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August 16, 2018
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“Calm Evenings” Diffuser Blend

Who doesn’t love the peaceful quiet evenings as summer comes to an end? We sure like sitting out with a good book before watching the sun go down. This diffuser blend has a fresh and flowery aroma that will leave you feeling calm and relaxed—much like a soft summer night. Use this blend any time of year when you just need a breath of summer air.

Click here to find a great diffuser for using this new blend. Don’t know which one is best for you? See a previous post comparing the different types diffusers by clicking here.

August 9, 2018
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Baked Honey Lemon Garlic Salmon

Who doesn’t love some delicious baked salmon? You will absolutely love this sweet and savory dish. The lemon essential oil adds a wonderful extra tangy flavor. Give this recipe a try—you won’t regret it!

Baked Honey Lemon Garlic Salmon

  • Servings: 4–6
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. (450 g) side of salmon
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) honey
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) whole-grain dijon mustard
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. (1 g) paprika
  • 1/4 tsp. (400 mg) red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp. (440 mg) cayenne pepper
  • 2–3 drops lemon essential oil
  • 1 drop cilantro essential oil
  • 1 drop black pepper essential oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Lemon slices for garnish

Instructions:

  1. In a small bowl, combine the honey, garlic, dijon mustard, lemon juice, olive oil, paprika, red pepper flakes, and cayenne pepper.
  2. Add the essential oils to the mixture, stir them in, and set aside.
  3. Line a baking dish with tin foil, leaving enough foil to cover the fish while cooking.
  4. Place the salmon in the lined baking dish, pour the mixture over the fish, and spread out evenly.
  5. Generously sprinkle the fish with salt.
  6. Fold the foil over the fish, sealing the foil on all sides so that the juice doesn’t leak out.
  7. Bake the salmon at 400°F (205°C) for about 15 minutes, or until the fish flakes away with a fork.
  8. Carefully open the foil, and broil on high for 2–3 minutes, or until the mixture caramelizes on top and the fish browns.
  9. Serve with veggies, rice, and lemon slices.

August 7, 2018
by Abundant Health™
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Cocoa Butter Lotion Bars

These lotion bars leave your skin so soft and rejuvenated! The wonderful smell of cocoa butter and coconut oil blends well with any of your favorite essential oils, so you can customize these lotion bars to your needs and favorite smells.

Cocoa Butter Lotion Bars

  • Servings: Yield=8 bars
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 3 oz. (85 g) Cocoa Butter Wafers
  • 1 Tbsp. (12 g) Coconut Oil
  • 15–20 drops essential oil
  • Ice cube tray or silicone mold
  • Food coloring or mica colorant (optional)

Instructions:

  1. In a double boiler, melt down the cocoa butter wafers.
  2. Add the coconut oil to the cocoa butter, and stir until melted in.
  3. Allow the mixture to cool for a few minutes, and then stir in your essential oils and colorant (if desired).
  4. Pour the mixture into a mold, and place it in the fridge until it is completely solidified.
  5. Once solidified, remove the lotion bars from the mold, and transfer to an airtight container.
  6. Gently rub the lotion bars across your skin, and massage in as needed.

We mixed 10 drops grapefruit with 8 drops lavender for a soothing and relaxing blend, and an added sweet floral scent. Other great oils for skin include peppermint, tea tree, sandalwood, frankincense, neroli, geranium, rosemary, ylang ylang, juniper berry, lemon, orange, lime, and patchouli.

These lotion bars can melt easily if stored in a warm place. Keep in the fridge if necessary.

August 2, 2018
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Essential Oil Spotlight: Bergamot

Bergamot (Citrus bergamia) essential oil is vacuum-distilled and pressed from the rind (peel) of the plant. Bergamot primarily affects the digestive system, emotional balance, and skin. This oil has a sweet, lively, citrusy, and fruity aroma. This aroma can help relieve anxiety, depression, stress, and tension. It is uplifting and refreshing and can help open the heart chakra and radiate love energy.

This essential oil contains the following health properties: analgesic, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antiparasitic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, digestive, sedative, and uplifting. Common uses of bergamot essential oil include autism, brain injury, cold sores, depression, grief/sorrow, hoarse voice, insomnia, oily skin, and physical stress.

Other possible uses of bergamot include acne, anxiety, appetite regulation, boils, bronchitis, carbuncles, oily complexion, coughs, digestion, eczema, emotions, fever, gallstones, gonorrhea, infectious disease, insect bites, insect repellent, lungs (soothe), psoriasis, respiratory infection, scabies, sore throat, nervous tension, thrush, tonsillitis, ulcers, urinary tract infection, varicose veins, and wounds.

