Essential Oil Spotlight: Orange

Orange essential oil (Citrus sinensis) is cold expressed from the rinds of the fruit. It is very easy to extract—if you have ever peeled an orange, you have likely ended up with essential oil on your hands. The oil is deep golden yellow with a characteristic orange peel aroma.

Orange essential oil is used primarily for anxiety, digestion (sluggish), fear, heart palpitations, insomnia, menopause, nervousness, uplifting, and withdrawals.

Oranges have historically been used for palpitations, scurvy, jaundice, bleeding, heartburn, relaxed throat, prolapse of the uterus and the anus, diarrhea, and blood in the feces. This essential oil may also help appetite, rickety bones, bronchitis, colds, colic (dilute for infants; helps them sleep), dermatitis, digestive system, fever, flu, lower high cholesterol, mouth ulcers, muscle soreness, obesity, sedation, tissue repair, water retention, and wrinkles.

Some of the properties of orange essential oil include anticancer, antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, digestive, sedative, and tonic.

Applications of Orange Essential Oil and Safety Data

Topical Application: Orange essential oil can be applied neat (with no dilution) when used topically. Apply directly on area of concern or to reflex points. Avoid direct sunlight for up to 12 hours after using on skin.
Aromatic Application: Orange essential oil can be diffused or inhaled directly. Orange oil is calming and uplifting to the mind and body when inhaled.
Internal Application: Orange essential oil can be taken internally and is often used as a flavoring in cooking. Put 1–2 drops of orange oil under the tongue or in a beverage. It can also be taken in capsules.

5 Ways to Use Orange Essential Oil

1. Diffuse
Orange essential oil is effective to help influence emotions. It is often used for balancing emotions, confidence, happiness/joy, loss, counteracting negative emotions, feeling overburdened/overwhelmed, pity (especially self-pity), and uplifting the mind. Try diffusing orange essential oil alone or in one of the following recipes:

Here are a few other diffuser blends that use orange essential oil:

2. Add to a Massage Oil or Bath
Try adding one of the following blends to 1 1/2 Tbsp. massage oil, such as fractionated coconut oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil, or sweet almond oil. You can also use these blends in a diffuser or a bath (combine with 1/4 cup epsom salt to evenly disperse throughout the tub).

Uplifting Massage
5 drops juniper berry
3 drops orange
3 drops lime
Invigorating Massage
3 drops cypress
2 drops bergamot
2 drops orange
Relaxing Massage for Men
5 drops sandalwood
4 drops orange
2 drops vetiver

3. Combine in a Roll-on Blend
Orange essential oil is known for helping heart issues, stimulating sluggish digestion, relieving insomnia, and turning frowns into smiles. If you need help with any of these conditions, try making a blend and rolling it on the area of concern or on the bottoms of your feet. Just add the recommended number of drops to a 10 ml roll-on bottle, and then fill the rest of the bottle with a carrier oil, such as fractionated coconut oil, jojoba oil, or sweet almond oil. These recipes are formulated at a 5% dilution ratio.

Circulation Roll-on
7 drops orange
3 drops ylang ylang
2 drops lavender
Digestive Roll-on
(eases constipation)

7 drops orange
3 drops black pepper
2 drops peppermint
Insomnia Roll-on
6 drops orange
6 drops lavender
Happy Roll-on
4 drops orange
4 drops lavender
4 drops ylang ylang

4.  Put in a Natural Mouthwash
Try putting orange essential oil in a coconut oil mouthwash. Just add 1 drop each orange and lemon essential oil to 1 tsp. coconut oil. Swish the solution around in your mouth, and then swallow or spit into the garbage. (Don’t spit into the sink because coconut oil can solidify in the pipes.)

