Has it been getting a little stale? Has there been moaning at the table? Is everyone looking for something just a bit spicier? Well, you can spice it up and increase the healthy aspect at the same time!
A “healthier lifestyle” way of eating starts with our food preparation.
We are all trying to do everything right - we are shopping for organic and locally raised food to ensure we get the best for our bodies and are preparing more meals at home using those fresh ingredients. And, while food must be healthy and nourishing it must also be sensual.
So, we often reach for seasonings and spices to flavor the dishes we prepare. But, those dried herbs lose up to 90% of their healing nutrients, therefore they offer very little benefit other than flavor. What if, instead, you reach for the essence of the plant, not only flavoring the dish, but adding a therapeutic and increased wellness to your already healthy dishes?
A properly distilled essential oil is 50-70 times more therapeutically potent than fresh or dried herbs. They have a chemical structure that is similar to human cells and tissues. This makes them compatible with human protein and enables them to be readily identified and accepted by the body. Adding essential oils also increases the ion exchange in the cells of the foods, increasing the cell surface and allowing more oxygen uptake that enhances greater enzyme function. Essential oils are known for their energizing and sliming effects, so adding them to your diet daily is very beneficial in so many ways.
What a novel idea!
Using essential oils in food is not a new idea, there are in fact thousands of food products that use essential oils for aroma and flavor, such as chewing gum, chocolates, candies and many more.
Another benefit of using essential oils in your recipes is the relatively small amount that you need to use to flavor your dishes. It literally takes only a few drops to season an entire recipe that serves four people. Just 2 drops of an essential oil is equivalent to 2 ounces of dried herbs. Having essential oils in your pantry is like having a garden in constant full bloom and you don’t have to pull any weeds!
So which essential oils should we have in our pantry?
There is of course, the obvious choices such as oregano, black pepper, nutmeg and basil, there is also a wide range of oils you can use for baking or in beverages. You can include essential oils in many of your favorite recipes. Add lemon, rosemary, clove, or peppermint to give wonderful flavor to salad dressings. Season cakes, frostings, puddings, and fruit pies, or enhance herbal tea with lemon, lavender, clove or peppermint. For a cold drink that even children will love, add lemon or peppermint to a pitcher of iced, mineral water and honey as an alternative to sweetened sodas. Flavor honey by stirring in the essential oil of your choice and adding it to your favorite recipe. I recently made a batch of Squash Soup using fresh butternut squash and nutmeg and clove essential oils. It was delicious, healthy and I was able to freeze some to eat later. Contact me for the soup recipe along with a great list of other recipes using essential oils. Another fantastic soup recipe is also available on the Young Living blog. I can also help you modify your current recipes exchanging dried herbs for fresh essential oil.
Because the food you eat directly impacts the way you look and feel, incorporating essential oils into your daily diet can make it easier to obtain remarkable results – adding spice and increased nutrition to every meal.
This healthful and delicious essential oil-infused soup recipe is sure to be a hit with your friends and family. It includes Young Living’s Clove, Cinnamon Bark, and Nutmeg essential oils. Try this recipe for Butternut Squash Soup for your next meal.
In soup pan, sauté onions, garlic, salt, and pepper in olive oil over medium heat until tender. Add cubed squash and cook for 3–5 minutes. Next, add vegetable broth and bring to a boil. Boil on medium-high heat for 25 minutes or until squash is fork tender. Remove from heat. Using a hand mixer, puree until smooth. Stir in the essential oils. Allow oils to infuse into soup for 5–8 minutes and then serve. The soup may be garnished with a spoonful of yogurt if desired.
This recipe makes about 5 ½ cups of soup.
Recipe courtesy of Young Living Essential Oils Blog.
A Young Living membership is a gift that can keep on giving!
The holiday season is one of the most important times of the year – it’s when we can gather together and enjoy the company of those we love. No matter whether you’re celebrating old traditions, starting new ones, or just looking for a simple something to show you care, you’ll find the perfect gift from Young Living Essential Oils.
We have made it easy to share and use essential oils with the wonderful products in our Holiday Catalog.
If you are looking for a gift that keeps on giving, a membership to Young Living is a wonderful gift that is sure to be remembered. For as little as $40 you can give the gift that offers better health and wellness options year round!
We have also put together some ideas for you! Here are some holiday gift ideas for Her & Him! And, if you need something for the kids and pets, we have that too! New diffusers make it fun for the little ones to experience essential oils in their room too. A diffuser is a great way to keep away the winter yuck and brighten your spirits anytime.
In the next few weeks I’ll be sharing more great gift ideas. Feel free to contact me if you need any ideas for family, friends, teachers or others that you love sharing the many benefits of essential oils!
I know it's Monday, but don't let that stop you from pampering yourself a little! Here are some ways to de-stress, unwind and take care of you-know-who!!
