Baked Apples with Cinnamon Whipped Cream

There are few things as delicious on a crisp autumn day as a warm, sweet baked apple! This easy-to-make comfort food is perfect for the season.


Baked Apples

  • Servings: 4
  • Time: 15 minutes active; 40 minutes inactive
  • Difficulty: Moderate
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  • 4 large apples
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) brown sugar, agave nectar, or pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup (27 g) chopped pecans (optional)
  • 1/4 cup (28 g) currants or chopped raisins
  • 2 drops cinnamon essential oil
  • 2 Tbsp. (28 g) butter
  • 3/4 cup (180 ml) boiling water


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C) while you wash and core apples. Cut out the core of each apple, leaving the bottom 1/2″ (1.25 cm) intact so the hole does not go all the way through.
  2. Mix sweetener, chopped pecans, currants or chopped raisins, and cinnamon essential oil in a small bowl.
  3. Place apples in a baking dish, and fill each one with the sweet stuffing mixture.
  4. Put a pat of butter on top of each apple over the hole.
  5. Pour the boiling water into the bottom of the baking dish. Bake for approximately 40 minutes, until the apples are cooked to tender but not mushy.
  6. Remove the apples from the oven, and baste them with the juices from the pan. These are delicious topped with vanilla ice cream or homemade Cinnamon Whipped Cream (recipe below)!

at_bakedapplesThis Cinnamon Whipped Cream really takes this baked apple dish to the next level! Go ahead and give it a try!

Cinnamon Whipped Cream

  • Servings: 4–6
  • Time: 5 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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  • 1 cup (240 ml) heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) agave nectar
  • 1/2 tsp. (2.5 ml) homemade vanilla extract
  • 1 drop cinnamon essential oil


In a mixer, whip all ingredients together until fluffy.

Note: if you aren’t a huge fan of cinnamon, you can start small by dipping a toothpick in the oil and stirring it into the cream. Taste the cream, then add another toothpick dipped in oil if you think it needs it.

Class Idea: Make & Take Autumn Room Sprays

Seasons are changing, and autumn time is here. The leaves are changing colors and falling on the ground. Along with these changes, we begin to notice different smells such as apples baking, pumpkins and squashes cooking, and sweet spices like cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, cardamom, and ginger. Maybe you aren’t surrounded by those smells, but wish that you were. Well, we’ve got the solution and essential oils to make it easy for you!

You will love how these room sprays bring the autumn scents into your home! You could just make them for yourself, but why not turn it into an easy essential oil make-and-take class and share the love with others?


The idea for this class is really simple:

  1. Invite all the people you want. Make sure to remind them about the class a week before and the day before, because people really do forget.
  2. Order these items from AromaTools (
  3. Gather the rest of your materials. These are the other items you will need:
    • Essential oils: cinnamon, ginger, clove, orange, cardamom, rosemary, and patchouli
    • Distilled water
    • 1/2 tsp. (2.5 ml) measuring spoon(s)
    • Scissors (for cutting out the labels)
    • Funnels (helpful, but optional)
  4. Print off these instructions on regular paper and these labels on the blank label sheets from AromaTools.
  5. Prepare a short lesson about essential oils and their benefits. A great topic to discuss is how the essential oils in these sprays have antibacterial properties and can help purify the air and support the immune system. Remember to keep the lesson free of health claims and speak generally of supporting the immune system rather than listing specific conditions if you plan on discussing any business opportunities with an essential oil company. You can find great information for your lesson in Modern Essentials™: A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils. Here are a few pages from the 8th Edition to help you get started: pp. 6–10; 28; 29; 218–19; 288.
  6. Make one of each of the sprays listed below before the class so your attendees can try them and choose a scent they would like to make.
  7. Prepare your make-and-take stations. Set up the materials so it is easy for everyone to make their room spray. It is up to you whether or not you charge your attendees for making make one or more sprays, but we suggest allowing each attendee one free spray and charging for extras if they desire more than one. Make sure to have enough instruction sheets to allow each attendee to take one home in case they would like to make any of the other sprays on their own.
  8. Offer refreshments, if desired.

This is a great class to simply give your attendees a little information about essential oils, time for asking questions, and a fun autumn-scented spray to take home with them. If you want to discuss the business side of essential oils, this class is an easy one to do that as well.


