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April 19, 2018
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Barbecue Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Here’s a nice twist on a baked potato! Sweet potatoes are much healthier for you than white potatoes, and they taste amazing topped with this barbecue chicken! The barbecue sauce is homemade, super simple, and includes essential oils to boot. Your whole family will love this recipe—and you’ll love how easy it is to make this healthy dinner!

BBQ Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: Moderate
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Ingredients:

  • 4 sweet potatoes
  • 2–3 chicken breasts
  • 1 cup (250 ml) Essential Oil Barbecue Sauce (recipe below)

Toppings:

  • Avocado
  • Sour cream
  • Cheese
  • Extra barbecue sauce
  • Onion slices
  • Butter

Instructions:

  1. Prepare the barbecue sauce as directed. Place 1 cup (250 ml) in a bag with the chicken breasts, and refrigerate to marinate for a few hours.
  2. Place the marinated chicken in a slow cooker on high for 1–2 hours, or until cooked through.
  3. Without preheating the oven, place your potatoes in the oven; then turn the oven to 425°F (220°C), and bake for for 45 minutes. You can also cook the sweet potatoes in a pressure cooker for 17 minutes on high pressure if you prefer.
  4. Once the chicken is cooked, shred it using forks or a hand mixer. Add more bbq sauce to the chicken until the desired taste is reached.
  5. Slice the sweet potatoes in half lengthwise, and top with chicken and other toppings. You can add any toppings of your choice, not just the ones listed.
  6. Serve, and enjoy!

Essential Oil Barbecue Sauce

  • Servings: Yield=2 cups (480 ml)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 15 oz. (425 g) tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. (23 ml) mustard
  • 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) hickory liquid smoke
  • 1/2 Tbsp. (about 7 g) sea salt
  • 1 tsp. (3 g) garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. (2.5 g) onion powder
  • 1 tsp. (5 ml) molasses
  • 1/4 cup (65 g) brown sugar
  • 2–3 drops black pepper essential oil
  • 1 drop lemon essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Put all the ingredients in a blender.
  2. If you have a high-speed blender, use the soup setting, and it will heat and blend your sauce at the same time.
  3. If you have a regular blender, blend on high for a minute; then transfer contents to a saucepan until heated thoroughly.
  4. Serve in your favorite dishes calling for barbecue sauce.

April 17, 2018
by Abundant Health™
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Essential Oil Spotlight: Tea Tree

Tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) essential oil is steam-distilled from the leaves of myrtle shrubs and trees. Aromatically, tea tree promotes cleansing and purity and is known for its medicinal, fresh, and herbaceous scent.

Historically, tee tree leaves were used to heal cuts, wounds, and skin infections. In French medicine, tea tree is commonly used to help with athlete’s foot, bronchitis, colds, coughs, diarrhea, the flu, gum disease, and sore throats. Today, tea tree essential oil is commonly used to help support the body when dealing with acne, allergies (skin), athlete’s foot, boils, candida, cavities, chicken pox, cold sores, colds, coughs, dandruff, ear infection, the flu, hives, inflammation, measles, mumps, rashes, shingles, sore throats, sunburns, viral infections, and wounds.

This essential oil has strong immune-building properties and is known to be analgesic, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiparasitic, strongly antiseptic, antiviral, decongestant, digestive, expectorant, immune stimulant, insecticidal, neurotonic, and tissue regenerative.

Other conditions can possibly be aided by the use of tea tree essential oil, such as boils, digestion, fungal infections, hysteria, infectious diseases, mites, shock, ticks, and warts.

Safety Data: This oil is approved by the FDA for use as a food additive or flavoring agent. It is not to be used internally for children under the age of 6, and should be used with caution and in greater dilution for children 6 years old and older. Can be applied topically without dilution. Repeated use can possibly result in contact sensitization.

