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.

Pink Grapefruit Yogurt Cake

  • Servings: 8–10
  • Time: 30 minutes active; 2 hours inactive
  • Difficulty: Moderate
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Cake Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (200 g) pure cane sugar
  • 6–8 drops grapefruit essential oil
  • 3/4 cup (180 ml) plain greek yogurt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. (5 ml) vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups (180 g) flour (all-purpose or pastry ground white whole wheat flour)
  • 2 tsp. (8 g) baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. (3 g) salt
  • 1/3 cup (64 g) coconut oil, melted and slightly cooled

Grapefruit Syrup Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
  • 1–2 Tbsp. (12.5–25 g) granulated sugar
  • 1 drop grapefruit essential oil

Grapefruit Glaze Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup (45 g) powdered sugar
 (more, if needed)
  • 2–3 Tbsp. (30–45 ml) freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
  • 1 drop grapefruit essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Grease baking dish* with coconut oil, and dust lightly with flour.
  2. In a large bowl, mix sugar and grapefruit essential oil together until thoroughly combined. Add yogurt, eggs, and vanilla extract, and stir until incorporated.
  3. In a separate bowl, sift flour, baking powder, and salt; stir together.
  4. Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients. Mix just until flour is incorporated.
  5. Add the coconut oil, and stir until it is fully mixed in.
  6. Pour the batter into your prepared baking dish. Bake* until your cake tester comes out clean and the cake springs back when lightly touched in the center.
  7. While the cake is cooking, combine sauce ingredients in a small saucepan, and whisk over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat, add essential oil, and set aside.
  8. Make the glaze by whisking together the powdered sugar, grapefruit juice, and grapefruit essential oil. We found it best to sift the powdered sugar into the grapefruit juice and continue adding sugar until it thickens to a good consistency. If it is too thick, add a little more juice; if it is too runny, add more sugar.
  9. When the cake is done baking, remove the cake from the cake pan, and place on a cake platter. Poke little holes into the cake with a toothpick. Spoon the grapefruit syrup over the cake, and let it soak in while it cools to room temperature.
  10. Once the cake is cool, drizzle the glaze over the cake, and let it run down over the sides. Garnish cake with a grapefruit spiral or slices, if desired.

*Note: You can use a bread pan, a 9-inch (23 cm) round cake pan, or another baking dish. We used a 7-inch (18 cm) glass heat-proof bowl. If you use a bread pan, the cake will need to cook for 50 minutes. In a cake pan, it will need to bake for 25–30 minutes. Our cake took 65 minutes to finish cooking.

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.

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!

Week of Wellness: Modern Essentials Workshop

WOW-bannerLast Wednesday evening, over 100 essential oil enthusiasts joined AromaTools™ employees to learn how Modern Essentials provides genuine compliance, genuine ease-of-use, and genuine education.

Genuine Compliance

Throughout the years, AromaTools™ has provided the most accurate and reliable information about essential oils. Within the last year, AromaTools™ has made many changes to Modern Essentials, including updating the images, adding cutting-edge research, and expanding the science and application section. Some of these changes were made in an effort to help Wellness Advocates comply with the U.S. Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994. This law is regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the body of government that holds regulatory power over dietary supplements (which essential oils are considered).

The U.S. Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 states that a dietary supplement may not be labeled with health claims. A label can mean the actual label attached to the product or any publication that is considered to be a part of the packaging or selling of the supplement.

Published educational materials about dietary supplements, like Modern Essentials, are not considered to be labeling claims if they are true, generic, fair, and balanced, and, “if displayed in an establishment, is physically separate from the dietary supplement” (SEC. 403B. (a)(4)). As a truly independent, third-party publisher, we have worked hard to make sure that Modern Essentials is true, generic, fair, and balanced. If you are selling essential oils, you are responsible for maintaining the separation to ensure you are not using Modern Essentials to make claims about your product or the brand you represent. The best way to maintain separation is to separate education of essential oils from the marketing of an essential oil brand.

