December 15, 2015
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All-Purpose Cleaning Spray with Essential Oils

Not only does this cleaning spray work well, but it also smells fantastic and leaves your house with a fresh scent! Clean your house with all-natural ingredients this holiday season!
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All-Purpose Cleaning Spray

  • Servings: Yield=8 oz.
  • Time: 2 minutes active
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Mix Castile soap, essential oils, and water together in the spray bottle.
  2. To use, spray desired area, and wipe with a damp cloth.

January 14, 2017
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Updated Reference Guide for Essential Oils: 2017 Edition

Since first being published in 1996, the Reference Guide for Essential Oils has been updated many times to stay the most up-to-date reference guide in the essential oil industry. This latest edition includes many improvements, not only to the design, but also to include new products, essential oils, and information.

Now 688 pages, this definitive guide is a great resource for essential oil beginners and experts alike. If you use essential oils, you’ll want to have this book in your personal library!

Here are some of the features you’ll find in this edition:


ah_rg2017_cover_tocNew design and images throughout the book. The Reference Guide for Essential Oils just got even more beautiful with full-sized images for section headers and additional images for essential oils, oil blends, personal care products, and supplements! You will love how colorful this book is now!


Easy-to-understand information about the science behind the essential oils and how to use them. In Science & Application section, you can learn about the basics of essential oils and more advanced scientific information such as the chemical constituents that make up essential oils and why the constituents make essential oils beneficial for our health. Among other topics addressed in this section, you can also learn about the 3 different application methods—aromatic, topical, and internal—and various practical ways to apply the oils to yourself or others.


ah_rg2017_singleoilsDetailed information for over 100 single essential oils. Each essential oil in the Single Oils section outlines information about the oil including botanical family, extraction method/origin, chemical constituents, properties, common primary uses, folklore, historical uses, other possible uses, body systems affected, aromatic influence, application, oral use as a dietary supplement, safety data, blend classification, and other oils it blends well with. The newest addition to this section is Juniperus oxycedrus.


ah_rg2017_oilblendsDetailed information for commercially available essential oil blends. In the Oil Blends section, you’ll learn about what single oils make up each blend and their purpose in the blend, the body systems each blend affects, its aromatic influence, application, safety data, companion oils, frequency, and other pertinent information. A new blend was just added to this edition.


ah_rg2017_personalcareDetailed information for commercially available essential oil personal care products. Under each product, the Personal Care Products section lists the ingredients, essential oils and their purpose in the product, suggested use, and body systems affected. Various new personal care products have just been added to this section.


ah_rg2017_supplementsDetailed information for commercially available essential oil–inspired supplements. In the Supplements section, you will find information about each supplement such as ingredients, essential oils and their purpose in the supplement, suggested use, safety data, body systems affected, companion products, companion oils, frequency, and additional comments. Various new supplements have been added to this edition.


ah_rg2017_notesA place to keep personal notes. As you use essential oils, you will inevitably have information you want to write down such as personal experiences of oils that have worked for you, diffuser blends, new products, ideas, protocols, suggestions from others, etc. The Notes & New Products section gives you a place to keep all these thoughts together.


ah_rg2017_personalguideOver 600 conditions/ailments with suggested essential oils, oil blends, personal care products, and supplements to try. The Personal Guide is the most-used section of the book because it is the easiest way to find what essential oils you may need to help your health condition. This section outlines the primary essential oil recommendations in purple and the secondary essential oil recommendations in green. You will also find recommended application methods (A=Aromatic, T=Topical, I=Internal). If there are personal care products or supplements that may help, they will be listed under the condition as well. You may also find essential oil recipes, protocols, and others’ personal recommendations.


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Easy-to-reference charts and graphs. This book includes additional information, charts, and graphs in the appendix of the book for easy reference.


References to scientific research studies. Hundreds of footnotes throughout this book lead to summaries and references for more than 300 published research studies on essential oils and essential oil constituents.


This book’s unique color-coded system makes it simple for anyone to quickly find—and confidently use—recommended essential oils, oil blends, and essential oil–inspired supplements for hundreds of different health and wellness conditions.

