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EO-Flavored Water: Apple Cinnamon

Try this new flavored water combination with your cinnamon essential oil! To make it, just add a few apple slices and a toothpick of cinnamon essential oil to an essential oil–safe water bottle.



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Cinnamon Orange Water Bead Diffuser

Water beads absorb water and scent really well, so they are great for making a fun DIY diffuser. We tried it out with an autumn scent, but you can really use any essential oil or blend you desire!


Cinnamon Orange Water Bead Diffuser

  • Time: 10 minutes active; 6+ hours inactive
  • Difficulty: Easy
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  • 1/2 Tbsp. dry water beads
  • 2 1/2–3 cups (600–720 ml) hot water
  • 10–20 drops essential oil (We used 8 drops each of orange and cinnamon.)
  • Mason Jar Mug with Straw Lid (Another glass vase or container will work, but you may need to make adjustments to the recipe in order to fill your container.)


  1. Place desired water beads in a large glass dish. We used about a 1/2 Tbsp. to fill our mason jar.
  2. Add hot water, and allow to sit for at least 6 hours until the beads are large.
  3. Strain out any excess water. Stir in essential oils.
  4. Pour water beads into the mason jar, and set your new diffuser anywhere you would like a refreshing scent!
  5. If you notice the beads drying out a little, just add a little bit of water to refresh them. You can also recharge the scent as needed by adding a few more drops of essential oil.

Note: If you have young children or pets who may try to eat the water beads, you can screw the lid on the mason jar. Make sure your lid has a hole or something to allow the scent to escape. If you get your mason jar from Abundant Health, it will come with a straw lid that already has a hole in it to allow the scent to be released.


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Hot Cocoa with Cinnamon Whipped Cream

This is the perfect time of year to curl up with a delicious mug of homemade hot cocoa. Top it with delicious cinnamon whipped cream for an added treat!


Hot Cocoa with Cinnamon Whipped Cream

  • Servings: 4
  • Time: 10 minutes active; 10 minutes inactive
  • Difficulty: Easy
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  • 3/4 cup (180 ml) sugar or agave nectar
  • 1/3 cup (39 g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 1/2 cups (840 ml) milk
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) half-and-half
  • 3/4 tsp. (3.8 ml)  homemade vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/3 cup (80 ml) boiling water
  • 1 cup (240 ml) heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) agave nectar
  • 1/2 tsp. (2.5 ml) homemade vanilla extract
  • 1 drop cinnamon essential oil


  1. Combine the cocoa, sugar, and pinch of salt in a saucepan, and add the boiling water.
  2. Stir, and slowly bring to an easy boil. Be careful not to let it scorch.
  3. Stir in milk and half-and-half. Heat until hot but not boiling.
  4. Remove from heat, and add 3/4 tsp. (3.8 ml) vanilla.
  5. In a mixer, whip the heavy whipping cream with the agave nectar, 1/2 tsp. (2.5 ml) vanilla, and cinnamon essential oil until fluffy.
  6. Divide hot cocoa between 4 mugs, and top with the whipped cream.


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Cinnamon Apple Chips

Here is a delicious, healthy snack you can make with all of those autumn apples you have.


Cinnamon Apple Chips

  • Servings: 8–10
  • Time: 10 minutes active; 1–3 hours inactive
  • Difficulty: Easy
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  • 2–3 apples
  • 1–2 tsp. (4–8 g) sugar
  • 2 drops cinnamon essential oil


  1. Slice apples in thin slices. Lay out on dehydrator sheets or a cookie sheet.
  2. Mix together sugar and cinnamon essential oil in a small glass bowl or shot glass.
  3. Rub cinnamon-sugar mixture over apple slices.
  4. Dehydrate at 110–145°F (45–65°C) for a few hours. Flip apple slices over when the top feels dry. Note: you can also bake in the oven at 225°F (105°C) for 1 hour, flipping after 30 minutes.