Fall Room Sprays

  • Servings: Yield=2 Tbsp. (30 ml)
  • Time: 2–5 minutes active
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:


  1. Pour glycerin and essential oil in the spray bottle; swirl to combine.
  2. Fill the rest of the bottle up with distilled water. Screw the lid on, and shake to mix. If possible, let sit overnight before using to allow the ingredients to integrate.
  3. To use, spray around the room as needed. Do not spray directly in the face.

Essential Oil Autumn Blends:

Pumpkin Spice:
3 drops cinnamon
2 drops ginger
2 drops clove
2 drops orange
1 drop cardamom
Spiced Chai:
3 drops cardamon
2 drops cinnamon
2 drops clove
1 drop ginger
Orange Pomander:
4 drops orange
2 drops clove
2 drops rosemary
Fall Leaves:
6 drops orange
1 drop patchouli
1 drop ginger
Autumn Spice:
4 drops orange
3 drops ginger
2 drops cinnamon
5 drops orange
2 drops cinnamon
1 drop clove

See Modern Essentials™: Youthful Skin

Vibrant, healthy skin isn’t just for the young. With proper care, skin can continue to regenerate itself and have a healthy glow even as you age.


Pamper yourself by making a skin serum with essential oils that have been shown to hydrate and tighten the skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines:

  • Frankincense
  • Sandalwood
  • Myrrh
  • Helichrysum
  • Cilantro
  • Lavender
  • Sandalwood
  • Geranium

Mix a few drops of your favorite carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil or jojoba oil, and lightly massage into your skin.

For around the eye area, combine 1 drop of frankincense, 1 drop of lavender, and 1 drop of lemon. Apply gently around the eyes morning and night to soften the appearance of crow’s feet.

To moisturize and replenish the skin all over your body, add 1 drop sandalwood, 1 drop helichrysum, 1 drop lavender, and 1 drop frankincense to 2 tsp. (10 ml) of unscented lotion or coconut oil. Apply generously and often to achieve a healthy, youthful glow.

For more tips and ideas on how essential oils can keep your skin young and healthy, see Modern Essentials™: A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils.

Modern Essentials™: A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, 8th Edition, pp. 190, 338–39.

Essential Oils for Children

While essential oils can benefit people of all ages, it is important to be cautious when using them on children. Because essential oils are very concentrated and children have such small bodies, it is important to know how to use oils safely with kids.


Essential Oils Safe for Children

There is a lot of controversy about which essential oils should or shouldn’t be used on children. Several oils that are generally considered safe for children include the following:

  • Cypress
  • Frankincense
  • Geranium
  • Ginger
  • Lavender
  • Lemon*
  • Marjoram
  • Melaleuca
  • Orange*
  • Rosemary**
  • Sandalwood
  • Thyme
  • Ylang Ylang

*These oils are photosensitive; always dilute, and do not use when skin will be exposed soon to direct sunlight.
**This oil should never be used undiluted on infants or children.

Always Dilute Essential Oils for Children

When using essential oils on children and infants, it is always best to dilute the pure essential oil with a carrier oil. Roll-on bottles work really well for diluting the oils and allowing older children to apply the oils by themselves.


Ways to Use Essential Oils with Children

Essential oils can be used topically and aromatically with children, but they should not be given internally for therapeutic use. Here are a few ways you can use essential oils with children:

  • Rub essential oils (diluted with carrier oil or cream) onto feet.
  • Diffuse essential oils around the house occasionally. Young children learn about their environment through smell, so be careful not to overload their senses with constant essential oil diffusion.
  • Add essential oils to bathtime. A drop of lavender or Roman chamomile added to a bath gel base before mixing with the bathwater can help create a relaxing bath before bed.
  • Use essential oils in cooking. When used appropriately in cooking, essential oils are diluted quite a bit and are safe for children to consume.

Safety Tips

It is important to keep essential oils out of reach of children. Kids are inherently curious, so if oil bottles are left out, it is very likely your children will try to mimic what they see you do and try to apply the oils to themselves.at_eoschildren_keepoutofreach

Here are a few things you can do if you encounter the following situations:

  • Child has poured a bunch of oil on their skin: Rub as off as much oil as possible with a paper towel, then rub on carrier oil to help dilute the essential oil.
  • Child got essential oils in their eyes: Saturate a tissue with a carrier oil, and dab the child’s eyes to help dilute the essential oil.
  • Child has taken essential oil internally: Give the child milk, yogurt, or honey (if older than 12 months) to help dilute the ingested oil. You also may want to call poison control to see if they have any further instructions.
  • Child got oil on clothes, fabric, wood, or furniture: Soak up as much oil as possible with a paper towel; then treat as you would a grease stain.

