Essential Oil Spotlight: Fennel


Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) essential oil is steam-distilled from the crushed seeds of this plant. Fennel can be easily identified by its sweet, somewhat spicy, and licorice-like aroma. This essential oil contains the following health properties: antiparasitic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, diuretic, and expectorant.

Fennel was historically used by the ancient Egyptians and Romans when they awarded victorious warriors with garlands of fennel as a sign of praise. They believed that fennel would bestow these warriors with strength, courage, and longevity.

Common uses of fennel essential oil include blood clots, bruises, digestive system support, gastritis, kidney stones, lactation, pancreas support, parasites, skin revitalizing, tissue cleansing, and wrinkles. This essential oil primarily affects the digestive and hormonal systems.

Other possible uses of fennel essential oil include colic, stimulating the cardiovascular system, constipation, digestion (supports the liver), balancing hormones, nausea, obesity, PMS, and stimulating the sympathetic nervous system.

Topical Application: This oil can be applied neat (with no dilution), or dilute 1:1 (1 drop essential oil to at least 1 drop carrier oil) for children and for those with sensitive skin. Apply directly to the area of concern or to reflex points.
Aromatic Application: Fennel increases and influences longevity, courage, and purification. Diffuse, or inhale the aroma directly.
Internal Application: Fennel oil is recognized by the FDA as safe for human consumption and serves as a powerful flavoring agent.
Safety Data: Repeated topical use may lead to contact sensitization. Use with caution if susceptible to epilepsy. Use with caution during pregnancy. This oil should not be taken internally by children under 6 years old, and should be used with caution and in greater dilution for children ages 6 and older.

Ways to Use Fennel Essential Oil:

1. Digestive Problems
Fennel essential oil has beneficial digestive properties. It can quickly alleviate bloating, gas/flatulence, and diarrhea. Combine 5 drops fennel essential oil with 1 tsp. (5 ml) carrier oil in a 5 ml roll-on bottle, and apply over your stomach as needed.
2. Cooking
Fennel has a strong licorice-like flavor and serves as a valuable ingredient in many spices and other recipes. It can be strong, so start small when adding it to your recipes; you can always add more later. Here are a few recipes using fennel essential oil!

3. Bath Oil
This essential oil is known for its ability to revitalize the skin, cleanse tissue, and smooth wrinkles. For this reason, fennel makes a beneficial addition to bath oils and soaps. For a silky-smooth feel after your bath, combine 8 drops jasmine, 8 drops fennel, and 2 Tbsp. (25 ml) jojoba oil in the palm of your hand, and hold under warm running bathwater. Swish the water around with your hand to disperse the oils.
4. Diffuser Blends
With its strong aromatic influence, fennel can serve as a nice addition to a diffuser blend. Its sweet yet spicy aroma can uplift you and fill you with courage. Here are a couple blends for you to try out.

5. Air Freshening Spray
Air fresheners should not only smell great, but also be emotionally uplifting. Combine 10 drops fennel, 8 drops lemon, and 6 drops juniper berry with 1 tsp. (5 ml) carrier oil in a 1 oz. spray bottle. Fill the remainder of the bottle with distilled water, and shake to combine. Spray the mixture around the room, and breathe in the emotional support.

Sources:
Modern Essentials™: The Complete Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, 9th Edition, pp. 63–64.
Aromatherapy Blends & Remedies by Franzesca Watson
Organic Beauty with Essential Oil by Rebecca Park Totilo

Lemon Berry Frozen Yogurt

Warm summer days call for sweet cold treats, especially if you can find a healthy one that everyone will enjoy. This Lemon Berry Frozen Yogurt is absolutely delicious and super simple! Whether you serve the dessert at your next meal or party, or save the whole batch for yourself, it certainly won’t disappoint.

Lemon Berry Frozen Yogurt

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups (300 g) frozen berries
  • 1/2 cup (140 g) plain greek yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp. (30 ml) honey
  • 1 tsp. (5 ml) vanilla
  • 2–4 drops lemon essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Add the frozen berries, greek yogurt, honey, and vanilla to a blender or food processor. Blend for 2–3 minutes, or until creamy.
  2. Add lemon essential oil, and pulse the blender briefly to combine.
  3. Transfer the mixture to an airtight container, and place in the freezer for at least 3 hours.
  4. Remove from the freezer, and allow the frozen yogurt to soften for a few minutes before serving.

