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Cooking with Essential Oils

Have you ever tried using Essential Oils while cooking? I love using oils like Lemon, Lime and Orange in cooking, especially when it is combined with other fresh ingredients to make a yummy guacamole or salsa! It is easier than ever now to know exactly which oils you can ingest and add to your recipes with Young Living’s new Vitality Oils collection. These oils include the same exact oils as before, but are labeled as dietary. Just look for the white-colored Vitality label!

Check out this recipe below from My Oily Kitchen to see how you can start using Essential Oils in your recipes!

*I only trust Young Living Essential Oils for using in cooking because of their Seed to Seal Promise. Find out more here.

My Oily Kitchen: Fruity Avocado Salsa featuring Young Living’s Vitality line of essential oils.

Source: My Oily Kitchen: Fruity Avocado Salsa

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DIY Tuesday: Homemade EO Gifts, Bonus Recipe!

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I’m going to cheat on the DIY post today- I didn’t make this one up myself but sure wish I had. Recently I attended an online Young Living Homemade Gifts party on Facebook. It was great because I just sat at my computer and got all these great recipes and ideas for cute, thoughtful, and easy gifts to make using Young Living Essential Oils. This DIY recipe came from one of the ladies hosting this party, on her blog called All Things G&D. I love doing the fun make and take projects, and it’s even better when you can share your project with others!

I am really into my Christmas baking as well right now. I feel like I have been behind this year- between kids being sick, shopping, and going on a quick Disneyland trip, the past month has been crazy busy! Now is the time to catch up! Which brings me to this DIY recipe- it’s called Peppermint Chocolate Hot Cocoa Mix-In! This super festive, really easy, and pretty recipe would be great to give as a gift or have as part of a Hot Cocoa Bar at your holiday parties. I plan on putting pieces of this out along with whipped cream and extra marshmallows to add to some yummy Crock Pot Hot Cocoa at my family Christmas party this year.  Just the picture itself looks yummy- like a white/dark chocolate peppermint bark! But even better- you add a piece to your hot cocoa and as it melts in, you get an even richer, more chocolaty and minty cup of awesomeness! I am making this right now as I type, and I can’t wait to try it when it is done!

Here is the link to the blog post and recipe:

Peppermint Chocolate Hot Cocoa Mix-In.

Tell me what you think of this recipe, and if you would like more recipes in DIY Tuesday, or should I stick to the non-edible projects? 🙂


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Try DIY Tuesday (Sunday Edition): Homemade EO Gifts, Part 3!

Ok, this DIY might be one of my favorites. It is so easy, yet such a great gift and easily customizable! It’s lip balm! Who doesn’t need lip balm, especially in this cold and dry weather. Even better, it is made with totally natural ingredients so you don’t have to worry what those 11-letter words are you are putting on your lips. Thank you to my YL teammate Melissa for providing this recipe! 🙂

Cocoa-Mint Lip Balm

You will need:

6 small lip balm pots (5 gram size) or 5 empty lip balm tubes (I got mine on Amazon)

4 teaspoons coconut oil

2 teaspoons beeswax pellets (got these on Amazon as well, they were labeled organic)

6 semi-sweet chocolate chips

4-5 drops Peppermint Young Living Essential Oil

Directions:

First of all, you might want to spread out some newspaper, or even a larg cutting board on your work surface to protect it from hot oil and also from cleaning up a mess later! 😀

Spoon coconut oil and beeswax pellets into a glass bowl or jar (pyrex measuring cup would work great!) and microwave for approximately one minute, or until the beeswax looks melted. Stir with a metal spoon. Add chocolate chips and stir until everything is combined and melted. Then add the 4 drops Peppermint Oil and stir well. Quickly (and carefully, it’s hot!) pour the lip balm mixture into your pots or lip balm tubes. The lip balm hardens very quickly, so resist the urge to touch the top to check! You will leave a fingerprint in your pretty shiny balm, and no one wants that! 🙂 Put the lids on and stick on a small label showing what flavor the balm is. That’s it! Ready to give (or keep yourself!)

Some ways that this recipe could be customized would be to leave out the chocolate chips (especially for someone who is Dairy-free) and just make a peppermint flavored balm. You might want to add just a touch more beeswax pellets if you leave out the chocolate, because it might not harden as solid. You could also make a fruity flavored balm by using grapefruit, orange, or Citrus Fresh oils. You could also make a Cinna-mint flavor using Cinnamon and Peppermint oils. The possibilities are endless!

Just make sure, as always, that the Essential Oils you are using in your lip balm are 100% Therapeutic-Grade Essential Oils. The only oils I trust for this reason are Young Living Essential Oils. I know that there are no additives to my oils, only 100% pure oil- because of the Seed to Seal Quality Promise. You also want to make sure they are labeled as Supplemental, that way you know they are meant for ingestion- since they are being applied to your lips! 🙂

If you don’t have any Essential Oils of your own yet, click here to find out how to get some! 🙂


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Try DIY Tuesday (Saturday Edition): Homemade EO Gifts, Part 2

Today’s DIY gift is as fast and easy as they come, but one of my favorite things to make! It is so easy to customize and change for different seasons or moods. It’s Room Spray!

Everyone wants their house, car, office, linens, bathroom, or even gym bag to smell nice! But, no one wants the nasty chemicals that are inside the sprays you buy at the grocery store. This is why you should make your own using all plant-based ingredients so you can feel good about making your house smell good! This project is also a great one that the kids can help with. They can do the shaking part, the adding the oil drops part, and more shaking! Lol! room spray graphic

You will need:

1- 8oz spray bottle (I found a trigger-style sprayer works best for spraying the air or large areas. For a fancier feel to the bottle, get either a glass spray bottle or an aluminum bottle instead of plastic. You can find these on Amazon.)

Salt (Epsom or Sea Salt)

Water

Young Living Essential Oils- approximately 20-30 drops

Tag to hang on your bottle for gift giving with your spray name

Directions:

Put a few pinches of salt in the bottom of your empty spray bottle. Add your oils to the salt and swirl the bottle around to mix the oil into the salt long enough so there are no clumps left and the oil is absorbed. Fill the bottle with water, leaving enough room to screw on the spray top. Shake well, and spray wherever you need freshening! (Make sure to shake before using each time because the oil will still separate a little bit.)

At our Holiday Make & Bake & Take party, we made a Fall Room Spray. For the oil combination, we added 7 drops each of Young Living Orange, Nutmeg, and Clove Essential Oils. Some other great combinations would be:

Christmas Spray-

15 drops Young Living Christmas Spirit Essential Oil

5 drops Young Living Orange Essential Oil

Pine Forest Spray-

10 drops Young Living Evergreen Essence Essential Oil Blend

5 drops Young Living Lemon Essential Oil Blend

Spiced Cider Spray-

10 drops Young Living Thieves Essential Oil Blend

5 drops Young Living Orange Essential Oil

5 drops Young Living Lemon Essential Oil

2 drops Young Living Cinnamon Essential Oil

2 drops Young Living Clove Essential Oil

The possibilities are endless! Think of the combinations you like in your diffuser, and then just use about 4 times as much oil in your spray than you would in your diffuser, because there is a lot more water in the spray to dilute the oil.

 

As always, if you haven’t gotten your own Essential Oils yet, you can click here to find out how!


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Try DIY Tuesday (Friday Edition): Homemade EO Gifts!

Do you need some stocking stuffer ideas? Do you need something for the office gift exchange? How about that person that has EVERYTHING? Try these fun and easy DIY gifts made with YL Essential Oils.

Ugh, who has time to make gifts, you say? Well, recently I hosted a holiday themed Make & Bake & Take party at my house along with two ladies from our local YL team. Each guest that came made three gifts plus watched a pumpkin bread demo using oils, as well as drank festive drinks and ate snacks, all in about an hour and a half! Of course, if you make these gifts yourself it will not take that long, but you will have just as much fun! I will post one DIY per day, so you can try one at a time! Here we go!

1.Chocolate Jar Cake Infused with Young Living Orange Essential Oil

*A few notes- this cake can be made in a coffee mug if you just want a quick dessert for one. I put it in a jar for the ease of gift giving because of the nice lid, but if you can’t find the right size jar, you could just as easily mix all the dry ingredients together, pour in a Ziploc bag, and nestle into a cute coffee mug. Also, you might think that it looks kind of funny with the jar only 1/2 full of ingredients. I agree, and the ingredients will mix together if the jar gets jostled around. But, this much space needs to be left in the jar that is being used to “bake” your cake in because once you mix in the wet ingredients and cook, the cake will rise and expand (and explode all over your microwave if there isn’t enough space!).

Jar Cake graphic

Top of jar

This gift is so easy to assemble and looks pretty neat, too. All you have to do is layer the ingredients, cut a pretty piece of paper to put on the top of the lid, and tie the instructions on with a nice ribbon. Done! Here are the directions:

You will need:

1- 12-oz jar or mug (I used a 12-oz size “Jelly Jar” Mason jar found on the Walmart website)

5 tablespoons sugar

3-4 drops Young Living Orange Essential Oil (You could also use  1-2 drops YL Peppermint Essential Oil instead)

2 tablespoons cocoa powder

1/4 cup flour

dash of salt

1 tablespoon semi-sweet or white chocolate chips

Instructions:

Mix sugar and Essential Oil in the bottom of the jar. Mix until the sugar has sucked up all the oil and no clumps remain. Layer the rest of the ingredients in the jar- cocoa powder, flour, salt, and chocolate chips. Screw on the top and tie on an instruction tag.

To bake the Jar Cake, stir all dry ingredients together in the jar. Add 1 egg, 3 tablespoons milk, 3 tablespoons vegetable oil, and a dash of vanilla extract. Mix until well combined. Microwave the jar uncovered on high until cake is puffed, about 1 1/2 minutes.

You can easily modify this recipe for Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free diets as well- just swap out the flour with a GF flour substitute, and the milk for a non-dairy milk like almond or coconut milk. Make sure your chocolate chips are GF and DF as well. 🙂

Here is the instruction tag you can print out on thick paper to attach to your jars for giving as gifts. Just right click on the graphic, and save to your computer. When you print it, select 9 to a page and they will print out the right size to cut apart and attach! 🙂

Chocolate Jar Cake label

***One more note- make sure that when you are using Essential Oils in your recipes, or putting in your water to drink, that you are using 100% Therapeutic-grade Essential Oils that are labeled as Supplemental. You want to make sure that there are no additives or chemicals in the Essential Oils that you consume, just 100% pure oil. This is why I only trust Young Living Essential Oils, because they have the Seed to Seal Quality Commitment. Please don’t consume anything you are not sure is 100% pure! 🙂

If you don’t have any of your own Young Living Essential Oils and would like to find out how to get some, click here!

 

 

 

 


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Try DIY Tuesday: Diffusing!

I have been slacking a little on my DIY projects, I so figured today would be a great day to talk about diffusing, and some great diffuser recipes to try! Diffusing is one of the most effective ways to get the benefits of Essential Oils into your body.  Here is what Young Living says about diffusing, taken from a post on their blog (https://www.youngliving.com/blog/the-science-and-art-of-diffusing-essential-oils/):

“Our mind creates powerful connections between scent and our emotions, surroundings, and memories. Diffusing essential oils is a simple but effective way to access those connections. It can also help build new and positive memories and experiences.

Because diffusion distributes essential oil molecules into the air so effectively, it is an excellent way to maximize the beneficial properties of essential oils. There are lots of different ways to diffuse, so let’s talk about the most effective methods. It’s important to note that overheating essential oils using aroma lamps or candles can render the oils less beneficial, so we’ll focus on different cold-air diffusion methods.

Direct Inhalation

You may simply open a bottle of essential oil and inhale or put a few drops of oil on the palm of your hand, rub your hands together, and then cup your hands over your nose and mouth and inhale. You can even add a few drops of oil to a bowl of hot (not boiling) water and inhale the vapor.

 Cold-Air Fan

Young Living’s Travel Fan Diffuser introduces convenience and portability to essential oil diffusion. The Travel Fan diffuses by blowing cool air through the essential oil pad, releasing beneficial essential oil molecules into the air.

Ultrasonic Diffusers

Ultrasonic diffusion combines the advantages of a humidifier, air purifier, atomizer, and aromatherapy diffuser into one by breaking a mixture of essential oils and water into millions of microparticles and dispersing them into the air.”

If you already have the Premium Starter Kit from Young Living, you own an Ultrasonic Diffuser. It might be the Home version, the Bamboo version, or the newest, Dewdrop version. Any one of these are great! They all work in the same way, just vary on amount of space they reach or length of time they will run. Now for the fun part, the recipes!

My favorite is 4 drops Stress Away with 2 or 3 drops Orange. It smells just like a Creamsicle, plus has the stress-removing properties! Bonus!

Lately I am all about the Fall scents, since 80 degrees just doesn’t feel like fall. You can put in 4-6 drops of Thieves all by itself, and that already smell like Christmas to me. If you want to have more layered, customized scents, try some of these:

Fall diffuser recipes

Other Essential Oil blends that Young Living sells that you could diffuse without even mixing would be Christmas Spirit, and Evergreen Essence! (Fresh Christmas Tree smell, anyone?)

What are some of your favorite oils to diffuse?


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Try DIY Tuesday: Easiest-Ever All Purpose Plant-Based Household Cleaner!

Ok, people. Today’s DIY is for those who mean well, they really want to make their own cleaning and skin care products but just don’t have time, energy, or the pure get up and go to do crafty projects. You know who you are! 😉 Well, trust me, it can’t get any easier than this. If you do only one DIY project in your entire life, THIS IS THE ONE!!!!

How would you like to have a multi-purpose cleaner, one that is completely plant-based, safe for the whole family to use, has a light, spicy scent (I think it smells like Christmas!), and only costs about $.66 per bottle?? I know I did! And that is why the Young Living Thieves Household Cleaner concentrate was the first thing I ordered from Young Living after my Premium Starter Kit! This Cleaner uses 100% plant-based ingredients along with Young Living’s Thieves Essential Oil Blend and Lemon Essential Oil to give you a powerful but natural way to clean your entire house. When I heard about this product, I was very excited to try it because I am trying to eliminate the harsh chemicals from my cleaning regimen. After using it, I am constantly telling everyone else they need to get some! There is no residue left on surfaces, it eats away at grease and soap scum, removes set-in stains, all with a light scent that dissipates quickly, and all you have to do is mix it with water! Continue reading