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June 8, 2018
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Essential Oil Spotlight: Fennel

Fennel essential oil is steam-distilled from the crushed leaves of the Foeniculum vulgare plant in the parsley family. Some natural properties of fennel are antiparasitic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antitoxic, diuretic, and expectorant. Its scent is a sweet, spicy aroma similar to licorice.

Historically, the ancient Egyptians and Romans bestowed great warriors with fennel garlands to praise them for victory. Fennel was believed to enhance strength, courage, and longevity. For thousands of years it has been used to treat snakebites; stave hunger; help female reproduction, earaches, eye problems, kidney issues, and lung infection; and expel parasites.

Fennel essential oil affects the digestive and hormonal systems. Fennel is commonly used for alcoholism, blood clots, bruises, colic, gas, gout, obesity, parasites, PMS, vomiting, and wrinkles. The French also use it for lactation and menopause problems as well as urinary stones. Diffusing it may increase courage, encourage purification, and stimulate sympathetic nervous system activity.

Safety Data: Repeated use can possibly result in contact sensitization. Use with caution if susceptible to epilepsy. Use with caution during pregnancy.

Ways to Use Fennel Essential Oil:

  1. Fennel essential oil is perfect for adding that sweet, spicy flavor to your next meal. Here are a few we’ve come up with to get you started!
  2. Fennel essential oil can help with digestion and alleviate bloating. Combine 5 drops fennel with 1 tsp. (5 ml) fractionated coconut oil in a small roll-on bottle, and apply on stomach once or twice a day as needed.
  3. Diarrhea is never a good thing, but fennel essential oil can help get rid of it! Just blend 3 drops peppermint and 2 drops fennel with 1 tsp. (5 ml) fractionated coconut oil in a small roll-on bottle, and apply over your stomach as needed.
  4. Fennel helps to regulate hormones and balance the reproductive system and can be very valuable in a diffuser blend to help any hormonal problems you may have! Just add 3 drops fennel, 2 drops cypress, and 2 drops clary sage to your diffuser, and breathe in deep!

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

Sources:

Reference Guide for Essential Oils, 2018 Edition, p. 78.

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June 5, 2018
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Orange Basil Sorbet

Summer wouldn’t be summer without some tasty fruity sorbet. But we just can’t handle the amount of sugar found in most frozen treats! Well, good news for you—this sorbet contains agave as an alternative to refined sugar and incorporates essential oils to make it even better for you. And let’s just talk about how amazing it tastes! This sweet treat didn’t last very long for us; people of all ages ate it up. This is truly a treat you can feel good about eating without sacrificing flavor. Give it a go, and you’ll be coming back for more in no time!

Orange Basil Sorbet

  • Servings: 6–8
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 6 oranges
  • 1 cup (250 ml) agave nectar
  • 1 cup (250 ml) water
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) lemon juice
  • 1 drop lemon essential oil
  • 1 drop orange essential oil
  • 1 toothpick basil essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Cut the oranges in half, scoop all of the fruit into a bowl, and set aside. Try to keep the shells in tact so that you can use them as serving bowls later.
  2. In a medium saucepan, bring the agave nectar and water to a boil over low heat.
  3. While you are waiting for the mixture to boil, place the fruit into a blender, and puree completely.
  4. Once the agave and water are boiling, stir in the lemon juice and orange puree.
  5. Pour the mixture into a bowl, and freeze for 4 hours.
  6. Remove from the freezer, and scoop the mixture into the blender. Blend until the mixture is smooth.
  7. Add the essential oils, and blend once more.
  8. Place the mixture in a bowl again, and return it to the freezer for at least an hour or until you are ready to serve.
  9. Scoop the sorbet into the empty orange shells, and serve!

You can freeze the sorbet for longer than the initial 4 hours. We froze ours overnight, blended it in the morning, froze it again most of the day, then served it later that afternoon. The time listed in the instructions is the recommended time allotment, but it can be modified to fit your schedule.

You can leave this sorbet in the freezer for up to 1 week.

May 31, 2018
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“Citrus Sunshine” Diffuser Blend

We can all use an extra citrus boost in our lives! This diffuser blend will wake you up, energize your body, and invigorate your senses. There’s nothing so great as the sweet smell of citrus to help clear your mind and fill your soul with a little bit of sunshine! Try this diffuser blend out; you won’t regret it.

We carry a wide variety of diffusers, so you’re bound to find one that suits you perfectly. We’ve also written this great post about diffusion methods and how to choose the right diffuser. Let us know if you have any questions!