Ten Natural Ways to Make Today A Spa Day
1. Let the birds wake you up.
There is nothing harsher to the body and mind at rest than the piercing shrill of an alarm clock to wake it out of its restorative sleep. The penetrating sound of a noisy alarm can start the day off on a stressful note... and you haven't even gotten out of bed yet!
Open your window and tune yourself into the soft hum of natural bird sounds in between 5 to 6am. The sounds and vibrations of the birds at this hour are positive subliminal frequencies that can balance your energy system. Rub your favorite Young Living Essential Oil Blend on the soles of your feet - before you get out of bed in the morning.
2. Take a morning walk.
It is said that the morning dew holds a special frequency that can revitalize your energy field, especially if you walk on the dew-ridden grass. The other benefits of the morning walk are that it can lower your stress level before you even get started for the day. It also gives you a chance to organize your thoughts, plan and visualize your day. Whether it is a morning walk, at lunchtime or during the evening hours, getting your body moving for at least 30 minutes at some point in the day supports your lymphatic system. The lymphatic system needs movement to do its job of detoxifying the body. Along with delivering more oxygen and increasing cardiovascular circulation, mobilizing lymph by movement is one of your best daily treatments.
3. Put music on.
Set the mood you want to create for the day by choosing music to play in the morning as you get ready for your day. Play party music if you want a fun day, soothing music if you want a peaceful day, or classical music if you need to do a lot of thinking during the day.
4. Stretch in the shower.
Hot water in your morning shower can loosen up muscles so it is easier to get a good stretch. Muscles that are stretching are using more oxygen and create more circulation just by the simple fact that they are in motion. Rub Young Living's Morning Start Shower Gel, with peppermint oil, all over your body to cleanse and uplift the body during your morning shower or bath.
5. Eat a balanced breakfast.
Eating right in the morning is another way to set the tone for the day. Your endocrine system (the part of the body that helps to handle stress) gets the right message and fuel to deal with the stress that it will have to handle. Protein and complex carbs are the way to go in the morning! Try Young Living's Balance Complete; this superfood meal replacement is both a powerful nutritive energizer and cleanser. Whole NingXia wolfberry powder, nutrient-dense brown rice bran, and a wide assortment of superfoods deliver 11 grams of V-Fiber™ per serving and a balanced, complete, and nutritionally dynamic meal.
6. Journal and Set Goals.
Recording thoughts, intentions, and results is a good thing to do at the beginning, and end of your day. Create your "to do" list for your chores, your self-care, and even include the positive thoughts you want to think!
7. Clear desktop clutter.
Clearing clutter from your workspace and environment can help clear the clutter of the mind. It can enable you to become more creative and productive. Take 3 to 5 minutes to clear your work environment of clutter. Breathe and be happy in the process of your day - remember it's the journey, not the destination.
8. Enjoy family and friends in the evening, and put the television aside.
Take the time to tell someone close to you that you care about them.
Sharing community projects or just joining together for the purpose of being together is a healthy way to wind down your day. Spending quality time with loved ones is a good way to reinforce your reason for being.
Do something to improve the global environment. Plant a flower or tree, trees suck up carbon dioxide and make clean air for us to breath.
Whether it's about you being important to someone or someone being important to you, sharing time together from the heart and hearth is balancing for the soul.
9. Take a Home Spa bath.
There is no better way to end the day than to soak in your private tub filled with bubbles, salts, or special oils. Immersing your body in water (a shower can be just as effective!) can help to clear the events of the day from your aura and relax the body. This naturally relaxes the mind and it's a great segue to a sound restorative sleep.
10. Use essential oils to help your day and night.
Essential oils can allow you to take the spa experience into every moment of your daily and nightly routine. Not only do they create an aromatic environment, but the actions of essential oils, can support a healthy mental and physical state, and promote wellness all over the body.
If you would like more information on any of this, please contact me!
Do you LOVE coffee?? I mean ~ need it, want it, crave it? Well so do I.
If you are like me you came to love coffee later in life, as an adult (I was around 25), when your taste buds are more mature and well seasoned. I have never liked my coffee black, no sir, I needed it to taste more like hot chocolate than coffee really. As the years have gone by I have lighted up quite a bit on the creamy sweetness but they still grace my cup each morning along with my joe.
I have not been to a coffee shop in years, lamenting a bit now and then when I pass one, because I love lattes. But with the knowledge of pesticide ridden coffee beans, artificial flavors and hormones in the cream, I became accustomed to making my own at home and being grateful to have the money to afford organic beans, organic sugar and hormone free cream.
Until about a year ago…. I will no longer feel a sense of longing or loss as I pass the coffee shop. Because the latte came home. I was brave enough to try "the latest craze" – Butter Coffee. And am I glad I did!
