12 Days of Christmas Diffusing

12 Days of Christmas Diffusing
Day 1: To Grandmother’s House

“Over the river and through the woods” to diffusing bliss you go! This essential oil blend smells like a frost-covered pine forest. Mittens and down coats are optional. 

Day 2: Dasher and Dancer

If a sleigh ride with Santa is on your bucket list, you’ll love this seasonal diffuser recipe. The smells of citrus, tea tree, and spruce with a dash of peppermint will have you feeling like Kris Kringle’s co-pilot on Christmas Eve. 

Day 3: O, Tannenbaum

While decorating your tree can take hours, filling your home with that fresh evergreen scent takes mere seconds. Try this blend for that amazing Christmas tree scent without all the work!

Day 4: Winter Wonderland

You don’t have to live where it snows to feel like you’re walking in a winter wonderland. A Christmas essential oil diffuser recipe like this one will have you and your loved ones dreaming by the fire in no time!


Day 5: Candy Canes and Silver Lanes

It wouldn’t be Christmas without the classic candy cane! We love its festive red and white stripes that burst with delightful peppermint flavor. Try this diffuser blend for a calorie-free way to enjoy the nostalgia of this favorite holiday candy!

Day 6: Better Not Pout

This delicious essential oil diffuser blend brings the comforting scent of holiday goodies to the air! Sweet citruses and warm spices will make your home smell like your favorite bakery; whether you decide to actually bake is entirely up to you.

Day 7: A Letter to Santa

There’s nothing like the Christmas joy in a child’s letter to Santa. Bring that happiness into your home with a diffuser blend that combines the brightness of citrus, the fresh scent of a forest, and a warm floral aroma to keep things cozy.

Day 8: Reindeer Games

You’ll be shouting out with glee once you try this diffuser blend! Diffuse this blend of Christmas essential oils, and you might become as famous as the red-nosed reindeer himself!

Day 9: Deck the Halls

Haul out the holly—because we need a little Christmas! As you deck your halls, don’t forget to deck your home with the scents of the holiday season!

Day 10: The Gingerbread Man

That gingerbread man is mighty quick! And while you may not be able to catch the cookie, you can catch that fantastic gingerbread scent with this holiday spice-filled diffuser recipe.

Day 11: Sugar Plum Fairy

Let those sugarplums keep dancing as you diffuse this sweet-smelling holiday essential oil blend. We promise we won’t judge you for diffusing it every day from now until next Christmas—it’s that good!

Day 12: We Three Kings

Make sure to remember the most important gift of Christmas. Keep the reason for the season at the center of your thoughts by filling your home with the cozy scents of Frankincense, Myrrh, and warm spices.

We hope you enjoy diffusing the season!

A Few of My Favorite Things: Halloween

A Few of My Favorite Things: Halloween
Our family has a unique way of "celebrating" Halloween. We give out candy, like so many others, but we also have a cocoa and cookie stand set up. We offer everyone who comes a cup of cocoa and ask if they mind if we say a quick prayer for them while we fill their cup. It's rare that anyone ever says no and oftentimes the parents will share a specific request for prayer. It's another way that we can love others well.
A Few of My Favorite Things: Halloween  



HALLOWEEN POTION INGREDIENTS (from YL's blog)

  • 2 quarts fresh apple cider
  • 1 orange, unpeeled and cut into slices
  • 3 drops Lemon Vitality™  essential oil
  • 1 drop Cinnamon Bark Vitality™ essential oil
  • 1 drop Clove Vitality™  essential oil
  • 1 drop Nutmeg Vitality™ essential oil
  • Cinnamon sticks, for serving

Directions:

1. Combine apple cider, orange slices, and essential oils in a large pot and simmer over low heat for 10 minutes or more.
2. Discard orange slices.
3. Serve warm. Add 1–2 cinnamon sticks to individual cups when serving.

And...just for fun, click on the picture below to read YL's hilarious blog post on how to survive a Zombie Apocalypse (just in case it happens this Halloween).  


Don't miss our blog post FILLED with my favorite pumpkin recipes including a room spray, a diffuser blend, a few cooking recipes, a nourishing face mask and so much more. You can check it out at: A Few of My Favorite Things: It's Pumpkin Season! 

