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December 18, 2017
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Lemon-Basil Avocado Bean Dip

When you incorporate healthy snacks into your diet, you’re more likely to keep your health goals. This bean dip makes a great healthy snack and tastes fantastic with vegetables or on a veggie wrap!

Lemon-Basil Avocado Bean Dip

  • Servings: 2+
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

  • 1–2 avocados, peeled and pitted
  • 1 can (14.5 oz.) great northern white beans
  • 2 Tbsp. (30 ml) lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp. (1.5 g) salt
  • 1 drop lemon essential oil
  • 1 toothpick black pepper essential oil
  • 1 toothpick basil essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Place all ingredients in a food processor or blender, and blend until all combined.
    You may need to scrape down the sides a few times.
  2. Dip with vegetable sticks or spread on veggie wrap, and enjoy!

December 14, 2017
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Essential Oil Finger Paints

It’s cold outside, and kids can only play out in the snow for so long; so it’s time to find some inside activities to keep them entertained. These finger paints are easy to make and fun to play with! Make it a full sensory experience by adding essential oil scents!

Essential Oil–Scented Finger Paints

  • Servings: Yield=2 cups (480 ml)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

  • 2 cups (480 ml) cold water
  • 1 heaping Tbsp. (10 g) cornstarch
  • Plastic bottles
  • Food coloring
  • Essential oils

Instructions:

  1. In a medium-sized pot, whisk together cold water and cornstarch. Heat over medium heat, stirring often, until mixture thickens.
  2. Remove from heat, and let cool.
  3. Pour the mixture into plastic bottles, and add a different color of food coloring to each bottle. Stir with a bamboo skewer (adding more if needed) until you achieve your desired color.
  4. Add a drop of essential oil to each bottle of paint, and stir in the essential oil with the bamboo skewer. Be sure to choose essential oils that are safe for children.
  5. Twist the lids onto your bottles, and your paint is ready to enjoy!

NOTE: It’s fun to choose oil scents that go along with each color, and this also makes for a fun sensory experience. For example, mix a drop of lemon oil with the yellow paint, a drop of lavender oil with the purple paint, etc.

December 13, 2017
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Essential Oil Spotlight: Myrrh

Myrrh essential oil (Commiphora myrrha) is steam-distilled from gum/resin of the plant. It is known for its warm, earthy, woody, balsamic odor.

Myrrh essential oil has anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antitumor, astringent, and tonic health properties. It has been traditionally used to promote healthy skin and support the immune system. Myrrh promotes spiritual awareness and is uplifting.

This oil branches from ancient Greek mythology and has been used for thousands of years in religious rituals, embalming, treating leprosy, and more. Today, common uses of myrrh include allergies (skin), chapped/cracked skin, dysentery, gum disease, Hashimoto’s disease, hyperthyroidism, impetigo, inflammation, stretch marks, and ulcers.

Myrrh mainly affects the hormonal, immune, and nervous systems, so it can also be used to help with appetite (increase), bronchitis, digestion, eczema, decongesting the prostate gland, and skin conditions.

This oil should be applied directly to the area of concern or to Vita Flex points.

Safety Data: Myrrh has been approved by the FDA as a food additive and flavoring agent. Use with caution during pregnancy. Myrrh is not for children under 6 years old and should be used with caution and in greater dilution for children over the age of 6.

Tips for Using Myrrh Essential Oil:

  1. Myrrh is great for your skin; try mixing some of your favorite carrier oils and butters with 5–10 drops of myrrh as body balm, facial moisturizer, lotion, wound care salve, or stretch mark cream. Follow the links for some great recipes to try.
  2. Add 2–3 drops of myrrh to 1 cup (240 g) epsom salt, or follow this recipe to make a Frankincense and Myrrh Bath Bomb, and add it to your bath for a relaxing and rejuvenating skin treatment.
  3. As myrrh oxidizes, it can become resinous and may even seal your bottle shut. Just rub some fractionated coconut oil or another carrier oil on the inside of the lid to prevent the oil sticking to the lid.
  4. For a facial moisturizer, wrinkle treatment, and owie ointment, combine 5 drops myrrh, 3 drops frankincense, and 2 drops lavender in a 1/3 oz. roll-on bottle with 2 tsp. (10 ml) jojoba oil.
  5. Combine 5 drops myrrh, 4 drops rose, and 3 drops lemon for an emotionally uplifting diffuser blend.

