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Wolfberry Oatmeal

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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

Ingredients:

  • 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

Directions:

  1. In a saucepan, add the oatmeal and water, cover with lid.  Bring to a boil.
  2. 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.
  3. Spoon oatmeal into a bowl, add sweetener, ground flax meal, coconut oil or heavy cream, and a little more boiling water if necessary.
  4. Add handful of wolfberries,  stir thoroughly until smooth and delicous.

 

 

BonAppetit

 

 


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Do-It-Yourself – Bug Spray

Bug Spray

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

Items needed:

• 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

Preparation:

• 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.


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Lemongrass Lemonade: Lemonade with a “Twist”

Lemongrass Lemonade

Ingredients:

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.

BonAppetit

For more recipes using Young Living essential oils, please check out my section “In The Kitchen” here.

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