You can also stir in some crushed berries after blending for an extra fruity flavor and texture.

This frozen yogurt can be stored in the freezer for up to 2 weeks.

This recipe is a little tart, but you can always add a little more honey until it tastes good to you.

Men’s Cologne with Essential Oils

Essential oils definitely aren’t just for women! We all love the health benefits of essential oils, especially when they smell good. Here’s a simple cologne recipe that smells great and will allow your man to reap the benefits of essential oils at the same time.

Men's Cologne

  • Servings: Yield=10 ml
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Add the essential oils to the spray bottle, and then add the emulsifier.
  2. Fill the remainder of the spray bottle with witch hazel.
  3. Shake to combine.
  4. Spritz on 2–3 sprays as you get ready each day.

An essential oil emulsifier helps essential oils to bond with water-based products. Witch hazel is great for your skin with a minimal aroma; however, it is water based, meaning that the essential oils will not entirely bond with it. If you do not have the emulsifier, you may alternatively use perfumer’s alcohol in place of witch hazel, or simply shake the bottle well before each application.

A Traveler’s Guide to Essential Oils

With summer upon us, the traveling adventures are beginning. However, being away from home can make our regular essential oil use a little more difficult. But does travel really get in the way? Here at AromaTools, we are dedicated to making your essential oil use more convenient and effective—even when traveling! So here’s what you need to know when traveling with essential oils.

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Must-Have Essential Oils for Traveling:

1. Soothing Blend
Traveling usually involves cramped spaces for long periods of time or more strenuous activity than our bodies are used to. For this reason, the Soothing Blend is an important asset to your travel kit. By having it with you, you can easily apply it to sore muscles, cramps, sore feet, and so on. There’s no need to be in pain when you can find relief.
2. Peppermint
Traveling can be hard on our bodies, and that’s why you need peppermint oil. Peppermint essential oil may assist with digestive troubles, motion sickness, and headaches. You should never leave home without this versatile essential oil.
3. Lavender
If you experience difficulty with adjusting to new time zones, or sleeping in a new bed, this oil is a must for all your travels. Lavender essential oil is not only great for relaxation, but it can also soothe sunburns, bug bites, and allergies.
4. Protective Blend
Since it’s impossible to control sanitary conditions while away from home, bringing this essential oil with you on your travels is super important. You can build your immune system with this blend prior to traveling and continue to use it throughout your trip. This blend is great for fighting colds, sore throats, the flu, and infections.

Essential Oil Travel Tips:

1. Fighting Jet Lag
There’s nothing worse than starting off your travels on the wrong foot. When traveling, we want to be our best self, and that means being awake and alert. To avoid jet lag, the most important thing you can do is stay very well hydrated, but avoid alcohol and caffeine while flying. Next, it’s important to set your internal clock to the location you will be traveling to at the beginning of your flight. That means sleep when it’s night there, and stay awake when it’s day. You can take small naps—no more than 45 minutes—in order to keep your body refreshed. If you arrive in the daytime, you should keep your body active until a reasonable time to retire to bed. Now that you know some general tips, let’s get down to the essential oils.

Use invigorating essential oils such as peppermint and eucalyptus in the morning and calming essential oils such as lavender and geranium at night. Consider making a sleep blend in a small spray bottle to mist on your pillow when you are having trouble sleeping. You can also add lemon, peppermint, or orange essential oils to your water as an energy and immune booster. You can learn more about using essential oils for jet lag in Modern Essentials™: The Complete Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils.

