Sweet Potato Curry Soup with Turmeric

Turmeric is a traditional seasoning used in curries and other East Indian dishes. This golden, warming soup is flavored with curry power plus turmeric and black pepper essential oils. These oils not only complement each other as seasonings but also work synergistically for powerful health benefits. Both are highly analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant—to name just a few properties. You will love this soup, and it will love you back!

Many thanks to Ashley Farrell, a dōTERRA® Wellness Advocate and AromaTools® customer, for her Instagram recipe (slightly adapted). Ashley recommends topping the soup with caramelized onions and toasted pepita seeds (the green insides of pumpkin seed shells).

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Essential Oil Spotlight: Turmeric

Turmeric (Curcuma longa) essential oil is steam distilled from the bright yellow-orange rhizome. (Rhizomes are horizontal, underground stems that sprout both vertical roots and stems to propagate perennial plants.) Turmeric is a pungent herb commonly used to season savory dishes in its native India. The essential oil likewise has a warm, earthy, and spicy aroma. Turmeric properties: analgesic, anticonvulsant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antimutagenic, antioxidant, antitumor, and insecticidal.

Common Primary Uses: Turmeric can be taken internally, topically, or aromatically— as an antioxidant, to help with indigestion, and for neurological health and protection (the latter since it contains chemical sesquiterpenes that can cross the blood-brain barrier). Turmeric is antibacterial when inhaled or applied to the skin, and topical use also helps heal skin conditions.

Other Possible Uses: Turmeric may be beneficial for arthritis, blood clots, cancer, depression, digestive issues (including gastritis and nausea), epilepsy, and joint pain and health.

Application of Turmeric Essential Oil and Safety Data

Topical: Turmeric can be applied neat (with no dilution) when used topically. Apply directly to area of concern or to reflex points.

Aromatic: Diffuse, or inhale the aroma directly. The warm, earthy aroma of turmeric is grounding and relaxing to the mind and emotions.

Internal: Turmeric oil is generally regarded as safe (GRAS) for human consumption by the FDA. Dilute 1 drop oil in 1 tsp. (5 ml) honey or in ½ cup (125 ml) of beverage (e.g.soy/rice milk). Not for children under 6 years old; use with caution and in greater dilution for older children. (Because of its strong taste, turmeric may be preferred taken in a capsule.)

Safety: May irritate highly sensitive skin. Dilute as needed with carrier oil. Consult with a physician before use if taking medications (especially for diabetes) and during pregnancy and lactation.

Ways to Use Turmeric Essential Oil

Diffuser Blends: Because of its earthy aroma and slightly woody undertone, turmeric is complemented by the lighter citrus oils (tangerine, in particular) and the sweeter spice oils (cassia, cinnamon, clove, and ginger, and pink pepper). Try the following original blends that combine calming and grounding with uplifting and focusing properties.

(Recipes from “Dreamy Diffuser Blends” postcard.)

Skin Care for All Types: Because of its anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antioxidant properties, turmeric oil can help with teenage acne, on the one hand, and aging skin, on the other.

Acne: Apply a dab of turmeric essential oil neat (undiluted) to a blemish to help heal and reduce scarring. For a moisturizer that won’t clog pores while it fights blemishes, combine 4 drops turmeric with 1 oz. (30 ml, or 2 Tbsp.) of jojoba carrier oil (technically a wax that mimics the skin’s own secreted sebum).

Aging: Turmeric’s cell- and tissue-regenerative ketones also make it ideal for mature skin care. For a nighttime treatment, combine 4 drops turmeric essential oil with 1 oz. (30 ml, or 2 Tbsp.) of organic sunflower oil . (Sunflower carrier oil is rich in vitamins A, D, E, and in linoleic and oleic acids—omega-6 and omega-9 essential fatty acids—making it ideal for dry, wrinkled, or sun-damaged skin.)