5. Use in Cooking Recipes
Orange essential oil is easy to add to any of your favorite recipes. Just substitute 1 drop of orange oil for 1 tsp. of orange zest. Here are a few of our favorite recipes to help you get started:

Other Ideas Using Orange Essential Oil

Sources:
Modern Essentials™: A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, 8th Edition, p. 94.
Healing Oils: 500 Formulas for Aromatherapy by Carol Schiller & David Schiller

Slow Cooker Irish Beef Stew

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year with a hearty Irish Beef Stew! You can now enjoy the comforting flavors of this dish along with the health benefits of the essential oils. Try pairing this beef stew with our Rosemary Artisan Sourdough Bread for an easy make-ahead meal.

Irish Beef Stew

  • Servings: 6–8
  • Time: 20 minutes active; 4–8 hours inactive
  • Difficulty: Moderate
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Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp. (30 ml) olive oil
  • 2 lbs. (1 kg) stew beef, cut into 1″ (2.5 cm) pieces
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 4–6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 lbs. (1 kg) potatoes, cut into 1/2″ (1.25 cm) pieces
  • 6 carrots, cut into 1/4″ (0.75 cm) coins
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 3 cups (720 ml) beef broth
  • 2 Tbsp. (30 ml) tomato paste
  • 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. (12.5 g) sugar (or 1/2 Tbsp. honey)
  • 1 tsp. (2.25 g) paprika
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/3 cup (80 ml) cold water
  • 3 Tbsp. (22.5 g) flour
  • 5 drops thyme essential oil
  • 5 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 5 drops oregano essential oil
  • 2 Tbsp. (7.5 g) chopped fresh parsley (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Season beef with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Add beef to skillet, and sauté until brown on all sides. Add garlic, and sauté for 1 minute.
  2. Transfer the beef to a slow cooker. Add potatoes, carrots, onion, beef broth, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, sugar, paprika, and bay leaves. Season with salt and pepper, and stir to combine.
  3. Cover and cook on low heat for 7–8 hours or on high heat for 3–4 hours.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the cold water and flour; stir into stew. Add the essential oils, and cook on high heat for an additional 20–30 minutes or until the broth has thickened. Remove and discard bay leaves.
  5. Serve immediately, garnished with parsley if desired.

Just Add Oils to Your Emotional Health

Emotions give color to our lives. Without emotions, positive and negative, the world would be a dreary place. We need to experience negative emotions so we can more fully appreciate positive emotions. However, emotions are more than just fleeting thoughts and feelings—every emotion releases chemicals within our bodies and can have profound effects on our mental and physical health. Sometimes negative emotions get trapped inside and can continue to affect our bodies even years later.

“Trapped emotions can cause you to make the wrong assumptions, overreact to innocent remarks, misinterpret behavior and short-circuit your relationships. . . . They can interfere with proper function of your body’s organs and tissues, wreaking havoc with your physical health, causing pain, fatigue and illness” (The Emotion Code, p. 11).

“Psychoneuroimmunology is concerned specifically with the impact of mental attitudes on the body’s resistance to disease, especially exploring the links among and between the mind, the brain and the immune system. The researchers involved in this field have established solid evidence that emotions, mental attitudes and person’s ability to cope all strongly affect and determine the function of the immune system” (Feelings Buried Alive Never Die, pp. 220–21).

Because our feelings, emotions, and attitudes affect our health (especially when we trap them inside), knowing how to accept, process, and release emotions is important to maintaining a healthy body.

There are several authors who write about releasing emotions, but their methods vary a little. In The Emotion Code, Dr. Bradley Nelson explains how to release these negative emotions with the use of energy medicine. Karol K. Truman explains in her book Feelings Buried Alive Never Die that we can instruct our beings through thought and intention to replace the negative feelings with positive feelings, “restore the cells’ perfect function by re-programming them,” and “bring harmony and balance back to the DNA and RNA” (p. 94). Truman includes a “script” that she has found to help her to connect with her higher self and process the negative emotions that she experiences. Other authors have used essential oils to help release negative emotions.

“When we smell essential oils, it stimulates the olfactory cells that are part of the olfactory system. . . . Anatomically, the olfactory system is closely related to the limbic system of the brain which is responsible for long-term memory, emotions, autonomic nervous system, regulating blood pressure, heart-rate, and attention. The close proximity between the olfactory and limbic systems is why essential oils have such a profound effect physiologically and psychologically.” (AromaHeal 1, pp. 11–12).

