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.

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.

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.

 

Essential Oil Spotlight: Bergamot

Bergamot (citrus bergamia) essential oil is pressed from the rind, or peel, of this citrus fruit. The oil is clearly recognized by its sweet, lively, citrusy, and fruity aroma. Bergamot properties: analgesic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiparasitic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, digestive, neuroprotective, sedative, and uplifting.

Bergamot essential oil is commonly used to help with agitation, brain injury, colic, depression, emotional stress, environmental stress, infection, mental stress, performance stress, physical energy, physical stress, PMS, and rheumatoid arthritis. This essential oil primarily affects the digestive system, emotional balance, and skin.

Other possible uses of bergamot include acne, anxiety, appetite regulation, boils, bronchitis, carbuncles, cold sores, oily complexion, coughs, cystitis, digestion, eczema, emotions, endocrine system, fever, gallstones, gonorrhea, infectious disease, insect bites, irritated lungs, psoriasis, respiratory infection, scabies, sore throat, nervous tension, thrush, acute tonsillitis, ulcers, urinary tract infection, spot varicose veins, and wounds.

Application and Safety Data

Topical: Bergamot can be applied neat (without dilution). Apply to forehead, temples, reflex points, and/or directly on the area of concern. May also be applied as a deodorant.
Aromatic: Diffuse, or inhale the aroma directly. The scent may help to relieve anxiety, depression, stress, and tension. It is also uplifting and refreshing.
Internal: Bergamot is recognized as safe for human consumption by the FDA. Dilute 1 drop bergamot oil in 1 tsp. of honey or in 4 oz. of beverage.
Safety: Avoid direct sunlight or UV light for 72 hours after topical use. Repeated use may result in extreme contact sensitization.

Ways to Use

1. Diffuser Blends
Bergamot essential oil is a huge hit in diffuser blends not only for its powerful aromatic properties but also because it simply smells wonderful! We have created many amazing diffuser blends with bergamot for you to try. Just click on one below that looks appealing, and start diffusing bergamot today.

2. Comas
Bergamot can be helpful to support a comatose patient. Alternate applying 1 drop frankincense and 1 drop bergamot to the back of the neck, just below the skull, once a day.
3. Perfumes
Essential oil blends can make beautiful perfumes. We’ve written a post featuring 15 perfume recipes and their health benefits—including several blends containing bergamot. A downloadable file with printable labels is included. Click here to make fabulous fragrances for both women and men.

4. Smoothies
To add healthful flavor to your fruit or green smoothies, include 1–2 drops of bergamot essential oil. You’ll love the citrus burst and the support for your digestive system.
5. Bath Bombs
Making your own bath bombs means completely customized creations! And you can feel secure knowing that you’re not soaking in any harmful chemicals. Follow this recipe to make simple, luxurious bath bombs! For a stress-relieving and emotionally relaxing bath, add 10 drops bergamot, 10 drops orange, and 3 drops copaiba to the basic bath bomb recipe.

Source:
Modern Essentials™: The Complete Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, 9th Edition, pp. 40-41.

Grilled Cinnamon Peaches

With peach season upon us, here’s a way to top off a late-summer cookout with a simple, delectable dessert. Warm, sweet, cinnamon peaches make the perfect complement to savory barbecued dinners. You can also panfry peaches indoors. Since they’re so quick and easy, you’ll make this your go-to dessert for many occasions!

Grilled Cinnamon Peaches

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 2 peaches
  • 3 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. butter, melted
  • 1 drop cinnamon essential oil
  • vanilla ice cream or yogurt for topping

Instructions:

  1. In a small bowl, combine the melted butter and cinnamon essential oil, and set aside.
  2. Slice the peaches in half—leaving the skin on—and remove the pits.
  3. Brush the melted butter with cinnamon essential oil all over the peach halves. Grill them with flesh side down over medium heat for 2–3 minutes or until browned. You may want to use the cooler edges of the grill if you’ve been barbecuing meat. (Alternately, panfry the peach halves over medium-high heat in the same way.)
  4. Turn the peach halves face up, and sprinkle the brown sugar over the flesh. Grill for another 2–3 minutes or until the skin is browned and loosened. (If panfrying, cover the pan and cook for another 2–3 minutes or until the sugar caramelizes.)
  5. Remove peach halves from the heat, and serve with or without the skin—topped with ice cream or yogurt.

 

Natural Disinfecting Wipes

Store-bought disinfecting wipes contain harsh chemicals that may do more harm than good. These all-natural wipes are safe for your skin, so you can use them to clean and disinfect your house without worry! You’ll also save money with an effective, convenient, and easy-to-make product. And your home will smell as clean as it looks.

Natural Disinfecting Wipes

  • Servings: Yield=100–200 wipes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. In a bowl, combine the water, vinegar, witch hazel, castile soap, and essential oils.
  2. Cut the roll of paper towels in half, and place half the roll in the OmniWipe container.
  3. Pour the liquid mixture over the paper towels, making sure to coat evenly.
  4. Place the lid on the container and tip it back and forth, allowing the liquid to soak into the paper towels.
  5. Open the container and carefully pull the cardboard center out of the paper towels. (It should be easy to remove once soaked.) Then pull up the center paper towel. Thread it through the hole in the lid for dispensing the wipes. Replace the lid on the container.
  6. Apply the vinyl label to the side of the wipe container. Click here for instructions.
  7. Carefully remove a wipe to clean your desired surface.