Essential oils are expensive, so aside from the safety concerns of children using the oils on themselves, you will also want to keep your oils out of reach so they’re not wasted.

Source: Modern Essentials™: A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, 8th Edition, pp. 247–49.

For more information about essential oils and how to use them on children, please see Modern Essentials™: A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils for more information.

These are a few of our favorite ways you can use essential oils with children:


Stuffed “Pumpkin” Peppers

These Halloween-themed stuffed bell peppers are perfect for your autumn dinner party! Not only are they delicious, but be prepared for laughs and lots of “oh, how cute” comments!


Stuffed 'Pumpkin' Peppers

  • Servings: 6–8
  • Time: 30–40 minutes active; 30 minutes inactive
  • Difficulty: Moderate
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  • 6–8 orange bell peppers
  • 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) olive oil
  • 1 1/4 lbs. (567 g) lean ground beef or ground turkey
  • 2 Tbsp. (17 g) taco seasoning* (see recipe below)
  • 1/2 cup (75 g) diced white or yellow onion
  • 1 tsp. (5 g) minced garlic
  • 1 can (14.5 oz./411 g) petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (8 oz./227 g) tomato sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups (278 g) cooked rice
  • 1 can (4 oz./113 g) diced green chiles, drained
  • 1 can (15 oz./425 g) black beans, drained
  • 1 cup (136 g) frozen corn (no need to thaw)
  • 1/4 tsp. (.5 g) crushed red pepper, optional
  • 1 1/2–2 cups (170–226 g) shredded cheese (cheddar, jack, or Mexican blend)
  • 1 drop cumin essential oil
  • 1 drop black pepper essential oil
  • Optional toppings (sour cream, sliced green onion, chopped avocado, olives, chopped cilantro, diced tomato, salsa)


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (205°C).
  2. Wash peppers. Cut the top off each pepper, and scrape out the insides. If desired, use a small paring knife to cut out a jack-o-lantern face on one side of each pepper.
  3. Place peppers in a large baking dish, and add about 1″ (2.5 cm) of water. Cover with foil, and bake for 20 minutes while you make the filling.
  4. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add ground meat and cook, stirring and breaking up large chunks, until browned and cooked through. Drain off as much grease as possible.
  5. Return pan to heat, and add taco seasoning, onion, and garlic. Cook for a few minutes until soft. Reduce heat to medium. Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, rice, green chiles, black beans, corn, crushed red pepper, and 1 cup (113 g) of cheese. Stir to combine, and cook until cheese is melted.
  6. Remove from heat, and stir in the essential oils.
  7. Remove peppers from the oven, and reduce the oven temperature to 375°F (190°C). Move the peppers to a plate or cutting board. Pour out the water from the pan.
  8. Add the filling to each pepper, and place peppers back in the baking dish. Cover with foil, and bake for 25–30 minutes. Remove foil, and top each pepper with additional cheese. Return peppers to the oven for 5 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
  9. Add desired toppings, and enjoy!

*Note: You can use any kind of taco seasoning you have on hand, or try replacing the taco seasoning altogether with 1 Tbsp. (8 g) chili powder, 1 tsp. (6 g) sea salt, and 1–2 drops cumin essential oil. See our Taco Seasoning recipe below that we put together in an empty spice jar.


Taco Seasoning

  • Servings: Yield=7 Tbsp. (60 g)
  • Time: 5 minutes active
  • Difficulty: Easy
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  • 2 Tbsp. (16 g) chili powder
  • 2 Tbsp. (12 g) ground cumin
  • 2 tsp. (5 g) paprika
  • 2 tsp. (12 g) sea salt
  • 2 tsp. (5 g) fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. (3 g) garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. (2 g) onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. (1 g) crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp. (2 g) dried oregano


See Modern Essentials: Essential Oils for Sleep

Lack of sleep can lead to a lowered immune system and depression. In times of stress or illness, it can be difficult to get adequate sleep. Sleeping releases the chemical serotonin, which is necessary to keep the body and mind functioning in a healthy and normal way. Here are some essential oils that have a calming effect on the emotions and the body during those restless nights:

  • lavender
  • bergamot
  • ylang ylang
  • cedarwood
  • geranium
  • vetiver
  • juniper berry
  • frankincense
  • sandalwood
  • orange
  • rose
  • lemongrass
  • clary sage
  • marjoram

For aromatherapy, these oils can be used singly or in a blend. Diffuse them into the air, or inhale directly from the bottle. They are also effective when applied to your hands or a tissue and inhaled.