A Few of My Favorite Things: It's Pumpkin Season!

A Few of My Favorite Things: It's Pumpkin Season!
'Tis the season for pumpkin EVERYTHING! Here are some favorite, pumpkin-themed, essential oil recipes perfect for the season!


(Shaundra Tinney)






PUMPKIN PIE BARS (Elizabeth Bailey)
CRUST
1 cup Einkorn Granola
1 cup Einkorn flour (or white flour)
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
3 drops Thieves Vitality

FILLING
1 can pumpkin puree
1 can evaporated milk
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
3 drops Clove Vitality
5 drops Nutmeg Vitality
5 drops Thieves Vitality

DIRECTIONS
Preheat over to 350. Crush Einkorn Granola in a blender to finely chop pieces. In a mixing bowl, stir together crushed granola, flour, salt, baking soda, and sugar. Mix in butter, vanilla, and drops of Thieves Vitality until mixture binds together. Press into the bottom of an 8x8 square baking dish. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile in a mixing bowl, blend together pumpkin puree, evaporated milk, brown sugar, and eggs. Add vanilla, salt, and drops of Clove, Nutmeg, and Thieves Vitality. Pour mixture over the baked crust. Bake in oven for 40 minutes until golden on top and middle of pie just slightly jiggles. Remove from oven and all to cool for 1 hour. Refrigerate at least an hour to allow the pie to finish firming up. Cut into squares and serve with whip topping if desired. ENJOY!



Pumpkin Spice Coffee (Stephanie Ours)
Pumpkin Spice is back, baby!! But let’s be honest, those coffee store drinks aren’t exactly the best for you. 
Here’s how you can use your Vitality oils to create your own:

Mix together in an empty (and clean) 15ml bottle
-20 drops Nutmeg Vitality
-10 drops Ginger Vitality
-30 drops Clove Vitality
-20 drops Orange Vitality
-30 drops Cinnamon Bark Vitality
Swirl it all together. Now for the fun part. Infusing your coffee!!!

1. Open a new bag of your favorite Fair-trade organic coffee. 
Stick your nose in the bag and inhale deeply (Ok, you can skip that part, but seriously, not much smells better ).
2. Drop in 30-50 drops of the Pumpkin Spice Blend.
3. Reseal the bag and give it a good shake. Now let it sit for 24 hours.***
4. Brew coffee as normal.

Want more Pumpkin Spice Flavor? Add a drop right to your coffee!
Bonus: This perfect Pumpkin Spice Vitality blend can be used to infuse into all your favorite fall recipes!!
***Note from Andrea: I recommend storing the beans in a GLASS container, rather than the coffee bag. 
Citrus oils can break down plastic, transferring those compounds to your coffee.


No Bake Pumpkin Peanut Butter Dog Treats (Danyelle Ho)
Ingredients:
1/2 Cup Organic Peanut Butter
1 Cup Organic Canned Pumpkin (not pie filling)
1 Tbsp Honey
2 1/2 Cups Organic Oats
Mix all of the ingredients together. Roll spoonfuls of the mixture into balls. 
These treats should be stored in the refrigerator or freezer.
Pro Tips:
* Add a Ningxia Wolfberry to every ball for an extra health boost.
* Add a few drops of your pup's favorite oil to the mix. Copaiba is a favorite for my senior pup and has a mild flavor.
* Einkorn Berries would be a great addition too!

Ball Cap Personal Diffuser

Ball Cap Personal Diffuser
My friend, Becca Sutton, had this amazing idea - turn ball caps into personal diffusers! Great for kids and adults alike! 

Do your kids play sports? Check out this ball cap combo!

Here are some other oily ideas:
  • Stress Away - for obvious reasons!
  • Clarity - keep your head in the game!
  • Lemon / Peppermint / Lavender - because being in the great outdoors can require some seasonal upper respiratory support (Combine in a roller and roll the blend onto the band. Because peppermint is a hot oil, add in a non-greasy carrier oil, such as YL's V-6 carrier oil.)
  • Breathe Again - for easy breathing during exercise.