Quinoa Artichoke Essential Oil Bites

These Quinoa Artichoke Bites make a tasty snack or side dish. With the addition of essential oils, they pack even more flavor and health benefits. They go perfectly with our Essential Oil Marinara Sauce (recipe below), or you can mix up your own favorite dipping sauce. Give them a shot; you’re sure to love them!

Quinoa Artichoke Essential Oil Bites

  • Servings: 24
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (185 g) cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup (100 g) shredded cheese
  • 2 Tbsp. (13 g) grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 can (14 oz.) artichoke hearts
  • 4 oz. (115 g) frozen spinach, thawed
  • 1/2 tsp. (3 g) salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 toothpick basil essential oil
  • 1 toothpick oregano essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Drain and chop the artichoke hearts, and pat dry with paper towels.
  3. Squeeze the spinach with paper towels or a kitchen towel until completely dry.
  4. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl, and mix thoroughly.
  5. Using a mini muffin tin, divide the mixture into 24 cups, and press down to pack the mixture in firmly.
  6. Bake for 20–25 minutes, or until golden brown.
  7. Let the bites cool for a few minutes before removing from the tins.
  8. Serve with a marinara dipping sauce (recipe below).

Cheeses that work great for this recipe are monterey jack, mozzarella, and cheddar. Try one, or a combination of all three!

Essential Oil Marinara Sauce

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) olive oil
  • 1/2 white onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 1/2 tsp. (9 g) salt
  • 2 cans (28 oz. each) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 drop oregano essential oil
  • 1 drop rosemary essential oil
  • 1 drop thyme essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Place the olive oil and chopped onion in a saucepan, and sauté over medium heat until the onions are tender.
  2. Add the garlic in with the onions, and continue cooking for an additional minute, stirring frequently.
  3. Add the salt and crushed tomatoes to the saucepan. Stir everything in the saucepan together, and continue cooking until warmed through.
  4. Turn off the heat, and stir in the essential oils.
  5. Serve over your choice of noodles or with our Quinoa Artichoke Essential Oil Bites (recipe above).

Tuscan Pasta Salad with Essential Oils

If you’re looking for a fun new spring dish, this is the one for you! This pasta salad is super simple but delicious and filling. It makes a lot, so you can eat it as the main dish, take it as a side salad to parties, or save the leftovers for lunch the next day. And the best part? It uses essential oils! Now you can enjoy the flavor of basil and oregano in this tasty salad while enjoying the health benefits of essential oils at the same time.

Tuscan Pasta Salad

  • Servings: 8–10
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Salad:

  • Two 19 oz. packages cheese tortellini pasta
  • 1/2 cup (65 g) sliced olives
  • 1/2 cup (80 g) artichoke pieces
  • 1/2 cup (100 g) mini pepperoni or salami
  • 1/2 cup (90 g) chopped red peppers (roasted or fresh)
  • 1/2 cup (25 g) diced tomatoes (sundried or fresh)
  • 1 cup (20 g) arugula or spinach

Dressing:

  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp. (50 ml) balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp. (3 g) minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp. (3 g) salt
  • 1/4 tsp. (500 mg) black pepper
  • 2 drops lemon essential oil
  • 1 toothpick basil essential oil
  • 1 toothpick oregano essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Following the instructions on the packaging, cook the pasta, drain, and set aside to cool.
  2. While the pasta is cooling, combine all the dressing ingredients in a shaker bottle or glass jar, and shake well to combine.
  3. In a large bowl, combine all the salad ingredients, pour the dressing on, and toss to combine.
  4. Sprinkle with salt and pepper (to taste), and serve!

Essential Oil Spotlight: Marjoram

Marjoram (Origanum majorana) essential oil is steam-distilled from the leaves of the plant. This oil has antibacterial, anti-infectious, antiseptic, antisexual, antispasmodic, arterial vasodilating, digestive stimulating, diuretic, expectorant, sedative, and tonic health properties. Marjoram is known for its herbaceous and spicy aroma.

Historically, marjoram was used to combat poisoning, fluid retention, muscle spasms, stiff joints, bruises, and respiratory congestion. Today, some of the primary uses of marjoram essential oil include arthritis, bone spurs, carpal tunnel syndrome, colic, constipation, croup, expectorant, neuralgia, muscle aches and fatigue, pancreatitis, Parkinson’s disease, physical stress, sprains, stiffness, and tendinitis.

