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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 | 4 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 | 4 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click here for more information or shop now!

 

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

Favorite NingXia Red “Shots” from Convention

Posted on August 25th, 2014 | 2 comments

Young Living - Club Red BarThis year’s Convention Lifestyle Expo included a NingXia Red® bar called “Club Red,” where we offered customized shots of NingXia Red, NingXia Nitro™, and Young Living essential oils. The exhilarating atmosphere left an impression on everyone! For those of you who weren’t able to attend, here are some of this year’s most requested NingXia Red shots from our Club Red “bartenders.”

 

“Cimply” Smooth—Ryan Seely, Young Living Associate Product Marketing Manager

My most popular shot was called “Cimply Smooth” (pronounced “simply smooth,” a play on the citrusy contents). I love the flavor of Lime essential oil, and it pairs so nicely with Tangerine to elevate the already delicious NingXia Red flavor. When combined with Frankincense, these pure essential oils awaken the mind!

 

Cimply Smooth

1 oz. NingXia Red

2 drops Tangerine essential oil

2 drops Lime essential oil

1 drop Sacred Frankincense essential oil

 

Dreamsicle—P. J. Carver, Young Living Senior Global Inventory Planner

What better way to Live Your Dream (our Convention theme) than with the Dreamsicle! The smooth and delicious citrus taste was not only great on the palate, but it was refreshing for those who had been at the Convention all day. People were lined up to experience this shot, and who can blame them?

Dreamsicle

1 oz. NingXia Red

1 drop Sacred Frankincense essential oil

1 drop Orange essential oil

1 drop Lime essential oil

1 drop Tangerine essential oil

1 drop Copaiba essential oil

1 drop Citrus Fresh essential oil

1 drop Lemon essential oil

 

Atomic Fireball—Aslyn Burkholder, Young Living Outbound Projects Liaison

This year my shot was called was the Atomic Fireball. I chose this combination because Cinnamon Bark is one of my favorite essential oils and gives the NingXia Red an extra zing. Plus, we all need a little cinnamon to spice up our life!

 

Atomic Fireball

1 oz. NingXia Red

2 drops Cinnamon Bark essential oil

1 drop Ocotea essential oil

Mind Blaster—Lisa Morris, Young Living Help Desk Technician

Two years running, the Mind Blaster has been a crowd favorite. The citrus oils uplift, while the Frankincense gives a smooth prelude to the spice of cinnamon bark. It’s sure to blast your mind!

 

Young Living Club Red BarMind Blaster

1 oz. NingXia Red

1 drop Lime essential oil

1 drop Peppermint essential oil

1 drop Citrus Fresh essential oil

1 drop Frankincense essential oil

1 drop Cinnamon Bark essential oil (on top)

 

Hot Flash—Robert Donakey, Young Living Sales Support Tier 2

My signature shot is called Hot Flash! It’s inspired by products I use after playing basketball. I like the mixture of spicy cinnamon and refreshing peppermint.

 

Hot Flash

1 oz. NingXia Red

2 drops Cinnamon Bark essential oil

2 drops Peppermint essential oil

 

The combinations and benefits of Ningxia Red and essential oils are nearly endless! Comment below and share with us your favorite Ningxia Red “shot.”

 

—Blair Lloyd, Young Living International and Portfolio Brand Associate

Help Your Kids Chill Out with Essential Oil Slushies and Shortbread

Posted on June 18th, 2014 | 3 comments

If your kids can’t stand the summer heat, then get out the essential oils and mix up a refreshing pitcher of Citrus Slushy, created by Young Living Star member Kayla Arnold. The refreshing taste and quick, easy preparation will have your kids asking for this delicious mix every hot summer afternoon!

CITRUS SLUSHY

Ingredients:

Place ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Add more ice or water as necessary. Make as often as requested!

For those with a sweet tooth, Young Living Senior Star Ann Hagenbarth’s Lemondrop Shortbread Cookies are sure to satisfy your craving!

LEMONDROP SHORTBREAD COOKIES

Cookie Ingredients:

  • 8 Tbsp. butter
  • 6 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • ½ cup sugar (or 2/3 cup Yacon syrup*)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 ½ cup almond flour
  • ½ cup coconut flour (gluten-free) or unbleached all-purpose flour (if using unbleached all-purpose flour, omit xanthan gum below)
  • 1 tsp. xanthan gum
  • ½ tsp. aluminum-free baking powder
  • Pinch of salt

In a mixer, cream butter, oil, sugar, and vanilla. Add flour, xanthan gum, baking powder, and salt. Roll into 1-tsp. balls. Press down with thumb to make a small indentation where the filling will go later. Bake at 350˚F for 3–5 minutes. Watch very closely to avoid overcooking and browning the edges. Cool before adding filling.

Filling Ingredients:

Beat egg yolk in a small bowl and set aside. In a saucepan, combine sugar and cornstarch. Gradually stir in water until the mixture is smooth. Over medium-high heat, cook and stir until thick and bubbly. Set timer and cook an additional 2 minutes. Remove from heat. In a separate bowl, stir a small amount of filling into the egg yolk—do this slowly so that the egg does not cook. Gradually pour the egg mixture back into the saucepan and bring to a gentle boil, stirring constantly. Cook and stir for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and gently stir in butter and Lemon essential oil. Pour a small amount into each cookie’s indentation. Sprinkle with unsweetened coconut and enjoy!

