All-Natural Essential Oil Bug Spray

Summer adventures bring lots of bugs, and subsequently, lots of bug bites. Here’s an all-natural bug spray recipe that will keep the bugs away without damaging your health. Our favorite part? It smells so much better than typical bug sprays!

Bug Spray

  • Servings: Yield=4 oz. (100 ml)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup (50 ml) Witch Hazel
  • 1/4 cup (50 ml) distilled water
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 7 drops melaleuca essential oil
  • 7 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 7 drops lemongrass essential oil
  • 4 oz. Spray Bottle
  • “Bug Spray” vinyl label

Instructions:

  1. Combine the witch hazel and water in the spray bottle.
  2. Add the essential oils, and shake to combine.
  3. Spritz the bug spray on your skin, and rub in.

Vietnamese Lemongrass Pork

Here’s a fun new recipe to spice up your cookbook! Serve it at the next family barbecue or over a simple dinner at home. Who doesn’t love grilled pork? And lemongrass essential oil adds an amazing flavor to it, so you can’t go wrong with this one. But we’ll warn you—make it once, and your family will be hooked!

Vietnamese Lemongrass Pork

  • Servings: 6–8
  • Difficulty: Moderate
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Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 lbs. (800 g) pork shoulder
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) honey
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) fish sauce
  • 3 Tbsp. (45 ml) cooking oil
  • 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) soy sauce
  • 1/4 tsp. (500 mg) black pepper
  • 3–4 drops lemongrass essential oil
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Extra honey (for grilling)

Instructions:

  1. Slice the pork into 1/2″ (1 cm) thick pieces, and set aside.
  2. Place the garlic cloves and onions in a food processor, and pulse on high until finely chopped.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients, and blend again until the mixture forms a paste.
  4. Place the pieces of meat and the marinade in a plastic zip-top bag or a bowl. Mash the bag around, making sure the meat gets completely covered in marinade, and set in the fridge for 24 hours.
  5. Remove from the fridge, and grill over high heat in a greased pan for 3–4 minutes on each side.
  6. Dip each piece in honey, and grill again for about 2 minutes on each side.
  7. Sprinkle with salt if desired, and serve hot!

This recipe is great for outdoor grilling, and the flavor is further enhanced when cooked over a charcoal barbecue.

“Tax Day Headache Relief” Diffuser Blend

Hopefully, you haven’t been too busy to file your taxes already . . . but if you’ve procrastinated the inevitable, here’s a nice diffuser blend to cure the stress headaches! If you did get your taxes done early, diffuse this blend anyway—and take a deep sigh of relief. This diffuser blend is great for any stressful day of the year, not just tax day. Give it a try, and let us know what you think!

Click here to learn more about the different diffusers that we carry, and let us know if you have any questions! You can also consult our “Which Diffuser Is the Best?” post to learn more about the different diffuser features.

Foaming Face Wash

Are you looking for a good face wash for troublesome skin? The essential oils used in this face wash were picked to help with acne-prone skin, but the face wash can be used on any skin type.

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Foaming Face Wash

  • Servings: Yield=About 3 Tbsp. (50 ml)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

  • 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) Castile Soap
  • 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) witch hazel
  • 1/4 tsp. (1.5 ml) Sweet Almond Oil
  • 10 drops melaleuca essential oil
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops juniper berry or lemongrass essential oil (optional)
  • 1–2 Tbsp. (15–30 ml) distilled water
  • 50 ml Foamer Bottle

Instructions:

  1. Place castile soap, witch hazel, sweet almond oil, and essential oils in a small foamer bottle. Screw the lid on, and shake to combine.
  2. Unscrew the lid, and fill the rest of the bottle up with distilled water. Make sure to leave room at the top for the foamer top. Screw the lid on, and shake again.
  3. To use, pump 1–2 times into the palm of your hand, and wash face as normal.

Asian Lemongrass Chicken Marinade

Need a chicken marinade this summer that works well on the grill? This marinade uses essential oil flavors that are often used in Asian cooking to create a new and exciting dish for your family this summer!

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Asian Lemongrass Chicken Marinade

  • Servings: 6–8
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs. (about 1 kg) chicken pieces
  • 2 Tbsp. (30 ml) olive oil
  • 6 drops lemongrass essential oil
  • 3 drops lime essential oil
  • 2 drops ginger essential oil
  • 2 drops black pepper essential oil
  • 1/4 cup (40 g) shallots, minced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp. (5 ml) honey
  • 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) fish sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) sriracha sauce, optional
  • 2 tsp. (6–10 g) kosher salt
  • Lime juice

Instructions:

  1. Pour the olive oil in a glass bowl, and mix in the essential oils.
  2. Add the shallots, garlic, honey, fish sauce, sriracha sauce, and salt to the oil mixture, and mix to combine ingredients.
  3. Massage this mixture over the chicken pieces, and place in a glass dish. Cover and refrigerate for 1–24 hours before cooking.
  4. Grill, bake, broil, or slow cook as desired until the thickest part of the chicken reaches 165° F. (74° C.).
  5. Once the chicken is cooked through, drizzle lime juice over the chicken pieces, and serve immediately.

Essential Oil Spotlight: Lemongrass

Lemongrass

Lemongrass essential oil is steam-distilled from the leaves of the Cymbopogon flexuosus. Its lemony, earthy aroma may promote awareness and purification.

Historically, lemongrass has been used for infections and fever, as an insecticide, and as a sedative to the central nervous system.

The French use it to treat bladder infections, fluid retention, edema, and varicose veins and to heal the digestive system and connective tissue.

Lemongrass is believed to support the immune system and strengthen muscles and bones. Other possible uses of lemongrass are to improve circulation, wake the lymphatic system, treat respiratory problems, and improve eyesight.

Use topically, aromatically in a diffuser, in capsule form, or as a flavoring in cooking.

To learn more about lemongrass essential oil, see the book Modern Essentials™: A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils.

Source: Modern Essentials™: A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, 7th edition, p. 135.

Chicken Coconut Curry and Coconut Rice with Essential Oils

Even if you aren’t a huge fan of Asian food, you will love this curry and coconut rice! This curry features a mild coconut curry sauce with chicken and lots of vegetables and tastes amazing on a bed of coconut cardamom rice. The curry is pretty mild, so if you like more spice, just add more curry powder and Garam Masala. We hope you enjoy the delightful flavors the essential oils add to this dish!

Coconut Curry

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