Always dilute as recommended before applying topically. A few drops on the back of the neck, temples, chest, shoulders, and back will help your body relax. The reflex points on your feet are a good place to apply the oils for optimum calming effects.

Another great way to apply essential oils is to create a massage oil by adding 1–2 drops of essential oil to 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) of fractionated coconut oil. Massage into areas where the body holds tension like the neck, shoulders, back, feet, and hands.

Another way to relieve tension is to take a warm bath just before bedtime. Add 1/4 cup of bath salts, 5 drops of geranium essential oil, and 5 drops of lavender essential oil to warm bathwater, and let it dissolve. The bath salts and essential oils will help to relax your muscles and calm your mind, making it easier to fall asleep at bedtime.

To learn more about how essential oils can help you relax and get restful sleep, see Modern Essentials™: A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils.

Modern Essentials™: A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, 8th Edition, pp. 238, 339.

Pumpkin Spice Room Spray

The delicious smell of pumpkin spice in your home is a wonderful way to celebrate the season. This festive spray is chemical free and easy to make!


Pumpkin Spice Room Spray

  • Servings: Yield=1/2 cup (120 ml)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) distilled water
  • 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) witch hazel
  • 10 drops cinnamon essential oil
  • 8 drops ginger essential oil
  • 6 drops nutmeg essential oil
  • 6 drops clove essential oil
  • 3 drops cardamom essential oil
  • 1/4 tsp. (1.5 ml) Homemade Vanilla Extract


  1. Mix ingredients in a 4 oz. glass spray bottle.
  2. Spray around the house as desired!

This all-natural autumn favorite makes a great gift, too! Here’s a cute label you can print on these label sheets. Just cut around the design before applying it to the bottle.

Avoiding Opioids: Alternative Treatments for Chronic Pain

Despite their highly addictive nature and a plethora of side effects, opioids1 remain the most common treatment for pain. For many people, chronic pain may be a sentence to a life of addiction and rehab. Though medical marijuana is gaining ground as a valid treatment for chronic pain, it remains illegal in many parts of the world. If you want to avoid opioid addiction but medical marijuana is not an option, here are a few alternative and natural treatments you can try for chronic pain.



Meditation2 uses mind over matter and offers a variety of both physical and mental benefits. Meditation can reduce depression, anxiety, and stress as well as manage pain. Of course, learning to meditate effectively takes time and practice. When the skill has been honed, meditation can use the power of the mind to reduce pain by promoting relaxation, reducing stress, and distracting the mind. When used long-term, it is a very valid option for pain management.


Exercise is a great way to fight chronic pain but can be very difficult to accomplish during flare-ups. Yoga3 is an easy, relaxed, low-impact exercise that is easily tailored to an individual’s needs. The stretching and focus on relaxation are great for pain management, even on days when the pain is particularly bad. The endorphins produced will also help tackle pain and improve mood.

Dietary Changes

Food_Heart_400_squareTweaking your diet can go a long way. The foods you eat have a significant impact on how you feel both mentally and physically. For people with chronic pain, this is particularly true. Certain foods can reduce4 the inflammation that is often responsible for your pain, while others will actually aggravate5 the inflammation, causing more pain.

By changing your diet to eliminate inflammation-causing foods and include inflammation-fighting foods, you may be surprised to find just how much more tolerable your pain becomes. Combine your new diet with exercise or other alternative treatments, and you might be able to eliminate your pain entirely.


Natural Remedies

Herbal remedies6 and essential oils7 are very commonly used by many anti-pharmaceutical movements. From Indian Ayurvedic herbs to naturally sourced painkillers, there are hundreds of options for non-addictive pain management. Herbs may be purchased in the form of capsules, drops, teas, or essential oils. Be sure to do your research and check whether or not a certain herb or natural remedy will have a negative interaction with any medications you are currently taking.

Chronic pain does not have to spell disaster for your future. Though opioids can be effective for short-term pain management, frequent use all too often results in addiction. Instead, you may want to consider an alternative treatment such as meditation or herbal supplements. When using alternative treatments, it is best to pick a few that work for you and combine their effects in order to fully manage your chronic pain. So pick up a yoga mat, write up a new meal plan, and try out some herbs. You may be surprised how well you can live without opioids.


About the Author

Jennifer McGregor is a pre-med student who loves providing reliable health and medical resources for users. She knows how difficult it can be to sift through the mountains of health-related information on the web. She co-created the site with a friend as a way to push reputable information on health topics to the forefront, making them easier and quicker to find.

