Homemade Vanilla Extract

Due to popularity, we brought this idea back from the archives!

Are you looking for an easy gift to give to neighbors and friends this Christmas? Well, this homemade vanilla extract may just be the perfect one! It’s simple to make and very delicious! However, it does take a few months to properly steep, so you might want to start now.

To make this vanilla extract, you only need a few things—vanilla beans, alcohol (such as vodka, rum, or bourbon), glass bottles, and labels. Vanilla beans can be expensive when bought locally; so to make this gift as inexpensive as possible, consider buying the beans in bulk from an online source like Amazon.com. Our 4 oz. Glass Bottles work really well for this project, and our 4 oz. Glass Bottles with Dropper Caps make it really easy to get the exact amount of vanilla you need when cooking.

The best thing about homemade vanilla is that if you leave the beans in the bottle, it just keeps getting better the longer you let it sit. When gifting this, make sure to leave 1–2 vanilla beans in every 4 oz. bottle so it not only looks authentic, but also so your friends can enjoy a richer vanilla flavor over time.

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Spinach-Basil Pesto with Chicken and Pasta

Here’s a recipe for our pasta-loving friends! But, even if you don’t like pasta, don’t let that stop you from trying this delicious spinach-basil pesto! This pesto is also great with chicken, tilapia, quinoa, or bread and in any other basil pesto dish.

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Chicken Coconut Curry and Coconut Rice with Essential Oils

Even if you aren’t a huge fan of Asian food, you will love this curry and coconut rice! This curry features a mild coconut curry sauce with chicken and lots of vegetables and tastes amazing on a bed of coconut cardamom rice. The curry is pretty mild, so if you like more spice, just add more curry powder and Garam Masala. We hope you enjoy the delightful flavors the essential oils add to this dish!

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Southwestern Egg Rolls

Add a little Southwestern flavor to your next event, meeting, dinner party, or social gathering by serving these delicious Southwestern Egg Rolls with Cilantro Lime Dipping Sauce.

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Grasshopper Pie with Peppermint Essential Oil

Indulge your sweet tooth with this delicious grasshopper pie that incorporates the benefits of pure, therapeutic-grade peppermint essential oil.

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Honey Essential Oil Ham Glaze

This Easter, make your ham stand out above the rest with this delicious Honey Essential Oil Ham Glaze. And while your relatives are enjoying your dinner masterpiece, you will easily be able to share the recipe with them––and your love for essential oils!

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Frozen Yogurt Bites

Snack-time can be an important part of the day whether you are a kid or not. It’s a time of replenishing energy and can also be a fun way to take a break. These frozen yogurt bites make a refreshing snack, not only because they are yummy, colorful, cold, and bite-sized, but also because they are healthy! Kids will love them, and you may be tempted to eat a number of them yourself! This snack has been both kid-approved and adult-approved.

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Homemade Foaming Hand Soap with Essential Oils

This homemade foaming hand soap is not only all-natural, but you can also customize it to your needs. To customize, all you need to do is change the essential oil you use in the recipe. You can add a holiday scent during the holiday season or a citrus scent for the summertime. Essential oils with antibacterial properties can make this soap great for cold and flu season. Or, simply choose your favorite essential oil or blend so you can smell it every time you wash your hands!

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Healing Soup with Cilantro and Ginger

As autumn approaches, the weather is getting colder. A good way to warm up during the cold months is with a bowl of hot soup. This healing soup is a delicious way to incorporate the benefits of essential oils with the benefits of a warm meal!

This recipe was taken from Micki Sannar’s cookbook, Aroma & Olive Oil. Check out her cookbook for many other great ideas on cooking with essential oils!

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What Can You Do with Dry Bamboo Wipes?

A new product we have recently added to our product line is Dry Bamboo Wipes. Many people use disposable wet wipes for many purposes, such as baby wipes, hand wipes, or facial cleansers.  But when we introduced the Dry Bamboo Wipes, people would ask, “What can you do with dry wipes?”

The best response we have is, “There are no limits!” Because the wipes come dry, you can make your own natural formulas and create high quality wipes that are specific to your needs.

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These wipes are made from 100% bamboo fibers and are 100% biodegradable. The bamboo fibers create a very soft wipe that is especially great for sensitive skin (such as a baby’s bottom). Not only are the wipes free of parabens, petrochemicals, sodium lauryl sulfate, fragrances, and bleaching agents, but they are also hypoallergenic and tear resistant. What more can you ask for in a wipe?

Because they are biodegradable, you can use them as disposable wipes and throw them in the trash (not the toilet). But, if you prefer, they can also be washed and used multiple times since they are very sturdy and tear resistant. Note: For a longer life-span, let them air dry rather than placing them in the dryer.

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Bamboo Wipe Recipes

Now we will answer the question, “What can you do with dry wipes?” Below are a list of recipes you can make and use with these wipes.

Please note that it is always better to let the wipes remain dry and add the liquid solution to them right before you use them. This prevents any mold or bacteria growth. However, if you use the wipes quickly, you may be able to soak a whole package in liquid.  If you prefer pre-moistened wipes, but may not use a whole package fast enough, try getting a small number of wipes wet and placing them in a sealed zip-top bag.

