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February 20, 2019
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Irish Beef Stew with Garlic Mashed Potatoes

This classic Irish recipe is sure to fill you up and keep you warm this winter! Thyme essential oil adds a subtle, savory flavor to the hearty stew. We’ve also included an easy recipe for a bed of garlic mashed potatoes since they complement the beef dish so well.

Irish Beef Stew

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 lb. beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (2–3 tsp.)
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 leek, thinly sliced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 c. frozen peas
  • 2 c. beef broth or beef bone broth
  • 1 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. butter, melted
  • 2 Tbsp. flour
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Thyme essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Season the beef with salt and pepper. Add the meat to the oil, and brown for 2–3 minutes. Remove, and set aside.
  2. In the same pot, add garlic, onions, leek, and carrots. Saute until tender.
  3. Whisk the tomato paste and beef broth into the vegetables.
  4. Add the parsley, bay leaf, and beef. Season again with salt and pepper, to taste. Bring to a low simmer. Cover, and cook for 90 minutes.
  5. When the soup is nearly done, combine the melted butter and flour in a small bowl. Dip a toothpick in the thyme essential oil bottle, and stir the toothpick through the flour mixture.
  6. Slowly whisk the flour mixture into the soup, and simmer until the soup thickens.
  7. Add the frozen peas, and cook until heated through.
  8. Serve over mashed potatoes (recipe below).

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs. potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced (1 1/2–2 Tbsp.)
  • 1/2 c. half-and-half
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions:

  1. Place the potatoes in a large pot with the garlic cloves, and fill with cold water. Salt the water, as desired.
  2. Bring the pot to a boil, and then reduce heat to medium, cooking potatoes until tender, about 15–20 minutes.
  3. Drain the potatoes, and return them to the pot.
  4. Stir in the butter and half-and-half, and beat the potatoes until smooth with a hand mixer.
  5. Top the potatoes with Irish Beef Stew, and serve it all up nice and warm.

February 6, 2019
by Abundant Health™
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Essential Oil Spotlight: Lemon

Lemon (Citrus limonessential oil is cold-pressed from the rind of the fruit. This essential oil contains the following health properties: anticancer, antidepressant, antiseptic, antifungal, antioxidant, antiviral, astringent, invigorating, refreshing and tonic.

Historically, lemon oil was used to fight food poisoning, malaria, typhoid epidemics, and scurvy. It has also been used to lower blood pressure and to help with liver issues, arthritis, and muscular aches and pains. The French have used lemon medicinally to help with anemia, disinfecting the air, asthma, gout, intestinal parasites, rheumatism, throat infection, varicose veins, and more.

Today, lemon essential oil is commonly used to help with air purification, anxiety, autism, brain injury, carpet stains, colds (common), concentration (poor), constipation, depression, disinfection, dysentery, fever, gout, grief/sorrow, hangover, heartburn, kidney stones, malaria, overeating, postpartum depression, stress, and water purification.

Lemon essential oil is also known to be helpful with aging, improving clarity of thought, digestive problems, hair cleaning, lymphatic system cleansing, memory improvement, nerves, respiratory problems, and eliminating sore throats.

Safety Data: Avoid direct sunlight for 12 hours after topical use. Can cause extreme skin irritation.

Ways to Use Lemon Essential Oil

  1. Lemon essential oil serves as an effective household cleaner, furniture polish, and solvent for removing grease and gum.
  2. Allergies are something nobody wants to deal with. If you are affected by seasonal allergies, combine 2 drops each of lemon, lavender, and peppermint with 1 tsp. (5ml) fractionated coconut oil. Apply the mixture to the temples, under the nose, and on the bottoms of the feet morning and evening.
  3. Diffuser blends are a great way to enjoy the aromatic benefits of lemon essential oil. Aromatically, lemon is said to promote health, healing, physical energy, and purification. It provides an invigorating, enhancing, and warming fragrance. Here are a few of our favorite blends for loving lemon!

4. Lemon oil is known to be useful in soothing coughs. Simply combine 1 drop eucalyptus and 1 drop lemon with 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) honey. Mix 1/3 of the honey mixture with 1 c. (240 ml) warm water, and drink slowly. You can also combine 1 drop each of eucalyptus, melaleuca, and lemon with 1 tsp. (5 ml) jojoba oil, and apply over the chest and back several times a day.