Marjoram essential oil can also help anxiety, boils, bruises, burns, celibacy, colds, cuts, fungal and viral infections, hysteria, menstrual problems, ringworm, shingles, shock, sores, and sunburns.

Application of Marjoram Essential Oil and Safety Data:

Topical Application: Can be applied neat (without dilution). Apply directly to the area of concern and to reflex points.
Aromatic Application: Diffuse, or inhale the aroma directly. The aroma of marjoram essential oil promotes peace and sleep.
Internal Application: Marjoram is generally recognized as safe by the FDA for human consumption and can be used as a flavoring agent.
Safety Data: Not to be used internally by children under 6 years old, and should be used with caution and in greater dilution for children 6 years old and older. Should be used with caution during pregnancy.

Ways to Use Marjoram Essential Oil:

1. Tendinitis
Tendinitis can be extremely painful. Try applying a drop of marjoram on location, then cover with a cool pack for 15 minutes. Repeat whenever necessary.

2. Diffusion
Diffuser blends are a simple way to use your favorite essential oils. Here are a few blends that we created for you to try out so you can enjoy the aroma of marjoram essential oil.

3. Roll-on Blends
Roll-on blends are a great way to maximize the use of multiple essential oils, and they’re so easy to apply. Here are some simple blends to help you start using marjoram essential oil topically. Each of these blends should be combined with 2 tsp. (10 ml) of carrier oil in a 10 ml roll-on bottle, then applied directly to the area of concern.

Muscle Recovery
5 drops marjoram
5 drops white fir
6 drops cypress
6 drops peppermint
Arthritis
3 drops frankincense
4 drops peppermint
2 drops marjoram
Carpal Tunnel
3 drops basil
3 drops marjoram
2 drops lemongrass
2 drops cypress
Nerve Pain Relief
8 drops marjoram
8 drops eucalyptus

4. Cooking
Marjoram is a commonly used herb in many recipes, and you can easily use the essential oil as a replacement. Here are a few recipes we have that include marjoram essential oil for you to try out.

5. Massage Oil
Using marjoram essential oil in a massage oil has many benefits. Marjoram essential oil is great for muscle spasms, can serve as a sedative to your nerves, and promotes relaxation. Combine any of these blends with 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) of your favorite carrier oil to reap the benefits!

Nervous Tension
6 drops marjoram
3 drops rose
2 drops lavender
Muscle Relief
7 drops marjoram
3 drops rosemary
2 drops lemongrass
Emotional Balance
4 drops marjoram
2 drops frankincense
2 drops rose
Aches & Pains
5 drops peppermint
5 drops marjoram
3 drops lavender

Sources:
Modern Essentials™: The Complete Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, 9th Edition, pp. 90–91.
Aromatherapy Blends & Remedies by Franzesca Watson

No-Bake Chocolate Fruit Pizza

Finding healthy snacks that everyone will enjoy can be challenging. Here’s a healthy alternative to your traditional cookie-crust fruit pizzas! This fruit pizza is tasty and healthy, and you can top it with your favorite fruit to make your own special masterpiece. Better yet, have the kids decorate it for a fun activity to cure boredom!

No-Bake Chocolate Fruit Pizza

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

Crust

  • 1 cup (140 g) whole almonds
  • 15 medium pitted dates
  • 2 Tbsp. (24 g) coconut oil, melted
  • 1 Tbsp. (8 g) cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. (5 ml) vanilla

Filling

  • 1/2 cup (120 g) cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup (140 g) plain greek yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) sugar or honey
  • 1/4 tsp. (1.5 ml) vanilla
  • 2–3 drops orange, lemon, or lime essential oil

Toppings

  • 1/4 cup (40 g) strawberries
  • 1 clementine or mandarin orange
  • 1/4 cup (40 g) blueberries
  • 1/4 cup (40 g) blackberries

Instructions:

  1. Begin by making the crust by blending the almonds in a food processor until they reach a rough flour-like consistency.
  2. Add in the dates, melted coconut oil, cocoa powder, and vanilla, and blend again in the processor until well combined.
  3. Press the mixture into a circular tin or tart dish, and refrigerate for an hour.
  4. In a separate bowl, whip the cream cheese and greek yogurt until well combined.
  5. Add the honey or sugar, vanilla, and essential oil, and combine thoroughly.
  6. Once the crust has set, move to a plate, and spread on the filling.
  7. Decorate the pizza with the fruit, making your own design!