Depending on the thickness of the paper towel roll, you may need to increase or decrease the amount of water and vinegar so that the wipes are not too wet or dry.

Essential Yoga Practice: Combining Yoga and Essential Oils

If you are interested in yoga, whether you are a beginner or an expert, Asti Atkinson and Mona Flynn are with us today to share how you can get started using essential oils to add to the benefits of practicing yoga. Check out their book, DVD, and tear pad at AromaTools:


Is yoga for you? If it is, do you know how to effectively pair your yoga practice with essential oils? Do you teach yoga or know someone who does? Many yoga teachers have approached us with questions about how to introduce essential oils to their students. We’ve talked to yogis who are curious about essential oils but unsure where to start. We’ve also had many essential oil users ask us how to introduce essential oils to the yoga community, especially since more traditional yogis can be reluctant initially to introduce any type of aroma to a yoga practice.

These answers and more can be found in Essential Yoga Practice. This book clearly communicates the benefits of yoga, important information about essential oils, and how pairing these two practices can be so beneficial. It’s ideal for newcomers, yet also contains a wealth of information to help more seasoned yogis and oil users expand and deepen the benefits they experience.

In the last section of the book, yoga, wellness, and fitness expert Mona Flynn shares 6 original yoga sequences she has choreographed, and Asti Atkinson teaches how specific essential oils can have a powerful impact on your yoga experience. You’ll be able to watch these sequences in motion with the Essential Yoga Practice DVD.

Are you ready to teach others how to use essential oils with yoga in a simple way . . . or even get together with some friends for a self-guided tour of yoga with essential oils? Take home the new Essential Yoga Practice tear pad (available from AromaTools), and enjoy experimenting with oils and yoga. You’ll love the synergistic wellness pairing these two ancient practices provide for body, mind, and spirit.

About the Authors


Mona Flynn, MS, has over 25 years of experience in wellness and fitness. She holds a master’s degree in exercise physiology and is a registered yoga teacher with over 500 hours of experience (RYT 500E). She is a long-standing member of both the Yoga Alliance and the International Association of Yoga Therapists. Mona is co-owner of the Institute of Integrated Yoga Therapy, which offers yoga teacher training programs, and owner of Lifefit Inc., a private yoga practice.

Asti Atkinson began her own natural wellness journey when she discovered essential oils in 1998, and she has been an essential oil distributor since 2010. She has educated thousands of people in groups around the world on the benefits of essential oils.

Overnight Oats with Blueberry Lemon Jam

Breakfast can be a hard meal to keep healthy while still tasting delicious. Overnight oats have caught our attention recently, so we decided to see what all the fuss was about. These overnight oats are cardamom and cassia flavored, and topping them with Blueberry Lemon Jam makes for a wonderful flavorful combination. This is a breakfast that you can feel good about eating without sacrificing a delicious flavor!

Overnight Oats with Blueberry Lemon Jam

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

  • 1 can (15 oz.) coconut milk
  • 1 cup (100 g) rolled oats
  • 3 Tbsp. (35 g) chia seeds
  • 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) pure maple syrup
  • 1 drop cardamom essential oil
  • 1 drop cassia essential oil
  • 1–2 small, ripe pears, diced
  • Blueberry Lemon Jam (recipe below)

Instructions:

  1. In a medium container, combine the coconut milk, rolled oats, chia seeds, maple syrup, and essential oils.
  2. Cover, and chill the oats for at least 1–2 hours, or overnight, until the mixture thickens and the oats soften.
  3. Remove the oats from the fridge when ready to serve, and stir to combine.
  4. Layer the oats, jam, and pear slices in a bowl or small jar. These prepared layers can be stored in the fridge for 3–4 days.

This Blueberry Lemon Jam is super delicious and really easy to make! You can use it for the overnight oats, or simply top a bagel or piece of toast with it. The lemon essential oil adds a wonderful tangy flavor to the sweet blueberries. You might need to make a double batch of this jam to last you a little longer!

Blueberry Lemon Jam

  • Servings: Yield=6 oz.
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 4 cups (550 g) frozen blueberries
  • 1/4 cup (50 ml) pure maple syrup
  • 3 Tbsp. (35 g) chia seeds
  • 1 tsp. (5 ml) lemon juice
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 drops lemon essential oil

Instructions:

  1. In a medium pot, combine the blueberries and maple syrup, and simmer over medium-high heat for 8–10 minutes, or until the berries are softened. The blueberries will release a lot of water at this point.
  2. Reduce the heat a little to avoid sticking, and stir in the chia seeds.
  3. Let the mixture simmer for 8–15 minutes, stirring frequently. Simmer until most of the water cooks off and the jam thickens up.
  4. Remove from heat, stir in the lemon juice, and transfer to a bowl.
  5. Let the mixture cool for a few minutes before stirring in the lemon essential oil.
  6. Place the jam in the fridge for a couple hours, allowing it to cool completely.

Leftover jam can be stored in the fridge for up to 2 weeks, or in the freezer for much longer.