5. Cooking with lemon essential oil is a great way to add wonderful flavor to your food plus added benefit for your health! You can substitute 1 drop of lemon oil for 1 tsp. lemon zest in most recipes. Here are a few of our favorite lemon recipes.

Source: Reference Guide for Essential Oils, 2018 Edition, pp. 88–89.

January 30, 2019
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Essential Oil Oven Scones

Who doesn’t love fresh, warm scones? And how about scones that bake in the oven? We couldn’t decide between two scrumptious variations—so we’re including both an apple-cinnamon and a cranberry-orange recipe. You can have the best of both worlds! These tasty scones make a great breakfast, snack, or dessert. Give them a try, and let us know what you think.

Apple Cinnamon Scones

  • Servings: 12 scones
  • Difficulty: Moderate
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Ingredients:

  • 2 3/4 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 c. granulated sugar or alternative sweetener
  • 1 Tbsp. baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • Cinnamon essential oil*
  • 1/2 c. cold butter
  • 3/4 c. chopped apple
  • 3/4 c. cinnamon baking chips
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 c. applesauce
  • 2 Tbsp. milk
  • 3 Tbsp. coarse sugar

Instructions:

  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, granulated sugar, salt, and baking powder.
  2. Using a pastry cutter or a fork, cut the butter into the dry ingredients until the entire mixture is evenly crumbly.
  3. Add the chopped apple and the cinnamon baking chips to the dry mixture, and set aside.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine the eggs, vanilla, and applesauce. Dip a toothpick into the cinnamon essential oil, and stir the oil into the wet ingredients.
  5. Combine the wet mixture with the dry ingredients, and stir until the dough holds together.
  6. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and flour the paper.
  7. Divide the dough into 2 balls, and pat them each down into rounds, about 3/4- to 1-inch thick.
  8. In a small bowl, combine the coarse sugar with a drop of cinnamon essential oil.**
  9. Brush each round with milk, and sprinkle with the coarse cinnamon sugar.
  10. Using a knife, cut the rounds into 6 wedges.
  11. Separate the wedges slightly by spreading the pieces 1/2 inch away from each other.
  12. Place the pan of scones in the freezer to chill for 30 minutes.
  13. Bake the scones for 18–22 minutes at 425°F or until golden brown.
  14. Allow the scones to cool for a few minutes before enjoying.
*You can substitute the cinnamon essential oil for 1 drop cassia essential oil for a more subtle cinnamon flavor. **If you would like a brown cinnamon color on the top of the scones, stir 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon in with the coarse sugar instead of cinnamon essential oil.

Cranberry Orange Scones

  • Servings: 8 scones
  • Difficulty: Moderate
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Ingredients:

  • 2 3/4 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 c. granulated sugar or alternative sweetener
  • 1 Tbsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 c. cold butter
  • 3/4 c. fresh cranberries
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla
  • 1/3 c. orange juice
  • 1/3 c. milk, plus a little more for topping
  • 3 drops orange essential oil
  • 2 Tbsp. coarse sugar

Instructions:

  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, granulated sugar, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.
  2. Using a pastry cutter or a fork, cut the butter into the flour mixture until the entire mixture is evenly crumbly.
  3. Add the cranberries to the mixture, and set aside.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine the milk, vanilla, orange juice, and orange essential oil.
  5. Combine the wet mixture with the dry ingredients, and stir until the dough holds together. (You may not need to use all the wet mixture.)
  6. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and flour the paper.
  7. Transfer the dough to the parchment paper, and knead the dough 4 or 5 times.
  8. Pat down the dough into a 7-inch circle. Cut the circle into 8 wedges, and spread them out across the baking sheet.
  9. Place the pan of scones in the freezer to chill for 30 minutes.
  10. Brush each scone with milk, and sprinkle with coarse sugar.*
  11. Bake the scones for 15–20 minutes at 400°F or until golden brown.
  12. Allow the scones to cool for a few minutes before enjoying with butter or jam.**

*For an extra tangy flavor, add 1–2 drops orange essential oil to the coarse sugar before sprinkling.

**For an optional orange glaze, combine 1 c. confectioners sugar with 2–3 Tbsp. orange juice, and drizzle over the slightly cooled scones.