“[Essential oils] foster the right environment for healing, but they will not do the work for us. In gardening, it is a common mistake to pull the weeds while leaving the roots. This is particularly true for hard and rocky soils. To ensure we uproot the whole plant, we can add water to the soil, which allows the entire weed to be removed. Similarly, essential oils prepare our emotional soil so that weeds may be removed with greater ease. However, they do not do the weeding for us. If we neglect to do the work of pulling our weeds, we have simply watered the problem. On the other hand, when we combine essential oils with emotional work, we reap the fruit of our labor” (Emotions & Essential Oils, p. 9). Emotions & Essential Oils discusses each oil and oil blend in terms of what negative emotions the oil may help release and what positive emotions the oil may promote. To help facilitate the healing process, it is best to combine the use of essential oils with meditation, journaling, and personal inventory.

In her booklet “What to Do in an Emotional Emergency,” Megan Burnside suggests 5 practices to find peace when we experience overwhelming emotions. Each practice includes breathing in an essential oil to help bring emotional balance. Burnside mentions the need to embrace emotions and allow oneself to fully experience them in the moment before allowing them to pass.

Rather than dividing experiences into “positive” and “negative” ones, we should focus on living fully or being “whole.” “One of the most vivid examples of a ‘whole’ experience is childbirth. Childbirth is incredibly profound and joy-filled. The experience as a whole is a challenging and breathtakingly beautiful mix of all emotions. They can’t be separated” (“What to Do in an Emotional Emergency,” p. 18).

All the authors agree that to prevent trapping negative emotions, we need to take the time to recognize them, embrace them, experience them fully, and then release them as soon as possible so they don’t continue to bother us. A healthy body needs a healthy mind. Enjoy the “now,” live life to its fullest, and let yourself embrace and release your emotions.

For more information about this topic, see the following books:

Sources:
The Emotion Code by Dr. Bradley Nelson
Feelings Buried Alive Never Die by Karol K. Truman
AromaHeal 1: Simple Techniques to Support Emotional Healing with Essential Oils by Christi Turley Diamond, BS, MEd, and Karisa Tomkinson, BS, MS
Emotions & Essential Oils: A Modern Resource for Healing
“What to Do in an Emotional Emergency” by Megan Burnside

Hasselback Herb Potatoes with Essential Oils

Have you tried hasselback potatoes yet? They are a lot like baked potatoes, but rather than piercing the potatoes with a fork, you cut slices in them with a knife, then fill the slices with yummy ingredients either before or after baking them. When making hasselback potatoes with essential oils, it’s best to add the oils after baking the potatoes so you don’t lose the health benefits of the oils.

Start by slicing the potatoes, drizzling them with olive oil, and sprinkling salt and pepper on top before baking them. While they bake, mix up the herb butter by melting butter and stirring in the essential oils. If you happen to taste the herb butter, you may find the essential oils to be a bit strong. Just trust us, though—the final product tastes delicious!

When the potatoes are soft on the inside and crispy on the outside, pull them out of the oven. Then, while they are still hot, drizzle on the herb butter. Make sure to get it in between the slices.

Add a little fresh parsley for a pop of color, and sprinkle on some parmesan cheese for the final touch! Don’t wait too long to get a bite of this delicious potato!

Hasselback Herb Potatoes

  • Servings: 6–8
  • Time: 10–15 minutes active; 30–40 minutes inactive
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

Potatoes:

  • 2–3 lbs. (1–1.5 kg) small potatoes
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Olive oil

Herb Butter:

  • 1/3–1/2 cup (80–120 ml) melted butter (can use olive oil or a mixture of butter and olive oil)
  • 2 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 2 drops basil essential oil
  • 2 drops thyme essential oil
  • 2 drops lemon essential oil
  • 1 drop oregano essential oil
  • 1 drop black pepper essential oil
  • 1/4 tsp. (1.5 g) salt
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper

Additional Ingredients:

  • Fresh minced parsley for garnish
  • Parmesan cheese for garnish

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C).
  2. Slice along each potato in 1/16-inch (2 mm) intervals, making sure to only slice a little more than halfway through the potato. It is easiest to start cutting on one end, then when you get to the middle, rotate the potato and continue cutting from the other end toward the middle again.
  3. Place the sliced potatoes on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, and drizzle with olive oil.
  4. Roast the potatoes in the oven for about 30–40 minutes, until tender on the inside and crispy on the outside.
  5. While the potatoes are roasting, mix together the herb butter.
  6. Once the potatoes are done, pull them out of the oven, and brush the herb butter mixture evenly over the potatoes and in between the slices.
  7. Sprinkle potatoes with fresh parsley and parmesan cheese, if desired.
  8. Serve immediately, and enjoy!

Note: The herb butter may seem pretty strong if tasted on its own, but it tastes just right when combined with the potato.

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!

Just Add Oils to These 12 Products!

It’s easy to overcomplicate things when it comes to essential oils, but sometimes simplicity is key to actually using the oils. We would like to show you 12 products that you can just add oils to!

1. Diffusers

Just add 3–8 drops of essential oil to your essential oil diffuser. Need some scent ideas? Take a look at these diffuser blend recipes!

2. Bags and Cases

Just add your oil bottles to any of these bags or cases. AromaTools carries such a large variety of bags and cases for essential oils, you are sure to find something you’ll love!

3. Essential Oil–Safe Water Bottles

Just add 1–2 drops of essential oil to one of these essential oil–safe water bottles! Shake before drinking. Some favorite oils to add to drinking water include citrus oils, peppermint, and Protective Blend.

4. Nasal Inhalers

Just add 5–15 drops of essential oil to the wick, then put the nasal inhaler together. Simply remove the lid and inhale the aroma. Nasal inhalers make it easy to take aromatherapy oils or blends with you on the go.

5. Aromatherapy Jewelry

Just add 1–2 drops of essential oil to aromatherapy jewelry for a fashionable personal diffuser. If you are looking for ideas of what oils to use, check out this article: 35 Aromatherapy Jewelry Diffuser Blends.

6. Sample Bottles

Whether you want to keep just a little bit of oil on hand to use or to give to others as samples, these essential oil sample bottles are easy to use. Just add 20–40 drops of your essential oil or blend, insert the orifice reducer, screw on the lid, and apply an Oil Lock label.

7. Spray Bottles

Make a simple room spray with a spray bottle by adding 15 drops of essential oil, 15 drops of Natural Essential Oil Emulsifier (optional but helpful), and 2–4 oz. (60–120 ml) of water. Shake and spray.

8. Epsom Salt

Aromatherapy baths are not only relaxing, but also a great way to use essential oils! Just add 15 drops of essential oil to 1 cup (240 g) of epsom salt. Stir to combine, then add to a bath while the tub is filling up with water.

9. Roll-on Bottles

Roll-on bottles make it simple to pre-dilute essential oils (especially helpful with young children or those with sensitive skin) or create your own topical blends. Just add the oils to the roll-on bottle, and fill with a carrier oil like fractionated coconut oil, sweet almond oil, or jojoba oil. Read this article for more information about diluting oils with roll-ons and creating your own blends: The Art of Roller Bottle Blending.

10. Capsules

Capsules make it easy to take essential oils internally. Just add 5–8 drops each of essential oil and an ingestible carrier oil (like olive oil) to a capsule. Make sure to swallow the capsule within 5 minutes of adding the oils. Find more information about capsules here: Capsules and Essential Oils—FAQs.

11. myBase Products

AromaTools carries a few unscented products that are ready for you to just add oils:

  • Probiotic Deodorant: Just add a drop of essential oil to a pea-sized amount of deodorant before applying to the underarms.
  • Carrier Oil Sticks: Rub the carrier oil stick on skin before applying the essential oils. This helps dilute the essential oil and is especially helpful with children or people with sensitive skin.
  • Shower and Bath Gel Base: Just add 10–15 drops of essential oil to the bottle, and stir in with a chopstick. Wash your hair and body as normal.

