Coco-Cacao Mint Fudgsicles

Go ahead and repeat the title of this recipe—it is seriously so fun to say! Coco-Cacao Mint Fudgsicles (it’s pronounced “ko-ko kuh-kow”). Coco-Cacao Mint Fudgsicles. Coco-Cacao Mint Fudgsicles. Now keep chanting the name as you throw the ingredients in the blender. It’s almost as fun to say as it is to eat these yummy, healthy treats!

Coco-Cacao Mint Fudgsicles

  • Servings: 4–6
  • Time: 10 minutes active; 3+ hours inactive
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 can (13 oz.) coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup (27 g) raw cacao powder (or cocoa powder)
  • 2 Tbsp. (24 g) coconut oil (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp. (30 ml) maple syrup or honey
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 drop peppermint essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender, and blend like you would a smoothie.
  2. Pour into popsicle molds, and freeze for at least 3 hours or until solid.

Just Add Oils to Your Summer Fun

Make essential oils a part of your summer fun with these tips, ideas, and recipes!

Summer Cooking

We love cooking with essential oils—especially in the summertime when fresh fruits and vegetables are available and it’s warm enough to grill meats outside! While you can find a huge variety of summer recipes here, the following are some of our favorites:

Surviving Summer Activities

Staying cool and unbitten by mosquitoes is a challenge during summer activities, but you have a chance at succeeding with the following tips:

Summer Body Care Tips

Making sure to take care of your skin and hair during the summer is important for your health. Besides, who wants a sunburn to ruin even a week of their summer? Give these body care recipes a try for happy and healthy skin and hair!

Summer Activities for Children

Children quickly get bored during the summer since school is out and they have lots more free time. Keep them entertained with these essential oil crafts and activities!

Summer Vacations

You’ll be more than ready for your summer vacation after reading these articles:

Summer Diffusing

Diffuse like a pro this summer with these diffusing tips and diffuser blends:


Need help choosing a diffuser? Check out this post to learn all about the different kinds of diffusers and the benefits of each.

Summer Work

Summer often means yard work and gardening. Stay cool with these Frozen Eucalyptus Mint Towels while you work in the yard. Try freezing the towels rolled up in a shape to conform to your neck. Then secure one around your neck with a bandana so it stays put as you as you mow the lawn, pull weeds, or do other yard work. Also, increase your garden produce by keeping the birds and bugs away from your plants with this Protective Gardening Spray.

Summer Essential Oil Classes

You are all set with these 5 perfect summer make-and-take classes. Stay at the top of your game and adapt your essential oil classes with the season to keep attendees coming. Consider setting up a little play area for children in a separate room with a couple adult (or young adult) supervisors so the parents can give full attention to your class.

Do you have any tips for using essential oils during the summertime? Let us know in the comment section below!

Rosemary & Thyme Patties for a Gourmet Burger

Try these delicious patties for a gourmet take on the average burger. You will love the flavor the essential oils add to these! We enjoyed these patties between toasted whole-wheat buns and topped with our Lemon Apple Slaw and Rosemary Cream Sauce (recipes below as well) along with a tomato slice, some avocado, and a little spinach! Mmmm . . . delicious! You’ll be licking your fingers for sure—and maybe even your plate!
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10 Diffuser Blends for the Road

Whether you are off on a road trip or just wanting something to diffuse as you commute to work, these diffusing tips and diffuser blends are great for wherever you are headed!

Car Diffusing Tips:

  • Cars are such small spaces, so make sure to use only a couple drops and turn the diffuser off every now and then to give your olfactory system a break.
  • Try to keep the air circulating by running the air or leaving a window cracked.
  • Make sure the oils you use are suitable for all passengers. Keep allergies, cautions, and preferences in mind when selecting your oil or blend. For example, peppermint essential oil should not be diffused with young children (0–6) in the car. Rosemary and wintergreen essential oils should not be diffused with pregnant women in the car. And even a single drop of cinnamon essential oil is too strong to diffuse in such a small space.
  • Avoid oils that may make the driver drowsy, such as lavender, Roman chamomile, cedarwood, vetiver, and other relaxing oils.
  • If you find you don’t like the oil or blend you used, roll down the windows to let the car air out before trying something new.
  • If the driver needs something additional to keep him or her alert, try putting a drop or two of peppermint or rosemary on a tissue and placing it near the driver’s nose.