You can use any fruit you would like, not just the ones listed. Other fruits you can add include grapes, kiwi, apples, raspberries, etc. Find the fruits you like and be creative!

Almond Thumbprint Cookies with Lime Frosting

It’s almost St. Patrick’s Day, and if you’re like us, you’re looking for fun, healthy treats. We all have a sweet tooth sometimes, but we don’t want to eat too much sugar! If you can relate, this recipe is perfect for you. These almond flour cookies don’t use any grain, and the sweetener is just honey—no refined sugar! These cookies are yummy, but not so sweet that they leave you feeling sick. These are cookies you can feel good about feeding your kids! Add the Lime Frosting to the cookies to increase their flavor—and add the health benefits of lime essential oil. You can even dye the frosting green to kick off St. Patrick’s Day!

Almond Thumbprint Cookies

  • Servings: 18
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 2 1/4 cups (215 g) blanched almond flour
  • 1/2 tsp. (2 g) baking soda
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. (5 ml) vanilla
  • 1/3 cup (80 ml) honey
  • 4 Tbsp. (57 g) butter, softened

Instructions:

  1. In a medium bowl, combine the almond flour, baking soda, and salt.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients, and stir until combined completely.
  3. Cover the bowl, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
  5. Once the dough is chilled, use a cookie scoop or a tablespoon to form the dough into balls, and place on a cookie sheet.
  6. Using your thumb, make a dent in the center of each cookie, being careful not to poke entirely through.
  7. Bake for 9–11 minutes, or until slightly browned.
  8. Remove the cookies from the oven, and immediately press the dents back down using a teaspoon.
  9. Allow the cookies to completely cool before filling each hole with Lime Frosting (recipe below).

If you don’t want to use the Lime Frosting, you can also fill the holes with some jam for a fun, fruity dessert.

Lime Frosting

  • Servings: Yield=8 oz. (250 ml)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 8 oz. (225 g) cream cheese, softened
  • 3 Tbsp. (45 ml) honey
  • 1 tsp. (5 ml) vanilla
  • 1–2 tsp. (5–10 ml) milk
  • 8–10 drops lime essential oil
  • Green food coloring or spinach powder (optional)

Instructions:

  1. In a small bowl, combine cream cheese, honey, and vanilla.
  2. Using a hand mixer, beat the frosting on medium speed.
  3. Slowly add in the milk until the desired consistency is reached.
  4. Add the lime oil and food coloring.

For easier use, place the frosting in a small zip-top bag, and cut the corner off. Squeeze the frosting through the corner of the bag to frost the cookies!

Cilantro Lime Chicken with Avocado Salsa

If you’re looking for a fun new recipe to spice up your dinners, you have to try this yummy cilantro lime chicken! The flavor is rich and savory, and the salsa is delicious. This recipe is simple and can be made up ahead of time, or quickly on the spot!

Cilantro Lime Chicken

  • Servings: 4–6
  • Difficulty: Moderate
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Ingredients:

  • 4–6 chicken breasts
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 1/2 cup (30 g) chopped parsley
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. (30 ml) honey
  • 2 tsp. (12 g) salt
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 1/2 tsp. (1 g) onion powder
  • 3 drops lime essential oil
  • 5–10 drops cilantro essential oil
  • 1 drop black pepper essential oil
  • 1 drop cumin essential oil
  • 1 drop coriander essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients thoroughly, and place in a plastic zip-top bag.
  2. Marinate in the fridge for at least 1 hour or up to overnight.
  3. Remove the chicken from the bag, and drain the remaining marinade.
  4. Cook the chicken over medium heat in a frying pan until cooked thoroughly and lightly browned.
  5. Top with avocado salsa (recipe below), and enjoy!

Cilantro Lime Avocado Salsa

  • Servings: Yield=2–3 cups
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 2 avocadoes, diced
  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • 1/4 cup (50 g) onion, finely diced
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1/4 tsp. (1 g) garlic powder
  • 2–3 drops cilantro essential oil, to taste
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl, being careful not to stir so much that the avocadoes get mushed.
  2. Serve with chicken, chips, or flatbread.

Essential Oil Gummy Candies for Immune Support

What kid doesn’t love gummy candies? Unfortunately, many store-bought brands contain lots of sugar and food dyes that our kids really don’t need in their little bodies. So we’ve come up with a recipe that has the opposite effect of store-bought gummies—with immune-boosting properties from elderberry syrup, honey, and lemon essential oil.

