Flavor Your Coffee with Essential Oils

Have you heard about bullet coffee yet? It’s when you put grass fed butter and coconut oil in your coffee. It helps give your brain and body a boost. The fat in the butter helps you metabolize the caffeine slower so that the energy lasts longer and the MTC in the coconut oil helps support your brain. I don’t actually drink caffeinated coffee, but my husband loves bullet coffee. I like flavor in my coffee and I was thinking of ways to add my oils to my coffee. This is what I came up with.

Essential oils mix with really well with vegetable oils like coconut oil. So I decided to try and mix coconut oil with my essential oils for our coffee this winter. Here are some ideas I want to try. We have tried the Thieve and it was yummy plus we got an immunity boost with our coffee.

The essential oils that would be yummy mixed with 1/4 cup coconut oil. A lot of this has to do with how strong you want your flavor so start low and add more until you have it as strong as you want it.

  • Thieves: 3-5 drops
  • Peppermint: 2-3 drops
  • Orange: 3-5 drops
  • Gingerbread: 3 drops cinnamon, 2 drops clove, 1drop nutmeg, 1drop orange
  • Cinnamon: 2-4 drops
  • Orange Spice: 2-3 drops cinnamon, 2-3 drops orange

Bullet coffee

Ingredients

+quality coffee

+1-2 tablespoons of grass fed butter

+1-2 tablespoons of your new coconut oil mix

Store your coconut oil mix in a sealed jar on the counter next to your coffee. Let me know what your favorite is.

Dairy & Cane Sugar Free Hot chocolate

I’ve used this hot chocolate recipe for at least five years, but I’ve never gone beyond the basic except to add coconut whip cream or marshmallows. I love this recipe because it doesn’t use cane sugar — it only uses three ingredients unless you make it fancy and it tastes yummy. I sometime just make one cup when I want a pick me up but don’t want to share. It also keeps well in the refrigerator and makes good chocolate milk in the summer or add a splash to your coffee in the morning.

Recently I made chocolate truffles and my mother-in-law mentioned that she loved the chocolate orange combo the best, which got us talking about other orange chocolate combos that we liked. Now this is silly, but even though I love the orange chocolate combo, I never thought about putting orange into my hot cocoa or mocha. So the next time I made my cocoa I decided to give it a try. Boy was it yummy, so here you go a super easy yummy hot chocolate recipe.

Dairy and Cane Sugar Free Hot Chocolate

Ingredients

4 cups dairy or non-dairy milk, such as almond milk

1/4 cup cocoa

1/4 grade B maple syrup

A pinch of salt it bring out the chocolate flavor

Directions

I put it all into a small pot on medium heat and whisk until combined and the right temperature.

Make it fancy:

2 drops of Orange essential oil per mug. Add to mug before you add the hot cocoa.

1 drop essential oil Cinnamon essential oil per mug

toothpick dip of peppermint essential oil per cup

Coconut whip cream

Marshmallows (corn syrup free)

What is your favorite hot chocolate flavor and topping?

The Joys of Food Sensitivities

Sometimes I get really upset by the food sensitivities we have to contend with. Always having to hound people what they will be serving at special events, sleep overs, get togethers, etc., so I can make or find something that my girls can eat without feeling left out in front of friends. I could just give up and withdraw my family from all social settings. Believe me, being the introvert that I am, I wouldn’t mind and it sure would make my life easier. But what does that teach my kids and how does that bless others?

Not alone at the table

We were at a gathering the other night and the director contacted me and another mom about providing something for our kids who couldn’t have gluten. I was so happy she thought of us, but I knew she was busy so I offered to bring some brownies. I thought nothing of it, since I had a box in the cupboard that I was saving for an emergency. So I made the brownies, this time I was actually prepared and so I was feeling really good about the evening. Fast forward through the evening and at the end the director announced that they had special gluten-free brownies to serve along with the other goodies. What happened next sent a shock through me: A little girl in front of us turned to her mom with such joy that they had something she could eat and I knew exactly how she felt. Our society is built so heavily on eating as a way of socializing that sometimes it feels overwhelming. There have been social events where we have avoided because bringing our own food wasn’t possible. It’s isolating. Here is what I learned in that moment, that I need to stop thinking about just my family and trying to make things work for just my family.

