“Mental Focus” Diffuser Blend

It’s getting close to school starting again, so it’s time to stock up on focus-enhancing study blends. This diffuser blend is stress relieving and energy boosting; it can even enhance blood flow to the brain, making you productive enough to handle any task at hand. This blend is also great for yoga and meditation, giving you the focus and strength you need. Whatever the occasion, this is a great blend to keep around the house! Try it out, and let us know what you think.

Diffuser blends bring great aromas and healing powers into our homes, but they won’t do you any good if you don’t have a great diffuser! AromaTools carries a wide variety of diffusers to fit your needs. Click here to learn more about these diffusers and how to pick the right one for you.

Lighten Your Hair Naturally with Essential Oils

Have you ever wanted that perfect sun-bleached hair color after spending the summer on the beach? Unfortunately, few of us actually have that kind of time to spend out in the sun. Lucky for you, we’ve found some natural ways for you to get lighter hair quickly without damaging your hair with harsh chemicals and dyes.

Many men and women today are dying their hair regularly in order to make it look lighter or give it some highlights. Others shy away from a change they may want because of the harsh chemicals involved in hair dye. However, there are natural ways to give your hair a lighter color without using hair dye. You may have heard of using hydrogen peroxide to bleach your hair, but this method comes with complications. Hydrogen peroxide bleaching strips the natural pigment from your hair, making it just about as damaging as hair dye. Lemons have long been known for their bleaching qualities, and the essential oil has been found to possess the same properties. Apple cider vinegar helps with lightening, but also leaves a shine and works to strengthen your hair. Rosemary and grapefruit essential oils help to protect your hair from damage in the sun and can help heal other pre-existing damage. Try out this hair-lightening spray to add some color and depth to your hair this summer!

Hair-Lightening Spray

  • Servings: Yield=8 oz. (250 ml)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp. (25 ml) apple cider vinegar
  • 30 drops lemon essential oil
  • 15 drops Roman chamomile essential oil
  • 10 drops grapefruit essential oil
  • 5 drops rosemary essential oil
  • Water
  • 8 oz. Glass Spray Bottle

Instructions:

  1. Place the apple cider vinegar with the essential oils in the spray bottle, and shake to combine. Fill the remainder of the bottle with water, and shake again to combine.
  2. Spray the mixture through your hair, or in desired locations for highlights. The amount you use will depend on the length of your hair and the intensity of color desired.
  3. Lie out in the sun for 30 minutes, check the color, spray again, and return to the sun until the desired color is reached. Some hair may take multiple exposures to reach the desired color, as this is a very gradual process.
  4. Once you finish lightening your hair, wash your hair out thoroughly, making sure to apply plenty on conditioner to rehydrate your hair.

This recipe is created as a general rule of thumb for most hair colors. This should not be used on dark hair, as it can cause brassy colors or damage to your hair. If you have a strong pigment in your hair and the color isn’t taking quickly, you may need to increase the amount of lemon oil.

Make sure to keep an eye on how your hair is reacting in the sun. Some hair colors and pigments may lighten faster, while others could take much longer. Don’t get discouraged if it’s a slow process; it can take a few exposures to show extreme differences.

While you’re waiting for the lightening spray to work its magic, you can lie out in the sun with a good book or simply get some yard work done. Whatever you do, just don’t forget sunscreen!

 

“Clean Home” Diffuser Blend

Let’s be honest. Sometimes we really just don’t have time to clean our homes the way we would like. Sometimes all we have time for is a quick pick-up to make it look like we cleaned. How about a new diffuser blend that will make your home smell like you have been cleaning for hours? This diffuser blend has such a fresh and clean smell, you’ll absolutely love it—not to mention the illusion of deep cleaning that it provides. Give it a try, and let us know what you think!

If you’re looking for a new diffuser, you’ve come to the right place! Our new Jade ultrasonic diffuser has a classy design that will fit the decor of your house or office, while also releasing the benefits of essential oils into the air for up to 8 hours. Click here to learn more about this incredible diffuser!

If you would like to learn more about choosing the right diffuser, you can consult our “Which Diffuser Is the Best? Diffusion Methods and Comparison Charts” post for more information.