Baby Wipes

  • Servings: Yield = 1 3/4 cups of solution
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Ingredients and Materials Needed:

  • 1 1/2 cups distilled water
  • 2 Tbs. fractionated coconut oil
  • 2 Tbs. witch hazel
  • 6–8 drops vitamin E oil (2 capsules)
  • 3–4 drops lavender essential oil
  • 3–4 drops melaleuca (tea tree) essential oil
  • 16 oz. PET Jar or baby wipe container

Instructions:

Mix all ingredients in a 16 oz. PET Jar. Shake until well combined.
To use, shake the jar and dip a bamboo wipe in the liquid. Squeeze out extra liquid and wipe the baby.

If you go through these fairly quickly, you can mix all the ingredients in a bowl and pour them over the bamboo wipes in the wipe container. However, due to the nature of using natural ingredients, mold may develop if the wipes are not used quickly.

Basic Hand Wipes

  • Servings: Yield = 3/4 cups of solution
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Ingredients and Materials Needed:

  • 1/2 Tbs. liquid soap base such as Castile Soap
  • 1/2 Tbs. carrier oil (such as olive oil or fractionated coconut oil, etc.)
  • 3–5 drops essential oil of your choice
  • 1/2 cup distilled water
  • Ziploc bag or small wipe container

Instructions:

Mix everything but water in a small bowl until well combined; then add water and mix together (avoid making bubbles). Place 10–20 bamboo wipes in a Ziploc bag, and pour the mixture over the wipes. Seal the bag, and let the liquid soak into the wipes.
To use, just pull a wipe from the bag, ring out any excess liquid, and wipe hands.

Some essential oils that can be used for different purposes are as follow:

  • Antimicrobial: arborvitae, cassia, cinnamon, cypress, geranium, helichrysum, lavender, lemon, lemongrass, melaleuca (tea tree), myrrh, rosemary, thyme, or a blend of antimicrobial oils.
  • Disinfectant: grapefruit, lemon, or Cleansing Blend.
  • Calming: bergamot, cedarwood, lavender, myrrh, and ylang ylang.
  • Alertness: basil, lemon, peppermint, and rosemary.
  • Refreshing: peppermint.
  • Moisturizing: geranium, lavender, lemon, patchouli, Roman chamomile, and sandalwood.

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Cleaning/Disinfecting Wipes

  • Servings: Yield = 1 1/2 cups of solution
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Ingredients and Materials Needed:

  • 3/4 cup distilled water
  • 3/4 cup white vinegar
  • 20–25 drops disinfecting oil(s)
  • 16 oz. glass jar (a pint size Mason jar works well)

Modern Essentials recommends the following disinfecting oils: Protective Blend, lemon, Cleansing Blend, melaleuca, lime, cinnamon, thyme, and peppermint.

Instructions:

Mix all ingredients together in a glass jar.
To use, dip a bamboo wipe in the liquid. Squeeze out extra liquid, and wipe the desired surface.

Dryer Sheets

  • Servings: Yield = 1/4 cup of solution
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Ingredients and Materials Needed:

  • 20 drops of your favorite essential oil
  • Enough white vinegar to fill the rest of the bottle
  • 2 oz. Glass Bottle with Lid
  • Safety pin(s) to reduce static (optional)

Instructions:

Mix all ingredients in a 2 oz. Glass Bottle with Lid.
To use, dab mixture on a dry bamboo wipe, and place the wipe in  the dryer. Add a safety pin or two to the bamboo wipe to reduce static.
NOTE: These wipes will hold up through a few drying cycles. Re-wet each cycle.

Eye Makeup Remover

  • Servings: Yield = 1/4 cup of solution
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Ingredients and Materials Needed:

Instructions:

Mix all ingredients in a 2 oz. Glass Bottle with Lid.
To use, shake the bottle, and dab the mixture on a dry bamboo wipe. Wipe over face and closed eyes.

Eye Cream/Makeup Remover

  • Servings: Yield = 1/4 cup of solution
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Ingredients and Materials Needed:

Instructions

Mix all ingredients in a 2 oz. Salve Jar.
To use, dip a bamboo wipe in the coconut oil mixture, wring it out, and then wipe over closed eyes or face. This also works great for fixing mistakes while applying makeup.


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Facial Cleansing Wipes

  • Servings: Yield = 1 cup of solution
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Ingredients and Materials Needed:

  • 3/4 cup very warm distilled water
  • 1/2 Tbs. coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp. rubbing alcohol (for emulsion)
  • 3–4 drops vitamin E oil (1 capsule)
  • 2 drops lavender essential oil
  • 2 drops lemon essential oil
  • 2 drops melaleuca (tea tree) essential oil
  • 12 oz. PET Jar

Instructions:

Shake or whisk all ingredients together until well combined. The warm water should melt the coconut oil, and the rubbing alcohol should help with the emulsion process.
To use, shake the jar and dip a bamboo wipe in the liquid. Squeeze out extra liquid and wipe face.

Lens/Screen Cleaner

  • Servings: Yield = 15 ml of solution
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Ingredients and Materials Needed:

Instructions:

Mix all ingredients in a 15 ml Spray Bottle.
To use, spray mixture on a dry bamboo wipe, and then wipe lens or screen. Do not use on plastic surfaces, as the lemon essential oil may harm the plastic!

Do you have any other ideas for using the Dry Bamboo Wipes?