Safety Data: Repeated use can cause extreme contact sensitization. Avoid direct sunlight or ultraviolet light for 72 hours after use. This oil is generally regarded as safe for human consumption. Not to be consumed by children under 6 years old; use with caution and in greater dilution for children 6 years old and over.

Ways to Use Bergamot Essential Oil:

  1. Diffuser blends are one of the easiest methods to soak up the benefits of essential oil. Here are a few simple diffuser blends for you to try out! Just place the drops in your diffuser, and start breathing in!
    Joyful Peace
    2 drops bergamot
    2 drops frankincense
    2 drops lemon
    Energy Boost
    3 drops bergamot
    2 drops grapefruit
    1 drop peppermint
    Spring Sunshine
    5 drops orange
    3 drops tangerine
    3 drops bergamot
    Enchanted Rose
    3 drops rose
    1 drop jasmine
    1 drop bergamot

  2. Make some romance-boosting bath salts by combining 4 drops ylang ylang, 4 drops orange, 4 drops bergamot, 2 drops sandalwood, and 2 drops black pepper with 1 cup (250 g) epsom salt. Pour 1/2 cup (125 g) of the mixture under warm running bathwater.
  3. These gel air fresheners are perfect study buddies when combined with essential oils that lift the mind and promote clear thinking. Bergamot can provide a great aroma for studying because of its stress-relieving properties. Combine it with other focus-enhancing oils for the perfect blend! Click here for full instructions on how to make this perfect little air freshener.
  4. Roll-on blends are an effective way to treat specific areas of your body with essential oils. Here’s a nice blend to help rejuvenate your skin. Simply combine 7 drops tea tree, 3 drops eucalyptus, and 2 drops bergamot with 2 tsp. (10 ml) fractionated coconut oil in a 10 ml roll-on bottle.
  5. For comatose patients, alternate applying 1 drop frankincense and 1 drop bergamot to the back of the neck just below the base of the skull.

July 31, 2018
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Exfoliating Sugar Scrub Bars

Everyone loves soft skin, but it requires good exfoliation. These sugar scrub bars make exfoliating simple and mess free. All you have to do is scrub your skin with one of these bars while you shower, allowing the sugar to lightly exfoliate while the soap cleans and the coconut oil softens the skin. And at the same time, your skin can benefit from the essential oils you choose to include.

Exfoliating Sugar Scrub Bars

  • Servings: Yield=12–18 bars
  • Difficulty: Moderate
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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (200 g) sugar
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) melted soap base
  • 1/4 cup (50 g) Coconut Oil
  • 20 drops essential oil
  • Mica colorant or food coloring (optional)
  • Silicone mold

Instructions:

  1. In a glass bowl or glass measuring cup, melt down the soap base in the microwave or over a double boiler until it reaches a thin liquid.
  2. Add in the coconut oil, and allow it to melt in.
  3. Stir in the mica colorant or food coloring until your desire color is reached.
  4. Add in 20 drops total of your favorite essential oil(s), and stir quickly to combine.
  5. Quickly stir in the sugar until combined.
  6. Pour the mixture into the silicone mold, allow to cool for a moment, and then press the mixture firmly into the mold.
  7. Allow the scrub bars to solidify for at least 2 hours before removing from the molds.
  8. Store the scrub bars in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

The soap hardens quickly once removed from heat, so you will need to work fast.

A blend of oils that we liked was 6 drops lavender, 8 drops lime, and 6 drops peppermint. Or try 10 drops peppermint and 10 drops tea tree.

Different types of melt-and-pour soap bases can have different consistencies. If you are finding your mixture too dry, you may need to add additional melted soap to the mixture until it reaches a pourable yet slushy consistency.

To learn more about which oils are good for your skin, we encourage you to consult the Reference Guide for Essential Oils.

July 26, 2018
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EO Tips for Life: Clean and Soothe Ear Piercings

Nobody likes the pain or infections that can come after piercing your ears, or really at any point when you have pierced ears. This tip is so simple, yet extremely effective. Just combine a drop of tea tree essential oil with a little coconut oil in the palm of your hand, and apply it to your earlobes, gently rubbing the oil in. Apply the mixture, and let it sit for a few minutes before cleaning off and placing your earrings back in your ears.

July 24, 2018
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“Restoring Energy” Diffuser Blend

Here’s a fun and simple diffuser blend to energize your body and also relax your nerves. This stress-relieving blend helps to restore your energy and uplift your mind, and it smells good too! Give it a try!

Great diffuser blends call for a great diffuser! If you’re in the need of a new diffuser, we have many to choose from. We carry many different diffusers of all types and styles so that you can find the perfect one for you. Click here to learn more about how to pick the right diffuser for you, and get shopping!

