Artichoke Dill Dip

This artichoke dip makes an incredible appetizer or ideal snack. The perfect flavor combination will practically explode in your mouth. The flavor of the dill essential oil is subtle, but it packs a nice punch. Everyone will love this dish!

Artichoke Dill Dip

  • Servings: 8–10
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 can (14 oz.) artichoke hearts
  • 8 oz. (225 g) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup (115 g) sour cream
  • 1/2 cup (115 g) mayonnaise
  • 1 1/2 cups (150 g) parmesan cheese
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 drop dill essential oil
  • Parmesan cheese for topping

Instructions:

  1. In a bowl, blend together the cream cheese, sour cream, and mayonnaise with a hand mixer. Add the dill essential oil, and mix again.
  2. Stir in the artichoke hearts, parmesan cheese, and minced garlic.
  3. Place the mixture in an 8″ × 8″ (20 × 20 cm) baking dish, and bake at 350°F (175°C) for 20 minutes.
  4. Top with additional parmesan cheese. Serve warm with crackers or chips.

Spice Up Your Crafts with Vinyl Labels!

As we free our lives of harsh chemicals and make our own natural products, it can be hard to tell all the different containers apart. Vinyl labels make the perfect addition to a homemade craft—and they make our chemical-free lives a little more organized. Plus, let’s not forget about how cute the labels are! Use them to add a classy final touch to whatever you’re making.

We carry a wide variety of specially designed vinyl labels for you to label all the products you make. Click here to see all the labels we offer and get started on making some of your favorite products. We’ve also included a new sugar scrub recipe below to get you started!

Sugar scrubs are great for exfoliating sensitive skin. This scrub works great on your lips, face, and hands. Apply a small portion, and your skin will be feeling softer in no time! Plus, the peppermint, lime, and coconut oil smell will leave your skin smelling great. This scrub also makes a great gift for that special someone if you prefer to give it away instead of pampering yourself.

Peppermint Lime Sugar Scrub

  • Servings: Yield=4 oz. (125 ml)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Combine the sugar and coconut oil in a small bowl.
  2. Add the essential oils, and stir again to combine.
  3. Apply the vinyl label to the glass jar. Click here for instructions on applying the label.
  4. Transfer the mixture to the glass jar.
  5. Apply a small amount of the scrub to the desired location, and rinse well.

We’d love to hear your feedback on our vinyl labels! If you have any ideas of labels you would like us to carry, feel free to let us know!

Peppermint Chocolate Bites

We all love the dinner mints given out at fancy restaurants, but they only give you one! We decided to try our hand at chocolatiering, and we fell in love with this simple recipe. You can use your favorite dark chocolate (the darker the healthier), and the peppermint essential oil adds a nice flavor that will make it hard to stop eating these little gems.

Chocolate Peppermint Bites

  • Servings: 36–48
  • Difficulty: Moderate
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Ingredients:

  • 2 packages (10 oz. each) dark chocolate melting wafers
  • 1 package (10 oz.) white chocolate melting wafers
  • 6–8 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 2 drops green food coloring (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°F (95°C).
  2. Place the chocolate into 3 oven-safe bowls (1 package in each bowl), and warm in the oven for 20 minutes or until fully melted.
  3. Line a cookie sheet with wax paper, making sure it covers the sides as well.
  4. Remove one of the bowls of dark chocolate from the oven, and leave the others in to keep them melted.
  5. Pour the first bowl of dark chocolate across the wax paper, spread the chocolate out with a spatula, and shake the pan to help create an even layer.
  6. While that layer is drying, remove the white chocolate from the oven, and add peppermint oil and food coloring.
  7. Wait just until the first layer of chocolate changes from glossy to matte, then pour the white chocolate on top quickly, spreading it out and shaking the pan to flatten.
  8. Once that layer has turned matte, remove the last bowl of dark chocolate from the oven, and spread it across the top in the same manner as the other 2 layers.
  9. Allow the chocolate to dry, then cut into squares with a sharp knife.

The trick to this recipe is knowing exactly when to pour the layers on top. If the chocolate is too wet, the layers will mix. If the chocolate is too dry, the layers won’t stick together. Watch the chocolate as it dries; it will change from glossy to matte, and at this point, you can quickly top the next layer. If they do mix a bit, no big deal! It will still taste delicious!

These chocolate bites are so good, you won’t be able to keep the kids away! They also make great snacks for your essential oil classes. Make up a tray, and give them to your attendees to demonstrate the use of essential oils in cooking.

