Overnight Oats with Blueberry Lemon Jam

Breakfast can be a hard meal to keep healthy while still tasting delicious. Overnight oats have caught our attention recently, so we decided to see what all the fuss was about. These overnight oats are cardamom and cassia flavored, and topping them with Blueberry Lemon Jam makes for a wonderful flavorful combination. This is a breakfast that you can feel good about eating without sacrificing a delicious flavor!

Overnight Oats with Blueberry Lemon Jam

  • Servings: 4–6
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 can (15 oz.) coconut milk
  • 1 cup (100 g) rolled oats
  • 3 Tbsp. (35 g) chia seeds
  • 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) pure maple syrup
  • 1 drop cardamom essential oil
  • 1 drop cassia essential oil
  • 1–2 small, ripe pears, diced
  • Blueberry Lemon Jam (recipe below)

Instructions:

  1. In a medium container, combine the coconut milk, rolled oats, chia seeds, maple syrup, and essential oils.
  2. Cover, and chill the oats for at least 1–2 hours, or overnight, until the mixture thickens and the oats soften.
  3. Remove the oats from the fridge when ready to serve, and stir to combine.
  4. Layer the oats, jam, and pear slices in a bowl or small jar. These prepared layers can be stored in the fridge for 3–4 days.

This Blueberry Lemon Jam is super delicious and really easy to make! You can use it for the overnight oats, or simply top a bagel or piece of toast with it. The lemon essential oil adds a wonderful tangy flavor to the sweet blueberries. You might need to make a double batch of this jam to last you a little longer!

Blueberry Lemon Jam

  • Servings: Yield=6 oz.
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 4 cups (550 g) frozen blueberries
  • 1/4 cup (50 ml) pure maple syrup
  • 3 Tbsp. (35 g) chia seeds
  • 1 tsp. (5 ml) lemon juice
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 drops lemon essential oil

Instructions:

  1. In a medium pot, combine the blueberries and maple syrup, and simmer over medium-high heat for 8–10 minutes, or until the berries are softened. The blueberries will release a lot of water at this point.
  2. Reduce the heat a little to avoid sticking, and stir in the chia seeds.
  3. Let the mixture simmer for 8–15 minutes, stirring frequently. Simmer until most of the water cooks off and the jam thickens up.
  4. Remove from heat, stir in the lemon juice, and transfer to a bowl.
  5. Let the mixture cool for a few minutes before stirring in the lemon essential oil.
  6. Place the jam in the fridge for a couple hours, allowing it to cool completely.

Leftover jam can be stored in the fridge for up to 2 weeks, or in the freezer for much longer.

Essential Oil Spotlight: Fennel


Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) essential oil is steam-distilled from the crushed seeds of this plant. Fennel can be easily identified by its sweet, somewhat spicy, and licorice-like aroma. This essential oil contains the following health properties: antiparasitic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, diuretic, and expectorant.

Fennel was historically used by the ancient Egyptians and Romans when they awarded victorious warriors with garlands of fennel as a sign of praise. They believed that fennel would bestow these warriors with strength, courage, and longevity.

Common uses of fennel essential oil include blood clots, bruises, digestive system support, gastritis, kidney stones, lactation, pancreas support, parasites, skin revitalizing, tissue cleansing, and wrinkles. This essential oil primarily affects the digestive and hormonal systems.

Other possible uses of fennel essential oil include colic, stimulating the cardiovascular system, constipation, digestion (supports the liver), balancing hormones, nausea, obesity, PMS, and stimulating the sympathetic nervous system.

Application of Fennel Essential Oil and Safety Data:

Topical Application: This oil can be applied neat (with no dilution), or dilute 1:1 (1 drop essential oil to at least 1 drop carrier oil) for children and for those with sensitive skin. Apply directly to the area of concern or to reflex points.
Aromatic Application: Fennel increases and influences longevity, courage, and purification. Diffuse, or inhale the aroma directly.
Internal Application: Fennel oil is recognized by the FDA as safe for human consumption and serves as a powerful flavoring agent.
Safety Data: Repeated topical use may lead to contact sensitization. Use with caution if susceptible to epilepsy. Use with caution during pregnancy. This oil should not be taken internally by children under 6 years old, and should be used with caution and in greater dilution for children ages 6 and older.