12. Wool Dryer Balls

Just add 1–2 drops of essential oil to each wool dryer ball before including them in the dryer cycle with your laundry. These wool dryer balls are a healthier alternative to using dryer sheets, and the essential oils leave a pleasant smell on the clothes. If you’d rather go the DIY route, here are some instructions for making your own custom dryer balls.

Baked Falafel with Essential Oils

This Middle Eastern dish tastes fantastic with the addition of essential oils! Falafel is normally deep fried, but you can also pan fry it or even bake it as a healthier alternative. Falafel can be eaten plain, with Lemon Tahini Sauce (see recipe below), on a salad, or in a pita with tomatoes and cucumbers.

Falafel with Essential Oils

  • Servings: 4–6
  • Time: 20 minutes active; 30 minutes inactive
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 2–3 cloves garlic
  • 1 small yellow onion, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup (8–10 g) fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 cup (20 g) fresh parsley
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. (3 g) kosher salt
  • 3 drops lemon essential oil
  • 2 drops cumin essential oil
  • 2 drops coriander essential oil
  • 1 drop black pepper essential oil
  • 2 cans (455 g each) chickpeas, drained and rinsed (or 1 cup [200 g] dried chickpeas soaked overnight in 3 cups [720 ml] of water)
  • 2 tsp. (9 g) baking powder
  • 1/2 cup (60 g) all-purpose flour, if needed

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F (205°C), and grease a cookie sheet.
  2. Place garlic, onion, cilantro, parsley, cayenne pepper, salt, and essential oils in a food processor. Pulse until the leaves seem to blended fairly well. Pour mixture into a mixing bowl.
  3. Place about 1/3 of the chickpeas in the food processor, and pulse a few times until roughly minced. Dump the beans into the mixing bowl, and repeat with the other 2/3 (1/3 at a time) until all the chickpeas have been “minced.”
  4. Add baking powder to the mixing bowl, and stir everything together until well combined. You should be able to form small patties that hold together; if your mixture needs a little help, add some flour, a little bit at a time, just until your patties can hold together.
  5. Form small patties about 2″ (5 cm) in diameter, and place on greased cookie sheet.
  6. Bake for 25–30 minutes, flipping patties over about halfway through.
  7. Serve immediately with Lemon Tahini Sauce.

If you are in a hurry, you can also pan fry the falafel patties. Just heat some oil in a pan over medium to medium-high heat. Add the patties. Let cook for 4–5 minutes (or until brown); then flip patties over, and cook for another 4–5 minutes (or until brown). Remove from pan, and place on a paper towel–lined plate to cool.

Lemon Tahini Sauce

  • Servings: 4–6
  • Time: 5 minutes active
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cup (310 g) plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) tahini
  • 2 Tbsp. (30 ml) lemon juice
  • 1–2 drops lemon essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Stir all ingredients together until well combined.
  2. Serve with warm falafel—either alone, over a salad, or in a pita with tomatoes and cucumbers.

35 Aromatherapy Jewelry Blends

One of our Facebook friends asked us for some recommendations for diffuser blends to use on aromatherapy jewelry. We took the challenge and did some research and experimenting, and now we present to you the following list.

Aromatherapy jewelry is a fairly broad category and consists of any type of jewelry that is porous enough to absorb essential oil such as clay, lava rocks, wicks, felt pads, etc. The oils slowly diffuse by the air current caused by your body movement or existing in the environment. The oils can last anywhere from a few hours to several days (depending on the amount of oil used and the thickness of the oils). Here are a few examples of aromatherapy jewelry that you can purchase from AromaTools:


There are ways to make aromatherapy jewelry on your own, which allows you to create your own custom look. You can find instructions on making clay jewelry here and instructions for making a solid perfume locket here.

Aromatherapy Jewelry Diffuser Blends

The amount of oil drops used on aromatherapy jewelry can range from 1–10 drops depending on the type of jewelry. Clay pendants only need 1–2 drops; wicks can use up to 10 drops. Because of this variance, we decided to keep our blend or oil suggestions to 1–4 drops total. If you really like a recipe, try mixing up a slightly larger batch (20 drops total) in a small sample bottle and then applying 1–2 drops of the blend to your jewelry.