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Refreshing Citrus Cooler

This refreshing drink is perfect for a hot summer day when you need something to help cool you down. Take this to your next summer party—it will be a hit!
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EO Life Hack: Hot Day?

What can you do to cool down on a hot day? Use essential oils!

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Frozen Eucalyptus Mint Towels

Need something that will leave you feeling refreshed even after being outside in the hot summer sun? These Frozen Eucalyptus Mint Towels could be just the thing you need. Not only are they cool to the touch, but the essential oils will help the cooling sensation last even longer on your skin and may help you feel energized as you breathe in the pleasant aroma. You could even try using them after a good workout!

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These frozen towels are simple to make, and you may want to double or triple the recipe below so you can always have one in the freezer whenever you need one!

Step 1: Mix epsom salts and essential oils together. The epsom salts help the essential oils mix with the water so the oils will be distributed throughout all the washcloths you use rather than only being absorbed into the first towel.

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Step 2: Add warm water, and stir until the salts are dissolved.

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Step 3: Soak the washcloths in the water, and wring out the excess liquid.
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Step 4: Fold each washcloth in half and roll it up.
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Step 5: Place the washcloths in the freezer until frozen (about 2 hours).

Step 6: Enjoy the cooling sensation as you place the frozen washcloth anywhere on your skin! It will stay cool longer if you leave it rolled up and slowly unroll the towel as it thaws.

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Frozen Eucalyptus Mint Towels

  • Servings: 2 towels
  • Time: 5 minutes active; 2 hours inactive
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp. (5 g) Epsom Salt
  • 2 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 2 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 1 cup (240 ml) warm water
  • 2 washcloths

Instructions:

  1. Place epsom salt in bowl or 16 oz. PET Jar. Add essential oils, and mix together.
  2. Pour in the warm water, and stir until the epsom salt is dissolved.
  3. Dip the washcloths in the liquid, and wring out the excess.
  4. Fold each washcloth in half and roll it up.
  5. Place in the freezer and freeze for a couple hours.
  6. To use, place the frozen towel anywhere that you need cooling such as your face, head, arms, feet, etc. Use rolled up, then unroll as it thaws to make the coolness last as long as possible.

Summer Sea Breeze Blend for Your Ultra Mini USB Diffuser

Have you seen our Ultra Mini USB Diffuser? This little diffuser is a great value, especially considering the low cost! It really has it all—ultrasonic technology, power adaptability, and decorative design.

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Ultrasonic Technology

As an ultrasonic/humidifying diffuser, this diffuser has an ultrasonic disc that vibrates extremely fast and breaks down the water/oil mixture into fine microparticles that can easily disperse through the air. This diffuser is unique in that it uses a wick to bring the water up from the base to the ultrasonic disc. This allows more diffusion to happen with less water.

Kid-Friendly Functionality

Another great feature in this diffuser that is uncommon in ultrasonic diffusers is that the diffuser top seals to the base (where the water is located). This means that the diffuser can be tipped over without all the water spilling everywhere. And even if it does get tipped over, the diffuser can continue diffusing since the wick will continue to bring liquid to the ultrasonic disc. If you have kids living with you or frequenting your home, you know how valuable this feature is!

Power Adaptability

The Ultra Mini USB Diffuser also differs in power adaptability because it is powered by a USB connection. This allows you to use the diffuser anywhere you have a USB connection or adapter. This is great because you can easily get adapters for a standard outlet or car accessory outlet. Power banks are also handy to use with this diffuser and really allow it to be used practically anywhere!

Timer Settings

This little diffuser offers 2 timer settings for controlling mist output, allowing the water and oil reservoir to last up to 6 hours.

Decorative Design

Not only are these little diffusers very functional, but the decorative top with embossed floral design makes them just adorable! Who couldn’t fall in love with these cute Ultra Mini USB Diffusers?

 

Would you like to enjoy some refreshing summer aromas in your home? This diffuser blend reminds us of a cool sea breeze and works great in the Ultra Mini USB Diffuser!
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5 Perfect Summer Make & Take Class Ideas

Even though it is summertime, you can still hold essential oil classes. In fact, there are a lot of make-and-take class ideas that are perfect for summertime!