Elderberry Gummy Candies

  • Servings: Yield=1 1/4 cups (300 ml)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup (160 ml) homemade elderberry syrup, divided (see recipe below)
  • 1/3 cup (80 ml) mixed-berry, grape, or orange juice
  • 2.5–3 Tbsp. (27 g) powdered grass-fed beef gelatin
  • 1–2 Tbsp. (15–30 ml) honey (depending on sweetness preference)
  • 2–3 drops lemon essential oil (you can also try 1–3 toothpicks each of cassia, clove, and ginger if using orange juice)

Instructions:

  1. Pour 1/3 cup (80 ml) elderberry syrup and 1/3 cup (80 ml) fruit juice into a saucepan. Sprinkle the powdered gelatin over the liquid, and let sit for 5 minutes.
  2. Turn the heat to medium, and stir until the mixture gets bubbly and the gelatin dissolves. Whisk in the honey, and stir until completely dissolved.
  3. Stir in the rest of the elderberry syrup (1/3 cup or 80 ml) and the essential oil.
  4. Pour into a silicone mold or mini ice cube tray, and refrigerate until set (about an hour).

Homemade Elderberry Syrup

  • Servings: Yield=4–5 cups (about 1 liter)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (90 g) dried elderberries
  • 4 cups (1 liter) water
  • 1 vanilla bean, split (optional)
  • 3/4–1 cup (180–240 ml) honey
  • 1–4 toothpicks clove essential oil, to taste (optional)
  • 1–4 toothpicks cassia essential oil, to taste (optional)
  • 1–4 toothpicks ginger essential oil, to taste (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Place the elderberries, water, and vanilla bean in an electric pressure cooker (we used an Instant Pot®), and cook on high pressure for 10 minutes. Allow the pressure to release naturally (about 18 minutes).
  2. Once your pressure cooker has cooled down enough to open, strain out the elderberries and allow to cool until warm before you stir in the honey and essential oils.
  3. Use in gummy candies (recipe above), as a pancake syrup, or drink 1 tsp. (5 ml) or so (1/4–1/2 for children) several times a day when you feel a cold or the flu coming on.

Frozen Yogurt Snacks

It’s hard to stay healthy with all the snacking we tend to do. Solution? Healthy snacks! These yummy frozen yogurt snacks are really good for you, and they taste amazing too. Now you can enjoy a sweet treat while keeping up with your health goals!

Frozen Yogurt Bites

  • Servings: 12
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

  • 2 cups (570 g) plain greek yogurt
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp. (40 ml) honey
  • 1 tsp. (5 ml) vanilla
  • 2–3 drops essential oil
  • 1 1/4 cups (190 g) fruit
  • Cupcake liners

Instructions:

  1. Combine yogurt, honey, and vanilla in a bowl.
  2. Add essential oil until you reach your desired flavor.
  3. Cut the fruit if necessary, and stir into the yogurt.
  4. Place the cupcake liners into a cupcake pan, and drop the yogurt into the liners.
  5. Place in the freezer for 2 hours, or until completely frozen.
  6. Once the yogurt treats are frozen, pull out of the freezer and let them thaw for a couple minutes so that they come out of the cupcake pan easily.
  7. Store the yogurt bites in the freezer, and enjoy whenever you get that desire to snack!

You can create your own flavors; some of the flavors that we liked were raspberry-lime, blueberry-lemon, and strawberry-lemon.

Artichoke Portobello Soup

This creamy vegetarian soup is packed with nutrients and flavor! In fact, you’ll think you’ve died and gone to heaven—it’s that good! It got rave reviews from the many people who tested this recipe in preparation for this post. Give it a try and let us know what you think!