2. Packing Your Oils
If your travel plans include airplanes, you may want to take special care of your oils. If you’re taking your oils in your carry-on luggage, remember that TSA regulations require all liquids to be under 3.4 oz. (100 ml), and placed in a clear plastic zip-top bag or vanity bag, when carried through security. And you can only have 1 quart-sized plastic bag of liquids. This means you can only take the oils that you absolutely need, so you will need to consider what oils are most important to you while traveling. Keep in mind that the x-ray scanners in airport security will not damage your oils.
If you would like to avoid this potential hassle, you may alternatively pack your oils into your checked bag. We suggest that you still place your oils in a plastic bag in case of leaking caused by pressure changes, and remember to secure the lids tightly. If you have further questions about TSA regulations, click here.

Products to Enhance Your Travel Experience:

Diffusers:
Leaving home without a diffuser is no longer necessary if you have a personal diffuser! Now you can still get the aromatic benefits of essential oils while traveling without bothering those around you. We carry many different options for you to choose from. There are perfect diffusers that will fit in your car ports or USB ports in a hotel room, or personal diffusers that don’t require any power so that you can enjoy your oils anytime.

Carrying Cases:
In order to take your oils with you when you travel, you will need a proper carrying case for the bottles so they don’t get damaged. We carry all sorts of cases for whatever size of bottles you would like to take with you. Keep the airplane travel tips in mind if you are flying, but if you are taking a road trip, any size of carrying case will work depending on your specific needs.

We hope you find these tips useful as you embark on your next journey! Below we have linked a few more blog posts that can help you with all your travel needs.

Essential Oils for Car Travel
10 Diffuser Blends for the Road
See Modern Essentials: Outdoor Travel Tips

Feel free to let us know if you have any questions or would like to share your experience of traveling with your essential oils. We would love to read them! Safe travels!

Source:
Modern Essentials™: The Complete Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, 9th Edition.

Essential Oil Spotlight: Coriander

Coriander (Coriandrum sativum L.) is steam-distilled from the seeds of a plant in the parsley family. This oil is known for its woody, spicy, and sweet aroma. Coriander essential oil contains analgesic, antibacterial, antifungal, antioxidant, antirheumatic, antispasmodic, and stimulant health properties. Coriander most directly affects the digestive and hormonal systems.

Historically, coriander was used by the Chinese for dysentery, piles, measles, nausea, toothache, and painful hernias. Today, this essential oil is commonly used to help with cartilage injury, degenerative disease, muscle aches, muscle development, muscle tone, and whiplash.

Other uses for this essential oil include anorexia, arthritis, colds, colic, diarrhea, digestive spasms, dyspepsia, flatulence, flu, gout, infections, migraines, nervous exhaustion, neuralgia, poor circulation, rheumatism, and stiffness.

Application of Coriander Essential Oil and Safety Data:

Topical Application: Coriander essential oil can be applied neat (with no dilution) directly on location or to reflex points.
Aromatic Application: Aromatically, coriander is a gentle stimulant for those with low physical energy. It also helps one relax during times of stress, irritability, and nervousness. It may also provide a calming influence to those suffering from shock or fear.
Internal Application: This oil is recognized as safe for human consumption by the FDA. Coriander also serves as a wonderful flavoring agent in many recipes.
Safety Data: Coriander should not be taken internally by children under the age of 6 and should be used with caution and in greater dilution for children 6 years and older.

Ways to Use Coriander Essential Oil:

1. Diffuse
With its powerful aromatic influence, coriander adds a nice touch to some of your favorite diffuser blends. Here are just a few diffuser blends you can try out!

2. Alzheimer’s
Diffuse a blend of 1 part coriander and 2 parts lemon using an aromatherapy diffuser for 15 minutes daily.

3. Cooking
Coriander essential oil can add an amazing flavor to any of your favorite meals. Here are some of our favorite recipes that use coriander essential oil!

4. Massage Oil
Coriander essential oil can help to improve circulation, so it can be very effective in a massage oil. For an invigorating massage, combine 1 oz. (25 ml) Sweet Almond Oil with 3 drops coriander, 3 drops frankincense, 2 drops lime, and 2 drops rose in a small bowl or 1 oz. bottle. Gently rub a small amount into your muscles.

