Abundant Health™ Blog

July 19, 2018
by Abundant Health™
0 comments

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™
0 comments

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
  • Print

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™
0 comments

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!

 

July 10, 2018
by Abundant Health™
0 comments

Lemon Brussels Sprouts

This recipe makes a really great side dish for your next meal! The lemon essential oil adds a nice tang to this simple healthy dish. Give this recipe a shot—you’re sure to love this crispy, flavorful twist on brussels sprouts!

Lemon Brussels Sprouts

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

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 lbs. (700 g) brussels sprouts
  • 3 Tbsp. (45 ml) olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. (30 ml) lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. (1 g) crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp. (1.5 g) salt
  • 2 drops lemon essential oil
  • 1 toothpick black pepper essential oil
  • 2 Tbsp. (35 ml) balsamic dressing
  • 1/2 cup (50 g) shredded parmesan cheese

Instructions:

  1. Wash the brussels sprouts, cut them in half, and place them in a bowl. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, red pepper flakes, and salt. Pour the mixture over the brussels sprouts, and toss to combine.
  3. Line a baking dish with wax paper or a baking mat, and spread the brussels sprouts out. Bake at 400°F (205°C) for 20 minutes, or until lightly browned and tender.
  4. Combine the balsamic vinegar with the essential oils, and sprinkle over the roasted brussels sprouts.
  5. Top with parmesan cheese, and serve!

July 5, 2018
by Abundant Health™
2 Comments

Epsom Salt Soap Bars

These soap bars are great to clean your body naturally, and the epsom salt helps to soothe sore muscles at the same time. They are super fun to make, and they look so cute! You’ll absolutely love how soft they make your skin feel after a nice scrub. And the best part is that you can customize these soaps with your favorite oils! Peppermint, wintergreen, Soothing Blend, and marjoram are especially great choices because of their muscle-soothing and restorative properties.

Epsom Salt Soap Bar

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Print

Ingredients:

  • Pure glycerin soap base
  • Epsom Salt
  • Mica colorant or food coloring
  • Essential oils
  • Silicone soap mold
  • Spray Bottle of rubbing alcohol

Instructions:

  1. Cut the soap base into cubes, and set half of them aside.
  2. Place half of the soap in a glass dish, and microwave it for 30 seconds. If there are still chunks remaining, return to the microwave in 10-second increments until melted entirely.
  3. Stir in the mica colorant or food coloring until the desired color is reached.
  4. Allow the soap to cool for a few seconds before adding the essential oil. Stir in your essential oils until the desired aroma is reached.
  5. Quickly stir in the epsom salt until the mixture reaches a slushy consistency, and scoop it into your soap molds until 3/4 full. As the mixture cools, press it down into the mold.
  6. While the mixture is hardening, melt down the remaining half of the soap in the microwave.
  7. Repeat steps 3 and 4 with the second batch of soap.
  8. Spray rubbing alcohol onto the first layer in the mold.
  9. Pour the remaining soap into the molds until they’re filled, and spray with rubbing alcohol again to help pop the air bubbles on top.
  10. Allow the soap bars to harden for 2–3 hours before removing from the molds.
  11. Scrub sore muscles with these soap bars to help relieve aches and pains!

If you are using hard plastic molds rather than silicone, you will want to spray the mold with cooking spray before pouring the soap into the molds.

Keep in mind that glycerin soap base doesn’t create as much of a lather as you may be used to with commercial soaps; however, it still does the job!

If you add the epsom salt in before the mixture has cooled enough, it may dissolve a bit and clump up. It will still work in the soap, but it may have a different look than expected.

July 3, 2018
by Abundant Health™
0 comments

“Healing Breeze” Diffuser Blend

Don’t you just love it when you open the window in the morning to feel a soft breeze flood in, carrying with it the fresh smell of trees, flowers, and other plants? Well, we do! Sometimes all you need is some fresh air to energize and heal your body. This diffuser blend can do just that for you, no matter where you are. Try this blend out and let us know what you think!

