Cooking for the Holidays with Essential Oils

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I love using essential oils while cooking. Whether I’m making a morning protein shake, cooking up vegetables, Italian foods and even in a marinades of all types. Essential oils are a great way to enhance the flavor of your foods, and even come in handy when you run out of a favorite spice.

 

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Turkey Injection Sauce

Let’s talk Turkey! Turkey is our second main course here at home, and usually only made when we have guests for the holidays. But I know this is the showstopper for most families over Thanksgiving. I hope someone decides to give this a try, and reports back with their thoughts, because I think this will be a real winner. I’m all about brining, basting, injecting, and filling the turkey with a bounty of fragrant lemons, apples, herbs, onions and garlic to boost the flavor, and keep the bird moist. I don’t use stuffing in my turkey, because I feel that it draws some of the juice and flavor out of the bird. So this method would totally be up my alley.

 

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Orange Glazed Honey Ham

This year we opted to go with Beef Wellington for Thanksgiving. However, Ham is usually the preferred thanksgiving main course in our home, and will likely be made for Christmas this year. I love the smell, taste, and caramelization you get from combining orange with cloves and cinnamon. These three essential oils will definitely be ‘essential’ for our next ham.

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Rosemary Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are one of my husband’s favorite side dishes. I seem to try a new style every time I make them. I’m going to add this to my always growing list of options. They sound perfect for a festive meal.

 

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Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet Potato Lovers, be sure to check this recipe out. It combines the warming spice of Cinnamon Bark with the brightness of Lemon.

A little note on Lemon, IMO it’s one of the most versatile essential oils to use in cooking. I always have back-up of this. A couple drops in my morning protein shake, added to lightly steamed or sauteed green vegetables, cooking with poultry, and my favorite – in deserts. It’s an all around go-to oil that does a great job of lifting the flavor of whatever you add it to.

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Southern Corn Bread Stuffing
Stuffing, this is seriously my downfall. I love all types of stuffing, and have yet to try one I didn’t like. However, I remember how my mom was always very particular that it had to be made how grandma prepared it. I get it, stuffing recipes – like Aunt Bettie’s pie crust, are often handed down through the generations. But if you’re still coming up with “your recipe”, give the one below a try. You can also substitute the “like ingredients” in your stuffing recipe with the essential oils below.

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Lemon Butter Green Beans
This is actually one of my favorite ways to make green beans. The lemon is the perfect compliment, and also make the beans the perfect compliment to any poultry or fish meal.

 

 

Ultimate-Gravy

The Ultimate Gravy

Good Gravy, do I love gravy! I rarely make rich and heavy foods throughout the year, but come holiday time – all bets are off. Gravy is good on everything thanksgiving, well – maybe not pie, and this recipe sounds like a powerhouse of flavor. Yum!!!

 

 

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Homemade Cranberry Sauce

A new twist on an old favorite. I LOVE Homemade cranberry sauce. Don’t serve it from the can, put the time in and make it awesome. This recipe might even cut a few steps out of the work, for you.

 

Pumpkin-Pie

Pumpkin Pie
Pumpkin Pie. Wow, that brings back memories. My cousins and I used to challenge each other on how fast we could eat it, like it was a contest. I remember one year, my younger cousin put an entire piece in his mouth at once. Hands down, he was the winner. I’ll never forget that.
 
Anyway, check out the warm and spicy essential oils to use in this recipe: Cinnamon Bark, Nutmeg, Clove & Ginger. All the amazing flavors you expect in a good pumpkin pie. Give it a try this year, and let us know what you think.

 

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Be sure to check out this recipe and more on Young Living’s website. If you need help ordering, or getting started, feel free to email me at: doseofjoy1@gmail.com, or visit http://yl.pe/x99 to enroll as a wholesale member today.

 

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Winter Wellness

Are you prepared for winter? Check out some of these essential oils, and consider adding them to your next order. If you haven’t placed your order this month, I’m including the promotional giveaways below.

Not currently a Young Living member? Feel free to email me for details on placing an order and how you can save up to 24% off retail, while earning free rewards.