Join the millions of individuals who are rediscovering the natural healing powers of essential oils with the Reference Guide for Essential Oils!

January 12, 2017
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Essential Oil Spotlight: Melissa

Melissa essential oil, also known as lemon balm, is steam-distilled from the leaves of the Melissa officinalis plant in the mint family.

Melissa is one of the earliest known medicinal herbs. Historically, it was used for nervous disorders and many problems having to do with the heart and emotions. It was also used to aid fertility.

It has antibacterial, antidepressant, sedative, and other qualities that make it useful in a wide variety of applications. It is helpful in relieving anxiety, asthma, colic, depression, indigestion, insomnia, nausea, fevers, throat infections, and vertigo.

Aromatically, melissa is delicate and lemony. It is calming and uplifting and may help balance the emotions.

Melissa blends well with geranium, lavender, and other floral and citrus oils. It is a good oil to diffuse or to use externally on the area of concern.

See the Reference Guide for Essential Oils to learn more about melissa essential oil and many other pure essential oils.

Source: Reference Guide for Essential Oils, 2016 Edition, pp. 98–99.

 

 

January 10, 2017
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Make & Take Classes

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Hosting make-and-take classes is a great way to teach about essential oils and how they can be used. It is also a great way to get the guests involved while creating something to take home with them that will serve as a reminder of what they learned. Make-and-take classes may seem like an ordeal, but they can be fun! This post offers tips on how you can have a successful make-and-take class.

When planning for a class, you will need to do the following:

  • Plan a convenient date, place, and time for those you want to attend.
  • Invite people, and send them a reminder a few days before the class.
  • Order your materials. Abundant Health has a lot of ingredients and containers that are great for essential oil DIY projects.
  • Gather your materials. Print any instructions, handouts, and labels as needed for your make-and-take project.

After you’ve gathered your supplies for the make-and-take portion of the class, prepare a short lesson. Keep your lesson to less than 30 minutes; you should leave enough time for questions and your make-and-take project. Here are a few ideas for lesson topics:

  • the basics of essential oils
  • how essential oils support a specific body system
  • the most common essential oils and how to use them
  • essential oils for specific purposes

Use the Reference Guide for Essential Oils for ideas and information to share with your class.

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These are a few other things you will need to consider when preparing for your class:

  • Decide if you want to keep the lesson education-based or open up the discussion for business opportunities. If you want to market a specific essential oil company, be careful not to make any health claims about the essential oils, but speak in general about possible health benefits.
  • Decide if and how you want to charge for the make-and-take project. Some charge a flat fee for their classes; others give their attendees 1 free item and charge for extras; and some provide (or charge for) materials but not the essential oils.
  • You may want to prepare a sample ahead of time so you can show the finished product.
  • Figure out how to set up your make-and-take stations. Make sure to have at least 1 station and arrange it so the attendees can either all make the project at the same time or walk down a line to put together their item depending on the kind of project you have chosen.
  • Other optional suggestions include holding a drawing to get contact information, offering refreshments, and providing additional handouts or prizes.

Check out some of these Abundant Health Essential Ideas for topics and class ideas.

January 7, 2017
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Would You Like to Be a Guest Blogger?

Are you a great writer with a love of essential oils and the accessories Abundant Health provides? Would you like to share with the world an experience of how an essential oil has changed your life or how an Abundant Health product has helped you build your business? Would you like to see your work published to a wider audience? Now is your chance to reach the next level and be a guest blogger on the Abundant Health blog!

When you write for us, your work can be seen by thousands (maybe even millions!) of people around the world. This is a great way to build your reputation and to share your love and passion of essential oils with many others!

Here are a few ideas for subjects you could write about:

  • Essential oils for specific conditions such as emotions or mood, depression, sleep, addiction, aging, anxiety, arthritis, sports injuries, allergies, etc.
  • Essential oils for pregnant women, babies and children, animals, etc.
  • Cooking with essential oils
  • Essential oil craft ideas
  • Essential oil–related gift ideas
  • Essential oil spotlights
  • Diffuser blends
  • Abundant Health product spotlights
  • How to use the Reference Guide for Essential Oils to promote health or build your business
  • Essential oil business building
  • Essential oil class ideas
  • How to share essential oils with others
  • How to keep your team excited about the business
  • Why you use essential oils
  • Any other brilliant essential oil–related idea you have!

