Citrus Yogurt Dip with Essential Oils

Last week was my daughter's 11th birthday and she had a small party with a few friends. She is a meticulous party planner (already) and therefore she had special requests for the menu. The day arrived and I got to work in the kitchen preparing the food that afternoon. 

The crew arrived off the school bus hungry as usual and so I prepared for them a fruit platter with a yogurt dip. The fruit and dip were devoured in minutes and was super delicious so I wanted to share the recipe here for you all because it was so easy! 

Citrus Yogurt Dip

1 c plain yogurt
1 tbsp honey
1-2 drops each Lime, Lemon, Grapefruit Essential Oils
(you can use Orange too, but I was out unfortunately!)

Directions: Blend together yogurt, honey and essential oils. Serve. It's that easy!!

The best part about having essential oils in the kitchen (besides the wonderful health benefits) is that I didn't need to have all those different fruit juices in my refrigerator. Essential Oils have an unlimited shelf life if stored properly which makes them so easy to use. And it only takes a few drops or less to spice up, season or juice up your dishes, which makes the oils very economical! 

 

Young Living Essential Oils just came out with a new line of culinary oils and I wanted to share those all with you.  So easy to spice up your dishes! View a video here on using essential oils in the kitchen. 


*** Warning:  Do not use just any essential oils in the kitchen! Be sure your oils are food grade prior to using them for any culinary or dietary needs. 

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7 Everyday Oils

Here are 7 oils that families all around the world use EVERY day to support healthy living!

Frankincense

Frankincense is considered a holy anointing oil in the Middle East, where it has been used for generations. It has a sweet, warm, balsamic aroma. Frankincense is a versatile essential oil that includes the naturally occurring constituent alpha-pinene. It can be useful in massage after activity, diffused during meditation for grounding purposes, and applied cosmetically to help smooth the appearance of healthy-looking skin.
You'll also find Frankincense in several of our popular blends including Brain PowerForgiveness, and Awaken.

Lemon

Lemon essential oil has a pleasant, purifying citrus scent that may be diffused or added to food and beverage recipes. It also has exceptional home cleaning and purifying abilities. It's a key ingredient in Thieves®NingXia Red®, and Inner Defense™, and includes the powerful and naturally-occurring compound limonene.

Peppermint

Peppermint is one of the oldest and most highly regarded herbs for supporting normal digestion, including promoting healthy intestinal function and gastrointestinal system comfort. You might like to add a drop of  peppermint essential oil to herbal tea to help aid normal digestion. Place 2 drops of peppermint essential oil on the tongue and rub another drop of oil under the nose to support concentration and alertness.

Lavender

Lavender has a sweet, floral aroma that is soothing and refreshing. Lavender’s aroma is great for relaxing and winding down before bedtime; add to bath or diffuse to create a calming and comforting environment.  Lavender essential oil may complement your favorite shampoos, lotions and skin care products. Because it is the most versatile of all essential oils, no home should be without it.

PanAway® (oil blend)

PanAway® has a stimulating aroma and is a popular and original combination of WintergreenHelichrysumClove and Peppermint essential oils formulated by D. Gary Young. This blend is ideal to apply topically after exercise.

Thieves® (oil blend)

This proprietary and prized essential oil blend contains  Eucalyptus RadiataCloveLemonCinnamon, and Rosemary essential oils and contains the naturally derived consituents limonene, eucalyptol, and eugenol. This powerful blend supports healthy immune function, and may contribute to wellness when taken as a dietary supplement. Its powerful and aromatic botanicals make it a versatile natural cleaning agent that can be used all over your home.

Purification® (oil blend)

Purification® Essential Oil Blend helps freshen the air and eliminate odors with its unique blend of CitronellaRosemaryLemongrassMelaleuca Alternifola, Lavandin, and Myrtle essential oils. Diffuse it in the air, or put a few drops on cotton balls and place in vents, closets, or your car to freshen air and eliminate odors. Purification® can also be added to skin care products to moisturize and improve the appearance for healthy looking skin. Try adding it to V-6™ to complement a relaxing foot massage, or apply it topically for an annoyance-free outdoor experience.

Learn More About Essential Oils by visiting my website or contact me with any questions! 

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Spice It Up! Using Essential Oils in the Kitchen

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.

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons olive oil

 2 onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 pounds butternut squash, peeled and cubed
4 cups vegetable broth
2 dropsClove essential oil
3 dropsNutmeg essential oil
1 dropCinnamon Bark essential oil
Salt
Pepper

Directions:

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. 

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Give the gift of wellness this holiday!

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! 

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Ten Natural Ways to Make Today A Spa Day

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! 

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