Ways to Use Tea Tree Essential Oil:

  1. Tea tree essential oil is great for combating athlete’s foot. Start by combining 25 drops of tea tree with 2 Tbsp. (15 g) cornstarch, and sprinkle a small amount in your shoes every night.
  2. Nobody enjoys cold sores, and they can be quite difficult to get rid of if not treated properly. Combine 1 drop tea tree essential oil with 1/2 tsp. (2.5 ml) olive oil and 1 tsp. (5 g) baking soda. Apply a portion of the mixture directly to the sores several times a day until they’re gone.
  3. We all love a good diffuser blend! The aroma of tea tree essential oil promotes cleansing and purity, and the earthly fresh smell is incredible. Try out some of these diffuser blends with tea tree!
    Fresh Air
    2 drops tea tree
    2 drops lemon
    2 drops lime
    Refreshment
    1 drop lavender
    1 drop rosemary
    1 drop tea tree
    1 drop peppermint
    Emotional Boost
    5 drops tea tree
    4 drops juniper
    2 drops frankincense
    Calm Breaths
    5 drops tea tree
    3 drops pine
    2 drops thyme

  4. Tea tree is excellent for calming earaches and ear infections. Place 1 drop basil and 1 drop tea tree on a cotton ball, and hold over the ear canal (not in the ear canal) for 30 minutes.
  5. Roll-on blends are one of our favorite methods for applying essential oils. When it comes to tea tree essential oil, there are countless blends and uses. Here are a few of our favorites that you can try. Add the oils to a 10 ml roll-on bottle, and top off with your favorite carrier oil. Apply the blend by rolling the oils directly to the affected area multiple times a day until the condition is relieved.
    Urinary Infection
    6 drops tea tree
    3 drops sandalwood
    3 drops myrrh
    Rejuvenated Skin
    7 drops tea tree
    3 drops eucalyptus
    2 drops bergamot
    Healing Wounds
    10 drops frankincense
    10 drops tea tree
    10 drops lavender
    Joint Pain
    6 drops lavender
    5 drops peppermint
    4 drops eucalyptus
    4 drops tea tree

Sources:
Reference Guide for Essential Oils, 2018 Edition, p. 132.
Aromatherapy Blends & Remedies by Franzesca Watson

April 12, 2018
by Abundant Health™
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“Tax Day Headaches” Diffuser Blend

The deadline to file taxes is fast approaching, and we are all experiencing the same stress you are. Hopefully you have been on top of it and have already taken care of things—but if not, this blend should help you! This diffuser blend can help ease your headaches and stress so that you can think clearly. Although it works great for tax day, it works just as well for any stressful day.

If you are looking for a new diffuser, the Whisper diffuser is a great place to start! It’s called the Whisper because of how quiet it is. It comes in both silver and white. One of the biggest benefits of this diffuser is that the oils never touch the ultrasonic disc. The oil and water sit in a plastic cup inside the diffuser so that the diffuser itself lasts much longer!

We carry a wide range of diffusers for you to check out! Just click here to learn more!

April 10, 2018
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Avocado Banana Face Mask

This face mask is perfect for girls’ night, or for any day you just want to pamper your face extra. These combined ingredients will leave your face moisturized, soft, and feeling cleaner than ever. Lavender essential oil is amazing for your skin; it softens dry/cracked skin, soothes burns and rashes, and all around helps your body to be calm and relaxed. You’ll love how clean and moisturized this mask leaves your face feeling—and for much longer than a typical face mask.

Avocado Banana Face Mask

  • Servings: Yield=2 masks
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 ripe avocado
  • 1/2 very ripe banana
  • 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) Sweet Almond Oil
  • 4 drops lavender essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Peel the avocado and banana, and place them in a bowl.
  2. Add the sweet almond oil.
  3. Mash the ingredients together with a fork, or mix with a food processor.
  4. Stir in the lavender essential oil.
  5. Wash any makeup off your face, and pat dry with a towel.
  6. Rub the mask over your entire face, being careful to avoid your eyes.
  7. Allow the mask to sit on your face for 10–15 minutes.
  8. Rinse the mask off, pat your face dry, and follow up with your favorite facial moisturizer.

April 3, 2018
by Abundant Health™
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Essential Oil Spotlight: Roman Chamomile

Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile or Anthemis nobilis) essential oil is steam-distilled from flowers in the compositae family. This oil is known for its fresh, sweet, fruity-herbaceous, apple-like aroma.