Essential Oils for Kids & New Kids Mini Tear Pad

Introducing your children to essential oils at a young age is a great way to bond with them and provide them with natural, healthy products. When using oils with your children, though, you have to be careful. Children’s skin is more delicate and sensitive, which allows essential oils to be absorbed more quickly.

Our new Kids Mini Tear Pad is a great place to start if you’re looking to introduce your kids to essential oils. This tear pad highlights oils that can be used on children and simple ways to help your kiddos get engaged in essential oil use. It includes some simple remedies for sniffles and a tummy ache, as well as easy diffuser blends to help your kids feel better and healthier! These mini tear pads make great handouts for your friends or attendees in a class. Share the knowledge of essential oil safety with your friends and family!

You can learn more about proper use of essential oils with children in Modern Essentials. We have also written several posts with kid-friendly essential oil crafts that the whole family will love!

 

“Headache Relief” Diffuser Blend

It doesn’t matter what time of year it is; we all get headaches for various reasons. Stress, tension, seasonal allergies, excessive noise—the list never seems to end. What you need is a good diffuser blend to ease the headaches that life throws at us! You’ll love the clean, minty-fresh aroma of this diffuser blend!

We have released a few new diffusers that you’ll love. The classy ProAir Diffuser has a new and intriguing style, and it also comes with a built-in Bluetooth speaker! Now you can diffuse your favorite oils while listening to your favorite tunes. There are also several other diffusers with fun new features that you’ll love; check them out here!

If you need help picking out the right diffuser, check out our diffuser comparison post to learn more about which diffuser is right for you.

Stuffed Peppers with Essential Oils

If you’re looking for a new international recipe, you’ll love this European classic. These stuffed peppers are delicious and relatively easy to make. The hint of essential oil adds a nice flavor and makes these even healthier! Your whole family will love this tasty new recipe!

Stuffed Peppers

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: Moderate
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Pepper Ingredients:

  • 4 large bell peppers
  • Parmesan cheese for topping

Sauce Ingredients:

  • 2 cups (500 ml) marinara sauce
  • 1 cup (250 ml) beef broth
  • 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp. (400 mg) crushed red pepper flakes

Stuffing Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (185 g) uncooked white rice
  • 1 drop oregano essential oil
  • 1 drop basil essential oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) olive oil
  • 1 cup (100 g) shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1 lb. (500 g) lean ground beef
  • 1 can (10 oz.) diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup (15 g) chopped parsley
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tsp. (10 g) salt
  • Pinch ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 drop black pepper essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Add the rice, oregano essential oil, and basil essential oil to 2 cups (500 ml) water. Cook the rice over the stovetop or in a rice cooker, and set aside.
  2. In a frying pan, cook onion in olive oil until softened. Place half of the onion pieces in a large bowl, and set aside.
  3. Combine marinara sauce, beef broth, crushed red pepper flakes, and balsamic vinegar in the frying pan with the remaining onions. Cook over medium-high heat for 1 minute, then pour sauce mixture into a 9″ × 13″ (23 × 33 cm) baking dish.
  4. To the large bowl with the onions, add uncooked ground beef, diced tomatoes, garlic, salt, cayenne pepper, parsley, and black pepper essential oil. Stir to combine.
  5. Add cooked rice and 1 cup parmesan cheese to the meat mixture.
  6. Cut each bell pepper in half, and remove the seeds. Stuff the peppers tightly with the meat mixture. You can fill them to overflowing, as the meat will shrink when it cooks.
  7. Place the peppers in the baking dish into the tomato sauce, top with more cheese, cover with aluminum foil, and bake at 375°F (190°C) for 45 minutes.
  8. Remove aluminum foil, and bake for 20 minutes, or until the meat is no longer pink, peppers are tender, and the cheese is melted and crispy.
  9. Scoop a pepper half into a bowl, and pour some of the sauce on top.

You can use our marinara sauce if you want the extra essential oil flavor!

Lavender Bubble Bath Salts

If you’re looking for a fun new twist on your traditional bath salt recipe, this is the one for you! By combining epsom salt with castile soap and jojoba oil, your bath is taken to a new level. Now you can enjoy the restoring power of epsom salt, your skin will feel softer because of the jojoba oil, and the lavender will help your body and mind to relax; all while enjoying a bubble bath. This recipe makes a perfect gift for anyone you would like to pamper!

Lavender Bubble Bath Salts

  • Servings: 4–8 baths
  • Difficulty: Moderate
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Ingredients & Supplies:

Instructions:

  1. In a bowl, combine castile soap, epsom salt, and jojoba oil.
  2. Add lavender essential oil and food coloring (if desired), and stir well to combine.
  3. Spread the mixture across a cookie sheet, and allow it to dry for 24 hours. Stir the mixture occasionally to prevent it from sticking together.
  4. Place the vinyl label on the jar, and pour the mixture into the jar.
  5. Add 1/4–1/2 cup (50–125 g) of the mixture to a warm running bath, and relax.