January 23, 2019
by Abundant Health™
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Fitness and Essential Oils

Don’t you just love essential oils and the great benefits they have for your health? When it comes to weight loss and fitness, essential oils can play a huge part in helping you achieve your goals. But you need to use them along with other healthy practices to get the best results. Essential oils can help curb your appetite, detox your body, energize your mind, speed up your metabolism, and so much more. Just imagine combining all the great uses of essential oils with a balanced diet and regular exercise!

The U.S. Department of Health recommends that adults exercise around 150 minutes a week. This can include different activities such as walking, running, yoga, and sports. It may seem difficult to combine essential oils with exercise, but here are a few tips to make it happen:

  • Wearing a pendant can be a great way to continue inhaling your favorite essential oils while exercising. You won’t have to worry about skin photosensitivity to oils when you’re outside or about sweating off your oils in an intense workout.
  • Adding a few drops of essential oils to a water bottle is a great way to refresh yourself and get needed support into your system. Great oils in drinking water are spearmint, peppermint, grapefruit, lemon, and orange.
  • Diffusing energizing oils before starting your workout will get you in the mood and ready to go! Either of these diffuser blends should do the trick:

While using oils before and during workouts is super supportive, don’t stop there. Applying essential oils after your workout will help you recover faster and prepare for the next round:

  • Apply soothing oils such as peppermint, marjoram, or balsam fir directly to exercised areas of your body to help them loosen and relax.
  • Apply muscle salve to help relieve muscle soreness and strain. The salve will also strengthen your muscles and help them repair quickly.
  • Add a 2 drops each of peppermint and eucalyptus oils to a bowl of cold water. Dip some clean cloths in the water, ring them out, and place them in the freezer for a couple of hours. After—or even during—your workout, pull out the frozen cloths and apply them to your face, the back of your neck, or elsewhere to help you cool down.
  • Add a few drops of lemon or grapefruit oil to a post-workout protein shake to continue detoxifying your body and boost your metabolism. This is also works before you exercise.
  • Take epsom salt baths after workouts to do your body wonders! Combine 1/2 cup (110 g) baking soda, 1 cup (240 g) epsom salt, and 2–3 drops of your favorite essential oil in a bowl. Add the mixture to your bath, and then soak for 20–30 minutes.

If you enjoy yoga and meditation, check out our Essential Oils for Meditation post for more ideas on using essential oils to enhance your practice.

These are just a few tips to add essential oils to your fitness routine. The possibilities are limitless! We’d love to hear what you have found helpful for your workout.

January 17, 2019
by Abundant Health™
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Essential Oil Spotlight: Cypress

Cypress (cupressus sempervirens) essential oil is steam distilled from the branches of the cypress tree. This essential oil contains antibacterial, anti-infectious, antimicrobial, mucolytic, antiseptic, astringent, deodorant, diuretic, decongestant (lymph and prostate), refreshing, relaxing, and vasoconstrictor health properties.

Historically, cypress was used for its benefits to the urinary system and for significant fluid loss. Cypress was also valued by the Chinese for the benefit it had on the liver and respiratory system. According to ancient folklore, the branches of the cypress tree were a symbol of life after death.

Today, cypress essential oil is primarily used to help with aneurysms, bunions, carpal tunnel, concussions, hemorrhoids, herniated discs, Lou Gehrig’s disease, nose bleeds, strokes, tuberculosis, and varicose veins. Cypress can also be beneficial for asthma, cellulite reduction, colds, diarrhea, influenza, lung circulation, muscular cramps, ovarian cysts, and skin care.

This essential oil primarily affects the body’s cardiovascular system, muscles, and bones. Aromatically, cypress essential oil influences and strengthens. It can help with emotional healing, especially easing a sense of loss and creating a sense of security and grounding.

Safety Data: Use with caution during pregnancy. Cypress can be applied directly to the area of concern without dilution and can also be diffused.

Ways to Use Cypress Essential Oil:

  1. Diffuser blends are a great way to reap the aromatic benefits of any essential oil, especially cypress. Try this uplifting blend to get you refreshed and invigorated!

2. Cypress essential oil can be helpful when dealing with symptoms of an aneurysm. Place 5 drops frankincense, 1 drop helichrysum, and 1 drop cypress in a diffuser, and breathe in deeply.