Roman chamomile oil has anti-infectious, antiparasitic, antispasmodic, calming, and relaxing health properties. Historically, this oil was used by the Romans to give them a clear mind and empower them with courage. According to Roberta Wilson, “Chamomile was nicknamed the ‘plant’s physician’ because it supposedly cured any ailing plant near it.”

This oil primarily affects emotional balance, the nervous system, and the skin. Some of its primary uses include allergies (airborne), anxiety, diaper rash, dry skin, muscle spasms, shock, and wounds. Roman chamomile can also be used for cleansing the blood and liver, bruises, cuts, depression, insomnia, calming nerves, eczema, rashes, and fevers.

Aromatically, Roman chamomile is calming and relaxing and can combat depression, insomnia, and stress. It can eliminate some of the emotional charge of anxiety, irritability, and nervousness. It may also be used to soothe and clear the mind, creating an atmosphere of peace and patience.

Safety Data: Roman chamomile is recognized as safe for human consumption, but should not be taken internally by children under 6, and should be used in greater dilution for children 6 or older. When used topically, this oil is great for children and is known to calm crying, ease earaches, fight fevers, soothe stomachaches and colic, and relieve toothaches and teething pain. This oil may irritate sensitive skin when applied topically.

Ways to Use Roman Chamomile Essential Oil:

  1. Chicken pox can be really uncomfortable, so anything that can ease the itching is a welcome relief. Combine 10 drops lavender and 10 drops Roman chamomile essential oil with 1/2 cup (120 ml) calamine lotion. Mix together, and apply a small amount twice a day over affected areas.
  2. Roll-on blends are an easy way to apply oils directly on location, especially in cases where you need to apply the oil frequently. Just add the essential oils to a 10 ml roll-on bottle, and fill the remainder with a carrier oil.
    Diaper Rash
    2 drops Roman chamomile
    2 drops lavender
    2 tsp. (10 ml) Fractionated Coconut Oil
    Apply a small amount to the affected area as needed.
    Nursing Relief
    3 drops lavender
    2 drops geranium
    1 drop Roman chamomile
    2 tsp. (10 ml) Sweet Almond Oil
    Apply a small amount around the breasts to help soothe. Wash off before feeding your baby.
  3. Baths are a simple way to relax and soak up the healing effects of essential oil. Roman chamomile is perfect for baths because of its fresh scent and its ability to relieve anxiety and muscle tension. Combine 2 drops lavender and 2 drops Roman chamomile with 1/2 cup (120 g) epsom salt. Add this mixture to warm bathwater for a relaxing bath.
  4. There’s nothing like a good diffuser blend with Roman chamomile to lift your spirits and ease tension. Here are some easy diffuser blends you can try!
    Calming
    5 drops lavender
    3 drops Roman chamomile
    Flowers Aplenty
    3 drops lavender
    2 drops geranium
    1 drop Roman chamomile
    Woody Fresh
    2 drops lavender
    2 drops cedarwood
    2 drops eucalyptus
    2 drops Roman chamomile
    Relaxation
    2 drops lavender
    2 drops Roman chamomile
    1 drop marjoram
  5. Roman chamomile is great for soothing bee stings. Combine 2 drops Roman chamomile with 1/4 tsp. (1.5 g) baking soda and a few drops of water to make a paste. Scrape stinger from the skin if still there, and apply paste on location. Cover with a cool, damp cloth; hold on location for 5–10 minutes.

March 29, 2018
by Abundant Health™
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Essential Oil Laundry Soap

When we’re concerned about our health, the last thing we need is to wash our clothes with chemicals. Laundry soap is full of questionable chemicals; that’s why we’ve created this chemical-free laundry soap for you to try! You can customize the scent to fit your taste perfectly, all while cleaning your clothes chemical free!

Essential Oil Laundry Soap

  • Servings: Yield=8 cups (2 L)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. In a large bowl, combine the washing soda and baking soda. Stir in enough hot water until the soda dissolves.
  2. Pour mixture into the glass container.
  3. Fill the container with warm water, leaving some space at the top.
  4. Pour in the castile soap, and add the essential oils.
  5. Stir or shake the bottle to combine.
  6. Apply the vinyl label to the bottle. (Click here for instructions.)
  7. Use 1/3 cup (75 ml) of the soap with each load of wash. Shake or stir prior to each use.