One important thing to remember when adding oils to aromatherapy jewelry is to avoid using essential oils that can irritate the skin, because the jewelry is often worn in direct contact with the skin. If you have sensitive skin and know a certain oil causes irritation, then avoid using that oil with your aromatherapy jewelry.

  • Alertness:
    • Blend 1: 1 drop peppermint, 1 drop orange
    • Blend 2: 1 drop peppermint, 1 drop lemon, 1 drop rosemary
  • ADD/ADHD: 1 drop lavender, 1 drop basil
  • Addictions: 1–2 drops grapefruit
  • Anxiety: 1 drop orange, 2 drops lavender
  • Appetite Suppressant: 1–2 drops grapefruit
  • Calm and Relax:
    • Blend 1: 1 drop ylang ylang, 2 drops lavender, 1 drop Roman chamomile
    • Blend 2: 1 drop lavender, 1 drop Roman chamomile
    • Blend 3: 1 drop bergamot, 1 drop ylang ylang
    • Blend 4: 1 drop bergamot, 1 drop cedarwood, 1 drop juniper berry
    • Blend 5: 1 drop lavender, 1 drop orange, 1 drop cedarwood, 1 drop frankincense
  • Energy:
    • Blend 1: 1–2 drops peppermint
    • Blend 2: 1 drop lime, 1 drop grapefruit, 1 drop orange (or tangerine), 1 drop spearmint (or peppermint)
    • Blend 3: 1 drop bergamot, 1 drop wintergreen
  • Fear: 1 drop lavender, 1 drop ylang ylang
  • Focus: 1 drop lavender, 1 drop petitgrain, 1 drop rosemary, 1 drop orange
  • Irritability: 1 drop cedarwood, 1 drop juniper berry, 1 drop fir
  • Memory: wear and smell while studying and again while taking the test to help recall facts.
    • Blend 1: 1–2 drops rosemary
    • Blend 2: 1 drop rosemary, 1 drop peppermint
  • Mood Swings:
    • Blend 1: 1 drop lavender, 1 drop rosemary, 1 drop peppermint
    • Blend 2: 1 drop clary sage, 1 drop bergamot
  • Mosquito Repellent:
    • Blend 1: 1 drop lavender, 1 drop lemongrass, 1 drop peppermint (or spearmint)
    • Blend 2: 1 drop eucalyptus, 1–2 drops lavender, 1 drop lemongrass
    • Blend 3: 1 drop lavender, 1 drop patchouli
  • Motion Sickness: 1–2 drops peppermint
  • Nausea/Morning Sickness: 1 drop ginger, 1 drop peppermint
  • Romantic Feelings: 1 drop ylang ylang, 1 drop clary sage, 1 drop sandalwood
  • Stress:
    • Blend 1: 1–2 drops lavender
    • Blend 2: 1–2 drops grapefruit
    • Blend 3: 1 drop lemon, 1 drop orange, 1 drop clove, 1 drop cedarwood
  • Uplifting:
    • Blend 1: 1–2 drops lemon
    • Blend 2: 1 drop ylang ylang, 1 drop lavender, 2 drops orange
    • Blend 3: 1 drop lime, 1 drop bergamot, 1 drop orange, 1 drop peppermint
    • Blend 4: 2 drops petitgrain, 1 drop juniper berry, 1 drop orange
    • Blend 5: 2 drops lavender, 1 drop rosemary

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

Romantic Diffuser Blend: Love Is in the Air

Set the mood for Valentine’s Day with this romantic diffuser blend. If you don’t have a diffuser, you can get one here or turn this blend into perfume or a linen spray.

If you have rose and jasmine essential oil, try substituting 2 drops rose and 1 drop jasmine for the ylang ylang and geranium essential oils for a more exotic aroma.

Do you have a favorite diffuser blend to help bring on the romance? Please, comment below!