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Family Reunion

This weekend, we took a family trip to visit my husband’s parents and his extended family. Cousins from Wisconsin and Seattle also flew in with their families, to join in the festivities, and make it a family reunion. We missed seeing a couple of family members, but for the most part, everyone was there. Throughout our trip, we took trips out to the local winery and brewery, but the highlight was getting a chance to see our nephew’s first baby, Keegan. He is simply perfect in every way.

Here is a picture of most of us out on the Family Farm in Augusta, MO.

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Bob & Ellen (far right), my mother and father in law, run and manage the orchards from their century+ old farm in Augusta, MO. If ever you’re in the area, be sure to call to see what’s in season. They have large orchards filled with various apples, peaches and berries throughout the year, and of course pumpkin season is always fun on the farm. Throughout the year, Ellen makes and sells a wide variety of preserves, and her apple butter is hands down the best I’ve ever had! You can contact them through their website to place orders to ship direct.

Augusta also has several wineries, shops, and bed & breakfast locations. My favorite stop in town is Kate’s Coffee. The owners are so nice and accommodating to guests, and they have a large variety of fresh baked quiche’s and sandwich offerings daily. Their coffee is fantastic, but just a bit more special since they serve it in a french press. After you’re done there, check out the antique and home decor shop up the street. Just beautiful. You can also peek in and see the studio and work of Sam Stang, an incredible glassware artist, who features handblown work in galleries across the country.

Life Update & Renewed Focus

Sadness, Joy & Life In Between.

A little over a month ago, I lost my mom. She was only 61 years old at the time. After years of failing health and continued illness, her body finally gave in. We were fortunate enough to be able to take the boys to see her before she passed. I know they still can’t fully comprehend what happened, but as they get older, I think they will appreciate having the opportunity to say goodbye. Here’s a picture of my mom, with us at our wedding in 2003.

While we were prepared for this for some time, you’re never really quite prepared for the impact it has on you, emotionally or physically. I’ve spent the better part of the past month reflecting on life, and how to make it better not just for myself, but for my family. Shortly before my mom passed, I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis, osteoarthritis, and an under-active and enlarged thyroid (no tumors present).  Adding all of this together, it really become a stressful situation.

Taking stock of life: where I am, where I want to be, and what I want to do be a better wife, mother and individual became a primary focus. This prompted some fairly swift changes in our home. I stepped aside from a number of community service and school related committee responsibilities, and decided I needed to take better care of what I put in to my body, exercise more, and go back to doing things that help relieve my stress, so that I would be a happier and healthier person for myself and my family.

As a result of these changes, you will likely see this blog evolve a bit. I’m still focusing on essential oils, it will always remain an import part of our life and health focus. But I will begin expanding to share more on other health related topics (diet and exercise), and hobbies that bring happiness to my life. Soon you will begin to see posts on projects we are working on in our home, as well as some of the sewing or craft projects that I enjoy. I hope my regular followers stay with me, as I move forward – and contribute their ideas and input in the comments section. You can also follow me on instagram @katrak13 or the Daily Dose of Joy on Facebook.

Thank you all for your support over the past year.

Katra

Day 8: PanAway Essential Oil Blend

Welcome to Day 8: PanAway Essential Oil Blend 

PanAway® has a stimulating aroma and is a popular and original combination of Wintergreen, Helichrysum, Clove, and Peppermint essential oils formulated by D. Gary Young. This blend is ideal to apply topically after exercise, and supports the appearance of healthy skin coloration. The essential oils in PanAway include naturally occurring constituents methyl salicylate, gamma-curcumene, menthol, and eugenol.

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This oil has been amazing for me! I apply it on my legs, feet, back – it’s perfect after a long day shopping or exercise, even when you first get up in the morning after a restless night.

My #1 Tip for this oil, combine 10 drops, plus 3 drops of peppermint and 3 drops of Copaiba from your starter kit in 2-4oz of whipped coconut oil. This will really help you get the most out of this oil, especially if you’re trying to cover a larger area, like your calves or thigh area.  You can add more oil as you increase the amount of coconut, but please test this first on your own skin to see what works best for your needs.