May 29, 2018
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Cinnamon Granola Breakfast Cups

These granola cups are so cute—and an absolutely delicious and healthy breakfast option! They can be filled with a variety of ingredients if you want to get creative. They make a tasty dessert if you fill them with pudding, whipped cream and fruit, or chocolate mousse. Or they make a simple, healthy breakfast when filled with yogurt and fruit. They can easily be frozen and thawed if you want to make them ahead of time. The options are endless with this creative and healthy recipe!

Cinnamon Granola Breakfast Cups

  • Servings: 12
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups (250 g) rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup (115 g) mashed banana
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) honey
  • 1 tsp. (5 ml) vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp. (3 g) salt
  • Cinnamon essential oil
  • Yogurt, fruit, or other desired fillings

Instructions:

  1. In a small bowl, combine banana, honey, vanilla, and salt.
  2. Dip a toothpick in your cinnamon essential oil, and run the toothpick through the liquid batter. Stir to combine. You may want to taste the mixture and add more cinnamon oil until it reaches the desired taste.
  3. Add rolled oats to the batter, and stir to combine thoroughly.
  4. Spoon the mixture into the muffin tins, and press firmly against the edges to form a cup shape.
  5. Refrigerate for an hour. Remove from the fridge, and press firmly into the muffin tin again.
  6. Bake the granola cups at 350°F (175°C) for 12 minutes.
  7. Allow the cups to cool for 20 minutes before removing from the tins.
  8. Carefully remove the cups, and allow them to cool before filling with yogurt, fruit, or other desired fillings.

Notes:

Both old-fashioned oats and quick oats work well for this recipe, but do not use instant oats.

You can substitute applesauce for the mashed banana and agave for the honey if desired.

Turn these into bite-sized snacks for a party by making them in a mini muffin tin!

May 24, 2018
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Foaming Face Wash

We all know the struggle of finding a good face wash that will clean our pores without infiltrating our body with harsh chemicals. This face wash is all natural as well as effective. Witch hazel serves as a natural astringent that tightens the skin and closes the pores, and the essential oils strengthen and cleanse the skin. You’ll love the smell and feel of your face after using this face wash!

Foaming Face Wash

  • Servings: Yield=2 oz. (50 ml)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Add the castile soap, witch hazel, and essential oils to the foamer bottle, secure the lid, and shake gently to combine.
  2. Remove the lid, and fill the remainder of the bottle with water. Secure the lid again, and shake gently to combine again.
  3. Dispense 1–2 pumps of foam into your hand or a washcloth, and wash your face as normal.

 

May 17, 2018
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Essential Oil Spotlight: Peppermint

Peppermint essential oil is steam-distilled from the leaves, stems, and flower buds of the Mentha piperita plant. Peppermint is distinctly known for its minty, sharp, and intense aroma.

For centuries, peppermint has been used for a variety of purposes. It is known to soothe digestion and freshen breath, as well as treat headaches and heartburn. The French have been known to use peppermint to alleviate asthma, diarrhea, indigestion, migraines, itchy skin, and throat infection. It may also be used to help anger, arthritis, colic, depression, morning sickness, and toothaches.

Today, common uses of peppermint essential oil include allergies, asthma, bad breath, brain injury, carpal tunnel syndrome, cold sores, diarrhea, fainting, gas/flatulence, headache, heatstroke, hives, indigestion, itching, memory, morning sickness, muscle fatigue, nausea, radiation, sciatica, shock, and vomiting.

The antibacterial, analgesic, and anti-inflammatory properties of peppermint make it a versatile in uses that aid the digestive and respiratory systems as well as muscles, bones, and skin.

The aroma is both purifying and stimulating to the mind. It can reduce fevers and increase mental acuity.

Ways to Use Peppermint Essential Oil:

  1. Peppermint essential oil is great for adding a nice mint flavor to anything you’re making in the kitchen. It’s a healthy, simple way to get that fresh, minty taste we all love. Here are a few recipes that we have loved with peppermint essential oil!
  2. Seasonal allergies affect the best of us. No worries, though—peppermint oil is great for providing relief. Just mix 2 drops of each lemon, lavender, and peppermint essential oils with 1 tsp. (5 ml) fractionated coconut oil. Apply the mixture to the temples, under the nose, and to the bottoms of your feet morning and evening.
  3. Peppermint oil is always a staple when it comes to diffuser blends. The minty fresh aroma is irresistible. Here are a few diffuser blends with peppermint that you can try out.
    Breathe Easy
    3 drops eucalyptus
    3 drops peppermint
    Summertime
    2 drops grapefruit
    2 drops lavender
    1 drop lemon
    1 drop peppermint
    Be Energized
    2 drops rosemary
    2 drops peppermint
    2 drops lemon
    Refreshing
    1 drop lavender
    1 drop rosemary
    1 drop tea tree
    1 drop peppermint
  4. Peppermint essential oil is great for heartburn and indigestion. Try combining 1 drop peppermint essential oil with 1 tsp. (5 ml) honey in 1 cup (250 ml) warm water. Allow the honey-oil mixture to dissolve completely, and then drink slowly.
  5. For sciatica, combine 5 drops peppermint oil with 1 tsp. (5 ml) fractionated coconut oil in a 5 ml roll-on bottle. Apply to your lower back every 3 hours as needed.