Sources:
Reference Guide for Essential Oils, 2017 Edition, pp. 112–13.
Aromatherapy Blends & Recipes by Franzesca Watson.

December 12, 2017
by Abundant Health™
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Holiday Neighbor Gifts

Gift-giving is popular around the holiday season, and we all love something that is cute and simple that can be given to neighbors and coworkers. The easiest way to make something cute and simple is to put it in a nice-looking container. Abundant Health has lots of different containers that can transform your gift from ordinary to classy!

Not only do we have a few ways you can use our containers in gifts, but these recipes also include essential oils. You’re sure to be a hit when sharing these simple delights with an added twist of essential oils in every bite!

3-Minute Fudge

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

  • 1 can (14 oz./396 g) sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cups (12 oz./340 g) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp. (5 ml) vanilla extract
  • 5 drops peppermint or orange essential oil
  • Mason Jar Mug or PET Jar for gifting

Instructions:

  1. Butter a square pan, and line with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a microwave-safe bowl, heat chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk for 1 minute on high.
  3. Remove from microwave, and let sit 1 minute.
  4. Stir to combine until the chocolate chips are completely melted and the mixture is smooth. Stir in vanilla extract.
  5. Pour fudge into prepared pan. Let cool all the way through before cutting (to speed up this process, you can place fudge in the refrigerator for 1 hour).
  6. Cut fudge into squares, and place them in a mason jar mug or PET jar. Tie a tag on with ribbon or string for the final touch.

Note: This fudge does not need to be refrigerated.


Hot Fudge Sauce

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

  • 4 1/2 Tbsp. (27 g) cocoa powder
  • 10 Tbsp. (142 g) butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups (300 g) sugar
  • 3/4 cup (180 ml) evaporated milk
  • 1–4 drops peppermint or orange essential oil (Protective Blend is also yummy in this recipe.)
  • 4 oz. Glass Salve Jars (You’ll need 5–6 for this recipe.)

Instructions:

  1. Combine cocoa powder and melted butter in a saucepan.
  2. Mix in sugar, and add evaporated milk slowly into mixture until the sugar has dissolved.
  3. Boil for 2–3 minutes while continuously stirring. Add essential oil, if desired.
  4. Pour into 4 oz. glass salve jars, and tie a string or ribbon around the jar to attach a gift tag.
  5. This tastes best hot, so eat is right away or reheat it before eating.

Note: Store leftovers in the freezer.


Caramel Sauce

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

  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup (100 g) sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. (43 g) butter
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) heavy cream
  • 1 toothpick cinnamon essential oil
  • 4 oz. Glass Salve Jars (You’ll need 3–4 for this recipe.)

Instructions:

  1. In a medium pan, heat corn syrup over medium heat.
  2. Once corn syrup is heated through (bubbling), add sugar, and stir until well mixed.
  3. Let syrup cook without stirring until it is a golden color.
  4. Remove syrup from heat, and add butter. Stir until well mixed.
  5. Slowly add cream while continuously stirring to blend. Stir in essential oil.
  6. Pour into 4 oz. glass salve jars. Add a label to the top or tie a gift tag on with ribbon or string.


Other Gift Ideas:

Do you have any other simple gift ideas that use essential oils?

December 7, 2017
by Abundant Health™
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Holiday-Scented Spritzers

These little spritzers work great for spraying your linens, towels, curtains, blankets, or the air. You can even help your fake Christmas tree smell real! They’ll give whatever you spray a fantastic holiday aroma that you can enjoy during this season.

