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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

Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right with Essential Oils

Posted on March 7th, 2014 | 4 comments

Eating better is one of the simplest and most fruitful ways to improve your overall health and well-being. If we are what we eat, then adding the potent and healthful constituents found in Young Living essential oils to your daily diet can be an easy and delicious way to improve your health and energy.

March is the American Dietetic Association’s National Nutrition Month, and what better way to incorporate their theme to enjoy the taste of eating right into your life than to enhance the flavors of your dishes with Young Living essential oils?

Here are just a few examples of how you can add richness and flavor to your cooking and food preparation by including Young Living essential oils:

Superfood Smoothie

For a delicious way to load your body with nutrients, add the following superfoods, fresh fruits and vegetables, and Young Living essential oils to your next smoothie:

  • Fruit: bananas, blueberries, apples, oranges, grapes, strawberries, etc.
  • Leafy greens: spinach, kale, Swiss chard, or even broccoli
  • Almond milk or ice
  • Flax or chia seeds
  • Spirulina: a great source of protein
  • Coconut: fresh coconut flesh or coconut milk
  • Bee pollen: one of the most complete foods found in nature
  • Young Living’s Pure Protein Complete: 2 scoops (8 oz.)
  • 1–2 drops of Young Living’s Lemon, Frankincense, and Ocotea essential oils
  • To sweeten it up a bit, you can also add Young Living’s Blue Agave or Stevia Extract

Essential Oil-Infused Olive Oil

  • Infuse a bottle of extra virgin olive oil with herbs and a few drops of Young Living’s Basil, Black Pepper, Dill, Lemon, Fennel, Clove, Lemongrass, Marjoram, Rosemary, Oregano, Tarragon, or Thyme essential oils to make fantastic salad dressings, a drizzle over pasta dishes, a dip for artisan bread, or a marinade for your favorite meats and vegetables. Essential oil-infused olive oil also makes a great gift or party favor.

Side Dishes

  • Add some fresh, diced mint or carrots along with a few drops of Young Living’s Lemon or Basil essential oil to your rice, bulgur, quinoa, or couscous side dish for enhanced flavor.

Leave a comment below to share ways that you use Young Living essential oils in your food preparation or cooking!

—Heidi Jeanfreau, International and Portfolio Brand Manager

Valentine’s Day Essential Oils Gift Guide

Posted on February 7th, 2014 | 4 comments

Looking for a love potion for that special someone this Valentine’s Day? Young Living can help you create the “magic elixir” of quality time and essential oil-infused gifts that will make your loved one burst with affection! There’s no better way to demonstrate your appreciation for your valentine than helping him or her relieve stress and tension with a combination of Young Living’s massage oils and essential oils.

Here are some great Valentine’s Day gift ideas with a personal touch using Young Living essential oils:

Massage Oils

Young Living massage oils provide a perfect vehicle for you to give your time and attention to the one you love. A foot or hand massage is a quick and easy way to relax the entire body.

DIY Tip: Create your own massage blend using V-6™ Vegetable Oil Complex infused with a custom blend of essential oils.

Essential Oil Bath Salts

Add a blend of your favorite essential oils to Epsom salt for a relaxing and thoughtful gift.

Essential Oil Roll-Ons

Young Living’s essential oil roll-ons are a convenient, easy-to-transport, and clean way for your loved ones to apply essential oils when they need a little relief from a stressful day.

DIY Tip: Create a custom essential oil roll-on blend by adding an AromaGlide™ Roller Fitment to your oil bottle.

Vitassage Essential Oil Dispensing Massager

Fill the 2-ml bottles that come with the Vitassage with your favorite essential oils and incorporate the benefits of up to three essential oils or blends into your massage.

Colognes for Him

Perfumes for Her

Essential Oils

Blends or single essential oils will make  great gifts for your loved one. Some Valentine’s Day-appropriate choices include:

Participate in our Limited-Time Valentine’s Day Promotion

Make this Valentine’s Day memorable with Ylang Ylang and Geranium essential oils! From February 7–9, buy one 15-ml Ylang Ylang and receive a 5-ml Geranium for free! Known for their delicate, floral scents, these oils will bring a calm feeling to your home and set the stage for your special day. Limited to five per order.

To take advantage of this special offer, log in to Virtual Office by clicking here.

As always, we would love to hear from you! Leave a comment below telling us your ideas for Valentine’s Day gifts using Young Living essential oils.

—Heidi Jeanfreau, YL International and Portfolio Brand Manager

“Thieves Clean” for a Sparkling Bathroom

Posted on January 31st, 2014 | 7 comments

Harmful chemicals are too often left on household surfaces in the name of cleaning. Luckily, we have an entire line of Thieves® products formulated with all-natural ingredients that easily replace the traditional chemical clean with a healthy and effective Thieves clean.