 

Mint Kiwi Lemonade

Here’s an absolutely refreshing drink for your next summer party! The combination of flavors may seem a little odd, but they are surprisingly delicious. The hint of a minty flavor cools you down, while the lemon and kiwi energize your body. This beverage is perfect for a warm sunny day—or when you need it to feel like a summer day!

 

Mint Kiwi Lemonade

  • Servings: 16
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • Juice from 2 large lemons
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) agave nectar
  • 8 kiwis, or 3 cups blended kiwi
  • 1 gallon (4 L) water
  • 3 drops lemon essential oil
  • 1–2 drops peppermint essential oil

Instructions:

  1. In a food processor, blend the kiwis until completely mashed.
  2. Combine the lemon juice with the kiwi puree.
  3. Pour the water in slowly while stiring to combine.
  4. Add the agave nectar, and stir until it dissolves.
  5. Add in the essential oils, and taste. Add more oil or agave as needed.
  6. Chill, or serve immediately with ice.

You may also use a blender to puree the kiwis, but be aware that blending the seeds can make the kiwi sour.

For a cute garnish, slice up an extra kiwi, and drop the slices into the drink.

All-Purpose Cleaning Spray

Essential oils are great for cleaning and disinfecting. We’ve created this all-purpose cleaning spray that you can use to clean almost anything! Those tough surfaces won’t stand a chance against this powerful spray. This recipe is a super easy way to free your home of harsh chemicals all while keeping your house clean. 

All-Purpose Cleaning Spray

  • Servings: Yield=8 oz. (250 ml)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) distilled water
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) white vinegar
  • 10 drops lemon essential oil
  • 10 drops melaleuca essential oil
  • 8 oz. Spray Bottle

Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in the spray bottle, and shake to combine.
  2. Spray the mixture on a cloth, and wipe the area down. For persistent surfaces, you can spray the mixture directly on the surface and scrub it in.
  3. Shake before each use and store in a dark place.

Essential Oil Grill Cleaner

With summer in full swing, barbecues are becoming more frequent, which results in a very dirty grill. We try to burn off the leftover residue, but sometimes heat alone doesn’t quite do the job. This grill cleaner utilizes the powerful effects of baking soda and vinegar, with the added benefits of lemon essential oil as a cleaning agent. This cleaner is specifically designed for grills, but it may also prove effective on pots and pans!

Grill Cleaner

  • Servings: Yield=4 oz. (125 ml)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (100 g) baking soda
  • 2 Tbsp. (25 ml) Castile Soap
  • 5 drops lemon essential oil
  • White vinegar

Instructions:

  1. In a bowl, combine the baking soda, castile soap, and lemon essential oil.
  2. Add vinegar slowly until the mixture reaches an oil-like consistency and starts bubbling.
  3. Brush the mixture on the grill, and allow it to sit for 15–30 minutes.
  4. Use a damp scouring pad or grill brush to scrub the surface clean.
  5. Rinse the grill with water.

If you have a lot of buildup on your grill, you may have to apply the mixture multiple times.

 

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.

Natural Essential Oil “Bleach”

There’s no need to buy expensive, harsh chemicals to remove stains from your clothes when you can make a more natural alternative at home! Lemon essential oil has powerful cleaning properties, and hydrogen peroxide is a known stain remover.

Natural Essential Oil Bleach

  • Servings: Yield=8 oz. (250 ml)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) water
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) hydrogen peroxide
  • 10 drops lemon essential oil
  • 8 oz. Spray Bottle

Instructions:

  1. Combine all the ingredients in the spray bottle, and shake to combine.
  2. Shake well before each use.
  3. Spray the solution on stains, and scrub it in to help remove the spots; wash as normal.

EO-Flavored Water: Citrus Twist

Wintertime is when citrus fruits are at their peak; citrus is ripe and the prices are low, so this recipe makes a delicious simple trick to a new water taste. However, using just a few drops of essential oil is even cheaper than using the whole fruit. Who doesn’t love sweet citrus water when it’s also cheapest? Just add these oils and some slices of citrus to your water and shake well to enjoy this refreshing, healthy drink.