Muscle and Joint Relief: Use the same ratio as for skin care—4 drops turmeric essential oil to 1 oz. (30 ml, or 2 Tbsp.) carrier oil, such as fractionated or raw coconut oil. Rub onto sore muscles and inflamed or arthritic joints twice a day. (Turmeric can also be taken 1–2 times daily internally to help any sort of internal inflammation, as noted below.)

Digestion and Inflammation: As a common savory seasoning, turmeric helps promote digestion and relief digestive difficulties, including inflammation in the digestive tract. Take 1–2 drops turmeric essential oil in a capsule, along with an edible carrier oil such as fractionated or raw coconut. (A regular vegetarian, cellulose capsule will dissolve in the stomach, while a delayed-release capsule will dissolve in the intestines—for help in targeting internal issues.)

Source: Modern Essentials, 10th edition.

Modern Essentials® Plus is Here!

Our long-awaited app upgrade is here—and worth the wait! Of course, we’ve added all the new 2018 essential oils, but there’s so much more. In fact, Modern Essentials® Plus is a complete app makeover for an amazing user experience. Here’s an introduction to just a few of the fabulous features and how to use them!

First, your options. You can simply download the “Basic” option for a one-time fee. Or, you can add a “Full” subscription at a low monthly or yearly rate for added features and updates.

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Essential Oils & the Zombie Apocalypse—a Beginner’s Booklet to Die for!

Doesn’t everyone secretly love a zombie apocalypse? Then we’ve got the most engaging way to introduce essential oils! Enter Essential Oils & the Zombie Apocalypse: Survival Guide for a World Overrun by the Undead. By the way, the cute cartoon illustrations are G-rated—no gratuitous gore here.

A humorous, comic-book story line is interspersed with everything beginners need to know to start successfully using essential oils. (Even just the basic trio of lemon, lavender, and peppermint will get them going.) Experienced “survivors”—with bigger oil arsenals—will also find useful blends and recipes.

Our tense tale opens with a plea for help from Frank, a stranded friend of the heroine, Clary Sage Jones. She begins fighting her way back to Frank—and her dog, Pepper—through the peripheral problems of an apocalyptic crisis. Of course, the possibility of a zombie encounter also looms large. But Clary is not afraid. She’s armed with her trusty essential oils, basic aromatherapy supplies, and considerable savvy.

What follows is a fascinating tale of close calls and amazing escapes—all aided with the healing power of essential oils. (Even the far-fetched finale highlights the genuine antiviral properties of certain oils.)

Chapter 1 focuses on handling the mental and emotional strain of stressful circumstances. (Sound a lot like everyday life?)

These pages from Chapter 2 (focusing on common physical ailments) illustrate how every chapter offers both single oils and blend for common health conditions. Application methods and handy tips are also included throughout the booklet.

Chapter 3—on meeting outdoor challenges—offers recipes for the many potential hazards encountered in nature, including allergies, sun exposure, insects, and more.

Simple solutions for life’s little emergencies are covered—plus wound and shock treatment—in an introduction to first aid in Chapter 4.

Inevitably, a zombie encounter happens! Despite hypothetical use here, essential oils are accurately portrayed as the wave of the future for many modern health problems.

Essential Oils & the Zombie Apocalypse makes a great gift or class idea for this Halloween season, or any time of year!

Source: Essential Oils and the Zombie Apocalypse: Survival Guide for a World Overrun by the Undead

Help Kids Conquer Fears: “Clary Sage & the Super Scary Zombies”

During the scary season, here’s a reassuring way to introduce children (and their parents) to the emotional benefits of essential oils! A suspenseful tale about confronting nighttime terrors shows kids how to use oils for courage, calm, and restful sleep. This engaging booklet includes recipes for diffuser blends, roll-on vials, and misting sprays. A “baby zombie” plush doll with an absorbent diffusing “brain” is sold separately.