Essential Oil Spotlight: Lime

Lime (Citrus aurantifolia) essential oil is cold-pressed from the peel of the fruit. Lime oil is distinguished by its sweet, tart, intense, and lively aroma. This oil contains antibacterial, antiseptic, antiviral, restorative, and tonic health properties.

Historically, lime was used as a remedy for dyspepsia. It was also often used in place of lemon for fevers, infections, sore throats, and colds. This essential oil is known for its powerful effect on the digestive, immune, and respiratory systems.

This oil is commonly used to help with bacterial infections, fever, gum/grease removal, and skin (revitalizing). Other possible uses of lime essential oil include anxiety, blood pressure, dissolving cellulite, improving clarity of thought, energy, gallstones, lymphatic system cleansing, nails (strengthening), nervous conditions, sore throats, water and air purification, and promoting a sense of well-being.

Application of Lime Essential Oil and Safety Data:

Topical Application: Can be applied neat (with no dilution) directly to the area of concern or to reflex points. It makes an excellent addition to bath and shower gels, body lotions, and deodorants.
Aromatic Application: Diffuse, or inhale the aroma directly. Lime essential oil has a lively fragrance that is stimulating and refreshing. The aroma can help you to overcome exhaustion, depression, and listlessness.
Internal Application: Lime oil is recognized as safe for human consumption by the FDA and makes a great flavor addition to food and drinks.
Safety Data: Lime oil is known to cause photosensitivity, so it is advised that you avoid direct sunlight for 12 hours after topical application.

Ways to Use Lime Essential Oil:

1. Diffuse
The sweet yet tart aroma of lime essential oil makes it a nice addition to diffuser blends. You can diffuse it alone, or combine it with some of your other favorite oils. Here are a few diffuser blends we like!

2. Cooking
Lime is common flavor in both sweet and savory dishes. Since this essential oil comes from the peel of the fruit, it serves as a replacement for lime zest. You can substitute 1 tsp. (2 g) zest with 1 drop of lime oil in any recipe. Here are some of our favorite recipes using lime essential oil.

3. Hair Pomade
There are so many great uses of lime essential oil. In this recipe, lime oil adds to the amazing aroma, but it also helps to revitalize your scalp. The best part is that this hair pomade also serves as an amazing lotion for your hands and lips. Click here for the recipe!

4. Flavored Water
The health properties of lime essential oil are incredible and can even help to purify your water. We also can’t forget about how good lime-flavored water tastes, so we’ve made up a few flavored water ideas for you to try out! These make a perfect refreshing drink for summer activities and parties.

5. Bath Salts
Essential oils add a nice touch to a warm, soothing bath. We’ve created a few blends for you to add to your next bath. Just add the blend to 1/2 cup (125 g) epsom salt, stir well, and add under the running tap. Swish your hand through the bathwater to help it disperse properly.

Wake Up Refreshed
2 drops peppermint
2 drops orange
1 drop lime
1 drop grapefruit
1 drop lemon
Uplifting Mood
2 drops lime
2 drops orange
3 drops neroli
Focused Energy
1 drop lime
1 drop eucalyptus
1 drop grapefruit
1 drop lemon
1 drop orange
Invigorating Focus
1 drop lime
1 drop frankincense
1 drop peppermint
1 drop rosemary
1 drop orange

Source:
Modern Essentials™: The Complete Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, 9th Edition, p. 87.

EO Perfumes for Men & Women

Essential oil blends can make wonderful perfumes with their endless combinations and powerful aromas. Not only can you smell good, but you can also reap some awesome health benefits at the same time. We have compiled some blends that have mental and physical benefits for both men and women.

These blends are easy to make, and they make great gifts. Hold a make-and-take class for your friends and colleagues, and give these perfume blends to your attendees. We even created some cute labels so you can identify your different blends and use them with your specific needs for the day. Click here to download the file! These labels work great for roll-on bottles, and you can purchase the blank labels here.