*This post has been updated since publication.

The 8th Edition of Modern Essentials™


Modern Essentials™: A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils is perfect for anyone wanting to learn about essential oils and their everyday uses. It is the definitive guide, whether you are a new or an experienced essential oil user. This book is a must-have for any essential oil user’s library. Here are a few facts you may not know about this book:


It’s that time of year again when Modern Essentials™ gets an update! With the addition of 48 pages, here’s what’s new in this popular book:

New Design. You will love the stunning new cover, page designs, full-color photographs, descriptive charts, and illustrations. New photos and graphics appear throughout this book as section dividers and to break up some of the text-heavy sections.

at_me8_eoblendsTwo New Oils. Spikenard and petitgrain essential oils have been added to Modern Essentials™ both in the “Essential Oils” section and throughout the “My Usage Guide” section.


New Spa Products and Supplement. Several new spa products and a new supplement were added to the “Personal Care and Spa” and “Essential Supplements” sections, as well as throughout the “My Usage Guide” section.


New “Simple Solutions.” Over 150 condition-specific recipes, blends, and tips, labeled as “simple solutions,” added throughout the “My Usage Guide” chapter.

at_me8_essentiallivingExpanded “Essential Living” Chapter. The “Essential Living” section shows how essential oils can be incorporated in a variety of ways to promote a healthy lifestyle. This section now includes new recipes and many new blend ideas in a beautiful new format. Additionally, most home and personal care recipes have been adjusted so they include 15 drops total of an essential oil or blend, and each blend idea totals 15 drops, so each blend can easily be interchanged as desired in a different recipe.


New “Basics of Essential Oils” Chapter. The “Science and Application” section in the 7th Edition has been split into 2 chapters: “The Basics of Essential Oils” and “Essential Oil Science in Depth.” The newly formatted “Basics of Essential Oils” chapter presents the information new and experienced essential oil users need to understand to safely and effectively apply essential oils.

New “Essential Oil Science in Depth” Chapter. This chapter (taken from the “Science and Application” section in previous editions) discusses topics related to the science behind essential oils, including “How Essential Oils Interact with the Body,” “Plants and Essential Oils,” and “Essential Oil Constituents,” among others. The “Essential Oil Science in Depth” chapter enhances knowledge with illustrations and explanations on essential oils, benefits, safety information, and more.


This edition of Modern Essentials™ still includes all the information from previous editions, including the following features:

  • The “My Usage Guide” section offers an easy-to-use format on how essential oils are commonly used to support the body for hundreds of common disorders, like acne, to more serious illnesses, like diabetes. Easy-to-understand definitions follow each medical condition listed in the “My Usage Guide” section.
  • The body systems symbol within the book highlights different body systems affected by the oils.
  • The Balancing Touch Massage Technique found in the “Basics of Essential Oils” section describes a simple yet effective massage technique that uses 8 essential oils and simple hand movements to help combat stress, enhance immune function, decrease inflammation, and balance the autonomic nervous system with the recipient.
  • Illustrated charts display information on topics such as auricular points, reflex hand and foot therapy, and the autonomic nervous system, among others.
  • “Essential Oils” and “Essential Oil Blends” sections feature a “quick facts” box for simple reference on the basics of any oil or blend. Listing of each essential oil and blend includes chemical constituents, historical uses, application suggestions, safety data, and more.
  • Hundreds of research studies are cited as footnote references throughout the book.
  • Sections titled “My Notes on Essential Oils and Blends” feature blank pages for personal observations and reference. These appear after the “Essential Oils,” “Essential Oil Blends,” and “Essential Supplements” sections and at the end of the book.

Get your copy of this popular and newly updated book! Modern Essentials™: A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, as well as the other members of the Modern Essentials™ Family, can be purchased from

Healthy Nails Serum

Keep your cuticles soft and your nails healthy and strong with this serum! This recipe is designed for easy application with a roll-on bottle.


Healthy Nails Serum

  • Servings: 1 tsp. (5 ml)
  • Time: 2 minutes active
  • Difficulty: Easy
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  1. Drop the essential oils, in the order listed, into the roll-on bottle. Fill the rest of the bottle with fractionated coconut oil (about 1 tsp).
  2. To use, roll mixture on nails and cuticles as needed.

Note: You can double the recipe and fill a 1/3 oz. (10 ml) Roll-on Bottle instead.