  • Young Clary Sage Jones is an adventurous soul braving all sorts of scenarios with her friends Frank, Coco, and Pepper.

  • But Clary harbors a secret fear of what may be lurking in the dark. Using her mom’s trusty essential oils and tools, Clary confronts her fear.

  • Can Clary Sage conquer her fears and vanquish her zombie foes with the aid of essential oils? Children (and adults) will eagerly turn the pages to find out!

Clary Sage & the Super Scary Zombies” makes a great gift this Halloween or anytime.

For adults who secretly love a zombie apocalypse, see our beginner’s guide to aromatherapy, Essential Oils & the Zombie Apocalypse: Survival Guide for a World Overrun by the Undead. Even veteran oil “survivors” can scare up some good blends and recipes with this booklet.

Source: The Adventures of Clary Sage Jones: Clary & the Super Scary Zombies

“Heavenly Air” Diffuser Blend

This fresh new diffuser blend is amazing! The floral-herbaceous aroma with a light minty overtone is absolutely amazing. This blend is relaxing, calming, and refreshing—really a perfect blend for any day. Diffuse this blend to give the air an uplifting aroma.

Everyone deserves a great diffuser! We carry many different models with various features to suit any circumstance. Click here to learn more about diffuser types and how to pick the best one for you.

Modern Essentials®10th Editions: dōTERRA® Brand Names Are Back!

It’s no coincidence that 2018 is a banner year for both AromaTools® and dōTERRA®.  Our signature book, Modern Essentials®, has been the reference guide of choice for Wellness Advocates since dōTERRA® began 10 years ago. The new Modern Essentials® 10th edition once again features dōTERRA® brand names for all 2018 oils, blends, supplements, and personal care and spa lines.

Modern Essentials® and Modern Essentials® Handbook: Similarities and Differences

The full title of our hardbound reference is Modern Essentials®: The Complete Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils. You really won’t find a more complete treatment of what essential oils are and how to use them—not only for supporting health but also for enhancing daily life.

Last year, AromaTools® also introduced the Modern Essentials® Handbook: The Premier Introductory Guide to Essential Oils.  This compact, softbound guide is carefully condensed for widespread use among new oil users. Unique to the handbook is the most visually engaging and easily understood introduction to essential oils anywhere. It is ideal for both independent learning and group teaching. The handbook’s smaller size and lower price are especially helpful to Wellness Advocates expanding their businesses worldwide. What’s New and Improved in the 10th Edition Books?

Of course, our biggest news is the inclusion of dōTERRA® brand names in both reference books—and in all Modern Essentials® publications. This makes using, learning, and teaching about the oils all the easier.

Equally important, we’ve integrated all the new 2018 products—single oils, blends, supplements, and personal care products—into our publications. When you look up new oils, you’ll get researched information on common uses and effective application methods. And, when you go to “My Usage Guide” for health conditions, you’ll also find new oils recommended there.  Important: “My Usage Guide” is complete, not condensed, in the Modern Essentials® Handbook.

We’ve expanded “My Usage Guide” in both books with essential oil support for these contemporary health issues: chilblains (lupus), GERD (acid reflux), Lyme disease, and opioid and technology addictions.Finally, we’ve added some scientific notes back into the Modern Essentials® Handbook (even beginners wanted to be science-savvy). Chemical constituents of single oils are at the end of that section. And research citations are now included with conditions in “My Usage Guide.”

Meet the Modern Essentials® Family!

Again, all 10th editions of Modern Essentials® publications include dōTERRA® brand names and new 2018 products. Equally nice, when you buy a family bundle, you save big money!  Modern Essentials® Family, 10th Editions

A “nuclear family” bundle—including both books—that focuses on therapeutic use:

You also get three smaller, quick references that are great starts for sharing:

Modern Essentials® Family Accessory Pack, 10th Editions

These “extended family” members include in-depth tools for therapeutic use and ideas for an essential oil lifestyle.