Holiday Spritzers

  • Servings: Yield=2 oz. (60 ml)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

Instructions:

  1. Mix together the glycerin with your desired essential oil or blend in a glass bowl. Allow this mixture to sit for at least 15–30 minutes to let the oils dissolve into the glycerin. Note: if you are pressed for time, you can just mix it all together in the spray bottle, but you may need to shake every time before spraying to make sure the oils are sufficiently dispersed.
  2. Transfer the mixture into your spray bottle.
  3. Add distilled water to the oil mixture, screw the lid on the spray bottle, and shake to blend thoroughly.
  4. Spray 1–3 times into the air or onto your sheets, towels, curtains, blankets, or Christmas tree.

Essential Oil Blend Suggestions:

Holiday Glow:
2 drops cinnamon bark
6 drops fir
4 drops orange
Winter Wonderland:
2 drops frankincense
4 drops orange
2 drops peppermint
Spiced Cider:
3 drops orange
2 drops cinnamon
1 drop ginger
First Snowfall:
4 drops wintergreen
2 drops fir
Pumpkin Spice:
3 drops cinnamon
2 drops ginger
2 drops nutmeg
2 drops clove
1 drop cardamom
Walking in the Woods:
1 drop vetiver
1 drop juniper
2 drops pine
3 drops fir
3 drops cypress
Candy Cane Mist:
5 drops peppermint
2 drops orange
2 drops fir
Christmas Trees:
3 drops fir
2 drops pine
2 drops cedarwood
1 drop juniper or spruce
Three Kings of the Orient
2 drops frankincense
2 drops myrrh
3 drops orange

Extra Idea:

These little sprays make a great make-and-take activity for an essential oil class. Just bring the above oils, vegetable glycerin, distilled water, and red or green plastic spray bottles to the class along with a 1/2 Tbsp. (7.5 ml) measuring spoon and funnel for easy pouring. Then allow each individual to choose a scent and make a spritzer to take home.

December 5, 2017
by Abundant Health™
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Hand “Santa”tizer Gift Idea

Are you looking for a great neighbor gift that isn’t a sweet treat? This hand sanitizer is perfect for the holiday season because it helps keep the germs away! It’s also inexpensive and easy to make, with an added bonus of an adorable name: Hand “Santa”tizer!

This recipe fills five 2 oz. bottles, so you can keep one and give four away. You can also double or triple the recipe if you have lots of friends.

We really liked the treatment pump top for our bottles, but you can use a disc-top cap too. If you want to make a hand sanitizer spray, use aloe vera juice instead of aloe vera gel, and put it in a spray bottle.

And, of course, you can’t forget the adorable vinyl label! We have several you can pick from:

Another option is to print your own labels with these blank labels.

Hand Santa-tizer

  • Servings: 5 bottles
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

Instructions:

  1. Add all ingredients in order to a glass bowl or measuring cup, stirring after each addition. Use a funnel to pour the mixture into the bottles.
  2. To use, pump or spray 1–2 times into the palm of your hand. Rub hands together until the liquid evaporates.

Essential Oil Blends:

Melaleuca & Lavender:
30 drops melaleuca
10 drops lavender
Citrus Mint:
20 drops rosemary
16 drops lemon
12 drops peppermint
Holiday Spice:
15 drops orange
10 drops clove
5 drops cinnamon
5 drops eucalyptus
5 drops rosemary
Candy Cane Mist:
25 drops peppermint
10 drops orange
10 drops fir
Peppermint Surprise:
30 drops peppermint
10 drops bergamot,
orange, or ylang ylang
First Snowfall:
25 drops wintergreen
15 drops fir

Extra Idea:

  • If you just want to make a single bottle, use 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) Witch Hazel or vodka, 15–25 drops essential oil, and 1–2 drops Vitamin E Oil. Add those ingredients in order to the bottle and swirl to mix, then fill the rest of the bottle with aloe vera. Shake to combine.

