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!

 

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!

Where to Apply Essential Oils

With so many ways to apply essential oils, it can be difficult to know what methods to use! We want to share a few tips for applying essential oils topically so that you can reap the greatest benefits from your oils.

More often than not, we just opt for applying the oils directly to the location of pain. Yes, this can be effective, but there are other methods that can potentially be more effective.

Applying essential oils to the body’s reflex points is one of these methods. Modern Essentials tells us, “Reflex therapy is a simple method of applying oils to contact points (or nerve endings) in the feet or hands. A series of hand rotation movements at those control points create a vibrational healing energy that carries the oils along the neuroelectrical pathways. The oils either help remove any blockage along the pathways or travel the length of the pathway to benefit the particular organ.”

We sell the following charts so that you can reference the different reflex points at any time. The charts also include recommended oils for each organ.

There are several essential locations on the head for different types of headaches and helping with sleep. By applying the oils to specific locations around the head and face, you can experience faster relief and better absorption, maximizing the health benefits of your essential oils.

Here are a few specific locations to help with headaches, stress, and sleep problems:

Tension headache: Behind the earlobes, base of the skull at the neck, top of the shoulders where the neck meets.
Sinus headache: Bridge of the nose, inside edge of the eyebrows, outer edge of the nostrils.
Stress: Across the forehead, on temples, inside edge of the eyebrows, between the eyebrows.
Sleep: Crown of the head, on temples, between the eyebrows, behind the earlobes.

This is only the beginning of learning proper application of essential oils. As you begin to dive further into using essential oils, you can find more information about specific application methods, when each method is most effective, and specific oils that help with a variety of health conditions in Modern Essentials: The Complete Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils. Let us know if you have any questions!

Source: Modern Essentials: The Complete Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, 9th Edition, pp. 16–33.

Introducing the NEW SpringLock™ Roller Ball Fitments

We are so excited to release this brand-new product! We have worked really hard to bring you these SpringLock™ roller bottle fitments because they truly are amazing. Ready to revolutionize the way you apply your essential oils? We are!

The special SpringLock™ design includes a stainless steel roller ball for a more durable dispensing option. The roller ball is placed on a spring inside the fitment. The spring pushes the ball up into a locked position in which the oil can’t leak out around the ball. When you want to apply the oil, all you have to do is apply a little pressure and roll the oils on as usual. You can now control the amount of oil that comes out of your roll-on bottle by changing the amount of pressure applied. If you want more oil, push harder; less, push lighter. You can also apply just a drop of oil by quickly pushing the roller ball against your skin briefly.

These spring-loaded roller balls are truly amazing, and you’ll never be able to go back! Click here to claim yours now!

Keep Spring Allergies under Control with Essential Oils

Despite the excitement we feel for the approaching spring, there’s a little thing that tends to get in the way: allergies. Nobody likes sneezing, itchy eyes, or a scratchy throat, especially when we want to be outside enjoying the greenery and flowers blooming around us. Although spring allergies may not affect you, chances are they affect someone you know, and that’s no fun to be around. Incredibly, some of the essential oils that best aid allergies are also some of our favorites. Lemon, lavender, and peppermint have incredible properties that will help you with all your allergy symptoms. It’s time for you to start smelling the roses—comfortably!

For a simple allergy remedy, take 2 drops of each lemon, lavender, and peppermint in a capsule twice a day, or as symptoms arise.

Diffuser blends are a great way to relieve allergies. The aroma of essential oils quickly penetrates the blood-brain barrier and enters the bloodstream through your lungs. If you have any of the following symptoms, just diffuse these blends, and you’ll be feeling better in no time.

Itchy Eyes & Throat
2 drops lemon
2 drops lavender
2 drops peppermint
Scratchy Throat
2 drops lavender
2 drops Roman chamomile
2 drops cedarwood
2 drops melaleuca
Watery Eyes
1 drop lemon
1 drop lime
1 drop rosemary
1 drop eucalyptus
1 drop peppermint

If you’re looking for a topical application method, try combining 20 drops lavender, 15 drops lemon, and 10 drops peppermint in a 10 ml roll-on bottle, and fill the remainder with fractionated coconut oil or another carrier oil of your choice. Roll this blend onto the back of your neck and ears whenever you feel allergy symptoms coming on.

Now you can officially enjoy the spring and all that it brings without the sneezing and itchy, swollen eyes! You can read more about essential oils and seasonal allergies in Modern Essentials: The Complete Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, 9th Edition, pp. 220–21.

“Tax Day Headache Relief” Diffuser Blend

Hopefully, you haven’t been too busy to file your taxes already . . . but if you’ve procrastinated the inevitable, here’s a nice diffuser blend to cure the stress headaches! If you did get your taxes done early, diffuse this blend anyway—and take a deep sigh of relief. This diffuser blend is great for any stressful day of the year, not just tax day. Give it a try, and let us know what you think!

Click here to learn more about the different diffusers that we carry, and let us know if you have any questions! You can also consult our “Which Diffuser Is the Best?” post to learn more about the different diffuser features.

