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!

Coco-Cacao Mint Fudgsicles

  • Servings: 4–6
  • Difficulty: Easy
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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.

EO-Flavored Water: Blueberry Watermelon Mint

Are you looking for a refreshing drink that is healthy and tasty? Try flavoring your water with essential oils and fruit. This blueberry watermelon mint combination is perfect for beating the heat during the summer.

Guidelines for Adding Essential Oils to Your Water:

  • Make sure to use an essential oil–safe water bottle! Glass or metal cups, bottles, and straws work great. Plastic should be avoided, especially with cinnamon or citrus essential oils.
  • This Natural Essential Oil Emulsifier really helps disperse the oils throughout your water. Just add 1 drop of emulsifier for every drop of essential oil. If you don’t want to use the emulsifier, then remember to shake the bottle to mix in the oils before drinking. When taken internally, essential oils can irritate the mucous membranes—especially when concentrated on the surface of the water—so make sure to add an emulsifier or shake the bottle really well before drinking.
  • Remember, a little goes a long way! If you don’t know whether you’ll like the taste, start out small—dip a toothpick in the oil and swish it in your water (the more you dip, the more oil you’ll get). A good rule of thumb is 1 drop oil to 1–4 cups of water.
  • Safety Note: Essential oils are very concentrated, and it is easy to overload the body if adding oils to your water every day. Occasionally is fine, but make sure to give your body a break in between uses.

Create a Unique Yogurt Flavor with Essential Oils

Plain yogurt tastes great alone, but it is something that you may need to acquire a taste for. If you aren’t used to plain yogurt or would like to give your yogurt a little flavoring while keeping it healthy, try adding a little essential oil and other mix-ins.
You can be as daring as you want with your flavor combinations, but here are some delicious and simple combinations to get you started:
1–2 drops lemon + strawberries or mangoes
1–2 drops orange or tangerine + blackberries (+ coconut, optional)
1–2 drops lime + raspberries
1 drop grapefruit + blueberries or cherries
1–2 toothpicks cardamom + apricots or pistachios (+ coconut, optional)
1–2 toothpicks ginger + peaches + granola

In fact, you don’t even need to add fruit or any other mix-in. Try just a drop or two of an essential oil (suggested oils below), and see what you think!

Flavored Yogurt

  • Servings: Yield=1 1/4 cups (300 ml)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (240 ml) plain yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) maple syrup or honey, optional
  • 1/4 cup desired mix-ins (see lists below for ideas), optional
  • Essential oil of choice (see lists below for ideas)

Instructions:

  1. Put all ingredients in a food processor, blender, or bowl (using a whisk), and blend until combined.

Flavor Ideas:

Essential Oils: orange (1–2 drops), lemon (1–3 drops), lime (1–2 drops), grapefruit (1 drop), tangerine (1–2 drops), cardamom (1–2 toothpicks), cinnamon (1–2 toothpicks or 1 drop), ginger (1 toothpick), lemongrass (1 toothpick)
Mix-ins: Fruit (strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, mangoes, pineapple, banana, peaches, cherries, etc.), shredded coconut, chocolate chips, peanut butter, nuts, granola, etc.

Flavor Pairings:

Orange essential oil: apricot, blackberries, blueberries, cherries, coconut, chocolate, pineapple, vanilla, almonds
Lemon essential oil: apricot, any berry, cherries, nectarine, peach, pineapple, mango, banana, coconut, granola
Lime essential oil: any berry, cherry, coconut, banana, mango, pineapple, papaya, granola
Grapefruit essential oil: blackberries, blueberries, cherries, coconut, pineapple, banana, mango
Tangerine essential oil: blackberries, blueberries, cherries, coconut, granola
Cardamom essential oil: pistachios, coconut, apricot, blueberries, granola
Cinnamon essential oil: peanut butter, banana, granola, coconut, blackberries, walnuts
Ginger essential oil: banana, blueberries, raspberries, almonds, apricot, chocolate, coconut, hazelnuts, peach, pineapple, tropical fruit, granola
Lemongrass essential oil: cherries, berries, coconut, tropical fruit, vanilla


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!