Ways to Use Fennel Essential Oil:

1. Digestive Problems
Fennel essential oil has beneficial digestive properties. It can quickly alleviate bloating, gas/flatulence, and diarrhea. Combine 5 drops fennel essential oil with 1 tsp. (5 ml) carrier oil in a 5 ml roll-on bottle, and apply over your stomach as needed.
2. Cooking
Fennel has a strong licorice-like flavor and serves as a valuable ingredient in many spices and other recipes. It can be strong, so start small when adding it to your recipes; you can always add more later. Here are a few recipes using fennel essential oil!

3. Bath Oil
This essential oil is known for its ability to revitalize the skin, cleanse tissue, and smooth wrinkles. For this reason, fennel makes a beneficial addition to bath oils and soaps. For a silky-smooth feel after your bath, combine 8 drops jasmine, 8 drops fennel, and 2 Tbsp. (25 ml) jojoba oil in the palm of your hand, and hold under warm running bathwater. Swish the water around with your hand to disperse the oils.
4. Diffuser Blends
With its strong aromatic influence, fennel can serve as a nice addition to a diffuser blend. Its sweet yet spicy aroma can uplift you and fill you with courage. Here are a couple blends for you to try out.

5. Air Freshening Spray
Air fresheners should not only smell great, but also be emotionally uplifting. Combine 10 drops fennel, 8 drops lemon, and 6 drops juniper berry with 1 tsp. (5 ml) carrier oil in a 1 oz. spray bottle. Fill the remainder of the bottle with distilled water, and shake to combine. Spray the mixture around the room, and breathe in the emotional support.

Sources:
Modern Essentials™: The Complete Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, 9th Edition, pp. 63–64.
Aromatherapy Blends & Remedies by Franzesca Watson
Organic Beauty with Essential Oil by Rebecca Park Totilo

Artichoke Dill Dip

This artichoke dip makes an incredible appetizer or ideal snack. The perfect flavor combination will practically explode in your mouth. The flavor of the dill essential oil is subtle, but it packs a nice punch. Everyone will love this dish!

Artichoke Dill Dip

  • Servings: 8–10
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 can (14 oz.) artichoke hearts
  • 8 oz. (225 g) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup (115 g) sour cream
  • 1/2 cup (115 g) mayonnaise
  • 1 1/2 cups (150 g) parmesan cheese
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 drop dill essential oil
  • Parmesan cheese for topping

Instructions:

  1. In a bowl, blend together the cream cheese, sour cream, and mayonnaise with a hand mixer. Add the dill essential oil, and mix again.
  2. Stir in the artichoke hearts, parmesan cheese, and minced garlic.
  3. Place the mixture in an 8″ × 8″ (20 × 20 cm) baking dish, and bake at 350°F (175°C) for 20 minutes.
  4. Top with additional parmesan cheese. Serve warm with crackers or chips.

Peppermint Chocolate Bites

We all love the dinner mints given out at fancy restaurants, but they only give you one! We decided to try our hand at chocolatiering, and we fell in love with this simple recipe. You can use your favorite dark chocolate (the darker the healthier), and the peppermint essential oil adds a nice flavor that will make it hard to stop eating these little gems.

Chocolate Peppermint Bites

  • Servings: 36–48
  • Difficulty: Moderate
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Ingredients:

  • 2 packages (10 oz. each) dark chocolate melting wafers
  • 1 package (10 oz.) white chocolate melting wafers
  • 6–8 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 2 drops green food coloring (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°F (95°C).
  2. Place the chocolate into 3 oven-safe bowls (1 package in each bowl), and warm in the oven for 20 minutes or until fully melted.
  3. Line a cookie sheet with wax paper, making sure it covers the sides as well.
  4. Remove one of the bowls of dark chocolate from the oven, and leave the others in to keep them melted.
  5. Pour the first bowl of dark chocolate across the wax paper, spread the chocolate out with a spatula, and shake the pan to help create an even layer.
  6. While that layer is drying, remove the white chocolate from the oven, and add peppermint oil and food coloring.
  7. Wait just until the first layer of chocolate changes from glossy to matte, then pour the white chocolate on top quickly, spreading it out and shaking the pan to flatten.
  8. Once that layer has turned matte, remove the last bowl of dark chocolate from the oven, and spread it across the top in the same manner as the other 2 layers.
  9. Allow the chocolate to dry, then cut into squares with a sharp knife.