Whipped Coconut Oil Recipe

1 cup of Virgin Coconut oil* (can sub Refined or blend of Virgin/Refined Coconut Oil)
1/4 teaspoon Vitamin E Oil
Approximately 15 drops Essential Oil of choice
4oz glass jar (or non-reactive jar)
Stand Mixer or hand mixer

*Optional: to make a thicker, creamier blend, add 1/4 cup Unrefined Shea Butter during mixing. You will need to adjust the oils as necessary.

Directions:
Using a stand mixer, or hand mixer, whip coconut oil and vitamin e until soft peeks begin to form. Add essential oils, and return to blender until well mixed. You can also fold the oils in, but I prefer mixing. Spoon contents in to jar. This may need to set in the fridge for 3-5min if it’s too melted, but once set it can be easily stored in a dark, dry and cool place for use. I typically keep ours in the medicine cabinet and where lotions or creams are present.

Epsom Salt Bath Recipe

1 cup Epsom Salts
10 drops Essential Oil of choice

Mix oils in to salt, and store in airtight non-reactive container (glass is preferred, but stainless tins also work well).

Enjoy!

Day 7: Purification Essential Oil Blend

Welcome to Day 7: Purification Essential Oil Blend 

14 days makes for a long challenge series. I want to take a moment to thank everyone that has tuned in with us so far. I’m going to keep tonight a little shorter, but ask that if you have time, please go back and check out the posts from prior days. Now on to the Oils!

Purification® Essential Oil Blend helps freshen the air and eliminate odors with its unique combination of Citronella, Lemongrass, Lavandin, Rosemary, Tea Tree, and Myrtle essential oils, and includes naturally occurring compounds cineol, neral, and geranial.

 

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More Product Tips

  • Add a couple drops of Purification essential oil blend to shoes to help neutralize odors.
  • Diffuse Purification essential oil blend to dispel unpleasant pet odors and clear the air of impurities.
  • Diffuse or place 5 drops in 1/2 cup of baking soda (in a glass jar), and set in the laundry room or near sports gear, where musty smells can collect and linger.
  • Mix 5 drops of Purification with 5 drops of Lavender with 1tsp of witch hazel or vodka, and top off the rest of the 2oz glass spray bottle with distilled water. This combination makes a fresh, calming room spray while keeping odors at bay.
  • Add Purification oil to Animal Scents™ products to moisturize skin and improve the appearance for healthy looking skin or apply topically to enjoy the outdoors annoyance free.

Ingredients

Cymbopogon nardus† (Citronella) oil, Rosmarinus officinalis† (Rosemary) leaf oil, Cymbopogon flexuosus† (Lemongrass) oil, Melaleuca alternifolia† (Tea tree) leaf oil, Lavandula hybrida† (Lavandin) oil, Myrtus communis† (Myrtle) oil

†100% pure, therapeutic-grade essential oil

Thank you for tuning in tonight. See, I promised I would keep it short. Tomorrow we will be highlighting #8 in our series, it’s an oil I cannot go a day without. I can’t wait to share a couple tips on how I use it.

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Day 6: R.C. Essential Oil Blend

Welcome Back to Day 6: R.C. Essential Oil Blend 

I hope everyone had a great Labor Day Weekend. We had a great time enjoying the company of friends and neighbors for our annual block party. It’s always a fun-filled event, for the kids and adults, alike.  Unfortunately, it was also the hottest day of the year.  I kept well hydrated, and added a bit of lemon to my water to boost the flavor. In addition, a drop of peppermint on the back of my neck helped keep me cool, and pick up on the light breeze in the air.

The next morning through, it was my good friend, R.C., at my side. Being in the heat all day, talking over music, and breathing in the smell of dry cut grass just got the best of me.

R.C.™ is an invigorating blend of pure essential oils – including Spruce, Cypress and three varieties of eucalyptus that is relaxing when used in massage. This carefully crafted blend helps support a healthy respiratory system.