Lake House Retreat Diffuser Blend for the Office

While you are stuck inside working this summer, try diffusing this blend and make your office feel like a lake house retreat! One of the best diffusers to use at work is the USB Diffuser. This sleek diffuser is small (about the size of a thumb drive) and plugs into any USB port (like the one on your computer). You can also use it in any room with a standard outlet power converter, or take it in the car with an accessory outlet power converter.

The USB Diffuser uses ultrasonic technology to silently transform essential oil into a cool mist for aromatherapy. Just fill the little vial included with essential oil, and plug it into the underside of the diffuser. This diffuser offers 3 timer settings for controlling mist output, allowing the oil reservoir to last 24 hours or more.

You can also buy additional refill vials and have a few different essential oil blends ready so you can swap them out when needed. Use one in the car during your commute to work, swap it out for a focus blend during the morning work hours, and change to an energizing blend (like the one below) during the afternoon slump. You can even have another diffuser blend for your drive home to help you reset your mind and leave your work at the office.

The Lake House Retreat diffuser blend is an energizing blend with a scent that works well for both men and women. The white fir can stimulate the mind while allowing the body to relax. Juniper berry evokes feelings of health, love, and peace. Cedarwood is calming and helps relieve tension. Bergamot helps relive anxiety, depression, stress, and tension with its uplifting and refreshing scent.

This diffuser blend also works great at home, or really anywhere, in any diffuser.

5 Facts You May not Know about AromaTools®

Do you know these facts about AromaTools?

  1. AromaTools is a true third party and is not affiliated with any essential oil company. This allows us to produce educational resources about using essential oils for health purposes. We have your health in mind and do not benefit at all by the oils you purchase.
  2. None of AromaTools’ employees (or employers) are distributors for any essential oil company. This means we will never try to sway you or your downline (or potential downline) to join a different team or company.
  3. AromaTools leads the essential oil industry in publishing the most current scientific resource for using essential oils safely for health purposes. Since 2008, AromaTools has been dedicated to producing and publishing Modern Essentials: A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils as a resource to enable you, and all essential oil users, to more easily and confidently use essential oils in your everyday life. Now on its 8th edition, Modern Essentials is currently published in 10 languages: English, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Dutch, German, Slovak, and Italian. Four more languages are currently being worked on and will make an appearance soon!
  4. AromaTools ships all over the world and currently has formal distribution in 4 regions: the United States, Australia, Europe, and Canada, each with their own website and the ability to accept their own currency. We also have informal distribution in several other countries. You can find our international websites and more information here.
  5. AromaTools is celebrating its 9th birthday this week! AromaTools was founded in 2008 by a professional team that has been using and publishing materials about essential oils for over 2 decades.

Our commitment since 2008 has been to help you achieve success by providing the most reliable, specific tools and resources available for the safe and effective use of pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils.

Protect Your Plants with This Garden Spray!

Gardens are in full swing this time of year as plants are blossoming and many are ready to be harvested! But have you noticed that pests are getting to your plants? Get a step ahead with this garden spray that helps keep the birds and bugs away from your produce.

Once you make your spray, just spritz the leaves (both sides) and the surrounding ground. Before you know it, you’ll have gorgeous, bite-free leaves!

Keep in mind that it is best to spray on a cloudy day or in the evening so the sun and cinnamon essential oil combination doesn’t burn the plants. You can apply every couple weeks or as needed. If you wait 2–3 days after spraying to harvest any food, you shouldn’t notice any change in flavor.
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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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Quinoa Fruit Salad with Honey Lime Dressing

Summertime means lots of fruit, but sometimes eating plain fruit can get boring. Try this quinoa fruit salad to change it up and add a little protein to your meal! Serve this as a side or as breakfast. You can eat it as is, or add a little yogurt—either way it tastes great!
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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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