Looking for a low-carb alternative to pasta? Welcome to an easy recipe that is vegetarian, gluten-free, and absolutely delicious. Even kids will enjoy this healthy spaghetti substitute with Italian seasoning and essential oil.
Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens) essential oil is steam distilled from the leaves of the plant. This essential oil contains many health-promoting properties: analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antirheumatic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, disinfectant, diuretic, stimulant (bone), and warming. Wintergreen has a strong, penetrating aroma.
Historically, Native Americans and early European settlers in the New World enjoyed a tea flavored with birch bark, or wintergreen. The French also long used this oil to help with arthritis, cramps, hypertension, inflammation, muscular pain, rheumatism, and tendinitis.
Today, wintergreen essential oil is commonly used to help with dandruff, gout, and muscle aches. It may also be beneficial for these conditions: acne, bladder infection, bone pain, cystitis, dropsy, eczema, edema, fever, gallstones, gout, infection, joint discomfort, kidney stones, lymph congestion (drainage and cleansing), obesity, osteoporosis, skin diseases, ulcers, and urinary tract disorders.
This essential oil primarily affects the body’s muscles and bones. Aromatically, wintergreen influences, elevates, opens, and increases sensory awareness.
Safety Data: Avoid use during pregnancy. Not for use on people with epilepsy. Also, some people are highly allergic to methyl salicylate, a chemical constituent of wintergreen. Therefore, we highly recommend that you test for allergy to this oil on a small patch of skin before large-scale application. Wintergreen can be applied neat (without dilution), but only in small amounts. To apply across larger areas of the body, dilute the oil.
Ways to Use Wintergreen:
Diffuser blends are an easy way to experience the aromatic benefits of wintergreen essential oil. Here are a few of our favorites!
2 drops wintergreen
1 drop cedarwood
1 drop patchouli
4 drops eucalyptus
2 drops wintergreen
1 drop frankincense
1 drop rosemary
Fresh Mountain Air
2 drops bergamot
2 drops wintergreen
1 drop cedarwood
Wintergreen essential oil adds an intriguing twist to any perfume while providing many benefits to the body. For a balancing and energizing masculine scent, combine 6 drops sandalwood, 4 drops fennel, 4 drops cypress, 3 drops wintergreen, 3 drops orange, and 2 drops lime with 2 tsp. (10 ml) carrier oil in a 10 ml roll-on vial. Apply to pulse points on wrists and neck as needed.
Wintergreen is effective for soothing joint pain. As support for arthritis and inflammation, combine 10 drops wintergreen, 10 drops eucalyptus, 10 drops frankincense, 10 drops lemongrass, 8 drops lavender, and 4 drops orange with 2 tsp. (10 ml) fractionated coconut oil in a 10 ml roll-on vial. Apply on location. This blend is highly concentrated, so it should be used sparingly. For frequent application, cut the amounts of essential oils in half and add more fractionated coconut oil to fill the vial.
Dandruff can be pesky and persistent. Wintergreen essential oil is beneficial at fighting the flakes. Combine 3 drops wintergreen with 1 tsp. (5 ml) jojoba oil, and apply the mixture to the scalp (while in the shower) before washing your hair.
Wintergreen works well for back pain. Combine 3 drops peppermint and 1 drop wintergreen with 1 tsp. (5 ml) fractionated coconut oil. Gently massage onto the lower back to help soothe achy muscles and bones.
Hand sanitizer is a must-have among school supplies! Your child is sure to come in contact with germs, so we’ve come up with a safe and effective solution. All-natural hand sanitizer doesn’t dry out the skin as alcohol-based sanitizers do. Instead, aloe vera gel moisturizes the skin while essential oils work fast to kill germs. Fun fact: this hand sanitizer also doubles as acne ointment! Now, what’s not to love about that? Give it a try, and comment on your results!
To make using essential oils as easy as possible, we created the Reference Guide for Essential Oils Handbook. Its compact size and low price make it convenient to take anywhere—and economical to give as a gift. All this without sacrificing the most important information you need to reap the many benefits of aromatherapy. The handbook is designed for new and experienced oil users alike with visual appeal and accessible organization.
The handbook contains much of same information in the original and larger Reference Guide for Essential Oils. The presentation, however, is simplified and graphically illustrated. We’ve also added new sections on essential oil basics and on living an essential oil lifestyle. Let’s take a closer look at some of the unique features.
NEW Essential Oil Basics Section:
This section explains what essential oils are and how to use them in easy-to-understand language—ideal for the novice but also convenient for the expert! We’ve streamlined design and added many images and illustrations to facilitate learning and teaching. Also included from the larger Reference Guide are popular charts and application techniques: Raindrop, VitaFlex/reflexology, auricular points, and emotional release, to name a few.
Newly Designed Single Oils Section:
This section has been revised to show more information at-a-glance about how to use the oils. It differentiates between primary and possible uses, lists body systems affected, provides safety data, recommends application methods, identifies blending/aroma types, and more!
Blends, Personal Care, and Supplements Sections:
Here you’ll find interrelated information about all the blends, supplements, and personal care products in an easy-to-use format!
Personal Guide Section:
As the heart of the handbook, this usage guide contains complete information on recommended single oils and blends—along with application methods—for over 400 common health conditions and concerns. This includes entries on animals, emotions, and other trending topics.
NEW Everyday Essentials Section:
Moving beyond therapeutic recommendations, this lifestyle section features many do-it-yourself ways to enhance quality of life by incorporating essential oils into daily routines:
Essential Oil Cooking Tips
Personal Care Products for Men, Women, and Children
Abundant Health™, LLC, is a true third-party company that does not profit from the sales of essential oils and is not sponsored by, affiliated with, or endorsed by any essential oil company. We present this material as a third-party, unbiased presentation about oils and products sold by one of the leading essential oil suppliers and producers in the world. Product names in this post are trademarks or registered trademarks of Young Living® Essential Oils. Abundant Health™ is not sponsored by, affiliated with, or endorsed by Young Living®.
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.
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!
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.
In a double boiler, melt down the cocoa butter wafers.
Add the coconut oil to the cocoa butter, and stir until melted in.
Allow the mixture to cool for a few minutes, and then stir in your essential oils and colorant (if desired).
Pour the mixture into a mold, and place it in the fridge until it is completely solidified.
Once solidified, remove the lotion bars from the mold, and transfer to an airtight container.
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.
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:
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!
3 drops rose
1 drop jasmine
1 drop bergamot
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Add in the coconut oil, and allow it to melt in.
Stir in the mica colorant or food coloring until your desire color is reached.
Add in 20 drops total of your favorite essential oil(s), and stir quickly to combine.
Quickly stir in the sugar until combined.
Pour the mixture into the silicone mold, allow to cool for a moment, and then press the mixture firmly into the mold.
Allow the scrub bars to solidify for at least 2 hours before removing from the molds.
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.
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.