Click here to learn more about the unique properties of each diffuser and how to choose the right one for you. We carry a wide variety of diffusers to choose from if you need a new one! Click here to find the perfect diffuser for you today.

June 28, 2018
by Abundant Health™
0 comments

Chicken Avocado Ranch Burritos

Everyone loves a good chicken burrito, and that’s why you have to try these! These chicken burritos are so full of flavor, and the essential oils make them even more desirable. They are so easy to make, and super filling at the same time. We’ve also included a simple recipe for a healthy essential oil ranch dressing that you can include in your burritos or with any other recipe!

Chicken Avocado Ranch Burritos

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Print

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. (450 g) chicken breasts
  • 1 package (1.25 oz.) taco seasoning
  • 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) olive oil
  • 4 flour tortillas (10-inch)
  • 2 avocados
  • 1 cup (100 g) mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 cup (50 g) sour cream
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) ranch dressing (recipe below)
  • 2 drops cilantro essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Cut the chicken into small cubes, and season with the taco seasoning.
  2. Warm the oil in a frying pan, add the chicken, and sauté until cooked thoroughly.
  3. While the chicken is cooking, dice the avocados and set aside.
  4. In a small bowl, combine the sour cream and cilantro oil.
  5. Begin assembling the burritos by laying down a tortilla, adding some chicken, then avocados, sour cream, ranch dressing, and finally topping it off with shredded cheese. Fold everything up, closing off both ends tightly.
  6. Place each of the burritos in a frying pan over medium heat, and lightly brown each of the sides.

You can use your own seasoning for the chicken to provide a different flavor if desired.

Essential Oil Ranch Dressing

  • Servings: Yield=1 1/2 cups (375 ml)
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Print

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (285 g) plain greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) milk
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) honey
  • 1/2 Tbsp. (2 g) fresh chopped parsley
  • 1/2 tsp. (1.5 g) garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. (1 g) onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. (35 mg) dried chives
  • 1/4 tsp. (500 mg) black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. (1.5 g) salt
  • 2 drops lemon essential oil
  • 1 toothpick dill essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Place all ingredients in a BlenderBottle®, and shake to combine.
  2. Serve over your Avocado Chicken Burritos, on a salad, or as a dipping sauce.

Depending on your personal preference, you may want to add more salt, pepper, garlic powder, or onion powder.

June 26, 2018
by Abundant Health™
0 comments

Essential Oil Spotlight: Lavender

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) essential oil is steam-distilled from the flowering tops of the lavender plant. This highly versatile oil contains analgesic, anticoagulant, anticonvulsive, antidepressant, antifungal, antihistamine, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antimutagenic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antitoxic, antitumor, cardiotonic, regenerative, and sedative health properties. Lavender is well known for its floral, sweet, herbaceous, and balsamic aroma.

Lavender essential oil is commonly used to help with acne, alertness, allergies (airborne), allergies (skin), anxiety, blisters, burns, calming, chapped lips, chicken pox, concentration, cooling, dandruff, depression, dry skin, hair loss, heatstroke, high blood pressure, hives, indigestion, inflammation, insomnia, itching, measles, mosquito bites, nausea, pain, physical stress, postpartum depression, relaxing, scarring, sleep, stretch marks, sunburn, tension, wounds, and wrinkles. Aromatically, lavender essential oil promotes consciousness, health, love, peace, and a general sense of well-being.

This essential oil affects the following body systems: cardiovascular system, emotional balance, nervous system, and skin. Other possible uses may include arthritis, asthma, boils, bronchitis, cold sores, depression, fainting, hay fever, headaches, insect bites and bee stings, infection, mental clarity, respiratory function, sprains, and throat infections.

Safety Data:

Lavender essential oil is recognized by the FDA as safe for human consumption. Use with caution and in greater dilution when unsure. This oil can be used neat (with no dilution).

