Magnolia (Michelia alba, or Magnolia alba) essential oil is steam distilled from the flower of the plant. The sweet aroma is a subtle blend of floral, fruity, and herbaceous tones. Magnolia properties: analgesic, anxiolytic (anti-anxiety), antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antitumor, sedative.
Doesn’t everyone secretly love a zombie apocalypse? Then we’ve got the most engaging way to introduce essential oils! Enter Essential Oils & the Zombie Apocalypse: Survival Guide for a World Overrun by the Undead. By the way, the cute cartoon illustrations are G-rated—no gratuitous gore here.
This fresh new diffuser blend is amazing! The floral-herbaceous aroma with a light minty overtone is absolutely amazing. This blend is relaxing, calming, and refreshing—really a perfect blend for any day. Diffuse this blend to give the air an uplifting aroma.
Have you ever thought about the bacteria collecting on your yoga mat? Yoga mats tend to be hard to clean; but it needs to be done, so we’ve come up with a simpler way to disinfect your mat while adding the benefits of essential oils to the routine. We’ve put together an antibacterial cleaning spray using essential oils that is sure to leave your mat smelling fresh and clean.
This south-of-the-border-style soup is definitely one of our favorites! It’s creamy, just a little spicy, and simply delicious. The essential oils really round out the ethnic flavor. Who doesn’t appreciate an easy, slow-cooker meal on a busy day? You’ll absolutely love this soup!
[recipe title=”Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Soup” servings=”6–8″ time=”20 minutes active; 3–7 hours inactive” difficulty=”Easy”]
- 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken thighs or breasts
- 2 cups chicken broth or stock
- 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
- 1 can (10 oz.) green enchilada sauce
- 1 can (15 oz.) white beans
- 3 cans (15 oz. each) black beans
- 2 cans (4 oz. each) diced, fire-roasted, green chilies
- 1 can (10 oz.) diced tomatoes (optional)
- 4 tsp. ground chili powder
- 1 tsp. salt
- 3/4 tsp. paprika
- 2 drops cumin essential oil
- 2 drops cilantro essential oil
- 1 drop black pepper essential oil
- Toppings: cheese, sour cream, fresh lime, cilantro, etc.
- Place the chicken, chicken broth, enchilada sauce, beans, green chilies, diced tomatoes, seasonings, and essential oils* into a slow cooker. Stir the ingredients together, and cook on high for 3–5 hours or on low for 5–7 hours.
- Remove the chicken from the slow cooker and shred it using a couple of forks or a hand beater.
- Soften the cream cheese slightly in the microwave. Spoon small chunks into the slow cooker and stir it in. (*For stronger seasoning, stir in the essential oils at this point.)
- Return the shredded chicken to the slow cooker, cover, and cook for 30 minutes more, or until the cream cheese melts in.
- Scoop the soup into bowls, top with sour cream, cheese, lime juice, cilantro, or anything else you desire.
Bergamot (citrus bergamia) essential oil is pressed from the rind, or peel, of this citrus fruit. The oil is clearly recognized by its sweet, lively, citrusy, and fruity aroma. Bergamot properties: analgesic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiparasitic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, digestive, neuroprotective, sedative, and uplifting.
Bergamot essential oil is commonly used to help with agitation, brain injury, colic, depression, emotional stress, environmental stress, infection, mental stress, performance stress, physical energy, physical stress, PMS, and rheumatoid arthritis. This essential oil primarily affects the digestive system, emotional balance, and skin.
Other possible uses of bergamot include acne, anxiety, appetite regulation, boils, bronchitis, carbuncles, cold sores, oily complexion, coughs, cystitis, digestion, eczema, emotions, endocrine system, fever, gallstones, gonorrhea, infectious disease, insect bites, irritated lungs, psoriasis, respiratory infection, scabies, sore throat, nervous tension, thrush, acute tonsillitis, ulcers, urinary tract infection, spot varicose veins, and wounds.
Application and Safety Data
Topical: Bergamot can be applied neat (without dilution). Apply to forehead, temples, reflex points, and/or directly on the area of concern. May also be applied as a deodorant.
