Chocolate & Peppermint

As I mentioned before Peppermint Essential Oil seems to be the most versatile oil included in the Starter Kit. Being that it is part of the Vitality line, I of course had to try it in some sort of snack. My first attempt at something chocolatey peppermint flavored didn’t go as expected!

This should be a story about a yummy treat; instead it’s a story about me learning from experience. I wanted some hot chocolate and thought it was a perfect opportunity to try Peppermint Essential Oil in a new way. I put a single drop of Peppermint Vitality into a 12oz mug of hot chocolate. As I lifted the cup to my mouth I realized one drop was WAY too much for me. But, I can tell you that the next time I feel stuffed up, I will absolutely be filling a cup of hot water and adding a drop of peppermint vitality to hold near my face. Wow does that clear you out! Unfortunately, I had to dump the hot chocolate. Now I know to dip a toothpick in the oil then into the drink, gradually adding a little bit of peppermint at a time.

Now for an actual yummy treat with Peppermint Essential Oil. I went with brownies. My 8 year old has to do a Gluten Free and Casein Free Diet, with many other restrictions. So having the Vitality Oils really helps give us more variety. GFCF brownies with a hint of peppermint, YUM! We just followed the directions on the box and added a drop. I recommend first putting your drop of oil on to a spoon and then into your mix. Essential Oils are so potent. This way, if an extra drop or two slips out you can just push the amount you want into the food with a toothpick, instead of giving your food an overpowering flavor.

I will definitely be baking with Peppermint Vitality more often!

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Cooking with Lemon Vitality

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After a few days of watching me drop Lemon Vitality into my water in the morning, Mike finally said it, “Can’t you just buy a bag of lemons to squeeze into your water? It’s the same thing and much cheaper.”

The answer is no.
It’s not the same thing at all. Squeezing a lemon gives you juice, this is oil.
Lemon Essential Oil does not contain citric acid while Lemon Juice squeezed from the pulp does. The citric acid makes it difficult for sensitive stomachs to handle.
Lemon Essential Oil is extracted from the rind/peel.
How many times have you heard people say the outer peel is the most nutrient packed part?

Lemon Essential Oil contains significantly more Limonene than Lemon Juice.
Limonene is what makes lemons so powerful. It aids in digestion, and supports the respiratory and immune systems.
The Ancient Egyptians use Lemon Essential oil to rid their bodies of toxins.

Now lets talk price.
A 3lb bag of lemons at a bulk warehouse store costs a little under $5 and gives you an average of 15 lemons. A 15mL bottle of Young Living Essential Oil takes 75 lemons to make and gives you an average of 250 drops. Each use only takes 1-2 drops.
That bottle costs $11.25 and wont go bad after time like unused lemons.
Nope, lemons are not cheaper than Lemon Essential Oil and the oil can be used for anything the lemon can, and then some! Plus it’s so much more convenient with the same great taste.

I am really bad about drinking water and I have tried so many times to do the lemon water in the morning thing. I last 4 days. After that I don’t want to cut the lemon and avoid the seeds. I give up.
Grab a glass, add some water, drop of lemon, stir, drink- That, I can handle every day.

Here are some other easy ways I consume Lemon Vitality Essential Oil through out the day.
Try out these recipes and tweak them to your liking.
Let me know what you come up with!

In The Morning: 
Smoothies– I’ll be honest; I don’t measure the ingredients in these. Amounts are personal preference. Here are two of our favorites.

Lemon Cherry Smoothie
Frozen Organic Black Cherries (slightly defrosted)
Handful of Spinach
Plain Greek Yogurt
Almond Milk
2 drops of Lemon Vitality

Tropical Dream Smoothie
Frozen Pineapple (slightly defrosted)
Frozen Mango (slightly defrosted)
Frozen Mandarin Orange (slightly defrosted)
Plain Greek Yogurt
Coconut Oil
Almond Milk
2 drops of Lemon Vitality

Lunch Time:
Lemon “Caesar” Dressing
1/2 Cup Plain Greek Yogurt
½ Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
¼ Cup EVOO
½ tsp Worcestershire Sauce
½ tsp Dijon Mustard
1 Clove Minced Garlic
¾ tsp black pepper
2 drops of Lemon Vitality

In Mixing bowl combine Garlic, Pepper and Cheese. Add Greek Yogurt, Mustard, and Worcestershire Sauce mix well. Whisk in Evoo. Add 2 drops Lemon Vitality quickly whisk until well combined.

Toss with Romaine Lettuce, Croutons and Grilled Chicken!

Dinner Time:
Creamy Lemon Pasta Sauce
1 Clove of Minced Garlic
2TBSP Butter
3TBSP Flour
1 Cup Chicken Broth
1 Cup Milk
½ Cup Parmesan Cheese
Fresh Ground Pepper
1-2 Drops Lemon Vitality

Sauté minced garlic in butter. Slowly and gradually stir in flour until it is pasty.
Whisk in Chicken broth. Whisk in Milk. Whisk in Cheese.
Turn off stove and stir in Lemon Vitality

Pour over cooked noodles of your choice and toss!

ENJOY

PLEASE REMEMBER Young Living stands behind their Seed To Seal Promise. These oils are pure every step of the way. I consume Lemon Vitality because I know it is pure and GRAS (Generally Regarded as Safe) for ingestion. Other companies may add synthetic fragrances or diluting chemicals to their oils that should not be eaten. I am sharing these recipes, which use Young Living Products specifically.

If you would like to use Young Living Essential Oils contact me and I will show you how to place your order.