Artichoke Portobello Soup

  • Servings: 4–6
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (113 g) butter
  • 1/2 cup (80 g) onion, diced (or green onions)
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 ribs celery, chopped
  • 2 portobello mushrooms, chopped (or 6 crimini mushrooms)
  • 3 Tbsp. (23 g) flour
  • 4 cups (1 liter) chicken broth
  • 1 jar (4–6 oz.) marinated artichoke hearts, drained and sliced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/8 tsp. (220 mg) cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup (240 ml) heavy cream
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 drop thyme essential oil
  • 1 drop oregano essential oil
  • 1 drop black pepper essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Place butter in a large saucepan over medium heat, and allow it to melt a little. Add onion, carrots, and celery; sauté until the vegetables start to caramelize.
  2. Add chopped mushrooms, sauté 3–4 more minutes, and then sprinkle with flour and stir for 1–2 minutes to allow the flour to cook in the butter. Add broth, artichokes, bay leaf, and cayenne pepper. Simmer for 15–20 minutes.
  3. Scoop soup into a blender, and pulse 5–10 times (this step can be skipped if you like larger chunks in your soup).
  4. Pour the soup back into the large saucepan, and stir in the heavy cream, salt, and essential oils. Cook 3–5 minutes, or until slightly thickened and heated through.

Essential Oil Ravioli Hearts

These noodles are so cute and fun to make, and they make a perfect Valentine’s Day dinner! The recipe is a little complicated, but this ravioli is to die for, making it worth every minute! It’s so fun that all the kids will want to join in and help you cut out the noodles! The hardest part will be sharing these tasty raviolis with the rest of the family.

Homemade Ravioli

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: Difficult
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Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups (180 g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 tsp. (1.5 g) salt
  • 1–2 Tbsp. (15–30 ml) water (as needed)
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) water
  • Cheese mixture (recipe below)
  • Marinara sauce (recipe below)
  • Parmesan cheese for topping

Instructions:

  1. Combine flour, 2 eggs, and salt in a food processor, and process until well mixed.
  2. If necessary, slowly add water until the mixture forms a firm dough.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough until smooth. Check the dough by cutting it with a knife. Once there are no air bubbles in the middle, and the outside is smooth, the dough is ready.
  4. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap, and let stand for 30 minutes.
  5. Divide dough into 4 portions, and roll out to about 1/16″  (1.5 mm) thickness using a rolling pin or pasta machine.
  6. Using a heart-shaped cookie cutter, cut hearts into the dough. Or cut the dough into 2″ (5 cm) squares using a knife.
  7. Combine 1 lightly beaten egg and 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) water in a bowl, and brush the dough pieces lightly with the mixture.
  8. Place a small spoonful of the cheese mixture (recipe below) in the middle of the dough, leaving enough space around the edges to seal the dough.
  9. Lay the second piece of dough on top, and use your fingers to press the edges down around the cheese so they stick together.
  10. Bring a pot of saltwater to boil, and gently drop the ravioli into the boiling water. Cook 1/4 of the ravioli at a time to avoid the noodles sticking together. Cook for 5–10 minutes (depending on the thickness of the noodles), or until tender.
  11. Using a slotted spoon, remove the ravioli from the water, and place on a serving dish.
  12. Top with marinara sauce (recipe below) and parmesan cheese.

Notes:
If your noodles are thick, they will take longer to cook.
If you have leftover cheese filling, it makes a great topper for the finished pasta for an added cheesy kick.

Basil and Oregano Cheese Filling

  • Servings: Yield=2 cups (500 ml)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (125 g) ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup (55 g) shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup (55 g) shredded gouda cheese
  • 1/2 cup (50 g) shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced
  • 1/4 tsp. (125 mg) dried parsley
  • 1/4 tsp. (1.5 g) salt
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 toothpick oregano essential oil
  • 1 toothpick basil essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Combine cheeses, parsley, salt, and pepper.
  2. Dip a toothpick in the oregano and basil oils, and run the toothpicks through the cheese mixture to combine.
  3. Taste, and add more salt, pepper, and/or essential oil as needed.

The taste may be a little strong, but once the noodles are boiled, the flavor will be much milder.
You can use just about any kind of cheese in this recipe, not just the ones listed. If you have other cheeses, experiment to find out which ones give the best flavor for you!

Marinara Sauce

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) olive oil
  • 1/2 white onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 1/2 tsp. (9 g) salt
  • 2 cans crushed tomatoes (28 oz. each)
  • 1 drop oregano essential oil
  • 1 drop rosemary essential oil
  • 1 drop thyme essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Place the olive oil and chopped onion in a saucepan, and sauté over medium heat until the onions are tender.
  2. Add the garlic in with the onions, and continue cooking for an additional minute, stirring frequently.
  3. Add the salt and crushed tomatoes to the saucepan. Stir everything in the saucepan together, and continue cooking until warmed through.
  4. Turn off the heat, and stir in the oregano, rosemary, and thyme essential oils.
  5. Serve over your choice of noodles.