Spotlight on Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil

October means Cinnamon harvest time in Madagascar, where our Cinnamon Bark and Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oils comes from. Scientifically known as Cinnamomum zeylanicum, Cinnamon Bark and Cinnamon Leaf come from the same plant, but have different uses. Today we will be focusing on Cinnamon Bark.

Cinnamon Bark as a spice has been harvested and traded for centuries and has been regarded as a digestive aid for ages. Cinnamon Bark is steam distilled from the bark of the tree. In order to harvest the cinnamon the first layer of bark is stripped away and the inner layer of bark is then peeled off. As it dries it curls into quills, shaping the cinnamon sticks we are familiar with in cooking. Due to overharvesting there was previously a ban on harvesting cinnamon in Madagascar, but sustainable harvesting practices have since been embraced and now the ban is lifted. Madagascar produces the most aromatic Cinnamon anywhere in the world. Today most cinnamon sold for cooking with is Cinnamon Cassia, which is actually cultivated in China and has different medicinal properties.

Cinnamon is an excellent deterrent against the growth of yeast, fungus, and mold. It is antimicrobial, antibacterial, and antiviral. It is a very useful and wonderfully aromatic addition to your natural cleaners and deodorizers. It is frequently used in chewing gum, toothpaste, candy, perfuming, cleaners, cooking, and baking. Cinnamon is very heating and direct skin contact should be avoided. Keep out of mucous membranes and avoid use if pregnant. Keep out of reach of children and pets.

I love the smell of cinnamon, especially around this time of the year when the weather starts to cool. Here is a diffuser recipe that will make you yearn for cinnamon buns and spiced cider.

Cinnamon Rolls

This blend has the added bonus of defending against airborne pathogens, making it a cold and flu season must of mine. Especially around the office.

7 drops Good Samaritan
7 drops Cocoa Perfume

article by: Beth Onward

Homemade Pickled Carrots With Essential Oils

Our coworker Tom and his wife Yulia continue to make delicious pickled things with our Essential Oils and bring them in to work to share. This time they made these yummy tangy spiced pickled carrots!

These carrots are different than most other pickled carrots I have had. The cinnamon, clove, and ginger in this recipe really made me want to find a way to work them into some delicious baked goods and holiday treats!

This recipe makes 6 quart sized jars of pickled carrots.

4 cups water
8 cups apple cider vinegar
1 cup pickling salt
1 cup brown sugar
1 large bulb of garlic
12 Bay leaves
Carrots (About 4 lbs. How many or if you need to cut them will really depend on the size of the Carrots. They used 3-4 inch carrots cut into spears.)
Veriditas Clove Essential Oil
Veriditas Black Pepper Essential Oil
Veriditas Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil
Veriditas Ginger Essential Oil

Start by sanitizing your lids by boiling them in a hot water bath for ten minutes. This helps the wax around the top of the lid to adhere and make a complete seal.

Assembling the jar:

3 medium cloves garlic (each)
2 Bay leaves 
Carrots (Enough to fill each jar snugly)

Stack the carrots length wise to the top nice and tight leaving 1/4 - 1/2 inch space at the top.
Set aside.

To make brine:
4 cups water
8 cups apple cider vinegar
1 cup pickling salt
1 cup brown sugar

Combine all ingredients in a large pot and bring to a boil.

Add 6 drops Veriditas Black Pepper Essential Oil
Add 10 drops Veriditas Clove Essential Oil
Add 6 drops Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil
Add 12 drops Ginger Essential Oil

Boil for another 5 minutes and remove from heat.

While this is boiling fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil.

Pour the brine up to the fill line of each jar, completely covering the carrots, but do not overfill the jar.
Screw on the lids.

To seal:

Place closed jars in the boiling water for 15 minutes each. 
Carefully remove the jars from heat with a tongs, an oven mitt, or a canning tool and allow to cool.

article by: Beth Onward
Recipe by: Tom and Yulia Potapenko

Easy DIY Natural Fabric Refresher

These Fabric Refresher recipes are awesome for all reasons, seasons and fabrics, but especially fall and winter. Fall is my favorite time of year. You get to layer up on clothes, break out all your favorite scarves and sweaters, and cuddle up on the sofa under a cozy throw. 

Many textiles can be tricky to deodorize or disinfect between washings- like scarves, coats, comforters, pillows, gloves, etc. Around my house couches, chairs, and rugs are what I use fabric refresher on most, since we have a much beloved but occasionally stinky shedding dog. Many commercial fabric refreshers can have chemicals that are irritating to sensitive skin and pets, and they can be quite expensive. For these reasons and more we have three lovely fabric refresher recipes for you to choose from. 

What you will need:

1 oz cheap vodka*
3 oz distilled water
An empty glass 4oz cobalt or amber spray bottle**
20-30 drops Veriditas Lavender Essential Oil 
OR 20 drops Veriditas Mental Clarity 
OR 10-15 drops Veriditas Good Samaritan 

To Make:
Pour vodka into glass spray bottle
Add Essential Oils of your choice
Top off with distilled water
Replace cap
Shake to combine

Gentle Lavender Fabric Refresher
Effect: Relaxing, soothing, gentle
Aroma: Floral, herbaceous, sweet
Best for Use On:
Most fabrics but especially bedding, upholstery, carpets, scarves, blankets, coats, cars, dog beds, pillows, etc.
Of the three this one is safest for use around babies, children, and pets.

Mental Clarity Fabric Refresher
Effect: Helps bring concentration, promotes deep breathing, invigorating, relaxing
Aroma: Minty, herbaceous, fresh
Best For Use On:
School backpacks, yoga blankets, aerial silks, curtains, rugs, bathroom mats, workout clothes etc.

Good Samaritan Fabric Refresher
Effect: Kills bacteria, slows mold growth, promotes immunity, uplifting
Aroma: Spicy, sweet, woody,
Best For Use On: Upholstery, carpets, coats, gloves, scarves, etc.
Avoid use around children and pets!

To Use:
Spray a small patch of your fabric and allow to dry before using on a larger area.
Alcohol as a spray can be irritating to the lungs, so make sure to hold away from your face and/or have the room clear of pets, children, and people if you are spraying a large area.
Spray about a foot away from your target area and coat to desired amount (a little goes a long way!) and allow to dry before use.

*The vodka helps the water and the Essential Oil blend together. It also aids the Essential Oil in cleaning and disinfecting. If you don't have vodka you can make these recipes without it, but they may not be as effective. Do not use rubbing alcohol instead. 

**We have said it before, but it bears repeating. Do not use most plastic bottles with Essential Oils. Even diluted, Essential Oils break down anything with a petroleum base, and this includes most plastics. There are plastics that are safe to use with Essential Oils and they will say HDPE on them, which means they are High Density Polyethylene, and therefore safe to use. 

article by: Beth Onward