“Why?” some might ask, would you want to add such things as butter and coconut oil to your coffee?
Well, I “heard” that it helps with mental clarity, helps you feel full in the morning (I’m one who tends to skip breakfast) and is another way to get some of those 4 tablespoons of coconut oil daily that’s recommended in our diets.
So, here’s my Butter Coffee recipe:
12 oz hot fresh brewed organic coffee
(note of caution: I can’t go any higher on the amount of coffee I put in the blender or else it goes shooting out all over the kitchen, so just a word of caution to proceed carefully if trying to make a double batch or something)
a dash of vanilla and organic sugar, agave, honey or stevia to taste
For that Pumpkin Latte taste add a drop of Thieves Essential Oil. You'll find a wonderful cinnamon flavor that also boosts immune systems responses
Add all ingredients to the blender. Blend for 30 seconds. Drink up!
I am so pleased with this super yummy coffee that I now enjoy 2 large mugs of it each morning. So, in honor of National Coffee Day, I am sharing this little recipe and here’s some further info and resources if you want to know more.
*Why Butter is good for you, what kind to buy and why its important: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/09/29/full-fat-dairy-products.aspx
Health benefits of butter coffee: http://nextshark.com/5-reasons-why-everyone-is-putting-butter-in-their-coffee/
If you know someone who needs to get some sleep, this post was created with them in mind. (Please feel free to share my information with someone you know that might benefit by using an all-natural, more holistic approach to a better nights sleep.)
"A friend suggested that I try using the essential oil of valerian for sleep, so I decided to do a little research; the National Institutes of Health has a website devoted to Valerian for Insomnia and Sleep Disorders. I was amazed how much clinical investigation there was on the properties of this oil. What I read about valerian was that it was very highly regarded as an all-natural sedative. What I learned about valerian from using it was that it is calming, relaxing, balancing, and a sleep aid. Just an aside, Valerian Root is generally regarded as safe (GRAS) for ingestion by the FDA. I would make sure the oil you use is therapeutic grade. " John Rosenberger, Moses Lake, Washington
It is estimated that Americans spend $14 Billion dollars, every year, on our Sleep Disorders!
58% of adults experience symptoms of insomnia a few nights or more per week
35% of adults report at least one symptom of insomnia every night or almost every night
For those looking for a safe, effective, and cost-effective alternative, Young Living's beautiful essential oils stand alone.
Try some oils tonight before you go to sleep. You may be pleasantly surprised!
"I use Essential Oil of Cedarwood on my feet before I go to bed and sleep like a baby! It stimulates the pineal gland which releases natural Melatonin. I feel this is also good for the brain since Cedarwood is high in sesquiterpenes [brain food]. I have also used Alkalime and Lavender for sleep....love it." - Jackie K., Hemphill, Texas
"When my sister Linda died last year, I found myself facing insomnia for the first time in my life. I'd go to bed as normal but would have trouble even getting 2 hours sleep a night. I had heard that Valerian could be good for insomnia, so I ordered a bottle from Young Living. I'd put a few drops under my tongue and then - because it didn't smell great - I put a drop of Lavender on the tip of my nose which masked the smell. It was a wonder! I was sleeping again and never was groggy in the morning. The National Institutes of Health has a website devoted to Valerian for Insomnia and Sleep Disorders. Just as an aside, I'm a big fan of 19th century Russian literature and one of my favorite writers is Anton Chekhov, who was actually a country doctor as well as a writer. In one of his plays, The Sea Gull, the doctor in the play named Dorn asks his patient if he'd like some Valerian drops for his insomnia. So this has been a traditional remedy. Valerian Root is generally regarded as safe (GRAS) for ingestion by the FDA. I would just make sure the oil ingested is therapeutic grade. I highly recommend the Valerian/Lavender combo for insomnia." Kathryn Streletzky
"I put my daughter to sleep every night with a story and a kiss. Recently, I have added some reflexology techniques and the rubbing of Peace and Calming essential oils to the bottom of her feet, and some in her palms to smell deeply. The two of us become so relaxed and sleepy that we had to change our nightly ritual to stories first and oils last. She sleeps so soundly her blankets stay perfectly neat until she wakes up in the morning. Wonderful!" Stacy Allen
"Last year I was having problems with sleeping at night so I decided I would try the Valor oil to see if it would help me out. I tried putting 2 drops on the bottom of both feet and then with the oil on my hands, I would cup them in front of my mouth and nose and take 6-8 deep breaths. Since I started with this routine I have been getting a full night's sleep and waking up very refreshed. My husband has been using it also and is sleeping better with a lot less snoring." Anne Totzke
Suggested Oils for Sleep:
Dream Catcher (For Nightmares)
Peace & Calming
Get your oils today and have many nights of sweet dreams!