Cooking with essential oils, Essential Oils, Healthy Lifestyle, Liver & Gallbladder, Recipes

Spice up your fall recipes!

Lately I have been seeing a lot of great recipes for traditional fall foods. You know… the ones we make for Thanksgiving or on into December and January. It made me think about how much I love Thieves Vitality! A couple of weeks ago I got my hands on some fresh raw apple cider. It was delicious, but SO MUCH BETTER once I warmed it up in a kettle and added a drop of Thieves Vitality! Oh my – YUM! I loved the thought that I was supporting my immune system while warming my tummy (and hands while holding the mug)!

Have you ever explored the possibilities of using your essential oils to boost flavor in your cooking and baking? It is so easy and inexpensive too.  Yes, there are essential oils that are approved by the FDA as “Generally Regarded As Safe for internal consumption (GRAS). Most brands are not approved for internal use, but Young Living has a line called Vitality, that are specifically labeled and safe for internal use!

I remember the time I first discovered this concept. I was making a recipe that called for fresh-squeezed organic lime juice. To have that would have required me to drive 45 minutes to the nearest store where I could purchase an organic lime. Not happening! Then I remembered I had some Lime Vitality essential oil. SCORE! So convenient and just perfect.

I’ve used this trick when I need fresh nutmeg, ginger, clove. Well, you get the idea!

I do have to mention that the essential oils are very potent so you must go very easy on this. Some might require that you only dip a toothpick to get just the right amount. Others you might need a drop or maybe 4-6 drops. It just depends. So the rule is “less is more.” You can always add more, but you can’t take it out after it’s in! And you surely don’t want to make six more batches just to tone down the flavor if you added too many drops! I have heard for example, that one drop of peppermint yields the same effect as 28 cups of peppermint tea. Yowza! Now that’s potent!

I have taught classes on the topic of cooking with oils and if that interests you, please send me an inquiry. Perhaps we can schedule a video conference for you and a few of your friends who love to cook!

You can contact me through my website. www.ShareScents.com

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These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Information, products and/or techniques mentioned is provided for educational purposes and not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Consult with the health professionals of your choice. The decision to use, or not to use, any of this information is the sole responsibility of the reader. The author assumes no responsibility to or liability for any loss, damage or injury resulting from the use or misuse of any information provided here.

 

 

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Essential Oils, Healthy Lifestyle, Recipes

Add Vitality to your Treats!

Essential oils are a fantastic addition to treats that feed our sweet tooth while supporting a healthy diet in moderation! Here are a couple of ideas you might enjoy.

Greek Yogurt Bites

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Ingredients
1 cup Greek Yogurt
2 drops Tangerine Vitality
1 – 2 tsp. sweetener
½ cup berries, chopped if needed

Instructions
Combine. Scoop. Freeze.

Peppermint Brownie Bites

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Ingredients
½ cup coconut oil, softened
¾ cup maple syrup
2 eggs
½ cup Gary’s True Grit Einkorn Flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
¼ tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. salt
10-12 drops Peppermint Vitality

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Line mini muffin pan with liners or grease each cup.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, blend coconut oil, maple syrup, and eggs.
  • Add flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Blend well.
  • Add Peppermint Vitality™ and blend ingredients.
  • Fill each muffin cup halfway with batter. Bake about 15 minutes, until springy to the touch.
  • Top with crushed, organic peppermint, if desired.

From The Young Living Cookbook Recipe by Georgia Watson

To get a copy of my newsletter that features more tips for using essential oils in the kitchen, please send your request to joyce@sharescents.com and ask for the Vitality Newsletter that was offered in this blog post!

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These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Information, products and/or techniques mentioned is provided for educational purposes and not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Consult with the health authorities of your choice. The decision to use, or not to use, any of this information is the sole responsibility of the reader. The author assumes no responsibility to or liability for any loss, damage or injury resulting from the use or misuse of any information provided here.

 

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Essential Oils, Healthy Lifestyle, Recipes

Oils as a substitute for herbs and spices

Often I find myself making a certain recipe or cuisine and discover I don’t have a particular fresh herb or spice listed in the ingredients. Not to worry! Essential oils can often be a convenient and tasty substitution.  For example, Nutmeg Vitality instead of freshly grated nutmeg. Ginger Vitality in place of fresh ginger root. Lemongrass Vitality when you cannot find fresh lemongrass in the local stores. The list can go on for a long time! Just use your imagination and the basic guidelines of “Less is More”.

The best thing to do is drop a drop of the essential oil in a teaspoon first. Then take a toothpick and dip it in the oil and swirl it into your recipe. That way you will not accidentally add too much because several drops come out of the bottle!

Here is an idea for adding interest to potatoes!

Rosemary Potatoes

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  • Dip a toothpick into the oil bottle to gather some oil, then twirl the toothpick in a couple of tablespoons of a good quality olive oil or melted butter. Toss the cooked potatoes with the dressing and serve.
  • You can substitute another favorite oil if you desire a different flavor.

Vitality-Infused Olive Oil

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

To get a copy of my newsletter that features more tips for using essential oils in the kitchen, please send your request to joyce@sharescents.com and ask for the Vitality Newsletter that was offered in this blog post!

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These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Information, products and/or techniques mentioned is provided for educational purposes and not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Consult with the health authorities of your choice. The decision to use, or not to use, any of this information is the sole responsibility of the reader. The author assumes no responsibility to or liability for any loss, damage or injury resulting from the use or misuse of any information provided here.