Ways to Use Lavender Essential Oil:

  1. Diffuser blends are a great way to reap the benefits of lavender essential oil. The sweet, floral aroma adds a nice touch to many diffuser blends. Below are a few diffuser blends that we have created that include lavender.
    It’s a Great Day
    2 drops lavender
    2 drops lemon
    2 drops rosemary
    Relieve Your Stress
    4 drops lavender
    4 drops neroli or orange
    Crisp & Clear
    3 drops lemon
    3 drops lime
    2 drops rosemary
    2 drops lavender
    Deep Breaths
    5 drops lavender
    4 drops lemon
    4 drops rosemary
    2 drops peppermint
  2. Although not considered as a common flavoring, lavender essential oil actually adds a wonderful flavor to drinks, chocolate, and other dishes. Try out this delicious lavender lemonade that we have created! This lemonade can serve as an anxiety and headache reliever, all while helping you feel calm and refreshed.
  3. Lavender is well known for its calming and relaxing properties, so why not use it to help calm your children when they get rambunctious? Just combine 6 drops lavender, 5 drops ylang ylang, and 2 drops Roman chamomile with 1/4 cup (50 ml) water in a small spray bottle. Shake, and mist into the air to help calm your children.
  4. Lavender essential oil contains powerful properties that are extremely beneficial to your skin and help to relax and rejuvenate your body. Here are some of the recipes we have come up with that utilize these properties in your everyday body care products. Give them a try and let us know what you think!
  5. Lavender’s relaxing and calming properties can also aid ADD/ADHD. Combine 3 drops lavender and 3 drops basil on an essential oil pendant, and simply wear throughout the day to breathe in the oils.

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

Source:
Reference Guide for Essential Oils, 2018 Edition, pp. 113–14.

June 19, 2018
by Abundant Health™
0 comments

“Moonlight Walk” Diffuser Blend

There’s nothing like a good diffuser blend on a warm summer night to send you to your favorite place. This blend is a fantastic combination of floral, fruity, and woody aromas, and you’ll love it! Just add the blend to your favorite diffuser, and take a deep breath of relief.

We’ve just released a bunch of new diffusers for the new season! Check out our new AmberMist™ diffuser. The fun, new style is perfect for any essential oil lover. We love the oil bottle design, and it even comes with removable decal labels to showcase the essential oil you choose to diffuse!

If this diffuser isn’t the one for you, don’t worry—we carry a wide variety of diffusers for you to choose from! You can learn more about the features of our individual diffusers and how they compare in our Diffusion Methods and Comparisons post.

June 14, 2018
by Abundant Health™
0 comments

Rainbow Bath Bombs for Kids

Sometimes it can be hard to introduce our kids to essential oils. This simple bath bomb recipe fizzes and pops, exposing a toy inside. Your kids are sure to love this fun new twist on bathtime, and they’ll get to reap the benefits of essential oils at the same time. Give them a nighttime bath with a lavender-scented bath bomb to help them relax and sleep tight, or try a morning bath with lemon and orange to give them energy and lift their spirits.

Rainbow Bath Bombs for Kids

  • Servings: Yield=2–5 bath bombs
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Print

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. In a medium bowl, combine all the dry ingredients.
  2. Combine all the wet ingredients (except food coloring) in a separate bowl.
  3. Whisk the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients very slowly. The mixture will bubble and fizz and begin to clump together. Set the whisk aside, and begin to work the mixture with your hands. Mix until it has the consistency of slightly wet sand. It should clump together when you squeeze it in your hands. If it’s too dry, use a spray bottle of water to spritz it until it reaches the right consistency.
  4. Divide the mixture into separate bowls, and dye them different colors with the food coloring.
  5. Pack the mixture tightly into the bath bomb molds, alternating colors to give each a unique design.
  6. Squish a small toy into one side of the mold, and firmly press the mold together.
  7. Allow the bath bombs to dry for a couple hours before removing them from the molds. Place the bombs on a towel to finish drying overnight before using them.
  8. Drop one in the bath with your kids, and let it fizz until they find the toy inside!

Make sure to use kid-friendly essential oils, such as lavender, orange, and lemon.

You can easily skip using multiple colors and use a single color for each bath bomb.

%d bloggers like this: