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.

Make Yoga a Part of Your Life This Year!

In some way or another, exercising is probably one of your new year’s resolutions. So, why not start with yoga? There are many benefits to practicing yoga, such as increased flexibility, muscle strength, and tone; improved breathing, energy, and vitality; cardio and circulatory health; and weight reduction. In fact, new research published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology found that yoga can be as beneficial to weight loss and lowering blood pressure as exercises such as cycling or brisk walking are.

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Along with physical benefits, yoga is beneficial for improving mental health. It has also been known to reduce stress, enhance sleep, and improve mental well-being.

So, if you have a goal this year to exercise more, maybe you should give yoga a try. According to Laura Holbrook, “As human beings we seek out experiences that make us feel good. We crave that altered state, whether it be through food, music, or overindulgence in anything. We all have habits, some of which can lead to negative consequences. So the question is … how can we achieve a natural high with positive consequences? Through the practice of yoga breathing and postures we quiet the inner critic and wake up our true authentic voice.”

The use of essential oils while practicing yoga really enhances the benefits of yoga. Learn more about these benefits and how to incorporate essential oils into your yoga routines with the following informational materials:

AromaTools™ also offers several options for yoga apparel, such as tank tops, short-sleeve shirts, capris, and pants to help you get started. Even if you aren’t into yoga, these items are comfortable to work out in or even for lounging around the house.

Sources:
European Journal of Preventive Cardiology: http://cpr.sagepub.com/content/early/2014/12/02/2047487314562741.full.pdf
Essential Yoga by Laura Holbrook: https://www.aromatools.com/DVD_Essential_Yoga_p/DT8619K.htm

New Year’s Resolutions for a Successful New Year

The new year represents new beginnings, and many people set goals and resolutions to become better people during the upcoming year. Are some of your resolutions or goals about becoming healthier, devoting more time and energy to building your business, or using essential oils more every day? If so, keep reading and check out the other posts in this series:
New Year’s Resolutions for a Healthy New Year
New Year’s Resolutions for Living an Essential Oil Lifestyle

Share the oils with others

We often fail at our new year’s resolutions because we usually have many things we wish to change in our lives. It is quite difficult to change many habits overnight, yet somehow we believe it is possible. If you really want to succeed at keeping your resolutions this year, try picking just one or two specific things to work on this month, and continue doing them until they become habits. Then, over the coming months, you can add a couple small things each month to work on. Keep a journal, and record the things you’ve done. Track progress by finding a way to quantify your goal. Such measurements could include the number of people you have contacted, classes taught, samples given, target profit, etc. Write down discoveries you have had such as new insights, things that work well for you and your team or things that don’t, and new ideas for classes or teaching methods.

Business Building

The first step to building an essential oil business is to first learn about essential oils and how they can help you and others. Once you start talking to people about essential oils, you will find they have a lot of questions you may not know answers to. The book Modern Essentials is a great resource to start with in your journey of learning about essential oils so that you can share your knowledge with others. Part of this learning will come through using the oils and seeing how they work for you. As you do this, you will begin to gather stories that, in sharing, may help others.

Here are a few posts we have written from information found in Modern Essentials and other helpful resources:

The next few steps for building an essential oil business involve giving out samples, holding classes, and supporting your downline or members of your team. One of our most popular posts this year has been on a Make & Take Roll-on Class that is simple to do and a great way to either introduce people to essential oils and let them leave with something to try or involve people who already use essential oils (maybe even members of your team) and encourage them to continue using essential oils and sharing them with others. Read more about this class idea here: A Simple Introductory Essential Oil Class Idea.

The following are a few helpful business-building tips from posts we have written this last year:

We hope you can find the information you need to help you achieve success with your essential oil business this coming year.

We wish you a happy, successful new year!