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Essential Oils, Healthy Lifestyle, Recipes

Essential oils in beverages

Adding essential oils to water and beverages is a very popular way to infuse vitality into our life! Two of the most popular oils to add to water are peppermint or lemon.

But there is one thing that is very important to remember: NEVER use a plastic bottle or styrofoam cup. Glass or stainless are best to insure you are not contaminating your beverage with toxic petrochemicals.

Here are two recipes you may want to try!

Lavender Lemonade is one of my all-time favorites!

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And for you coffee lovers how about this healthy alternative:

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To get a copy of my newsletter that features more tips for using essential oils in the kitchen, please send your request to joyce@sharescents.com and ask for the Vitality Newsletter that was offered in this blog post!

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These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Information, products and/or techniques mentioned is provided for educational purposes and not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Consult with the health authorities of your choice. The decision to use, or not to use, any of this information is the sole responsibility of the reader. The author assumes no responsibility to or liability for any loss, damage or injury resulting from the use or misuse of any information provided here.

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Essential Oils, Healthy Lifestyle, Recipes

Add vitality to your cooking!

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Did you know that as of the date of this post, there are 43 Young Living essential oils listed as safe to consume internally, according to government regulations?

Young Living has placed these oils in a special category called Vitality Oils. The Vitality oils are the same oils as their counterparts that are labeled for topical and aromatic use. But the labels meet FDA labeling requirements for supplemental and internal use.

Since this is true, over the next several posts, I will share some tips and recipes for ways to incorporate essential oils into your cooking.

Rule number 1:
LESS IS MORE!

Essential oils are very potent. Here are some general guidelines for estimating how much you might want to use when incorporating essential oils in your cooking:

These ratios can also provide a guideline for how much essential oil to use in substitutions:

  • Juice or zest of 1 citrus fruit = 10–15 drops of oil
  • 1 liquid tablespoon or more = ½–1 drop of oil
  • 1 dry teaspoon = 1 drop of oil
  • Less than 1 tablespoon = 1 toothpick swirl of oil

helpful-tip

Remember that essential oils have highly volatile constituents and can be changed or altered during the cooking process, so it is best to avoid exposing them to extreme heat. This can be prevented by lowering your stove top temperature, using essential oils in conjunction with extra virgin olive oil, or by adding oils after the dish has been removed from heat.

To get a copy of my newsletter that features more tips for using essential oils in the kitchen, please send your request to joyce@sharescents.com and ask for the Vitality Newsletter that was offered in this blog post!

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These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Information, products and/or techniques mentioned is provided for educational purposes and not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Consult with the health authorities of your choice. The decision to use, or not to use, any of this information is the sole responsibility of the reader. The author assumes no responsibility to or liability for any loss, damage or injury resulting from the use or misuse of any information provided here.

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Cardiovascular Health, Essential Oils, Healthy Lifestyle, Recipes

Cold feet

Do you get cold feet? No, not the kind we think of in relationship to getting married or committing to do something outside our comfort zone. I mean feet that are cold all the time or maybe at night when it is time to sleep. As winter approaches, lots of people resort to wearing bed socks to keep warm at night. But I have another idea.

If your feet are cold because you need to improve circulation, you might want to give this DIY recipe a try.

Cold feet

In a 15 ml bottle, add the following essential oils:

  • 2 drops cypress
  • 2 drops neroli
  • 2 drops lemon
  • 2 drops geranium

Then fill the bottle the rest of the way with V-6 Mixing Oil, or another organic carrier oil such as Olive, Almond or Grapeseed oil.

For added warmth, you could also add a drop of black pepper essential oil.

Massage your feet (or hands if they are cold) and feel the warmth! You can also gently massage up the lower leg to cover areas that supply blood to the feet.

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To learn more about how to purchase Young Living products, please visit my website and contact me.

These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Information, products and/or techniques mentioned is provided for educational purposes and not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Consult with the health authorities of your choice. The decision to use, or not to use, any of this information is the sole responsibility of the reader. Don’t expect the same results unless you are using Young Living Therapeutic grade essential oils and supplements. The author assumes no responsibility to or liability for any loss, damage or injury resulting from the use or misuse of any information provided here.

 

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Lavender Lemonade

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The first time I tasted Lavender Lemonade was on my first visit to the Young Living Lavender Farm in Mona, Utah. It was so refreshing and tasty. Later I learned the recipe and now I love to make it when I feel like having a special treat on a hot day.  Granted, the heat of summer has passed for most of the country, but on a recent trip to California, I was reminded of my recipe for Lavender Lemonade. Wow, does that hit the spot! I enjoyed how soothing it was to my throat and how relaxed and refreshed it made me feel after being out in the heat.

I encourage you to save this recipe and pull it out when you really want a lift!

Lavender Lemonade

  • 1 drop Lavender essential oil
  • 7 Lemons pealed and juiced
  • 2 Limes pealed and juiced
  • 14 cups pure water
  • 1 1/2 cups Young Living Blue Agave

Mix all ingredients and chill. Adjust sweetener to taste, depending on tartness of the fruit.

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To learn more about how to purchase Young Living products, please visit my website and contact me.

These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Information, products and/or techniques mentioned is provided for educational purposes and not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Consult with the health authorities of your choice. The decision to use, or not to use, any of this information is the sole responsibility of the reader. Don’t expect the same results unless you are using Young Living Therapeutic grade essential oils and supplements. The author assumes no responsibility to or liability for any loss, damage or injury resulting from the use or misuse of any information provided here.

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