Guidelines for Adding Essential Oils to Your Water:

  • Make sure to use an essential oil–safe water bottle! Glass or metal cups, bottles, and straws work great. Plastic should be avoided, especially with cinnamon or citrus essential oils.
  • This Natural Essential Oil Emulsifier really helps disperse the oils throughout your water. Just add 1 drop of emulsifier for every drop of essential oil. If you don’t want to use the emulsifier, then remember to shake the bottle to mix in the oils before drinking. When taken internally, essential oils can irritate the mucous membranes—especially when concentrated on the surface of the water—so make sure to add an emulsifier or shake the bottle really well before drinking.
  • Remember, a little goes a long way! If you don’t know whether you’ll like the taste, start out small—dip a toothpick in the oil and swish it in your water (the more you dip, the more oil you’ll get). A good rule of thumb is 1 drop oil to 1–4 cups of water.
  • Safety Note: Essential oils are very concentrated, and it is easy to overload the body if adding oils to your water every day. Occasionally is fine, but make sure to give your body a break in between uses.

Elegant French Yogurt Cake

Looking for an easy but elegant way to honor your mom this Mother’s Day? This diminutive “barely there” frosting cake is the perfect dessert to show her you love her. The light lemon frosting paired with the delicious French yogurt cake makes a treat she will surely love.

The yogurt cake is a fun treat for kids and adults alike to make. The main measuring device is actually the yogurt container itself. (But we’ve also included conversions for American and metric measurements.) The accents that we used for finishing touches were flowers and lemons from the grocery store, making an inexpensive and simple way to top off this cake with a touch of class.

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French Yogurt Cake

  • Servings: Yield=1 small cake
  • Difficulty: Easy
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INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 oz. container (1/2 cup or 113 g) natural or plain yogurt
  • 2 yogurt containers (1 cup or 200 g) sugar
  • 3 yogurt containers (1 1/2 cups or 180 g) flour
  • 3/4 yogurt container (6 Tbsp. or 90 ml) oil
  • 2 tsp. (9 g) baking powder
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 3 egg whites, whipped

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. (180° C.).
  2. Pour the yogurt into a mixing bowl.
  3. Rinse and dry the yogurt container. (If you’re using measuring cups or a food scale, skip this step.)
  4. Add the sugar, flour, and oil to the bowl, using either the dry yogurt container or other measuring tools.
  5. Add the baking powder and egg yolks together.
  6. Fold in the whipped egg whites.
  7. Divide into 2 greased 5″ (12.7 cm) round cake pans (or other food-safe dish; we used ceramic oven-safe bowls), and bake for 40 minutes.
  8. Let cool. 
  9. Frost the bottom layer, then stack and frost the entire cake.

The consistency of the batter will be very thick—not thin like a traditional American cake batter.

When frosting the cake, put large dollops of frosting on the cake, and smooth it over all the sides. Then, using the edge of a frosting spatula, scrape off the excess frosting for a rustic, elegant, bare look. Add flowers and lemon rinds as accents, if desired.

NOTE: To add flavor to your cake, add 7–10 drops of your desired flavor of essential oil. Orange or lemon would be a nice addition. If you prefer not to use frosting, you could sprinkle the cake with powdered sugar or eat it plain.

Light & Fluffy Lemon Frosting

  • Servings: Yield=4 cups
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (2 sticks or 226 g) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 cups (340 g) powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. (5 ml) pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch sea salt (up to 1/4 tsp. or 0.5 g, to taste)
  • 2 Tbsp. (30 ml) heavy whipping cream
  • 12 drops lemon essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Beat together the butter and powdered sugar on low speed until well blended. Then increase the speed to medium for an additional 2 minutes.
  2. Add the vanilla extract and salt, and whip for an additional 30 seconds.
  3. Add the whipping cream, and beat for about 1 minute.
  4. Add the lemon essential oil. (It is important to add the essential oil as the last step; otherwise it might curdle the cream.)

NOTE: This frosting can also be used on cookies, cupcakes, or any of your favorite recipes calling for frosting!