Romantic Diffuser Blend: Love Is in the Air

Set the mood for Valentine’s Day with this romantic diffuser blend. If you don’t have a diffuser, you can get one here or turn this blend into perfume or a linen spray.

If you have rose and jasmine essential oil, try substituting 2 drops rose and 1 drop jasmine for the ylang ylang and geranium essential oils for a more exotic aroma.

Do you have a favorite diffuser blend to help bring on the romance? Please, comment below!

Mint Chocolate Lava Cakes

“I lava you, and you lava me too!”

Nothing says, “I lava you!” more than these mint chocolate lava cakes! Give them a try—you won’t regret it.

Mint Chocolate Lava Cakes

  • Servings: 6
  • Time: 10 minutes active; 10 minutes inactive
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 4 Tbsp. (57 g) butter
  • 8 oz. (227 g) chocolate (semisweet or mixture of semisweet and dark)
  • 2/3 cup (83 g) powdered sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup (40 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp. (1.5 g) salt
  • 3 drops peppermint essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 450°F (230°C).
  2. Spray 6 muffin tins (or a silicone mold) with nonstick cooking spray, and place on a cookie sheet.
  3. Microwave chocolate and butter (or use a double boiler) for about 1 minute until butter is melted. Remove from heat, and whisk until the chocolate is also melted.
  4. Stir in sugar until well blended.
  5. Whisk in eggs one at a time.
  6. Stir in flour. Then add essential oil.
  7. Divide mixture between 6 muffin cups.
  8. Bake for 10–12 minutes until sides are firm and center is soft (but not gooey). Let stand 2–3 minutes.
  9. Place the cookie sheet on top of the cakes, and carefully flip both over. Transfer cakes to individual serving dishes. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, and serve with fresh fruit or whipped cream.

Coconut Peppermint Patties

If you are a fan of Almond Joys, Mounds, or Bounty bars, you are sure to love these sweet treats! We added peppermint essential oil to this well-loved and healthy recipe, and these taste just like peppermint patties! For an extra special twist, you could even try cinnamon essential oil instead! If your significant other likes healthy treats, this may be the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for him or her.

Coconut Peppermint Patties

  • Servings: 12–15
  • Time: 20 minutes active; 2+ hours inactive
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 cups (160 g) unsweetened shredded coconut*
  • 1 Tbsp. (12 g) coconut oil
  • 2–3 Tbsp. (30–45 ml) maple syrup*
  • 2 Tbsp. (30 ml) unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1/2 tsp. (2.5 ml) vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp. (750 mg) salt
  • 2–4 drops peppermint essential oil (or 1–2 drops cinnamon essential oil)
  • Organic dark chocolate

Instructions:

  1. Place 1 cup (92 g) shredded coconut and 1 Tbsp. (12 g) coconut oil in a food processor; blend on high speed, scraping down the sides as needed, until the mixture resembles a butter consistency.
  2. Add the maple syrup, coconut milk, vanilla extract, salt, and peppermint essential oil; blend again until combined.
  3. Add 3/4 cup (68 g) shredded coconut, and continue processing until combined.
  4. Press the coconut mixture into a silicone mold. If you don’t have a silicone mold, you can also shape the coconut mixture into 1″ balls, bars, or patties, or press into a small cookie cutter and set on a plate.
  5. Place in the refrigerator until firm (preferably overnight).
  6. Once the coconut mixture has firmed up, melt the dark chocolate in a double boiler. (You can create a double boiler by placing a glass bowl or measuring cup over a pan holding an inch of simmering water.)
  7. When the chocolate is melted, dip each coconut shape into the chocolate. Allow the chocolate to harden by placing the pieces back in the refrigerator for 5–10 minutes.
  8. Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

*Note: If you use sweetened shredded coconut, omit the maple syrup and add just a little more coconut milk.

Essential Oil Breath Mints

Making your own breath mints is pretty easy; plus, you get to add the wonderful benefits of essential oils to them! Also, if you are looking for something to give away for Valentine’s Day, these make cute (and practical!) gifts for anyone.

The hardest part of this recipe is getting the mints all cut out. So, if you don’t have kids that can help, try cutting out squares with a sharp knife instead to make the process faster. We used tiny metal “clay cutters” from a craft store that come in a variety of shapes (including a small heart). You can also use a 1″ (2.5 cm) piece of straw for tiny circles.

Some essential oils we used that taste fantastic as breath mints are peppermint, cinnamon, spearmint, and fennel. Other oils that may taste good are ginger, orange, lemon, or lime. If you want to make the mints sour, you can add a little citric acid to the gum paste and dust with citric acid instead of the powdered sugar.

This recipe may seem super unhealthy, but keep in mind that you aren’t eating more than 1 or 2 small pieces at a time. In other words, even though these taste amazing, they are breath mints and are meant to be eaten in very small doses.

Essential Oil Breath Mints

  • Servings: 100–200
  • Time: 1 hour active; 48 hours inactive
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 4 tsp. (20 ml) water
  • 1 tsp. (3 g) unflavored gelatin powder
  • 1 tsp. (5 ml) corn syrup
  • 1 1/2 cups (170 g) powdered sugar + more if needed to get the right consistency
  • Food coloring (optional)
  • Essential oils such as peppermint, cinnamon, spearmint, fennel, ginger, orange, lemon, or lime
  • Powdered sugar (or citric acid for sour flavors)

Instructions:

  1. Put the water in a double boiler. (You can create a double boiler by placing a glass bowl or measuring cup over a pan holding an inch of simmering water.)
  2. Sprinkle the gelatin powder over the water. Let sit for 5 minutes or until it starts to look foamy.
  3. Stir in the corn syrup, and warm on the stove over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the mixture turns clear.
  4. Stir in 1 1/2 cups (170 g) powdered sugar. Continue adding sugar little by little and kneading with your hands just until it doesn’t stick so much to your fingers.
  5. Once the texture is soft and stretchy, your gum paste is ready.
  6. Divide the mixture into 2–3 equal portions. Knead the first portion with your hands until it becomes soft and pliable. Wrap the other portions in plastic wrap to keep them soft until you are ready to work with them.
  7. Add food coloring if desired (3–4 drops is usually sufficient), and knead until the color is well blended into the dough. (Note: To make sure both the food coloring and the essential oil or blend stay in the dough and don’t drip off, create a well in the top of the piece of dough with your finger, drop the coloring or oil in the well, fold the dough so it closes over the well opening, and then continue to knead the dough as normal.)
  8. Add 3–4 drops of your desired essential oil for a mild flavor or 5–8 drops of essential oil for a stronger flavor. We recommend starting with 3–4 drops, tasting a small piece, and adding more essential oil if needed.
  9. Once the color and flavor are as desired, sprinkle a little powdered sugar on a clean surface. Use a rolling pin to roll the dough out on the powdered sugar to a little more than 1/8″ (3 mm) thick.
  10. Cut out your mints using a straw (for circles), a sharp knife (for small squares), or another small shape. We used a mini clay cutter for our small heart and flower shapes.
  11. As you cut out your mints, dust them with a little powdered sugar so they don’t stick together.
  12. Leave the mints exposed to air until they become hard (about 48 hours); then store them in your desired container.

Extra Ideas:

Here are a few container options:

Essential Oils for Romance

Did you know that essential oils can enhance a romantic mood? Because people are strongly impacted physically and emotionally by scents, the aromas of some essential oils are great aphrodisiacs. But essential oils can help with more than providing a lovely scent.

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Essential Oils for Romance

Much of the following information is from the Modern Essentials Personal Usage Guide section. Keep in mind, however, that if an essential oil is unappealing to you or your spouse, don’t use it. Needless to say, it will distract from rather than enhance your romantic experience.

Arousing Desire:
An aphrodisiac is a substance used to stimulate feelings of love or sexual desire. Many books on aromatherapy tout the aphrodisiac qualities of a number of oils. Perhaps an aphrodisiac to one individual may not be to another. The most important factor is to find an oil that brings balance to the mind and body. A balanced individual is more likely to extend love.

