My first encounter with essential oils was in high school. My mother introduced it to me. She would use an oil burner and use lavender, creating a calm home environment especially when I was studying for exams. At university days, I would be burning the mid night oil (haha! pun intended) with the soft glow of a tea light burner, with the oils burning in a bath of water.
Fast forward to Dec 2015 when I decided to take the plunge in learning more about the home uses of essential oils. Over the past few months, I have discovered soooo many ways of using them that I think I got my money’s worth. As an introduction, I found out that
- Essential oils is best used in a diffuser. That retains the benefits of the oil as it is diffuse using the coldness of water rather than heat.
- When diffusing at night, it helped Asher to sleep through (More often than none) during some tricky times such as a cold or when he is coming down with some form of sickness. I did not know essential oils can help fight off sickness naturally.
- We can make up roller blends suitable for little kids for different reasons. E.g. immune support. We definitely use those on day care days!
- We can make up spray bottles to help with bruises, insect bites..etc. So HANDY for kids. I even have a purse version
- Concentration and focus for us. Diffusing or a spray bottle for it
- Supporting different health issues such as headaches, sinus, pains, and hormonal balances
- and then we have food
I have never thought that essential oils can be added to food. It sort of make sense doesn’t it when we have chocolate scented with pure essential oils. The easiest example that come to mind is the use of peppermint essence in our cooking when we could be using pure peppermint oil instead.
Armed with my cool little collection of essential oils, I decided to add wild orange to a batch of chocolate. I love to store a batch of raw chocolate in my freezer. It takes up a few minutes to make them up, but they are so yummy. I would often sneak a small chocolate bark post lunch for that sweet finish.
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 2 tbsp coconut butter
- 8 cacao buttons
- 1/4 cup cacao powder
- 3 tsp raw honey
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 3-4 drops of wild orange essential oils (doterra )
- 2-3 drops of peppermint essential oils (Doterra)
- In a double boiler, melt cacao buttons, coconut oil and coconut butter. Whisk cacao powder, honey and vanilla in it. Remove from boiler and add in essential oils.
- Spoon into moulds or make them into chocolate barks by placing chocolate on a baking tray lined with baking paper. You can even add coconut flakes. goji berries or cacao nibs to make your own chocolate bark.
- Freeze for 20 minutes before serving.