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

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

May 17, 2018
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Blueberry Muffin Energy Bites

With summer coming up quickly, we could all use an energy boost to keep us going through our activities. These blueberry energy bites are full of nutrients that will give your body the extra boost it needs. Plus they taste like cookie dough, so your kids will love them too! You can’t go wrong having this healthy snack on hand.

Blueberry Muffin Energy Bites

  • Servings: 12
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (100 g) rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup (75 g) dried blueberries
  • 1/4 cup (60 g) almond butter
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) honey
  • 1/2 tsp. (2.5 ml) vanilla
  • 1–2 drops lemon essential oil
  • 1 toothpick cinnamon essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Combine honey, vanilla, and almond butter in a small bowl.
  2. Add essential oils, and stir to combine.
  3. Add rolled oats and dried blueberries, and stir.
  4. Cover and refrigerate dough for 30 minutes.
  5. Using a tablespoon or cookie scoop, divide the mixture into 12 balls, rolling them in your hands to make them smooth.
  6. Enjoy immediately, or refrigerate if desired. These can be refrigerated for up to 1 week or frozen to last longer.

Note: You can also substitute the blueberries with any other dried fruit or nuts.

May 15, 2018
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“Deep Breaths” Diffuser Blend

Let’s be honest: life can be really stressful sometimes. At some point we all wish we could take a trip to the beach or up into the mountains to get some fresh air, but we don’t always have the time. Luckily, this great diffuser blend can help you clear your head and breathe deeper! This blend is calming to the mind and will help you better focus on your daily tasks. Try it out, and let us know what you think!

We carry a wide variety of diffusers for you to choose from. Click here to learn more about which diffuser is best for you!

May 10, 2018
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Himalayan Rose Salt Scrub

Salt scrubs are great for exfoliating rough skin. The coconut oil in this scrub softens while the salt exfoliates dry, dead skin. Himalayan salt detoxes the body, balances blood sugar, and helps decrease muscle cramping. This scrub is bound to leave you feeling refreshed, and your skin feeling much softer. With Mother’s Day approaching, this makes an excellent gift for the special women in your life—or just a nice pampering experience for yourself.

Himalayan Rose Salt Scrub

  • Servings: Yield=4 oz. (125 ml)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

Instructions:

  1. In a small bowl, whisk the salt and coconut oil together with a fork.
  2. Add the essential oil, and stir again to combine thoroughly.
  3. Apply the vinyl label to the jar. For instructions, click here.
  4. Transfer the salt scrub to the jar.
  5. To use, scoop a small amount out of the jar with your fingers, and apply to the desired area. Rinse well.

The life of this salt scrub depends on the shelf life of the individual ingredients. Storing the scrub in the fridge can increase the shelf life, but the coconut oil will solidify at cold temperatures. If you choose to refrigerate, you will need to soften the scrub by submerging the glass jar in warm water until softened for easier use.

You may also use sea salt instead of Himalayan salt if desired.

May 8, 2018
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Essential Oils for Kids

When it comes to taking care of our kids, we want nothing more than to keep them healthy and safe. Essential oils can have a great impact on people of all ages if we use them correctly. Our new Kids Mini Tear Pad is a wonderful tool for learning and teaching about how to use essential oils with kids. The tear pad includes some quick remedies for common conditions such as tummy aches and the sniffles. It also comes with a few kid-friendly simple diffuser blends. This tool is a great way to get started with essential oil safety! Host a class and share the tear pads with your attendees.

While essential oils an benefit people of all ages, it is important to be cautious when using them on children. Because essential oils are very concentrated and children have such small bodies, it is important to know how to use oils safely with kids. Special care should be taken with newborns and infants under the age of 2, as their skin is thinner and more delicate than adult skin, allowing for faster absorption of essential oils.

Click here to learn more about this awesome tear pad!

We also have several essential oil crafts that your kids will enjoy. Try some of these out to make essential oil use more fun for the little ones.

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