Some oils that are known to be aphrodisiacs include sandalwood, ylang ylang, rose, jasmine, Blend for Women, cinnamon, ginger, and clary sage.

Another oil that may be worth trying because it is a warming oil and may help improve circulation is black pepper. A single drop can help enhance a massage blend. Make sure to always dilute this oil though.

RosePetalHeart000007157144_400Frigidity:
Female frigidity is a female’s lack of sexual drive or her inability to enjoy sexual activities. This disorder has many possible physical and psychological causes, including stress, fatigue, guilt, fear, worry, alcoholism, or drug abuse.

Some oils that may help with frigidity include clary sage, ylang ylang, Blend for Women, and rose.

Impotence:
Impotence in men, also known as erectile dysfunction, is the frequent inability to have or sustain an erection. This may be caused by circulation problems, nerve problems, low levels of testosterone, medications, or psychological stresses.

Some oils that may help with impotence include clary sage, clove, rose, ginger, and sandalwood.

Libido (Low):
Libido is a term used by Sigmund Freud to describe human sexual desire. Causes for a lack of sexual desire can be both physical and psychological. Some possible causes include anemia, alcoholism, drug abuse, stress, anxiety, past sexual abuse, and relationship problems.

Some oils that may help with libido include ylang ylang and Joyful Blend.
Men: Some oils that may help with low libido in men are cinnamon, ginger, and myrrh.
Women: Some oils that may help with low libido in women are clary sage and geranium.

Ways to Use Essential Oils to Enhance Romance

Massage Oil: Combine 3–5 drops of your desired essential oil(s) with 1–2 Tbsp. fractionated coconut oil or sweet almond oil to use as a massage oil.

Diffuser: Add 3–5 drops of your desired essential oil(s) to a diffuser, and diffuse into the air.

Perfume or Cologne: Simply dilute a drop of essential oil with a little bit of carrier oil, and apply to temples, neck, or wrists to wear as a perfume or cologne. Roll-on bottles are an easy way to apply your perfume or cologne.

Bath: Combine 1–2 drops of essential oil with 1/4 cup Epsom salts, and add to warm bathwater when filling the tub. You can also use this recipe for a bubble bath and just substitute the lavender oil for a romantic scent.

Breath Freshener: A great way to freshen your breath is to place a drop of peppermint essential oil on your tongue or dip a toothpick in cinnamon essential oil and suck on it for a minute.

Personal Lubricant: To create a personal lubricant, combine 3–5 drops of essential oil with 1–2 Tbsp. coconut oil. Some essential oils that may be great for this are lavender, black pepper, peppermint, clary sage, or ylang ylang. A black pepper and peppermint essential oil combo provides a warming/cooling effect that can be exciting. A blend you can try is 3 drops ylang ylang, 1 drop black pepper, and 1 drop peppermint essential oil.

Linen Spray:

Romantic Linen Spray

  • Time: 2 minutes active
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Mix liquid glycerin and essential oils in a small spray bottle. Fill the remainder of the bottle with distilled water, screw lid on, and shake to combine.
  2. To use, simply spray in the air, on clothes, or on pillows or bed linens.

Source: Modern Essentials: A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, 7th Edition, pp. 264, 360–361

The information above is an abridgment from the Modern Essentials “Personal Usage Guide” section by AromaTools™. This information has been designed to help educate the reader in regard to the subject matter covered. This information is provided with the understanding that the publisher, the authors, and AromaTools™, LLC, are not liable for the misconception or misuse of the information provided. It is not provided in order to diagnose, prescribe, or treat any disease, illness, or injured condition of the body. The authors, publisher, and AromaTools™, LLC, shall have neither liability nor responsibility to any person or entity with respect to any loss, damage, or injury caused or alleged to be caused directly or indirectly by this information. The information presented is in no way intended as a substitute for medical counseling. Anyone suffering from any disease, illness, or injury should consult a qualified health care professional.

Chocolate Dipped Pretzels

Are you looking for a fun way to incorporate essential oils into a treat for your next event, into a Valentine’s Day treat, or into a fun treat for your kids or grandkids? Try dipping pretzels in essential oil–infused chocolate for a delicious and easy treat! Get creative with your flavor combinations––try lemon or orange essential oil with white chocolate; or try peppermint or cassia essential oil with milk or semi-sweet chocolate. There are lots of possibilities!

