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Autumn Diffuser Blend: Pumpkin Spice

Fill your home with the wonderful aromas of the autumn season with this fantastic diffuser blend! Need a diffuser? Check out the diffuser selection from Abundant Health!

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Banana Bread with Essential Oils

As the weather gets cooler, one great way to help warm your house is to bake some delicious banana bread with essential oils!

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Banana Bread with Essential Oils

  • Servings: Yield=1 loaf
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups (240 g) all-purpose flour (or use 1/2 white wheat flour)
  • 1 cup (200 g) sugar (or use 1/2 cup sugar and 1/4 cup honey)
  • 3/4 tsp. (3 g) baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. (2 g) sea salt
  • 1/4 cup (57 g) butter (1/2 stick)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas (about 3 bananas)
  • 3/4 cup (214 g) plain greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp. (5 ml) Homemade Vanilla Extract
  • 3 drops cinnamon essential oil
  • 1 drop clove essential oil
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips or walnuts (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour a bread pan.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, and mix well.
  3. Pour batter into the bread pan.
  4. Bake for 55 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  5. Allow to cool for 10 minutes in the pan on a wire rack before removing from the pan.

Extra Ideas:

  • One of our readers has told us they like this bread with 4 drops orange essential oil instead of the cinnamon and clove essential oils.
  • Try adding this cinnamon honey butter to this banana bread!


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Essential Oil–Infused Potpourri

Enjoy the wonderful autumn and winter scents with this essential oil–infused potpourri! All you need to do is find some cute containers and fill them with potpourri ingredients. Add a few drops of essential oil to spruce up the scent, then enjoy for a couple weeks before recharging it with more essential oil!

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This essential oil–infused potpourri makes a fantastic and simple gift for neighbors, friends, and coworkers this holiday season! Just attach a cute gift tag with ribbon or twine, and it’s good to go! If you would like to introduce your friends to essential oils, you may want to consider adding a small sample bottle of essential oil that they can use to “recharge” their own potpourri.

Don’t give all of them away though—you’ll want to keep a few to use yourself! We love placing these in the bathroom, the closet, the entryway, and many other places around the house. Try keeping a small container of this potpourri in your car as an easy car diffuser. You will love being welcomed with these aromas every time you get in your car!

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Essential Oil–Infused Potpourri

  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • Potpourri ingredients (such as cinnamon sticks, vanilla beans, dried apple slices, dried orange peels, bay leaves, candied ginger, whole nutmeg, whole cloves, whole allspice, cardamom seeds, and star anise)
  • Essential oils (such as cinnamon, orange, ginger, vetiver, clove, cardamom, or holiday-scented blend)
  • Salve Jars, Mason Jars, or PET Jars

Instructions:

  1. Cut up bigger items such as cinnamon sticks, vanilla beans, dried apple slices, bay leaves, candied ginger, etc. as needed to fit in your containers.
  2. Add 3–5 drops of desired essential oil(s) on top of the potpourri.
  3. To use, simply leave the lid off of the container to enjoy the delightful aromas! Add a few drops of essential oil every couple weeks or as needed. You can also put the ingredients in a pot full of simmering water to spread the smell throughout the house.

Note: To gift, make sure contents fit inside the container. Screw the lid on, and decorate with ribbon, twine, or a gift tag. You can even include a small sample bottle filled with essential oil so your gift recipients can recharge their potpourri.

We added a little bit of everything to our potpourri, along with some cinnamon, orange, and cardamom essential oil, and we loved the result. But feel free to get creative and use whatever you have on hand for this recipe! All of these ingredients complement each other, so you really can’t go wrong here.


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Clove and Lemon Sink Scrub

This simple mixture smells great and will leave your sink shiny and clean!

Clove and Lemon Sink Scrub

  • Servings: Yield=2 cups (440 g)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

Instructions:

  1. Mix the essential oils into the baking soda, and transfer into jar.
  2. Sprinkle into wet sink.
  3. Squirt some castile soap into the sink over your mixture, and scrub until clean.