3. If your child is having problems with bed-wetting, combine 5 drops cypress and 3 drops ylang ylang with 1 oz. (30 ml) water in a small spray bottle. Shake before each use, and mist the pillow and sheets just before bedtime.

4. Nosebleeds are a nuisance and can be dangerous. Combine 2 drops cypress, 1 drop helichrysum, and 2 drops lemon in 8 oz. (240 ml) ice water. Soak a couple of clean cloths in the water, and then apply one to the nose and one to the back of the neck.

5. Cypress oil is great for relieving pain from carpal tunnel syndrome. Blend 3 drops basil, 3 drops marjoram, 2 drops lemongrass, and 2 drops cypress with 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) fractionated coconut oil. Massage a small amount gently onto the arm from the shoulder to the wrist and out to the fingertips.

Source: Reference Guide for Essential Oils, 2018 Edition, p. 58.

September 20, 2018
by Abundant Health™
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“Cool Down” Diffuser Blend

You’ve just finished your workout, or you just need to cool down on a hot day—either way, this diffuser blend is for you! The minty aroma with a hint of floral both uplifts and calms at the same time. You can breathe deep and feel refreshed whenever you diffuse this blend!

If you’re looking for a new diffuser, you’ve come to the right place! Abundant Health carries some of the best diffusers on the market, including different types to suit any situation. And all at affordable prices. Click here to start shopping!

September 13, 2018
by Abundant Health™
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Garlic and Mushroom Spaghetti Squash

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.

Garlic and Mushroom Spaghetti Squash

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs. spaghetti squash
  • 2–3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 cups button mushrooms*
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • Italian seasoning (to taste)
  • Fresh parsley (optional)
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)
  • 1–2 drops thyme essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Cut the spaghetti squash in half lengthwise, and scoop out the seeds.
  2. Drizzle a little olive oil over the inside of the squash, and sprinkle with salt.
  3. Place the squash upside down on a baking sheet, and bake at 400°F for 45–50 minutes, or until softened and cooked throughout.
  4. Using a fork, pull the spaghetti squash from the shell, separating it into noodle-like strands.
  5. In a large skillet, add 2 Tbs. olive oil, garlic, and mushrooms. Cook over medium-high heat until the mushrooms are golden brown.
  6. In a small bowl, combine 1 Tbsp. olive oil with thyme essential oil. Add spaghetti squash and thyme mixture to the skillet, and sauté quickly.
  7. Sprinkle in the parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning. Sauté for about a minute more, or until the cheese is melted.
  8. Top with fresh parsley and more parmesan cheese, and serve hot.

*If you’re not a fan of mushrooms, you can easily remove them, or swap them out for some meat.

September 6, 2018
by Abundant Health™
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Essential Oil Spotlight: Wintergreen

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:

  1. Diffuser blends are an easy way to experience the aromatic benefits of wintergreen essential oil. Here are a few of our favorites!
    Great Outdoors
    2 drops wintergreen
    1 drop cedarwood
    1 drop patchouli
    Cold Buster
    4 drops eucalyptus
    2 drops wintergreen
    1 drop frankincense
    1 drop rosemary
    Fresh Mountain Air
    2 drops bergamot
    2 drops wintergreen
    1 drop cedarwood
    Clean and Fresh
    3 drops lemon
    3 drops orange
    2 drops wintergreen

  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Source:

Reference Guide for Essential Oils, 2018 Edition, p. 139.

August 30, 2018
by Abundant Health™
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All-Natural Hand Sanitizer

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!

All Natural Hand Sanitizer

  • Servings: Yield 1 1/2 oz.
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl, and stir thoroughly.
  2. Using a syringe, draw up all the gel, and then dispense it into the lotion tottle.
  3. Secure the lid, and shake the tottle.
  4. Squeeze a small amount of gel into one of your palms. Rub the fronts and backs of your hands until the sanitizer soaks into the skin.

You don’t need to much gel to clean your hands; a little goes a long way!

If you don’t have a syringe, you can first squirt the aloe vera gel into the tottle, and then add the witch hazel and essential oils. Shake the tottle until the mixture is thoroughly combined.

August 23, 2018
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Introducing the NEW Reference Guide Handbook

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
  • Cooking Recipes
  • Cleaning Products
  • Diffuser Blends
  • Roll-on Blends
  • Personal Care Products for Men, Women, and Children
  • And More!

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®.

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