November 30, 2017
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Holiday Gift Guide and Bath Bombs

As we approach the holiday season, it’s time to be thinking about giving gifts to friends and family. Don’t forget to take a look at our Holiday Gift Guide for some great ideas!

These ideas aren’t the only reason you’ll want your own copy of this gift guide—it unfolds into an 11″ × 17″ (28 × 43 cm) world map that shows where many popular essential oil plants are grown! This map can be a great tool to use in your essential oil classes to help you educate your attendees or other interested parties. It’s the perfect size to frame and display or to pass around for your attendees to unfold and view.

Order your free Holiday Gift Guide today (and make sure to get a few extra to pass out to others) at AbundantHealth4u.com.

As a little sneak peek into the gift guide, we’ve included this fun bath bomb recipe. It features frankincense and myrrh essential oils (perfect for the holiday season), but feel free to substitute your own essential oil combination if desired. You can get several ideas for oils to use in the Reference Guide for Essential Oils by Alan and Connie Higley. Try looking up oils for relaxation, increased energy, romance, stress relief, muscle pains, or whatever ailment you need help with. These bath bombs make great gifts for neighbors or for anyone who likes taking baths.

Frankincense & Myrrh Bath Bombs

  • Servings: Yield=4–6 bath bombs
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

  • 1 cup (192 g) baking soda
  • 1/2 cup (64 g) cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup (120 g) Epsom Salt
  • 1/2 cup (100 g) Citric Acid
  • 2 Tbsp. (28 g) White Shea Butter
  • 5–10 drops myrrh essential oil
  • 10–15 drops frankincense essential oil
  • 2 tsp. (10 ml) witch hazel (or water)
  • Spray bottle with water
  • Nontoxic or food-grade gold glitter (optional)
  • Bath Bomb Molds

Instructions:

  1. Add all dry ingredients (baking soda, cornstarch, epsom salt, and citric acid) to a large bowl, and combine well.
  2. Melt the shea butter, and mix in essential oils.
  3. Carefully mix the melted shea butter and oils with your dry ingredients, adding just a little bit at a time.
  4. Little by little, spray the witch hazel (or water) on the mixture until it begins to clump together, being careful to avoid adding too much moisture.
  5. When the mixture is at the right consistency, press it into the bath bomb molds.
  6. Let the mixture sit in the molds for several hours or until they will hold their shape.
  7. Carefully remove the bath bombs from the molds, and let them set for a minimum of 24 hours.

Extra Idea:

For extra-festive bath bombs, add nontoxic gold glitter to the molds before pressing the mixture into them.

November 29, 2017
by Abundant Health™
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Essential Oil Spotlight: Nutmeg

Nutmeg essential oil (Myristica fragrans) is steam-distilled from fruits and seeds of the plant. It has a strong, sweet, musky, and spicy odor.

This oil possesses anti-inflammatory, antiparasitic, antiseptic, stimulant (cerebral, circulatory), laxative, and tonic properties.

Nutmeg has been used for centuries for digestive and kidney problems. The French have used it for loss of appetite, chronic diarrhea, debility, digestion (especially in helping the body digest starchy foods and fats), gallstones, halitosis (bad breath), and rheumatism.

It is commonly used for Addison’s disease, halitosis, and cooking.

This oil has adrenal cortex–like activity that helps support the adrenal glands for increased energy. Nutmeg may also help arthritis, bacterial infection, circulation, fainting, flatulence (gas), frigidity, gout, impotence, immune function, joints, menstruation (regulates scanty periods and soothes pain), muscles (muscle aches and pains), nausea, nervous fatigue, neuralgia (severe pain along nerve), nervous system support, and vomiting.

The main body systems supported by nutmeg essential oil include the hormonal, immune, and nervous systems.

Since the constituents and properties are pretty similar to cinnamon essential oil, nutmeg can be used in place of cinnamon every once in a while. However, it should be used with care and not too frequently.