Aromatic: Diffuse, or inhale the aroma directly. The scent may help to relieve anxiety, depression, stress, and tension. It is also uplifting and refreshing.
Internal: Bergamot is recognized as safe for human consumption by the FDA. Dilute 1 drop bergamot oil in 1 tsp. of honey or in 4 oz. of beverage.
Safety: Avoid direct sunlight or UV light for 72 hours after topical use. Repeated use may result in extreme contact sensitization.
Ways to Use
1. Diffuser Blends
Bergamot essential oil is a huge hit in diffuser blends not only for its powerful aromatic properties but also because it simply smells wonderful! We have created many amazing diffuser blends with bergamot for you to try. Just click on one below that looks appealing, and start diffusing bergamot today.
Bergamot can be helpful to support a comatose patient. Alternate applying 1 drop frankincense and 1 drop bergamot to the back of the neck, just below the skull, once a day.
Essential oil blends can make beautiful perfumes. We’ve written a post featuring 15 perfume recipes and their health benefits—including several blends containing bergamot. A downloadable file with printable labels is included. Click here to make fabulous fragrances for both women and men.
To add healthful flavor to your fruit or green smoothies, include 1–2 drops of bergamot essential oil. You’ll love the citrus burst and the support for your digestive system.
5. Bath Bombs
Making your own bath bombs means completely customized creations! And you can feel secure knowing that you’re not soaking in any harmful chemicals. Follow this recipe to make simple, luxurious bath bombs! For a stress-relieving and emotionally relaxing bath, add 10 drops bergamot, 10 drops orange, and 3 drops copaiba to the basic bath bomb recipe.
Modern Essentials®: The Complete Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, 9th Edition, pp. 40-41.
With peach season upon us, here’s a way to top off a late-summer cookout with a simple, delectable dessert. Warm, sweet, cinnamon peaches make the perfect complement to savory barbecued dinners. You can also panfry peaches indoors. Since they’re so quick and easy, you’ll make this your go-to dessert for many occasions!
[recipe title=”Grilled Cinnamon Peaches” servings=”4″ time=”10–15 minutes active” difficulty=”Easy”]
- 2 peaches
- 3 Tbsp. brown sugar
- 2 tsp. butter, melted
- 1 drop cinnamon essential oil
- vanilla ice cream or yogurt for topping
- In a small bowl, combine the melted butter and cinnamon essential oil, and set aside.
- Slice the peaches in half—leaving the skin on—and remove the pits.
- Brush the melted butter with cinnamon essential oil all over the peach halves. Grill them with flesh side down over medium heat for 2–3 minutes or until browned. You may want to use the cooler edges of the grill if you’ve been barbecuing meat. (Alternately, panfry the peach halves over medium-high heat in the same way.)
- Turn the peach halves face up, and sprinkle the brown sugar over the flesh. Grill for another 2–3 minutes or until the skin is browned and loosened. (If panfrying, cover the pan and cook for another 2–3 minutes or until the sugar caramelizes.)
- Remove peach halves from the heat, and serve with or without the skin—topped with ice cream or yogurt.
Store-bought disinfecting wipes contain harsh chemicals that may do more harm than good. These all-natural wipes are safe for your skin, so you can use them to clean and disinfect your house without worry! You’ll also save money with an effective, convenient, and easy-to-make product. And your home will smell as clean as it looks.
[recipe title=”Natural Disinfecting Wipes” servings=”Yield=100–200 wipes” time=”10–15 minutes active” difficulty=”Easy”]
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 2/3 cup vinegar
- 2 Tbsp. Witch Hazel
- 1 Tbsp. Castile Soap
- 8 drops melaleuca essential oil
- 8 drops rosemary essential oil
- 6 drops lemon essential oil
- 3 drops lavender essential oil
- 1 roll of paper towels, cut in half
- OmniWipe Container
- “Wipes” Vinyl Label
- In a bowl, combine the water, vinegar, witch hazel, castile soap, and essential oils.
- Cut the roll of paper towels in half, and place half the roll in the OmniWipe container.
- Pour the liquid mixture over the paper towels, making sure to coat evenly.
- Place the lid on the container and tip it back and forth, allowing the liquid to soak into the paper towels.
