Abundant Health Blog

| The Blog

AH_BananaSushi_2


1 Comment

Banana Sushi with Essential Oils

Making banana sushi is a great way to have some fun during snack time! Give yourself a chance to get creative and practice your chopstick skills while eating a healthy treat! There are countless flavor combinations, so feel free to experiment and find out what you like best.

AH_BananaSushi_1

Banana Sushi with Essential Oils

  • Time: 5–10 minutes active; 0–60 minutes inactive
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Print

Ingredients:

  • Bananas
  • Essential oils safe for consumption (such as lemon, lime, orange, cinnamon, cardamom, etc.)
  • Sticky substance (such as peanut butter, melted chocolate, yogurt, whipped cream, jam, chocolate-hazelnut spread, etc.)
  • Toppings (such as chocolate chips, coconut flakes, sesame seeds, chia seeds, nuts, berries, etc.)
  • Dipping “sauce” (such as melted chocolate, yogurt, chia seeds, etc.) (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Peel each banana.
  2. Mix 1 drop (or 1–2 toothpicks) of essential oil with 2–3 Tbsp. (30–45 ml) of your sticky substance. Taste, and add more essential oil if desired.
  3. Spread your sticky substance over the top of the banana lengthwise.
  4. Sprinkle on your desired toppings.
  5. Freeze for 30–60 minutes, if desired.
  6. Slice the banana with a sharp knife.
  7. Use chopsticks to pick up banana slices and dip in your “sauce.”

Possible Flavor Combinations:

  • Peanut butter with 1 toothpick of cinnamon essential oil • chocolate chips • coconut flakes
  • Plain yogurt with 1 drop of lemon essential oil • blueberries • chia seeds
  • Melted white chocolate with 1 drop of lime essential oil • raspberries • cashews
  • Melted dark chocolate with 1 toothpick of cardamom essential oil • chopped pistachios • chia seeds or coconut flakes
  • Peanut butter • melted dark chocolate with 1 drop orange essential oil drizzled on top • sesame seeds or coconut flakes
  • Plain yogurt with 1 drop of lemon essential oil • jam of choice • chia seeds
  • Chocolate-hazelnut spread with 1 drop of orange essential oil • coconut flakes • chopped nuts
  • Whipped cream with 1 drop of lemon essential oil • strawberry or peach slices • chia seeds or chopped nuts

AH_BananaSushi_2

threegloss


Leave a comment

Luscious Lip Balm

glosson

Not only will this tangy, sweet lip balm soften and nourish your lips, but it is a handy take-along on outings and makes a great gift!

Luscious Lip Balm

  • Time: 15 minutes active; 2 hours inactive
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Print

Ingredients & Supplies:

Instructions:

  1. Mix first 4 ingredients in a bowl, and microwave for 1 minute. (Or place ingredients in a glass measuring cup, and place in a pan with an inch of simmering water. This creates a double boiler.)
  2. If making 3 separate flavors (like we did), divide melted solution into 3 small bowls for mixing.
  3. Sprinkle drink mix into each for color, and stir.
  4. Mix 1–2 drops of desired essential oil into each bowl. (If you’re only making 1 flavor, add 3–6 drops total of essential oil to the mixture.)
  5. Carefully pour mixture into your lip gloss containers, and pop into the refrigerator for 1–2 hours to cool.

AH_Nasal_Inhalers


2 Comments

6 Nasal Inhaler Recipes to Take to School

Inhaling essential oils has been proven to help students in their studies. Using essential oils at school can not only help memory recall, but also reduce stress and anxiety, boost energy, and calm a person down if needed. Read our “Essential Oils for Back to School” post for more ways students can benefit from using essential oils.

AH_Nasal_Inhalers_Kids

Just the scent of an essential oil can help with memory recall. Nothing is worse during a test than seeing a question and knowing that you studied the answer, but you can’t quite remember it. According to the Reference Guide for Essential Oils by Connie and Alan Higley, “A university in Japan experimented with diffusing different essential oils in the office. When they diffused lemon there were 54% fewer errors, with jasmine there were 33% fewer errors, and with lavender there were 20% fewer errors. When essential oils are diffused while studying and smelled during a test via a hanky or cotton ball, test scores may increase by as much as 50%. Different essential oils should be used for different tests, but the same essential oil should be used during the test as was used while studying for that particular test. The smell of the essential oil may help bring back the memory of what was studied.”1 Another study indicated that subjects who learned a list of 24 words while exposed to a certain aroma had an easier time re-learning the list when exposed to the same aroma than those who were exposed to a different aroma while trying to re-learn the list.2 Further studies have indicated that rosemary3 and peppermint4 aromas were found to enhance memory during clinical tests.

AH_Nasal_Inhalers

The best way to have the scent of essential oils with you while you study and take the test is to place the essential oils in a Nasal Inhaler. We’ve created 6 essential oil blends that can be used in nasal inhalers. Simply drop the oils on the wick; then insert the wick into the inhaler, and push the base in to close it. Place the inhaler close to your nose and inhale the aroma.

Morning Sunshine:
4 drops orange
4 drops peppermint
4 drops lime
Calm Down:
10 drops lavender
6 drops Roman chamomile
Afternoon Energy Boost:
6 drops peppermint
4 drops rosemary
4 drops grapefruit
Mental Clarity:
6 drops lemon
2 drops basil
2 drops rosemary
2 drops frankincense
Anxiety Helper:
8 drops lavender
4 drops lemon
4 drops ylang ylang
Study and Testing Time:
6 drops peppermint
6 drops rosemary
4 drops lemon

Sources:
1. Alan and Connie Higley, Reference Guide for Essential Oils (Spanish Fork, UT: Abundant Health, 2016).

2. David G. Smith, Lionel Standing, and Anton de Man, “Verbal Memory Elicited by Ambient Odor,” Perceptual and Motor Skills 74, no. 2 (April 1992): 339–43.

3. Mark Moss, Jenny Cook, Keith Wesnes, and Paul Duckett, “Aromas of Rosemary and Lavender Essential Oils Differentially Affect Cognition and Mood in Healthy Adults,” International Journal of Neuroscience 113, no. 1 (January 2003): 15–38.

4. Mark Moss, Steven Hewitt, Lucy Moss, and Keith Wesnes, “Modulation of Cognitive Performance and Mood by Aromas of Peppermint and Ylang Ylang,” International Journal of Neuroscience 118, no. 1 (January 2008): 59–77.

AH_GoodNight_WhisperDiffuserBlend_800


Leave a comment

Good Night Diffuser Blend for Your Whisper Diffuser

Do you have a favorite diffuser? One of our favorite diffusers is the Whisper Premium Silent Misting Diffuser, and we want to tell you all about it!

AH_Whisper_Lifestyle2

State-of-the-Art Technology

The Whisper diffuser is an ultrasonic/humidifying diffuser that uses water and ultrasonic vibration (2.5 million vibrations per second) to break essential oils into tiny microparticles, dispersing the oil in a fine mist. This is important because these tiny particles are easily absorbed by the lungs to provide a therapeutic effect on the body, mind, and spirit.

The Whisper diffuser also uses a revolutionary, patented technology in which the water that is in the base with the ultrasonic disc is separate from the water that holds the essential oil. This makes it possible to diffuse even the thickest of essential oils (such as patchouli, sandalwood, and ylang ylang) that won’t work in many other diffusers. And because the oil never touches the moving parts, you don’t need to worry about your diffuser clogging or its parts gumming up. Its flexible liner, where the water and essential oil are held, extends the life of the diffuser by preventing contact of the oils and the ultrasonic vibrating disc. The cup is designed for continuous contact with oils, withstanding corrosion from even your strongest essential oils like lemon and cinnamon.

Another important fact is that this diffuser uses no heat. This is important because too much heat can chemically alter essential oils and lessen their therapeutic benefits. The Whisper diffuser uses cold tap water and the ultrasonic disc to create a cold, essential oil–laden mist.