This week we are tackling the bathroom—a warm, humid room where germs can thrive. This two-part series will offer a total of six steps that will have your bathrooms Thieves clean in no time.

Let’s get started with the first three steps:

STEP 1: LIGHT FIXTURES, FANS, VENTS, MIRRORS, GARBAGE CAN

Thieves Basic Cleaner Recipe

Mix 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner with 2-3 cups of water. Put in a spray bottle clearly marked “Thieves Basic Cleaner.”

Optional Light Fixtures, Fans, Vents, Mirrors Recipe

Mix 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner, 5 drops of Lemon essential oil, 1 teaspoon white vinegar, and 3 cups of water. Put in a spray bottle clearly marked “Thieves, Lemon, and Vinegar Solution.”

Checklist

Remove all cobwebs and thoroughly dust ceiling, corners, fans, vents, and light fixtures.

Run a cleaning brush around baseboards and door jams.

Sweep up all dust and debris.

Remove light fixture bowls and clean with either cleaning recipe. Soak if needed.

Spray and wipe off fans and vents with either cleaning recipe.

Replace burned-out bulbs and light fixture bowls.

Spray garbage can or let it soak before wiping clean.

Spray and clean mirrors.

Hint: Place 5 drops of Thieves essential oil on a cotton round and place in your garbage can underneath the liner to keep your garbage can smelling clean.

STEP 2: SINK, COUNTERTOPS, BACKSPLASH, CABINET FRONTS

Thieves Basic Cleaner Plus Baking Soda

Thieves Cabinet-Front Recipe

Mix 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner, 10 drops of Citrus Fresh™ essential oil blend, and
1 cup olive oil. Put in a spray bottle and clearly mark as “Thieves Cabinet-Front Cleaner.”

Checklist

Remove everything off of countertops.

Spray sink, countertops, and backsplash with the basic cleaner. Sprinkle approximately ¼ cup baking soda in the sink and any other place you would like more scrubbing action; clean with the basic cleaner.

Wipe down the cabinet fronts with the cabinet-front recipe.

Clean cabinet handles and pulls with Thieves Spray.

Hint: Keep a package of Thieves Wipes on the bathroom counter to wipe down the sink and countertops in between your deep cleanings. We recommend doing this every day.

STEP 3: TOILET

Thieves Basic Cleaner

Optional Thieves Toilet Bowl Cleaner

2 drops of Thieves essential oil blend and ¼ cup baking soda

Checklist:

Pour approximately ¼ cup of baking soda and 2 drops of Thieves essential oil blend directly into the toilet bowl. Stir with a toilet brush and let sit for a couple of minutes before cleaning.

Remove toilet seat if necessary and replace once the entire toilet is cleaned.

Spray and clean around the toilet seat and rim with the basic cleaner.

Thoroughly clean the toilet inside and out, especially around the outside bowl.

Use Thieves Spray to clean the toilet knob.

Hint: When replacing toilet paper, dab 3-5 drops of Thieves essential oil blend on the inside of the cardboard roll (not on the paper).

Please share any cleaning tips or Thieves recipes you have found successful. We love hearing from you!

To a cleaner, healthier, and happier year,

—Gloria Russo, YL International and Portfolio Brand Manager

Recipe: Wolfberry Bites O’ Heaven

Posted on January 10th, 2014 | one comment

A heavenly alternative to traditional treats, these delicious bites made with Young Living’s Ningxia wolfberries and Blue Agave can provide a day-long energy boost. Try this recipe for Wolfberry Bites O’ Heaven from Young Living Platinum member Jan Zerr.

Ingredients

1 cup cacao nibs

1 cup Young Living’s Ningxia wolfberries

1 cup hemp seeds

3/4 cup coconut butter

2 tablespoons Young Living’s Blue Agave

Dash of sea salt

Dash of vanilla extract or 1 vanilla bean

2 drops of a Young Living essential oil of your choice (See recommended essential oils below)

Recommended essential oils: Lemon, Cinnamon Bark, Clove, Orange, Tangerine

Note: Please follow individual label instructions before using any Young Living essential oil in cooking.

Directions

  1. Place all ingredients in a food processor except for the cacao nibs and hemp seeds. Process until completely broken down into small pieces.
  2. Add the cacao nibs and hemp seeds into the process. The cacao nibs should break down to about half their size. The hemp seeds should be visible.
  3. Form into bite-sized balls with a small ice cream scoop, place on a baking sheet, and refrigerate until firm.

This recipe was originally featured in the January 2014 issue of the Essential Edge News. You can read this issue here.