A big thank you to Kayla and Ann for their delicious recipes. Please keep sending yours to grusso@youngliving.com! My next post will focus on the most important meal of the day: breakfast.

—Gloria Russo, Young Living International and Portfolio Brand Manager

*Yacon syrup may change consistency of dough

Mix Up Some Summer Fun with a Tasty, On-the-Go Treat!

Posted on June 4th, 2014 | one comment

It is summertime, so let’s “go nuts” with a trail mix recipe created especially for kids! Not only will the little cooks have fun with essential oils, but they will also learn to make a tasty, healthful snack that you can all enjoy.

HAPPY TRAIL MIX

Ingredients:

  • 1 ¼ cup almonds
  • 1 ¼ cup pecans
  • 1 ¼ cup walnuts
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds
  • ¾ cup shelled pumpkin seeds
  • 2/3 cup Young Living’s Blue Agave, Yacon Syrup, or raw honey
  • ½ cup flaxseed
  • 1–2 drops Cinnamon Bark essential oil
  • 1 cup dried cranberries or raisins
  • 1 cup dried banana slices
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • ¾ cup chopped dates

Preheat oven to 300˚F. In a large bowl, combine nuts and seeds. In a cup or small bowl, mix your choice of sweetener with Cinnamon Bark essential oil. Combine the two bowls and mix well until nuts and seeds are well coated. Bake for 15 minutes. Turn mixture over in pan and continue baking for approximately 10 more minutes. Mixture should be dry. Watch carefully to avoid burning the mixture.

Allow the mixture to cool completely. Add dried fruit and coconut to mixture and stir. Mix can be stored in an airtight container or kept in the freezer.

Keep sending your favorite kid-friendly recipes to grusso@youngliving.com. Remember: If your recipe is posted, you will receive a free KidScents® Lotion!

Happy trails to you!

—Gloria Russo, Young Living International and Portfolio Brand Manager

Thieves Clean Those Pesky Bedbugs Away…For Good!

Posted on March 17th, 2014 | 8 comments

A few weeks ago we gave ideas and recipes of how to avoid bringing home bedbugs when traveling. This week we are getting rid of bedbugs for good with the power of Young Living’s effective essential oils and products.

The following are tips, hints, and recipes for getting rid of those bothersome bugs. After today we will not need to panic when bedbugs come to stay; rather, we can implement the following ideas and live bedbug-free.

Heat is one of the safest and most effective ways to immediately kill bedbugs. When infested, use and improve upon our tips and suggestions:

  • Before washing, spray clothing and linens with either bedbug treatment recipes. Conduct a fabric test before spraying items to make sure they will tolerate your bedbug essential oil blend.
  • For particularly difficult cases, wash and dry your items in the hottest water and settings tolerated by the fabrics. For added assurance, add 2-4 capfuls of Thieves® Household Cleaner for every medium to large load.

Hint: Use either Thieves Household Cleaner caps (14.4 oz. or 64 oz.). They both hold 10 ml or 2 teaspoons.

  • Steam Treatment:

Add the below steam-treatment mixture to a steam machine or steam carpet cleaner.

  • Remember that essential oils and water will not remain blended. You will need to shake the steam machine and or carpet cleaner often throughout the treatment for maximum benefits.
  • Thoroughly steam floors, baseboards, bed frame, mattresses, rugs, carpeting, etc.

Bedbug Treatment Recipe No. 1

1 cup water
10 drops Thieves® essential oil blend
10 drops Purification® essential oil blend
10 drops Peppermint essential oil
3 drops Lavender essential oil

Mix ingredients together in a spray bottle and spritz over the areas you will be steaming.

Bedbug Treatment Recipe No. 2

1 cup water
10 drops Thieves essential oil blend
10 drops Purification essential oil blend
5 drops Geranium essential oil
5 drops Cedarwood essential oil
5 drops Idaho Tansy essential oil

Directions

Mix ingredients together in a spray bottle and spritz over the areas you will be steaming.

Hint: If you do not have the time or means to steam your furniture and flooring, you can lightly spritz the area with the mixture. Wait 30 minutes or longer before vacuuming. Only use a vacuum that has disposable bags.

Once you have thoroughly spritzed and steamed all infested areas, place sachets between the mattress and box springs, inside drawers and cubbies, behind headboards and footboards, and under any furniture cushions.

Bed Bug Essential Oil Sachet

24 muslin teabags
1 cup baking soda
10 drops Thieves essential oil blend
5 drops Purification essential oil blend
5 drops Geranium essential oil
5 drops Cedarwood essential oil
5 drops Idaho Tansy essential oil
2 drops Palo Santo essential oil

Directions

Mix well. Spoon the mixture into the muslin bags. Replace once the sachets have lost their aroma.

Repeat the process as needed. Professional pest control companies usually come back multiple times to eradicate bedbugs. Do not become discouraged if the bugs are not gone with your first attempt. Remember that you are using safe, effective, and powerful essential oils.

Hint: Take care around sensitive people, babies, and cats, especially kittens. They are very sensitive to some essential oils. Make sure that they are out of any room you are treating.

Finally, to keep your home bedbug-free, diffuse Thieves essential oil blend every few days.

I love hearing from you! Please comment on this blog or e-mail me at grusso@youngliving.com.

—Gloria Russo, YL International and Portfolio Brand Manager, Personal Care