Sources:
Modern Essentials™: The Complete Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, 9th Edition, p. 56.
Organic Beauty with Essential Oil by Rebecca Park Totilo

Peppermint Chocolate Bites

We all love the dinner mints given out at fancy restaurants, but they only give you one! We decided to try our hand at chocolatiering, and we fell in love with this simple recipe. You can use your favorite dark chocolate (the darker the healthier), and the peppermint essential oil adds a nice flavor that will make it hard to stop eating these little gems.

Chocolate Peppermint Bites

  • Servings: 36–48
  • Difficulty: Moderate
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Ingredients:

  • 2 packages (10 oz. each) dark chocolate melting wafers
  • 1 package (10 oz.) white chocolate melting wafers
  • 6–8 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 2 drops green food coloring (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°F (95°C).
  2. Place the chocolate into 3 oven-safe bowls (1 package in each bowl), and warm in the oven for 20 minutes or until fully melted.
  3. Line a cookie sheet with wax paper, making sure it covers the sides as well.
  4. Remove one of the bowls of dark chocolate from the oven, and leave the others in to keep them melted.
  5. Pour the first bowl of dark chocolate across the wax paper, spread the chocolate out with a spatula, and shake the pan to help create an even layer.
  6. While that layer is drying, remove the white chocolate from the oven, and add peppermint oil and food coloring.
  7. Wait just until the first layer of chocolate changes from glossy to matte, then pour the white chocolate on top quickly, spreading it out and shaking the pan to flatten.
  8. Once that layer has turned matte, remove the last bowl of dark chocolate from the oven, and spread it across the top in the same manner as the other 2 layers.
  9. Allow the chocolate to dry, then cut into squares with a sharp knife.

The trick to this recipe is knowing exactly when to pour the layers on top. If the chocolate is too wet, the layers will mix. If the chocolate is too dry, the layers won’t stick together. Watch the chocolate as it dries; it will change from glossy to matte, and at this point, you can quickly top the next layer. If they do mix a bit, no big deal! It will still taste delicious!

These chocolate bites are so good, you won’t be able to keep the kids away! They also make great snacks for your essential oil classes. Make up a tray, and give them to your attendees to demonstrate the use of essential oils in cooking.

Essential Oils for Kids & New Kids Mini Tear Pad

Introducing your children to essential oils at a young age is a great way to bond with them and provide them with natural, healthy products. When using oils with your children, though, you have to be careful. Children’s skin is more delicate and sensitive, which allows essential oils to be absorbed more quickly.

Our new Kids Mini Tear Pad is a great place to start if you’re looking to introduce your kids to essential oils. This tear pad highlights oils that can be used on children and simple ways to help your kiddos get engaged in essential oil use. It includes some simple remedies for sniffles and a tummy ache, as well as easy diffuser blends to help your kids feel better and healthier! These mini tear pads make great handouts for your friends or attendees in a class. Share the knowledge of essential oil safety with your friends and family!

You can learn more about proper use of essential oils with children in Modern Essentials. We have also written several posts with kid-friendly essential oil crafts that the whole family will love!

 

Essential Oil Spotlight: Lime

Lime (Citrus aurantifolia) essential oil is cold-pressed from the peel of the fruit. Lime oil is distinguished by its sweet, tart, intense, and lively aroma. This oil contains antibacterial, antiseptic, antiviral, restorative, and tonic health properties.

Historically, lime was used as a remedy for dyspepsia. It was also often used in place of lemon for fevers, infections, sore throats, and colds. This essential oil is known for its powerful effect on the digestive, immune, and respiratory systems.

This oil is commonly used to help with bacterial infections, fever, gum/grease removal, and skin (revitalizing). Other possible uses of lime essential oil include anxiety, blood pressure, dissolving cellulite, improving clarity of thought, energy, gallstones, lymphatic system cleansing, nails (strengthening), nervous conditions, sore throats, water and air purification, and promoting a sense of well-being.

