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February 8, 2018
by Abundant Health™

Enhance the Romance Diffuser Blend

Many essential oils are known to help enhance a romantic mood. With Valentine’s Day approaching, we could all use a little more romance in our lives. This diffuser blend can act as an aphrodisiac and will undoubtedly help to relax and energize your body, not to mention enhance your romantic feelings and desires.

In need of a new diffuser? Click here to learn about some of the incredible diffusers we offer!

February 6, 2018
by Abundant Health™

EO Tips for Life: Make Fake Flowers Real

Do you have fake flowers that you wish smelled real? Well, they can—just add essential oils!

You’ll want to use floral-scented essential oils such as rose, geranium, lavender, ylang yang, or neroli. Add your chosen scent (or mix a few of the oils) to a small spray bottle. Add a little water (the more you add, the lighter the scent), shake, and then spray on your fake flowers. Feel free to recharge by spraying it some more whenever you want to breathe in a real floral scent!

To learn more about the aromatic influence of these floral essential oils, see the Reference Guide for Essential Oils by Connie and Alan Higley.

February 2, 2018
by Abundant Health™

Whipped Body Butter

This whipped body butter is incredibly easy to make, and it feels great on your body! You can easily customize the aroma to fit your personality or suit your needs. This silky-smooth butter is guaranteed to soften your skin and leave you feeling refreshed.

Whipped Body Butter

  • Servings: Yield=12 oz. (375 ml)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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  1. Place shea butter, coconut oil, and jojoba oil in a glass measuring cup or dish, and place in a pot of water. Over medium heat, melt the oils together, stirring with a whisk to combine.
  2. Once the mixture is completely melted, place in the refrigerator for a couple hours until completely cooled and solid. It should have gone from clear to white when cooled.
  3. Using a hand mixer, whip the butter until it is light and fluffy (like whipped cream).
  4. Add in your favorite essential oil(s) until you reach your desired aroma.
  5. Fill a 12 oz. PET jar with the body butter, and refrigerate for another hour before using.


  • You can add lavender oil for a relaxing sensation, or peppermint oil for an invigorating skin treatment.
  • If the butter begins to melt, you can whip it again and store it in the fridge.
  • You may also add a natural food coloring if desired.

January 31, 2018
by Abundant Health™

Essential Oil Spotlight: Sandalwood

Sandalwood essential oil (Santalum album) is steam-distilled from the bark of sandalwood trees. This oil is known for it soft, woody, sweet, earthy, balsamic, and tenacious odor. The aroma of sandalwood can calm, harmonize, and balance your emotions. It helps one accept others by opening the heart while diminishing one’s own egocentricity. Sandalwood is stimulating to the mind, as well as grounding, and helps to enhance meditation.

Sandalwood has antidepressant, antiseptic, antitumor, aphrodisiac, astringent, calming, sedative, and tonic health properties. This oil primarily affects emotional balance, muscles, nervous and skeletal systems, and skin.

Historically, sandalwood was used as incense during rituals to enhance meditation. It is also still considered sacred in many cultures and has been used to free souls of the deceased at funerals. The Egyptians also used sandalwood for embalming. The French have used sandalwood for many years to help with bronchitis (chronic), diarrhea (obstinate), hemorrhoids, and impotence.

Today, sandalwood is commonly used to help with Alzheimer’s disease, back pain, coma, confusion, hemorrhoids, hiccups, laryngitis, Lou Gehrig’s disease, multiple sclerosis, radiation (UV), and wrinkles. Other possible uses of sandalwood include acne, catarrh, circulation, coughs, cystitis, depression, menstrual problems, nerves, skin infection, and tuberculosis.

Safety Data: Sandalwood is recognized as safe for internal use by the FDA and can also be used as a food flavoring agent. This oil can be applied directly without dilution. Sandalwood oil is not for children under 6 years of age and should be used with caution and in greater dilution for children 6 years and older.

Tips for Using Sandalwood Essential Oil:

  1. You can make a soothing roll-on for dry skin by adding 4 drops geranium and 1 drop sandalwood to a 5 ml roll-on bottle and filling the remainder of the bottle with jojoba oil. Apply to areas of your body with dry skin as needed.
  2. Sandalwood is great for laryngitis! Apply 1 drop sandalwood to your throat. Add 1 drop lemon essential oil to 1 tsp. (5 ml) honey, dissolve in a small cup of warm water, and sip.
  3. Sometimes kids can get a little crazy, and we just need them to calm down. You can make a kids’ calming essential oil room spray to help them relax a bit by combining 4 drops sandalwood, 14 drops orange, 7 drops spearmint, and 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) rubbing alcohol, vodka, or witch hazel in a 2 oz. spray bottle. Fill the remainder of the bottle with distilled water, and shake to combine. Spray around the room to help the kids calm down.
  4. Anytime you get those nasty hiccups, just rub a drop of sandalwood over your diaphragm (the bottom edge of the rib cage).
  5. The aroma of sandalwood is uplifting and helps to balance emotions. Try this energizing and uplifting diffuser blend to give you the illusion of sunshine in the winter.