Do you have an essential oil recipe? If so, please send it to social@youngliving.com with “Young Living Recipe” in the subject line. You can also share your recipe by posting a comment below. Your recipe could be featured on the Young Living Blog!

Make Young Living Recipes a Holiday Tradition

Posted on December 21st, 2013 | 4 comments

Many of us include cooking and baking as a part of our holiday traditions. These treats and mouthwatering meals can often be family recipes that have been handed down for generations.

With this in mind, we would like to share with you some of our favorite, easy-to-make recipes so that you can add Young Living essential oils to your holiday traditions.

HOLIDAY NUT MIX

Ingredients:
3 cups raw mixed nuts
1/3 cup Young Living Blue Agave or Yacon Syrup
1-2 drops Cinnamon Bark essential oil or Christmas Spirit essential oil

Directions:

Using a nonstick pan (or a pan coated with extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil), mix the nuts and Young Living Blue Agave or Yacon Syrup. On medium heat, cook for 10-15 minutes, stirring continually to avoid burning. When the nuts are cooked, remove from heat.

Immediately add Cinnamon Bark essential oil and stir to coat.

Cool on wax paper or parchment paper. Makes about 3 cups.

SPICED CARROT BREAD

Ingredients:

2 cups spelt or Einkorn flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

3 eggs (slightly beaten)

2/3 cup coconut oil (melt if needed)

2/3 cup Young Living Blue Agave or Yacon Syrup

3 cups grated carrots

1/2 cup raisins

2 drops Young Living Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil

1 drop Young Living Ginger Essential Oil

3 drops Young Living Orange Essential Oil

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325° F. Grease and flour two 8-inch round pans or one 9×13 pan.

Mix dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, combine wet ingredients. Slowly add dry ingredients to wet mixture. Add the raisins. Bake for 45-55 minutes or until bread tester comes out clean.

CRANBERRY APPLE BRIE

Ingredients:

1 brie cheese wheel

1/2 cup dried cranberries

1 large Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored, and diced

1/4 cup Young Living Blue Agave or Yacon Syrup

2 drops Young Living Orange Essential Oil

1 drop Young Living Lemon Essential Oil

1/2 teaspoon allspice

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

1/2 cup slice almonds

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350° F. Remove cheese from package and slice off the top layer. Line a small cookie sheet with parchment paper and place brie wheel on top.

In a small saucepan, combine remaining ingredients and cook until apples are tender. Remove from heat and place mixture over brie cheese. Cover and bake for 15 minutes or until brie is bubbling. Remove from oven and serve with crackers.

We hope you enjoy these recipes share them with your family and friends. These recipes are also a great way to introduce Young Living to others.

For those who have been cooking with Young Living essential oils, please spread your holiday cheer by leaving your recipes as a comment on this blog. We can only imagine the spectacular dishes you have created with Young Living essential oils, and we are all eager to learn from you. Let’s all make Young Living essential oils a holiday tradition.

—Gloria Russo, YL International and Portfolio Brand Manager

Recipe: Butternut Squash Soup with Essential Oils

Posted on November 19th, 2013 | no comments

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 drops Clove essential oil
3 drops Nutmeg essential oil
1 drop Cinnamon 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.

Do you have an essential oil-infused recipe that you would like share? If so, please post a comment, including your recipe.

Recipe: Young Living Holiday Wassail

Posted on October 18th, 2013 | 2 comments

Sharing a steaming cup of wassail with friends and family is a great way to celebrate the holiday season. This festive beverage can be made even better with the inclusion of the delicious flavors of Clove, Cinnamon Bark, and Tangerine essential oils! Try making this essential oil-infused recipe to set the mood for any holiday occasion.

Ingredients:

6 c. Apple Cider/Apple Juice

2 c. Pineapple Juice

5 drops Clove Essential Oil

5 drops Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil

5 drops Tangerine Essential Oil

Optional Ingredients:

(Try one or a mixture of any of the below)

4 Tbsp. Dried Wolfberries

1-2 Slique Tea Bags

2 oz. NingXia Red

2 drops Ginger Essential Oil

2 drops Nutmeg Essential Oil

Directions:

Add all ingredients to a 3-quart pot. Turn stove to medium/high and heat until hot. Serve and enjoy!

For added benefit, set the post to simmer to keep your home smelling festive throughout the day. You may need to add 1-2 drops of additional oils if the mixture stays on the burner for many hours—as you are essentially diffusing these ingredients into the air.

Our new Wintertime Wassail Collection, featured in this year’s holiday catalog, includes all the items you need to make Young Living Holiday Wassail, including 5-ml bottles of Cinnamon Bark, Clove, and Tangerine essential oils, a wassail recipe card, and a 16-ounce mug set in a gift box. View the collection in our holiday catalog here.