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Essential Oil Spotlight: Clove

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Clove essential oil is steam-distilled from the flower buds of a tree in the Myrtaceae family. Its spicy, warm, and woody aroma is said to be a mental stimulant.

Historically, clove was used for skin infections, digestive upsets, intestinal parasites, childbirth, and toothaches.

The French use clove for impotence, intestinal parasites, memory deficiency, pain, plague, toothache, and wounds. The Chinese also use cloves for diarrhea, hernia, bad breath, and bronchitis.

Clove oil is believed to support the cardiovascular, digestive, immune, and respiratory systems. It may also be used to treat arthritis, insect bites, rheumatism, and warts. Clove is known to have antifungal, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic properties.

Used aromatically, clove may influence healing, improve memory, and create a feeling of courage. It is regarded as safe for human consumption by the FDA and can be taken internally or used topically.

See the Reference Guide for Essential Oils to learn more about clove essential oil and many other pure essential oils.

Source: Reference Guide for Essential Oils, 2016 Edition, pp. 61–62.


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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Do you need a quick and healthy snack for when you are running out the door? Even if you just need something healthy to nibble on when you get hungry, these pumpkin chocolate chip granola bars are just the thing for you! Go ahead and give this delicious and hearty snack a try!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

  • Servings: Yield=12 granola bars
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 drop cinnamon essential oil
  • 1 drop clove essential oil
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (try using these healthy chocolate chips without the peppermint essential oil)
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup pepita seeds
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 Tbsp. pumpkin pie spice

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly grease an 8.5″ x 12.5″ baking pan, and line it with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the pumpkin, vanilla, maple syrup, and essential oils.
  3. Using a food processor, pulse the rolled oats a few times until they are coarsely chopped but still have lots of texture. Stir the oats into the pumpkin mixture.
  4. Place the walnuts and almonds in the food processor, and pulse until coarsely chopped.
  5. Add the chopped nuts, chocolate chips, sunflower seeds, pepita seeds, chia seeds, sea salt, and pumpkin pie spice to the pumpkin oat mixture. Stir until well combined.
  6. Spoon the mixture onto the prepared baking dish, and press it down evenly across the baking dish until smooth and compacted.
  7. Bake for 25–35 minutes, or until firm and lightly golden colored along the edges.
  8. Let cool for 10 minutes in the pan; then lift the parchment paper with the granola bar slab out of the pan, and place it on a cooling rack to cool completely.
  9. Once the granola bar slab has cooled, slice it into bars, and enjoy!
  10. Store any remaining bars in a bag or air-tight container in the fridge or freezer.


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Pumpkin Pie Spice Granola

Enjoy the flavors of fall during breakfast with this healthy and delicious granola that incorporates the benefits of pure essential oils!
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Pumpkin Pie Spice Granola

  • Servings: 8–10
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup almonds, coursely chopped
  • 1/2 cup almonds, finely chopped
  • 3 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. allspice
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 3 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 drop cinnamon essential oil
  • 1 toothpick nutmeg essential oil
  • 1 toothpick clove essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350º F.
  2. In a blender, coarsely chop 1/2 cup of almonds, and finely chop another 1/2 cup of almonds.
  3. Combine all of the dry ingredients in a bowl, and stir to mix thoroughly.
  4. Heat the honey and coconut oil in a double boiler or microwave.
  5. Add vanilla extract and essential oils to honey/coconut oil mixture. Stir to combine well.
  6. Pour the honey/coconut oil mixture over the oat/nut mixture, and stir until everything is evenly coated.
  7. Spread the granola evenly on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  8. Bake for 5 minutes, and then stir the mixture around. Return to the oven for 5–7 more minutes. Watch closely so it doesn’t burn.
  9. Move the parchment paper, with the granola, onto a counter, and spread it out with a spoon. Allow to cool.
  10. After it cools completely, break up the granola as needed, and store it in an airtight container.