This is one of my favorite breakfasts, it’s smooth and creamy, chalk full of flavor and quite nutritious. Throw in a handful of Young Living’s Ningxia Wolfberry and this is a FANTASTIC boost to start your day.
Wolfberry Oatmeal Recipe
- 1/2 cup oatmeal (I use Bob’s Red Mills gluten-free)
- 1 cup water (more if necessary)
- pinch of salt
- dash of pure vanilla
- ground cinnamon to taste
- 1 tsp. sweetener of choice
- 1 tsp. ground flax meal
- 1 tsp. coconut oil or heavy cream (I love using coconut oil)
- handful of Young Living’s Ningxia Wolfberry
- In a saucepan, add the oatmeal and water, cover with lid. Bring to a boil.
- Turn temperature to low and add salt, vanilla, and cinnamon to oatmeal. Stir and return lid to pot. Continue steaming until oats are fully cooked. Add more water if necessary.
- Spoon oatmeal into a bowl, add sweetener, ground flax meal, coconut oil or heavy cream, and a little more boiling water if necessary.
- Add handful of wolfberries, stir thoroughly until smooth and delicous.
A friend contacted me inquiring about a homemade insect repellent using essential oils. There is a child in their boyscout troop who is allergic to the over-the-counter brands and she was looking for an alternative.
This is a recipe that I found and offered to make her a bottle to try. When I finished making it up, it smelled amazing! I wanted to spray it all over my home because it smelled so nice and refreshing. Talk about a difference from the over-the-counter choices. The last thing I would want to do is to spray those all around my home, let alone on my children.
The true test was to see how well it worked on their weekend outing. When she came back she was so excited to share that the bugs stayed away. Her main concern was the ticks and she was very thankful that this helped keep them away also. And she mentioned seeing some around.
Shortly after, I began getting requests from more moms in that troop for homemade insect repellent using this recipe. What an awesome way to introduce others to the wonderful world of essential oils. Are you ready for the recipe? :D
Do It Yourself – Bug Spray
• Spray bottle, 8 oz.
• Distilled water, 4 oz.
• Unscented witch hazel, 4 oz.
• Thieves® essential oil blend
• Purification® essential oil blend
• Melaleuca alternifolia essential oil
• Citronella essential oil
• Lavender essential oil
• Lemon essential oil
• Peppermint essential oil
• Idaho tansy essential oil
• Fill an 8-oz. spray bottle with 4 oz. of distilled water
• Add 4 oz. of witch hazel
• Add 10 drops of Thieves, Purification, and Melaleuca alternifolia essential oils
• Add 5 drops of lemon, lavender, peppermint, Idaho tansy, and citronella essential oils
• Shake well before each use and spray a light layer on skin and clothing
This natural alternative to store-bought bug sprays will keep you free from chemicals and other unnatural ingredients—not to mention the pleasant aroma that will be with you as you enjoy the nature around you.
However, if by chance you find yourself outside without bug spray, Purification is an amazing after-bite reliever that minimizes itching and redness, so be sure to keep some handy wherever you go.
Please share your experience below. I would love to hear from you and get suggestions for other Young Living essential oils that you would use in your own bug spray.
For more ways to keep insects away and to treat insect bites using essential oils, visit my past post here.
1 gallon pure water
3 sliced Lemons (squeeze and scrape out the insides)
25 drops YL Lemon EO
5 drops YL Tangerine EO or YL Grapefruit EO
4 drops YL Lemongrass EO – gives the drink a spicy touch
2 TB Agave (we typically use Stevia to taste)
This keeps for a few days in the refrigerator. Shake well before serving.
For a nice little added touch, insert a stalk of lemongrass to stir or use a green bamboo stir stick along with a slice of lemon.
For more recipes using Young Living essential oils, please check out my section “In The Kitchen” here.
A dear friend shared this amazing recipe with me right after Thanksgiving. She used leftover turkey to make this soup and used Young Living’s Lemongrass essential oil. It was a hit for the entire family.
Soup’s On! Come and Get it!
Amy’s Thai Coconut Chicken (or Turkey) Soup
- 2 boneless chicken breasts, cut up (or leftover turkey)
- 3 TBSP oil
- 1 tsp. red curry paste
- 1 large onion, peeled and diced
- 1 drop Young Living’s Lemongrass essential oil (or more to taste)
- 1 TBSP sweet chili sauce
- 1-1/2 TBSP freshly ground ginger (or dried spices)
- 1 lime (or lime juice)
- 1 green jalapeno pepper (can be omitted if not a fan of spicy food)
- 4 TBSP cilantro, finely chopped
- 2 c. chicken broth
- 1 can coconut milk
- salt and cayenne pepper to taste
Heat oil. To it, add onions, ginger, *lemongrass, and garlic until browned. Add remaining ingredients except for the coconut milk and cilantro and cook. When ready to serve, add coconut milk and cilantro, stir and serve.
*Note: you could save this step until the very end if you’d like. Wait to add the lemongrass essential oil until you stir in the coconut milk and cilantro, this is optional.
You can create a variation to this by serving over Thai noodles.
For more recipes using Young Living essential oil, please check out “In the Kitchen,” here.