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Moisturizing Face Oil in a Roll-on Bottle

“This has really made my skin look so much smoother.” —Deborah


This night-time face oil recipe was submitted as part of our Facebook contest. The original recipe used 1/2 cup (120 ml) coconut oil and twice as many drops of essential oil as listed below. We adjusted the recipe to be suitable for all skin types and so it could fit in a roll-on bottle for easier application.

Roll-on Moisturizing Face Oil

  • Servings: Yield=2 Tbsp. (30 ml)
  • Time: 5 minutes active
  • Difficulty: Easy
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  1. Combine essential oils and carrier oil in the roll-on bottle. Place the roll-on top on the bottle, and screw the lid on. Shake to mix and, if possible, let the mixture sit overnight before using to allow oils to integrate.
  2. To use, roll onto face, neck, and chest as needed.

Special thanks to Deborah Holden-Grogan for submitting this recipe!

Root of ginger on wooden table

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Essential Oil Spotlight: Ginger

Ginger essential oil is steam-distilled from rhizomes of the Zingiber officinale plant.

Historically, ginger has been an esteemed spice known to help the digestive system. Up to 4,ooo years ago, the ancient Greeks used it in gingerbread, Romans put it in their wine, and Egyptians used it in their cooking to ward off epidemics. In India and China, ginger was used in teas and tonics to aid digestion and the heart. Hawaiians made broad use of ginger, scenting their clothes, flavoring their food, and adding it to their shampoos and massage oils.

In addition to aiding digestive issues, ginger can be used to relieve motion sickness, nausea, fever, teething pains, tonsillitis, and vomiting. Ginger may also be helpful in treating arthritis, colds, impotence, muscular aches, and sore throats.

The sweet, spicy-woody, and fresh aroma of ginger may help influence physical energy, sex, love, money, and courage.

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

Source: Reference Guide for Essential Oils, 2016 Edition, pp. 79–80.


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10 Ways to NOT Use Essential Oils

We often hear about the benefits of essential oils and how you can use them for practically anything, but it is also a good idea to learn about the ways you shouldn’t use essential oils. Here are 10 ways you should not use essential oils:

1. Do NOT put essential oils directly in the eye.

Essential oils may be beneficial for some eye problems such as conjunctivitis or cataracts, but the oils should not be applied directly in the eye. Instead, you can rub the oils around the bone that surrounds the eye. Make sure to dilute the essential oil and keep a carrier oil (such as olive oil, coconut oil, or fractionated coconut oil) on hand to further dilute the essential oil if you happen to get any in the eye. One of the best ways to dilute essential oil that has gotten into the eye is to pour a little carrier oil onto a tissue and use the tissue to dap at the eye. Remember to not use water to wash out the oils. Water and oil do not mix and using water will actually drive the oils in deeper. Be very careful when applying essential oil around the eye and never apply the oil directly in the eye!

2. Do NOT put essential oils directly in the ear.

Essential oils may help with ear infections and tinnitus, but as with essential oils in the eye, you should NOT put essential oils directly in the ear. You can instead rub essential oils around the ear or place a drop or two on a cotton ball, then place the cotton ball just inside the ear to help with ear problems.

3. Do NOT use a lot of essential oil.

Essential oil is very concentrated and should only be used in small doses. In fact, a drop or two is usually sufficient and may even need be diluted with carrier oil (especially for hot oils or for use on children, elderly, or those with sensitive skin). If, for any reason, you need a stronger dose, it is better to keep the dosage small, but apply more frequently instead of using more drops per application.

4. Do NOT use essential oils on young children without dilution.

As mentioned above, essential oils are very concentrated and should be diluted if using them on children, elderly, or those with sensitive skin. Click here for more information on diluting essential oils and the recommended dilution ratios.

5. Do NOT use essential oils internally for young children.

Caution must be used when using essential oils with young children. Children under the age of six do not need to take essential oils internally. The exception to this rule of thumb is when essential oils are used in cooking because oils used this way are often diluted enough for children. For therapeutic use, topical application (diluted, of course) is usually sufficient for the needs of young children.

