EO Life Hack: Hot Day?

What can you do to cool down on a hot day? Use essential oils!

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Frozen Eucalyptus Mint Towels

Need something that will leave you feeling refreshed even after being outside in the hot summer sun? These Frozen Eucalyptus Mint Towels could be just the thing you need. Not only are they cool to the touch, but the essential oils will help the cooling sensation last even longer on your skin and may help you feel energized as you breathe in the pleasant aroma. You could even try using them after a good workout!

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These frozen towels are simple to make, and you may want to double or triple the recipe below so you can always have one in the freezer whenever you need one!

Step 1: Mix epsom salts and essential oils together. The epsom salts help the essential oils mix with the water so the oils will be distributed throughout all the washcloths you use rather than only being absorbed into the first towel.

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Step 2: Add warm water, and stir until the salts are dissolved.

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Step 3: Soak the washcloths in the water, and wring out the excess liquid.
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Step 4: Fold each washcloth in half and roll it up.
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Step 5: Place the washcloths in the freezer until frozen (about 2 hours).

Step 6: Enjoy the cooling sensation as you place the frozen washcloth anywhere on your skin! It will stay cool longer if you leave it rolled up and slowly unroll the towel as it thaws.

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Frozen Eucalyptus Mint Towels

  • Servings: 2 towels
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp. (5 g) Epsom Salt
  • 2 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 2 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 1 cup (240 ml) warm water
  • 2 washcloths

Instructions:

  1. Place epsom salt in bowl or 16 oz. PET Jar. Add essential oils, and mix together.
  2. Pour in the warm water, and stir until the epsom salt is dissolved.
  3. Dip the washcloths in the liquid, and wring out the excess.
  4. Fold each washcloth in half and roll it up.
  5. Place in the freezer and freeze for a couple hours.
  6. To use, place the frozen towel anywhere that you need cooling such as your face, head, arms, feet, etc. Use rolled up, then unroll as it thaws to make the coolness last as long as possible.

Summer Sea Breeze Blend for Your Ultra Mini USB Diffuser

Have you seen our Ultra Mini USB Diffuser? This little diffuser is a great value, especially considering the low cost! It really has it all—ultrasonic technology, power adaptability, and decorative design.

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Ultrasonic Technology

As an ultrasonic/humidifying diffuser, this diffuser has an ultrasonic disc that vibrates extremely fast and breaks down the water/oil mixture into fine microparticles that can easily disperse through the air. This diffuser is unique in that it uses a wick to bring the water up from the base to the ultrasonic disc. This allows more diffusion to happen with less water.

Kid-Friendly Functionality

Another great feature in this diffuser that is uncommon in ultrasonic diffusers is that the diffuser top seals to the base (where the water is located). This means that the diffuser can be tipped over without all the water spilling everywhere. And even if it does get tipped over, the diffuser can continue diffusing since the wick will continue to bring liquid to the ultrasonic disc. If you have kids living with you or frequenting your home, you know how valuable this feature is!

Power Adaptability

The Ultra Mini USB Diffuser also differs in power adaptability because it is powered by a USB connection. This allows you to use the diffuser anywhere you have a USB connection or adapter. This is great because you can easily get adapters for a standard outlet or car accessory outlet. Power banks are also handy to use with this diffuser and really allow it to be used practically anywhere!

Timer Settings

This little diffuser offers 2 timer settings for controlling mist output, allowing the water and oil reservoir to last up to 6 hours.

Decorative Design

Not only are these little diffusers very functional, but the decorative top with embossed floral design makes them just adorable! Who couldn’t fall in love with these cute Ultra Mini USB Diffusers?

 

Would you like to enjoy some refreshing summer aromas in your home? This diffuser blend reminds us of a cool sea breeze and works great in the Ultra Mini USB Diffuser!
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5 Perfect Summer Make & Take Class Ideas

Even though it is summertime, you can still hold essential oil classes. In fact, there are a lot of make-and-take class ideas that are perfect for summertime!

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Here are a few ideas:

1. Essential Oils for Car Travel:

Use our “Essential Oils for Car Travel” post as your reference to teach a short lesson. Talk about what essential oils would be useful to keep on hand during a road trip. Then make a car diffuser (like this one or this one) or the Soothing Summer Skin Spray (recipe below).

2. Essential Oils for Outdoor Travel:

Use our “Essential Oils for Outdoor Travel” post as your reference to teach a short lesson. Talk about what essential oils would be useful to take on camping trips. Then make sunscreen or the Soothing Summer Skin Spray (recipe below).

3. Essential Oils and Insects:

Use our “Repelling Bugs & Insects” post and our “Soothing Insect Bites and Stings” post as your reference for teaching a short lesson. Then make these Soothing Bug Bite Sticks or these Mosquito-Repelling Paracord Bracelets.

