Keep Spring Allergies under Control with Essential Oils

Despite the excitement we feel for the approaching spring, there’s a little thing that tends to get in the way: allergies. Nobody likes sneezing, itchy eyes, or a scratchy throat, especially when we want to be outside enjoying the greenery and flowers blooming around us. Although spring allergies may not affect you, chances are they affect someone you know, and that’s no fun to be around. Incredibly, some of the essential oils that best aid allergies are also some of our favorites. Lemon, lavender, and peppermint have incredible properties that will help you with all your allergy symptoms. It’s time for you to start smelling the roses—comfortably!

For a simple allergy remedy, take 2 drops of each lemon, lavender, and peppermint in a capsule twice a day, or as symptoms arise.

Diffuser blends are a great way to relieve allergies. The aroma of essential oils quickly penetrates the blood-brain barrier and enters the bloodstream through your lungs. If you have any of the following symptoms, just diffuse these blends, and you’ll be feeling better in no time.

Itchy Eyes & Throat
2 drops lemon
2 drops lavender
2 drops peppermint
Scratchy Throat
2 drops lavender
2 drops Roman chamomile
2 drops cedarwood
2 drops melaleuca
Watery Eyes
1 drop lemon
1 drop lime
1 drop rosemary
1 drop eucalyptus
1 drop peppermint

If you’re looking for a topical application method, try combining 20 drops lavender, 15 drops lemon, and 10 drops peppermint in a 10 ml roll-on bottle, and fill the remainder with fractionated coconut oil or another carrier oil of your choice. Roll this blend onto the back of your neck and ears whenever you feel allergy symptoms coming on.

Now you can officially enjoy the spring and all that it brings without the sneezing and itchy, swollen eyes! You can read more about essential oils and seasonal allergies in Modern Essentials: The Complete Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, 9th Edition, pp. 220–21.

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.

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.

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.


EO-Flavored Water: Cucumber Lime

Cucumbers are abundant this time of year. Perhaps you even have a bunch in your garden. Have you ever thought of using them to flavor water? Their flavor is subtle, but it’s so refreshing, especially when paired with lime essential oil. To make this essential oil–flavored water, just add a drop of lime essential oil to your water along with some cucumber slices.

Guidelines for Adding Essential Oils to Your Water:

  • Make sure to use an essential oil–safe water bottle! Glass or metal cups, bottles, and straws work great. Plastic should be avoided, especially with cinnamon or citrus essential oils.
  • This Natural Essential Oil Emulsifier really helps disperse the oils throughout your water. Just add 1 drop of emulsifier for every drop of essential oil. If you don’t want to use the emulsifier, then remember to shake the bottle to mix in the oils before drinking. When taken internally, essential oils can irritate the mucous membranes—especially when concentrated on the surface of the water—so make sure to add an emulsifier or shake the bottle really well before drinking.
  • Remember, a little goes a long way! If you don’t know whether you’ll like the taste, start out small—dip a toothpick in the oil and swish it in your water (the more you dip, the more oil you’ll get). A good rule of thumb is 1 drop oil to 1–4 cups of water.
  • Safety Note: Essential oils are very concentrated, and it is easy to overload the body if adding oils to your water every day. Occasionally is fine, but make sure to give your body a break in between uses.

EO-Flavored Water: Strawberry Lime

Strawberries and lime make a great flavor infusion for water! Try this essential oil-flavored water by adding a drop of lime essential oil to your water along with some strawberry and lime slices. You’ll love the refreshing taste of this drink! If you wish to use a straw, make sure to use a glass or metal straw because citrus essential oils can break down plastic straws.

Guidelines for Adding Essential Oils to Your Water:

  • Make sure to use an essential oil–safe water bottle! Glass or metal cups, bottles, and straws work great. Plastic should be avoided, especially with cinnamon or citrus essential oils.
  • This Natural Essential Oil Emulsifier really helps disperse the oils throughout your water. Just add 1 drop of emulsifier for every drop of essential oil. If you don’t want to use the emulsifier, then remember to shake the bottle to mix in the oils before drinking. When taken internally, essential oils can irritate the mucous membranes—especially when concentrated on the surface of the water—so make sure to add an emulsifier or shake the bottle really well before drinking.
  • Remember, a little goes a long way! If you don’t know whether you’ll like the taste, start out small—dip a toothpick in the oil and swish it in your water (the more you dip, the more oil you’ll get). A good rule of thumb is 1 drop oil to 1–4 cups of water.
  • Safety Note: Essential oils are very concentrated, and it is easy to overload the body if adding oils to your water every day. Occasionally is fine, but make sure to give your body a break in between uses.

BlenderBottle® Homemade Raspberry Ice Cream

Don’t have an ice cream maker? Try making ice cream in a BlenderBottle®! It’s a fun activity for a family or small group. Just throw the ingredients in, take turns shaking it up until it gets thick, then freeze until solid and ready to eat. The ball whisk gives it a great texture and makes the mixing part easier. If you have a larger group, you can put your mixture in a few different pint- or quart-sized mason jars and move the ball whisk from one jar to the next until all jars have been shaken and frozen.

BlenderBottle® Homemade Raspberry Ice Cream

  • Servings: 2–3
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

  • 1 cup (240 ml) heavy whipping cream
  • 1–2 Tbsp. (15–30 ml) sugar or maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. (5 ml) vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (60 g) raspberries
  • 1 drop lime essential oil (Lemon or peppermint essential oil would also taste great!)
  • BlenderBottle® with Ball Whisk

Instructions:

  1. Place cream, sugar/maple syrup, and vanilla in a BlenderBottle®. Shake until the mixture thickens and doubles in size.
  2. Place raspberries and lime essential oil in a glass bowl. Smash and mix them with a fork. Add the raspberry-lime mixture to the BlenderBottle®, and continue shaking until well combined.
  3. Remove the ball whisk, and freeze for at least 3 hours or until solid.
  4. Warm a spoon under hot water, scoop out your ice cream, and enjoy!

Quinoa Fruit Salad with Honey Lime Dressing

Summertime means lots of fruit, but sometimes eating plain fruit can get boring. Try this quinoa fruit salad to change it up and add a little protein to your meal! Serve this as a side or as breakfast. You can eat it as is, or add a little yogurt—either way it tastes great!
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