Application of Lime Essential Oil and Safety Data:

Topical Application: Can be applied neat (with no dilution) directly to the area of concern or to reflex points. It makes an excellent addition to bath and shower gels, body lotions, and deodorants.
Aromatic Application: Diffuse, or inhale the aroma directly. Lime essential oil has a lively fragrance that is stimulating and refreshing. The aroma can help you to overcome exhaustion, depression, and listlessness.
Internal Application: Lime oil is recognized as safe for human consumption by the FDA and makes a great flavor addition to food and drinks.
Safety Data: Lime oil is known to cause photosensitivity, so it is advised that you avoid direct sunlight for 12 hours after topical application.

Ways to Use Lime Essential Oil:

1. Diffuse
The sweet yet tart aroma of lime essential oil makes it a nice addition to diffuser blends. You can diffuse it alone, or combine it with some of your other favorite oils. Here are a few diffuser blends we like!

2. Cooking
Lime is common flavor in both sweet and savory dishes. Since this essential oil comes from the peel of the fruit, it serves as a replacement for lime zest. You can substitute 1 tsp. (2 g) zest with 1 drop of lime oil in any recipe. Here are some of our favorite recipes using lime essential oil.

3. Hair Pomade
There are so many great uses of lime essential oil. In this recipe, lime oil adds to the amazing aroma, but it also helps to revitalize your scalp. The best part is that this hair pomade also serves as an amazing lotion for your hands and lips. Click here for the recipe!

4. Flavored Water
The health properties of lime essential oil are incredible and can even help to purify your water. We also can’t forget about how good lime-flavored water tastes, so we’ve made up a few flavored water ideas for you to try out! These make a perfect refreshing drink for summer activities and parties.

5. Bath Salts
Essential oils add a nice touch to a warm, soothing bath. We’ve created a few blends for you to add to your next bath. Just add the blend to 1/2 cup (125 g) epsom salt, stir well, and add under the running tap. Swish your hand through the bathwater to help it disperse properly.

Wake Up Refreshed
2 drops peppermint
2 drops orange
1 drop lime
1 drop grapefruit
1 drop lemon
Uplifting Mood
2 drops lime
2 drops orange
3 drops neroli
Focused Energy
1 drop lime
1 drop eucalyptus
1 drop grapefruit
1 drop lemon
1 drop orange
Invigorating Focus
1 drop lime
1 drop frankincense
1 drop peppermint
1 drop rosemary
1 drop orange

Source:
Modern Essentials™: The Complete Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, 9th Edition, p. 87.

EO Perfumes for Men & Women

Essential oil blends can make wonderful perfumes with their endless combinations and powerful aromas. Not only can you smell good, but you can also reap some awesome health benefits at the same time. We have compiled some blends that have mental and physical benefits for both men and women.

These blends are easy to make, and they make great gifts. Hold a make-and-take class for your friends and colleagues, and give these perfume blends to your attendees. We even created some cute labels so you can identify your different blends and use them with your specific needs for the day. Click here to download the file! These labels work great for roll-on bottles, and you can purchase the blank labels here.

Perfumes for Women:

Sweet & Spicy Energy
15 drops orange
10 drops frankincense
8 drops cinnamon
Fresh Mountain Air
10 drops cypress
8 drops white fir
7 drops frankincense
Uplifting Air
15 drops white fir
15 drops bergamot
Calm Hormones
8 drops orange
8 drops ylang ylang
6 drops cedarwood
Fruity Fresh
13 drops grapefruit
8 drops orange
7 drops lemon
Energized Mind
12 drops grapefruit
12 drops vetiver
Invigorating Purpose
10 drops orange
8 drops jasmine
8 drops lime
Uplifting & Calming
12 drops geranium
12 drops grapefruit
6 drops vetiver
Energy Balance
13 drops orange
8 drops clove

Perfumes for Men:

Breathe Like a Man
10 drops vetiver
10 drops cypress
8 drops eucalyptus
Invigorating Energy
12 drops cedarwood
10 drops frankincense
8 drops lime
Balanced & Energized
12 drops sandalwood
8 drops fennel
8 drops cypress
7 drops wintergreen
7 drops orange
5 drops lime

Perfumes for Men & Women:

Deep Breathing
13 drops orange
12 drops basil
8 drops bergamot
6 drops white fir
Metabolic Balance
15 drops sandalwood
13 drops grapefruit
10 drops peppermint
Calm & Focused
12 drops lavender
8 drops orange
8 drops vetiver

You can quickly make these perfume blends by combining the blend of your choice in a 10 ml roll-on bottle and topping it off with your favorite carrier oil. Some carrier oils we suggest trying are jojoba oil and fractionated coconut oil, as they are nearly odorless and will help soften and strengthen your skin. These blends are super simple to make, but the benefits are even better. We’ve included some of these benefits below. You can choose the perfume based on the smell alone, or by the benefits that you want to harness in your life.