You can make your own combination of oils or use Protective Blend. Here are some blends that we came up with for you to try out:

Savory Floral: 30 drops lavender, 20 drops rosemary
Fruity Floral: 25 drops geranium, 25 drops orange
Fresh Citrus: 20 drops lemon, 15 drops lemongrass, 15 drops tea tree
Minty Fresh: 25 drops peppermint, 25 drops eucalyptus

March 27, 2018
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Italian Chicken & Potatoes

Life can be really busy, and sometimes it can be hard to find time to prepare good meals that will satisfy the whole family. Here’s a great recipe for a classic slow-cooker meal with an essential oil twist! This recipe is super simple and delicious!

Italian Chicken & Potatoes

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 3 cups (775 g) chopped potatoes
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp. (12 g) salt
  • 1/4 tsp. (500 mg) black pepper
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) olive oil
  • Basil essential oil
  • Coriander essential oil
  • Oregano essential oil
  • Rosemary essential oil
  • Thyme essential oil
  • Marjoram essential oil
  • Fresh or dried herbs for garnish (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Place the olive oil in a small bowl. Dip a toothpick into each of the essential oils, and swirl the toothpicks through the olive oil to combine.
  2. Add the chicken and potatoes to a slow cooker.
  3. Pour the oil mixture on top, and stir to coat the chicken and potatoes.
  4. Add the garlic, herbs, salt, and pepper, and stir again to combine.
  5. Cover, and cook on low for 4–6 hours or on high for 2 hours.
  6. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and serve with steamed veggies.

Extra Idea:

Make an Italian seasoning oil blend by combining equal parts basil, coriander, oregano, rosemary, thyme, and marjoram essential oils in a 5 ml dropper bottle. Every time you come across a recipe that calls for Italian seasoning, add 1–2 drops of this blend, or more until your desired taste is reached.

March 22, 2018
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Rainy Day Diffuser Blend

We all love the fresh, clean smell of the air following a rainstorm; but during the storm, we tend to coop ourselves up indoors. Here’s a perfect blend to keep your house smelling clean and fresh while the storm continues outside. This blend is perfect for curling up with a blanket and a good book! Not only does it smell great, but it can fight against airborne bacteria and infections as well as relieve stress and tension.

The Sirona is an ultrasonic diffuser that can cover approximately 115 square feet. This diffuser is small and sleek and comes at an affordable price, along with many other great features. Click here to learn more!

We carry a wide range of diffusers for you to pick from! Each diffuser has its own qualities, and it’s important to choose the one that fits your needs. Check out our “Diffusion Methods and Comparisons” post to learn more about which diffuser is right for you!

March 20, 2018
by Abundant Health™
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Gardening with Essential Oils

The very idea of gardening helps us feel healthier. We’re growing our own food, right? You can’t get better than that! But here’s the hard truth: Gardening can involve a lot of harsh chemicals if you’re doing it “right.” Most gardeners use chemicals to get rid of bugs so that the plants actually grow, so that they can have healthy food to put on the table. The problem lies in those pest control sprays that are infecting the food—and not actually helping our health. So let’s stop defeating the purpose of growing our own produce and use some natural methods to enhance the health of our homegrown food.

It’s time to throw out the chemicals! Essential oils are a great addition to your gardening regimen, especially because they are great at repelling pests. Here are some oils that work well at repelling the following bugs:

Ants: black pepper, peppermint, spearmint
Aphids: cedarwood, hyssop, peppermint, spearmint
Beetles: peppermint, thyme, oregano
Caterpillars: spearmint, peppermint
Chiggers: lavender, lemongrass, sage, thyme
Fleas: peppermint, lemongrass, spearmint, lavender
Flies: peppermint, lavender, rosemary, sage, tea tree
Gnats: patchouli, spearmint, eucalyptus
Mosquitoes: lavender, lemongrass, citronella
Moths: cedarwood, eucalyptus, lavender, peppermint, hyssop
Plant Lice: peppermint, spearmint
Slugs: cedarwood, hyssop, pine
Snails: cedarwood, pine
Spiders: peppermint, spearmint
Ticks: lavender, lemongrass, sage, thyme
Weevils: cedarwood, patchouli, sandalwood


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Do you have bugs or birds eating your garden produce this year? Try cooking up this garden spray and giving the leaves and surrounding ground a good spritzing. Before you know it, you will be on your way to gorgeous, bite-free leaves!