Source: Reference Guide for Essential Oils, 2017 Edition, pp. 135–36.

January 25, 2018
by Abundant Health™

Beeswax Ice Candles

Looking for a fun new craft to help enhance your essential oil use? Try out these unique ice candles! Each candle comes out looking different, and you can easily customize the smell to your favorite essential oil aroma. These candles are super easy to make and fun to look at.

Beeswax Ice Candles

  • Servings: Yield=1 Candle
  • Difficulty: Easy
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  • 8–16 oz. (225–450 g) Beeswax Pellets
  • Essential oil(s) of choice
  • 1 taper candle
  • Ice cubes
  • Empty milk carton


  1. Place beeswax pellets in a glass dish, and place over a pot of water on medium heat to melt down the wax.
  2. Once the wax is entirely melted, add essential oils until the desired aroma is reached. The amount of oil differs depending on the size of candle.
  3. Cut the taper candle to the height of the milk carton, placing the top down into the carton. Fill the carton around the taper candle with ice cubes.
  4. Slowly pour the melted wax evenly over the ice, constantly moving around to coat all the ice.
  5. Allow the wax to cool at room temperature for several hours, allowing the ice to melt entirely and the wax to solidify.
  6. Once the wax has cooled, peel away the carton, pour out the water, and shave the taper candle down until flush with the bottom of the candle.
  7. Allow the candle to sit for 24 hours before lighting.


  • Adding dye to the wax can add to the fun of the unique candles, but remember that the taper candle does not entirely melt, so you might have a different colored center.
  • Don’t be alarmed if pieces fall off the candle when you first unwrap it; this in completely normal.
  • The candle size depends on the amount of wax and size of milk carton you use. For the candles pictured, we used approximately 8 oz. (225 g) of wax and a pint-sized carton. For a full quart-sized carton, you will need 16 oz. (450 g) of beeswax, and 32 oz. (900 g) for a half-gallon carton.
  • Do not place the candles in the fridge to help solidify the candles faster. The warm wax slowly melts the ice away, and cooling them faster can slow the ice melting and may ruin the shape.

January 23, 2018
by Abundant Health™

Pressure Cooker Orange Cream Cheese Pound Cake

This delicious cake is amazingly simple and beautiful. With the use of your electric pressure cooker, this cake is incredibly easy to make but will awe your family and guests. The sweet orange-cheesy flavor makes a great dessert—or even a yummy snack to feed your sweet tooth.

Orange Cream Cheese Pound Cake

  • Servings: 4–8
  • Difficulty: Easy
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  • 4 oz. (113 g) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup (100 g) sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup (90 g) pancake mix
  • 10–15 drops orange essential oil
  • 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) melted butter
  • 1 orange, thinly sliced
  • Sugar and melted butter for preparing pan


  1. Cream together cream cheese, sugar, and eggs. Stir in pancake mix, then add orange oil, lemon juice, and melted butter. Combine thoroughly, and set aside.
  2. Using a separate baking dish that will fit in your pressure cooker, grease dish thoroughly with melted butter, and sprinkle sugar over the butter to coat it.
  3. Line the baking dish with orange slices.
  4. Pour prepared cake batter over the orange slices.
  5. With 1 cup (250 ml) of water in the pressure cooker, place the baking dish on top of the trivet, and seal the pot.
  6. Turn the pot on manual setting for 50 minutes.
  7. Release pressure at the end of the timer. Once the pot has depressurized, remove the baking dish, and turn cake out onto a plate.
  8. Serve with whipped cream or milk.


  • This recipe can also be made in a rice cooker by baking the cake directly in the rice cooker pot for 40 minutes.
  • You may also add orange zest for added orange flavor and a beautiful color boost throughout the cake.
  • Orange juice can be substituted for the lemon juice.


January 18, 2018
by Abundant Health™

“It’s a Great Day!” Diffuser Blend

It’s easy to let the winter weather get you down. That’s why we created this special diffuser blend to pick you up and remind you that every day is a great day! The properties of lavender, lemon, and rosemary are known to help calm the nerves while keeping the body energized and focused all day long.

Need a new diffuser? Try the Serenity™ diffuser with this amazing blend for an added pick-me-up!

The Serenity™ diffuser is easy to use and has a beautiful design that is sure to amaze your guests and complement your decor. This diffuser can diffuse continuously for up to 5 hours, and it covers approximately 300 square feet. This ultrasonic humidifying diffuser also has several light color options to fit your mood and decor. This beautiful blown glass diffuser comes in white and brown. Click here to learn more!

January 16, 2018
by Abundant Health™

Essential Oil Spotlight: Grapefruit

Grapefruit essential oil (Citrus x paradisi) is cold-pressed from the fruit rinds. This oil is known for its clean, fresh, bitter, citrusy odor.