Here are a few rules that you will need to abide by should you choose to be an Abundant Health guest blogger:

  • All posts need to be relevant to our audience. (What would other essential oil users and business builders want to read about?)
  • Blog posts can cite research that you’ve done on essential oils, quote from published books (like the Reference Guide for Essential Oils!) and other literature, and share experiences that you have had using essential oils; but the post should not contain health claims about what specific products will do.
  • You are welcome to give some personal background, but we ask that you not endorse yourself or your website in the post.
  • Your work needs to be original. You cannot copy anything from another blog, website, book, etc. without giving proper credit.

And here are a few things that you can expect from us:

  • At Abundant Health, we always strive to be the best of the best! Only the best thought out, most original, and most relevant guest posts will be published on our blog. We reserve the right to quote pieces of your post submission on other relevant posts with credit to you.
  • In order to comply with our rules and regulations, we reserve the right to remove or change any trademarked product names or health claims.
  • Because we place a high value on producing professional content, we reserve the right to review and edit all posts for grammar, clarity, and accuracy.
  • Great information is worth sharing! Once we have published your post, we reserve the right to link to it and share it on our social media sites, website, and other venues as we see fit. We also encourage you to spread the word about the post you have written for our blog through any of your social media accounts!

If you feel like you have a good, original idea for a blog post and would like to be an Abundant Health guest blogger, please share it below! We are excited to see what you come up with, and we know that our readers will love to learn from your experiences using and sharing essential oils.

January 5, 2017
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Rich Chocolate Avocado Pudding

If you have a resolution this new year to eat a little healthier, give this pudding a try next time you are ready to indulge. Though not completely sugar-free, this pudding is a great way to get some healthy fats into your diet while you satisfy your cravings!

Rich Chocolate Avocado Pudding

  • Servings: 3–5
  • Time: 5–10 minutes active; 30 minutes inactive
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 2 large avocados, peeled and pitted
  • 1/2 cup (43 g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup (105 g) brown sugar or 2/3 cup (160 ml) agave syrup
  • 1/3 cup (80 ml) coconut milk
  • 2 tsp. (10 ml) vanilla extract
  • 1 drop cinnamon, peppermint, or orange essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Blend all ingredients together in a blender until smooth.
  2. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to chill and thicken.
  3. Serve alone, or top with sliced berries or whipped cream.

January 3, 2017
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New Start Cleanse

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It’s the beginning of a new year. Chances are, after holiday eating and a long, stressful year, your body could use a good cleanse. Toxins build up from the chemicals and pollution around us, which can really overwork your liver. You may need a cleanse if you have the following symptoms: skin breakouts, bloating/stomach pain, food cravings, trouble sleeping, constipation, headaches, fatigue/sluggishness, irritability, or congestion. There are several essential oils that help to clean and detoxify the liver and lymphatic system and give digestive support:

  • Fennel
  • Geranium
  • Rosemary
  • Roman chamomile
  • Blue tansy
  • Helichrysum
  • Tea tree
  • Melrose
  • Hyssop
  • Juniper

These can be diffused in the air or diluted and applied to the liver area or pulse points to aid your body’s cleansing process.

Another aspect of cleansing includes getting plenty of sleep so your body can rest and repair. Moving your body is also important. Sweating releases toxins, and exercise can inspire a sluggish lymph system to get going. It is very important to drink plenty of water while cleansing. If you are in need of a thorough cleanse, you can try fasting from food and drinking a lemonade concoction in place of food. This cleanse can be done for 3–10 days, but be sure to adjust for your body’s needs and consult an expert if you have concerns.

  1. Add 2 Tbsp. (25 ml) of freshly squeezed lemon juice to 10 oz. (300 ml) distilled water.
  2. Mix in 2 Tbsp. (25 ml) pure maple syrup.
  3. Stir in a dash of cayenne pepper.
  4. Drink 6–12 glasses per day in place of food.