- Open the container and carefully pull the cardboard center out of the paper towels. (It should be easy to remove once soaked.) Then pull up the center paper towel. Thread it through the hole in the lid for dispensing the wipes. Replace the lid on the container.
- Apply the vinyl label to the side of the wipe container. Click here for instructions.
- Carefully remove a wipe to clean your desired surface.
Depending on the thickness of the paper towel roll, you may need to increase or decrease the amount of water and vinegar so that the wipes are not too wet or dry.
Breakfast can be a hard meal to keep healthy while still tasting delicious. Overnight oats have caught our attention recently, so we decided to see what all the fuss was about. These overnight oats are cardamom and cassia flavored, and topping them with Blueberry Lemon Jam makes for a wonderful flavorful combination. This is a breakfast that you can feel good about eating without sacrificing a delicious flavor!
[recipe title=”Overnight Oats with Blueberry Lemon Jam” servings=”4–6″ time=”5 minutes active; 2–8 hours inactive” difficulty=”Easy”]
- 1 can (15 oz.) coconut milk
- 1 cup (100 g) rolled oats
- 3 Tbsp. (35 g) chia seeds
- 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) pure maple syrup
- 1 drop cardamom essential oil
- 1 drop cassia essential oil
- 1–2 small, ripe pears, diced
- Blueberry Lemon Jam (recipe below)
- In a medium container, combine the coconut milk, rolled oats, chia seeds, maple syrup, and essential oils.
- Cover, and chill the oats for at least 1–2 hours, or overnight, until the mixture thickens and the oats soften.
- Remove the oats from the fridge when ready to serve, and stir to combine.
- Layer the oats, jam, and pear slices in a bowl or small jar. These prepared layers can be stored in the fridge for 3–4 days.
This Blueberry Lemon Jam is super delicious and really easy to make! You can use it for the overnight oats, or simply top a bagel or piece of toast with it. The lemon essential oil adds a wonderful tangy flavor to the sweet blueberries. You might need to make a double batch of this jam to last you a little longer!
[recipe title=”Blueberry Lemon Jam” servings=”Yield=6 oz.” time=”20–30 minutes active; 2–3 hours inactive” difficulty=”Easy”]
- 4 cups (550 g) frozen blueberries
- 1/4 cup (50 ml) pure maple syrup
- 3 Tbsp. (35 g) chia seeds
- 1 tsp. (5 ml) lemon juice
- Pinch of salt
- 2 drops lemon essential oil
- In a medium pot, combine the blueberries and maple syrup, and simmer over medium-high heat for 8–10 minutes, or until the berries are softened. The blueberries will release a lot of water at this point.
- Reduce the heat a little to avoid sticking, and stir in the chia seeds.
- Let the mixture simmer for 8–15 minutes, stirring frequently. Simmer until most of the water cooks off and the jam thickens up.
- Remove from heat, stir in the lemon juice, and transfer to a bowl.
- Let the mixture cool for a few minutes before stirring in the lemon essential oil.
- Place the jam in the fridge for a couple hours, allowing it to cool completely.
Leftover jam can be stored in the fridge for up to 2 weeks, or in the freezer for much longer.
“Yoga has been around for over 5,000 years as an exercise that focuses on the health of the body and the mind. Yoga has been shown to build strength and flexibility over all areas of the body.” The new Essential Educators “Yoga” mini tear pad is a beginner-friendly resource for enhancing anyone’s yoga experience with essential oils. It discusses how oils benefit a workout and offers quick ideas for both aromatic and topical application. Also included are instructions for a yoga mat cleaning spray and a quick yoga stretch (that you can do anywhere). Designed for class use or to share with samples, the “Yoga” mini tear pad contains 50 sheets—plenty to share with your team, contacts, friends, and family!
The yoga presentation also coordinates with our “Chakras” mini tear pad. This tear pad introduces the seven chakras as energy centers in the body. It lists essential oils that help open and balance each chakra—and explains application methods. Finally, it illustrates four basic yoga poses for balancing chakras.
Since yoga is such a hot topic, we’ve linked all our previous yoga-related blog posts below so that you can learn even more about using essential oils with yoga!
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