The Whisper diffuser also comes with a 1-year warranty, so you can be confident that it will last a while or we will replace it.

Want to know more about ultrasonic/humidfying diffusion or the other diffusion methods? Read this article.

Quiet Diffusion

If you have ever used a diffuser before, you know that noise level (or lack thereof) can be a very important quality—especially when you want to diffuse at night while you are sleeping. You’ll be amazed at how quiet the Whisper diffuser is! Even sitting right next to it, all you will hear is the occasional soft sound of moving water (which has been shown to help promote relaxation anyway).

AH_Whisper_Lifestyle_Landscape

Cleanup is Quick and Easy!

Because the essential oils don’t come in contact with the ultrasonic disc, this diffuser doesn’t require a cleaning after every cycle like other humidifying diffusers. However, you will want to clean it every once in a while. To do so, just take a wet cloth (add a little vinegar if there are hard water deposits) and wipe all the parts. Dip a cotton swab in rubbing alcohol, and gently clean the ultrasonic disc in the base of the diffuser as well as the flexible liner cup. And . . . that’s it! Trust us, cleanup is a breeze!

Conserves Your Essential Oil

The Whisper diffuser is wonderful at conserving your expensive oils, because it doesn’t require much oil to diffuse it effectively. Just 2–6 drops of oil can fill a large room with aromatic goodness for hours!

Various Timer Settings and Automatic Shut-off Feature

One of the main reasons the Whisper diffuser is great for nighttime use is that it has timer settings that allow for diffusion all night long. The innovative two-way timer lets you continuously scent your environment for 50 minutes straight, or set an intermittent cycle (such as 15 seconds on, 30 seconds off) to make your oils last for as long as 9 hours. There are 6 timer settings so that you can better choose the length of the cycle.

An automatic shut-off feature activates when the water in the base reaches the minimum level, preventing damage to the internal mechanisms.

As an extra bonus, the Whisper diffuser automatically adjusts to input voltage (110–240 VAC, 47–63 Hz). So it will work almost anywhere in the world! (However, a plug adapter may be required outside the United States.)

Color Options

Are you ready to purchase your own Whisper Premium Silent Misting Diffuser yet? The decision-making isn’t over yet—you have 3 color options to choose from: Classic Silver, Blue Floral, or White.

Once you get your diffuser, try out this diffuser blend recipe to help promote relaxation and a sound sleep!

AH_GoodNight_WhisperDiffuserBlend

 

AH_ApricotMuffins2


Leave a comment

Apricot Coconut Muffins with Orange Essential Oil

These muffins are a delight to eat and taste like sunshine! Seriously, you will love the apricot, coconut, and orange flavor combination in these delicious muffins!
AH_ApricotMuffins1

Apricot Coconut Muffins with Orange Essential Oil

  • Servings: 12 muffins
  • Time: 35 minutes active
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Print

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (120 g) all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup (90 g) whole-wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup (41 g) shredded coconut
  • 1 1/2 tsp. (7 g) baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. (1 g) baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. (1.5 g) salt
  • 1/3 cup (64 g) coconut oil, melted and slightly cooled
  • 1/2 cup (110 g) brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup (50 g) granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) coconut milk (or regular milk)
  • 1/2 cup (143 g) plain greek yogurt
  • 2–3 drops orange essential oil
  • 1 cup (~150 g) fresh (or dried) apricots, seeded and chopped into small pieces
  • Granola, for topping

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400º F. (205° C.). Spray a standard muffin pan thoroughly with cooking spray. You can use paper muffin cups if desired.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the flours, shredded coconut, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In a medium bowl, cream coconut oil, sugars, and eggs together with a hand mixer for a couple minutes. Add the coconut milk, yogurt, and orange essential oil; continue whisking until combined.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry, and stir until just combined. Be careful not to over mix.
  5. Gently fold in the apricots.
  6. Divide mixture evenly among the 12 muffin cups (each about 2/3 full), and sprinkle granola on top of each muffin.
  7. Bake for 18–20 minutes or until golden brown.

school


2 Comments

Essential Oils for Back to School

school

The lazy days of summer can make going back to school hard for kids! Time to use that brain power again at a time when cold and flu season can really do a number on the immune system. Essential oils can help your child concentrate, fortify the immune system, and calm stress.

Concentrate

It’s easy for a child to feel fidgety and distracted in class. This can make it difficult to retain information and understand what is being taught in the classroom.  According to the Reference Guide for Essential Oils, some essential oils can help with that.

Lemon, jasmine, vetiver, cedarwood, and lavender oils are known to heighten the senses and aid in memory recall. Try diffusing these oils while your child studies, and then send him or her to school with a nasal inhaler made with the same oils. Click here for 6 Nasal Inhaler Recipes to Take to School.

Immunity Boost

During the colder months of the fall and winter, there are all kinds of bugs to be passed around. The crowded classrooms and gyms of schools are a breeding ground for sickness.

There are many essential oils that are powerful antibacterial agents. Oregano, cinnamon bark, ravensara, and peppermint are said to be more powerful as antibacterial agents than penicillin or ampicillin. One study showed that cinnamon bark, lemon-grass and thyme tested the highest out of 14 oils for inhibitory effects against respiratory tract pathogens Haemophilus influenzae, Streptococcus pneumoniae, Streptococcus pyogenes and Staphylococcus aureus, including some penicillin-resistant strains.

Diffuse these oils in your child’s room when they sleep, and make sure they are getting plenty of rest and healthy food.

Calming the Stress

Being in school can be stressful! Studying for a test, getting homework done, pleasing the teacher, and worrying about a social life can really add stress and worry to a child’s life.

Lavender, clary sage, bergamot, basil, chamomile, and tangerine are some of the many essential oils that have a calming and uplifting effect. While you cannot remove stress from your child’s life, you can help soothe the stress by spending quality time with your child. Try diffusing some calming oils while you sit and read with your child.

With the use of essential oils, along with proper rest, nutrition, and quality time, you can prepare and support your children as they face the challenges of getting back into the swing of things at school.

Sources:
Reference Guide for Essential Oils, 2016 Edition.

Shigeharu Inouye, Toshio Takizawa, and Hideyo Yamaguchi. “Antibacterial Activity of Essential Oils and Their Major Constituents against Respiratory Tract Pathogens by Gaseous Contact.” Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy 47, no. 5 (May 2001), 565–73.

AH_B2S_Teacher_RollOn


Leave a comment

Back-to-School Gifts for Teachers

AH_B2S_teacher_gifts

A new school year is upon us. Teachers put forth a lot of effort to educate our children, and a great way to start things off is with a gift for the teacher. We have a couple of fun ideas for you that you can thoughtfully present in our organza gift bags!

AH_B2S_Teacher_9504

Our first idea is to give your teacher a key chain case with sample vials of some of your favorite essential oils. Our key chain case comes with eight 5/8 dram vials. Here are some of our Facebook friends’ 8 favorite oils to carry in a key chain case: peppermint, lavender, Thieves®, lemon, Stress Away™, Digize™, Purification®, and frankincense. To see more combination ideas, visit this post on our Facebook page. (Note: the contest this is linked to has closed, but there are lots of great ideas from our customers in the comments section.)

AH-1392Everyday

You can use our new Oil Lock™ labels to  beautifully identify each of the oils you are gifting. Your teacher is sure to love this thoughtful gift that she can keep close at hand throughout the school year.

AH_B2S_Teacher_RollOn

Another idea for a teacher’s gift are these cute “Happy Teacher” and “Calm Teacher” Rollerball™ blends. You could even make these as a back-to-school essential oil make-and-take class idea. The adorable sticker labels have 6 of each on the sheet. You can find the recipes on our website or posted below.

Your child’s teacher is sure to appreciate these essential oil gifts as a great way to start off the new school year.

 

Save

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,128 other followers