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Chocolate Peppermint Pretzels

  • Servings: 15
  • Time: 45 minutes active
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 2 bags milk chocolate chips
  • 5 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 1 bag pretzels

Instructions:

  1. Melt chocolate chips in a double boiler.
  2. Stir in peppermint essential oil.
  3. Dip each pretzel in the chocolate, and set on a sheet of waxed paper to cool.
  4. Enjoy!

Extra Ideas:

  • Top pretzels with sprinkles, crushed nuts, or toffee bits immediately after dipping to add some fun color and flavor.
  • Try switching up your flavor combinations. Try white chocolate with lemon or orange essential oil. Or try milk or semi-sweet chocolate with cassia, orange, or cinnamon essential oil. (Note: cinnamon and cassia are very strong, so start with just a toothpick dipped in the essential oil and then swished around in the chocolate. Add more oil if needed.)

Scented Notes & Letters

Add a classic touch to a card or note with the unique aroma of your favorite essential oil. Whether you are looking to add a touch of romance or just trying to brighten someone’s day, scenting your note with a complimentary essential oil will only enhance the message you are trying to send! If you want to add a little chocolate to your message, these Essential ChocOILates are infused with essential oils and are the perfect companion to a Valentine’s Day note!

Scented Notes & Letters

  • Time: 2 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Materials Needed:

Instructions:

  1. Take 5–10 sheets of stationery, note cards, paper, or envelopes, and place them inside a large sealable plastic storage bag.
  2. Drop 10–15 drops of your desired essential oil or oil blend on a tissue folded in eighths or on a Battery Operated Diffuser Aroma Pad. Place the tissue or pad between the sheets of paper inside the plastic bag.
  3. Seal the plastic bag, and allow it to sit for 1–2 days so that the aroma can permeate through the paper.
  4. When you desire to use the paper for a note or letter, take it out of the plastic bag, and use it as normal. Reseal any unused paper back in the plastic bag.

Extra Ideas:

  • Use this technique to spice up Valentines, love notes, birthday cards, Christmas cards, event invitations, or any other letter or note.
  • To scent many sheets of paper at one time, stack the paper in a box with an oiled tissue or pad every 5–7 sheets, and then seal the box shut with tape. Allow to sit for 1–2 days before using.

Make & Take Class Idea: Essential Oil–Infused Truffles

To introduce your friends and family to essential oils, host a fun “Make and Take” class where everyone makes truffles infused with essential oils to take home to their valentines!

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Essential Oil–Infused Truffles

  • Servings: Yield = 36 truffles
  • Time: 30 minutes active; 10 minutes inactive
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 package of Original Oreo Cookies, divided
  • 1 package of cream cheese (8 oz.), softened
  • 5–8 drops of peppermint essential oil
  • 1 package chocolate melting wafers (16 oz.)

Instructions:

1. Place a long sheet of wax paper over a cookie sheet. Set the cookie sheet aside.
2. Place all but 3 Oreos in a food processor (entire cookie; don’t remove cream filling), and pulse until finely crushed (alternately, if you don’t own a food processor, you can place Oreos in a large Ziploc bag, seal the bag, and crush the cookies with a rolling pin).
3. Pour crushed Oreos into a mixing bowl along with cream cheese and peppermint essential oil. Using the back of a spoon, stir the mixture while pressing it along the bottom of the bowl until well combined and evenly moistened. Scoop mixture out, and form it into 1 inch balls.
4. Line truffle balls on the prepared cookie sheet. Place truffles in freezer for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, crush the remaining 3 Oreos.
5. Melt chocolate wafers according to the directions on the package. Remove the truffles from the freezer, and dip them in the melted chocolate. Evenly coat the truffles, and allow the excess chocolate to run off. Return truffles to the baking sheet, and immediately sprinkle the tops with the remaining crushed Oreos. Allow chocolate to set. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Special thanks to Christine Russell for sharing this recipe with us on Facebook.