put the needle through another large bead, through the ribbon at the next mark, through another large bead, through the ribbon at the 3rd mark, and repeat until all the large beads are gone. After the last bead is threaded, put the needle through the small bead, then around the small bead, back through the large bead, and back through the last mark on the ribbon. Tie a knot, then go back up through the ribbon, large bead, and small bead. Tie another knot a 2–4″ (5–10 cm) above the tree (or however big you want your hanging loop to be), and cut the thread.at_rct_assembly
  5. Finish by cutting the ribbon ends to where you think it looks good, and apply clear nail polish or glue to the ends to help prevent fraying.at_rct_finishing
  6. Make an essential oil spray by placing 1/4 tsp. (1.5 ml) vegetable glycerin in the 15 ml bottle. Add 4–6 drops of essential oil. Fill the rest with distilled water, and screw on the spray top. Shake to combine.
  7. To use, spray your essential oil spray on the ribbon tree, and hang wherever you desire. Refresh the scent by spraying the tree again with more of the essential oil spray.at_rct_sprayingeo

5 Perfect Summer Make & Take Class Ideas

Even though it is summertime, you can still hold essential oil classes. In fact, there are a lot of make-and-take class ideas that are perfect for summertime!

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Here are a few ideas:

1. Essential Oils for Car Travel:

Use our “Essential Oils for Car Travel” post as your reference to teach a short lesson. Talk about what essential oils would be useful to keep on hand during a road trip. Then make a car diffuser (like this one or this one) or the Soothing Summer Skin Spray (recipe below).

2. Essential Oils for Outdoor Travel:

Use our “Essential Oils for Outdoor Travel” post as your reference to teach a short lesson. Talk about what essential oils would be useful to take on camping trips. Then make sunscreen or the Soothing Summer Skin Spray (recipe below).

3. Essential Oils and Insects:

Use our “Repelling Bugs & Insects” post and our “Soothing Insect Bites and Stings” post as your reference for teaching a short lesson. Then make these Soothing Bug Bite Sticks or these Mosquito-Repelling Paracord Bracelets.

4. Essential Oils for Summertime Body Care:

Use Modern Essentials, pp. 275 (sunburns), 315 (hair), 339–40 (nails), and 365 (skin) as a reference for teaching a short lesson about taking care of your hair, skin, and nails during the summertime. Then make any of the following skincare recipes or the Soothing Summer Skin Spray (recipe below).

5. Essential Oils in Summer Treats:

Use our “Cooking with Essential Oils” blog post as a reference for teaching a short lesson about cooking with essential oils. During the class, you can even make one or more of these recipes and serve them as refreshments afterward.

Soothing Summer Skin Spray Recipe

This soothing spray is perfect for helping you stay cool while out in the heat this summer. All the ingredients are perfect for refreshing you and your skin! You can also use it as an after-sun spray to help soothe sunburned skin.

For those who prefer using wipes rather than a spray, simply mix up this recipe and pour over folded paper towels or bamboo wipes.

If you are using this as a make-and-take class project, you may want to divide the recipe in half for your guests to make a smaller batch and place it in 4 oz. plastic or glass spray bottles.

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Soothing Summer Skin Spray or Wipes

  • Servings: Yield=8 oz. (240 ml)
  • Time: 5 minutes active
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) aloe vera gel
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) witch hazel
  • 1/2 Tbsp. (7.5 ml) Fractionated Coconut Oil
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 2 drops melaleuca essential oil
  • 3 drops frankincense essential oil (optional)
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) distilled water
  • 8 oz. plastic or glass spray bottle

Instructions:

  1. Mix together everything except the distilled water. Stir until well combined.
  2. Pour mixture into the spray bottle, and add distilled water. Shake to combine.
  3. To use, mist on skin as needed.

Extra Idea:

Make this recipe into cooling wipes by mixing all ingredients together as outlined above and pouring the liquid over folded paper towels or bamboo wipes until moist. Wring out if needed. Store in a zip-top bag.

Chocolate-Peppermint Mini Mud Pies

Do you need a fun dessert idea for an upcoming holiday party or essential oil class? Try these delicious mini mud pies infused with pure peppermint essential oil! The shot glasses add a creative element to the dessert and also make a great party favor for your guests to take home afterward. If you are serving these at an essential oil class, you can give your guests this handout that we put together that lists 15 great ways to use the shot glass with essential oils.

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Essential Oil Class Decoration Idea

Are you looking for a simple decoration that is easy and incorporates the look of natural plants and essential oils? Well, look no further—we’ve got what you need!

This simple decoration is really easy to make and looks gorgeous! Just get some brown bottles from aromatools.com (4 oz., 8 oz., and 16 oz. bottles pictured), and fill them with water and flowers or other plants. Place 3 bottles of flowers in the middle of each table for a centerpiece, arrange a few on the side of your presentation table, or line some up along the back of your refreshment table.

Simple, yet elegant!