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!

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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.

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Lime Salmon with Avocado Mango Salsa and Coconut Rice

Looking for a new summer hit? This salmon dish is absolutely delicious. There are so many incredible flavors combined in this meal, and you can’t go wrong with any of them! There’s nothing like a fresh fruit salsa to add a little color and life to your next dinner. We absolutely loved this dish, and we’re sure that you will too!

[recipe title=”Lime Salmon with Avocado Mango Salsa and Coconut Rice” servings=”4″ time=”20–30 minutes active; 1 hour inactive” difficulty=”Moderate”]

Lime Salmon Ingredients:

  • 4 skinless salmon fillets (6 oz./170 g each)
  • 3 Tbsp. (45 ml) olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp. (45 ml) fresh lime juice
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 drops lime essential oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Coconut Rice Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups (360 ml) coconut water
  • 1 1/4 cups (300 ml) canned coconut milk
  • 1 1/2 cups (275 g) rice
  • 1/2 tsp. (3 g) salt
  • 1 drop lime essential oil

Avocado Mango Salsa:

  • 1 large mango, peeled and diced
  • 3/4 cup (95 g) chopped red bell pepper
  • 1/3 cup (75 g) chopped red onion
  • 1 avocado, peeled and diced
  • 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) fresh lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) coconut water
  • 1–2 drops cilantro essential oil
  • 1 drop lime essential oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. In a baking dish, whisk together all salmon ingredients (except salmon fillets).
  2. Lay the salmon in the marinade, and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Turn the salmon over, and return to the fridge for another 15–20 minutes.
  3. While the salmon is marinating, preheat the oven to 450°F (230°C).
  4. In a medium saucepan, bring the coconut rice ingredients to a boil. Cover, and allow the mixture to simmer until the liquid is absorbed.
  5. Remove the salmon from the fridge, and bake for 12–15 minutes.
  6. While the salmon and rice are cooking, dice the mango, avocado, pepper, and onion, and toss to combine.
  7. In a small bowl, combine the lime juice, olive oil, and essential oils for the salsa. Combine the mixture with the diced veggies, toss together, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  8. When everything is cooked, scoop some rice onto each plate, top with salmon, and load up with salsa!

You can also use normal water in place of the coconut water in the coconut rice. It will lose a little coconut flavor, but it will still taste amazing!

If you’re feeling adventurous, this dish is even better when grilled. Just brush the grill with extra olive oil, and carefully grill the salmon for about 3 minutes on each side.

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BlenderBottle® Homemade Raspberry Ice Cream

Don’t have an ice cream maker? Try making ice cream in a BlenderBottle®! It’s a fun activity for a family or small group. Just throw the ingredients in, take turns shaking it up until it gets thick, then freeze until solid and ready to eat. The ball whisk gives it a great texture and makes the mixing part easier. If you have a larger group, you can put your mixture in a few different pint- or quart-sized mason jars and move the ball whisk from one jar to the next until all jars have been shaken and frozen.
[recipe title=”BlenderBottle® Homemade Raspberry Ice Cream” servings=”2–3″ time=”10 minutes active; 3 hours inactive” difficulty=”Easy”]

Ingredients & Supplies:

  • 1 cup (240 ml) heavy whipping cream
  • 1–2 Tbsp. (15–30 ml) sugar or maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. (5 ml) vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (60 g) raspberries
  • 1 drop lime essential oil (Lemon or peppermint essential oil would also taste great!)
  • BlenderBottle® with Ball Whisk

Instructions:

  1. Place cream, sugar/maple syrup, and vanilla in a BlenderBottle®. Shake until the mixture thickens and doubles in size.
  2. Place raspberries and lime essential oil in a glass bowl. Smash and mix them with a fork. Add the raspberry-lime mixture to the BlenderBottle®, and continue shaking until well combined.
  3. Remove the ball whisk, and freeze for at least 3 hours or until solid.
  4. Warm a spoon under hot water, scoop out your ice cream, and enjoy!

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Raspberry Lemon Popsicles

Cool off this summer with these delicious and refreshing popsicles! These treats are vegan and loaded with good fruit, healthy fats, and non-dairy milk, with the added benefit of lemon essential oil.
[recipe title=”Raspberry Lemon Popsicles” servings=”4–6″ time=”10 minutes active; 3+ hours inactive” difficulty=”Easy”]

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (130 g) raspberries
  • 1 banana
  • 2 Tbsp. (24 g) coconut oil (optional)
  • 2/3 cup (160 ml) coconut milk or almond milk
  • 1 drop lemon essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender, and blend like you would a smoothie.
  2. Pour into popsicle molds, and freeze for at least 3 hours or until solid.