To maintain this separation, top essential oil advocates:

  • Avoid making or advertising health claims about a specific brand of essential oils based on the research and common essential oil uses contained in Modern Essentials to sell essential oils.
  • Allow individuals to try essential oils and discover the amazing benefits for themselves from their own use and research.
  • Keep business and sales meetings about specific brands or trademarked products separate from educational events.

Education Class Ideas:

Use Modern Essentials to help you prepare for classes on the below subjects:

Educational Party Ideas:

Use Modern Essentials to help you prepare for fun parties on the below subjects:

  • Essential oils spa night
  • My favorite essential oil recipes
  • Essential oils for school
  • Essential oil summer kit
  • Essential oil hot chocolate social

Marketing Class Helps:

  • Avoid mentioning health claims when selling a specific brand of essential oils.
  • If a class member asks a question about a specific health claim, answer the question using body system statements (“lavender supports the immune system”) rather than health statements (“lavender is beneficial for sore throats and colds”). Body system information for single essential oils is located in the Single Oils section of Modern Essentials, and information about other products is listed in the Appendix of Modern Essentials.

The following resources are great to hand out or use in a marketing class:

Genuine Ease-of-Use

Since developing the intuitive, easy-to-use format of our Personal Usage Guide, we’ve seen many attempts to imitate it. We believe you will agree that the original is still the best.

But don’t just take our word for it. Here are a few genuine reviews from the past month:

  • “Everything is explained very clearly and makes it almost impossible to make a mistake in deciding what you need.” –Linda from Hickory, PA
  • “This is an excellent resource for essential oils that I will use often and share with many friends and family.” –Kathleen from Dickinson, ND
  • “Love it! Clear, easy to use, helpful resource.” –Esther from Florence, WI

Genuine Education

Throughout Modern Essentials, we have added easy-to-understand explanations of how essential oils interact with the body, are tested for purity, and are extracted from plant material.

In the Personal Usage Guide and Single Oils sections, we have included detailed explanations of the most recent and cutting-edge articles about essential oils. These explanations describe what kind of research was conducted within the article. For example, in vitro (Latin for “within the glass”) describes an experiment that was conducted on living cells, usually within a petri dish or other controlled environment. On the other hand, in vivo (Latin for “within the living”) describes an experiment that was conducted on a living organism, like rats or flies. Research conducted on humans is also included in Modern Essentials.

Using Modern Essentials to teach others and yourself about essential oils will help you to better understand the oils and how they can benefit your life. The material included throughout the book is written to help you learn more about using essential oils properly and most effectively.

If you would like to teach others about this information, you are welcome to use the PowerPoint presentation we created.

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Analisa Edmonds is the Publications Project Manager for AromaTools™. She has worked extensively with the 6th Edition of Modern Essentials. Specifically, she wrote “How Essential Oils Interact with the Body” and “Ensuring Essential Oil Purity and Quality,” both included in the Science and Application section of Modern Essentials. She studied Neuroscience at Brigham Young University and loves researching how essential oils can influence the different structures of the brain.

Make & Take Class Idea: Natural Cleaning Sprays

With the weather turning warmer, you may be getting anxious to start your spring cleaning…or you may be dreading it. Either way, making all-natural cleaners can help you get started on the right foot! But rather than simply making the cleaners on your own, why not turn it into a Make & Take Essential Oil Class?

Prepare a Short Lesson on Essential Oils

Start the class with a little lesson about the basics of essential oils and how they can help boost the effectiveness of your cleaning products. You can find information about these topics in Modern Essentials. Check out the “Introduction to Essential Oils” (p. 6–10) and “Kitchen and Bathroom Cleaning and Disinfecting” (p. 60) sections of the Science & Application section of Modern Essentials as well as the “Housecleaning” section (p. 260) in the Personal Usage Guide section for help in planning your lesson.