4. Essential Oils for Summertime Body Care:

Use Modern Essentials, pp. 275 (sunburns), 315 (hair), 339–40 (nails), and 365 (skin) as a reference for teaching a short lesson about taking care of your hair, skin, and nails during the summertime. Then make any of the following skincare recipes or the Soothing Summer Skin Spray (recipe below).

5. Essential Oils in Summer Treats:

Use our “Cooking with Essential Oils” blog post as a reference for teaching a short lesson about cooking with essential oils. During the class, you can even make one or more of these recipes and serve them as refreshments afterward.

Soothing Summer Skin Spray Recipe

This soothing spray is perfect for helping you stay cool while out in the heat this summer. All the ingredients are perfect for refreshing you and your skin! You can also use it as an after-sun spray to help soothe sunburned skin.

For those who prefer using wipes rather than a spray, simply mix up this recipe and pour over folded paper towels or bamboo wipes.

If you are using this as a make-and-take class project, you may want to divide the recipe in half for your guests to make a smaller batch and place it in 4 oz. plastic or glass spray bottles.

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Soothing Summer Skin Spray or Wipes

  • Servings: Yield=8 oz. (240 ml)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) aloe vera gel
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) witch hazel
  • 1/2 Tbsp. (7.5 ml) Fractionated Coconut Oil
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 2 drops melaleuca essential oil
  • 3 drops frankincense essential oil (optional)
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) distilled water
  • 8 oz. plastic or glass spray bottle

Instructions:

  1. Mix together everything except the distilled water. Stir until well combined.
  2. Pour mixture into the spray bottle, and add distilled water. Shake to combine.
  3. To use, mist on skin as needed.

Extra Idea:

Make this recipe into cooling wipes by mixing all ingredients together as outlined above and pouring the liquid over folded paper towels or bamboo wipes until moist. Wring out if needed. Store in a zip-top bag.

Mosquito-Repelling Paracord Bracelet

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It’s fun to spend the summer outdoors, but it’s not so fun to be pestered by mosquitoes. These homemade paracord bracelets are a fun craft to pass the time during the hot summer months, and they can become a stylish mosquito-repelling bracelet as well. Download paracord bracelet instructions. Soak your paracord bracelet in the following Mosquito Repellent solution, and you can enjoy a bug-free experience this summer.

Note: If you’d rather not take the time to make your own bracelets, you can buy them online or at a sporting goods store, but they won’t be custom-fit to yours or your kids’ wrists.

Mosquito Repellent

  • Servings: Yield=1 cup (240 ml)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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INGREDIENTS:

  • 5 drops lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops lemongrass essential oil
  • 3 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 1 drop thyme essential oil
  • 1 cup (240 ml) witch hazel or water

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Add essential oils to 1 cup (240 ml) of witch hazel or water, and mix well.
    Next, soak your paracord bracelet in the solution for 20 minutes.

  2. Remove from the solution, and let the bracelet dry thoroughly.

  3. Transfer the mixture to a 2 oz. Glass Spray Bottle.

  4. Reapply the solution as needed by spraying it on the bracelet, saturating it well on both sides, or by re-soaking the bracelet.

Hair Conditioning Serum

Does your hair get dry and brittle, especially after long days in the sun? Sometimes our hair just needs a deep conditioning serum to help it retain moisture and stay healthy. According to Modern Essentials™, the essential oils in this recipe are often used to help with dry, fragile hair and may even help stimulate hair growth. Leave the conditioning serum in for as little as 15 minutes or as long as all night before shampooing your hair. You can even make it into a spray to help protect your hair from the sun’s rays during the day (see extra idea below).

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Hair Conditioning Serum

  • Servings: Yield=2 oz. (60 ml)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

Instructions:

  1. Add all ingredients to the 2 oz. plastic bottle. Shake to combine.
  2. To use, squirt a little (about 1/4 tsp. or 1–2 ml) of the oil into the palm of your hand, and massage through your hair using your fingers. Work from the ends of your hair up to the roots.
  3. Leave on over night (or at least for 15 minutes) before shampooing your hair. Cover your pillow with a towel to protect your pillowcase and sheets if needed.
  4. Apply 1–2 times a month or when your hair is feeling dry and brittle.

Extra Idea:

  • Use this recipe to create a leave-in spray conditioner for protecting your hair from damage due to the hot summer sun or cold winter days. To do this, simply place 1 tsp. (5 ml) of this conditioning serum in a 2 oz. Spray Bottle, and fill the remainder with water. Shake well with each use, and spray hair (avoiding the roots) as needed.

Source: Modern Essentials™, 7th Edition, pp. 315–16.

Honey Balsamic Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Essential Oils

You will be delighted with this savory and flavorful pulled pork sandwich that incorporates the benefits of thyme, rosemary, and black pepper essential oil!

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Honey Balsamic Pulled Pork Sandwiches

  • Servings: 10–12
  • Difficulty: Moderate
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Ingredients:

  • 4 lb. (1.8 kg) pork shoulder roast
  • 2 Tbsp. (30 ml) vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) chicken broth
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 drop thyme essential oil
  • 2 drops rosemary essential oil

Sauce Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups  (360 ml) balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup (240 ml) ketchup
  • 1/4 cup (50 g) packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup (80 ml) honey
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. (23 ml) worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. (23 ml) dijon mustard
  • 2–3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. (3 g) salt
  • 1 drop thyme essential oil
  • 1 drop rosemary essential oil
  • 1 drop black pepper essential oil

Additional Ingredients

  • Hamburger buns or rolls
  • Coleslaw or broccoli slaw

Instructions:

  1. Cut off excess fat from the pork, and divide roast in 2–4 pieces.
  2. Rub with vegetable oil, and brown each pork piece a little over the stove.
  3. Place pork, broth, onions, and essential oils in slow cooker; cover, and cook on low for 9–10 hours or on high for 4 1/2–5 hours.
  4. Once the pork is finished cooking, whisk together the sauce ingredients (except essential oils) in a medium saucepan. Bring the sauce to a boil over medium heat; then reduce to a simmer. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens slightly (about 20–25 minutes). After the sauce has thickened a little, stir in the essential oils.
  5. While the sauce is cooking, remove pork from the slow cooker, and place it on a cutting board. Use two forks to pull the meat apart into shreds, discarding any fat or bones. Strain out the onions; discard the broth. Return the meat and onions to the slow cooker.
  6. Add the sauce to the slow cooker, and stir everything together until all the meat is covered in the sauce.
  7. Cover, and cook for another 30 minutes on low.
  8. Serve on hamburger buns or rolls with broccoli slaw or coleslaw.

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Fruity Popsicles

Beat the heat this summer with a delicious, cold, and refreshing fruity popsicle! These popsicles are a cinch to make, use real fruits, and incorporate the benefits of pure essential oil.

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Berry Mint Lip Stain

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We all know berries have staining properties, since clothing is often affected. So, why not use this natural ability of berries to create a beauty product? Sounds like a fantastic idea to us! This lip stain is simple to make and tastes amazing!

As a side note, if you have dry or cracked lips, this stain can make those areas stand out. To avoid this, try exfoliating with our Brown Sugar Lip Scrub first.

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See Modern Essentials: Outdoor Travel Tips

Summertime often means camping, hiking, and spending more time outside. We’ve compiled some of our best essential oil–related tips for when you are out and about enjoying Mother Earth this summer.

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Taking Oils with You

Since space is limited, a little organization and planning can help keep your essential oil necessities accessible and ready to use the moment they are needed. To keep your oils handy, you can try some of the following:

Staying Cool and Refreshed

Hiking or camping in the summer months can be very tiring due to the heat. One way to combat this is to add a few drops of peppermint and lavender to a 4 oz. spray bottle filled with water. Mist over your body (avoiding the eyes) to help you cool off. Some people prefer cooling wipes instead of a spray bottle.

You can also try adding a drop of peppermint to a glass or metal water bottle filled with water, and then drink it slowly. If you don’t have a glass or metal water bottle, try putting a drop of peppermint or a peppermint beadlet in your mouth; then as the oil fills your mouth, drink it down with water. Because some oils can break down plastic materials, especially thin plastics often used in making disposable water bottles, it is best to avoid putting oils in plastic water bottles.

Sun Protection and Sunburn

The best way to treat a sunburn is to avoid getting it in the first place. If you plan on spending more than 15 minutes in the sun, wear appropriate clothing and/or an appropriate sunscreen. A natural sunscreen can be made with helichrysum essential oil (see recipe below).

If you do get sunburned, try applying lavender to help relieve the pain from minor burns. A mix of lavender and peppermint (10 drops each) and 4 oz of water in a spray bottle helps cool the sunburned skin.

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Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Mix the carrier oil and essential oil together, and pour the mixture into a 2 oz. Plastic Bottle with Snap-top Cap.
  2. Apply the mixture to exposed areas of skin before going out into the sun. Reapply the sunscreen every few hours and after each time you get wet.

