1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced (or 1 small can of green chiles)
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 lb. (450 g) organic, grass-fed ground beef
1 (14.5 oz.) can dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
2 (14.5 oz.) cans black beans, drained and rinsed
2 (14.5 oz.) cans diced tomatoes, undrained (or substitute with 5–6 large fresh tomatoes, skinned and diced)
3 Tbsp. (45 ml) tomato paste
1 Tbsp. (15 ml) dark brown sugar or honey (add a little more sugar if using fresh tomatoes)
2 tsp. (5 g) unsweetened cocoa or cacao powder
2 Tbsp. (16 g) chili powder
2 tsp. (4.5 g) paprika
1/2 tsp. (2.5 g) kosher salt, or to taste
2 cups (480 ml) beef broth
2–3 drops cumin essential oil
1 drop black pepper essential oil
1 drop coriander essential oil
Heat olive oil in a pan (or pressure cooker), and sauté the onion, bell pepper, and jalapeño pepper (or green chiles) for 3–4 minutes or until the onion is translucent. Add the garlic, and sauté for an additional 10 seconds. Transfer onion/pepper mixture to a bowl.
Place the ground beef in the pan (or pressure cooker), and cook, stirring occasionally, until the beef has browned. Drain fat if desired.
In a stock pot, pressure cooker, or slow cooker, place the onion/pepper mixture, ground beef, beans, tomatoes, tomato paste, sugar (or honey), cocoa powder, chili powder, paprika, salt, and beef broth; cook* until flavors are combined.
Top chili with desired toppings. Serve with rosemary cornbread or baked potatoes.
Stovetop (in stock pot): Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for 30 minutes.
Pressure Cooker: Cook on high pressure for 8–10 minutes, then release pressure naturally.
Slow Cooker: Cook on high for 1–2 hours or low for 4–6 hours.
Cornbread is the perfect pairing with chili. Place little bits of cornbread in the bowl to scoop up with some chili, or mix up a little honey butter and spread it on the cornbread for a delicious side dish.
1 1/2 cups (360 ml) buttermilk (or 1 1/2 cup milk + 1 1/2 Tbsp. white vinegar or lemon juice)
1–2 drops rosemary essential oil
Preheat the oven to 425°F. Place butter in an 8″ (20 cm) baking dish (or standard bread pan), and put in the oven so the butter will melt.
If you don’t have buttermilk on hand, stir together 1 1/2 cups (360 ml) milk and 1 1/2 Tbsp. (23 ml) white vinegar or lemon juice. Set aside.
In a large bowl, mix together the cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
In a separate bowl, add the eggs, and lightly beat. Then add the buttermilk and essential oil. Whisk together until combined.
Remove the baking dish from the oven, and rotate the pan to coat the sides in the melted butter.
Pour the wet ingredients and melted butter into the dry ingredients, and fold together until there are no dry spots (the batter will still be lumpy).
Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish, and bake for 20–25 minutes (30 minutes in a standard bread pan) or until the top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cornbread comes out clean.
Remove the cornbread from the oven, and let it cool for 10 minutes before serving.
Though not a common water flavoring, this rosemary lemon combination is delightful! The subtlest rosemary flavor will be achieved by adding a sprig of fresh rosemary with a drop of lemon essential oil. However, you can achieve a stronger rosemary flavor by dipping a toothpick in rosemary essential oil and placing the toothpick in your water bottle along with a drop of lemon essential oil or lemon slices. Shake well, or stir the toothpick in before drinking.
Safety Note: Rosemary essential oil should be avoided during pregnancy. It is not for use by people with epilepsy and should be avoided if dealing with high blood pressure.
Guidelines for Adding Essential Oils to Your Water:
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.
3/4 cup (115 g) chopped frozen spinach, thawed and drained of excess liquid
1/4 cup (30 g) bacon bits (optional)
1 cup (150 g) frozen or canned artichoke hearts, chopped (optional)
4–5 cloves garlic, minced
Salt to taste
2 drops rosemary essential oil
1–2 drops lemon essential oil
1 drop black pepper essential oil
Mix ingredients, except essential oils, together in a medium bowl.
Cook mixture over medium heat for 20 minutes or so until hot and bubbly. This can be done on the stovetop, in the oven, in a slow cooker, or wrapped in aluminum foil and grilled or roasted over an open fire.
Once warm, stir in the essential oils.
Serve with baguette slices, crackers, or veggie slices (carrot sticks, cucumbers, broccoli, etc).
Have you ever tried adding lots of fresh rosemary to your fries? Some fancy restaurants do this, and it is incredibly delicious! Try out this recipe to make your fries a little more gourmet—with the added benefits of essential oils!
Bake the potato fries for 30–35 minutes, flipping halfway through.
Meanwhile, add the rosemary essential oil and garlic to the remaining olive oil in the large bowl. Stir to combine, and set aside to allow the rosemary oil to infuse the olive oil.
