Essential Educators: Yoga Mini Tear Pad

“Yoga has been around for over 5,000 years as an exercise that focuses on the health of the body and the mind. Yoga has been shown to build strength and flexibility over all areas of the body.” The new Essential Educators “Yoga” mini tear pad is a beginner-friendly resource for enhancing anyone’s yoga experience with essential oils. It discusses how oils benefit a workout and offers quick ideas for both aromatic and topical application. Also included are instructions for a yoga mat cleaning spray and a quick yoga stretch (that you can do anywhere). Designed for class use or to share with samples, the “Yoga” mini tear pad contains 50 sheets—plenty to share with your team, contacts, friends, and family!

The yoga presentation also coordinates with our “Chakras” mini tear pad. This tear pad  introduces the seven chakras as energy centers in the body. It lists essential oils that help open and balance each chakra—and explains application methods. Finally, it illustrates four basic yoga poses for balancing chakras.

Since yoga is such a hot topic, we’ve linked all our previous yoga-related blog posts below so that you can learn even more about using essential oils with yoga!

Ready to get going? Check out our yoga and meditation products—full-size tear pads, books, DVDs, exercise apparel, and more. Click here to browse everything!

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!

Falafel Hummus Dip

Are you ready for a new flavor of hummus? Try out our falafel hummus dip! We accidentally discovered this dip when we were coming up with our recipe for baked falafel. If you love hummus, you need to give this recipe a try!

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Healthy No-Bake Cookie Bites with Coconut Oil

If you are one of the many people who make a resolution to eat healthier this new year, then you should give this recipe a try! Even though these cookie bites are so delicious, they are also packed with protein and a variety of nutrients to give you a little burst of energy. Just pop one in your mouth when you need a snack or when you have a craving for something sweet!
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Healthy No-Bake Cookie Bites with Coconut Oil

  • Servings: 20–24
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 cups (158 g) oats (quick or rolled)
  • 1/3 cup (54 g) chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup (24 g) cocoa or cacao powder
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1/2 cup (125 g) almond butter (or other nut butter)
  • 1/3 cup (80 ml) honey
  • 1/2 cup (96 g) coconut oil
  • 3/4 cup (139 g) cooked quinoa*
  • 1/2 cup (55 g) unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 2–5 drops peppermint essential oil (you could also use orange, cinnamon, or cardamom essential oil, but you may want to start with less)

Instructions:

  1. Combine oats, chia seeds, cocoa or cacao powder, and sea salt in a mixing bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine almond butter, honey, and coconut oil. Mix well, and then add cooked quinoa. Stir until well combined.
  3. Combine the wet and dry ingredients together, and mix well. You may need to use your hands to mix.
  4. Stir in a drop of peppermint essential oil. Taste; then add another drop if needed. Repeat until you like the flavor.
  5. Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or in a silicone mold.
  6. Place in the refrigerator until firm.
  7. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

*Note: To cook quinoa, place 1/4 cup (43 g) quinoa and 1/2 cup (120 ml) water in a small pot, and bring to a boil over medium heat. Boil for 5 minutes. Reduce heat to low, and simmer for 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork, and continue cooking for 5 more minutes or until the quinoa has absorbed all the water. You can also cook the quinoa in a rice cooker as you would cook regular white rice.

Essential Oils for a Better Night’s Sleep

iStock_000018171637SmallInsomnia is defined as a persistent inability to fall or stay asleep when the opportunity for sleep is presented. Insomnia can cause irritability, depression, anxiety, difficulty focusing, increased errors and accidents, tension headaches, gastrointestinal disorders, and a myriad of other issues (mayoclinic.org).

Most of us have experienced brief periods of insomnia at times when we may have a lot on our minds or when we are dealing with a particularly stressful situation; but when the stressful situation is resolved, the insomnia tends to go away. Long-term, chronic insomnia, however, can occur as a reaction to long-term stressors. Insomnia can be caused by a lot of different factors, but some of the more common ones are anxiety, long-term stress, medical conditions, some medications, eating too much before going to bed, an irregular sleep schedule, and caffeine (mayoclinic.org). As insomnia persists, it can really start to interfere with a person’s health, mood, and well-being.

Many people have found that essential oils can be very helpful in dealing with insomnia. Many essential oils are known for their calming abilities and can help a person relax before going to bed. It may be helpful to do a personal evaluation and consider what factors in your own life may be causing your insomnia. If stress is the issue, consider finding ways to better deal with stressful situations in your life and using essential essential oils that may help with stress management. Our blog post “Living a Stress Free and Healthy Life with Essential Oils” offers some great natural ideas for stress management. If the underlying cause of your insomnia is something else, try referencing the Personal Usage Guide of the book Modern Essentials for ideas on what oils are commonly used for specific conditions.

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Modern Essentials offers some great general ideas for helping you sleep:

Blend 1:

Combine 6 drops Invigorating Blend with 6 drops lavender. Apply blend to big toes, bottoms of the feet, 2 drops around the navel, and 3 drops on the back of the neck (p.237).

Blend 2:

Combine 2 drops Roman chamomile, 6 drops geranium, 3 drops lemon, and 4 drops sandalwood. Add 6 drops of this blend to your bath at bedtime, and combine 5 drops with 2 tsp. fractionated coconut oil for a massage after the bath (p.237).

Essential oils commonly used for insomnia include lavender, orange, Calming Blend, Roman chamomile, cypress, ylang ylang, Invigorating Blend, marjoram, lemon, rosemary, sandalwood, clary sage, and bergamot. Diffusing one of these oils or diluting one of them and applying it to the feet and back of the neck at bedtime may be a great help in helping you unwind and relax before trying to sleep (Modern Essentials p.237).

We’d love to hear your feedback! What essential oils have you used to help with insomnia?

Sources:

Modern Essentials, 5th Edition, 2013

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/insomnia/basics/causes/con-20024293