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!

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!

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.

Essential Oil Saltwater Mouthwash

Saltwater makes a great mouthwash because the it alkalizes the mouth, creating an environment that stops the growth of bacteria. Additionally, saltwater is astringent and speeds wound healing by reducing inflammation and contracting the tissues. We included essential oils in our saltwater mouthwash because their antibacterial properties kill the existing bacteria and help freshen the breath.

Some good oils to use in a mouthwash include peppermint, melaleuca, orange, cinnamon, clove, lemon, myrrh, or an antibacterial blend. Try using a single oil or mixing a couple to create your own custom blend! Though you don’t often see myrrh used in mouthwash, myrrh essential oil is actually a great oil to use in oral care because it is said to help with sore throats, mouth ulcers, gingivitis, gum disease, and wounds.

This mouthwash is great to use on a daily basis or even just when your mouth needs a little help healing from mouth wounds or conditions.

Saltwater Mouthwash

  • Servings: Yield=1 cup (240 ml)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

Instructions:

  1. Stir salt into the warm water until dissolved. Let cool.
  2. Pour essential oils and essential oil emulsifier into the 8 oz. glass bottle. When the saltwater is cool, add it to the bottle, screw the lid on, and shake to combine.
  3. To use, shake first, pour a little into a shot glass (about 1/2 a shot glass), and then pour the liquid into your mouth. Swish and gargle for 30 seconds. Swallow or spit as desired.

Extra Idea:

  • Place a little of the mixture into a shot glass, and soak your floss or flosser before using it to floss your teeth for help in cleaning the hard-to-access areas.

Fortune Cookies with Essential Oil Fortunes

If you love reading the funny—but sometimes profound—fortunes found within the folds of a fortune cookie, then you’ll probably appreciate these little nuggets of essential oil wisdom. We had a great time coming up with the fortunes and hope you like them too! We also enjoyed making these delicious homemade fortune cookies (much better than the ones at restaurants!) and found them to be quite easy to make.

These Essential Oil Fortune Cookies would be so fun to hand out to your essential oil class attendees or to offer at events with essential oil enthusiasts! If you don’t want to make actual cookies, you can also wrap these fortunes in little paper origami fortune cookies for a cute party favor.
Here is a printable pdf of the essential oil fortunes.

Edible Fortune Cookies

These fortune cookies are delicious, but they do require some time. See the tips below to reduce the amount of time spent making these.

Essential Oil Fortune Cookies

  • Servings: 1–2 dozen
  • Difficulty: Moderate
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Ingredients & Supplies:

  • 5 Tbsp. (71 g) unsalted butter
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 cup (200 g) fine cane sugar
  • 1 cup (120 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp. (1.5 g) salt
  • 3 Tbsp. (45 ml) heavy cream
  • 1 tsp. (5 ml) almond extract (optional; tastes good with the cassia essential oil)
  • 1/2 tsp. (2.5 ml) vanilla extract
  • 5–8 drops lemon essential oil or 3–4 drops cassia essential oil
  • Essential oil fortunes (see pdf above)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F (205°C), and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or spray with cooking spray. Melt butter, and set aside.
  2. In a stand mixer (or large mixing bowl with a whisk), mix the egg whites and sugar for about 30 seconds. Add flour, salt, heavy cream, extract(s), and essential oil; mix on a high speed for 1 minute. Finally, add the melted butter, and whisk until the batter is just combined. The consistency should be like thick pancake batter.
  3. Using a tablespoon (15 ml) measurement, place a scoop on the lined (or greased) baking sheet, and spread it into a thin circle about 4–6″ (10–15 cm) in diameter (depending on your size preference; keep all the circles the same size so they cook evenly). You’ll only want to do up to 3 circles each round (you need to limit each round to how many you can fold before the cookie hardens—about 3 per person folding).
  4. Bake the cookies for about 7–8 minutes or until the edges are golden brown. Get everything ready for folding while the cookies are baking. Cut the fortunes into strips, clear a workspace, get a rack or a bowl for the folded cookies, and have a spatula on hand. You have about 7–10 seconds to fold 3 cookies before they harden, so you’ll need to work quickly.
  5. Remove the baking sheet from the oven, and remove a cookie. Place it on a clean counter or plate upside-down (place the side that was against the baking sheet facing up). Place a fortune in the center of the cookie. Fold in half (the top all the way down to the bottom edge), fold in half once more (the bottom edge up to the top), then pull the sides together to create a double-folded roselike cookie. Set the cookie on a rack or bowl to cool, and move on to the next one.
  6. Continue with additional rounds of 3 cookies until all the cookies have been cooked and folded.