Pet Care with Essential Oils

We all know that essential oils have incredible effects on humans, but we can’t overlook the benefits they bring to our animals. In many cases, pets are our best friends, so they deserve to be taken care of in the same way we take care of ourselves. We’ve done some research so that you can know how to appropriately use oils on your pets without putting them in danger.

Guidelines of Essential Oil Pet Care:

  • Animals absorb essential oils much faster than humans, so you should never use more than 1–2 drops of oil at a time.
  • Dilute your essential oils heavily with a carrier oil. Typically a 1:4 dilution (1 part essential oil to 4 parts carrier oil) is a safe option while you are learning more about appropriate and safe use.
  • Never use melaleuca on cats, and consult a veterinarian before using this oil on dogs.
  • Keep oils away from your animal’s eyes, mouth, nose, or other sensitive areas, unless specifically directed.
  • Use all oils in moderation and with extreme caution, and observe how the animal responds before continuing. If your pet gets uncomfortable, stop immediately.
  • Do not use citrus oils on cats.
  • Avoid using essential oils on puppies, unless instructed otherwise by your veterinarian.
  • Pay attention to how your pet reacts when you diffuse essential oils. Even though you are not directly applying the oils to your pets, the very aroma of oils could be too much for your pet. Consider diffusing smaller amounts of oils when your pets are around.
  • Don’t use essential oils too often on your pets. Continual use of essential oils on or around pets can cause toxicity, so it’s important to free your home of essential oils for a couple days at a time to give your pets a break.

The information listed here is just scratching the surface. There is a whole world of information out there for using essential oils safely on your pets. Lucky for you, we have gathered a wide range of materials to help you learn more about proper animal care and essential oils! We carry tear pads, books, recipes, and reference cards that contain more specific research on different animals. Click here to view these materials so that you can research for yourself and find out what works best for your pets.

Every animal is different, so it really is up to you as the owner to make educated decisions about how to use oils with your pets—after all, you know them better than anyone else. A general rule of thumb is to be very careful when applying oils. Start with small doses and an extremely high dilution, and work from there.

Here at AromaTools, we like to take care of you and your pets. Have you seen our cute dog collar and diffuser pendant? This lavender-colored, nylon dog collar sports a running motif of paws, bones, and essential oil vials—a fun way to share your love of oils through your pet! The collar is available in adjustable small, medium, and large sizes. A loop on the collar makes it easy to attach our matching dog leash and diffuser pendant. Using aromatherapy with your pet has never been easier! The durable pendant ventilates through its paw-print cutout, providing continual therapeutic benefits. The locket comes with 6 colorful, reusable scent pads—you can change aromas and the background color of the design.

We have also come up with a few other blog posts to help you and your furry friends! Give our Essential Oil Pet Shampoo a try; there’s nothing like cleaning your pet without harsh chemicals. Or you can try out this recipe to make a Homemade Flea Collar using essential oils. Give these recipes a click and try them out!

Diffuser blends can be a great way to expose your pets to essential oils, but remember to follow the guidelines stated above. Here are a few pet-friendly diffuser blends that we have made to help your pets relax. Diffuse these blends in a well-ventilated space with a way for your pets to leave the room if their senses get overwhelmed. Let us know what you think after you try these blends out!

We have written multiple blog posts on this topic that you may be interested in reading. Click on some of the following posts to learn more specifically about what you can do to further enhance your use of essential oils with pets.

We are still learning about using oils with our pets, just like you are, so we’d love to hear about your experiences and what you’ve learned! Please consult your veterinarian if you have any questions or concerns. See Modern Essentials: The Complete Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils for more information about using essential oils on animals.

Tuscan Pasta Salad with Essential Oils

If you’re looking for a fun new spring dish, this is the one for you! This pasta salad is super simple but delicious and filling. It makes a lot, so you can eat it as the main dish, take it as a side salad to parties, or save the leftovers for lunch the next day. And the best part? It uses essential oils! Now you can enjoy the flavor of basil and oregano in this tasty salad while enjoying the health benefits of essential oils at the same time.

Tuscan Pasta Salad

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

  • Two 19 oz. packages cheese tortellini pasta
  • 1/2 cup (65 g) sliced olives
  • 1/2 cup (80 g) artichoke pieces
  • 1/2 cup (100 g) mini pepperoni or salami
  • 1/2 cup (90 g) chopped red peppers (roasted or fresh)
  • 1/2 cup (25 g) diced tomatoes (sundried or fresh)
  • 1 cup (20 g) arugula or spinach

Dressing:

  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp. (50 ml) balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp. (3 g) minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp. (3 g) salt
  • 1/4 tsp. (500 mg) black pepper
  • 2 drops lemon essential oil
  • 1 toothpick basil essential oil
  • 1 toothpick oregano essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Following the instructions on the packaging, cook the pasta, drain, and set aside to cool.
  2. While the pasta is cooling, combine all the dressing ingredients in a shaker bottle or glass jar, and shake well to combine.
  3. In a large bowl, combine all the salad ingredients, pour the dressing on, and toss to combine.
  4. Sprinkle with salt and pepper (to taste), and serve!