Using a double boiler, melt the coconut oil over medium heat until liquified.
Allow the coconut oil to cool momentarily before adding the essential oils.
Stir the essential oils and the zest into the coconut oil.*
Pour the mixture evenly into the molds or ice cube tray.
Refrigerate the bath melts for 1–2 hours or until hardened completely.
Put a bath melt into your warm bath and allow it to dissolve while you soak.
Because coconut oil may liquify in a warm room, keep the remaining bath melts in the refrigerator until ready for use.
*You can substitute an floral-herbaceous blend for the citrus oils, if desired, and replace the zest with crushed, dried herbs. Try an essential oil blend of 5 drops geranium, 5 drops lavender, 5 drops lemongrass, and 5 drops rosemary essential oils.
If you have kids, you’ve probably struggled to get them to fall asleep at night. And we need sleep just as much as they do, so it’s time to help them fall asleep faster and sleep through the night. Orange essential oil is great for relieving anxiety, nervousness, and insomnia. It also promotes calming and peaceful energy. Combined with lavender—known to help with relaxation and sleep—this simple cream is perfect for helping your little ones relax and sleep well at night.
Soften the coconut oil, but don’t melt it. Add the essential oils, and beat on high with a hand mixer for a couple minutes, or until the coconut oil is whipped and creamy and the oils are mixed in.
Transfer the cream to the glass jar.
Rub a small amount of cream on each of your children’s feet at the beginning of their bedtime routine. Proceed with the rest of the bedtime routine, tuck your kids in, and watch the cream work its magic as they drift off to dreamland!
This sleeping cream makes a perfect gift for friends with kids or grandparents that love to watch your kids!
Store this cream at room temperature. If it’s too cold, it will harden and be difficult to apply; too hot, and it will melt.
Many deodorants on the market today are full of harsh chemicals that are doing more damage to our bodies than we think. It is possible to find deodorants that are safer for your body, but they tend to be expensive. We’ve created this all-natural recipe for a deodorant that you can feel good about—for your body and your wallet. You can add whatever oils you want to this recipe to make it your own.
And if your armpits have a hard time adjusting to chemical-free deodorant, we’ve included an armpit detox recipe below.
Melt the beeswax by placing it in a glass measuring cup in a pot of water over medium heat.
Once the beeswax is almost melted, add in the shea butter and coconut oil, and allow it to finish melting.
Remove the mixture from the heat, and stir in the arrowroot powder and baking soda.
Add 20–40 drops of your favorite essential oil or blend, and stir well to combine. (Start with 20 drops, and gradually add more until the deodorant reaches your desired scent.)
Before the mixture solidifies, pour it into the deodorant containers.
Allow the deodorant to cool for several hours or until solid and completely cooled.
Make “his” and “hers” deodorant by splitting the mixture in half and adding manly oils for him and feminine oils for her.
A blend that we tried and loved was 20 drops grapefruit plus 15 drops lemon. Let us know what blends you come up with!
It’s important to remember that sometimes your body can have a hard time making the switch from a conventional deodorant to an all-natural kind. If you use your natural deodorant and your armpits become smelly or you get a rash, you may need to do an armpit detox to clean the chemicals from your skin. Here’s a simple recipe to get your armpits clean!
Living a clean lifestyle in today’s world is pretty difficult with conventional store-bought products. With summer approaching, we are all reaching for the sunscreen to keep our skin safe—but is chemical-filled sunscreen really the best thing for our skin? We want to keep our skin protected from unhealthy UV rays, but we also want to keep it safe from unnecessary harsh chemicals.
We’ve created this sunscreen recipe that will keep your skin healthy and safe. The combination of these ingredients doesn’t just protect your skin; it keeps it hydrated and soft and will make you want to spend even more time in the sun. Now you can finally feel confident about protecting your skin!
Melt the shea butter and coconut oil over medium heat in a double boiler. You can create your own double boiler by placing the ingredients in a heat-proof glass measuring cup and placing the measuring cup in a pan with an inch or so of simmering water.
Add the remaining ingredients, and stir to combine.
Pour the mixture into the lotion tottle, and let it sit until the mixture thickens.
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.
Sometimes all we need is a relaxing face mask to clear our pores, hydrate our skin, and clear up any acne we have. Coconut oil is a natural antibacterial and antifungal agent, as well as an excellent moisturizer. We’ve created these 3 different masks for you to try out depending on your specific needs. Be careful to keep them out of your eyes, as the essential oils may cause some irritation. Try them all out and pick a favorite!
This sugar scrub is a great way to exfoliate and moisturize your skin while enjoying the added benefits of essential oils and coconut oil. Sugar scrubs are especially effective for areas with sensitive skin, such as your face and lips. The added properties of grapefruit and peppermint essential oils give a nice cooling effect, while also helping to relieve stress. If you are looking for a new way to pamper your skin, this scrub is a great place to start!
These Harvest Turkey Sloppy Joes put a fun autumn twist on the average sloppy joe. You’ll love the rich flavor, and your body will thank you for the healthier ingredients! Everyone who tried this recipe gave it a big thumbs up!