Tips:

  • Have your fortunes cut out and ready to go, or do the prep while the cookies are baking.
  • Get 2 baking sheets going at the same time to speed up the process. Prep the second sheet while the first is in the oven, then switch, fold, and prep the baking sheet again.
  • Enlist someone else to help you so you can cook more cookies at once.
  • Write off the first round as practice and a chance to perfect your technique.
  • Be prepared to burn your fingertips a little during the folding process. There isn’t any way to avoid it.

Paper Origami Fortune Cookies

If you don’t want to take the effort to bake the fortune cookies, but still want others to enjoy these awesome essential oil fortunes, then try making these Paper Origami Fortune Cookies.

Step 1: Cut out circles of scrapbook paper, about 4–5″ (10–13 cm) in diameter. We used a widemouthed mason jar lid as our template.
Step 2: Fold the circle in half, and crease just the middle part.
Step 3: Unfold the circle and rotate it so the crease is vertical. Place a removable glue dot on the top of the circle (the crease should point to the glue dot). You can also use a hot glue gun, but the fortune won’t open up without ripping the paper (the paper can still be removed without opening the fortune though, so using a hot glue gun is still a good option).
Step 4: Place a fortune in the middle of the circle (perpendicular to the crease). Fold the circle in thirds from bottom to top (the crease should be in the middle fold and the glue dot should seal it), then fold in half (where the crease is) to create the fortune cookie look.

Paper Origami Fortune Cookies

  • Difficulty: Easy
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Supplies:

  • Scrapbook paper
  • Widemouthed mason jar lid (or other circular template of similar size)
  • Pen
  • Scissors
  • Removable glue dots (or hot glue gun)
  • Essential oil fortunes (see pdf above)

Instructions:

  1. Cut the essential oil fortunes into strips.
  2. Cut out circles in the scrapbook paper, about 4–5″ (10–13 cm) in diameter. We used a widemouthed mason jar lid as our template.
  3. Fold the circle in half, and crease just the middle part.
  4. Unfold the circle, and rotate it so the crease is vertical. Place a removable glue dot on the top of the circle (the crease should point to the glue dot). You can also use a hot glue gun, but the fortune won’t open up without ripping the paper (the paper can still be removed without opening the fortune though, so using a hot glue gun is still a good option).
  5. Place a fortune in the middle of the circle (perpendicular to the crease). Fold the circle in thirds from bottom to top (the crease should be in the middle fold and the glue dot should seal it), then fold in half (where the crease is) to create the fortune cookie look.

Honey Suckers for Soothing Little Throats

One of the most helpful things for a sore throat is a spoonful of honey! A couple years ago we posted a recipe for Soothing Throat Lozenges, and we thought we could adapt the recipe a little to make it suitable for children. The result? Honey Suckers.

Honey Suckers

  • Servings: 30–40
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) honey
  • 1 Tbsp. (12 g) coconut oil
  • 2–3 drops essential oil (good oils to use include lemon, lime, or orange)
  • Candy thermometer
  • Silicone sucker mold with sticks or parchment paper and popsicle sticks

Instructions:

  1. If you don’t have a silicone sucker mold, place a sheet of parchment paper on the counter, then place popsicle sticks a couple inches apart on the sheet. You’ll need about 30–40 popsicle sticks.
  2. Place honey and coconut oil in a pot. Bring to a boil.
  3. Once the mixture is boiling, reduce heat and simmer.
  4. Using a candy thermometer, allow the mixture to reach a temperature of 300°F (150°C), and then remove the mixture from the stove.
  5. Stir in essential oils.
  6. Pour the mixture into sucker molds, or drop spoonfuls on parchment paper over the popsicle sticks. You will need to work fast, since the mixture hardens quickly and will become hard to pour.
  7. Allow the suckers to harden (you can stick the sucker mold in the refrigerator for an hour). Cut strips of parchment paper, and fold them over the suckers to keep them from sticking together. Store in the refrigerator.