Bugs

According to Modern Essentials, some oils that may repel insects are Insect Repellent Blend, patchouli, basil, lavender, lemongrass, cedarwood, eucalyptus, arborvitae, thyme, Cleansing Blend, and a blend of clove, lemon, and orange (p. 264). Valerie Ann Worwood, author of The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, recommends either diffusing insect repelling oils or placing ribbons or strings with the oils on them by windows, doorways, or other places that insects might like to enter. To keep insects from landing on you, she recommends using 30 drops lavender oil diluted in 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil.

Modern Essentials also recommends using a blend of 5 drops lavender, 5 drops lemongrass, 3 drops peppermint, and 1 drop thyme blended with a cup of water and sprayed on to help keep bugs away. Also, Insect Repellent Blend, patchouli, and lavender essential oil help repel mosquitoes if rubbed on skin or diluted in water and misted onto the skin. As mentioned above, you can also place oil on small ribbons, strings, or cloth and hang them around you. If you do get bitten, lavender essential oil may help soothe the area and reduce itching.

Please see our posts about Repelling Bugs & Insects and Soothing Insect Bites and Stings for more information on these subjects.

Poisonous Plants

Accidentally running into poison oak or poison ivy while outdoors is not very fun. Modern Essentials recommends rose, lavender, Joyful Blend, and Roman chamomile oils for helping to deal with the after-effects of poison ivy if you do run into it (p. 288).

Avoid Bears


Bears are naturally curious animals and have a sense of smell 2,100 times greater than humans. They are especially attracted to sweet smells found in many essential oils. Be careful using essential oils if you are in bear country. Many wildlife safety tips say to not bring anything with a strong odor if you are camping or hiking in bear country. Contact your local forest station for safety guidelines.

Additional Tips & Testimonials

  • “While on a hike, peppermint in a small spray bottle with water helps us cool down quite quickly!” – Adelle Sperry Lems
  • “I carry all my oils all the time. When we camp, I use lemon in my water to keep me hydrated. Eucalyptus to repel bugs, lavender and melaleuca to deal with any bites, peppermint to stay cool, Protective Blend to kill germs, Invigorating Blend keeps me smelling nice, patchouli for injuries, and Soothing Blend to keep my body from feeling sore.” – Barbara Anne
  • “When I hike or ride my motorcycle, I take my keychain filled with all the essentials. Respiratory Blend is a must for when you’re out of breath on a particularly tough trail. I always like to have Protective Blend and lemon in there as well, just in case it’s necessary to sanitize. Then in case of scrapes or bruises, I bring lavender, melaleuca, Soothing Blend, and peppermint. I also like to use the peppermint if it’s hot out––it really helps to keep me cool and comfortable. Lastly, I bring a little fractionated coconut oil. I don’t always need to dilute my oils, but it’s nice to be prepared in case I do.” – Kresta Sanchez Glaser (Pocatello, ID)
  • “I just love Insect Repellent Blend :o). I also make sure to bring lemongrass for sprains and a blend of geranium and lavender for bruises. And a little vial of Cleansing Blend, in case the bugs are REALLY persistent!”
    – Annalea Eastley (Sandpoint, ID)
  • “When the yellow jackets are out and hovering around, I’ve used patchouli oil applied to my pulse points. When they approach, it makes them do a u-turn and fly away from me!” – Deb Gar
  • “Melaleuca and lemon (takes out the sting & itch) for mosquito bites: it’s our Alaskan outdoor go-to combo.” – Sandra Smallwood
  • “I make my own face wipes using the oils, and they are so handy for washing your face and hands while in the woods without a shower!!” – Katie Coble (Powell, WY)
  • “We used diluted lavender in a spray bottle for sunburn, the recipe in Modern Essentials for insect repellent [above], and we used Protective Cleaner concentrate to wash all the mildew off of the inside of our boat. This worked great!” – Laureen Lees Eichelberger (Irwin, PA)
  • “We love to diffuse wild orange at home to help with calming and feelings of happiness; so when we were traveling over July 4th with our four children, I desperately wanted to diffuse it in the car. So I put several drops on a baby wipe and hung it in front of the air conditioner vents. Worked wonderfully!” – Dixie Smith Cornelius
  • “For camping, outdoors, or your sitting car (hot areas?), place your oils in a tin box, and then store in your cooler so the heat doesn’t ruin your oils.” – Melanie Poll Fisher (Hemet, CA)
  • “I bought the purple mini carry case with the 5/8 dram vials, and I just put 8 of my go-to oils into it and clip it on my belt loop. It is perfect for when we go hiking and camping because all I have to do is unclip it and apply the oils. I can easily refill them but don’t have to worry about any extra weight (not as though the 5 or 15mL are that much heavier, but still), and it allows me to bring my own special mixtures too!” – Christina Donovan

What oils do you use when camping or while spending time outdoors?