“Many essential oils have demonstrated the ability to inhibit or kill various types of bacteria, mold spores, and even viruses. These disinfectant properties of essential oils make them a natural substitute for the harsh chemicals used in many commercial cleaners. Essential oils can also work as natural deodorizers, without the artificial fragrances used in some products” (Modern Essentials, p. 60).

After presenting your short lesson about essential oils to your class, allow your students time to make their own cleaning spray, ask you questions, or look up conditions in a Modern Essentials book.

Figure Out How You Will Do the Make & Take Workshop

There are a few different ways you can approach the workshop portion of the class. First, figure out which recipes you want to use, and then gather the necessary items. You can use any of the following recipes, the recipes found in the “Kitchen and Bathroom Cleaning and Disinfecting” section found in Modern Essentials, or any recipes of your own. If using the recipes below, the only items you will need are 8 oz. glass spray bottles, essential oils, and a few household ingredients such as water, white vinegar, Castile Soap, rubbing alcohol, cornstarch, and measuring cups/spoons.

We have also designed some labels and recipe cards for the cleaning sprays in this post. Feel free to print these out and use them for your class:
Click here to download the labels. These labels will fit on this label sheet.
Click here to download the recipes.

The following are some ideas for doing this Make & Take Class:

  • Give away a cleaning spray to those who are new to essential oils or to those who sign up with you at your class.
  • Charge per cleaning spray your attendees create. Just figure out the cost for all the items needed to make each spray, and let them make as many as they want and be charged accordingly. Make sure to include tax and shipping costs that you may have paid when figuring the cost. Do these calculations beforehand, and create a price sheet so you can easily reference it during the class.
  • Offer a kit price. If you are offering a few different recipes for sprays, you may want to come up with a kit price that allows them to make one of all the different cleaning sprays.
  • Figure out costs without oils. If you are doing this class as something fun for people who already use essential oils, you can have them bring their own oils or make the spray without the oils and have them add the oils later. This would reduce the cost for each spray, so you may want to calculate those costs beforehand.
  • Charge only for the bottle. Since all of the ingredients are pretty inexpensive and can be used for a variety of purposes (or may even be items you already own), you may want to consider only charging for the glass spray bottle. When calculating the price, make sure to include any tax or shipping costs. If you do this, you can offer a flat price and let your students choose which cleaner they want to make or how many they want to make without the hassle of explaining the various prices.

Recipes for Cleaning Sprays

When making these recipes, you can adjust the oils to your preferences or to the preferences of your class attendees. Modern Essentials recommends the following disinfecting oils: Protective Blend, lemon, Cleansing Blend, melaleuca, lime, cinnamon, thyme, and peppermint (p. 60).

All-Purpose Cleaner (with Castile Soap)

  • Servings: Yield = 8 oz.
  • Time: 3 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

Instructions:

Pour Castile Soap and essential oils into the glass bottle. Swish mixture to combine. Fill the rest of the bottle with water. Screw on the spray top, and shake to combine. Shake before using. Use to clean; then spray on a vinegar-water solution after to clean away any soap scum.

Alternate All-Purpose Cleaner (with Vinegar)

  • Servings: Yield = 8 oz.
  • Time: 2 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

Instructions:

Drop essential oils into the glass bottle. Add vinegar, and then fill the rest of the bottle with water. Screw on the spray top, and shake to combine. Shake before using.

Streak-Free Mirror/Glass Cleaner

  • Servings: Yield = 8 oz.
  • Time: 3 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp. white vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. rubbing alcohol
  • 1 1/2 tsp. cornstarch (this is what makes it streak-free!)
  • 8–10 drops citrus essential oil (lemon, lime, grapefruit, etc.)
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 8 oz. glass spray bottle

Instructions:

Mix together all ingredients except water in a spray bottle. Screw on the spray top, and shake to combine. Unscrew the spray top, and fill the rest of the bottle with water. Screw on the spray top, and shake to combine.