Cold Fighter Diffuser Blend

It’s that time of year again—cold and flu season—and it seems like everyone is getting sick. But don’t worry, we have you covered with this awesome diffuser blend! This sweet, fresh scent will not only help fight off a cold but will also leave your home smelling fresh and clean.

This blend can also double as a throat salve! Add 5 drops lemon and 5 drops thyme to 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) jojoba oil, and apply to the throat, forehead, chest, and back of neck 2–3 times per day.

Safety Note: Thyme may irritate the skin and mucous membranes and use should be avoided during pregnancy. Caution should also be taken when using thyme if you have hypertension.

Need a diffuser? Check out this wide range of diffusers; you’re sure to find one that fits your needs perfectly!

Sources:
Modern Essentials™: The Complete Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, 9th Edition

Veggie Wraps with Avocado White Bean Spread

These veggie wraps make a healthy and light meal that is perfect for helping you achieve your health goals. Use a large leafy green or a tortilla as your wrap, depending on your preference or health goals. If you have any leftover Avocado White Bean Spread, try using it as a veggie dip—it’s delicious!

Veggie Wraps

  • Servings: 2+
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

  • Chard, collard greens, or tortilla wraps
  • Avocado White Bean Spread (recipe below)
  • Carrots, julienned or sliced with a vegetable peeler
  • Red cabbage, shredded
  • Sprouts (broccoli, alfalfa, or bean)
  • Sweet bell peppers, thinly sliced
  • Cucumbers, cut into matchsticks or sliced with a vegetable peeler
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Prepare your vegetables, and make the Avocado White Bean Spread (see recipe below).
  2. If using the chard or collard green leaves as the wrap, cut along the stem on the large leaf so you end up with 2 pieces.
  3. Spread the Avocado White Bean Sauce over the middle of the chard leaf, collard green leaf, or tortilla wrap. Layer on the sliced vegetables over the sauce. Starting at one end, begin rolling as you hold down the filling to tightly roll up the wrap. Lay seam-side-down on a serving platter or plate. Enjoy!


This avocado spread is great to use in a veggie wrap or as a vegetable dip!

Avocado White Bean Spread or Dip

  • Servings: 2+
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

  • 1–2 avocados, peeled and pitted
  • 1 can (14.5 oz.) great northern white beans
  • 2 Tbsp. (30 ml) lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp. (1.5 g) salt
  • 1 drop lemon essential oil
  • 1 toothpick black pepper essential oil
  • 1 toothpick basil essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Place all ingredients in a food processor or blender, and blend until all combined.
    You may need to scrape down the sides a few times.
  2. Enjoy on the veggie wraps (recipe above), or dip with vegetable sticks!

Essential Oil–Flavored Sugar

Have you ever used flavored sugar to sweeten your tea, sprinkle on toast, or use in your baking? Vanilla-flavored sugar is common and quite popular in European desserts, but you can easily make different flavors when you use essential oils. Try making some and using it to flavor toast, pancakes, french toast, crème brûlée, cereal, fruits, or milk and other beverages.
Gift idea: add your flavored sugar to 4 oz. glass salve jars, attach a little plastic spoon and a gift tag, and give it away as a unique neighbor gift.

Essential Oil–Flavored Sugar

  • Servings: Yield=2 cups (400 g)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

Instructions:

  1. Place the sugar in a glass bowl. Stir in essential oil for a couple minutes.
  2. Fill jar(s) with your flavored sugar, or use right away.

Extra Idea:

  • Scrape out the seeds of a vanilla bean and add them to your sugar along with an essential oil. You can even throw in the vanilla pod for extra flavor.
    (Remove the pod after 2–3 weeks.)

Use your flavored sugar in one of these recipes: