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Make a Fruity, Chocolatey After School Snack!

Posted on January 29th, 2015 | no comments

Young Living Essential OilsEvery afternoon during the school year, kids rush home and raid the kitchen in search of an afternoon snack. If parents aren’t careful, these snacks could fill their kids up with processed ingredients with little nutritional value.

 

Instead, here’s an alternative that combines the delicious and wholesome benefits of fruit, essential oils, and Ecuadorian Dark Chocolessence! Different from standard chocolate, Ecuadorian Dark Chocolessence contains 70 percent cacao and offers high amounts of beneficial flavonoids. This snack is customizable, so you can adapt it for almost any age and even your pickiest eater!

 

Ecuadorian Dark Chocolessence - Young LivingIngredients

  • 4 bars Ecuadorian Dark Chocolessence, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons organic coconut oil
  • A 2–4 drops of a tasty essential oil, such as Peppermint or Orange (optional)
  • Sliced fruit, such as strawberries, bananas, pineapple, or pears
  • Toppings such as sliced almonds, pumpkin seeds, or coconut flakes

 

Supplies

  • Wax paper
  • Toothpicks/skewers
  • Double boiler or small pot and small metal bowl
  • Tray or baking sheet

 

Directions

  1. Young Living - Orange ChocolateMelt chocolate and coconut oil together in a double boiler. You can create your own with a stainless steel bowl placed over a small pot of boiling water. Stir often to prevent chocolate from burning.
  2. As soon as all of the chocolate has melted and combined with the coconut oil, remove from heat. Ecuadorian Dark Chocolessence contains quinoa crisps and raw cacao nibs, so the melted chocolate will not be completely smooth. If using, mix in 1–2 drops essential oil.
  3. Dip fruit into the chocolate mixture using toothpicks or skewers and place chocolate-coated fruit on wax paper-lined tray or baking sheet. Stir chocolate occasionally.
  4. When all of the fruit is coated in chocolate, garnish with your choice of toppings. Place tray in freezer to help the chocolate set.
  5. Remove from freezer and enjoy!

 

This treat is perfect for sweet-toothed and health-conscious individuals alike! Comment below and tell us what combinations you would love to try.

 

—Blair Lloyd, Young Living International and Portfolio Brand Associate

YL in the Kitchen: Italian Dipping Oil

Posted on January 12th, 2015 | 7 comments

Bring the taste of Italy to your dining table with this easy-to-prepare dipping oil recipe! Serve as an appetizer, as a side at dinner, or anytime as a tasty snack.

 

In this recipe we’ve included the bold flavors of Oregano, Basil, Thyme, and Rosemary essential oils. Just one drop packs a full-bodied flavor since these essential oils are several times more concentrated than the original herb.

 

Dipping Oil for Italian Bread - with Young Living Essential Oils

Have some fun with flavor and experiment with these other essential oil ideas!

 

Do you have any other great dipping oil combinations? Share your culinary skills in the comments!

Chai Time

Posted on December 23rd, 2014 | 6 comments

Almost nothing is a more comforting book-and-blanket companion on a winter day than a warm cup of chai tea. Want to curl up and take a little relaxing, post-holiday me-time? Be your own barista and recreate the coffee shop magic of a creamy, foamy, spicy chai latte at home.

 

Making chai lattes infused with essential oils is easy. You’ll need an 8-oz. Mason jar with lid, toothpicks, and a microwave.

 

 Chai Latte infused with Young Living Essential Oils - Recipe

How do you infuse your drinks with essential oils? Let us know in the comments!

Tried-and-True Tips for Cooking with Young Living Essential Oils

Posted on December 15th, 2014 | 14 comments

As your essential oil collection increases, so does your know-how. You learn which oils are best to use in the morning. You curate a mental list of diffusion blends that change the mood in your home. And you know which essential oils help you find your Zen when added to bathwater. But did you know that many of our oils can be used in the kitchen? Enjoy the power of essential oils from the inside out!

 

We’ve compiled some of our favorite tips for using essential oils in the kitchen. Add these delicious tips to your repertoire!

 

Breakfast

  1. Waffles: Add 1–4 drops of Orange essential oil to wet waffle mix.
  2. Oatmeal: Add 1 drop of Cinnamon Bark and 2 drops of Orange essential oil to a bowl of oatmeal or oat bran, and then sweeten with Blue Agave.
  3. Lemon with Berries: Add Lemon essential oil to berry protein shakes or to plain yogurt and top with berries.

 

Snacks

  1. Cream Cheese Spread: Put cream cheese into a bowl and mix in Lemon essential oil to taste.
  2. Olive Oil: Add various culinary herb essential oils to your olive oil, such as Rosemary. Pour over a plate of balsamic vinegar and use foccacia bread for dipping.

 

Dinner

  1. Tomato Pasta Sauce: Add 2 drops of Basil essential oil and 1 drop each of Rosemary and Thyme essential oil to tomato sauce base.
  2. Olive Oil Dipping Sauce with Young Living Rosemary Essential OilPotato Salad: Add 1–2 drops of Dill essential oil to potato salad.
  3. Rice Pilaf: Add 4 drops of Lemon essential oil to water before adding rice.
  4. Salad and Fruit Rinse: Use 3 drops of Lemon essential oil in a bowl of water when rinsing lettuce, grapes, berries, and greens.
  5. Tuna Salad Sandwiches: Add 2 drops of Lemon essential oil per can of tuna and mix with mayonnaise and freshly ground pepper. Spoon onto bread and serve topped with alfalfa sprouts.

 

Beverages

  1. Hot Lemon Tea: In 1 cup of hot water, mix in 3 drops of Lemon essential oil and Blue Agave to taste.
  2. Horchata with a Twist: Add 1 drop of Cinnamon Bark essential oil to a tall glass filled with ice and vanilla rice milk.
  3. Vanilla Protein Shake: Add 2 drops of Lemon or Peppermint essential oil to any vanilla protein shake.
  4. Flavored Water: Add 1 drop of Peppermint essential oil to your gym water bottle.

 

What other  secrets do you have for using essential oils in the kitchen? Share your ideas in the comments!

Sweet and Savory: Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes

Posted on November 19th, 2014 | 4 comments

As the holiday season quickly approaches, many of us are already decking the halls and planning our celebratory meals. Traditional dishes bring fond memories of past holidays—along with excess calories and refined sugars. Today we want to share a few variations of classic recipes that incorporate Young Living products and provide an extra boost of nutrition!

 

Agave Roasted Sweet Potatoes

 

Agave Roasted Sweet PotatoesIngredients

 

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. In a medium bowl, mix Blue Agave, olive oil, Cinnamon Bark essential oil, Black Pepper essential oil, and salt to create a glaze. Add the sweet potatoes to the glaze and stir until evenly coated. Arrange the sweet potatoes onto a large rimmed baking sheet. Place the baking sheet into the preheated oven and roast for approximately 25–30 minutes, turning the sweet potatoes halfway through.

 

Garlic and Thyme Creamy Mash

 

Young Living Garlic and Thyme Creamy MashIngredients

 

Directions

Steam the cauliflower for approximately 6–8 minutes, until the florets are tender when pierced with a fork. Drain the steamed cauliflower and transfer to food processor. Combine remaining ingredients and process to your desired texture.

 

We love new, innovative recipes! Comment below and share with us the ways you are incorporating Young Living products into your holiday meals.

 

—Blair Lloyd, Young Living International and Portfolio Brand Associate

Make and Take Party: DIY Holiday Gifts Theme

Posted on November 8th, 2014 | 5 comments

Thinking about making homemade holiday gifts using essential oils? Invite your friends over for a make-and-take party! At a recent Monthly Education Seminar, Young Living member and party-hosting expert Nance Ciasca not only taught us how to have a successful make-and-take party but also gave us ideas on a “Holiday Gifts” party theme.

 

Find simple instructions below to make three memorable holiday gifts—Winter Smooth Hand Scrub to comfort skin exposed to harsh elements, Winter Fresh Spray to freshen any indoor environment, and invigorating “The Day After” Bath Salts to use after a big day of rich foods, family, and fun!

 

Winter Smooth Hand Scrub

  1. In a Ziploc bag, combine:

1/2 C white sugar

1/2 C brown sugar

1 tsp. V-6 Oil

1/3 C olive oil

10 drops Lavender essential oil or other topical essential oil of your choice

 2. Seal bag and knead to mix ingredients.

3. Pour contents into an 8 oz. mason jar.

 

Winter Fresh Spray

  1. Unscrew the lid of a clean, empty 2 oz. spray bottle.
  2. Using a funnel, fill with distilled water up to one finger’s width from the top.
  3. Add 10 drops Evergreen Essence™ essential oil blend
  4. Top off with witch hazel and shake well.
  5. Spray in indoor spaces or onto linens and carpets to add a fresh, aromatic boost.

 

 

“The Day After” Bath Salts

Bath Salts

  1. To a 4 oz. jar with cork lid, add

1/4 C Epsom salt

1/4 C Kosher salt

10 drops Eucalyptus Globulus essential oil

10 drops Juniper essential oil

 2. Secure the cork top and shake well.

3. Add as desired to a hot bath.

 

Give your gifts some pizazz by decorating with string, tags, and ribbon. Place the three gifts in a clear confectionery bag and tie off with ribbon and give to neighbors, teachers, friends, family—or yourself!

 

Organize a hands-on “Holiday Gifts” make-and-take party with these DIYs using our party-planning tips; and tie in the season by playing holiday music, diffusing Christmas Spirit, and serving essential oil-infused hot chocolate!

 

What other essential oil-infused gifts have you made or received? We’d love to read about your gifts in the comments!

Adding Great, Free Seasonal Oils to Your Holiday Celebrations

Posted on November 1st, 2014 | 14 comments

Getting ready to host for the holidays? This month, you can earn two essential oils to make the season merry and bright, plus extra rewards! With your qualifying November order, earn a free 5-ml bottle each of Ginger and Christmas Spirit™ essential oils, plus 10 percent back in Essential Rewards, free Thyromin™ capsules, and a special 10 percent-off offer on our Home Diffuser while supplies last!

 

So what can these free essential oils do for your holiday festivities?

 

We love Ginger essential oil as a substitute for powdered ginger in recipes. As a general rule, you can use 1 drop for every teaspoon of powdered or grated ginger. Check out this fun, easy recipe for gingerbread people that the kids will love decorating with icing, candies, and sprinkles:

 

Gingerbread People

3 cups flour of your choice (may substitute Gary’s True Grit Einkorn Pancake and Waffle Mix)

1 tsp. baking soda

¼ tsp. fine sea salt

2 drops Ginger essential oil

1 drop Cinnamon Bark essential oil

¾ cup butter or coconut oil

¾ cup firmly packed brown or coconut sugar

½ cup molasses

1 egg or vegan egg substitute

1 tsp. vanilla extract

 

In a medium bowl, whisk together dry ingredients; set aside.

 

In a larger bowl, beat together butter or coconut oil and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in remaining wet ingredients. Gradually add flour mixture just until dough forms; do not over mix. Press dough into a flat disk, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate overnight or at least for 4 hours.

 

Preheat oven to 350°F. Roll dough to ¼ inch thick on a clean and lightly floured countertop. Use cookie cutters to cut out desired shapes. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 8–10 minutes or until edges are just beginning to brown. Cool completely, then decorate as desired!

 

While you and your family are making essential oil-infused gingerbread people, and through the whole season, diffuse Christmas Spirit essential oil blend. It combines everyone’s favorite scents of the season—Cinnamon Bark, Orange, and Spruce—for an irresistibly festive environment. You can even try dropping it onto unscented potpourri and packaging it in bags with colorful ribbons for a beautiful, memorable neighbor gift. They’ll love that it’s both thoughtful and guilt-free!

 

Click here to learn about this month’s promotions or shop now!

 

How do you plan to infuse your holiday celebrations with essential oils? Let us know in the comments!

Revamp Your Cleaning Closet – Naturally

Posted on October 30th, 2014 | 10 comments

 

Natural cleaning, Young LivingThieves Essential Oil, Thieves Household Cleaner, DIY SolutionsThieves Spray, Thieves Wipes, Lemon Essential OilHome Diffuser, Pine Essential Oil

Roasted Pumpkin Balance Complete Soup

Posted on October 28th, 2014 | 2 comments

As temperatures drop and we begin to feel a crispness in the air, many of us turn to warm and comforting meals. But watch out! These delicious foods are often high in carbohydrates and low in nutrition—the perfect recipe for unwanted pounds. In this post I will be sharing a fortifying recipe that is warm, delicious, and packed with nutrition!

 

Ingredients

 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400º F.
  2. Place your whole pumpkin on a baking sheet and lightly coat it with coconut oil. Position the baking sheet on the lowest rack of the oven and bake for 1 hour.
  3. Once the pumpkin has finished roasting, remove it from the oven and let it stand for 15–20 minutes. After the pumpkin has cooled, hold it securely and cut it in half, horizontally. Use caution, as the pumpkin will be filled with steam and can cause burns. Remove the seeds and set aside to use as a garnish. Scoop the remaining pumpkin meat into a food processor and add 1 cup chicken stock and 2 scoops Balance Complete; puree until completely smooth.
  4. Combine shallots and olive oil in a large pot, then sauté over medium heat until the shallots become soft and golden brown. Add the pumpkin puree, remaining chicken stock, coconut milk, water, cayenne, and Blue Agave. Bring the soup to a low simmer and let cook for 15–20 minutes.
  5. Just before removing the soup from the heat, add a few pinches of salt and the Thyme, Clove, and Black Pepper essential oils. Stir well and enjoy!

 

My family loved this savory soup with freshly roasted pumpkin seeds on top! After removing the seeds from the pumpkin, we washed, salted, and then baked the seeds at 350° for 8–10 minutes.

 

What Young Living products do you use to cook with in the cold winter months? Share your favorites with us in the comments!

 

—Blair Lloyd, Young Living International and Portfolio Brand Associate

Kick off the Holiday Season with Free Seasonal Classics

Posted on October 1st, 2014 | 8 comments

The holidays will be here before you know it, and we want to help you get ready with festive essential oils and shareable rewards! Place a qualifying order during October; and a 5-ml bottle each of Orange, Cinnamon Bark, and Nutmeg essential oils are yours, plus a $20 enrollment voucher and 10 percent back in Essential Rewards points!

 

Check out these fun ways to use your free Orange, Cinnamon Bark, and Nutmeg essential oils and get into the holiday spirit!

Cinnamon Toothpicks

Vanilla Nutmeg Banana Smoothie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What other ways have you used Orange, Cinnamon Bark, and Nutmeg essential oils? Share your ideas in the comments below!