New Year’s Resolutions for a Healthy New Year

The new year represents new beginnings, and many people set goals and resolutions to become better people during the upcoming year. Are some of your resolutions or goals about becoming healthier, devoting more time and energy to building your business, or using essential oils more every day? If so, keep reading and check out the other posts in this series:
New Year’s Resolutions for a Successful New Year
New Year’s Resolutions for Living an Essential Oil Lifestyle

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The hardest part of goals usually lies in their implementation. Having the desire to change is the first step, but you also need a plan. First, decide what your goal is, and prioritize it in relation to everything else you have going on. Then, list out specific things you will do each day, week, and/or month in order to achieve your goal. As you do these things, keep track of your progress so that you can look back and see how far you have come. Keep a journal, and record the things you’ve done. Track progress by finding a way to quantify your goal. Such measurements could include how much you weigh each week, time spent in a specific activity, body measurements, or how you feel. Write down discoveries you have had such as new insights, things that work well for you or things that don’t, new recipes to incorporate in your diet, or exercises to try.

Weight Loss

Goals to lose weight are very common this time of year and, unfortunately, are often difficult to achieve. There are many facets to losing weight. Sometimes weight loss can be achieved through diet and exercise; other times, one may need to rid the body of toxins that are preventing weight loss. You may want to read this post on utilizing body wraps to help detox your body: Benefits of Body Wraps.

When trying to detox your body or lose weight, it is important to drink a lot of water. Your body needs water to flush toxins as well as to keep your organs doing their proper functions. How much water should you drink? To figure this out, simply take your weight and divide it by 2. The answer you get is the minimum number of ounces of water you should drink per day. To aid in weight loss, however, your body will benefit from more than the bare minimum. Multiply your weight by 2/3 (or .67) to get the amount of water you should consume if weight loss is one of your aims. So, for example, if you are 200 lbs, then you should be drinking a minimum of 100 oz. and ideally 134 oz. of water each day.

Essential oils may also help you achieve your weight loss goals. According to the book Modern Essentials, some oils that may help with weight loss are grapefruit, Metabolic Blend, orange, lemongrass, rosemary, thyme, lavender, Joyful Blend, and patchouli. Modern Essentials suggests adding 5 drops of lemon and 5 drops of grapefruit to 1 gallon of water and drinking it throughout the day. The additional research listed under the “Weight” section in the Personal Usage Guide suggests that grapefruit essential oil may reduce appetite simply by being exposed to the scent of the oil (Modern Essentials, pp. 313–314).

Losing weight may also require lifestyle changes in exercising and eating healthy meals and snacks. Below are some ideas to help inspire you to maintain a healthy diet.

Healthy Eating

If you want to eat healthier, you may want to plan out a meal schedule with healthy meals and healthy snack options. Make a grocery list, and stick to that list, making a diligent effort to not purchase items you didn’t plan for. Shop with a full stomach to prevent extraneous purchases because “it looks so good.”

As soon as you get home after grocery shopping, wash and cut up vegetables and prepare snack-size portions so you have ready-to-eat snacks when you need them. Prepare as much of the food as possible so it isn’t overwhelming when it comes to making the meals each day.

Salads make a great lunch meal or side dish for dinner. A salad can be quite nutritious and easy to make. While at the grocery store, grab the baby spinach or lettuce options that are already pre-washed. Make sure to buy salad topping such as carrots, celery, broccoli, cucumbers, onions, peppers, tomatoes, peas, beans, nuts, and dried or fresh fruit. Wash and cut as many toppings as you can, and combine them into small bags (excluding items such as cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, etc.) for an easy lunch. Make your own dressing (below is a recipe you can start with), and divide it into small condiment containers. When it comes time to eat, just throw some spinach or lettuce on your plate, add a bag of toppings, add extra toppings that are better not prepared ahead of time such as cheese, tomatoes, fresh fruit, etc, and add a small container of your homemade dressing. Then sit back and enjoy this healthy meal that only took a few minutes to prepare!

Creamy Cucumber Dill Dressing

  • Servings: 1 cup
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 seedless cucumber, chopped into chunks
  • 4 Tbsp. sour cream or plain Greek yogurt (or a combination of the two) Note: Add more if you like a thicker dressing.
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. distilled white vinegar
  • 1 drop dill essential oil or 1 Tbsp. dried dill weed
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • Black pepper to taste
  • Salt to taste

Instructions:

  1. Put everything in a blender, and blend until smooth. Add spices to taste, and blend for a few more seconds.
  2. Chill in the refrigerator, or serve immediately.

Store in the refrigerator for up to a week.

The following are other healthy food ideas that incorporate essential oils:

We wish you a happy, healthy new year!