Safety Data: Nutmeg essential oil is not for use by people with epilepsy. Use caution during pregnancy. If over-used (several undiluted drops at once), it may cause mental discomfort or delirium and convulsions and could overstimulate the heart. Dilute well or use a single undiluted drop; then wait for a period of time before using more.

Ways to Use Nutmeg Essential Oil:

  1. Nutmeg essential oil can be used in cooking, but it can be strong; start with a toothpick of oil stirred into the food. Taste, and then add more if needed.
  2. Make a cream using 5 drops nutmeg, 5 drops clove, 10 drops frankincense, and 8 drops rosemary essential oils for relieving arthritis, rheumatic pain, or other joint pain. Use only as needed, and be sure to give yourself a break of a few days between uses.
  3. Add a drop to an epsom salt bath blend along with orange, frankincense, lemon, cypress, patchouli, or rosemary. This is a great oil to add to your bath during the winter months. Try this mixture in your bath: 1/4 cup (55 g) baking soda, 1/2 cup (120 g) epsom salt, and 1 drop each of clove, orange, frankincense, and nutmeg essential oils. Add the mixture to an extremely warm or hot bath under running water.
  4. Diffuse during the autumn/winter months along with orange, clove, and/or cinnamon essential oils. Try one of these blends in your diffuser:
    Orange Spice:
    5 drops orange
    1 drop nutmeg
    1 drop clove
    Ginger Snap:
    3 drops cinnamon
    2 drops clove
    1 drop orange
    1 drop nutmeg
    Festive Fall:
    3 drops orange
    1 drop nutmeg
    1 drop clove
    1 drop cinnamon
    Pumpkin Spice:
    3 drops cinnamon
    2 drops ginger
    2 drops nutmeg
    2 drops clove
    1 drop cardamom

Click here for more ideas for using nutmeg essential oil.

To learn more about nutmeg essential oil and many other pure essential oils, see the Reference Guide for Essential Oils by Connie and Alan Higley.

Source: Reference Guide for Essential Oils, 2017 Edition, pp. 116–17.

November 22, 2017
by Abundant Health™
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Spiced Cider Diffuser Blend

Make your home smell like you’ve been brewing some delicious hot apple cider with this diffuser blend! All you need is a diffuser from Abundant Health and orange, cinnamon, and ginger essential oils.


Either of these wood-look diffusers will go fantastic with any of your autumn or winter decor. They are both humidifying diffusers—which means they use cold water and an ultrasonic disc, so the water evaporates along with the added essential oil and disperses into the air to provide therapeutic benefits along with a wonderful smell.
Click the following links to see more of their features:
Phoenix Ultrasonic Diffuser
Wood Look Ultrasonic Diffuser

You can also learn more about the different types of diffusers and how they compare in this article: Choose a Diffuser That’s Right for You! — Diffusion Methods and Comparisons

November 16, 2017
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EO Tips for Life: Stay Alert While Driving

If you are planning a road trip, try using essential oils to keep you going. Of course, if you feel drowsy, pull over to take a nap. However, if you just feel yourself going on auto pilot, try diffusing or rolling on peppermint, sage lavender, basil, lemon, or rosemary to help you stay alert.

To Diffuse: Just add 1–3 drops total of any of the above oils to a car diffuser or a jewelry diffuser, and let the AC circulate the aroma.

To Roll On: Dilute 1 drop of essential oil with 4–10 drops of carrier oil in a roll-on bottle. For a 5 ml roll-on, add 10–20 drops of oil, and then fill the rest with a carrier oil. For a 10 ml roll-on, add 20–40 drops essential oil, and fill the rest with a carrier oil. You can even use a tiny roll-on bottle that fits neatly in a key chain case. Some common carrier oils include fractionated coconut oil, sweet almond oil, and jojoba oil. To use your roll-on: Simply roll the oil onto the wrists and neck.

Source: Reference Guide for Essential Oils by Connie and Alan Higley, 2017 Edition.

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