It’s cranberry season, and this flavor is sure to change up your water. Because cranberries are pretty tart, we recommend adding a little bit of orange juice to the water as well. To make this water flavoring, just cut a few cranberries in half with a knife, and add them to your water along with a little orange juice (or squeeze a couple orange slices and drop them in) and a drop of orange essential oil. Shake well before drinking.
If you don’t like the tartness of cranberries, you can always freeze them and add them to the water to act as decorative ice cubes instead.
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.
Next time you need to plan an essential oil event, consider holding a hot chocolate social! This is a great idea for a team meeting or for a class to introduce new clients to essential oils.
Provide hot chocolate and various hot chocolate toppings, such as whipped cream, crushed candy cane, marshmallows, and chocolate chips. Also provide various essential oils to add to the hot chocolate. Peppermint, orange, and cassia essential oil all make great additions to hot chocolate. Instruct guests to just dip a toothpick in the oil and then swish the toothpick around in their hot chocolate.
Once everyone has helped themselves to hot chocolate and is sitting comfortably, this is a great time to share information about essential oils. You could focus on the health benefits of the oils you offered as hot chocolate mix-ins, provide basic introductory information about essential oils, discuss essential oils for winter wellness, or talk about cooking with essential oils.
Make sure that everyone is comfortable, enjoys some delicious hot chocolate, and has a really fun and positive experience! Be sure to send information about essential oils home with your guests so that they can continue to learn more about essential oils. It’s also really great if you can send your guests home with a sample of essential oil to try out for themselves.
If you’d like to make your own hot chocolate, here is a fun recipe:
Peppermint Hot Chocolate with Essential Oil
- 2 1/2 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 Tbsp. sugar or other sweetener
- Pinch of salt
- 3/4 cup canned coconut milk (shake before opening)
- 1 1/2 cups milk (almond or rice milk work too)
- 1–2 drops peppermint essential oil
- In a saucepan, mix together the cocoa powder, salt, and sugar.
- Add coconut milk, and heat until combined.
- Slowly add milk while continuing to stir. Keep stirring until little bubbles start to form on the surface.
- Remove from heat. Allow to cool slightly. Stir in a drop or two of peppermint essential oil.
- Pour into mugs, and serve. Warning: It will be hot, so allow the hot chocolate to cool to a reasonable temperature before drinking.
- Top with whipped cream, marshmallows, chocolate chips, or ground peppermint candy.
There’s nothing quite like a warm glass of apple cider on a crisp fall day! This delicious recipe is so easy to make, and your whole house will smell amazing while it cooks.