Therapeutic:

Lifestyle:

Modern Essentials® has been the trusted resource for Wellness Advocates since dōTERRA® started “sharing the life-enhancing benefits of therapeutic-grade essential oils . . . with the world” (from the dōTERRA® Mission Statement). Happy 10th anniversary from AromaTools®!

dōTERRA® is a registered trademark of dōTERRA® Holdings, LLC. AromaTools®  is not sponsored by, affiliated with, or endorsed by dōTERRA® Holdings, LLC.

Yoga Mat Cleaning Spray

Have you ever thought about the bacteria collecting on your yoga mat? Yoga mats tend to be hard to clean; but it needs to be done, so we’ve come up with a simpler way to disinfect your mat while adding the benefits of essential oils to the routine. We’ve put together an antibacterial cleaning spray using essential oils that is sure to leave your mat smelling fresh and clean.

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Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Soup

This south-of-the-border-style soup is definitely one of our favorites! It’s creamy, just a little spicy, and simply delicious. The essential oils really round out the ethnic flavor. Who doesn’t appreciate an easy, slow-cooker meal on a busy day? You’ll absolutely love this soup!

Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Soup

  • Servings: 6–8
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken thighs or breasts
  • 2 cups chicken broth or stock
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 can (10 oz.) green enchilada sauce
  • 1 can (15 oz.) white beans
  • 3 cans (15 oz. each) black beans
  • 2 cans (4 oz. each) diced, fire-roasted, green chilies
  • 1 can (10 oz.) diced tomatoes (optional)
  • 4 tsp. ground chili powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 tsp. paprika
  • 2 drops cumin essential oil
  • 2 drops cilantro essential oil
  • 1 drop black pepper essential oil
  • Toppings: cheese, sour cream, fresh lime, cilantro, etc.

Instructions:

  1. Place the chicken, chicken broth, enchilada sauce, beans, green chilies, diced tomatoes, seasonings, and essential oils* into a slow cooker. Stir the ingredients together, and cook on high for 3–5 hours or on low for 5–7 hours.
  2. Remove the chicken from the slow cooker and shred it using a couple of forks or a hand beater.
  3. Soften the cream cheese slightly in the microwave. Spoon small chunks into the slow cooker and stir it in. (*For stronger seasoning, stir in the essential oils at this point.)
  4. Return the shredded chicken to the slow cooker, cover, and cook for 30 minutes more, or until the cream cheese melts in.
  5. Scoop the soup into bowls, top with sour cream, cheese, lime juice, cilantro, or anything else you desire.

 

Coconut-Citrus Bath Melts

Sometimes you just need a nice hot bath to make things better. These bath melts will enhance your bath by soothing your skin and energizing your body. You’re going to love how you feel!

Coconut-Citrus Bath Melts

  • Servings: 10-12
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Coconut Oil
  • 5 drops lime essential oil
  • 5 drops lemon essential oil
  • 5 drops orange essential oil
  • 5 drops grapefruit essential oil
  • 1 Tbsp. zest from any citrus fruit (optional)
  • Small silicone molds or ice cube tray

Instructions:

  1. Using a double boiler, melt the coconut oil over medium heat until liquified.
  2. Allow the coconut oil to cool momentarily before adding the essential oils.
  3. Stir the essential oils and the zest into the coconut oil.*
  4. Pour the mixture evenly into the molds or ice cube tray.
  5. Refrigerate the bath melts for 1–2 hours or until hardened completely.
  6. Put a bath melt into your warm bath and allow it to dissolve while you soak.
  7. Because coconut oil may liquify in a warm room, keep the remaining bath melts in the refrigerator until ready for use.

*You can substitute an floral-herbaceous blend for the citrus oils, if desired, and replace the zest with crushed, dried herbs. Try an essential oil blend of 5 drops geranium, 5 drops lavender, 5 drops lemongrass, and 5 drops rosemary essential oils.