Garlic Peppermint Garden Spray

  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Place garlic, water, and cayenne pepper in a pot. Bring to a boil, and then remove from heat.
  2. Cover the pot with a lid, and allow the mixture to steep overnight.
  3. Remove the garlic cloves from the pot.
  4. Place peppermint essential oil and dish soap in a glass spray bottle.
  5. Carefully pour the garlic-cayenne water into the glass spray bottle. A funnel is helpful for this step.
  6. Screw the spray top on the bottle, and shake a little to combine the ingredients.
  7. To use, spray the tops and bottoms of the plant leaves. It is best to spray on a cloudy day or in the evening so the sun and cayenne combination doesn’t burn the plants. Apply every couple weeks or as needed. Wait 2–3 days after spraying to harvest any food.

Extra Idea:

Use two 8 oz. Glass Spray Bottles instead of the 16 oz. bottle so you can have someone else help you spray. If using 2 smaller bottles, place 4–5 drops of peppermint oil and 2 drops of dish soap in each bottle.


Pollination Attraction Spray: Of course, we don’t want to get rid of all the insects; so we’ve made this pollination attraction spray to bring in the bees to help your plants grow! It’s simple—just combine 15 drops orange essential oil with 1 cup (240 ml) of water in an 8 oz. Glass Spray Bottle. Shake well before using, and spray over your plants.

Fruit & Veggie Wash: You can never be too careful when it comes to the food you’re eating! Try out this easy wash to further cleanse your food from chemicals. Fill a large bowl with cold water, and add 1/2 cup (120 ml) vinegar and 6–8 drops lemon essential oil. Submerge your fruits and vegetables, and allow them to soak for a couple minutes before rinsing thoroughly and eating!


Gardening can leave your hands rough, cut up, and dry. We’ve created this hand balm to soften and moisturize your skin. This lotion is great for all occasions, not just gardening! Lavender essential oil is great for the skin; it softens the skin and soothes cuts, rashes, burns, and other irritations.

Gardener's Hand Balm

  • Servings: Yield=6 oz.
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Using a double boiler, melt the beeswax completely over medium heat.
  2. Add in the shea butter, and melt completely while stirring.
  3. Add in the coconut oil, and melt completely.
  4. Add the sweet almond oil and vitamin E oil, and stir until everything is completely combined.
  5. Allow the mixture to cool for 2–3 minutes, and then stir in the essential oils.
  6. Pour the mixture into the jars, and allow to partially set up on the counter.
  7. Place the jars in the fridge for several hours or until completely solid.
  8. Rub the balm into your hands, allowing it to slowly melt into the skin.

Extra Ideas:

This hand balm also makes a great gift for class attendees or just for friends! Use these 1/4 oz. containers to make about 24 hand balm samples.

You can use whatever oils you like in this balm. Oils that are good for skin include peppermint, tea tree, frankincense, geranium, ylang ylang, and rosemary.

Now that we have armed you with more natural tools for your gardening endeavors, get out there and start gardening so that your family can eat more healthy food! We would love to hear about any other tips you have for gardening with essential oils, or even just gardening more naturally. Comment below if you have tips to share!

March 15, 2018
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Crisp & Clear Diffuser Blend

Spring is approaching, but not quite fast enough! We’ve created this diffuser blend to get you ready for the crisp and fresh air. This blend is so refreshing and energizing that you’ll want to diffuse it all year ’round.

 

You know what’s even better than a fresh-smelling diffuser blend? A brand new diffuser! Check out some of the awesome diffusers we sell! You’ll be able to find the perfect diffuser to fulfill all your diffusing needs. Click here to learn more.

Not sure which diffuser is best for you? Check out this post, where we compare the different diffusers that we carry and the individual qualities of each.

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