Once the potatoes have finished cooking and are just starting to crisp up, remove them from the oven and put them back in the large bowl. Carefully stir to coat the potatoes with the flavored olive oil; then place them back on the baking sheet, and spread them in a single layer.
Sprinkle the parmesan cheese over the fries, and place them back in the oven for another 10 minutes or until crispy/browned to your preference.
Serve immediately. These taste fantastic with the Creamy Basil Dip (recipe below).
Fries are meant for dipping, so don’t forget to try out this Creamy Basil Dip! These shot glasses make a perfect condiment container for dipping.
Essential oils can add a lot of flavor to cooking, but sometimes even a drop is too much for the dish. These spice mixes are an easy way to add a hint of additional flavor to your cooking with the help of essential oils! You may even enjoy adding a little to your plate if you like to salt your food.
One important thing to remember when using these spices—use them like you would salt. If you want more of the essential oil flavor, add more oils to the salt mixture, or add a toothpick or a drop of essential oil to the dish after cooking it.
Another tip: Make sure to use a slightly coarse salt (kosher salt and Himalayan sea salt are recommended). Do not use table salt—it will make these taste too salty. Also avoid the really coarse salt if you plan on adding more to your dish just before eating (unless you happen to like biting into large chunks of salt full of essential oil flavor . . . which isn’t necessarily a bad thing).
With Father’s Day just around the corner, try making these as a gift for the man who loves to cook! Continue reading →
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year with a hearty Irish Beef Stew! You can now enjoy the comforting flavors of this dish along with the health benefits of the essential oils. Try pairing this beef stew with our Rosemary Artisan Sourdough Bread for an easy make-ahead meal.
Have you tried hasselback potatoes yet? They are a lot like baked potatoes, but rather than piercing the potatoes with a fork, you cut slices in them with a knife, then fill the slices with yummy ingredients either before or after baking them. When making hasselback potatoes with essential oils, it’s best to add the oils after baking the potatoes so you don’t lose the health benefits of the oils.
Start by slicing the potatoes, drizzling them with olive oil, and sprinkling salt and pepper on top before baking them. While they bake, mix up the herb butter by melting butter and stirring in the essential oils. If you happen to taste the herb butter, you may find the essential oils to be a bit strong. Just trust us, though—the final product tastes delicious!
When the potatoes are soft on the inside and crispy on the outside, pull them out of the oven. Then, while they are still hot, drizzle on the herb butter. Make sure to get it in between the slices. Continue reading →
Do you love the smell of fresh baked bread? We do too! This recipe is incredibly simple and easy to make, especially if you prepare it the day before baking it! You could speed up this recipe by increasing the amount of yeast, but we recommend letting it sit overnight and taking advantage of the benefits of sourdough fermentation.
Treat your guests well at your dinner party with this classic Italian appetizer—now infused with essential oils! Aside from the amazing flavor these oils bring to this dish, they also provide added health benefits.
This appetizer also makes a great refreshment at an essential oil class! Just pre-slice the bread, and add the essential oils to the olive oil; then allow your guests to add a little olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and other additions to condiment cups to accompany their slice of bread.
Seasons are changing, and autumn time is here. The leaves are changing colors and falling on the ground. Along with these changes, we begin to notice different smells such as apples baking, pumpkins and squashes cooking, and sweet spices like cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, cardamom, and ginger. Maybe you aren’t surrounded by those smells, but wish that you were. Well, we’ve got the solution and essential oils to make it easy for you!
You will love how these room sprays bring the autumn scents into your home! You could just make them for yourself, but why not turn it into an easy essential oil make-and-take class and share the love with others?
The idea for this class is really simple:
Invite all the people you want. Make sure to remind them about the class a week before and the day before, because people really do forget.
Prepare a short lesson about essential oils and their benefits. A great topic to discuss is how the essential oils in these sprays have antibacterial properties and can help purify the air and support the immune system. Remember to keep the lesson free of health claims and speak generally of supporting the immune system rather than listing specific conditions if you plan on discussing any business opportunities with an essential oil company. You can find great information for your lesson in Modern Essentials™: A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils. Here are a few pages from the 8th Edition to help you get started: pp. 6–10; 28; 29; 218–19; 288.
Make one of each of the sprays listed below before the class so your attendees can try them and choose a scent they would like to make.
Prepare your make-and-take stations. Set up the materials so it is easy for everyone to make their room spray. It is up to you whether or not you charge your attendees for making make one or more sprays, but we suggest allowing each attendee one free spray and charging for extras if they desire more than one. Make sure to have enough instruction sheets to allow each attendee to take one home in case they would like to make any of the other sprays on their own.
Offer refreshments, if desired.
This is a great class to simply give your attendees a little information about essential oils, time for asking questions, and a fun autumn-scented spray to take home with them. If you want to discuss the business side of essential oils, this class is an easy one to do that as well.