Wintertime is when citrus fruits are at their peak; citrus is ripe and the prices are low, so this recipe makes a delicious simple trick to a new water taste. However, using just a few drops of essential oil is even cheaper than using the whole fruit. Who doesn’t love sweet citrus water when it’s also cheapest? Just add these oils and some slices of citrus to your water and shake well to enjoy this refreshing, healthy drink.
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.
Looking for an easy but elegant way to honor your mom this Mother’s Day? This diminutive “barely there” frosting cake is the perfect dessert to show her you love her. The light lemon frosting paired with the delicious French yogurt cake makes a treat she will surely love.
The yogurt cake is a fun treat for kids and adults alike to make. The main measuring device is actually the yogurt container itself. (But we’ve also included conversions for American and metric measurements.) The accents that we used for finishing touches were flowers and lemons from the grocery store, making an inexpensive and simple way to top off this cake with a touch of class.
French Yogurt Cake
- 4 oz. container (1/2 cup or 113 g) natural or plain yogurt
- 2 yogurt containers (1 cup or 200 g) sugar
- 3 yogurt containers (1 1/2 cups or 180 g) flour
- 3/4 yogurt container (6 Tbsp. or 90 ml) oil
- 2 tsp. (9 g) baking powder
- 3 egg yolks
- 3 egg whites, whipped
- Preheat oven to 350° F. (180° C.).
- Pour the yogurt into a mixing bowl.
- Rinse and dry the yogurt container. (If you’re using measuring cups or a food scale, skip this step.)
- Add the sugar, flour, and oil to the bowl, using either the dry yogurt container or other measuring tools.
- Add the baking powder and egg yolks together.
- Fold in the whipped egg whites.
- Divide into 2 greased 5″ (12.7 cm) round cake pans (or other food-safe dish; we used ceramic oven-safe bowls), and bake for 40 minutes.
- Let cool.
- Frost the bottom layer, then stack and frost the entire cake.
The consistency of the batter will be very thick—not thin like a traditional American cake batter.
When frosting the cake, put large dollops of frosting on the cake, and smooth it over all the sides. Then, using the edge of a frosting spatula, scrape off the excess frosting for a rustic, elegant, bare look. Add flowers and lemon rinds as accents, if desired.
NOTE: To add flavor to your cake, add 7–10 drops of your desired flavor of essential oil. Orange or lemon would be a nice addition. If you prefer not to use frosting, you could sprinkle the cake with powdered sugar or eat it plain.
Light & Fluffy Lemon Frosting
- 1 cup (2 sticks or 226 g) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 3 cups (340 g) powdered sugar
- 1 tsp. (5 ml) pure vanilla extract
- Pinch sea salt (up to 1/4 tsp. or 0.5 g, to taste)
- 2 Tbsp. (30 ml) heavy whipping cream
- 12 drops lemon essential oil
- Beat together the butter and powdered sugar on low speed until well blended. Then increase the speed to medium for an additional 2 minutes.
- Add the vanilla extract and salt, and whip for an additional 30 seconds.
- Add the whipping cream, and beat for about 1 minute.
- Add the lemon essential oil. (It is important to add the essential oil as the last step; otherwise it might curdle the cream.)
NOTE: This frosting can also be used on cookies, cupcakes, or any of your favorite recipes calling for frosting!
Give your kitchen appliances an extra shine with this all-natural stainless steel cleaner! This recipe harnesses the powerful cleaning properties of pure lemon essential oil and other natural ingredients.
For Halloween this year, try making this fun and healthy snack that your children, grandchildren, or nieces and nephews will surely love!
Garbage disposals can become stinky very quickly, especially if any food gets left in the disposal. You can prevent this by turning on your disposal while running cold water every time you finish washing dishes and by using these citrus refreshers often. The best part of using these citrus refreshers is that they leave your kitchen smelling lovely and clean!