Grapefruit essential oil has antidepressant, antiseptic, disinfectant, diuretic, stimulant, and tonic properties. This oil mainly affects the cardiovascular system.

Grapefruit has been used for many years by the French for cellulite, digestion, dyspepsia, lymphatic decongestion, and water retention. Today, grapefruit is commonly used to help with anorexia, appetite suppression, bulimia, cellulite, hangover, indigestion, obesity, overeating, postpartum depression, and weight loss.

Grapefruit oil can also be used to help with depression, drug withdrawal, fatigue, gallstones, jet lag, liver disorders, and stress. It is also known to have a cleansing effect on the kidneys, lymphatic system, and vascular system.

The aroma of this essential oil may help prevent one from drowning in negativity, as it is balancing and uplifting to the mind and helps to relieve anxiety.

Since the properties of grapefruit oil are very similar to other citrus oils, they can be substituted in many cases.

Safety Data: Unlike other citrus oils, grapefruit does not cause photosensitivity, so it can be used as a substitute for other citrus oils when immediate exposure to the sun is unavoidable. This oil is generally regarded as safe for human consumption by the FDA and can be used as a flavoring agent in food. Not for children under 6 years old; use with caution and in greater dilution for children 6 years old and over.

Ways to Use Grapefruit Essential Oil:

  1. Diffuse grapefruit oil to help calm and soothe withdrawal symptoms and food cravings.
  2. This oil works well in treating cellulite. Try combining 5 drops grapefruit oil with 1 tsp. (5 ml) jojoba oil in a 5 ml roll-on bottle, and apply on location.
  3. Grapefruit is known to help stabilize emotions and relieve tension and anxiety. Combine 4 drops grapefruit, 2 drops sandalwood, and 1 drop lavender for an uplifting and balancing diffuser blend.
  4. Combine 2 drops grapefruit, 2 drops lavender, 1 drop lemon, and 1 drop peppermint with 2 Tbsp. (30 ml) of your favorite massage butter for a relaxing massage cream. Lightly massage onto the desired location.
  5. Grapefruit essential oil is great for baths because of its many health properties and uplifting aroma. Try some of these blends by adding the oils to 1 cup (240 g) epsom salt. Add 1/2 of the mixture to a running bath, and enjoy!
    Hangover Salts
    5 drops grapefruit
    2 drops rosemary
    1 drop juniper berry
    Detox Salts
    3 drops grapefruit
    3 drops lemon
    2 drops basil
    1 drop juniper berry
    1 drop oregano
    Relax & Energize Salts
    2 drops lime
    2 drops grapefruit
    2 drops tangerine
    2 drops spearmint

To learn more about grapefruit 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.

January 11, 2018
by Abundant Health™

Understand Chakras with the New Mini Tear Pad!

Have you ever wanted a fun and simple way to teach a class, your friends, or even your family about chakras? These mini tear pads will make great handouts and teaching materials for your next class! Take charge of your energy with this fun new tear pad.

The Chakra Tear Pad teaches you all the basics to understanding your 7 chakras and the specific essential oils that affect them. This new tear pad is convenient because of its small (5″ × 7″) size and comes with 50 sheets for you to pass out to your class attendees! With this handy tool, you can learn and teach about the different application methods to help cleanse and balance your energy centers. On the back of this tear pad, you will find a map of the location of each chakra, what each one represents, and the oils that specifically affect it.

Essential Oil Class Ideas:

  • Teach the yoga poses that help to balance energies.
  • Teach topical application locations that will open up the individual chakras.
  • Diffuse oils or blends in the room while meditating; focus on a specific chakra.

There are many essential oils that will aid you in balancing your chakras. Here is a meditation blend to promote feelings of safety, stability, and belonging as you stimulate and balance your root chakra:

These tear pads make a great tool that will only aid you in all your teaching and learning endeavors. Click here for more products to help you learn more about your chakras and how you can better control your energy.

January 9, 2018
by Abundant Health™

Calming Lavender Salt Scrub

This salt scrub is great for exfoliating your skin! It also makes a great gift for any woman, young or old. Just grab a little bit of the scrub and rub it all over your hands, legs, or wherever needs some good exfoliation; then rinse it off with water. The epsom salt will do the exfoliation, the carrier oils will help soften and moisturize your skin, and the essential oils will have a calming effect on your mood. This is a perfect and easy way to pamper yourself or someone else!

Salt Scrub

  • Servings: Yield=1/2 cup (120 ml)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:


  1. Apply the label to the side of the 4 oz. salve jar. For instructions on how to apply vinyl labels, click here.
  2. Once your vinyl label is secure, place the salt scrub ingredients in order into the 4 oz. salve jar, screw the lid on, and shake to combine.

Note: Salt can irritate open wounds, so you should avoid using this salt scrub near open cuts or wounds.

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