Abundant Health™ Blog

April 20, 2017
by Abundant Health™

Helping Hay Fever with Essential Oils

Springtime is beautiful. Nature is waking up from winter, blossoms are bursting open, and all things are growing. Unfortunately, seasonal allergies are flaring up too. Allergies are a damaging immune system response that can cause itching, swelling, runny nose, sneezing, and watery eyes.

Hay fever, caused by airborne allergens such as pollen, can make this time of year miserable. Rather than enjoying the great outdoors, someone who suffers with hay fever is forced to avoid outdoor activities and often take medication.

Several essential oils can help combat the effects of allergies:

  • tea tree
  • lavender
  • peppermint
  • patchouli
  • eucalyptus
  • melissa
  • Roman chamomile
  • spikenard

All of these oils can be applied topically or diffused.

Tea tree, lavender, and Roman chamomile are natural histamine blockers. Rub a few drops onto the sternum, and breathe deeply.

For some people, peppermint has eliminated the need for allergy shots. Apply it to the base of the neck twice daily. If you suffer with hay fever, we recommend keeping a roll-on bottle of peppermint with you on outdoor excursions.

Don’t let your allergies keep you from enjoying the glories of the season.

See the Reference Guide for Essential Oils to learn more about how essential oils can help allergies .

Source: Reference Guide for Essential Oils, 2017 Edition, pp. 372-373.



April 18, 2017
by Abundant Health™

Essential Oil Spotlight: Goldenrod

Goldenrod essential oil is steam distilled from the stems, leaves, and flowers of the Solidago canadensis plant.

It has relaxing and calming properties. Traditionally, goldenrod has been used to treat ailments such as diphtheria, dyspepsia, hypertension, influenza, nervousness, respiratory mucous, tonsillitis, and pharyngitis.

According to studies, goldenrod supports the circulatory system, the urinary tract, and liver function. It also seems to help with impotence and is both antibacterial and antioxidant.

It can be applied directly to areas of concern, diffused, or taken orally—1 drop mixed with 4 oz. of liquid. The FDA has not yet approved goldenrod as a food additive.

April 13, 2017
by Abundant Health™

Lemon Poppyseed Muffins

This is a delicious breakfast option for springtime. By replacing cooking oil with Greek yogurt, you get a lower fat, higher protein muffin that is moist and yummy. Lemon essential oil adds tang and health benefits!

Lemon Poppyseed Muffins

  • Servings: 12
  • Time: 10 minutes; 15-20 minutes inactive
  • Difficulty: Easy
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  • 1⅓ cups flour
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ cup butter (4 Tbsp.)
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla 
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 8 drops lemon essential oil
  • ¾ cup fat-free, plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp. poppy seeds


  1. Preheat oven to 450° F. (230° C) and grease a muffin pan.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In a large bowl, cream together butter, sugar, eggs,  yogurt, vanilla, lemon juice, and lemon essential oil.
  4. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until combined. Stir in poppy seeds.
  5. Fill muffin tins about ⅔ full with batter. Bake for 12-16 minutes (until an inserted toothpick comes out clean).
  6. Cool on a wire rack.

These muffins are also delightful drizzled with a sweet lemon glaze (recipe below).

Sweet Lemon Glaze


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. milk
  • 2 drops lemon essential oil


  1. While muffins are cooling, whisk together sugar, milk, and lemon essential oil in a small bowl.
  2. Drizzle glaze over muffins and allow to cool completely on a wire rack.

April 11, 2017
by Abundant Health™

Easter Egg Bath Bomb

Spring is a time of renewal! Few things can make you feel as fresh and renewed as a relaxing and luxurious bath. These colorful bath bombs are full of therapeutic ingredients that will make you feel like new! Their fun Easter egg shape will get your kids excited about taking a bath too!

Easter Egg Bath Bomb

  • Time: 15 minutes active; 3 hours inactive
  • Difficulty: Moderate
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  • 8 oz. baking soda
  • 4 oz. epsom salt
  • 4 oz. cornstarch
  • 4 oz. citric acid
  • 3 tsp. water
  • 1/2 tsp. of your favorite essential oil (we used lavender!)
  • 2-5 drops food coloring of your choice
  • plastic Easter eggs or silicone/plastic mold
  • confetti sprinkles


  1.  In a large bowl, combine the Epsom salt, cornstarch, baking soda and citric acid.
  2. Whisk dry ingredients together.
  3. In a small bowl, mix the wet ingredients: water, essential oil and food coloring.
  4. Combine wet and dry ingredients and whisk together.
  5.  The mixture will begin to clump. Ball it up in your hand to get it to stick. Only add a tiny bit of water if you have to! (Too much will make the mixture start to foam and it will not stay in the molds.)
  6. Take a plastic egg and coat the inside with coconut oil. Add confetti sprinkles in one side.
  7. Pack the mixture tightly into both sides of the egg. Make sure there are not air pockets or the egg shape will crumble upon removal.
  8. Close the egg and let it sit covered by a towel for 15 minutes.
  9. Carefully pry open the egg to check if it is shaping to the mold. Let them dry completely before use.

These look lovely packaged up as an Easter gift!

April 6, 2017
by Abundant Health™

Essential Oil Diffuser Cleaner

Time for spring cleaning! Nothing feels quite as uplifting as a clean house with an essential oil diffuser filling the air with refreshing aromas. But when was the last time you cleaned your diffuser? To extend the life of your diffuser and keep it looking nice, we recommend cleaning it after every cycle. Use this simple cleaner to keep your diffuser clean and fresh.

Essential Oil Diffuser Cleaner

  • Time: 2 minutes active
  • Difficulty: Easy
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  1. Fill the 2 oz. bottle with vinegar and add essential oil. Screw the spray top on the bottle and shake to combine.
  2. To use, spray your diffuser inside and out, and wipe with a cloth or paper towel.
  3. Spray and wipe down your diffuser every cycle or two.

Note: If you have really stubborn hard-water deposits on the inside of the diffuser, you may want to soak some paper towels in vinegar and lay them down inside the diffuser; leave alone for 20–30 minutes. If your diffuser has an ultrasonic disc, use alcohol and a cotton swab to clean the disc after cleaning with the vinegar.


April 4, 2017
by Abundant Health™

Aromatic Play Dough

This homemade dough is a great way to encourage your children’s creativity while also exposing them to the aromatic benefits of essential oils. Some great options are: lime for uplifting, lemon for clarity, lavender for calming, orange for energizing, grapefruit for relieving tension, and peppermint for invigoration. We made three separate batches and chose lime for green, lavender for blue, and peppermint for pink.


Aromatic Play Dough

  • Time: 15 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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  • 1 cup white flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • Food coloring
  • 6–8 drops of your choice of essential oils


  1. Blend the flour, salt, and cream of tartar together.
  2. Add to a saucepan and stir in the water, cooking oil, and food coloring. Mix until smooth.
  3.  Heat on medium-low, and stir until the mixture forms a ball.
  4.  Once the play dough is the right consistency, remove it from the heat and let it cool for 3–4 minutes.
  5.  Knead in the essential oils.
  6.  Store in an air-tight container in the fridge to keep it fresh longer.

March 30, 2017
by Abundant Health™

Fresh Fruit Pizza

This tangy and sweet dessert is a perfect springtime treat! Cover it with all of your favorite fresh fruits and berries.

Fresh Fruit Pizza

  • Servings: 12
  • Time: 35 minutes active; 1 hour inactive
  • Difficulty: Moderate
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  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick), softened
  • 3/4 cup white sugar (or 1/2 cup agave)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 (8 ounce) containers of whipped cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup agave
  • 1/2 cup berry jam (A natural jam or jelly with no added sugar works great.)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 6 drops lime essential oil


  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. (180° C).
  2. Cream together butter and sugar (or 1/2 cup agave) until smooth. Mix in egg.
  3. Combine dry ingredients; stir into the butter mixture until blended.
  4. Press dough into an ungreased pizza pan and bake 8–10 minutes (until lightly browned). Let cool.
  5. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese with 1/4 cup agave, jam, lime essential oil, and vanilla. Spread on cooled crust.
  6. Top your pizza with any fresh fruit and let chill for an hour. Enjoy!

March 28, 2017
by Abundant Health™

How to Balance Your Chakras Using Essential Oils

We are energetic and electric beings that send signals and frequencies out on a second-to-second basis. One of our most basic and subtle systems involves the chakras, which are points of energy concentration in the body. There are seven of them, starting at the base of the spine and progressing to the top of the head.


All of the seven chakras are important and interconnected. Usually, balancing one chakra will create change in another chakra. It is important that we balance the root chakra first—before proceeding to others—or we will lack the stability and rootedness necessary for true transformation and personal growth. We cannot grow and change unless we feel safe and secure.

Chakras can be imbalanced by becoming blocked (underactive) or extremely tense (overactive).  When this happens, our whole being is compromised, often leading to illness and/or emotional blocks. This creates an unhealthy personal environment.

Here’s how to balance chakras using aromatherapy and crystals in tandem:

Root Chakra

Crystal: Red jasper

Essential Oil: Patchouli

The root chakra is the first chakra, located at the base of the spine. It is literally “the root” of being, and it establishes the deepest connections with among the physical body, the immediate environment, and the earth. The fight-or-flight response initiates from this chakra, which is primal and animal in nature. The energy of the root chakra allows us to harness courage and resourcefulness.

To ground yourself, rub the earthy scent of patchouli on your feet. Put a small piece of red jasper in the edge of your shoe to give you the stability and rootedness necessary for personal growth.

Sacral Chakra

Crystal: Carnelian

Essential Oil: Orange

The sacral chakra is the second chakra. It is associated with emotions, sensuality, and creativity. Its element is water, and it is characterized by flow and flexibility. The function of the sacral chakra is directed to the principle of pleasure. It is located about three inches below the navel at the center of the lower belly.

Reignite your passions and create an aphrodisiac blend with 3 drops each of orange blossom, ylang-ylang, rose, and sandalwood essential oils in one cup of grape seed oil. Leave your piece of carnelian (a crystal for life force and vitality) in the oil overnight to supercharge its properties.

Solar Plexus Chakra

Crystal: Citrine

Essential Oil: Lemon

The solar plexus chakra is located directly above the navel and below the rib cage. It radiates vital life energy throughout the entire body. It generates our willpower, ability to achieve, self-esteem, raw emotions, and self-discipline. The solar plexus chakra gives us mental understanding of our emotional self.

Use a citrine stone and lemon essential oil to accept your place in the universe and create appreciation for all of the people in your life. Inhaling lemon promotes healing and combats insecurity.

Heart Chakra

Crystal: Rose quartz

Essential Oil: Rose

The heart chakra is located in the heart region. When it is balanced, we have healthy self-esteem, spontaneity, a sense of humor, and the ability to make decisions and meet challenges. Imagine feeling as if nothing can hurt you—you are on top of the situations in your life. That sense is the province of the heart chakra.

Wear a malachite bracelet while you diffuse rose essential oil to promote compassion, love, and self-acceptance.

Throat Chakra

Crystal: Blue lace agate

Essential Oil: Eucalyptus

The throat chakra is the voice of the body. It is a pressure valve that allows energy from the other chakras to be expressed. If the throat chakra is out of balance or blocked, it can affect the health of the other chakras. When it is balanced, we can express what we think and feel.

Ritual bathing is cleansing and rejuvenating. Place a blue lace agate crystal on the side of the tub. Then add 10 drops of eucalyptus oil to your bath. This combination will help you speak your truth and activate your ability to understand the unsaid.

Third Eye Chakra

Crystal: Lapis lazuli

Essential Oil: Rosemary

The third eye chakra, or brow chakra, is located just above the eyebrows in the center of the forehead. It pertains to the concept of “seeing,” especially in a spiritual and psychic sense. This is where “visionary abilities” emerge.

Having a strong sixth chakra allows you to access your inner guidance and intuition easily. Meditate on a lapis lazuli stone while burning a rosemary candle to awaken your intuitive abilities.

Crown Chakra

Crystal: Amethyst

Essential Oil: Lavender

The crown chakra is the seventh chakra at the top of the “chakra ladder.” This progression starts at the root chakra (grounding us on the earth) and progresses upward to the crown. The energy of the crown chakra allows us to experience oneness with everyone and everything in nature.

Both an amethyst crystal and lavender essential oil will help you connect to your inner consciousness. By putting a small piece of amethyst under your pillow each night, and then spraying a lavender mist on your sheets, you will simultaneously balance your crown chakra and get an amazing night’s sleep!




Root chakra draws energy from the earth’s magnetic core. It anchors our spirit in our worldly existence.

Sacral chakra promotes our ability to enjoy life in physical ways.  It governs our well-being, our sense of deserving a good life, and our capacity to develop a feeling of abundance.

Solar plexus chakra relates to self-value, confidence, self-esteem, and freedom of choice.  It reflects how we see ourselves and exercise our innate power.

Heart chakra keeps the life force invigorated.  It moves love through our lives and shields our hearts from emotional pain.

Throat chakra directs the life force toward creativity, self-expression, truth, and integrity.  It controls our ability to communicate clearly.

Third eye chakra is the center of our innate intelligence.  It drives on the distilled wisdom of our losses and pain.  It sees meaning, truth, and freedom.

Crown chakra is the center of bliss, beauty, and spirituality.  It allows us to deepen our connection with the source of our being.

About the Author

Shaline Miller is an integrative nutrition health coach, holistic nutrition consultant, essential oils educator, healthy cooking instructor, and author.  Her goal is to help mothers create a healthy, safe, environmentally-friendly home for their families. Shaline teaches essential oils classes, wellness seminars, and cooking classes in the San Diego and Orange County areas.

March 23, 2017
by Abundant Health™

Essential Oil Spotlight: Coriander

Coriander essential oil is extracted by steam distillation from the seeds of the Umbelliferae (parsley) plant.

Historically, the Chinese have used coriander to treat dysentery, painful hernias, measles, nausea, piles (inflamed hemorrhoids), and toothaches.

Because of its estrogen content, coriander may help regulate and control the pain of menstruation. It has analgesic, antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties. Coriander may aid arthritis, colds, colic, digestive issues, flu, infections, muscular pain, nausea, skin blemishes, and stiffness. Current research suggests that it can help normalize insulin levels and support pancreatic function.

Coriander’s woody, sweet, and spicy scent is a low stimulant. This oil can also ease stress and encourage calm when diffused.

Coriander can be taken orally, added to recipes, applied topically, or diffused.

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

Source:  Reference Guide for Essential Oils, 2017 Edition, p. 68.

March 21, 2017
by Abundant Health™

Addressing Acne with Essential Oils

Acne is a pesky skin problem that usually begins in late adolescence. It occurs when there are deep blockages in skin pores, usually in the oil-producing areas of the body, such as the face, chest, and back. The resulting red blemishes can range from annoying to embarrassing. Unfortunately, teenagers are not the only ones afflicted with acne, since it can also result from hormone imbalance or stress.

Essential oils that balance the hormones and reduce stress can help. Eating a healthy diet that includes plenty of water and lots of vegetables will also benefit your skin. Increasing lymphatic and circulatory flow will escort toxic wastes from the body and bring oxygen and nutrients to the skin. These cleansing processes are enabled through regular exercise. Sweating is also great way to release toxins from the skin.

Essential oils that can help clear up acne:

  • tea tree
  • chamomile
  • lavender
  • rosewood
  • clary sage
  • clove
  • eucalyptus
  • frankincense
  • geranium
  • lemon
  • marjoram
  • patchouli
  • rosemary
  • sage
  • sandalwood
  • spearmint
  • thyme
  • vetiver
  • yarrow

Wash your skin gently and regularly to keep pores clean. Apply essential oils of your choice by diluting with water and misting them onto problem areas.

For further information on which essential oils to use and how they can help reduce acne, see Reference Guide for Essential Oils.

Source: Reference Guide for Essential Oils, 2017 Edition, p. 365-366.