Essential Oil Spotlight: Pink Pepper

Pink pepper (Schinus molle) essential oil is steam distilled from the fruit of the plant. It belongs to the Anacardiaceae—commonly known as sumac or cashew—botanical family. The aroma is warm, spicy, and fruity, with a slightly woody undertone. Pink pepper properties: antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antitumor, antiviral, antimicrobial, antispasmodic, astringent, diuretic, stimulant (digestive), and wound healing.

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7-Day Pill Cases and Capsule Blends

A lot of people struggle to consistently take their pills. You can set reminders on your phone, put sticky notes on the mirror, stuff plastic bags of pills in your pocket, and so on. We’ve all done it. But the biggest struggle is having to prepare your pills every time you need to take them. With these 7-day pill cases, you can prepare the majority of your pills at the beginning of the week and carry them with you wherever you go!

These brand new 7-day pill cases make taking your pills much easier. Now you can get your medicine and vitamins on the go. The compact style was designed to fit easily in your backpack or purse, and these cases are super easy to use. You may want to consider having multiple cases—one for morning, midday, evening, etc. That way you can stay organized and keep yourself on schedule. The cases come in 10 color options, so you can even pick your favorite style!

We also carry these convenient pill wallets with 2 separate 7-day slots, perfect for your morning and evening pills. They come in green and purple, and each bag is labeled with the day of the week for easy and organized use.

When it comes to pills, essential oils are your best friend. Many oils are safe for internal consumption, but they should still be diluted when used regularly. If you are still unsure of whether your oil is safe to take internally, Modern Essentials lists this information under the Single Essential Oils and Essential Oil Blends sections, as well as on page 52 (9th Edition, Internal Application section). Filling your own capsules with essential oils is a simple way to take your desired oils internally. However, because the essential oils will dissolve the capsules rather quickly, you shouldn’t attempt to make them up ahead of time.

A simple way of filling a capsule is to drop the oils directly from the bottle into the capsule. This does take some hand-eye coordination, and it is easy to drop too many drops or to accidentally get the oil on the side of the capsule, resulting in the user tasting the oil while taking it and causing the capsule to dissolve more quickly.

A more effective and easier way of filling capsules is to use a glass pipette. Simply fill the pipette with oil, place the pipette inside the bottom half of the capsule, and place the correct number of drops inside. Using a pipette also makes filling your capsules on the go much easier. Just mix up a batch of the blend you want to take, and place it in a 5 ml dropper bottle to carry with you wherever you go. You can use the extra sections in the pill cases to carry your empty capsules.

Capsule blends are a great way to maximize your internal use of essential oils. We have created some capsule blends for you to try out. Drop the essential oils into the capsule, and fill the remainder with olive oil. Our size 0 capsules hold .68 ml (10 drops), and our size 00 capsules hold .91 ml (14 drops).

Pain Relief:
2 drops fir
2 drops copaiba
2 drops frankincense
Hormone Balance:
2 drops rosemary
2 drops frankincense
2 drops clary sage
1 drop oregano
2 drops basil
2 drops rosemary
Immune Booster:
2 drops Protective Blend
2 drops lemon
1 drop frankincense
1 drop oregano
Weight/Appetite Control:
1 drop lemon
1 drop lime
1 drop grapefruit
1 drop peppermint
1 drop cinnamon
1 drop tangerine
Acid Reflux Aid:
2 drops grapefruit
2 drops peppermint
2 drops lemon
1 drop Digestive Blend
Tummy Ache:
2 drops digestive blend
2 drops lemon
1 drop orange
Allergy Relief:
3 drops lemon
2 drops peppermint
2 drops lavender
Hangover Relief:
2 drops grapefruit
4 drops lemon
1 drop rosemary

There are endless possibilities when it comes to blending oils for internal use. Find what works for you, and make sure to dilute whenever necessary! Consult our “Capsules and Essential Oils – FAQs” post for more information about using capsules.

Essential Oil Application: Internal


“Internal use is the process of consuming or otherwise internalizing an essential oil into the body. Only pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils should be used for internal consumption, as other essential oils on the market may be diluted or processed using harmful chemicals.

“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved some essential oils generically for internal use and given them the following designations: GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe for human consumption), FA (Food Additive), or FL (Flavoring Agent). These designations are listed for each oil that is safe for human consumption in the Single Essential Oils section of [Modern Essentials™] under Oral Use As Dietary Supplement. Oils without this designation should never be used internally without first consulting a certified health care professional” (Modern Essentials™, 7th Edition, p. 64).


One of the most effective ways to take essential oils internally is sublingually. This refers to placing a drop or two of an essential oil under the tongue. This allows many essential oil constituents to pass directly into the bloodstream, from which they can then quickly travel to the different areas of the body where they are needed. Because of potential irritation to the tissue, only a drop or two should be administered at a time.



Essential oils can also be taken internally with the aid of capsules. By using a capsule, you can bypass the unpleasant taste of some of the oils and allow the oils to descend to the right area of the body before dissolving to allow for greater absorption. It is common to place 1–10 drops of essential oil inside an empty capsule. Because essential oils can be potent, you may want to dilute the pure essential oil by filling the remainder of the capsule with olive oil before closing and swallowing. Click here for more information on how to use and select the right capsules for you.



Another way to take essential oils internally is to add them to a beverage. This is done simply by placing 1 drop of essential oil in 1–4 cups of your desired beverage (such as rice milk, almond milk, or water) before drinking. When using essential oils in beverages, make sure to use stainless steel or glass water bottles and cups; because some oils can break down plastic materials, it is best to avoid putting oils in plastic containers. AromaTools™ offers a variety of water bottles that work well with essential oils. Some common essential oils to drink with water include lemon, orange, grapefruit, peppermint, and Protective Blend.



Essential oils can easily be incorporated into your cooking, as long as you remember that they are very concentrated. Usually only 1 drop is necessary, and sometimes even less. For more information on cooking with essential oils, see the section on cooking in Modern Essentials™ and our blog post “Cooking with Essential Oils – FAQs and Tips.”


Essential oils can provide amazing flavor to many types of dishes! Click here to see a variety of cooking recipes that incorporate essential oils.

Vaginal Insertion

Essential oils can be diluted in 2–3 tsp. of a carrier oil, inserted using a Vaginal Syringe, and then held in place using a tampon. Consult Modern Essentials™ for alternate methods.

Rectal Insertion

Rectal oil insertion is often recommended to aid various respiratory problems and other internal conditions. A Rectal Syringe can be used to deposit the oils into the rectum; or the oils can be placed in capsules, and the capsules can be inserted into the rectum. Rectal insertion should be used when a higher systematic concentration is needed. This higher concentration is possible because rectal insertion avoids the first-pass metabolism in the liver.

Want to learn more about internal application of essential oils? See Modern Essentials™ for more information on internal use of specific oils and more.

Source: Modern Essentials™, 7th Edition, pp. 64–65.

Essential Oil Application: Topical

Essential Oil Application: Aromatic