The trick to this recipe is knowing exactly when to pour the layers on top. If the chocolate is too wet, the layers will mix. If the chocolate is too dry, the layers won’t stick together. Watch the chocolate as it dries; it will change from glossy to matte, and at this point, you can quickly top the next layer. If they do mix a bit, no big deal! It will still taste delicious!

These chocolate bites are so good, you won’t be able to keep the kids away! They also make great snacks for your essential oil classes. Make up a tray, and give them to your attendees to demonstrate the use of essential oils in cooking.

Quinoa Artichoke Essential Oil Bites

These Quinoa Artichoke Bites make a tasty snack or side dish. With the addition of essential oils, they pack even more flavor and health benefits. They go perfectly with our Essential Oil Marinara Sauce (recipe below), or you can mix up your own favorite dipping sauce. Give them a shot; you’re sure to love them!

Quinoa Artichoke Essential Oil Bites

  • Servings: 24
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (185 g) cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup (100 g) shredded cheese
  • 2 Tbsp. (13 g) grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 can (14 oz.) artichoke hearts
  • 4 oz. (115 g) frozen spinach, thawed
  • 1/2 tsp. (3 g) salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 toothpick basil essential oil
  • 1 toothpick oregano essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Drain and chop the artichoke hearts, and pat dry with paper towels.
  3. Squeeze the spinach with paper towels or a kitchen towel until completely dry.
  4. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl, and mix thoroughly.
  5. Using a mini muffin tin, divide the mixture into 24 cups, and press down to pack the mixture in firmly.
  6. Bake for 20–25 minutes, or until golden brown.
  7. Let the bites cool for a few minutes before removing from the tins.
  8. Serve with a marinara dipping sauce (recipe below).

Cheeses that work great for this recipe are monterey jack, mozzarella, and cheddar. Try one, or a combination of all three!

Essential Oil Marinara Sauce

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) olive oil
  • 1/2 white onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 1/2 tsp. (9 g) salt
  • 2 cans (28 oz. each) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 drop oregano essential oil
  • 1 drop rosemary essential oil
  • 1 drop thyme essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Place the olive oil and chopped onion in a saucepan, and sauté over medium heat until the onions are tender.
  2. Add the garlic in with the onions, and continue cooking for an additional minute, stirring frequently.
  3. Add the salt and crushed tomatoes to the saucepan. Stir everything in the saucepan together, and continue cooking until warmed through.
  4. Turn off the heat, and stir in the essential oils.
  5. Serve over your choice of noodles or with our Quinoa Artichoke Essential Oil Bites (recipe above).

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!

Grasshopper Pie with Peppermint Essential Oil

Indulge your sweet tooth with this delicious grasshopper pie that incorporates the benefits of pure, therapeutic-grade peppermint essential oil.

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Make & Take Class Idea: Essential Oil–Infused Truffles

To introduce your friends and family to essential oils, host a fun “Make and Take” class where everyone makes truffles infused with essential oils to take home to their valentines!

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Healing Soup with Cilantro and Ginger

As autumn approaches, the weather is getting colder. A good way to warm up during the cold months is with a bowl of hot soup. This healing soup is a delicious way to incorporate the benefits of essential oils with the benefits of a warm meal!

This recipe was taken from Micki Sannar’s cookbook, Aroma & Olive Oil. Check out her cookbook for many other great ideas on cooking with essential oils!

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Gift Ideas for the “World’s Greatest Pop!”

Are you still looking for a good Father’s Day gift? Why not make your dad a snack that is easily customizable to his preferences? Try out this healthier version of flavored popcorn and soda pop! You can even print out these darling tags to attach to your gift.

Popcorn & Soda for Pops

Basic Popcorn with Essential Oil Flavor Ideas

  • Servings: 4–5
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of unpopped popcorn (12–16 cups popped popcorn)
  • 1/8–1/4 cup unrefined coconut oil
  • 3–6 drops essential oil of your choice
  • Sweetener such as honey or maple syrup to taste
  • Salt to taste

Instructions:

  1. Pop popcorn kernels, and then place popped popcorn in a large bowl or brown paper bag.
  2. Heat coconut oil and sweetener over low heat until well combined and liquified. Remove from heat, and let cool for a couple minutes. Stir in essentials oils.
  3. Pour coconut oil mixture over popcorn, and stir or shake to combine.
  4. Add salt to taste.

Flavor Ideas:

  • Coconut-Lime: 4–5 drops lime essential oil, 1–2 Tbs. honey, and salt to taste.
  • Sweet Spice: 3–4 drops Protective Blend (can replace with 2 drops clove and 2 drops orange essential oil) and 2 drops cinnamon essential oil with 2 Tbs. maple syrup.
  • White ChocolatePeppermint: 4–6 drops peppermint essential oil and melted white chocolate.
  • Lemon & Browned Butter: Brown 6 Tbs. butter (instead of coconut oil) in a saucepan; add 2–4 drops lemon essential oil.
  • ParmesanRosemary: 1/2 cup grated parmesan, 3 Tbs. olive oil (instead of coconut oil), 2 tsp. salt, and 1 drop of rosemary essential oil. Mix olive oil and rosemary essential oil; add to popcorn, and then shake to coat. Slowly add the parmesan and salt while shaking the popcorn.
  • Garlic & Herbs: 4 Tbs. melted butter (instead of coconut oil), 1–2 toothpicks each of rosemary and thyme essential oils, garlic powder (or finely chopped garlic lightly cooked in butter), and parsley flakes. Mix melted butter and essential oil; add to popcorn, and shake to coat. Slowly add garlic powder and parsley flakes while shaking the popcorn.

Extra Ideas:

  • Throw in some other food items such as coconut flakes, cinnamon powder, sugar, nuts, dried fruit, chocolate chips, slivered almonds, sesame seeds, bacon, etc.
  • Package in a resealable container such as this 16 oz. PET Jar or a mason jar, and attach one of these awesome tags with string or ribbon.

Sometimes, a refreshing drink makes the perfect combination with popcorn. Here is a basic limeade soda recipe with ideas of ways to adjust the flavor to your preference. Just pour the soda into a glass bottle or cup, add a stainless steel drinking straw, and decorate with these labels.

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Basic Sparkling Limeade with Flavor Variations

  • Servings: 4–6
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup lime juice (from about 3–4 limes; add water to reach 1/2 cup if needed)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1–2 drops lime essential oil
  • Chilled sparkling water or club soda (Regular water works well 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 Tbs. of limeade concentrate with 8 oz. 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.
  • Basic Lemonade: Use 1/2 cup of lemon juice and 1–2 drops lemon essential oil instead of the lime juice and lime essential oil.
  • Rosemary Citrus Spritzer: Use 1/2 cup of lemon juice or 1/4 cup each of lemon and orange juice with 1–2 drops of lemon essential oil instead of the lime juice and lime essential oil. Add 1 toothpick of rosemary essential oil when adding the lemon essential oil. Garnish with fresh sprigs of rosemary.
  • Strawberry Basil Soda: Juice or blend 1/2 lb of strawberries. Strain out seeds and pulp. You should have 1/2 cup of strawberry juice. Add juice from 1/2 a lemon. Use strawberry lemon juice instead of the lime juice in the recipe, and use just 1 toothpick of basil essential oil instead of the lime essential oil.

Extra Ideas:

  • Use mint leaves as a garnish to add a subtle flavor of mint.
  • 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.