Opportunities to bless others

I should see each social gathering as an opportunity to bless others that may be feeling the same as me. Food sensitivities and allergies are an epidemic and likely here to stay, so we should embrace it and make it normal. Let’s not stop bringing food – let’s help provide allergy-free options. Let’s not shy away from social gatherings but make it the norm to bring your own food if necessary. Most of the sensitives that my girls have will most likely be with them for the rest of their lives. I’m not going to teach them that it’s weird and they should hide it because the truth is there are many people with a sensitivity to gluten, eggs, dairy, soy, etc. It’s just so overwhelming that we just avoid gatherings or snack tables.

Its funny because when I sat down to write this post, I was thinking of writing about something else entirely. But this topic has been on my heart for a while now and is important especially in this day and age. We need to make sure we are loving others well and not hide in the comfort of our homes. As much as my soul craves solitude and being home, my soul also craves human contact and support. There are many dangers in being isolated. Thats when Satan feeds off our insecurities and we can fall prey to his lies and depression, anger and resentment. If you have children dealing with food allergies or sensitivities, help them to learn how to love others despite what they may be going through. Teach them with support to be okay with the way God created them.

How do you work around your sensitivities or allergies?

Vegan Gluten-Free Truffles

Holidays! Ugh!

When you have food sensitivities, holidays can seem like more of a burden than a joy, especially when you have children and you’re trying to make them feel special and not left out. It’s so easy to beat ourselves up or work so hard that you can’t enjoy the memories because you’re so frazzled. One thing that I have learned over the years is that memories are made even if they don’t look like everyone else. Surprised? I know, I was too. Do we want our children’s memories of us being frazzled, trying keep up or  spending time with them creating yummy things that they can eat even if it’s not exactly like those around us.

I heard something a while ago that has given me great freedom: God gave us our children knowing that we were the parents that they needed. What we do with that precious gift is up to us. We can squander it or embrace it. I have decided to embrace it. Our holidays don’t look like everyone else, but in a lot of ways they are healthier and our memories that we are creating cooking and experimenting are precious. My girls are learning how to cook the way they are going to have to cook for the rest of their lives, we have a binder of tried and true recipes that they love to add to and cook. I think what’s most important is our attitude. Are we concentrating on the things we can’t have or are we embracing how God has made us.

An imperfect family

Is my family perfect and do we never grow discontent? Of course not, but what I’m trying to teach myself and my girls is that when those times happen come up with a solution. Craving pizza, you have two choices: get depressed that you can’t have pizza or come up with something that works for you, like cooking pepperoni in a pan until it’s crispy and dipping it in tomato sauce. Bam! A solution and a surprising delicious one. This is a great lesson not just when it comes to food allergies but it is great for every aspect of life.

I know I’m yammering on and you’re wondering what this has to do with truffles. Well these truffles were born out of one of those times where I wanted to have a special holiday but they couldn’t have any of the “normal treats” and I was sick of all of our standbys. So I looked through Pinterest and saw this basic truffle recipe and I decided to make them even more yummy by adding some essential oils to make different flavors.

Vegan Gluten-Free Truffles

Truffle filling

  •  2 10 oz bags of Enjoy Life chocolate chips
  • 1 cup of coconut milk

Directions:

  • Heat milk over medium heat in a sauce pan to a simmer.
  • Pour over the chocolate, place a plate over the bowl for a minute or two then mix till melted.
  • When I made mine I divided the batch into thirds. I added 8 drops of Orange Vitality essential oil to a third, 5 drops of Peppermint Vitality essential oil to another third and left the last third plain.
  • If you want to make them all one flavor, I wouldn’t double the essential oil, I’d just add a couple more drops to taste.
  • After you have mixed everything I put mine into glass loaf pans and then set them in fridge to set up about a half hour. If you are just making one batch I would put them in an 8 x 8 glass pan.
  • Once it is set up enough, firm but not solid. Use a small cookie scoop to form balls and place them on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
  • Depending on the time of the year you may need to put them back into the fridge while you make the coating to keep them from melting.

For the coating:

  • Melt 1 1/2 bag of Enjoy Life chocolate chips
  • 4 teaspoons of coconut oil

Direction:

  • Melt on medium heat stirring constantly until melted and smooth.
  • Take the chocolate off the burner and let cool for a few minutes so it doesn’t melt your truffles.
  • I used one of my fondue forks to poke into the center of the truffles and then used a spoon to pour the chocolate over the truffle and then set them back onto your cookie sheet lined with parchment.
  • After you have covered them stick them in the freezer for like 5 minutes to set up.
  • After they are set you can decorate the top with a drizzle of chocolate.
  • Keep in refrigerator in a sealed container (if they last that long)
  • Tip: If your truffles keep falling from your fondue fork the chocolate still may be hot so keep a cup with ice to stick your fork in to keep it cold.

Who is Ready For Company?

For the next two months we will be either hosting or attending never-ending parties and get togethers. We want our house beautifully decorated, clean and smelling amazing, right? In order to accomplish that, we will be filling our home with any number of toxins and taxing our all ready stressed out bodies. But what if there was another way? A way in which we can have a clean and wonderful smelling home with out our home being over run with toxins. Well I have some ideas that will help you get through this season with a home filled with amazing sent that will not only wow your guests but boost your immune system and distress you too.

Lets talk about smell first because it’s way better to think about then the cleaning, am I right? First off ditch all your candles and fake smell products! I love my diffuser it is a great way to make the whole house smell like what ever I want, as I write this I have Thieves, ginger, cinnamon and cardamom in. It smells so good, plus it’s boosting my immune system at the same time. There are other ways you can use your oils to bring a scent into your home with out using harmful toxins. You can make a spray with some distilled water, favorite oil and spray bottle. You can use this to spray the linens in your guest bedroom or bathroom. The possibilities are endless, and making labels is easy and inexpensive so that you can make a linen spray or room spray as a hostess gift. Another way is to use car diffusers to place in the air vents. They work amazing and if you use lavender or Stress Away in your guest room you will create a relaxing spay like experience for your guests. I know candles are fun and smell great but they unfortunately are full of all kinds of harmful toxins. Instead, consider getting some flameless candles and use a diffuser for scent.

I have put off talking about cleaning long enough, so let’s get to it shall we. I hate cleaning, but crave a clean environment. I think I need to get the oil Motivation before this season really starts maybe it would help me get through all that needs to be done for the next two months. What do you think? Do you have an oil that helps motivate you? I have to say though since I have started using the Thieves Household Cleaner my life has gotten lot easier. I love having one cleaner for all my house cleaning needs plus I feel comfortable giving it to my kids to use to hep with the house work. There are so many benefits to switching to non-toxic cleaning in your home. Thinking about your dishes, your cloths, your floors. All of these thing make direct contact with our bodies and some multiple times. I know there is only so much we can do, we life in a world were we can’t get away from toxins, but we can lessen them. Young Living carries everything you need to ditch and switch all you cleaning stuff. If you are just starting out I highly recommend our Thieves Household Cleaner — it can clean every surface of your home, plus it smells amazing. To freshen up my carpets and furniture, I like to take baking powder, Purification and what ever other scent I’m in the mood for and sprinkle on let it sit for a while, then vacuum it up. works amazing and you can use it in your garbage cans and food disposal as well. When I wash my clothes I like to add some lemon or lavender to the dryer to add freshness to our cloths. There are so many ways we use our oils in our home especially during this season.

Oat Pancakes (Gluten &Vegan)

 

This oatmeal recipe is amazing and  tastes really yummy, plus Ive discovered that it makes great muffins as well. We have made many different varieties of pancakes and muffins with this recipe. I don’t know about you but when we had to go what feels like everything free I have come to love recipes that I can use many ways. I have a cake and scone recipe like that. It just makes my life simpler and when you find a recipe that actually taste good gluten free and vegan its worth its weight in gold, am I right!

So here we go, let me know what combo you try.

Recipe:

  • 2 cups oat flour (I recommend this brand )
  • 4 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 water
  • 4 tsp melted  cold pressed coconut oil
  • 4 Tbs organic applesauce

Directions:

  • Mix dry ingredients
  • Add in wet ingredients
  • Heat pan on medium heat, with or without oil and begin making yummy pancakes.
  • Note: They take a bit longer then normal pancakes to cook through so be patient they are worth it..
  • Makes about 9 medium size pancakes.

Variations we have tried:

  • Replaced the apple sauce with banana and added toasted pecans
  • Replaced the apple sauce with banana and the coconut oil with a nut better
  • Added blueberries

For Muffins:

  • Make just like pancakes, with what ever variation you want, then put in a muffin tin and cook at 400 degrees for 20 minutes or until cooked through.
  • Makes about 18 muffins
  • For a sweet muffin add 1/2 of your favorite sweetener we use honey or maple syrup.

What to Expect During a Make & Take

So you mustered up the courage and the cash to invest in essential oils. Perhaps you’ve budgeted enough money to buy a full-blown Premium Starter Kit. Now what?

Enter Make and Take classes

Make and Take classes are fun ways to learn how to use or make things using your essential oils on hand. They break down like this:

  1. You make something using essential oils.
  2. You take the something you made home.

What we’ve made and taken home so far

So far we’ve had two official Make and Take classes where we’ve:

  • Created citronella candles using Young Living’s Citronella essential oil
  • Create relaxing bath salts using Young Living’s Lavender and Frankincense

We’re planning to have one per month with a theme based on the time of year, which you can RSVP for on our Facebook page once their posted.

How we got into making and taking

These Make and Classes are somewhat an extension of what we’ve been doing for gifts for the last several years. Elizabeth has been making creams, bath salts, lotions, chocolate truffles and an assortment of other gifts using her oils that we’ve given to friends and family. I’ve focused more on designing the labels and snacking on the truffles.

We have a huge extended family, so to try to buy $10-$20 gifts for everyone has become too expensive. That’s one reason why we’ve transitioned toward sending more meaningful (and cost-effective) gift baskets. If that’s an issue you’re running into, Make and Take ideas might help you with creating your own gift baskets.

What to expect at a Make and Take

Here’s what to expect if you come to one of our Make and Take classes:

  • Casual atmosphere, as you would expect when coming over for a get-together
  • A brief intro story about how we got started with using essential oils, in particular why we went with the Young Living brand
  • Then we start making something fun
  • Then you get to take it home

What would you like to Make and Take?

As I mentioned earlier, we’ve got more ideas for Make and Take classes, such as how to make chocolate truffles with Peppermint and Orange.

Since we’ve got kids in school, our year somewhat starts in September, so we’re still figuring out ideas for future Make and Takes. If there’s something you’d be interest in learning about, please let us know via Facebook or via the comments below.

What is an Essential Oil 101

Ever heard of an “Essential Oils 101” class? You might be interested in attending one if you’ve ever had questions about the benefits and usage of essential oils. Sometimes they’re titled “Essential Oils Basics”, or “Essential Oil Bootcamp”, but basically they serve the same purpose: to explain what essential oils are, how to use them, and how to get them.

Is “Essential Oils 101” like one of those timeshare presentations?

No, it’s not like a grueling timeshare presentation. I remember attending one of those in Lake Tahoe just to get a chance to enter a drawing and it wasn’t worth it. The presenter was selling out of a cheap briefcase and couldn’t even provide a brochure or business card.

The 101 on the 101

I can’t speak for everyone who teaches 101 classes, but here’s what we cover in an Essential Oils 101 class:

  • What essential oils are and how they get from plants into a bottle
  • How you can use them
  • What specific oils come in a Young Living Premium Starter Kit
  • How to save money on oils through Young Living

The total time is about 1-2 hours depending on how big the class is, we usually take time passing sample oils around so everyone can test them out and ask questions. We plan to host at least one per month, based on time availability.

We’ve also studied the 101 approaches from other Young Living distributors such as Monique McLean and Sarah Harnisch. Both of these women have written some great material that we include in gift bags that we distribute at the end of each class.

Want to sample what’s in a Starter Kit?

I think the best thing about coming to a 101 class is the opportunity to sample the oils themselves. I like ordering things online, but I often would like to test out a product before I buy it.

Thats why we offer samples of Lavender, Frankincense, Purification®, R.C.™ and PanAway® which can be used aromatically or topically. We also have five of the Vitality line which can be used internally: Peppermint Vitality™, Lemon Vitality™, Copaiba Vitality™, Thieves® Vitality™, DiGize™ Vitality™.

Q: What’s the major benefit of going to a 101 class vs. watching a similar class online.
A: You get to smell the oils and experience how the diffuser works. I personally would have been gotten on bored quicker if we had attended a class first. So if you have a reluctant spouse I highly recommend you both come to a 101 so they can ask questions and test the oils for them selves.

Q: Will I get pressured to buy something?
A: It’s about as much pressure as you get from Costco to buy the sampled items. Usually, at Costco, the products sell themselves without pressure. The most pressure you get is a typical sales close like “If you want to purchase a starter kit or join Essential Rewards, sign up at Essential-wellness.net”. But you can come and take home some samples and read material and not buy anything at all. Its more important to us that have all the information you need to make the best decision for your family.

Q: Does the class cost anything?
A: Nope, it’s completely free.

Q: Will someone tell me that essential oils do miracles or cure cancer?
A: No. In fact, Young Living has strict guidelines on what health and wellness benefits we’re to credit to individual oils. This is a proactive response to a lot of “fake news”, incorrect information and false promises floating around which has led to increased FDA scrutiny. FDA regulations are also the reason why prescription drug ads have to have a disclaimer longer than the U.S. Constitution, because they’re required to warn you about possible side effects.
the In some ways, the guidelines force us to be a bit vague with our testimony, but we’d rather be over-cautious than give false hopes or misleading information. The products themselves are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Want to attend a 101?

If you live in the Sacramento metro area, we’d love to have you come to one of our 101 classes. Head over to our Facebook page to find the dates and times of our latest classes.

If you don’t want to wait that long, you can watch our online version of Essential Oils 101.

Next week, I hope to write about another class called a Make & Take and what to expect from it.  If you’re interested in attending, please let us know via our Facebook page.

What are Monthly Promotions?

Have you ever seen promotional graphics like this on Facebook or Pinterest?

Now, I love Thieves and Lavender, but maybe I don’t know what Rutavala does or how I would use Fennel. In fact, perhaps I don’t understand what this promotional image means at all. Sometimes underneath an image like this, you may see something like:

100 PV: Retail Value: $15.46 – 5-ml Lavender Vitality

Hmm… What does that mean? Does that mean I have to spend $100 to get a bottle of Lavender? That seems a bit steep! But what’s the $15.46 for? Do I spend that and then I get 100 PV? What’s a PV?

Understanding bonuses can save you big bucks

If you’ve been confused, keep reading because I’ll explain how the monthly promotions work and how they can help you avoid spending more money than you need to.

I’m going to try my best to explain how the Young Living monthly promotional deals work, how they’re comparable with situations that you probably already deal with. Plus I’ll explain how you can combine monthly promotions with Essential Rewards for some big savings.

It took me almost three months to understand what PV meant, and I honestly only grasped the monthly promotions a few weeks ago. I want to save you the trouble that I went through.

Young Living monthly promotions in a nutshell

Here’s how it works: Each month Young Living promotes certain bonus products that you’ll receive if you order a minimum of a certain Personal Volume, or PV.

What’s PV?

PV stands for Personal Volume, the total amount you personally order from Young Living each month. Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Some products cost more and thus have a higher PV. For example, a bottle of NingXia Red will likely have a higher PV than a 5-ml bottle of Peppermint.
  • PV doesn’t necessarily translate to the retail price. For example, a 5 ml bottle of Lavender Vitality may sell for $15.46 retail, but it’s PV is only 11.5. However, Essential Rewards members would pay $11.50 which equals the PV. More on Essential Rewards later.
  • Some products cost money, but don’t add to your PV. For example, we’ve purchased some promotional booklets to distribute at our 101 classes, and while they cost us money, they didn’t add to our PV.
  • Each month, your PV resets to zero, so if you order a lot of products one month, you can’t carryover that PV into the next month.

What bonuses do I get per month?

It depends. For example, for July, if you order over 100 PV, you’ll get a 5-ml bottle of Lavender Vitality, which is valued at $15.46. So it’s like getting a 11-15% value back for a $100 purchase*.

However, the more PV you spend, the bigger the percentage of value back. For July, here’s how it looks

  • 100 PV: $15.46 in bonus items = up to 15% in bonus items
  • 190 PV: $82.57 in bonus items = up to 43% in bonus items
  • 250 PV: $129.61 in bonus items = up to 51% in bonus items
  • 300 PV: $195.07 in bonus items = up to 65% in bonus items

See what’s happening here? The more PV you order, the more of a bonus you receive. And it’s not like for 100 PV you get one bonus item, but for 300 PV you get three of the same bonus item. Instead you get more expensive products, perhaps ones you’ve wanted to try but weren’t sure about purchasing because of the price.

*If you’re an Essential Rewards member, you save 24% so you wouldn’t be paying retail price, so the value back would be more like the PV of the bonus item, not the retail price. For example, you’d only pay $11.50 for the 5 ml Lavender Vitality, so your value back would only be 11%.

What’s the difference between Essential Rewards and monthly promotions?

Okay, this is what tripped me up for so long and why I want to make a comparison that’s easy to understand. Who here like’s going to local coffee shops?

The Coffee Shop Analogy

At some of my favorite local coffee houses, they’ve got two things going on:

  • Manager’s Special: where some discount is offered for a limited time
  • Punch Card: where I get a discount on a product after purchasing a certain number of product.

You’ve probably seen Manager’s Specials that look like this:

  • Buy one drink, get another drink at a discounted price
  • Get a free flavor with any drink
  • Half-off day-old pastries

With Manager Specials, you see an immediate discount with your purchase. Punch Cards are slightly different in that you don’t get a discount until after you’ve purchased a number of items, such as after nine drinks you get the 10th for free.

So Young Living’s monthly promotions are like the coffee shop’s manager specials, whereas Essential Rewards are like the punch cards of Young Living… sort of. Here’s are some differences:

  • Essential Rewards members earn 25% of the PV toward other products. Think of it like this: For every four PV you purchase as an ER member, you one punch.
  • However, as I mentioned earlier, the PV doesn’t always match the retail or ER price, so if you bought something like promotional materials with no PV, you wouldn’t get any punches.
  • But, unlike many punch cards at coffee shops, you’re able to start using your points immediately toward different products. At most coffee chops I visit, if I buy 9 drip coffees, I’ll get one free drip coffee. But with the ER program, I can buy cheaper products and save up my points for a more expensive product. Imagine buying drip coffee and using your punches toward a mocha!

Questions about Essential Rewards?

Now if you’re convinced that Essential Rewards is a great deal (which we think it is), you can jump in and become a member today.

However if you want more information, please can watch our Essential Oils 101 class or join us on Facebook live for Tuesday tips. Also, please leave any questions so we can better serve you.