Lemon converts to an alkali in the body and eliminates toxins from the bowels and bladder, and cayenne pepper is a thermal warmer that dilates the blood vessels. An herbal laxative tea may also help with elimination during your cleanse. When you’re done with your cleanse, phase back into food with freshly juiced produce and then thoroughly chewed vegetables and fruit.

It is a good time to press the reset button and take out the trash in your body. If you make the effort to cleanse, you’ll find renewed energy and health moving into the new year.

See the Reference Guide for Essential Oils to learn more about how to cleanse your body for optimum health and disease prevention.

Source: Reference Guide for Essential Oils, 2016 Edition, pp. 196–97, 396–97.

December 31, 2016
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EO-Flavored Water: Citrus Twist

Add a little citrus twist to your water, and enjoy the uplifting flavor! Simply add a drop of lemon and/or orange essential oil to 8–20 oz. of water. You can even add a couple slices of fresh citrus fruit if desired. Need an essential oil–safe water bottle? Get one at Abundant Health™!

December 27, 2016
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Essential Oil Spotlight: Grapefruit

Grapefruit essential oil is cold-pressed from the rind of the fruit of a Rutaceae tree. It has a clean, fresh, bitter, citrusy aroma that may aid emotional balance and have an uplifting effect.

The antidepressant, antiseptic, and diuretic properties of grapefruit make it useful in treating a variety of issues. It is primarily used to treat eating disorders, indigestion, and postpartum depression and to aid in weight loss. It may also help with depression, withdrawal, eating disorders, fatigue, stress, and gallstones.

The French have used it to treat cellulite, digestion, and water retention.

Grapefruit essential oil can be used in food, diffused, or applied directly to the area of concern. Grapefruit does not have the photosensitivity that other citrus oils have, so it makes a good substitute for any other citrus if exposure to the sun after application is likely.

See the Reference Guide for Essential Oils to learn more about grapefruit essential oil and many other pure essential oils.

Source: Reference Guide for Essential Oils, 2016 Edition, p. 81.

December 24, 2016
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EO-Flavored Water: Cinnamon Orange

Boost your immune system a little with this flavored water combination! You can try this 2 different ways:

  1. Add a cinnamon stick to your water with a drop of orange essential oil.
  2. Add a few orange slices to your water along with a toothpick of cinnamon essential oil.

Do you need an essential oil–safe water bottle? Get one at Abundant Health™!
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December 22, 2016
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From the Reference Guide: Energy

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It’s the time of year to bundle up. During the winter months it’s easy to feel sluggish and fall into a health slump. With more sickness going around, colder temperatures, and the loss of sunlight come feelings of exhaustion. Getting more sleep and ample hydration during the winter months is vital to keeping your energy levels high. There are also some great ways to energize your mind and body with essential oils.

The following essential oils can give you that much-needed pick-me-up:

  • Peppermint
  • Basil
  • Black Pepper
  • Cypress
  • Eucalyptus
  • Grapefruit
  • Juniper
  • Lemon
  • Lemongrass
  • Myrtle
  • Nutmeg
  • Orange
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme

These oils may help stimulate the endocrine system, increase energy, improve circulation, and combat fatigue.

Essential oils can be inhaled directly or applied to a cotton ball or handkerchief. You can also diffuse essential oils in your home and in your work space. Diffusing oils produces positive ions that help increase your energy. A nasal inhaler recipe is great to take on the go to use whenever you experience a dip in energy or brain fogginess.

Adding these essential oils to your bathtime or personal care routine can give you a surge of energy to start your day. Try adding a few drops of essential oils to your lotion, or apply directly to your wrists and behind your ears. Mix a blend of oils with a base oil, and massage into the feet, the base of the neck, and on the temples help to gain the energizing benefits.

See the Reference Guide for Essential Oils to learn more about how essential oils can be used to increase your energy levels.

Source: Reference Guide for Essential Oils, 2016 Edition, pp. 176, 426–27.