Dusting Spray/Wood Furniture Cleaner

  • Servings: Yield = 8 oz.
  • Time: 3 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 5–10 drops essential oil (lemon or white fir are commonly used)
  • 3 Tbsp. white vinegar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 8 oz. glass spray bottle

Instructions:

Mix all ingredients together except water in a spray bottle. Swish mixture to combine. Fill the rest of the bottle with water. Screw on the spray top, and shake to combine. Shake before using.

Source: Modern Essentials, Sixth Edition

Essential Oils & the Road to Addiction Recovery

Addiction is so prevalent that you don’t have to look far to find someone who is suffering from its influence and effects. Sometimes, you just have to look in the mirror. Addiction can be responsible for diminished self-worth, estrangement from family and friends, dismissal from work, and decline of physical health. The good news, though, is that there is hope! It’s never too late to start fighting addiction, and there are resources and tools available to help––including essential oils! Beautiful blond woman in autumn forest. The book Modern Essentials defines addiction as “an obsession, compulsion, or extreme psychological dependence that interferes with an individual’s ability or desire to function normally“ (p.173). Common addictions include drugs, alcohol, tobacco, video games, work, shopping, overeating, gambling, explicit images, money, etc.; however, addiction can present itself in many other forms as well. In the early stages of addiction, an individual may still be able to function in society; but as an addiction progresses, it can start to take over a person’s life and make it difficult for that person to work, take care of themselves, or have normal relationships. If an addiction isn’t controlled, the results can be detrimental to a person’s quality of life. There are many programs and professionals out there that can help with addiction recovery, and we suggest that you get the help that you need. Some helpful suggestions for addiction recovery include finding a support group (have someone you can call in a weak moment), avoiding triggers (stay away from people and places that remind you of your addictive behavior), distracting yourself with hobbies, exercising regularly, eating healthy, and setting goals. All of these things can make a difference and be helpful on the road to change. Even if you follow all of the guidelines outlined by a program or a health care professional, the road to recovery from addiction can still be long and difficult; but it is possible. Essential oils can be a big help on this path. Essential oils are great because they can help with many of the symptoms of withdrawal, such as nausea, headaches, insomnia, anxiety, etc., and they can help boost your mood and increase your energy (See Modern Essentials for supporting research) so that you can keep pushing forward on the road to recovery. Essential oils can also help reduce stress (See Modern Essentials p.274), which is important because stress is one of the biggest reasons why people engage in addictive behaviors in the first place. Below are a few essential oil suggestions from the book Modern Essentials that may be helpful for addiction recovery: Addiction Recovery 7 If there are other issues you are dealing with that aren’t listed here, Modern Essentials is a great resource to consult in finding which oils are often used for specific conditions. If you are the parent, friend, or spouse of someone struggling with addiction, it can be difficult to not get discouraged or wonder if you are somehow at fault for the circumstance. You can’t blame yourself though; people make their own choices. All you can do is show support and love and be there to help when the addict is ready to receive help. Arm yourself with the knowledge and resources (essentials oils certainly fall in this category) that can help when you are given the chance. Addiction recovery is very possible––especially with the help of essential oils and a good support system. Don’t lose hope. Get help, set goals, and get your life back! Source: Modern Essentials: A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, 5th Edition, 2013.

Want to Teach a Class on This Subject?

One great product that we carry is a tear pad called “Addiction Recovery & Essential Oils.” This tear pad is designed to be used as a handout for classes and gives great information that you can use when teaching a class about addiction recovery.

This tear pad identifies some of the reasons people fail to quit their addictions (fear of withdrawal symptoms, lack of motivation, denial of addiction, or unrealistic expectations) and shares how essential oils can help in the recovery process. This tear pad states, “By using essential oils, one can change their attitude toward life and remove the need for immediate relief through harmful addictions.” This tear pad is available for purchase on our website.