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Here are a few ideas:

1. Essential Oils for Car Travel:

Use our “Essential Oils for Car Travel” post as your reference to teach a short lesson. Talk about what essential oils would be useful to keep on hand during a road trip. Then make a car diffuser (like this one or this one) or the Soothing Summer Skin Spray (recipe below).

2. Essential Oils for Outdoor Travel:

Use our “Essential Oils for Outdoor Travel” post as your reference to teach a short lesson. Talk about what essential oils would be useful to take on camping trips. Then make sunscreen or the Soothing Summer Skin Spray (recipe below).

3. Essential Oils and Insects:

Use our “Repelling Bugs & Insects” post and our “Soothing Insect Bites and Stings” post as your reference for teaching a short lesson. Then make these Soothing Bug Bite Sticks or these Mosquito-Repelling Paracord Bracelets.

4. Essential Oils for Summertime Body Care:

Use Modern Essentials, pp. 275 (sunburns), 315 (hair), 339–40 (nails), and 365 (skin) as a reference for teaching a short lesson about taking care of your hair, skin, and nails during the summertime. Then make any of the following skincare recipes or the Soothing Summer Skin Spray (recipe below).

5. Essential Oils in Summer Treats:

Use our “Cooking with Essential Oils” blog post as a reference for teaching a short lesson about cooking with essential oils. During the class, you can even make one or more of these recipes and serve them as refreshments afterward.

Soothing Summer Skin Spray Recipe

This soothing spray is perfect for helping you stay cool while out in the heat this summer. All the ingredients are perfect for refreshing you and your skin! You can also use it as an after-sun spray to help soothe sunburned skin.

For those who prefer using wipes rather than a spray, simply mix up this recipe and pour over folded paper towels or bamboo wipes.

If you are using this as a make-and-take class project, you may want to divide the recipe in half for your guests to make a smaller batch and place it in 4 oz. plastic or glass spray bottles.

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Soothing Summer Skin Spray or Wipes

  • Servings: Yield=8 oz. (240 ml)
  • Time: 5 minutes active
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) aloe vera gel
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) witch hazel
  • 1/2 Tbsp. (7.5 ml) Fractionated Coconut Oil
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 2 drops melaleuca essential oil
  • 3 drops frankincense essential oil (optional)
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) distilled water
  • 8 oz. plastic or glass spray bottle

Instructions:

  1. Mix together everything except the distilled water. Stir until well combined.
  2. Pour mixture into the spray bottle, and add distilled water. Shake to combine.
  3. To use, mist on skin as needed.

Extra Idea:

Make this recipe into cooling wipes by mixing all ingredients together as outlined above and pouring the liquid over folded paper towels or bamboo wipes until moist. Wring out if needed. Store in a zip-top bag.

Mosquito-Repelling Paracord Bracelet

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It’s fun to spend the summer outdoors, but it’s not so fun to be pestered by mosquitoes. These homemade paracord bracelets are a fun craft to pass the time during the hot summer months, and they can become a stylish mosquito-repelling bracelet as well. Download our paracord bracelet instructions. Soak your paracord bracelet in the following Mosquito Repellent solution, and you can enjoy a bug-free experience this summer.

Note: If you’d rather not take the time to make your own bracelets, you can buy them online or at a sporting goods store, but they won’t be custom-fit to yours or your kids’ wrists.

Mosquito Repellent

  • Servings: Yield=1 cup (240 ml)
  • Time: 5 minutes active; 20 minutes inactive
  • Difficulty: Easy
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INGREDIENTS:

  • 5 drops lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops lemongrass essential oil
  • 3 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 1 drop thyme essential oil
  • 1 cup (240 ml) witch hazel or water

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Add essential oils to 1 cup (240 ml) of witch hazel or water, and mix well.
    Next, soak your paracord bracelet in the solution for 20 minutes.

  2. Remove from the solution, and let the bracelet dry thoroughly.

  3. Transfer the mixture to a 2 oz. Glass Spray Bottle.

  4. Reapply the solution as needed by spraying it on the bracelet, saturating it well on both sides, or by re-soaking the bracelet.