Sleep Easy with Essential Oils

We’ve all experienced sleepless nights for various reasons. Fortunately, many essential oils contain properties that can relax both mind and body, enabling you to fall sleep quickly and sleep more soundly. Sleep is thought to play a major role in restoring and healing the body and in mentally and emotionally processing events of the day. So regular, deep sleep is vital!

Here are a few essential oil combinations and applications to help you unwind at the end of the day and prepare for a good night’s sleep!

Diffuser Blends

Diffuser blends are a simple way for your mind and body to absorb aromatherapy benefits. Diffusing is especially effective at bedtime. Simply put the oils in your diffuser and run it as you start your nightly routine. Keeping the diffuser going throughout the night may be helpful too.

Sleeping Cream

If you struggle to get your little ones to sleep, here’s a simple solution that also promotes bonding through touch. A base of coconut oil combined with lavender and orange essential oils will help calm nerves, anxiety, and insomnia, while promoting deep relaxation. Rub a little sleeping cream on your children’s feet as they prepared for bed. Let them rub the cream on your feet too so you can all share the benefits! Click here for the quick and easy recipe.

Insomnia Spray

If you have insomnia, try combining 5 drops lavender and 3 drops Roman chamomile with 1 oz. (30 ml) water in a small spray bottle. Mist the mixture onto your pillow and sheets before bed to help you relax and fall sleep.

Give these remedies a try to find one that works best for you. Comment below to share essential oils and applications that have helped you and your family sleep tight at night.

Sweet Potato Fries with Avocado Coriander Dip

If you’re looking for an upscale appetizer or snack, here’s a recipe for you! These sweet potato fries have a spicy-sweet kick on their own. Combing them with avocado coriander dip elevates their flavor to a whole new level. You’re sure to love this tasty and healthy duo!

[recipe title=”Sweet Potato Fries” servings=”4″ time=”10–15 minutes active; 30 minutes inactive” difficulty=”Easy”]

Ingredients:

  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 2 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • cumin essential oil
  • cassia essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Peel the sweet potato, and cut in half lengthwise. Slice it into 1/4-inch matchsticks.
  2. Place sliced potatoes into a bowl of cold water, and leave them to soak.
  3. In a small bowl, combine cornstarch, chili powder, and paprika. Set aside.
  4. Remove potatoes from the water, rinse, and blot dry with a towel.
  5. Dip separate toothpicks into each essential oil, and stir them into the vegetable oil. Drizzle oil over potatoes. Toss potatoes with your hands to ensure that they are completely covered with oil.
  6. Sprinkle powder mixture over potatoes, tossing again to coat evenly.
  7. Spread potatoes out on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  8. Bake at 435° for 30–35 minutes. After 20 minutes, turn the potatoes.
  9. Once the fries are evenly crispy, remove from the oven, and sprinkle with salt.
  10. Dip the warm fries into avocado coriander dip (recipe below).
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[recipe title=”Avocado Coriander Dip” servings=”4″ time=”5 minutes active” difficulty=”Easy”]

Ingredients:

  • 1 avocado
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 1 clove garlic, pressed
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 drop coriander essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a food processor, and blend until smooth.
  2. Serve immediately with sweet potato fries.
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Essential Oil Spotlight: Birch

Birch (Betula lenta) essential oil is steam distilled from the wood of the birch tree. This oil has analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antirheumatic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, disinfectant, diuretic, stimulant (bone, liver), and warming health properties.

Primarily, birch is used to help with cartilage injury, muscle aches, muscle development, muscle tone, and whiplash. This oil can also be helpful in treating the following conditions: acne, bladder infection, eczema, fever, gout, infection, kidney stones, obesity, skin diseases, ulcers, and urinary tract disorders.

Birch is also known to help alleviate bone pain. It has cortisone-like action due to the high content of methyl salicylate.

Application and Safety Data

Topical: Birch can be applied neat (undiluted) or diluted 1:1 (1 drop essential oil to 1 drop carrier oil) for children and for those with sensitive skin. Apply to reflex points and/or directly on the area of concern. Use neat only in small amounts and over a small area. Dilute with fractionated coconut oil for application on larger areas.

Aromatic: Diffuse, or inhale aroma directly. Aromatically, birch opens, elevates, influences, and increases awareness in the sensory system.

Internal: Not for internal use.

Safety Data: Avoid using birch oil during pregnancy. Not for use by people with epilepsy. Some people are very allergic to methyl salicylate. Test a small area of the skin before continuing use.

Ways to Use Birch Essential Oil

Diffuser Blends: Diffusing your favorite oils is a great way to take in their wonderful aromas. Birch oil has many aromatic benefits that can be emotionally and physically supportive. Here are a couple of stimulating blends to get started.

Arthritis: Because of strong effects for bones and muscles, birch can be helpful in relieving arthritic pain. In a 1/3 oz. (10 ml) roll-on vial, combine 5 drops eucalyptus, 5 drops birch, 3 drops peppermint, 10 drops lavender, and 5 drops rosemary. Fill the remaining volume with your favorite carrier oil. Apply to areas of pain as needed, and gently massage the oils into your skin.

Headaches: Birch can play a powerful part in pain relief, especially when it comes to headaches. In a 1/3 oz. (10 ml) roll-on vial, combine 30 drops peppermint, 30 drops lavender, 10 drops frankincense, 10 drops wintergreen, and 10 drops birch. Top off the remaining volume with fractionated coconut oil. Apply to the temples, forehead, and back of neck.

Sore Feet: If you spend a lot of time on your feet, birch will prove highly beneficial for you. Simply rub a few drops onto the soles of your feet after running or standing for extended periods. For maximum benefit, cover your feet with socks after rubbing in the essential oil to allow it to soak in further.

Source: Modern Essentials®: The Complete Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, 10th Edition, p. 42.

Essential Oil Spotlight: Magnolia

Magnolia (Michelia alba, or Magnolia alba) essential oil is steam distilled from the flower of the plant. The sweet aroma is a subtle blend of floral, fruity, and herbaceous tones. Magnolia properties: analgesic, anxiolytic (anti-anxiety), antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antitumor, sedative.

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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.

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“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!

[recipe title=”Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Soup” servings=”6–8″ time=”20 minutes active; 3–7 hours inactive” difficulty=”Easy”]

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.

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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!

[recipe title=”Grilled Cinnamon Peaches” servings=”4″ time=”10–15 minutes active” difficulty=”Easy”]

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.

 

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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.

[recipe title=”Natural Disinfecting Wipes” servings=”Yield=100–200 wipes” time=”10–15 minutes active” difficulty=”Easy”]

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.

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