6. Do NOT keep essential oils within reach of children.

Children are very curious and like to imitate the things they see. They watch you apply essential oils to yourself or to them and will attempt to do it themselves if they can get a hold of essential oils. I’m sure you can already imagine potential problems with this especially if you have been reading the above cautions with using essential oils on children.
Here are a few things you can do if you find the following situations:

  • Child has poured a bunch of oil on their skin: Rub as much off with a paper towel as possible, then rub on carrier oil to help dilute the essential oil.
  • Child got essential oils in their eyes: Saturate a tissue with a carrier oil and dab their eyes to help dilute the essential oil.
  • Child has taken the essential oil internally: Give the child milk, yogurt or, if older than 12 months, honey to help dilute the ingested oil. You also may want to call poison control to see if they have any further instructions.
  • Child got oil on clothes, fabric, wood, or furniture: Soak up as much as possible with a paper towel, then treat as you would a grease stain.

Essential oils are expensive, so aside from the concerns of children using the oils on themselves, you will also want to keep them out of reach of children so the oil isn’t wasted.

7. Do NOT use essential oils with plastic or styrofoam.

Some essential oils, especially citrus oils, when undiluted will eat away at plastic which can destroy the oil and create holes in the plastic, so it is best to avoid using plastic with essential oils. If the oils are heavily diluted, such as in creams or lotions, they can be stored in plastic containers that use stronger types of plastic like PET or HDPE. Click here to learn more about the different types of plastics we use in our containers.

8. Do NOT put oil directly on finished wood surfaces.

Just as with plastics, essential oils can eat away at the finishing on wood surfaces. Be careful when using essential oils around finished wood pieces and remember to clean up immediately after noticing any essential oil has spilled on your wood surface to avoid any disfiguring.

9. Do NOT apply citrus oil while sitting in the sunshine.

Some essential oils (typically citrus oils) are photosensitive and contain natural substances called furanocoumarins. Furanocoumarins can react with ultraviolet light to create substances that may cause hyper pigmentation or burning on the skin. While these essential oils have any beneficial properties, care should be taken after applying these oils on the skin to protect these areas from direct, prolonged ultraviolet light exposure for 1–3 days.

10. Do NOT leave your oils in the cabinet unused.

Even though we have talked about the various ways you should use caution when using essential oils, we hope we haven’t scared you into not using your oils at all. Essential oils, when used appropriately, can be very beneficial to the health and well-being of our bodies. If you have essential oils, don’t let them sit untouched in your cabinet—use them! A great resource to help you learn how to use essential oils is the Reference Guide for Essential Oils by Connie and Alan Higley.

Disclaimer: The essential oil bottles in these pictures were filled with water rather than essential oils. No children (or adults) were harmed while taking these pictures. We do not recommend trying any of the photographed situations at home.


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Chocolate Mint Lip Gloss

This smooth lip gloss will make your lips feel tingly fresh and soft!


Chocolate Mint Lip Gloss

  • Servings: Type Servings or Yield Here
  • Time: 5 minutes active; 1 hour inactive
  • Difficulty: Easy
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  1. Place ingredients in a small heat-safe bowl (glass or metal) and set aside.
  2. Heat a small saucepan with about 1 inch of water over medium-low heat until the water is steaming and simmering.
  3. Set the bowl of ingredients on top of the steaming pot of water. Don not let the bottom of the bowl touch the water.
  4. Stir as the ingredients slowly melt until thoroughly combined (about 5 minutes).
  5. When the mixture is smooth, pour the lip gloss into small plastic lip gloss container  and  cool to room temperature until solid(about 1 hour).
  6. Keep the lip gloss in your purse or in the fridge. It will melt under hot temperatures!

Apply with your finger or a small brush. The lip gloss should keep for up to two months.