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Coco-Cacao Mint Fudgsicles

Go ahead and repeat the title of this recipe—it is seriously so fun to say! Coco-Cacao Mint Fudgsicles (it’s pronounced “ko-ko kuh-kow”). Coco-Cacao Mint Fudgsicles. Coco-Cacao Mint Fudgsicles. Now keep chanting the name as you throw the ingredients in the blender. It’s almost as fun to say as it is to eat these yummy, healthy treats!
[recipe title=”Coco-Cacao Mint Fudgsicles” servings=”4–6″ time=”10 minutes active; 3+ hours inactive” difficulty=”Easy”]

Ingredients:

  • 1 can (13 oz.) coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup (27 g) raw cacao powder (or cocoa powder)
  • 2 Tbsp. (24 g) coconut oil (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp. (30 ml) maple syrup or honey
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 drop peppermint essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender, and blend like you would a smoothie.
  2. Pour into popsicle molds, and freeze for at least 3 hours or until solid.

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Just Add Oils to Your Summer Fun

Make essential oils a part of your summer fun with these tips, ideas, and recipes!

Summer Cooking

We love cooking with essential oils—especially in the summertime when fresh fruits and vegetables are available and it’s warm enough to grill meats outside! While you can find a huge variety of summer recipes here, the following are some of our favorites:

Surviving Summer Activities

Staying cool and unbitten by mosquitoes is a challenge during summer activities, but you have a chance at succeeding with the following tips:

Summer Body Care Tips

Making sure to take care of your skin and hair during the summer is important for your health. Besides, who wants a sunburn to ruin even a week of their summer? Give these body care recipes a try for happy and healthy skin and hair!

Summer Activities for Children

Children quickly get bored during the summer since school is out and they have lots more free time. Keep them entertained with these essential oil crafts and activities!

Summer Vacations

You’ll be more than ready for your summer vacation after reading these articles:

Summer Diffusing

Diffuse like a pro this summer with these diffusing tips and diffuser blends:

Need help choosing a diffuser? Check out this post to learn all about the different kinds of diffusers and the benefits of each.

Summer Work

Summer often means yard work and gardening. Stay cool with these Frozen Eucalyptus Mint Towels while you work in the yard. Try freezing the towels rolled up in a shape to conform to your neck. Then secure one around your neck with a bandana so it stays put as you as you mow the lawn, pull weeds, or do other yard work. Also, increase your garden produce by keeping the birds and bugs away from your plants with this Protective Gardening Spray.

Summer Essential Oil Classes

You are all set with these 5 perfect summer make-and-take classes. Stay at the top of your game and adapt your essential oil classes with the season to keep attendees coming. Consider setting up a little play area for children in a separate room with a couple adult (or young adult) supervisors so the parents can give full attention to your class.

Do you have any tips for using essential oils during the summertime? Let us know in the comment section below!

Rosemary & Thyme Patties for a Gourmet Burger

Try these delicious patties for a gourmet take on the average burger. You will love the flavor the essential oils add to these! We enjoyed these patties between toasted whole-wheat buns and topped with our Lemon Apple Slaw and Rosemary Cream Sauce (recipes below as well) along with a tomato slice, some avocado, and a little spinach! Mmmm . . . delicious! You’ll be licking your fingers for sure—and maybe even your plate!
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10 Diffuser Blends for the Road

Whether you are off on a road trip or just wanting something to diffuse as you commute to work, these diffusing tips and diffuser blends are great for wherever you are headed!

Car Diffusing Tips:

  • Cars are such small spaces, so make sure to use only a couple drops and turn the diffuser off every now and then to give your olfactory system a break.
  • Try to keep the air circulating by running the air or leaving a window cracked.
  • Make sure the oils you use are suitable for all passengers. Keep allergies, cautions, and preferences in mind when selecting your oil or blend. For example, peppermint essential oil should not be diffused with young children (0–6) in the car. Rosemary and wintergreen essential oils should not be diffused with pregnant women in the car. And even a single drop of cinnamon essential oil is too strong to diffuse in such a small space.
  • Avoid oils that may make the driver drowsy, such as lavender, Roman chamomile, cedarwood, vetiver, and other relaxing oils.
  • If you find you don’t like the oil or blend you used, roll down the windows to let the car air out before trying something new.
  • If the driver needs something additional to keep him or her alert, try putting a drop or two of peppermint or rosemary on a tissue and placing it near the driver’s nose.

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