Perfumes for Women:

Sweet & Spicy Energy
15 drops orange
10 drops frankincense
8 drops cinnamon
Fresh Mountain Air
10 drops cypress
8 drops white fir
7 drops frankincense
Uplifting Air
15 drops white fir
15 drops bergamot
Calm Hormones
8 drops orange
8 drops ylang ylang
6 drops cedarwood
Fruity Fresh
13 drops grapefruit
8 drops orange
7 drops lemon
Energized Mind
12 drops grapefruit
12 drops vetiver
Invigorating Purpose
10 drops orange
8 drops jasmine
8 drops lime
Uplifting & Calming
12 drops geranium
12 drops grapefruit
6 drops vetiver
Energy Balance
13 drops orange
8 drops clove

Perfumes for Men:

Breathe Like a Man
10 drops vetiver
10 drops cypress
8 drops eucalyptus
Invigorating Energy
12 drops cedarwood
10 drops frankincense
8 drops lime
Balanced & Energized
12 drops sandalwood
8 drops fennel
8 drops cypress
7 drops wintergreen
7 drops orange
5 drops lime

Perfumes for Men & Women:

Deep Breathing
13 drops orange
12 drops basil
8 drops bergamot
6 drops white fir
Metabolic Balance
15 drops sandalwood
13 drops grapefruit
10 drops peppermint
Calm & Focused
12 drops lavender
8 drops orange
8 drops vetiver

You can quickly make these perfume blends by combining the blend of your choice in a 10 ml roll-on bottle and topping it off with your favorite carrier oil. Some carrier oils we suggest trying are jojoba oil and fractionated coconut oil, as they are nearly odorless and will help soften and strengthen your skin. These blends are super simple to make, but the benefits are even better. We’ve included some of these benefits below. You can choose the perfume based on the smell alone, or by the benefits that you want to harness in your life.

Perfume Blend Benefits

Sweet & Spicy Energy: supports neurological health and energizes the body.
Fresh Mountain Air: supports neurological health, is great for the skin, and promotes respiratory relief.
Uplifting Air: energizes the body, is great for the skin, and uplifts the mind.
Calm Hormones: uplifts the mind, balances women’s hormones, calms the body and mind, and promotes skin health.
Fruity Fresh: uplifts the mind, energizes the body, and relieves seasonal allergies.
Energized Mind: energizes the body, promotes neurological health, and calms the mind.
Invigorating Purpose: promotes healthy skin, invigorates the body and mind, and provides a sense of well-being.
Uplifting & Calming: promotes healthy skin, invigorates the body and mind, and uplifts and calms the mind.
Energy Balance: calms and invigorates the body and mind, energizes the body, and promotes balance.
Breathe Like a Man: provides respiratory and seasonal allergy relief, calms the mind, and promotes healthy skin.
Invigorating Energy: calms the mind, promotes neurological health, energizes and invigorates the mind and body, and promotes healthy skin.
Balanced & Energized: energizes and balances the body, promotes neurological health, and promotes respiratory health.
Deep Breathing: promotes respiratory health, calms the body and mind, and promotes healthy skin.
Metabolic Balance: energizes the body and mind, promotes neurological health, reduces appetite, and provides metabolic balance.
Calm & Focused: calms the mind and body, helps focus the mind, and promotes balanced sleep.

When it comes to blending essential oils for perfumes, the options are endless! Get creative and make your own. You can reference our post “The Art of Roller Bottle Blending” to learn more about proper blending techniques to get you started. We’d love to hear some of the blends you have created or found that you particularly like, so feel free to comment below!

Vietnamese Lemongrass Pork

Here’s a fun new recipe to spice up your cookbook! Serve it at the next family barbecue or over a simple dinner at home. Who doesn’t love grilled pork? And lemongrass essential oil adds an amazing flavor to it, so you can’t go wrong with this one. But we’ll warn you—make it once, and your family will be hooked!

Vietnamese Lemongrass Pork

  • Servings: 6–8
  • Difficulty: Moderate
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Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 lbs. (800 g) pork shoulder
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) honey
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) fish sauce
  • 3 Tbsp. (45 ml) cooking oil
  • 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) soy sauce
  • 1/4 tsp. (500 mg) black pepper
  • 3–4 drops lemongrass essential oil
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Extra honey (for grilling)

Instructions:

  1. Slice the pork into 1/2″ (1 cm) thick pieces, and set aside.
  2. Place the garlic cloves and onions in a food processor, and pulse on high until finely chopped.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients, and blend again until the mixture forms a paste.
  4. Place the pieces of meat and the marinade in a plastic zip-top bag or a bowl. Mash the bag around, making sure the meat gets completely covered in marinade, and set in the fridge for 24 hours.
  5. Remove from the fridge, and grill over high heat in a greased pan for 3–4 minutes on each side.
  6. Dip each piece in honey, and grill again for about 2 minutes on each side.
  7. Sprinkle with salt if desired, and serve hot!

This recipe is great for outdoor grilling, and the flavor is further enhanced when cooked over a charcoal barbecue.