Slow Cooker Irish Beef Stew

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.

Irish Beef Stew

  • Servings: 6–8
  • Time: 20 minutes active; 4–8 hours inactive
  • Difficulty: Moderate
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Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp. (30 ml) olive oil
  • 2 lbs. (1 kg) stew beef, cut into 1″ (2.5 cm) pieces
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 4–6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 lbs. (1 kg) potatoes, cut into 1/2″ (1.25 cm) pieces
  • 6 carrots, cut into 1/4″ (0.75 cm) coins
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 3 cups (720 ml) beef broth
  • 2 Tbsp. (30 ml) tomato paste
  • 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. (12.5 g) sugar (or 1/2 Tbsp. honey)
  • 1 tsp. (2.25 g) paprika
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/3 cup (80 ml) cold water
  • 3 Tbsp. (22.5 g) flour
  • 5 drops thyme essential oil
  • 5 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 5 drops oregano essential oil
  • 2 Tbsp. (7.5 g) chopped fresh parsley (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Season beef with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Add beef to skillet, and sauté until brown on all sides. Add garlic, and sauté for 1 minute.
  2. Transfer the beef to a slow cooker. Add potatoes, carrots, onion, beef broth, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, sugar, paprika, and bay leaves. Season with salt and pepper, and stir to combine.
  3. Cover and cook on low heat for 7–8 hours or on high heat for 3–4 hours.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the cold water and flour; stir into stew. Add the essential oils, and cook on high heat for an additional 20–30 minutes or until the broth has thickened. Remove and discard bay leaves.
  5. Serve immediately, garnished with parsley if desired.

Hasselback Herb Potatoes with Essential Oils

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.

Add a little fresh parsley for a pop of color, and sprinkle on some parmesan cheese for the final touch! Don’t wait too long to get a bite of this delicious potato!

Hasselback Herb Potatoes

  • Servings: 6–8
  • Time: 10–15 minutes active; 30–40 minutes inactive
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

Potatoes:

  • 2–3 lbs. (1–1.5 kg) small potatoes
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Olive oil

Herb Butter:

  • 1/3–1/2 cup (80–120 ml) melted butter (can use olive oil or a mixture of butter and olive oil)
  • 2 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 2 drops basil essential oil
  • 2 drops thyme essential oil
  • 2 drops lemon essential oil
  • 1 drop oregano essential oil
  • 1 drop black pepper essential oil
  • 1/4 tsp. (1.5 g) salt
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper

Additional Ingredients:

  • Fresh minced parsley for garnish
  • Parmesan cheese for garnish

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C).
  2. Slice along each potato in 1/16-inch (2 mm) intervals, making sure to only slice a little more than halfway through the potato. It is easiest to start cutting on one end, then when you get to the middle, rotate the potato and continue cutting from the other end toward the middle again.
  3. Place the sliced potatoes on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, and drizzle with olive oil.
  4. Roast the potatoes in the oven for about 30–40 minutes, until tender on the inside and crispy on the outside.
  5. While the potatoes are roasting, mix together the herb butter.
  6. Once the potatoes are done, pull them out of the oven, and brush the herb butter mixture evenly over the potatoes and in between the slices.
  7. Sprinkle potatoes with fresh parsley and parmesan cheese, if desired.
  8. Serve immediately, and enjoy!

Note: The herb butter may seem pretty strong if tasted on its own, but it tastes just right when combined with the potato.

Rosemary Artisan Sourdough Bread

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.

Did you know sourdough bread is healthier for you than even commercial whole grain breads? Here’s why: The outer coating on wheat kernels (also known as the bran) contains a substance called phytic acid. These phytic acid molecules do 2 things:

  1. They inhibit enzymes that are needed for the breakdown of proteins and starches in the stomach. The lack of these enzymes in our stomachs often causes digestive issues (including a wheat or gluten intolerance).
  2. They bind with other minerals, such as calcium, magnesium, iron, and zinc, which makes these important nutrients unavailable to us.

However, as wheat flour and water sit, a reaction called fermentation occurs, and the wild yeast and lactobacillus (lactic acid bacteria) in the leaven neutralize the phytic acid, as the bread proves through the acidification of the dough. This prevents the effects of the phytic acid and makes the bread easier for us to digest. The sourdough bacteria pre-digest the flour, which releases the micronutrients and makes them available to us. This whole process takes place as you let the bread sit on your counter for several hours. Sourdough bread also has a low glycemic index and takes longer to digest, so it won’t affect your blood sugar like ordinary bread.

The rosemary essential oil in this recipe is enough to provide a delightful hint of the herb in every bite. Feel free to add the Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and black pepper if you want more of a savory taste.

Rosemary Artisan Sourdough Bread

  • Servings: 1 loaf
  • Time: 15 minutes active; 8–24 hours inactive
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups (180 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups (180 g) whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp. (6 g) salt
  • 1/2 tsp. (1.5 g) active dry yeast (increase to 2 1/4 tsp. (7 g) if you don’t want to wait all night)
  • 1 1/2 cups (360 ml) warm water
  • 3–4 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 1/4 tsp. (200 mg) Italian seasoning (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp. (800 mg) garlic powder (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp. (500 mg) black pepper (optional)
  • Fresh rosemary, roughly chopped, for garnish

Instructions:

  1. In a large bowl, stir the flour, salt, and yeast together. Add warm water and rosemary essential oil, and stir to combine. It’s fine if it looks like a shaggy mess or on the dry side.
  2. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and set at room temperature for 8–24 hours (it is done sitting when it looks wet and bubbly and has doubled in size).
  3. Turn dough out onto a well-floured surface, and gently pull it into a squarish shape. Sprinkle on Italian seasoning, garlic powder, black pepper, and fresh rosemary. Fold the corners in like an envelope; then flip the dough over and shape it into a ball. Let it rest for 30 minutes.
  4. In the meantime, put your baking dish with high sides (we used a dutch oven) in the oven, and preheat to 450°F (230°C).
  5. After the 30 minutes are up, flip the bread over (seam side up) or cut an “x” in the dough, sprinkle with fresh rosemary, and carefully place it in the hot dutch oven. Cover with the lid, and cook for 30 minutes.
  6. Remove the lid and continue cooking, uncovered, for 10–20 minutes, or until bread is golden brown.

This bread pairs well with our Italian Dipping Oil or this Healing Soup with Cilantro and Ginger.

Essential Oil–Infused Italian Dipping Oil

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.

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Essential Oil–Infused Italian Dipping Oil

  • Servings: 4–8
  • Time: 2–5 minutes active; 1 hour inactive
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. (30 ml) balsamic vinegar
  • 1 drop basil essential oil
  • 1 drop oregano essential oil
  • 1 drop rosemary essential oil
  • 1 drop thyme essential oil
  • Optional additions: crushed garlic, crushed red pepper flakes, grated parmesan cheese

Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a glass dish.
  2. Let sit for 1 hour to allow the flavors to blend.
  3. Dip french bread or sourdough bread in the Italian Dipping Oil, and enjoy!

Class Idea: Make & Take Autumn Room Sprays

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?

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The idea for this class is really simple:

  1. 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.
  2. Order these items from AromaTools (aromatools.com):
  3. Gather the rest of your materials. These are the other items you will need:
    • Essential oils: cinnamon, ginger, clove, orange, cardamom, rosemary, and patchouli
    • Distilled water
    • 1/2 tsp. (2.5 ml) measuring spoon(s)
    • Scissors (for cutting out the labels)
    • Funnels (helpful, but optional)
  4. Print off these instructions on regular paper and these labels on the blank label sheets from AromaTools.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.

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Fall Room Sprays

  • Servings: Yield=2 Tbsp. (30 ml)
  • Time: 2–5 minutes active
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

Instructions:

  1. Pour glycerin and essential oil in the spray bottle; swirl to combine.
  2. Fill the rest of the bottle up with distilled water. Screw the lid on, and shake to mix. If possible, let sit overnight before using to allow the ingredients to integrate.
  3. To use, spray around the room as needed. Do not spray directly in the face.

Essential Oil Autumn Blends:

Pumpkin Spice:
3 drops cinnamon
2 drops ginger
2 drops clove
2 drops orange
1 drop cardamom
Spiced Chai:
3 drops cardamon
2 drops cinnamon
2 drops clove
1 drop ginger
Orange Pomander:
4 drops orange
2 drops clove
2 drops rosemary
Fall Leaves:
6 drops orange
1 drop patchouli
1 drop ginger
Autumn Spice:
4 drops orange
3 drops ginger
2 drops cinnamon
Snickerdoodle:
5 drops orange
2 drops cinnamon
1 drop clove

Tasty Chicken Foil Dinner

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Try this delicious chicken recipe at home or on your Labor Day campout! If you need to serve more than 4 people, simply adjust the recipe as needed.

Tasty Chicken Foil Dinner

  • Servings: 4
  • Time: 30 minutes active; 40 minutes inactive
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

  • Heavy-duty foil
  • 2 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 2 drops lemon essential oil
  • 4 Tbsp. (56 g) butter, softened
  • 4 medium boneless, skinless chicken breasts (frozen)
  • 4 cups (450 g) diced potatoes
  • 1 cup (160 g) chopped onion
  • Minced rosemary to taste
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Cut out or tear off 4 plate-sized squares of heavy-duty foil.
  2. Mix together the butter and essential oils. Set aside.
  3. In each square, place a frozen chicken breast, 1 cup diced potatoes, and 1/4 cup chopped onion.
  4. Sprinkle each serving with salt, pepper, and minced rosemary; top with a pat of rosemary-lemon butter.
  5. Seal foil, and place on the coals of a campfire or on a grill. Cook for 40 minutes, or until the potatoes are soft and the chicken is cooked through.
  6. Squeeze some lemon juice on top, and eat straight from the foil if you’re camping!

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The Perfect Solution for Detangling Unruly Hair!

Would you like a more natural hair detangler than you can find commercially? Look no further—we have the perfect solution for detangling unruly hair that is easy to make and contains all-natural ingredients! Spraying this on your hair will help the comb separate the hair strands easily and without pain. Not only do these oils smell nice together, but lavender and rosemary essential oils are often used to help stimulate hair growth; repair dry, fragile hair; and, with melaleuca, may help dandruff.

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All-Natural Essential Oil Hair Detangler

  • Servings: Yield=4 oz. (120 ml)
  • Time: 3 minutes active; 12 hours inactive
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

Instructions:

  1. Pour the glycerin and essential oils in the 4 oz. spray bottle. Screw the spray top on, and shake to combine.
  2. Remove spray top, and fill the rest of the bottle up with water. Screw the spray top on again, and give it another few good shakes.
  3. Allow it to sit overnight, then shake again before using.
  4. To use, shake a little, then spray lightly over hair; brush hair until smooth.

Citrus Mint Hand Sanitizer

Hand sanitizers are often useful when traveling or in public places like school or work where you would like to keep your hands clean and free of germs—especially when soap and water aren’t conveniently available. This Citrus Mint Hand Sanitizer smells yummy and does a great job at sanitizing your hands! Don’t forget to put a cute label on your bottle when you’re finished. We created these labels for you to print at home with this blank label sheet. Another option is to purchase these cute vinyl labels that are really durable.

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Citrus Mint Hand Sanitizer

  • Servings: 50 (Yield=2 oz./60 ml)
  • Time: 5 minutes active
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

Instructions:

  1. Add all ingredients in order to the bottle. Screw lid on, and shake to combine.
  2. To use, pump 1–2 times into the palm of your hand. Rub hands together until the liquid evaporates.

If you need a great label for your hand sanitizer, this one is cute and durable! Another option is to print your own labels with this blank label sheet.

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Sparkling Limeade

Enjoy this refreshing drink as you bask in the sunshine this summer!
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Sparkling Limeade

  • Servings: 4–6
  • Time: 10 minutes active
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) lime juice (from about 3–4 limes; add water to reach 1/2 cup if needed)
  • 1/2 cup (100 g) sugar
  • 1–2 drops lime essential oil
  • Chilled sparkling water or club soda (regular water also works if you don’t like carbonation)

Instructions:

  1. Stir the lime juice in with the sugar in a small saucepan, and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Lower the heat, and cook, stirring frequently, until the sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from heat, and pour into a glass dish.
  2. Add lime essential oil. Cover, and refrigerate until chilled.
  3. Mix about 2 Tbsp. (30 ml) of the limeade concentrate with 1 cup (240 ml) of chilled sparkling water in a glass cup. Taste, and add more water if you want a lighter flavor.
  4. Serve with ice.

Flavor Variations:

  • Basil Limeade: Add 1 toothpick of basil essential oil with the lime essential oil, and use basil leaves for garnish.
  • Rosemary Limeade: Add 1 toothpick of rosemary essential oil with the lime essential oil, and use fresh sprigs of rosemary for garnish.

Note: The essential oil flavor will get stronger the longer the limeade sits. Add the basil or rosemary essential oil right before serving.

Extra Ideas:

  • Use frozen berries instead of ice cubes and garnish.
  • Try substituting liquid stevia for the sugar to make it healthier. No need to heat it up either—just mix and serve.