 

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First, what is an essential oil blend?

An essential oil blend is a proprietary blend of oils, designed for targeted to wellness. They represent the joining of wisdom and years of experience and study on plant oils. Young living’s R.C. blend is a 100% Pure, Therapeutic-Grade Essential Oil blend, backed by our Seed to Seal promise.

What do I like most about using blends?

I find blends to be a cost-effective and convenient way of maintaining a more targeted, healthy support that my body seeks, without having to invest in several individual oils. I also know from use, that this blend has been highly effective not only for me, but for my son.  Blends make it easy to use, easy to apply – and easy to add to carrier oils.

Read more about R.C. in one of the recommended Essential Oil Reference Guides, or check out studies on the individual oils to understand more about the powerful properties of this oil.

Additional Recipes & Uses: Topical & Aromatic

  • Another favorite combination for me is adding one drop of lavender with one drop of R.C., rubbing it on my chest and touching the tip of my nose.
  • Rub R.C. on your feet or chest before your daily workout, to uplift and inspire you.
  • Diffuse R.C. to create a comforting aroma in your room.
  • Add a couple of drops to V6 carrier oil to make a perfect compliment to your routine massage.
  • Consider adding 7 drops of R.C. to 2oz of Salve or Coconut Oil. It will make rubbing on the chest or bottom of the feet easier, and help spread out the oils. You can store the pre-made salve in a dark glass or non-reactive container in a cool dry area for up to 6-8mo.

 

Personal tip: When I need a little boost, I add a couple extra drops of Eucalyptus Radiata and Peppermint Essential Oils to my R.C. salve mix. Perfect on the bottom of my feet.

Aromatherapy Shower Bombs

Ingredients:
1 cup Baking Soda
1/4 cup to 1/3 cup water (depending on your humidity)
5-7 drops of R.C. Essential Oil Blend* (may use other oils, as desired. Please read labels first.)

Instructions:

  1. Add the baking soda to a bowl and slowly add the water while stirring constantly.  Add just enough water (between 1/4 and 1/3 cup of water) to make a thick paste.
  2. Add your essential oils and mix together.
  3. Test a heaping spoonful of mix to see if it holds it’s shape when you squeeze it in your hand. It should feel more dry than wet, but still stay in form.
  4. Do not add too much water.  If you do…just add a little more baking soda to the mix.
  5. Fill your molds with paste. Silicone flexible molds are recommended. Pack the mix in tightly.  Let dry completely (this is critical).  It can take 12-36 hours, depending on the humidity level in your home. You can also bake them in a low temperature oven (if your mold is oven safe) at 200 degrees for 30 to 45 minutes.  Let cool.
  6. Carefully remove from molds and store in an air tight container.

 

Education, Research & Essential Oil Use

I want to repeat something I shared on the last post, because it can’t be stressed enough. Education is a major part of Essential Oil use. Over the years, much of the wisdom gained from the use of plants and herbs has been lost from our everyday conversation. Reference guides should be your first point of reference when evaluating options for your personal needs. In the tabs at of the my home page, I include links to additional references for research purposes. Also remember to review some of the recent studies being done on Essential Oils through PubMed. Great information to glean.

PocketReference6thIf you don’t currently have an essential oils reference guide, there are a couple options I recommend, the first is one I would recommend is published by Life Science Publishing. This will have the most up to date information, and was written with insight from Young Living’s Founder, D. Gary Young.

The second option I recommend is the Reference Guide for Essential Oils produced by Abundant Health. This is also a great alternative. Abundant Health also offers an App for IOS & Android users, but I do find the books more in depth.

 

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Day 5: Copaiba Essential Oil

Day 5: Getting to know Copaiba Essential Oil

Welcome to Day 5 in our Premium Starter Kit Challenge. Tonight we are sharing information on Copaiba (oleoresin) (Copaifera officinalis)† wood oil.

 

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Capsules

You might be wondering, “Where can I get capsules, what do they look like, or what are they made of?”

  • Young Living offers Clear Vegetable Capsules for sale through their website. They are also readily available in the health supplement aisle at your local health food store.
  • Look for the 00 size. These will be easier to fill, and swallow.
  • I use fractionated coconut oil (V6 Oil) or Grapeseed oil, to top off the void in the capsule, after I’ve added the drops.

I already know what you’re thinking, do I need all those fancy supplies?

  • The short answer is No.
  • If you don’t have an eye dropper, you don’t need one – I rarely use one (See the second example below).
  • You can also hold the pills in your hand as you make them.
  • I like to make up a week at a time, and keep them in the freezer in a glass bowl.
  • If you find yourself making several/day, you may want to consider buying the Capsule Machine or similar product to make the process go quicker.
  • Here is a link to a video showing how the Capsule Machine works with powdered herbs. For liquid, you will drop over each hole as shown in the examples below.

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Copaiba is part of my daily supplement regimen. I encourage you to research it’s benefits further by reading your Essential Oil Reference Guide.

Education is a big part of Essential Oil use. Over the years, much of the wisdom gained from the use of plants and herbs has been lost from our everyday conversation. Reference guides should be your first point of reference when evaluating options for your personal needs. In the tabs at of the my home page, I include links to additional references for research purposes. Also remember to review some of the recent studies being done on Essential Oils through PubMed. Great information to glean.

PocketReference6thIf you don’t currently have an essential oils reference guide, there are a couple options I recommend, the first is one I would recommend is published by Life Science Publishing. This will have the most up to date information, and was written with insight from Young Living’s Founder, D. Gary Young.

The second option I recommend is the Reference Guide for Essential Oils produced by Abundant Health. This is also a great alternative. Abundant Health also offers an App for IOS & Android users, but I do find the books more in depth.

 

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As a Young Living Wholesale member, you gain access to a 24% discount on future oil purchases. You will also have the option to add our Essential Rewards Program that earns points towards future purchases. And should you choose, you’ll be eligible to earn commissions and bonuses as a Young Living Independent Distributor.

For new members to the Dose of Joy Team, I will also be sending out the Essential Oils Pocket Reference Guide, highlighted above, as a free gift from me to kick start your Essential Oils Education, and help you get the most out of your Premium Starter Kit.  Visit http://yl.pe/x99 to get started today (Enroller/Sponsor: #1841814)

 

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Thank you for joining us today, and stay tuned tomorrow as we introduce the 6th oil in the Premium Starter Kit.

 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Young Living Products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Day 4: Peppermint Essential Oil

Premium Starter Kit Challenge Day 4: Getting to know Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint (Mentha piperita) is one of the oldest and most highly regarded herbs for supporting normal digestion, including promoting healthy intestinal function and gastrointestinal system comfort.*

 

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Peppermint Tips from Young Living:

  • Rub one drop on the temples, forehead, over the sinuses (careful to avoid contact with your eyes), and on the back of the neck to relieve head pressure.*
  • Place 2 drops on the tongue and rub another drop of oil under the nose to help improve concentration and alertness.
  • Apply to the back of the neck and shoulders throughout the day to keep energy up.
  • Diffuse or inhale mid-morning to curb the desire to snack.
  • Inhale or rub a drop on your abdomen to soothe minor stomach discomfort.*
  • Due to it’s concentration and “heat”, Peppermint Oil should always be handled carefully. Please read Young Living’s Essential Oil Safety Guide for tips on Carrier Oils, washing, and more.

Fast Facts

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More Recipes

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Peppermint Sugar Scrub

  • 1 1/2 cups Sugar
  • 4 oz Olive Oil
  • 15 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
  • 1/8 tsp Vitamin E or Avocado Oil (Optional)
  • Directions: Combine all ingredients, and divide in to glass storage containers. Makes approximately 2-half pint jars.

 

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Thank you for joining us today, and stay tuned tomorrow as we introduce the 5th oil in the Premium Starter Kit.

 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Young Living Products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.