July 19, 2018
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Essential Oil Spotlight: Ginger

Ginger (Zingiber officinale) essential oil is steam-distilled from the rhizomes of the plant. This essential oil imparts antiseptic, laxative, stimulant, tonic, and warming properties. This oil has a sweet, spicy-woody, warm, tenacious, fresh, and sharp aroma, which may help influence physical energy, sex, love, money, and courage.

Historically, ginger has been used in Egyptian cuisine to ward off epidemics, in Roman wine for its aphrodisiac powers, in Indian tea to soothe upset stomachs, and in Chinese tonics to strengthen and relieve head congestion. Today, ginger essential oil is commonly used to help with angina, diarrhea, gas/flatulence, indigestion, morning sickness, motion sickness, nausea, rheumatic fever, scurvy, teething pain, tonsillitis, vertigo, and vomiting.

Other possible uses of this oil include alcoholism, loss of appetite, arthritis, broken bones, chills, colds, congestion, coughs, cramps, fevers, flu, impotence, infectious diseases, memory, nausea, sinusitis, and sprains.

Safety Data: Repeated use may lead to contact sensitization. Avoid direct sunlight for 3–6 hours after use.

Ways to Use Ginger Essential oil:

  1. Ginger may help alleviate joint and muscle pain and reduce inflammation when applied topically on location. Combine 5 drops each of ginger and frankincense in a 10 ml roll-on bottle, and fill the remainder with the carrier oil of your choice. Apply the roll-on to the area of need whenever necessary. This blend is a 5% dilution, making it perfect for daily use. If you don’t use it that regularly, you can apply a higher concentration.
  2. Diffuser blends are a great way to enjoy the benefits of some of your favorite essential oils, and ginger is no exception! The powerful aroma of ginger essential oil can greatly increase your energy, so why not diffuse it around your house to help energize your body and infuse your mind with courage and love? Here’s a diffuser blend you can try out!
  3. Cooking with essential oils adds a wonderful flavor to food and beverages and can often be less expensive than buying fresh herbs. Ginger oil can easily be substituted in place of ginger root. The recipes below use ginger oil for the wonderful spicy flavor it provides, but also as an immune builder and digestive support.
  4. If you suffer from morning sickness or nausea, ginger essential oil is important to keep around. Add 2 drops of ginger to a warm bowl of water, and inhale the warm vapors. You can drape a towel over your head to increase the effects.
  5. Ginger essential oil is great for helping with pelvic pain syndrome. Simply combine 3 drops ginger and 2 drops geranium with 1 tsp. (5 ml) jojoba oil. Place this mixture in a warm bath by running it directly under the tap. The mixture creates a soothing bath oil that will help ease the pain.

Source:

Reference Guide for Essential Oils, 2018 Edition, p. 80.

July 17, 2018
by Abundant Health™
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Lemon Rosemary Chicken Skewers

This Greek-inspired dish is sure to be a dinner hit. It’s super simple, and it tastes delicious. The lemon and rosemary essential oils add a really tangy flavor that you’ll love! If you’re looking for a great new chicken dish, then this is the one for you!

Lemon Rosemary Chicken Skewers

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

  • 2 lbs. (1 kg) chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup (140 g) plain greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp. (5 ml) olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup (15 g) parsley, chopped
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp. (6 g) salt
  • 5 drops lemon essential oil
  • 1 toothpick black pepper essential oil
  • 1 toothpick rosemary essential oil
  • Wooden skewers

Instructions:

  1. Place the skewers in a bowl of water, and let them soak while you prepare the chicken.
  2. Cut the chicken into 2″ (5 cm) cubes, and place in a bowl.
  3. Combine the remaining ingredients in a BlenderBottle®, and shake thoroughly.
  4. Pour the marinade over the chicken, cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and marinate in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
  5. Once the meat is done marinating, thread about 6–8 pieces of chicken onto each skewer.
  6. Place the chicken skewers on the grill, and cook for 3 minutes on each side, or until lightly browned and cooked through.
  7. Remove skewers from the grill, and serve hot.

July 12, 2018
by Abundant Health™
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Summer Blowout Sale!

It’s time for our annual summer blowout sale! We’re discounting numerous products just for you. You can find some of your favorite products at incredibly low prices. We are holding sales up to 70% off throughout the month of July, so act fast before your favorite products are gone! Here are a few of the great products on sale right now. Click here to see the full list of items on sale.

 

We’ve got something for everyone on sale right now! Books, business tools, bottles, carrying cases, diffusers, and so much more! This sale is a great time to stock up on some of your favorite products. Don’t forget to go to our website to see the full list of products on sale now. You won’t be disappointed! Happy shopping!

 

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