Perfume Blend Benefits

Sweet & Spicy Energy: supports neurological health and energizes the body.
Fresh Mountain Air: supports neurological health, is great for the skin, and promotes respiratory relief.
Uplifting Air: energizes the body, is great for the skin, and uplifts the mind.
Calm Hormones: uplifts the mind, balances women’s hormones, calms the body and mind, and promotes skin health.
Fruity Fresh: uplifts the mind, energizes the body, and relieves seasonal allergies.
Energized Mind: energizes the body, promotes neurological health, and calms the mind.
Invigorating Purpose: promotes healthy skin, invigorates the body and mind, and provides a sense of well-being.
Uplifting & Calming: promotes healthy skin, invigorates the body and mind, and uplifts and calms the mind.
Energy Balance: calms and invigorates the body and mind, energizes the body, and promotes balance.
Breathe Like a Man: provides respiratory and seasonal allergy relief, calms the mind, and promotes healthy skin.
Invigorating Energy: calms the mind, promotes neurological health, energizes and invigorates the mind and body, and promotes healthy skin.
Balanced & Energized: energizes and balances the body, promotes neurological health, and promotes respiratory health.
Deep Breathing: promotes respiratory health, calms the body and mind, and promotes healthy skin.
Metabolic Balance: energizes the body and mind, promotes neurological health, reduces appetite, and provides metabolic balance.
Calm & Focused: calms the mind and body, helps focus the mind, and promotes balanced sleep.

When it comes to blending essential oils for perfumes, the options are endless! Get creative and make your own. You can reference our post “The Art of Roller Bottle Blending” to learn more about proper blending techniques to get you started. We’d love to hear some of the blends you have created or found that you particularly like, so feel free to comment below!

Where to Apply Essential Oils

With so many ways to apply essential oils, it can be difficult to know what methods to use! We want to share a few tips for applying essential oils topically so that you can reap the greatest benefits from your oils.

More often than not, we just opt for applying the oils directly to the location of pain. Yes, this can be effective, but there are other methods that can potentially be more effective.

Applying essential oils to the body’s reflex points is one of these methods. Modern Essentials tells us, “Reflex therapy is a simple method of applying oils to contact points (or nerve endings) in the feet or hands. A series of hand rotation movements at those control points create a vibrational healing energy that carries the oils along the neuroelectrical pathways. The oils either help remove any blockage along the pathways or travel the length of the pathway to benefit the particular organ.”

We sell the following charts so that you can reference the different reflex points at any time. The charts also include recommended oils for each organ.

There are several essential locations on the head for different types of headaches and helping with sleep. By applying the oils to specific locations around the head and face, you can experience faster relief and better absorption, maximizing the health benefits of your essential oils.

Here are a few specific locations to help with headaches, stress, and sleep problems:

Tension headache: Behind the earlobes, base of the skull at the neck, top of the shoulders where the neck meets.
Sinus headache: Bridge of the nose, inside edge of the eyebrows, outer edge of the nostrils.
Stress: Across the forehead, on temples, inside edge of the eyebrows, between the eyebrows.
Sleep: Crown of the head, on temples, between the eyebrows, behind the earlobes.

This is only the beginning of learning proper application of essential oils. As you begin to dive further into using essential oils, you can find more information about specific application methods, when each method is most effective, and specific oils that help with a variety of health conditions in Modern Essentials: The Complete Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils. Let us know if you have any questions!

Source: Modern Essentials: The Complete Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, 9th Edition, pp. 16–33.