1 lb. (450 g) ground turkey (for a vegan option, substitute this with 1 cup [190 g] dried green lentils)
1 Tbsp. (15 ml) coconut oil or avocado oil
1 1/2 cups (210 g) diced butternut squash
1/2 red onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup (60 ml) tomato paste
1 tsp. (2 g) mustard powder
1 tsp. (2 g) ground cumin
1/2 tsp. (1 g) paprika
1 can (15 oz.) tomato sauce
1 cup (245 g) canned pumpkin puree
3–4 Tbsp. (45–60 ml) maple syrup
2 Tbsp. (30 ml) apple cider vinegar
1/2 tsp. (3 g) salt
1–2 drops black pepper essential oil
2 drops cumin essential oil
1–2 drops rosemary essential oil
1 drop thyme essential oil
If using lentils: Add the lentils and 2 cups (480 ml) of water to a pot. Bring to a boil, and simmer for 8 minutes. Add in the cubed butternut squash, and simmer until both the squash and lentils are tender, about 7–12 more minutes. Drain any excess water, and set aside.
If using ground turkey: In a large skillet, heat the coconut oil over medium-high heat. Add in the ground turkey, onion, and butternut squash, and cook until the turkey is cooked through and the butternut squash is soft (about 7–10 minutes).
Add in the garlic, tomato paste, mustard powder, cumin, and paprika. Sauté for another 30 seconds.
Add in the tomato sauce, pumpkin puree, and maple syrup. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
Add in the apple cider vinegar, salt, and essential oils. Stir to combine. Remove from the heat, and serve with buns or flatbread, over potatoes, on a salad, or as desired. We enjoyed our sloppy joes with onion slices, lettuce, and avocado on a Kaiser roll.
1/3 cup (67 g) cane sugar or lightly packed brown sugar
1/4 cup (60 ml) melted coconut oil
2 cups (200 g) peeled and chopped apple (we used Granny Smith, but you could use sweeter apples)
2–3 drops cinnamon or cassia essential oil
1–2 drops clove essential oil
1/2 cup (80 g) raisins (optional)
1/2 cup (50 g) chopped walnuts (optional)
Cinnamon Topping Ingredients:
3 Tbsp. (22.5 g) whole wheat flour
1/4 cup (40 g) old-fashioned oats
3 Tbsp. (37.5 g) coarse cane sugar or brown sugar (not packed)
2 Tbsp. (24 g) coconut oil, plus more if needed
1 toothpick cinnamon or cassia essential oil
Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Grease a muffin tin.
In a large bowl, mix the flour, arrowroot powder or cornstarch, baking soda, salt, and allspice until combined.
In another bowl, mix together eggs, yogurt, vanilla extract, sugar, and essential oils until well combined.
Melt coconut oil on the stove over low heat.
While the coconut oil is melting, peel and finely chop the apples. Toss chopped apples in with the flour mixture. Stir to coat the apples with the flour mixture before they brown. This step helps with evenly dispersing the apples throughout the muffins.
Pour wet ingredients and melted coconut oil into the flour/apple mixture. Add raisins and walnuts, if desired, and stir until just combined. Be careful not to overmix, or the muffins will turn out dense.
Spoon the mixture into the muffin cavities, filling each one about 3/4 full.
Cinnamon Topping: In another bowl, stir together the flour, oats, and coarse cane sugar or brown sugar. Add 2 Tbsp. (24 g) of coconut oil, and stir in a toothpick of cinnamon essential oil. Add a little more coconut oil if too dry or a little more flour or oats if too wet.
Top each muffin with the cinnamon topping.
Fill any empty cavities of the muffin tin with water to ensure even baking.
Bake for 20–25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
Allow muffins to cool for 5–10 minutes before eating.
Making your own deodorant can be a great way to control what ingredients go on your skin and allows you to create your own customized scent! Check out the ingredient substitutions to see how this deodorant can also be made to work with sensitive skin. This soft deodorant is specially formulated with the following ingredients:
Shea Butter: This makes a soft, smooth deodorant and helps reduce the chance of skin irritation. Note: Shea butter contains latex (a natural rubber). If you have an allergy to latex, this ingredient can be substituted in equal proportions with Mango Butter. Arrowroot Powder: This helps absorb moisture (i.e., sweat). Baking Soda: Along with raising the pH of the deodorant, baking soda absorbs bad odors, which reduces the stink. Some people are sensitive to baking soda, and it can cause skin irritation. Note: It is common for skin irritation to occur during the first few days (known as the detox period) if you are transitioning from commercial deodorant. If you continue to experience skin irritation, it may be due to the baking soda in the recipe. If you have sensitive skin, try using food-grade diatomaceous earth instead of the baking soda in the recipe. Coconut Oil: This ingredient is known for killing bad bacteria and for its soothing and moisturizing properties. Many say that after using a coconut oil deodorant, their armpits are smoother and the hairs softer. Probiotics: Adding some good bacteria to your deodorant can help balance out the bad bacteria that leads to bad odors. This is optional, but it can help increase the effectiveness of the deodorant. Choose a shelf-stable probiotic for the best benefits. Essential Oils: These not only give your deodorant a pleasant scent but can also help fight bad bacteria, affect your mood, or benefit a variety of other ailments depending on the oils you use.Here are a few essential oil suggestions for deodorant from Modern Essentials: Single Essential Oils: melaleuca, lavender, geranium, eucalyptus, cedarwood, cypress, spikenard Essential Oil Combinations:
5 drops lavender + 5 drops melaleuca
9 drops rose (or geranium) + 3 drops orange + 2 drops clove
2 drops marjoram + 2 drops clary sage + 2 drops spearmint (or peppermint) + 2 drops clove + 2 drops patchouli
5 drops orange + 3 drops juniper berry + 2 drops spikenard
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